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Tune Tuesday: TED talks to inspire

Hello everyone, today I wanted to do something a bit different. I know I normally talk about music on Tuesdays but I thought because I’ve been spending a lot of time talking about it, it was time for a switch up.

Today, TED talks are on the agenda. Preferably, TED talks that inspire you. So I’ve compiled a list of a few which inspired me, to hopefully inspire you:

How to Step Screwing Yourself Over by Mel Robbins
In this talk, Mel really steps up and explains how do you actually motivate yourself to achieve what you want to achieve. She explains that there isn’t really any time that your mind or your body will ‘be in the mood’ to do things, and essentially you need to force yourself to do your dreams.

  • Happiness is all in your Mind by Gen Kelsang Nyema
    Gen explains that happiness comes from inner peace and joy rather than looking outside ourselves for the happiness that we seek. We have to sow and reap our own happiness that comes from the inside. We need to stop looking for it in the things of the world, in our family and friends, in our relationships. We really need to look inward and find it there.
  • My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor.
    Jill literally had a stoke. Literally. She, as a Neuroanatomist, talks about how she recognized her own stroke and the sort of enlightenment she went through.
  • Self Transformation through Mindfulness by Dr. David Vago.
    Dr. Vago is a Neuroscientist and he explains that regular mindfulness and meditation leads to a better understanding and awareness of the self and how we can change how we think and our own mental habits into being more constructive.
  • All it takes is 10 Mindful Minutes by Andy Puddicombe.
    Andy quit his University degree to travel to the Mountains to become a Monk. He explains the essence of mindfulness and how you can train your mind to be mindful of the present moment, wherever you are, in whatever situation you might be in. You definitely don’t have to meditate on the floor.
  • Conscieousness, the Final Frontier by Dada Gunamktananda
    Dada is a yogi, and he expresses how he perceives space and times as concepts and how it is different to how science has taught us. Apparently there’s more to it.

Okay everyone that’s it from me,

Thank you for reading,

Highest Blessings to you,

Song of the Day: With Open Heart – Jaiya

Mysty.

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Magick Monday: Sigil Magick part 2

Hey everyone! Hello! How has your week been? I have been super duper good and after taking the Energy Vampire off me I am feeling a lot more confident and effective in both my mundane and magick work.

I hope you’re doing good too! If you’re not, I’m right here sending you the love you need to keep going forward.

I always have a saying that I live by and it goes along the lines of Don’t judge someone about where they were or what they’ve done, but what they are doing now and who they are now.

That’s really important to me, and I hope that wisdom speaks to you in some way.

Okay! Magick Mondays. Where to begin? I do so so many sigils it’s unbelievable actually.

Examples

So some examples of where I’ve used sigils are:

– Using a passive sigil to keep my keyboard working.

It’s always giving me grief and I fucking hate the living utter shit out of trying to use an onscreen keyboard when the actual one looks and can work totally fine, but has a sass when it comes to working or not. GRRR. Keyboard, I want to replace you! Anyhow, until I have enough molla to get a new laptopy I will have to put up with my laptop’s shite. By doing Sigil Magick, Hazaahh! You know I wish I could enbed the fucking sigil right into the keyboard but it could catch fire, sad sad.

-The Heated Body Engraving

The example above is how it should look when you’re finished.

I find this method is really good if you want to send energy into your body or to your aura during the day. It sets the mood of the day. Some examples:

-Maybe you’re sick and you need an extra energy boost for going to work.

-Maybe you want to boost your immune system so you don’t get sick.

-Repelling entities from your body like a shield.

-Attracting positivity throughout your day.

-Attracting job prospects when you are out today.

-Attracting coincidences to see your friends. This happens to me a lot, not even with sigils.

-Protecting you psychically and physically.

-Attracting a certain energy or repelling one.

What happens if your sigil is thrown away?

So one of my family members, without knowing, through one of my sigils away. At first I was really annoyed but then this actually refueled the energy I put into the sigil in the first place because I carefully placed the sigil in a different spot and it was actually taking the energy from me when I was taking care of it.

So if you have a sigil accidentally thrown away, don’t worry, It won’t hate you just give it a bit of love and put it in a safer place, it will be happy.

So what if you intend to throw it away? Thats a completely different thing.

-If you intend to throw away the sigil and that is your way of activating the magick, by all means, do it.

-If you intend to throw away the sigil because you want to destroy it. DO NOT. Please don’t do that.

— First – Rip up the paper.

— Then throw it away.

— Do not burn, Do not wet the paper, just simply throw it away once ripped up.

Why? Because, if ripping up was not in the original steps of the spell, it will deactivate the sigil.

If you just threw it out, without doing anything, the sigil will still remain & will normally have side effects.

Have you read the account of the Witch’s Bottle? Long story short, a lady killed the husband of another just because she buried a witch’s jar on their property. (Possibly unintentionally, not very clear in the story) & This story is from way way back.

So when you are destroying spell remains be careful. You should never burn it or destroy it in a way that completely destroys the object. Unless its a rival witch’s object and you want to reverse a curse or spell inflicted upon you, to the original sender.

Normally I would say something along the lines of:

I disenchant thee,

oh creature of ___,

Your purpose is done,

Your purpose is complete,

I have no room for you,

Your effects are gone,

Return my power to me,

And now I set thee free.

So mote it be. Eb ti etom os.

And done! Don’t need to worry about another ritual or spell item ever again.

Make a simple incantation to disenchant an item and you’ll be good. The above is just an example.

Happy Sigil Crafting.

Highest blessings,

We are the Earth,

Song of the Day: Winter Solstice Sunrise -KIVA – Yuletide.

Mysty.

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Thursday Talk: To you the reader!

Hello Everyone! How are you all? Welcome, welcome to those who this is their first time reading my blog, Myst Nokomis, I am your host Mysty.

Alright, enough formalities! This post is directed solely to you, the reader. Yes, you. You who are currently reading these words.

This is going to be basically a survey, sort of. Anyways lets get to it:

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Feedback time!

Yes, I would really love your feedback on my content.

  1. Do you enjoy the content I have been posting? What general advice could you give to improve my content? More frequent posting? More diversity? More focusing on a particular topic?
  2. What post was your favourite and why?
  3. What post were you most interested in and why? Do you want a part 2 of that post?
  4. What was your favourite topic that I addressed? Sigil Magick? Candles? Meditation? Which is your favourite and why?
  5. What topic do you think I should research and give my thoughts on? I’ve been a studying witch for around 6 years and a practicing one for 3, I would love to expand my horizons.
  6. Should I do reviews of other blogs, blog posts, articles, books etc?
  7. What topic/area do you think I have skipped and have not addressed which you feel is important?

Alright, that’s it from me! Feel free to email me at mystnokomis@outlook.com or to leave comments below answering the questions.

Highest blessings and take care,

Song of the day: Evening in the Tavern – Pawel Blaszczak ,

Mysty.

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Witchy Wednesday: Meditation in the middle of Chaos

Hey everyone, Welcome to my Blog, Myst Nokomis. I’m your host, Mysty!

I just want to take the time out to say hello and welcome to all who are new to my blog. Hello! Also a big hello to those who have stuck with me from the beginning days and who give me a lot of encouragement for my work. Thank you.

So, from the title you can deduce this is about meditation. If you haven’t noticed I absolutely love meditation. I try to meditate everywhere I go really.

But Zazen Meditation is quite different. Rather than emphasising that you can do meditation everywhere and anywhere, it focuses on a seated position and you basically sit there for as long as you need, amidst chaos.

Zazen = Seated. So, seated meditation here! It focuses on your awareness becoming more of a pure experience. No judgement, no inside dialog, no commentary. Observing the present moment, and the present you, how it is.

Amidst chaos… Why did I include that? It’s simple really. While you are meditating on the ground you must be fully present. What does full presence come with? If you’re sitting in a room in your house you can:

  • Hear the wind blowing through the trees outside
  • Hear whoever is in the kitchen in your house. You can smell what they are baking.
  • You can smell the scents in your room. If you have candles, incense etc going.
  • You can see your room, and sense the structures around you.
  • You become the moment, not just a part of it.
  • You can hear your neighbours driving into their house.
  • –> Basically if you continue doing Zazen you will see the world as it is in the moment of your meditation, and this will include neutral, positive and negative things happening around you.

This is really important in Zazen, to become one with your surroundings. I know it sounds cliché but, that is what happens.

So, why am I posting about Zazen mediation? Well, Zazen is really important to me. It fills my batteries. It cultivates my awareness. It sharpens my brain.

At this point in time, I need all the sharpness I can get from my brain. It’s the time in university at the moment where everything comes to a grinding hault in your brain and you need to push through in order to succeed. Some people call it the pre-exam pressure, crunch time, cry-period, whatever you want to call it. It’s really the stressful time of university for us Southerns’. Not you Northern’s you got it easy, little students, you’re on break!

But, why I’m posting about the chaos happening in my life, I can find peace amongst the chaos. The eye of the storm is me sitting on my meditation pillow in my room. Even if it’s for a moment. There is a great sense of calm as soon as you sit down for your meditation.

Zazen has kept me pretty sane over the past few weeks, and it has been greatly appreciated. Zazen can help you any time in your life, stressful or not.

** I updated this post last night and it just disappeared so really sorry about that **

Song of the Day: Believe in Magic (Anglo-Saxon version) – Eleni Violaris

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Tune Tuesday: Homemade Instruments

Hello everyone, Mysty here. Today I’m going to share a few ways you can make instruments at home to use in ritual.

Clap Sticks

If anyone knows me well enough, I love wood. I love sticks and all things natural. There’s just something special about them.

I have two dried Mangrove pods as my clap sticks I use to keep in time while I’m singing in ritual. I use it in place of a ritual bell too to mark the beginning and end of certain steps of rituals. I use it while I’m walking in a circle to mark out the ritual space to clear the energy, clear the air of any unwanted stagnant energies. Really helpful and they have been really clear and great.

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** It took actually a whole 2 years for my mangrove pods to fully dry.**

Have a look at the different woods that naturally occur in your area. Birch? Oak? Cedar? Maybe for those in the Northern Hemisphere. Southern Aussies, Eucalyptus? Native Pencil Cedar? Melaleuca? Or even trees regarded as evasive weeds that you need to cut out anyhow. Sorry other countries I don’t know about your trees unfortunately. But generally for everyone:

  • Anything that could be hardened over time, and could give a nice, clear sound is ideal. You should go for woods that would be used for making weapons such as bows, spears etc because they have fine fibers and actually have what’s called resonance. Where you hit the wood and the whole wood vibrates.
  • Ask your local Wood carving or Whittling professional about which woods they use for different things
  • Select the wood once you’re more acquainted with their uses and choose an appropriate one.
  • Go to your local tree in your area and ask it for either a limb it has already shed or carefully cut one off. (I don’t believe in cutting things off of trees to be used for magickal purposes, but this will be your clap sticks, not mine. Do what you think is best) –> Make sure the wood is a decent thickness because it does need to dry out & you’re going to be using it physically, it needs to be solid.
  • Make sure you dry out your selected wood after harvesting it. This step will take between 5 weeks to 3 months or longer. You should be able to take another sample which dried in the same amount of time and be able to effectively burn it in a bonfire or cut it without having any moisture in the middle.
  • **To speed up the drying process, if it is a soft wood and the bark is quite like a layer in itself, take a whittling knife, being careful, and strip the branch.
  • After the Drying Process, Cut your clap sticks to size and enjoy. You may have to do trial and error with different woods to get your desired sound out of your clap sticks.

Recycled Materials

I love recycling. But Australia is famous for being flip-flopping about their recycling services. So I love to reuse things rather than put them in the recycling if absolutely necessary. This is because Australia needs to be a bit more environmentally friendly before I can 100% say everything I put into recycling is actually being recycled properly.

  • Glass bottles: thick glass bottle + spoon = instrument

Could be used also with water in it for different notes. The more water in the bottle the higher the note essentially. Use a spoon as a hitter or something that makes a clear sound. Decorate it as you want and place it on your altar! Again, it doesn’t have to be a massive bottle, it could be a baby one.

  • Glass bottle: two glass or plastic bottles + sand/filler/water = instrument

Who doesn’t love a good rain instrument. Well that’s what I call them anyhow. It basically sounds like rain. Really nice. Good for ambience.

Clothing Bells

Have you ever noticed that shamans from various cultures have bells on their clothing. I know right, pretty cool. They jingle everywhere and I think that’s really fun. But its also used to get into a trance state on the go and for some shamans it’s really effective for them so this is another way to incorporate music into your practice.

  • Literally sew on little bells to your ritual clothing if you have some.
  • Or, make a shaker
  • Or, make a Egyptian sistrum.

Advanced Instruments

There are some serious DIY instruments out there.

  • Dulcimers
  • Lap Harps
  • Drums
  • Bamboo Flutes
  • Lyres
  • Thumb Pianos

And many, many more to choose from. If you’re like me and super indecisive have a look at a few videos on youtube how people make these at home and choose the one you’re most interested to give a try.

Happy tunes guys and let me know what your music projects or any other projects you’ve been working on so far.

Song of the Day: Bear – Jaiya.

Highest Blessings.

Mysty.

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Monday Magick: Diverse Divination

Hello everyone, I’m Mysty, your fun-loving syncretic pagan witch.

Now before I get into the types of divinations I expand on in this post I’m just going to come out and say that I do divination for myself and I believe that divination doesn’t have to be for clients.

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Whoever it is out there who says “You can’t use divination for yourself that’s stupid” is stupid. I seriously disagree with these sorts of views and statements and I feel like the people who are professional who believe this should find another job.

Divination is for understanding and expanding your awareness. It is a tool to see a perspective that you were not conscious of in the first place and can definitely be for yourself, not just clients. It’s not necessarily all about looking into possible future outcomes. It’s not necessarily about giving advice about something. It’s actually more about asking a certain spirit helper, spirit guides, ancestors or your subconscious and higher selves about questions that you would like answers to.

Alright well now that’s out the way, lets begin! **By the way I use UK English which we use in Australia so, favourites not favorites. Thanks!

Using Song Playlists

Yes this is one of my personal favourites. When you don’t have your Tarot cards or Oracle cards on you. You can actually use your playlists on your phone or ipod or whatever you have nowadays. Walkmans anyone? Haha.

Anyways so how I do this is as follows:

  • Choose a playlist to use, can even be a small or big one, or your whole song libary.
  • Think of a question. State out loud or in your head the question you would like to ask and direct it to the playlist, naming the playlist. (E.g. Instrumental playlist I would like to ask you about ___)
  • Say to the playlist, please if you would like to answer me, I will skip __ times to your answer)
  • So the final statement would be (E.g. Instrumental playlist, I would like to ask you about ___, if you would like to answer, I will skip 8 times to your answer)
  • Press shuffle, skip the # of times chosen. There is your answer.
  • Carefully do an analysis on the song. Listen to the song. What are the lyrics? What are the implied meanings in the song? What is the song about? How does this apply to the question you asked? Does it answer your question?

This is really, really fun and you should enjoy it. The more times you ask that particular playlist, the more accurate the answers. Although I would limit the number of times you ask any one playlist to around 3-5 questions per day. Then thank the playlist after you’re finished. This is really similar to how you would develop a relationship with a deck. Imagine that each song is a unique card in your ‘playlist deck’ and each have a special meaning just like a normal physical deck. But, now your deck is portable. I feel like that’s pretty cool.

Using a pebble in water

This is a really simple Yes or No answer divination method.

  • If you are in an area where there is pebbles and a body of water nearby, preferably a pond or still body of water like a deep puddle.
  • Take a pebble that catches your eye if you are ready to do a divination. Ask the pebble, May I use you for answering a question? If it says yes, continue, if it says no, pop the pebble down and thank it for it’s time.
  • Ask the pebble a question, state that even # of ripples created will be a yes and odd # will be no. Or vice versa, whichever you prefer.
  • Proceed to ask the question and throw it into the body of water however appropriate.
  • Observe the results.

I personally haven’t done this before, but I feel like I needed to include this to the post because I felt like this is really interesting.

Coffee Cup Divination – Turkish Coffee Fortune Telling

This one is really, really cool guys. I can say I’ve done it a couple of times for myself and it is super duper cool. One think I must say is that I know absolutely zero about the original Turkish coffee method but I have my own method, as I do for most things.

I asked a question once, I flipped over the cup and there was a smiley face! A smiley face, isn’t that cool as! I was just so giddy after that reading I really loved that.

So, I am a big fan of the Coffee Cup Divination and this is how I did it.

  • Brew ground coffee in a distiller. Pour it into the cup. Preferably like a sort of square shaped cup. Make sure its black, no milk.
  • While drinking the coffee, think and contemplate on a question. Ask it to a deity or something. I asked mine to Bastet, because she loves coffee.
  • Once finished and you can see the dregs flip the cup onto a saucer or plate and wait until you feel like you need to flip it over. (approx. 3-10 mins)
  • Flip back over the cup and notice the first thing that you see and what you intuitively think it means. Don’t really worry about fine details. I’m not a professional and neither are you. Don’t sweat it.

Special Mentions

  • Bone Throwing – Really cool, ancient method used by a variety of cultures throughout time. Tried and true method
  • Pendulums – Also an ancient method of divination, have a look at my past post about How to use a Pendulum. here: https://mystnokomis.home.blog/2019/04/07/how-to-use-a-pendulum/
  • Runes – Ancient method. Tried and effective. But it does take time to develop a clean relationship with the Rune Set. I feel like this is for more Norse Pagans/Witches.
  • Ogham – Celtic form of the Runes basically. But completely different and unique in its own way. Really cool way of divination and I would love to try it
  • Tasseography – Tea Leaf Reading. I have done some of this and I would like to get better at it.

Thank you for reading as always. Tomorrow I’ll be talking about Music in my Tune Tuesdays. If you have some fun out there divination methods let me know! Comment below I really love learning about new methods.

Song of the Day: Speak to Me – Jaiya

Highest thanks and blessed be your day,

Mysty.

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Thursday Talk: Paganism can be Non-Religious

Hey everyone, Mysty here!

I’m really excited to share my thoughts on this type of Paganism.

Many of you would be thinking, Non-Religious Paganism? How does that even make sense..?

It does actually and today we’ll be exploring the how and why it works and how I am also a Non-Religious Pagan.

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What are Pagan ‘beliefs’?

First, lets look at what is a religion:

religion. noun.
1. “The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.”
2. “A particular system of faith and worship.”
3. “A pursuit or interest followed with great devotion.”
(English Oxford Living Dictionaries. (2019). Define: Religion. Retrieved from: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/religion

Second, lets look at what is paganism: I had to search and search to find an answer that didn’t have the pre-conception that paganism is not a religion.

pagan. noun.

“A somewhat vague term derived from the Latin word paganus. Pagan is a term which refers to a variety of different religions ranging from Wicca, to that of ancient Egypt and even HinduismSome Pagans are of no specific religion, but rather are eclectic. In general Pagan religions have more than one deity, or many gods which are aspects of one (an idea similar to that of the Christian trinity). Another quite common feature of Pagan religions are that they tend to be nature oriented. Pagan can also be used as a derogatory word for any non-Judeo/Christian/Islamic religion.”
by Megan Bennett.
Bennett, M. (2004). Define: Pagan. Urban Dictionary.com. Retrieved from: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Pagan

Did you get that? Paganism can be of no specific religion. Hazah! Someone finally gets it. Holy shit! Thank you Megan.

Furthermore, Religions tend to have:

  • A holy text and a defined set of rules.
  • A type of hierarchical authority which does certain ceremonies and rituals for the members of that faith
  • Has congruent beliefs within all its members.

Paganism:

  • Does not have any holy text or defined set of rules
  • Does not have any hierarchical authority which does certain ceremonies and rituals for the members of that faith
  • Does not have congruent beliefs from one pagan to the next

Therefore, it is safe to conclude that Paganism is not a religion. Full Stop.

I apologise to those who believe that their flavour of paganism is a religion. But you chose it to be that way.

In reality, paganism is not a religion. and some might argue that it is not even nature-centric. (Hellenic Faith. (2018). Paganism is not “Nature-Centric”. Retrieved from: https://hellenicfaith.com/2018/03/04/paganism-is-not-nature-centric/)

Ancient Times

Ahhh.. Ancient Times! What a wonderful period of history where the only evidence we have left are half-translated languages, Prose Eddas written in a Christian context and broken artifacts!

Did you really stop to think that maybe Paganism back in the day, was actually a secular practice rather than a religious one?

Where you there when the Roman’s revering Janus, Mercury and Venus? No, no you weren’t.

Where you there when the ancient Egyptians started revering Djehuti, Seshat or Osiris? No, you weren’t.

So lets just step back a little bit and maybe start to think about this whole Neo-paganism thing to be actually not Neo-paganism at all.

Neo-paganism harps on the fact that its ‘based off ancient religions’. Yeah, it’s trying, but I don’t see your priest of Anubis with the Book of Coming Forth by Day in his hands. I don’t see the Celtic Bard singing insults to the King. I don’t see Russian witches walking and chanting through the woods.

We don’t, because those religions are gone. They were sadly killed off, beaten and trodden on. They’re not coming back unless your great, great, great, … x16 Grandmother who is Bulgarian teaches you everything she knows through dream and trance work.

If you are trying to bring them back, I don’t want to hold it against you. You can do what ever you like. But then you need to reverse a little bit and rather call yourself a Pagan-Reconstructionalist or a Pagan-syncretic if you combine multiple beliefs into one practice rather than stemming from one.

So you’re saying that I’m a hypocrite?

Well. Then you don’t get what I actually believe then do you.

I call myself a Pagan Witch, that is who I am.:

For Paganism I,:

  • Do not have specific religious texts that I refer to
  • Do not claim that I am a Neo-Pagan or Reconstructionalist. I’m not trying to re-create anything here. This is my own Paganism, thank you.
  • Do not ‘worship’ my Gods or Goddesses. I acknowledge them, talk to them, develop meaningful relationships with them. But I don’t worship them. When I practice Henu (ritual bowing) it is a form of meditation and I am bowing to the divine within me. Not for them.
  • Do not worship nature. I acknowledge it, I respect it, talk to it, honour it.
  • Do not worship my Ancestors. For my ancestors, I try to research them, talk to them and respect them by remembering the sacrifices they have done for me to live in a beautiful safe country.
  • Try to follow Buddhist Philosophies. (Buddhism, again, is also not a religion.)
  • Constantly researching philosophies, other beliefs to combine them into my own beliefs.

For Witchcraft I,:

  • Call upon nature spirits and elemental spirits within my work
  • Call upon my Deities to help in workings.
  • Use my own energy.
  • Use meditation, trance, and other techniques for spiritual attunement.
  • Use natural materials, tools and objects such as Crystals, Talismans and Amulets, Herbs, roots, trees, wood, weeds, rocks, minerals. Nature energy, Divine Energy.

–> All to deliver a certain result into the physical world. Not for the purposes of worship.

Therefore I am basically: A pagan secular syncretic witch who has incorporated many beliefs into her own practice.

So don’t call me a reconstructionalist. Don’t call me a religious witch. Don’t call me a Wiccan. Don’t call me a nature-centered witch. Because I am not.

Sorry that this post was a bit serious but if someone doesn’t stand up for my beliefs then no one will.

This post is not aimed and fired at all Pagans who are different than me. No, it’s not. This is a research post. It’s about trying to give you a different perspective then the average Pagan Witch out there. It’s sharing with you who I am, something that is deeply personal to me.

This is why I started this blog. To open up myself to other’s perspectives, but also to open you, the reader, to new perspectives that you might have never read before. Never seen before. Fresh content for you. That’s what this blog is all about.

This blog isn’t about putting people down, it’s about sharing viewpoints, sharing ideas, sharing philosophies and beliefs in an environment where everyone is free to form their own opinions. Isn’t that the root we all share? That the religions or belief’s we had before were a burden, that people were telling us what to believe, telling us what to do, what to say, what to have faith in and we decided no? Isn’t that the core of what witchcraft and paganism is really about? Finding what we actually believe in, what we actually don’t believe in to find ourselves. I think so.

If you’re unsure in what you believe in, what you’re path is. Really don’t worry. Don’t put a label on your practice if you don’t want to. Don’t feel like your flavour needs to fit into this cookie cutter that pagans and witches around the world are doing. You just have to find your own way and you’ll get there.

Peace and Love to you as always,

Song of the Day: Search Inside Yourself – Meditation Music Zone.

Mysty.

References:

*Other references are directly intext.

Stone J. C, (2019). Paganism is Not a Religion. Hub Pages. Retrieved from: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Paganism-is-not-a-religion

Chadbourn C. B, (2013).Is Paganism a Religion? Exploring the Historical and Contemporary Relevance of Paganism. Inquires Journal. Retrieved from: http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/articles/828/is-paganism-a-religion-exploring-the-historical-and-contemporary-relevance-of-paganism

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Tune Tuesday: An Ancient Wind Song

Heya everyone! Welcome back to my Blog. Mysty here.

When I was a teen I would sing to the wind. I still do! I sing to the wind all the time. The trees and and long grass sway and dance in reply as I sweetly sing a little tune the Wind taught me.

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Long before I was a serious witch or pagan I had a fascination of the Wind. How it works. What convection is. All that cool stuff. Then the Wind started following me throughout school, where-ever I walked. Filling my skirt with air, having to push it down or firmly pushing me along or tailing behind me.

Sometimes the Wind, the Spirit I called Kylisi, was going on and on too much and I would have to tell him to stop or calm down.

Whenever I would hang washing outside I would sing a song it taught me.

There’s no words, there’s no reason. It only invokes Spirits of Air. After every line you sing, the Wind grows stronger and stronger, almost to a bellowing until you stop singing and all turns to quiet. It really is a powerful, yet simple tune.

Here is the song:

(ta = 1 note length, ti = 1/2 note length)

B D C# E
(ta, ta, ta, ta)
Ah ~ Ah ~, (rest)
B D C# E B
(ta, ta, ti, ti, ta)
Ah ~ Ah ~ (rest).

  • The D and the following notes are in the next octave
  • The second B on the second line goes back to the original B
  • If you change to a higher octave after a few lines the Wind increases.

Add in any lyrics you like. Add in extra notes, this is just a base.

This song has been the basis of my relationship with Wind Spirits and probably the one of the main reasons why my Rain Bottle Spell worked for me. This is because the Wind was used to talking to me, and when I asked it to carry the rain, It did out of curtesy.

This is not the only song I sing to the Wind. There are many others and virtually any song you sing with an intention to connect more efficiently to the element of Air will work, even non-air related songs.

I wish I could add in an audio file for you guys so you can hear what it sounds like! My other songs I’ve posted about too! But WordPress.com does not accept any because I am on a free account. (Since I don’t get paid for doing any blog posts! I totally wish I was though). Maybe there’s a way to get around this audio file thing. Probably YouTube.

Thanks for reading as always. Maybe in the future I’ll make a youtube account for you to listen to my songs I have covered so far.

Song of the Day: K’ai – Song of the Mermaid by Lisa Dancing-Light. Sophia Songs. [This is one of my favourites, and is really similar to the Wind Song in this post].

I love you all!

Virtual hugs from me,

May your guides in your life help you progress to your highest good,

Mysty.

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Magick Monday: Energy Vampires

Heya everyone! Today I’m going to be sharing a recent event that happened to me!

So when I asked my subconscious, out loud, before I went to sleep to show me a message that is important.

Little did I know that I had a real, live energy vampire on me! Aha! Exciting stuff.

blue universe
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Encounter 1

I had an encounter with the sucker, which happened about 2 months ago. They are not that freaky looking when they casually show up in your dream. They have natural looking skin but look a little too dressed up than usual and add in some fangs. 

He was handsome, but he had a way with the dream that he could alter it, even though I was lucid dreaming. He basically could take over my dream! Very scary now that I think about it. He could open up sort of like a parallel dimension within the dream.

In the dream, I was walking in a store, just a casual witchy shop, full of things in jars, herbs, spices, finger eating plants, all that good stuff. Just imagine going to one of the stores in Diagon Ally and that would be an accurate description of the store I was in. An Apothecary.

Anyways, so I was casually browsing the store, then he just comes right up to me, taps me on the shoulder and away we go into another part of the store, which doesn’t exist to other customers just The Vamp and Me.

So, he dragged me into a part of the store which the entrance he created himself, to ask me a few questions.

Starring at his watch, then popping it back into his suit pocket, “How are you?” Like, how am I? Seriously. First the lady asking me if I know French then a Vampire asking “How am I?”

“I’m..good? I guess” I replied.

“That’s great well let me know what time…,” He looks at his fancy silver pocket watch, then to me, then back again. He pushes me out of that part of the store back into the normal reality of the dream and pisses off. WTF?!?!

Now, I didn’t know what this was about, until this week

Encounter 2

Back again. The Vampire’s true form was revealed. After asking my subconscious what was the most important message it could give me at the time and soundly falling asleep I find myself in my own room but with a dark entity latched onto me. It’s teeth were biting into my energy field and was sucking out my energy. It did not feel good. 

How did I get rid of it?

First, I banished the entity by enlarging myself to about the size of a 100 story building and throwing it out of my room and basically out of sight completely. Second, In my room, still in dream, I grabbed my protection necklace and my clear quartz and cleared the space completely, replacing the negative energy with positive energy. Filling the whole space with white light, filling up my body with golden/white light to cleanse it out. 

Symptoms I had

The issues I had before removing the Energy Vampire where

  •  Digestion Problems
  •  Head aches
  •  High Fatigue
  •  Slow to wake up
  •  Oversleeping or not sleeping at all
  •  Being irritable 
  •  Low appetite 
  •  Constantly feeling sore and tired

Conclusion

So, if you ask your subconscious for some messages be ready for some important ones! I certainly didn’t know I had a vampire on me. But I did know that I was having some health problems but I couldn’t put my finger on the cause of it. Now that I’ve cleared the Energy Vampire out the way I feel a lot lighter, happier and positive!

Thanks guys for reading as always, 

Song of the Day: Lila –  Benjy Wertheimer – One River

Wish you all the best!

Mysty.  

 

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Thursday Talk: Important Notes

Hello guys, Mysty here. So I want to talk about the certain knowledge that you need to understand before you start playing around with witchcraft, with paganism and with spiritual progress.

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I really hope that everyone interested and practicing either or all of the following areas which cover Neo-Paganism, Modern Witchcraft or ‘New Age’ Practices have done this sort of internal evaluation of their beliefs, opinions, thoughts, emotions and feelings, ideas and perspectives on the following. It is really important and you should do this not only before you continue after your research and also fairly regularly while you are a Practitioner.

For Crafting:

  • What is Witchcraft? History of Witchcraft? Modern History of Witchcraft?
  • History of Animism.
  • Energy Manipulation, Energy Visualisation, Energy sensing & sight development.
  • Clairvoyance, Claircogniance, Clairsentience, …
  • Casting Circles, psychic protection, Spiritual protection against negative entities and negative spirits. House warding, personal warding,
  • Types of Circles – ‘bubbles’, 3D sphere, 2D circle, Casting, Calling Quarters and Diminishing (Opening/Closing).
  • Banishing, Attracting, Binding Magick.
  • Origins of correspondences & Sympathetic Magick –> Voodoo
  • For Kemetic: Egyptian: Book of the Dead (Book of Coming forth by Day).
  • Hermetics, Hermetic Laws. Harm none?
  • What is magick? What is Manifestation? Threefold Law? Laws of the Magnus. 13 Goals, Phases of The Moon, Elemental Spirits/Guardians, Elemental Directions
  • The general structure of a spell
  • The general structure of a ritual
  • Types of Magick? Sympathetic Magick (Representative & Associative Magick), High Magick, Chaos Magick (Using your own magickal Power), Invocation, Evocation.
  • Impact of thoughts, emotions, energy and auras towards you and other people.
  • Emotional Chords, Emotional Attachments, How to release emotional baggage, How to let go of emotional ties.
  • The Evil Eye –> How your thoughts and actions impact people around you and yourself.
  • Podcasts – 3 Pagans and A Cat, Millennial Pagan Podcast…
  • Types of Divination – Pendulum, Tarot, Runes, …
  • After researching, researching, and researching, Write down what your thoughts and opinions are of the following:
  • What is Magick to me? What is manifestation to me? Do you agree with what you have researched, why or why not?
  • Is Magick ‘white’, ‘black’ or ‘grey’? What is your thoughts on ‘Harm none’ and is this even appropriate? Are you responsible for the magick you create? Are you responsible for what you inadvertently ‘attract’ into OTHER peoples lives (The Evil Eye, Impact upon others)
  • Hermetic Laws, do you agree with them or disagree? Why or Why not?
  • Polytheism? Dualism? Monotheism? Atheism? Agnostic? What is your thought process and understanding about your beliefs (even if you are secular)?
  • Animism? Does this include inanimate objects? Why or Why not?
  • Do I feel like my Practice is going to be different than my beliefs? Or are they going to be integrated? Why or Why not?
  • How am I going to record my thoughts, feelings and experiences?

Recommended Beginner Resources:

patheos.com, thetetraktys.com, Grove & Grotto, Raymond Buckland, Pagan Atheists, The Witch of the Lupine Hollow, The Travelling Witch, Exemplore, Lavender Moon, Doreen Valiente (Very different person to Virtue, please don’t mix them up!).

Do not recommend Beginner Resources because they are outdated:

General Gardener, Scott Cunningham, Lewis James, Cassandra Eason, Doreen Virtue (is now questionable).

For Paganism:

  • What is Paganism? What are the types of Paganism?
  • History of Paganism.
  • Mythology and Cultures of your choice: Egyptian, Norse, Celtic, Welsh, Native Americas, Incas, Aztec, African & Hoodoo, Aboriginal Australia, Hawaiian, Roman & Greek, British Traditional Witchcraft, Wicca.
  • After Researching, write down your thoughts on the following questions:
  • Do you agree with the Balance between Male and Female? Why or Why not? Are there other opinions which should be addressed?
  • What have you learnt from the mythology you have researched? How are they different and how are they congruent and similar? Do you agree with it? Do you think they mythology has been tampered by Christian and Non-Pagan re-writers? (E.g. Prose and Poetic Eddas)
  • What are the similar or consistent practices between these cultures and pagan practices in the past? Shamanism? Town/Village Healers? Cunning folk? Rituals for prosperity and successful hunts?
  • What are the consistent beliefs between each culture or ancient practices in the past? Animism, Fertility Gods and Goddesses, Internal and External Conflict, Fool/Joker (E.g. Loki), Mother Figures (E.g Frigg, Pachamama), Father Figures (E.g Wiccan God, Cern, Odin All Father), Creation Stories (E.g. Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Incan, Mayan…).

Recommended Beginner Book & Resources:

The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development
by Christopher Penczak.

The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak.

Prose Edda, Poetic Edda,
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton (Greek)
The Viking Spirit: An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion by Daniel McCoy
The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Richard H. Wilkinson

For Spiritual Progress:

  • Chakras, Spiritual and Astral forms of the body,
  • Meditations, Guided Meditations, yoga, balancing Chakras, Energy manipulation
  • What is Spiritual Awakening? What is Spiritual Ascension?
  • Meditation –> What is it? Ego, “Selfing”, “This is it”, Concentration vs Non-thought vs Q & A meditation sessions.
  • Visualisation techniques, manifestation techniques,
  • Spirit Guides, Ancestors, Spiritual Protection, Raising Vibrations,
  • Astral Protection and Projection, Dream work, Shadow Work, Deja vu,
  • Subconscious, Superconscious, Scientific reports

Recommended Beginner Book & Resources:

wingsforthespirit.com, soultruthgateway.com, ask-angels.com, johannaburkherdt.com, michellebeltran.com,

I hope that if you haven’t done anything like this yet that you start to consider what you know, what you don’t know and what you can improve on in the future. The individual journeys that we are on are all different, but they all have similarities in one way or another.

Everyone is talking about diversity. But what is your diversity? How do you differ from the norm? What are your opinions? Have you compromised your beliefs because of x? Seriously have a sit down, whenever and in your own time, theres no forcing here, and just have a look. Don’t judge yourself. No comparing against others, just an analysis. To discover where you’re at, where you were and where you’re going.

Happy travels, happy trails. As you do this, some things may become clearer and your practice will substantially improve.

Highest Blessings,

Song of the Day: The Goddess and the Weaver – Spiral Dance, Woman of the Earth.

Mysty.

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Witchy Wednesday: Energy Play

Heya Everyone! Mysty here.

Today I’m going to briefly talk about energy manipulation.

What it is.

Energy Manipulation is a shortened term for encompassing:

  • Energy visualisation
  • altering
  • shaping and moving
  • transfer
  • binding
  • banishing
  • and returning.

These are just a few things you can do with energy.

How do I do it?

I’ll give some examples of how I do it followed by the reason why:

1. Meditation

The meditations I do can be for a variety of reasons. Some meditations are for non-thought. Some are for concentrating on one thing and one thing only. Or, sometimes my meditations can be for exploring my subconscious mind.

I will give you links to a few of my favourite posts which cover a few different types of meditations:

Some Common meditation tools:

  • Tibetan Singing Bowls,
  • Music
  • Mala Beads
  • Zaifu Pillow
  • Incense
  • Artwork or Statue relevant to the meditation. Or even Tarot Cards.
  • An Altar or a space dedicated to quiet or dedicated to ‘nothing’ as some say. [Although some meditations are actually actively doing ‘something’ in my opinion. Although some are not ~ such as Non-thought or ‘This is it’ type of Zen Buddhist Meditations].

During meditations I try to let go of all negative energy blocks and crap that I’ve accumulated. I do a body test to sense where are these nasty blobs of energy that have stuck to me, inside me and might have altered my mood, my attitude or my moral. So, it is really important to check yourself. Check your spirit for any leeches and remove them.

How I do it is I get my hand, and imagine it like a white scoop and grab the little black blob or square or whatever it looks like and imagine dumping it into a bucket not too far away. I clean the hand to make sure it’s perfectly white before getting another. Once I got all the black stuff out and dumped it into the bucket the black gets transformed into a neutral grey colour and then send it into the Earth.

2. Shamanic Journeying

Theres no wrong way or right way of doing journeying. But to assist you there are a few tools you can have through the power of the internet.

I love using Clare J. Chaters’s Journeys. You can listen to it on Spotify without any interruptions and you can close your devices screen while doing it.

The trouble with Youtube recordings is that they are normally 25-30 mins long at minimum and if you were to use your device to listen you’ll have to keep your screen on the whole time. So if your phone has the capability to stay the screen on for long periods of time then cool, you can use youtube drum recordings.

Here are a few links to some good ones and to Clare’s work:

Clare’s Website: https://pashceremony.com/

https://youtu.be/jeSZzaUod-w – Traditional Shamanic Drum Journey.
https://youtu.be/6WLSJGR13jo – Drumming Meditation and Journey on your Healing Path to Power
https://youtu.be/FPbU-phJrPc – Water Shaman – Shaman Drum Journey & Koshi bells.

3. Visualisation, Intent, and Thought.

My Dogs love running around and being very naughty. I use energy signatures of red, orange and green to tell them, in a language they can understand, whether or not they are doing a naughty, nearly naughty, or good behaviour.

Sometimes I just connect to their real aura colour too. The three dogs have purple, light blue and yellow.

They have really caught on to this concept. I sometimes visualise a red collar with a lead and draw them back to me when they are doing silly things like chasing cane toads.

They immediately start returning and when they are at my feet and sitting I take off the energy collar lead and give them a good aura of green energy from me. Telling them that they are on a good behaviour side.

This is for keeping my dogs in check. I don’t want them to go chasing other dogs, chasing cars, digging holes, or hunting cane toads. They have been more behaved once I started doing this and they have been a lot happier too. When they’re playing about I shower them with any colour that they would want. Blues, pinks. Whatever they want. They deserve it. They are just as much a part of our planet as we are and we should treat them with respect. The energy collar doesn’t hurt them and they don’t seem phased by it. All it does is reminds them that they need to keep their behaviour in check. I find that this is a much better method as opposed to shouting at them or telling them No.

Yes sometimes that is needed, but only after they’re well seated and ready to listen. Its no help if you’re shouting at them and giving them wrong messages.

These are just a few examples of how I manage my energy and manipulate it.

Some of these things may apply to you. Maybe you have pets and you want to share some love, or tuff love too. Whatever the reason for your energy manipulation, make sure you have a clear direction and purpose of the working and it is inline with what you need and your moral compass. Then. Success will come.

Best Blessings,

Song of the Day: Peaceful Heart by Meditation Music Zone.

Mysty.

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Tune Tuesday: Persephone – Kellianna Guitar Chords

Heya guys, Welcome to one of my Tune Tuesdays where I talk about music!

So today I’m going to be sharing the Guitar Chords for one of my favourite songs, Persephone by Kellianna. This is just for my enjoyment I don’t make any money from doing any of these posts and so all rights go to Kellianna for this awesome song. This post is made in “fair use”. I’ll leave the disclaimer about that at the end.

Go check it out on YouTube and Spotify.

By the way this was all figured out by ear. It might be slightly off, but I’m pretty sure its correct I checked a couple of times. Enjoy!

CAPO – 2nd Fret

Am Am
Persephone, Persephone,
C G Am
Speak to me your mysteries
C Am (G)
I’ll eat from the pomegranate seeds
Am C
From a seed, from a seed
Am
of your Womb.

Am Am
Queen of the Underworld,
C G Am
You guard the secrets of the Dead,
C Am (G)
I’ve paid my coin to Charon
Am Am
I have crossed the river, Styx
Am
Won’t you speak to me?
Am C
Speak to me, your mysteries.

Am Am
Dreams are hidden in the Darkness
C G Am
Guide me to the Halls of Hades
C Am (G)
Daughter of Demeter
Am Am
Take my hand into the night
Am
Won’t you speak to me?
Am C
Speak to me, your mysteries.

Am Am
Persephone, Persephone,
C G Am
Speak to me your mysteries
C Am (G)
I’ll eat from the pomegranate seeds
Am C
From a seed
Am
Won’t you speak to me,
Am C
Speak to me, your mysteries.

Thanks guys for reading as always.

Any other songs that you want me to figure out? Let me know in the comments below.

Cheers,

Mysty.


All rights go to Kellianna to the lyrics and music posted here. This is for educational and teaching purposes only under “fair use”. I do not get profit for making this post. I am not a sponsor of Kellianna.

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Magick Monday: Sigil Magick

Heya everyone, Mysty is Back! With her first ever Magick Monday.

I’m so exited and honoured to be talking to you all about one of my favourite witchy thing to do!

Benefits and Overview

Sigil Magick is:

  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Effective
  • Clear and to the point

Thats all the good ingredients for a spell.

Sigil Magick uses symbols of your choosing (originally created by you or not) to work magick to achieve a certain goal or aim.

How

So how you do sigil magick is pretty simple:

  1. Define the purpose of the spell. Decide if you want this to immediately impact your life only once (Active) or be able to use it multiple times (Passive).
  2. Ground your self and with a pen and paper handy, be ready to draw a sigil (magick symbol) that comes to mind. It doesn’t have to be an original thing which comes into your mind. It could be a circle, a dollar sign, or it could be a symbol you’ve never seen before.
  3. Passive activation or Active activation.
  4. Ground yourself after sending the energy.

The types of Passive and Active activation are listed here below as a general guide.

Passive:

  • Sigil written on a paper, intention of sigil stated aloud before each use.
  • Sigil written on an object. A rock, a book, a candle. Each time you look at it or light the candle it activates.
  • Sigil on your body. A tattoo. Drawing it on yourself with a pen, it activates once written and continues to be activated even if its washed off. + [Using another method I’ll talk about later]

Active:

  • Sigil Written on a paper. Either burnt, thrown in a bin, chucked into the ocean, etc. Just don’t aim at people with throwing it. [No joke this is actually really powerful magick and you might end up hurting them in unforeseen or unintentional ways]
  • Sigil written on a paper. The ashes from being burnt is put in the ocean, the wind etc to activate.
  • Writing the sigil in the air or within your minds eye and letting it melt, wash away or disappear visually.

Examples

A page from my Book of Shadows.

Here are some examples of the sigils in my BOS. It helps a lot to keep track of your progress, which ones worked, which ones didn’t and the purpose of each sigil. Now. Most of these on this page are actually generated from using an online website to generate sigils. This helps you with figuring out the shape of the sigil and makes all of the sigils to consistent type and look.

Sigil Scribe Website: https://sigilscribe.me/

If you don’t want a consistent look to your sigils, I prefer the No-look method. Where you don’t look at the sigil you’re making and only focus on the reason of the sigil.

Some great sigils I’ve made have also been from the visualisation method where you just state a purpose out loud and ask your higher self to show you a sigil to use while closing your eyes. My Higher Self normally gets back to me within a few mintues. Gets good results for me.

Cool Stuff

The method that ‘I’ll talk about later’ I’ll expand on now. So, there’s this unconventional way of me doing sigils that you probably won’t hear about anywhere else. I’m going to call this method Temperature Body Engraving. Hmm, that sounds kind of weird but, whatever lets get to it.

So, Temperature Body Engraving can be done if your body is really hot. Like after a hot shower, hot bath, or when your body is super-duper warm, like when you have lots of layers of clothes on.

So I normally think of a sigil I need for the day, and write it without looking on my shower glass. Then once I’m finished showering and dry, I take my nail, it doesn’t have to be long, nor does it need to be sharp, and literally draw it on my skin, leaving a red sigil on my body. Don’t go too hard on your skin and preferably do it where no one can see it. Reason why because if you do it properly it will be there for around 30 mins. Yes, 30 minutes I’m not joking. It stays for a long time.

The effect of the sigil lasts the whole day, even if its faded into your skin.

You’ll look like a real Shadow Hunter, take that Jace. No but seriously, it really works and it does sound like an unconventional way of doing sigils but it does work and is super powerful. What your body is actually doing is sending blood vessels up to the underside of your skin layers which means this is basically blood magick but without the need to spill it or harm yourself in anyway. Pretty neat.

Thank you for reading everyone. I feel like this post is a lot more structured and I feel so much better about writing this one!

Best Regards. Highest Blessings come to you from above.

For your best,

Song of the Day: Daughter of the Elements – Lisa Thiel.

Mysty.

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Easter Break + Updates

Hello everyone. How has your Easter weekend been? (If your Country celebrates it)

So, I’m going to be shuffling things around here on my Blog, Myst Nokomis.

Don’t worry. I’m still going to have interesting content that will fire your synapses.

But today, I’m going to give you a heads up for the changes to come soon.

Break

So, my uni break is this week from Monday – Sunday then I have to go back to classes.

This means that I will prepare blog posts for future dates before they get posted (I’ll work out how much time there is between now and exam block to write all them up!) (Turned out to be a total of 24 posts!)

My Health

So, my health at the moment has been a little shocking. I really don’t know what it is.

I’ll keep going. But I feel like this is stemming from my attempts to do higher vibration stuff (Astral Projecting, Shamanic Journeying) and really giving it a shot, but its taking its toll on me. It’s leaving me very drained at the moment and it is basically giving my health a backwards spin.

But I will bounce back no problem! No worries!

Don’t worry about me! I remember in school I was sick for 3 months, was basically bed-ridden and I nearly died but I got several A’s for my work. So, bad health doesn’t equate to bad grades, and nor does this mean that I’m not going to neglect this blog.

Uni

University has been hard for the past couple of weeks and its only going to get harder.

This means that this blog is going to take a back seat a little bit. So, I’ve come up with a schedule that can give you more of a frame work of when I’m going to be posting or not.

Weekly Schedule

Here is my new schedule, starting from after this week’s break:

Magick Monday – Where I give a spell/ ritual that I do, its purpse, how I do it and why

Tune Tuesday – Where I give my poems, music etc that I’ve written. My favourite songs or some new music I’ve discovered.

Witchy Wednesday – Talk about certain aspects of my Craft, connecting it to Paganism and some interesting information I’ve found that week/ things straight from my Book of Shadows.

Thursday Talk – Either doing a highly requested topic on this day. Just talking to you all or my thoughts on an interesting topic I’ve found. Free content day where it could be any topic.

Friday-Sunday – No content.

Suggestion from You.

Are there any suggestions from you?

Any thoughts about the way this Blog is going?

Do you like my content? Or do you feel like it’s not your cup of tea?

Please me know in the comments below or send me an email the Contact page, https://mystnokomis.home.blog/contact/ .

As always, Highest Regards to you all. Hope you have enjoyed Easter Break so far. Be safe and take care,

Song of the Day: Rise Up – Shawna Carol.

Mysty.

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My First Tarot Deck

My Goodness! I have been so excited to share with you my experiences before and after getting my First Tarot Deck. I got my Rider Waite Deck last week.

Before

Before I got my Deck there were a few instances of happenings which pointed to me getting acquainted with Tarot.

One of the Happenings were definitely the Spirit which barged into my House! Although I got the vibe that she was Christian from her, I kept thinking afterwards that Tarot would have been a better communication tool to speak with her. Trying yes and no questions with a pendulum starts to be tedious when you’re 30 mins into a ritual trying to help a Spirit move into their own realm they’re supposed to be in. I eventually did half pendulum half claircognizance to make sure that I was getting the right answers and getting the best information to help her out.

My Deities have been stressing to me that Tarot is the way to go at the moment.

My Ancestors sincerely loved me using my pebble divining set. (My own divination tool creation of all blank pebbles of all the same colour, found over a number of years to be my own personal set).

I was thinking of making them a Rune Set but I just wasn’t feeling it. The reason why, became clear when I just used the Set as is and got some serious information from my Ancestors. I’m really glad I left them blank.

Although the Pebble Set is awesome in its own right. It still has to be used in conjunction with my Oracle Card sets. For clarity. So, may be Tarot would be another type of card I could use with that Divination Method.

After

Photo of my now 3 Decks. My previously purchased Oracle Decks and Rider Waite Tarot in the middle.

Don’t they look cute together?

They are quite simply magickal and have definitely helped me with my spiritual development so far.

I purchased Earth Magic and Messages From your Animal Spirit Guides published both by Steven D. Farmer around about 1.5 years ago from a local store. I really love them both.

I had a good relationship with the Animal Spirit Guide deck and didn’t use the Earth Magic deck at the start. But now I find I get better answers through Earth Magic at this time in my life than ever before.

But enough about my Oracle Decks. What about my own personal version of Rider Waite Tarot.

Well. Let’s just say that this deck seriously meshes with me. It knows exactly how I understand it’s images and representations relevant to my associations of them and has totally ditched it’s white book definitions.

The closest definitions to my own I have found is outlined on the Biddy Tarot Website for the Everyday Tarot Mini Deck and Book.[ETM] (link will be at the bottom of this post).

These definitions are sort of an updated, modern take on the relevance of each card while still acknowledging past definitions in one way or another. I know these definitions are supposed to be for the ETM, but really enjoy the representativeness that the definitions expose of the cards.

In saying this. Long time before I even got my deck last week. About 6 months ago, I knew I was going to get a Tarot Deck some time or another and I painstakingly wrote out each definition outlined on the Biddy Tarot Site (because that’s just how I am) and I didn’t even look at those definitions while doing my readings and my first impressions of each card that came up for each and every reading I’ve done so far have been really aligned with those Biddy Tarot Definitions!

I would literally do my reading, intuitively guess what each individual card means, its relevance and how it fit in to the problem to be overcome, and then I went to the Biddy Tarot definitions after the reading and they were spot on!

Now, this doesn’t mean that these definitions are the only ones you can use. It’s really best to develop that intuitive knowing and associations of each card in your deck to you personally and sort of develop a little story between the other cards and thus discern from the spread what the whole picture is saying.

But it also doesn’t hurt to get a list of definitions that you feel drawn to (like I was even before getting my deck) and use it like a guide.

It also doesn’t mean that during readings I didn’t get some intuitive messages beyond the card definitions and beyond the Biddy Tarot definitions that were specific to the problem/question asked.

These were personal, highly specific and can happen in any reading, even in Oracle.

I feel like Oracle definitely developed my intuitive muscles to properly tune into getting the Rider Waite Deck and to really listen to the cards and listen to my inner knowing.

Photo showing the difference between Rider Waite and Earth Magic.

I guess by extension of these concepts, each Deck will have slightly different meanings within it’s images, relevance and how it represents each card.

What are your thoughts? What are your relationships with your cards? I would love to get other insights as Rider Waite is my first Tarot deck.

May the Gods guide you to your Highest Good.

Song of the Day: First Rain – The Hang Drum Project.

Mysty.

Biddy Tarot. (N/A). Learn the Tarot Card Meanings. Retrieved from: https://www.biddytarot.com/tarot-card-meanings/

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Meditation Music

Hello guys, its me Mysty. Today I’m going to share with you my favourite meditation music which I use to meditate on the bus, on my bedroom floor, for slight trance etc.

Just in the instances where I have time to reflect or I ask my Spirit Guides to show me the information I need to know for that day or that week or what I need to focus on during this time.

Photo by Diego Madrigal on Pexels.com

I really love Spotify and listening to all the music they have. They really have a wide collection and I really recommend it. They have changed their adds to being minimal or it gives you 30 mins add free music. Of course you could also go for the Premium Option, but I like free stuff!

All rights to the music posted here go to their original owners. I do not own this music nor am I a sponsor of the music listed.

  • Return to Yourself – Parijat, Reiki, Healing Waves
  • Pineal Gland Activation – Meditation Music Zone, Instant Auto Hypnosis
  • Sweet Kiss – Yaima
  • Weightless Part 1 – Marconi
  • Ra Ma Da Sa – Snatam Kaur
  • Pads of Redemption – Masala Roo
  • Pranayaam Mantra – Sadhana Sargam, Mantras to Start the Day
  • Heart of the Lotus, Part 2 (Jor) – Stevin McNamara – Shatki Guitar

Some ambience I always love listening too:

  • Rain Sounds!
  • Campfire Sounds
  • Bamboo Forest
  • Flowing Rivers
  • Koto or Guzheng instrumental music

Dragon Ritual Drummers are a really, really good band and I cannot stress enough how awesome they are and need a special mention. My favourites of theirs are:

  • Serpentine Seduction
  • Tuatha De Dannan
  • Black Queen
  • Afri Afrique

Some songs make me imagine that I’m walking and dancing around in a circle doing ritual dancing. There’s a special sequence and its not like I’m making it up it just comes naturally to mind. I really would like to try to dance these sequences (even though I suck at dancing). I’m willing to give it a shot!

I do have a wide range of different music I listen too. Not just in meditations or pagan witchcraft but I’ve learnt a lot of languages and I respect many languages. I always love to learn more and more. I’m a super sponge. Even though I don’t know much about Kundalini yoga or Kundalini meditation I wanted to add this in for readers to also expand their listening to various forms of music to help readers develop in meditation, trance and in the future I’ll be doing a post just on my progress on Shamanic Journeying & Astral Projection.

Let me know what are your favourite meditation songs/music/playlists on youtube, CD’s or spotify and how have they been working for you.

Thanks for reading as all ways. Best and Highest Blessings to you. I know your Guides, Ancestors, and Deities are watching over you.

Song of The Day: Om Mani Padme Hum (theres lots of versions so have a look on youtube)

Mysty.

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Rain Bottle Spell

Hello All. Welcome to my Blog, I’m Mysty. Today’s topic of witchy-ness is my personal favourite spell, Rain Bottle Spell.

Now. There are a few parts to this spell and I would not recommend this if you are a beginner or not well versed in magickal rituals.

Who I will recommend this to is to people who are having trouble on their properties. There’s a Drought in Australia pretty much everywhere all the time (like 95% of the time I’ve actually been alive). So, Australia really needs to up it’s game on Water, but we can up our game on our properties if we have serious problems.

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Having a property and seeing your animals suffer because of Drought is the main premise of this Spell. This spell only attracts the rain that your property SHOULD be getting okay. Not EXTRA. Being an engineer and well versed in these sorts of things, especially hydrology and Water Engineering, I know that if you start concentrating water to where its not supposed to be, you can land up creating Droughts on other properties okay. Please don’t do that. -> You are responsible for your actions, spiritual, physical and magickal, regardless if this is your personal view or not.

At our property, for around 3-4 months there was absolutely not a drop of rain. EVEN though that the surrounding properties were getting rain? Actually decent amounts. I thought to myself, this isn’t right, I need to fix this. My Christian family members have been praying for rain and so have I, but it just wasn’t working and I seriously needed to put some OMPH into this spell to make it really work.

So, the end goal of this Spell is to actually only ask for what you should and will receive and be completely open to it. Our Summer was harsh but as soon as I finished the spell, little drops were already spitting on my face, and that day a massive storm it and 20 mm of rain blessed our property, then 6 mm then 2mm on the following days! I knew that I worked! [By the way, I did record all these numbers and all my ritual proceedings in my BOS so that this post is accurate. Go to my Journaling Blog Post to see more]

So, the actual Spell! Lets have a look.

Part 1: Bottle Meditation

Now I say Bottle Meditation for a reason. You are basically meditating while making the bottle up. You put all your energy about the rain, all the thoughts of rain. The sound, the smells, the ground getting wet you visualize and imagine with all your senses and with all your will.

Each component you add to the Bottle is like topping up the energy. Its putting in more chances (if you like) of the rain falling. You are quite literally changing reality.

Now, to change reality is a big thing. A lot of energy needs to be accumulated for this to work. This is why I suggest that you make a relationship with your Land Spirits. The Spirits of the Sky, the Water, the Rain, Storms, and the Wind. They all have a part to play in the cycle of rain. The water is evaporated from large pools of water like the ocean (Water Spirits). Then the rain gets bundled up into clouds, (Sky Spirits). Then the Wind Spirits and the Storm Spirits shape this clouded bundle and the Rain spirits deposit this rain to your property. Rain is a complex issue and you must respect both the process of rainfall and the spirits involved.

This is my opinion and guess what. It only rained when I buried the Bottle on the site of the property and conversed with these spirits did it actually start raining. I thought at first the spell bottle sitting in my room would work! I was heavily mistaken!

Ingredients

-Salt, Purification, cleansing and consecration of the bottle
-Pumpkin Seeds, Signifying the physical rain drops falling and prosperity to the land
-Water Signifier (choose 1 or more): Blue candle wax, Blue dust/glitter, Mother of Pearl crushed, Blue ribbon or something that you represent with the element and spirits of water.
-Air Signifier (Choose 1 or more): Ash, incense burnt, a herb you associate with air, dandelion seeds, something that you represent the elements and spirits of air
-A Scroll with the intentions of the spell written in poetic verse.

Method (SMIB = So mote it Be)

-Gather Ingredience, Ground and Centre, Meditate for a while, Cast energetic Circle. (Optional, do this spell while its raining or while you listen to rainfall music)
-Place items one by one into the bottle with focusing on the intensions and either saying out loud or in your head the following: (Some examples, its better to come up with your own words)

1. Salt:
Body of Salt, Body of Earth,
I Invoke thee now and ask to please cleanse, purify and appoint this bottle
within the sacred use of magick
So mote it Be

2. Pumpkin Seeds
These seeds I place within this vessel,
to represent the raindrops upon the land
May it rain x 3
Oh tiny drops, bless this land
with fertile rains
from your clouds above
SMIB

3. Water Signifier added + Incantation. Air Signifier added + Incantation. Scroll:

YOU MUST DO THE FOLLOWING PART: ( you can change the words but developing a relationship with the Spirits for this Spell is very important).

Spirits of Water, Spirit of Air, Keepers of the Rain; Far and Fair,
Please grant us your rains from above,
That our animals will have enough to eat,
For they are hungry and thirsty. Oh Spirits of Water and Air,
We invoke thee to bless us with thine powers.
To grant us now herewith your rains from above,
Your rains from above x 3

** Do for each ingredient, don’t put too many in because you need space inside the bottle for the scroll and part 2.

-Finishing off the bottle, Adding in all your intentions and energy about rain and the process of rain and then closing the bottle. Say:

Spirit of Water, Spirit of Air, we invoke you here this day
That your rainfall come our way,
To us, to our help and aid,
For this bottle, we now trade,

Humbly accept this offering by,
That we graciously ask of your blessing to reach us from on high.
SMIB, SMIB

Part 2: Bottle Spell Part 2 – Full Moon.

To the original jar add:

-Grass Seeds from the property. To connect the property and the spell together. (kind of like the hair of the property, kinda cute)
-(At this point I added blue candle wax, just add something which is blue or which you represent with the water dripping onto the property.

-Light the candle first/ grab your Rain representative. (I just don’t like using fluids in my bottle spells, I feel like if the words from scrolls inside are washed away that it makes the Spell lost, anyways that’s my opinion):

-Adding the Grass Seeds:

As these grass seeds are added
so too shall each and every plant on the property be blessed
by this spell,

*taking the wax, pouring into the bottle while saying the following*
that as this blue candle wax is poured over these grass seeds,
so too shall the rains fall upon ever grass see at [insert street address here]
that it’s lands may be blessed by the rains above! SMIB!

-I asked my Gods (at the time different to Bastet, Thoth and Seshat atm) which I called upon Odin, Freya, Frigg and Eir. I asked them to help with the Spell. It was really powerful and I probably couldn’t have done it without them. So, thank you to Odin, Freya, Frigg and Eir for helping me out. They are still very special to me and they are the Gods of my Ancestors so I do feel still a very big connection to them, but at the moment my Hermetic Pantheon are moving me along.

-Thank your Deities/Spirit Guides/Higher Power/Source energies for attending the Spell Ritual.
-Quiet time with the bottle. (Is really important). (While holding the bottle & a grounding stone (e.g. Obsidian). Say the following (or imagine the spell being sucked into the Earth and taking all the excess magickal energies)

I send this spell into the Earth x2
I send this spell into the sky x 2
I send this spell into the universe x2
SMIB

-Then take a charging stone (e.g Clear Quartz)
I charge this spell with my intensions,
I send this spell into the sky
into the clouds to rain upon [insert property name here]
SMIB

-Tell your Spirits/Spirit Guides/Deities/Source what you’re going to do about it! (Which is the actions of going to the property and having a good ol’ chat with the Land Spirits and burring the Bottle on the property.

Part 3: Burring and Land Spirit Ritual

After the Chinese New Year, I did a few rituals connecting me to the Spirits of the Land. I talked to the Sky Spirits, Water Spirits, Earth Spirits, Air, Rain and Storm Spirits.

I talked in languages that I did not know. I know it sounds crazy, but I knew what I was saying. I was chanting in words that I long have forgotten and it really fueled the spell and the connection to the Spirits so strongly that as soon as I finished the ritual, it started spitting rain and thus resulted in 20 mm being drenched on the property that same day.

It wasn’t a planned ending ritual to this spell at all. It was made, on the spot, through my intuition and it really just came from the heart. I pleaded with them. I offered my energy and they offered theirs. It was truly a spectacular ritual and one of the first of me being fully present and just talking to the Land Spirits in their own language!

There was no structure. My highly analytical mind now took a backseat and I was fully in the moment. I raised my hands up to draw the connections in and pressed them into the earth to send it all through the ground, through the earth like little cords.

It was truly a fantastic ritual and I wish others could have witnessed it, but I also feel like it was so personal to me that it couldn’t have happened any other way.

Conclusion

Alright, so this has been probably the longest post I have ever written, took me over an hour to do it! Please only do this ritual if you are seriously drought affected and need some rain and only concentrating on the rain that should be falling on your property but is missing for some reason. Again I am not liable or responsible for the damages you cause to yourself and your property or to others and their properties.

I feel like in the context of my family’s property we were changing things very drastically and I feel like the Land Spirits were not feeling appreciated and thus decided to take it out on us by removing our rain. Once then establishing a bond with them, a true connection to them I really did feel like they wanted to help. This witch down there is saying hello! Let’s talk to her. This spell has really blessed my spiritual progress and helped me realise that I do make my own reality, my own life is shaped entirely by me. Whatever I put in, I’m going to get out.

Thank you for reading this long post, so sorry for that! But I wanted to make it as detailed as I possibly could for you to understand the context, the reasoning and the methods of the spell to either recreate it in your own way or just as a reference to a well-structured, well explained spell!

Best Blessings of the Gods to you,

Song of the Day – Witch’s Rune – S J Tucker. (A good song which outlines some common themes of Wiccan Rituals)

Mysty.

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Coffee Magick and Deity Talk

Heya guys, me Mysty here! Coffee magick? Deity Talk? Lets have a look.

I really dislike my coffee being luke-warm. Ew, gross gross, disgusting! How do I heat up my coffee to my desired temperature? With my intentions of course.

I chant in my head: (While imagining a fire starting inside the coffee fluid)

Heat of Pachamama x until the coffee is to your desired heat

It works! Each sip is hotter than the last! So awesome, its like not even physically possible in terms of science, but science hasn’t explained magick yet. Thanks Pachamama.

Normally Pachamama is associated with Earth. But I associate her with the deep inner core of the Earth, and its really, really hot down there! Estimated at 6000 degrees Celcius. Holy Shit! She’s one Hot Goddess!

This is really similar to my relationship with Brigid [Pronounced Breet] (which I see her as a Goddess, tending to her Cauldron above her Stone Hearth. Her Red, curly hair surrounds her head, chillin’ in her cottage, always doing something. Always busy. Her cottage is down, down, down in the middle of the Earth. The Heat of her Hearth is the core of the Earth. (When I journey to her anyways.))There is a lot of different artworks and depictions of Brigid and such. I normally only find out later on which Goddess is which and it normally matches the main descriptions of their likenesses through Artworks, and associations.

Really is no surprise that Brigid is associated with Hearths, Earth, Water and Fire. Like wow Brigid you really tick all the boxes there! I guess I had to Journey through the Earth to find the Cottage for the first time. But I would get glances of just her face, just her and her bright red hair before making the effort to Journey there.

Apparently she’s also called the Lady of the Well? In nearly all Mythologies (Norse and the like) have some sort of Well with the Fates around it. (And Brigid apparently has 3 fold aspects, kind of like Hecate which has 3 phases of the Goddess in one. Madien, Mother and Crone. But I’ve never seen the other two, just the ‘Mother?’ (She’s not pregnant so idk)).

I think the 3 fold Deity thing has been stolen from the Three Fates and The Morrigan. The 3 fold aspect of Cerridwen and Brigid has only become popular in Modern Paganism… coincidence? I don’t think so. I think this is like combining Deities like the stupidity of  Thoth-Hermes. Yes, I didn’t make that up, that’s a real God from the time period when Greeks and Egyptians both lived in Hermopolis. It doesn’t do them either any respect or justice. (From my opinion).

Cerridwen’s Threefold Goddess figure was coined by Robert Graves. Thus can be entirely UPG. I also highly doubt that Brigid’s Threefold-ness is historically accurate either. I think this goes more to the 3 rivers and 3 sons which were named after her, not within herself as a Deity. (Outlined in Druidry.org, Brigid: Survival of a Goddess). Nothing in that post defines her as a triple Goddess.

So, lets do our research. If you’ve found a mythological source (that is reliable please) about Brigid being a Triple Goddess I would love to know. No Hippie Wiccan sights or any sites which do not include Druid or Irish/Celtic information. People who claim to know their Lore and Mythology now-a-days are getting a little slack. Getting a little inaccurate. I prefer maybe even an anthropology Student article or thesis about Ancient Celtic Culture. I would love to know if a triple aspect Brigid is legitimate.

This is due to me trying to respect my Ancestors. Many of them were Scottish, French and Prussian. So I really have a mix of different Ancestors and connecting the dots for me is difficult!

Another way I do magick is more of a kitchen magick thing. Like when I’m making dinner or making another family member tea or coffee I stir a spoon a certain number of times anti-clockwise and clockwise and invite healing/positivity/whatever I would like to offer to my family while making their favourite beverage!

It’s really a nice way to include your family in your magick, even if they don’t know you’re doing it, you’re basically gifting them a little piece of energy to them and I enjoy doing it. My family has been a lot better with inviting positivity in and letting things go, and forgiveness in our family. So it really does work.

Thanks guys for reading, let me know what you think about the Three-fold Goddess. Is it Wiccan propaganda? Is it legit? Are there mythological references to back it up? When I’m not getting bombarded with uni assignments I’ll do more research on it as well. 🙂 Thanks.

May your Spirit Guides and Deities bless you to find your highest good.

Song of the Day: Deep into the Earth – Jana Runnalls.

Mysty,

Winter, Cymres, Druidry.org. (N/A). Brigid: Survival of A Goddess. Retrieved from: https://www.druidry.org/library/gods-goddesses/brigid-survival-goddess

UPG – Unsubstantiated Personal Gnosis

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Plant Series: Developing Friendships with Plants

Hey guys. Mysty here. Today, we’re going to talk more about plants! Yay plants.

This is the second episode of my Plant Series. Go see the first episode Do humble backyard weeds have a purpose? through this link: https://mystnokomis.home.blog/2019/03/30/do-humble-backyard-weeds-have-a-purpose/

I absolutely love plants and I adore them. I talk to all my herbs and plants that I have at home and I give them energy when they’re a bit down. When I do that I rush back to them the next day and it’s like they have new life again!

Developing a relationship with plant is not difficult but it does take some time and effort. The plant friendship I’ll be mainly talking about today is with the Mock Orange Tree. Murraya paniculata is the plant’s scientific name.

Well, in this post, I am expressing my anger and my feelings about the misconceptions of correspondences.

Now, I’m not going to go to any book, because quite frankly, I don’t give a shit what someone else has said about Oh this plant does this, this herb does that. Its good for protection and banishing. Quite frankly, fuck you to whoever thought of first putting that in a book and publishing it. It is absolute garbage because developing correspondences is completely personal and cannot be taken from a book.

Correspondences only come from developing an a) association to that thing e.g I associate blue as upliftment, empowerment and calm. Or from b) developing a relationship with said thing.

A plant relationship is about getting to know how you and the plant work together. Not from some book then go ask the plant Oh do you agree with this book that you don’t care about? It’s not going to give a flying fuck what someone says in a book or an article about it. Especially if the article goes straight into the Magickal Properties without any background at all.

Photo from Australian Plants Online(2019):
https://www.australianplantsonline.com.au/murraya-paniculata-mock-orange.html

Also, each plant has its own spirit. So you can’t go to x wormwood then tell y wormwood ‘I’m going to start working with you now and now you have the same correspondences.‘ No. Unless that plant has said, ‘Yes I have homogeneous (which means all the same all the time) properties’. Which, thank Gods rosemary is consistent otherwise the Modern Witch would be doomed.

For example. I associate lemon basil flower tops. Yes specifically the flowers only. With new beginnings and I put that into my New Year spell I did on the first week of January this year.

Now if you go to someone else, they’re going to tell you that your information is wrong and that basil is used for prosperity, money and attracting abundance. Which is entirely different than new beginnings.

For the efforts of this post. Don’t take anything what I say here, and start going to a Basil plant or a Mock Orange Tree and start developing the same relationship I have. Because, its not going to work. Please develop your own relationships, correspondences with talking to them, with your intuition, trial and error to determine how you work with all plant species around you.

This goes for any Crystal, Rock or any other magickal tool or ingredient that you have or you are drawn to and would like to get from the wild, online or through stores.

So. Mock Orange Plant relationship time.

I was walking to a place in the city that I’ve never been before. Never taken the bus there, never seen it, I only had google maps and my sense of direction. My sense of direction was failing me and I was getting lost. I was getting frustrated. I was in a part of town I didn’t know and I just tried to calm down but I couldn’t for some reason. I sniffed in a familiar smell. I turned around and there it was! Yes, a large hedge of Mock Orange. I now knew I wasn’t alone. This Hedge was trying to call me into the right direction. I noticed there were little hedges all around the streets in front of a few houses. I looked on google maps, then to the trees. I realized that the correct direction could also be made while following the hedges, I couldn’t get lost after that.

It got me exactly to where I wanted to go. I knew that I was safe and there was no real reason to be afraid.

Even though this friendship has started way back to when I was a kid and I would play with the Trees, I never thought that this relationship would be so valuable until that point were I was seriously lost. As the flowers on my hedge at home were falling off, the flowers in that neighbourhood were open and gave me that smell to stop and think.

At home, I use the flowers as an offering to my Gods. Bastet loves them, Djeuti and my house Spirit Cassandra all love them and by doing so and asking the Tree for permission before taking the flowers I have actually started more of a magickal relationship with the Tree, building upon the relationship I had with it as a kid.

It was like the smell was guiding me back to where I was supposed to be. I definitely can’t explain all the emotions I felt in words because there’s no words to describe it. This Tree was talking to me. That’s the most simple answer I can say.

Remember that magickal correspondences are normally different to medical or scientific ones. These are mostly consistent from plant to plant. but, most herbs do actually have their own opinions and personalities of their own. They need to be treated as such.

Some ingredients will tell you before you use them use me to represent this. Because, it is normally specific to the spell. For example here are the things I used in my Rain spell coming up in a post soon:

  • Water Signifier: Blue candle wax, Mother of Pearl (crushed), blue ribbon, (Something blue)
  • Air representative: Ash, Incense, (Herb associated with air eg lavender), dandelion seeds.
  • Salt: To purify the bottle its going in.
  • Pumpkin Seeds to correspond and represent rain drops.

I feel the last one there is pretty special as that came by asking the seeds about what they wanted to be representative of. You never know.

Song of the Day: Oyneng Yar – Faun.

Thanks for reading everyone, best blessings to you. Go and develop those fun relationships with your tools, your herbs, plants, trees, stones and crystals. Because at the end of the day, some correspondences in books may help point you in the right direction, but for me, I struggle with book definitions and find them off.

Mysty.

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Why I don’t Cleanse Natural Items for Crafting.

Heya guys, Mysty here.

So, judging from the title you must be interested into why I don’t cleanse natural items to use in Witchcrafting.

It’s an important topic, and through the ages there has been various opinions being created left right and centre. But maybe we need to go back to basics. Go back to The Craft’s origins, which have the proud achievement of being the Mothers to modern medicine and chemistry through Alchemy and Herbalism.

So, lets go to the Definition of Cleansing in the dictionary:

1. To make clean.

2. To remove by or as if by cleaning.

3. To become clean. (Dictionary.com, 2019)

So, from these definitions we can see that the act of cleansing something removes something that is dirty.

Now, in magickal terms this gets a little tricky. While it might say in the definition of the word cleansing the magickal act of cleansing an object actually takes out fucking everything magickal tied to that object.

Now, if you don’t believe me, you can look through any metaphysical, wiccan, witchcraft or spell book. This is a highly well known meta-physical phenomenon in all spirituality, pagan and witchcraft circles.

Now, this doesn’t mean that if this definition or belief doesn’t gel with you, that you have to completely agree or even agree at all.

But this post is titled Why I don’t Cleanse Natural Items for Crafting. This post is purely my opinion and if you don’t agree, then that’s totally fine.

If someone tells you to outrightly change your view on something in The Craft or any Pagan, Witch, or Meta-physical circle. They are not worth your time. Period. They do not have any right in telling you how or what you should be doing.

So, all posts I do, are mostly going to be my thoughts. Don’t dismiss your own about anything.

So, back to why I don’t cleanse natural items for Crafting. The act of Cleansing cuts out all of the magickal properties of that object and makes the magickal slate clean. Empty, ready to be CHARGED. It can also be charged and consecrated if you so choose.

I don’t have oil I can use for consecrations so I just put in the purpose of the object energetically.

So for example, if you had a chalice that you got from the op shop and you don’t want any negative energies (or any other energies the object might have picked up) and you only want your energies upon and in the object then Cleanse, Charge and Consecrate.

But, this is not the same for Natural items. No Crystal, herb, rock, fucking nothing natural should ever be cleansed. This will basically make the object release its power. To me, I can actually physically sense the energy rushing out of the object when I cleanse stuff. So, to me this is totally true. (Again, you can have your own opinions).

So, for me to pick up a totally cleansed object and feel dead silence, I do NOT want this to happen to any of my precious crystal babies or my herbs, my magickal natural items at all.

Alright, so let me know about what your opinions are and how they differ.

Thanks all for reading and Highest Blessings to you from me. May your Deities and Guides help you towards your highest good.

Song of the Day: The Earth is Our Mother – KIVA.

Mysty.

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Journaling

Journaling has become a large thing in my practice. It is a practical way to record Dreams and Journeyings when you will forget after maybe minutes or hours.

My Dream Journal also has Oracle Card Readings, Spirit Communications, Pendulum Communications and various other things which I associate with Divination and Spirit Journeys. If I don’t, my clarified UPG’s and spiritual development might be forgotten by me. My memory is shocking. Sometimes its good sometimes its bad. Why have more than one book for these things? But to be fair as I continue to go deeper into Tarot, I’ll put my readings in a separate book.

My Book of Shadows is a completely separate book to my Dream Journal. This is because its somewhat more towards Crafting like Spells, Rituals, Deity Info and things like that.

Do what you think is best to how you should record these things. Definitely don’t kid yourself by not recording stuff. I bet you won’t remember that encounter you had 3 years ago unless it was very, very powerful.

Dream Journaling is really important to me. If I didn’t properly record my dreams, I wouldn’t know the proper way to approach the Spirit that came into my house. Maybe even be open to that through my dreams in the first place.

My dreams have become less chaotic and more mediocre from that time since I put up specific boundaries between me and Spirit Entities from now on that are permanent until I say so.

More about that in this post, How to help Earth Bound Spirits: https://mystnokomis.home.blog/2019/04/05/how-to-help-earth-bound-spirits/

But I wanted to go more into Shamanic Journeying to continue my Spiritual Development rather than put it on hold because I have forbidden any Spirits of any kind to come into my Dreams from now on as the conditions I set for all Spirits.

So, I basically closed the door on them. Since the projection of the imagery that the particular Spirit who barged into my house wasn’t very welcoming. She had a black hooded cloak on the first time I saw her in a dream before the major one and I couldn’t see her face. She was in a dark place, standing outside my house, and she did not look inviting at all. So, out of my I’m not taking any of that thank you attitude, I basically cleansed my home and put up barriers. It lasted a week before she came into my dreams again. So, seems like she was desperate this time. That time she showed me her face. She looked like a completely normal human. She asked me Do I know French? Like seriously? No, just because my Ancestors are French, doesn’t mean that I know a word of French, Lady. Obviously, may be this was her last option, last breath of any energy she had left. The question didn’t make sense but her expression and emotion did.

Her skin was white, her face full of wrinkles and I full on grabbed her arm and was nearly about to fucking banish her until she said that. I feel like in that moment of my dream it sort of shocked me back into that moment to think, Oh, oh wait she’s actually a human and she needs help.

After this final dream I had, She was playing with the lights in my house, letting them flicker up and down, around about 5 times in a space of an hour during next day while I was chillin’ on my couch. Maybe she was angry because in the most recent dream I sat her down on the same couch I was sitting on at the time of me chillin’. She was probably thinking Why isn’t this witch helping me now? She’s just sitting on her Ass.

I really had to do that ritual the day after this to open up a way for her to get back to the Spirit World. She’s back there now, I sometimes get little flashes of energy, little reminders like her name pops into my head like she’s saying hello. Just to tell me that she’s okay now.

Her Ancestors were absolutely there at the ritual that day and they made me very emotional while doing the proceedings. It was a really special time for me being my first real-responsibility as a Practitioner to do that sort of thing. I’m really grateful for that experience.

I hope as you have read this post and my other one How to help Earth Bound Spirits to consider recording your findings, your spiritual development, progress and any significant encounters you’ve had. It really is important and I can’t stress it enough.

What-ever you’ve been doing. Dreams, Journaling, Communications through to Spirit, your Spirit Guides or Personal Deities. They’ll be grateful when they don’t have to repeat themselves.

Song of the Day: Night of the Holly King – KIVA

Thank you all for reading. Best blessings to you and goodluck on your journeying. I know I have a long road ahead of me, but I know which direction I’m going in. I hope as you journal that your path also becomes more and more clear,

Mysty.

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Magick Bottle Spells

Disclaimer. Any of the methods provided in this post are not professional. If you need medical or professional help please seek it. I am not responsible for any damages caused by the actions you take to recreate or extrapolate my ideas I expand on in this post.

Sorry about the disclaimer, but I don’t want to be responsible for any damages you incur to yourself. That’s your problem. Anyways, back to the post!

Hello Everyone. Welcome to my blog, I’m Mysty. Judging by the title, we’re going to get a little witchy. I’m in the Library and I’m on my typing device, lets go!

I totally, absolutely love bottles, jars, containers in every kind. I was reading somewhere that someone did a spell bottle inside a tic tac container. That is so totally cool.

So, what about my experiences with Magick Bottles? Have they been effective? What are they used for? Lets have a look.

Experiences

So, the two bottle spells I’ve done (I’ve done many but I keep these two with me, like my little babies) in tiny little baby bottles are my Energy Boost and Motivation Spell as per the image below.

My Bottles which I either carry in my bag or on me.

So lets go through these as examples.

The Energy Boost Bottle, as the name says. Boosts my energy when I have none left. Some people with mental and physical disorders, ailments and health issues will attest to the analogy of how many spoons they wake up with (essentially energy points) and how many are used in tasks during the day. Sometimes just getting out of bed will take two spoons, and if you only woke up with 5, that’s a bit concerning.

So, this spell bottle uses this analogy of spoons to give me extra spoons each day. This spell was done at a high time of energy for me when I had no university struggles, no other real massive responsibilities and I have encapsulated those massive amounts of extra energy from that time period into this beautiful bottle. Now, judging from the disclaimer, this is not to say that this is professional help. Please don’t be skipping your Physio, your Quack (psychologist) or any of the sort. Please get the right meds and the right professionals.

But, because I haven’t gone for any tests, mental and the like, I use this energy boost spell to keep going when times get tuff, when I don’t want to study, when I don’t want to do anything. I can honestly say once doing this spell, I have been awarded with much needed boosted energy levels and I’ve used it in boosting my internet connection at home. Which at the moment is pretty shite.

What about the Motivation Bottle? Well, its all good and all to have the good levels of energy to do stuff. But what if you’re not focused? What if my mind is trying to concentrate on the calculations I’m doing, but I’m just mindlessly doing it like a robot. I need to focus, and with dyslexia comes the blessing yet curse of day dreaming. My mind never shuts up and during school I would survive on only a few hours of sleep per week. Yep, per week. Not per day. Week. Around 1-2 hours. Yep, I had pretty bad insomnia. But, over the course of me getting used to the highly chaotic dreams, communicating to my Spirit Guides and developing myself in the spiritual I don’t have any insomnia.

All that’s left is the various changing levels of my motivation. Which, fluctuates between Meh, and I want to do everything at once. So, this bottle really helps me maintain my motivation levels at university to do my shit. Many-a-times I wanted to give up, but after doing this spell, these feelings have mostly dwindled away and I get back into the spirit of work very easily.

The next section will be a guide to help you, lovely reader how to make your own Magick Bottle. Yay! Fun time.

Make your own

Resources:

  • What is the purpose of the bottle? What is the point of the spell? What is the aim or outcome of the spell? Please fucking do this. I’m not liable for self negligence. Be clear, be precise, only one purpose, only things that are realistic and what YOU need.
  • What size bottle are you looking for? Do you have the facilities to melt wax for the top or do you need a self-closing lid?
  • What are you putting into the bottle? Look up correspondences, check with your own self- correspondences too. E.g If you think the colour red means anger and a book says love. Do anger. Do this for each component you are including.
  • Some examples of internal components: herbs, spells, wax, trinkets which are special to you, paper with the intention on, rocks, crystals, frickin grass, basically anything

Performing the Spell:

  • Make sacred space. Do your opening ritual. Be in the zone. State the purpose of the spell.
  • Put the elements of the spell into the bottle. For each element clearly state and attract (or repel) said thing. (Only do repelling spells if you are putting the jar away from you, like burring it)
  • Seal the Bottle. Seal the spell into the bottle using your natural words explaining the reasoning for the spell. Don’t push this out. Sometimes I can naturally speak this part fully in backwards speech without rehearsing what I would say beforehand. (I try not to freak myself out when I do this)
  • Thank Deities/Helpers for attending the ritual. Dissolve the excess energies into the Earth. I normally direct it to those who need that particular energy. (E.g If I was doing a healing spell I would send the excess of the healing energy to people I know who are sick)

Completed!:

  • Hazah! Magick Bottle done! Good Job. Make sure to center and ground after doing any magickal work. Like releasing the excess energy. Playing mundane music you enjoy. Eat and drink something. Go do something Mundane!
  • Wear the bottle. Put it in your car, your bag. Anywhere. Stuff like this. It’s either a transportable or stationary spell. It’s all up to you. Enjoy it! Have fun with the process!

Alright, that’s all from me today. Happy witching my lovies. May your Spirit Guides and your own Deities bless you as you continue to progress to your highest good. I know mine are!

Song of the Day: Tuatha De Dannan – Dragon Ritual Drummers

Mysty.

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Quiet Public Altars

Heya guys, Mysty here.

So I’m going to quickly share about the public altars that i do, quietly. Yes, quietly. Why quietly? Because I don’t have a coven/grove/group yet and I’m currently in the broom closet myself. Also, people starring at you while doing magick is a little weird. But, doing this in the park didn’t get me any weird looks at all actually!

This photo was taken by me of one of the altars I set up outside.

Now, it doesn’t look like much! It’s not supposed to! You don’t want to attract any unwanted attention. And I think burning things in public is illegal. So I didn’t do that. Also, I use things that were naturally found in the Garden (My city’s Botanical Garden, but not the beautiful flowers the staff put so much effort into maintaining)

So, its a few sticks and twigs with a bit of foliage. What is it for? Well, the Triangle to me represents my connection to things. This is specifically for my Ancestors. Since I don’t have an Ancestry Altar, this is for them, and the tree this was under, I felt like I needed to place it under this tree.

So, the act of me connecting the sticks together physically is me trying to connect more to my Ancestors. Thats what it was used for in this instance.

If you can safely walk into your local gardens, consider yourself lucky. Some of my relatives, where they live, they don’t have that luxury. So, be grateful for your local facilities and use them.

I asked the local spirits last week, the spirits of the trees, especially this one, if I could develop a relationship with them, and they agreed, and so did this beautiful Fig Tree. It instantly said a big yes. I think it quite likes the attention and I really felt tingles all over when I asked permission. So, this week I set up an Altar.

Sometimes we don’t have adequate space in our living quarters. Sometimes being solitary excludes us from needed resources and freedom that Witchy or Pagan connections could give us.

I can only do outdoor rituals when no one is home. I can only burn incense also when no one is home. I can burn candles whenever I want, yay, but thats about it. If I started doing Senut and Henu to my Gods and my family was home, I don’t think they would be very impressed.

So, we all have our limitations. That’s okay. We learn to live with them, adapt to them. I’ll give the experience and lessons I’ve had about saving space and being a quiet witch.

  • Have things within a box.
  • Use the top of the box as an altar
  • Have little baby bottles which you’ve made to have transportable spells with you [I will post about these later]
  • Leave things also in the open. Be slightly open to your witchiness to not draw suspicion. E.g. The first time I lit candles in my room my family were really confused, but they got used to it. I’m a woman of many hobbies stemming from languages to music to just about everything so, they eventually thought “this is a part of her routine now”
  • Do ritual outside if you can. This allows for extra space. ya-hoo! Go to your local garden and you don’t have to bring anything with you. Just be yourself.
  • Music. Cleanses space easily. Quick, fast, powerful. Also can be used well if you make your own songs and sing it as a spell. Or Poetry. Or Writing. Whatever is your thing.
  • Sigils, small spells using backwards speech.
  • You don’t need a fancy place to do ritual if you can’t. The most important tool is yourself. Everything else is secondary which helps you bring yourself into a magickal working vibration.
  • Shamanic Journeying using online meditations. I did one last night and it was really powerful.

So, do you have a local garden? Do you have a local pagan/meta store? If so, talk to the owners, get to know them. Even if its the one of 3 stores in the whole City. Even if theres only 1 store. Say Hi if you want to.

If you’re a solitary like me, maybe you can make some important connections. I know I really need to work on that.

Today, I’m going to my local store to get my first Tarot Deck! So excited!

Thanks for reading.

Song of the Day: Satyros – Faun.

Highest Blessings to you all, from me, Bastet, Seshat and Djehuti.

Mysty.

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Why I don’t use a Wand

Heya guys! Welcome back to my Blog. I’m your host Mysty.

WHAT. I don’t use a wand! Then how am I even a witch!
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Well. As you can see, my flavour of paganism and witchcraft so far, are far from average, and so to add to my musical choices, wheel of the year and various other things I’ve touched on so far I’m going to dive into the world of tools as well.

Now, I do have a wand actually. Its actually a paintbrush (without the brushy end, it broke off) cleansed and consecrated for use in my spells. But here’s the thing. I don’t actually use it! Yes! I don’t use my wand. Lets go into the reasons why.

  • I direct energy with my hands and with my mind

Ahhh! So you do direct energy, just not with your Wand! Yes. That’s correct! You got it. I direct energy with my body rather than an external object. So, ya know, I don’t particularly have a purpose of a wand or athame etc etc. (A pointy object which directs energy is not needed by me, Hazaah!)

  • I direct energy with crystal points rather than a wand

Ah! So you use a crystal to do your dirty work? Well, no I use a crystal to send the spell/working into the Universe not to do the actual spell. So, I’m just basically using a crystal to be a wand instead. I mesh better with that.

  • I did use the wand that I have and it didn’t work for me.

This is because it just didn’t feel right. Period. When something takes you out of the magickal element you’re in when doing spells, it stops it from working. So, I didn’t gel with the wand that I had and this is the final reason I don’t use a wand.

Alright! That’s it from me today.

Any progress on your music for the Earth/Deities that you commune with? Let me know how it is going!

Song of the Day: I Hear you Calling – Chalice and Blade

Best Blessings,

Mysty.

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13 Goals for the Modern Witch

Hy Guys, Welcome to my Blog today!

So, what better way to get to know me and my Craft than knowing what I put first and foremost!

This list is about what I think is important to my Craft and how best I can develop it. If you have a different set of rules then by all means, this doesn’t mean you have to change yours to fit mine or vice versa. Everyone’s Craft is their own, and thats what makes Witchcraft so special because we don’t preach in the streets, we don’t hassle people for not believing in x-y-z we’re just normal people doing naturally un-normal yet extraordinary things to make, shape and outright change our lives to where we want them to be. (Or if someone asks us, for changing other people’s lives as well).

Photo taken by me at a River Side.

Here is my List of my 13 goals as a Witch:

1. Don’t compare your Craft to someone else’s. Yes, learn, but never change just because you feel like you need to. Develop.

2. Don’t feel like you need to Worship a God or Goddess just because some book tells you to.

3. Journal/write all the spells, mistakes, beliefs that you’ve gone through so you can see your progress.

4. Don’t feel the need to justify yourself and dont’t put yourself down for not feeling ‘witchy’ enough. Stop it!

5. Read. Read everything. Read that book about something you’re a bit clueless about to get a clue mate!

6. Podcasts, Podcasts, Poscasts!!! I recommend: 3 pagans and a Cat, Millennial Pagan Podcast, Stuff you missed in History Class, and Around Grandfather Fire.

7. Practice your fucking Craft! Try new things, experience and experiment.

8. Spirit Team, Spirit Team, Spirit Team!! What Team? Spirits!

9. Develop some form of Divination, and do it good! Believe in yourself!

10. Learn Correspondences from yourself, THEN look at books. For Christ’s sake.

11. Don’t self doubt. Stop it!

12. Take the time out during each week to study/commune with Team/practice ritual or spells.

13. Have Fun! Don’t take this all so seriously all the time.

So thats my 13 goals for the Modern Witch. I thought I needed to do this because I recently saw one online that just didn’t gel with me. Made me cringe guys! So, here’s to us, the Weird Ones in the already Weird bunch! Cheers.

Happy Crafting, Best and Highest Blessings to you and your Teams.

Song of the Day: Cernunnos -OMNIA

Mysty.

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Why am I a witch?

Hey everyone! Mysty here. Welcome to my pagan-witchy-blog.

So today I want to go through the reasons and episodes that I had which led me to being a witch.

Photo taken by me. Logan River.

So, I really loved Nature as a kid. I would go outside and play. Play with stones, with rocks and stuff. I would chuck stuff into ponds that would dissolve and think, WOW that’s magical! I would get a rock and squish mock-orange oranges into a paste and well, I don’t remember the point of that one. But I do remember a lot of nature experiences that I had.

I had a lot of vivid dreams as a kid and I even still remember them to this day. I mean, as a twenty year old that’s quite an achievement because I don’t remember what I had for dinner three nights ago.

I remember smells and experiences from my childhood. And then school came around and I had a real trouble with school work. I could read really well but my spelling was awful and I didn’t know what clocks did even until 7th Grade (like 12 years old). So, fast forward into 12th Grade (last grade, being 16 years old) and I find out that I am dyslexic. It really shook me how all my teachers up to that point could not see my dyslexia. Like, holy shit were they blind.

Anyhow, so dyslexia funnily enough actually helps me visualise things in my mind in a 3D way. I can play videos in my mind and put rules on it (like gravity etc) so this really helps me in my Engineering Degree at the moment.

So, I use dyslexia in my magick too! Quite ironically. I can visualise really well and I can basically feel and see energy if I really want to.

So, in school, like probably 9th to 12th Grade I was looking into other religions and stuff and I came across Paganism and Witchcraft. I thought I was really interesting. But, I brushed it off after I finished school and didn’t touch it until maybe the end of the first year of my degree.

I started really researching, looking at books and then I had my first encounter with a Goddess. Athena. She is really fucking powerful, holy shit. Not to mention smart. So, she just waltzed into my house, gave me a copy of her big spear (It’s really sharp, silver, and shinny) and left.

That was probably the turning point in my discovery of the Craft. It made me realise that this stuff is actually real, and this included the visions of the future that I was having. She really was just protecting me and looking after me. So, I thank Athena all the time for her protection and even though she doesn’t really communicate with me all the time, I can feel her big presence when she’s in my house some times. Like right now. (I’m tingling all over right now and her big presence is in my house at the moment). She was the first Goddess to tell me that I’m not on this journey alone and so many gifts from my Spirit Guides have followed on from Athena.

The second gift was from my Spirit Guide, Mei. She is a Chinese Maiden from I think the Han Dynasty. In her Garden I went and she gave me a jade necklace, full of round beads. She was basically inviting me to the spirit world and welcoming me in. Kind of like a Spiritual Lei (For Hawaiians out there).

I then recently got gifted a black disc, from Warra my Kangaroo Spirit Guide, which transforms between a circle, rectangle and a square shape. This is like the screen between the spirit world and the physical world. After receiving that I had the huge blow out with a spirit which waltzed into my house a few months after! (Which is in the post How to help Earth Bound Spirits found here: https://mystnokomis.home.blog/2019/04/05/how-to-help-earth-bound-spirits/ )

So, that’s my journey so far in being a witch. My coming of witch story as some say.

I continue to be a witch because I know I can take control of my life and destiny is not set in stone. I create my own reality and witchcraft is a tool to do so. The most important tool is yourself in the Craft.

Song of the Day: Persephone – Kellianna

Highest Blessings from me to you,

I wish you the best in your Craft.

Mysty.

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Why am I a Pagan?

Hello all, welcome to my Blog, I’m Mysty.

Today I’m going to share the reasons why I am a Pagan and what Paganism is to me.

-Photo taken by me, Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

So, first off what is Paganism? It’s an umbrella term for people who practice and have certain beliefs which centre around honouring and respecting all forms of nature.

We attune ourselves to the seasons, our spiritual guides and Deities if we chose, to try our best to understand past lives, this life and the next through cycles of life, death and rebirth.

Most Pagans share the belief that all life-forms have spirit bodies and we all have a particular role to play in this world through service to others and deepening an understanding of ourselves to become a more balanced being and eventually break the cycle of needing to be reborn in various forms to become our true selves once all that we need to learn is finally finished.

So, in a nutshell thats basically what Paganism is. Some people say, “You worship the Earth,” which is not untrue. But the other points above are really the core of our Path. It might not even be a religion to some.

For example, my Paganism is just that. Paganism. Its a set of beliefs its not a religion to me. I have read up on a number of religions and my ‘set of beliefs’ if I can call it that, are basically an accumulation of what resonated with me, what my Ancestors are teaching me and my relationships with various Deities.

My relationship with Bastet and Athena are not the only Deities I have. I have Seshat and Djehuti when I need help with studying or when I’m in a library, I ask them to bless my study sessions and these are new relationships that I’m forming with them.

My relationship with the Earth and Mother Earth has grown as well, over a long period of time. She appears to me as a woman, tending to her cauldron, addin’ stuff, then going back to her chopping board, inside her little cottage house, inside the middle of the Earth. Pretty Cool. Her Red hair surrounds her face and drapes down her back in an innumerable amount of twirls and curls. She is the Earth.

I feel like maybe this is Cerridwen? Or Brighid? I’m yet to find a relatable art piece to illustrate her so I can correctly match her to a Goddess Name. Maybe she is Nameless and Timeless. She doesn’t talk so thats no help.

Sometimes I see her, and its just her head and shoulders I can see. Sometimes she is in a meadow or forest. But it mostly comes back to her Cottage house.

These images come to me when I meditate or when I’m really tired. She gives me energy to keep going or focuses my meditation to be of an invocational kind.

These are yet a few examples of why I am Pagan. I can speak to spirits, my Guides, and my Deities. I can see energy, auras and I can feel these energies. I know when someone has had an argument when I’ve entered a room or if a room is peaceful and inviting. I know when someone is lying to me or is telling the truth. I know when something is too good to be true when others had faith in it. I know when x is going to happen because I had a dream about it. I’ve helped spirits move on to the world their supposed to be in.

I’m proud of these things and the skills I’ve worked really hard to develop so far and even though I’m not allowed to be a Pagan or Witch openly at the moment, I feel like I will be later on in life and that being my current religion and Pagan Witch is actually congruent, which will be a surprise to some but not to others. Having a Christian Faith and being a Pagan Witch is surprisingly doable.

I’ve had amazing experiences in both. I’ve had miracles happen in both. I cannot leave the one and hold to the other. They have both made my life better in different ways.

I’ve had countless experiences which point to there being something greater going on than just me alone. Something so profound that we yet understand what it is. The life-force of this universe we all call home is fucking massive amounts of energy and phenomena we yet to even call it by the correct names. We just call it Magick for now.

I wish you all the best! Let me know how you all came to be a part of this Pagan family and how are your beliefs different from mine?

Song of the Day: Come to the Dance – Emerald Rose.

Best and Highest Blessings to you and your Teams elsewhere.

Mysty.

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How to use a Pendulum

Heya guys, so today I’m going to be talking briefly about how I use a Pendulum and for which purposes.

So, my pendulum is a heavy glass pendant which is in a shape of a 3D heart and has the colours of turquoise and black inside its glass. It’s a pretty piece and ever since i got it as a gift for my birthday many moons ago it has provided me excellent readings so far.

The good think about glass pendulums is that you can cleanse it very easily over a candle flame. Or directly INTO the flame. Watch your fingers and be careful! It will be very hot! (Do not do this with Crystal Pendulums please)

So. I started using my pendulum to ask various questions. But before all this you have to tune it.

Wait wait? What is tuning?

Lets have a look.

First you need to get a pendulum that swings for you even if you say nothing to it. Doesn’t matter what its made of it could be a heavy piece of wood with a string attached. Could be anything. But i prefer to stick with only one working one at any one time.

Second. Ask it:

– Show me yes. Wait

Show me no. Wait

Show me maybe. Wait

If it shows three different directions for each of these then its good to go.

NOW you can buy it if you wish to.

There is a good example of when pendulum buying goes wrong:

*picks up pendulum*

*pendulum swings violently*

Wow! This pendulum really likes me

*Takes pendulum home*

*Never sees said pendulum ever again*

Now, I don’t want this happening to you okay. So please, when buying a pendulum ask it these questions (Yes, No & Maybe) and even an extra question asking it, would you like to be my full time pendulum?

That is a way better way of getting a pendulum.

So, how do you use a pendulum?

Well its pretty similar to asking yes or no or maybe questions. This is because pendulums can only do these sorts of answers. Unless you have a pendulum board. Which works like a ouja board but you just have pendulum in your hand.

I’ve never used a pendulum board but I’ve never really needed to use one. Here’s why.

When asking a set of questions you phrase them so you can narrow it down very easily. For example:

Did I lose my keys in my car somewhere? Yes.

Is the keys under the front left seat? No.

Is the keys under the front right seat? Yes.

This is just an example but that is probably a very real situation and is very similar to the time i lost my public transport traveling card. In which i had a very sneaky suspicion it was in my room BUT the pendulum did not say it was in my room because it regarded the word ‘in’ to being in anything! and so it did not pick up that it was in my room but in a bag i don’t normally use at the SAME TIME.

So please, be mindful that using a pendulum is very similar to computer coding such as:

If you tell MATlab that:

3 < x < 1

then it will automatically think you mean:

3 < x  OR  x < 1, meaning it will provide you an ‘or’ statement. So, it will say “True” If x is larger than 3 OR 1 which you kind of want a definite answer . You rather want the answer to x is larger than 3 AND 1.

Thus, if i put my bag scenario into coding form i did:

– Is my travel card in my room? No

But what I really should have said is:

-Is my travel card in something inside my room? Which provided a Yes answer.

This means I was using an AND statement rather than an automatic OR statement that MATlab also does.

So, if you find that your pendulum is giving you bad answers its probably because you didn’t word your question correctly.

So, what are the other uses for pendulum dowsing?

  • Talking to Spirits
  • Talking to Deities, Spirit Guides, and Ancestors
  • Talking to your Higher Self

I normally talk to Bastet, My Spirit Guides and Higher Self with my pendulum for things like Where is my travel card? Lol, very funny. But I also ask them somethings like How am I going with my Daily Spiritual Practices? or if my UPG’s are correct for my Deities.

I also use Oracle Card Decks as well. But I would like to get a Tarot Deck soon! (Like this week sometime)

Alrighty that’s it from me folks. How do you talk to your Spirit Team? Let me know 🙂

Peace to you,

Mysty.

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The use of Backwards Speech in Witchcraft

Heyyy,

What is goin’ on my fellow witches, pagans, and beautiful flavours of spirituality?

Today, I was thinking of talking about the way I use backwards speech in my Craft!

Its quite a weird yet easy way to quickly do a spell and send it across the universe.

So, what the hell is backwards speech?

Backwards speech is quite simply speaking backwards. (See what i did there).

Anyhow, so for an example:

– So Mote it be;

Now becomes

– eb ti etom os

This one I use A LOT. Like, a lot a lot. All the time. It is simple, I’ve memorized it by now and its simple to say backwards!

The cool thing about Backwards speech is that its versatile:

– You can apply this to any language and still make it sound good (with some rules to place on it of course)

What about some other examples:

– Today I invite peace into my day

yad y(i)m ot-ni eca-ep et-iv-ni yat-ot

See what I did? I broke up the syllables so when i speak it backwards it makes it easier to say. With the i in brackets like this : (i) that means im adding that vowel so that it sounds better.

So, try it! Have a go! (As we Australians say, Have a crack!)

Have a crack at it and tell me how it went!

Obviously, if you want to incorporate this into a spell. Maybe doing a sigil drawing then saying the purpose of the sigil backwards a couple of times, concentrating on the purpose, visualising. Then finally saying it forward at the end, then maybe saying Eb ti etom os. Or something like that could be a small ritual outline.

Magick is always better when it’s structured. Even if the ritual is literally 1 minute. It is BETTER to have a:

-Purpose of the working

-Chosen working method (e.g Candle/Bottle/Jar/Sigil)

-Framework & Raising Power into spell

-Ending and Sending to universe.

That is a very simple structure. Try, have a go and tell me if backwards speech did something extra for you!

Cheers,

Big huggies and Highest Blessings from me, Bastet, Seshat and Djehuti,

Mysty.

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How to help Earth Bound Spirits

Hello all, hope you’re ready to get a bit serious.

Spirits are a part of this world just as much as we are. They don’t have physical bodies but they definitely have spirit bodies. Personally touching a spirit in my dreams recently really opened me up to the possibility that I can help Earth bound spirits cross over when they are trapped in an Earthly plane (our world rather than the spirit world).

Some of you may be thinking in the back of your mind “is this chick INSANE. Like who does she think she is, telling us about spirits and shes not even a medium, what a load of ****!”

clouds dark dramatic heaven
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Well. To be quite plain I’ve been seeing spirits since I was a kid and this lady-spirit which (in retrospect, quite rudely) entered my dreams (twice actually!) to ask for my help on getting her to the other side. Now, she didn’t even specifically ask me that I had to go out of my way in ritual to specifically talk to her just to help her move on from MY HOUSE. (Yes, sounds pretty rude). Anyhow, I thought Well I can’t just leave her here, I’m going to have to help her otherwise shes going to keep feeding on OUR energy to say alive.

So, after the dream encounter (which wasn’t pleasant because she literally just waltzed into my house & into my dreams without invitation) I decided to research and see what I had to do to successfully help her. This is what I eventually learnt after reading about twenty articles and blogs later:

  1. Set Spiritual Boundaries. When in a ritual setting (casting circle, calling quarters, having protections), specifically and clearly state To All Spirit Entities and Energies The terms of the conditions in which YOU can contact THEM. ** This is the key. You need to establish all your boundaries to include something about under the conditions of only you contacting them so include boundaries on:
    – The Time(When), Place(Where), and Conditions (How) YOU will contact THEM. Because if you don’t specifically say this in the terms you propose, they can just waltz into your dreams, into your awakened conscious mind and say hello.
  2. You need to have a connection with either a certain Deity or Spirit Guides to help the Earth Bound Spirit successfully cross over into the Spirit World.
  3. You need to Engage the spirit (at a later time) after setting your intentions of your Spirit Contact Boundaries as per Step (1).
  4. Once engaged in ritual, Cast Circle and ask your Guides/ Deities to act as a Gatekeeper which acts like someone standing between an open doorway, you can still contact the spirit and converse with them, but your Spirit Ally is always protecting you.
  5. Use a method of communicating tool or intuition to talk to the spirit, or ask it to give you information via visuals/audio.
  6. Understand the situation of the particular spirit. Ask if they are ready to go to their Ancestors (this really helps them move on). And possibly ask her Ancestors to preside at this meeting before continuing.
  7. Ask the spirit what is their name, and what was their favourite thing to do. Just to get to know them, you need to develop a good relationship just for a short while.
  8. Then ask them, who out of your Spirit Allies would they like for them to guide them back to the Spirit World.
  9. Open a portal to their Ancestors and ask their Ancestors & Your Guides to assist.
  10. With the Spirit Guide from your personal group of Allies they chose, instruct them to take the Earth Bound Spirit to the Spirit World and ask the Ancestors to greet them upon entry.
  11. Say Thank you to the Spirit. Dismiss them and formally say GOODBYE.
  12. Thank your Deities and Guides, Safe Travels and Farewell to thee.
  13. Closing Ritual. Opening the circle back up. Grounding via Eating, Drinking or grabbing your favourite grounding stone or go have a relaxing bath.

Okay, so thats a rough guide. For me, my ritual to help my Earth Bound spirit went definitely along these lines.

Some experiences I had:

– The Earthbound Spirit did like Bastet but was not willing to go to the Spirit World with her, I asked her if she would like to be led by my Kangaroo Spirit Guide, Warra. She said yes. [Since she lived in Australia for a long time, she was accustomed more to the image of a Kangaroo, so please be mindful of what is best for the Spirit]

– the Earth bound Spirit I had, did not have a good connection to me, but as I started conversing with her more and just more casually being open with her, she told me her name properly and the ritual went much smoother after this.

-Do a bit of research. Now its probably not going to be like I had to do. The Spirit was tripping the lights and dimming them up and down and stuff so I really quickly had to do the ritual 3 days maximum after her waltzing into my dreams.

I highly doubt that you will have a similar encounter, but if you can see spirits in your dreams like I can and stuff maybe you should invest a little time into understanding how this all works, rather not like me and leave it to the last minute.

Alright, thats it from me.

Happy Ghostbusting my fellow witches, pagans, psychics, mediums and spiritualists alike. I hope this post is a good start for you but I also hope you continue to develop strong relationships with your guides so you can properly do this if needed.

Highest Blessings from me and my Spirit Team:

Mysty

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Deity Contact (Bastet)

Hey guys, me Myst-taay,

So, I’ve been thinking about the time that Bastet first said hello to me that fateful day and I would like to share that Deity contact experience with you.

So, one night I was praying pretty casually to Bastet (about a week in from asking her to be my Patron) and as I was ending my prayer I said “Merry meet and merry part, and merry meet again,” she fully visualised in my mind for a few seconds after the words I spoke aloud, and then vanished.

She was beautiful.

She had full Egyptian attire, a light brown linen dress, which shimmered contrasting with her tanned skin. Her head-dress had rubies and emeralds which went beautifully with its pure gold metal band around her black hair.

She had a human sort of face, but different. I can’t really describe it, but basically ebbing off her body was that energy of Divine. She definitely wasn’t human at all.

Her eyes were dark brown, and her smile penetrated me. I could instantly feel her love for me and the reasons why she came to my home. It was definitely for my spiritual development and progress and she wanted to help me personally.

I am so blessed that she is the guardian of my house, but also my Patron Goddess.

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A little bit of facts about Bastet: (Recorded from various sources and straight from my book of Shadows)

  • Egyptian Goddess of the Home, Hearth, Woman’s Secrets, Cats, Fire, Fertility, Domesticity, and Childbirth. Called The Lady of the Flame. 
  • (UPG over here, so I associate her with the Rays from the Sun, because she is the literal offspring of the Sun, and rays are the physical manifestation of that)
  • She protects homes from evil spirits, diseases, especially woman and children.
  • (UPG again, she loves candles! Especially white ones. She likes myrrh as well!)
  • One of her side roles as a Goddess was guiding people to the Afterlife (With Anubis ye-a) (I’ll have a post which will discuss why a certain Spirit did not like Bastet to guide her back to the Spirit World soon in my Post Helping Earthbound Spirits). 
  • Daughter of Ra, Eye of Ra (Which is Ra’s all seeing Eye, Kind of like Odin’s) She was also the protector of Ra, and protected her Father from Apep which was seeking to kill him.
  • Original Name, B’sst –> Ubaste –> Bast –> Bastet.
  • Ubaste, means “She of the Ointment Jar” which she is sometimes linked to the God Nefertum, God of Perfumes which is said to be her Son.
  • (UPG, this is why she likes her Katy Perry Perfume bottle! She loves scents and perfume and she was originally an Ointment Jar Goddess and I try to Honour Her roots not just that She’s a Home protector, but also her origins)
  • Greeks thought her to be Ba’ Aset (like Ba + Aset, Ba = Soul, Aset = Isis) so they thought Bastet was the “Soul of Isis”, but this is incorrect.
  • She had her own City and Temples! Bubastis and the Temples of Bubastis.
  • All the fierce illustrations of her died down and she transformed from being a killing Goddess to being a house cat. (Kind of like how Sekhmet transformed into Hathor)
  • Common symbols she is depicted with: Kittens at her feet and Sistrum (Musical instrument used in Temples)

Alrighty! That’s it from me today, I will leave you with the full version of my Prayer to Bastet (And the Guitar Chords): (4/4 timing, rhythm is ta-ti-ti (rest rest); ti-ti-ticka-ticka (rest rest)
z = rest.
ta = Full note (1 beat)
ti = Half Note (1/2 beat each)
ticka = Quarter Note [1/4 beat each, but as you say ‘ticka’ there are 4 of these Quarter notes inside 1 ‘ticka’ (basically 1 ticka = 1 full note but there are 4 small notes all next to each other)]

G         D   z,z    G                  D   z,z
Oh Bastet, Keeper of the Sun
G                   D           z,z Am             z,z
One’s Who’s Flames, guide us on,
G              D      z,z         G           D  z,z
Her sacred Crown, fills the Sky,
G                    D        z,z       Am      z,z
with bright sun rays, on us shine.

(Same Chords + Timing)
Oh Bastet, Sacred Protector,
She guards our home from invaders,
Her motherly touch, blesses us all,
We listen to Her words, and Her call.

G            G           G           Am
~Ubaste, Ubaste, Ubaste -a.

All rights for this music and lyrics are licensed by me. You are free to use it for personal use but not for profit, thank you. 

Thank you guys for reading all the way through,

I really am grateful to the people who regularly follow my posts and like my content.

If there’s any suggestions, feel free to comment below on what I should talk about next,

I have a lot more content from me in the future and I hope to publish some real books too. I really want to share my flavour of Paganism with all of you because, who knows, there is probably someone out there that can benefit from what I write.

Thank you all, highest blessings. And did you make any songs to your Deities yet? I would love to know what they are about.

Best Blessings from Bastet and I, (Djehuti and Seshat too, I’m typing this in the library so I have to acknowledge them! I will post about them soon!),

Mysty.

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Songs of Praise.

Being a Witch and being a Pagan comes with some responsibilities.

One of those responsibilities is showing adoration to your Deities. (If you so choose to).

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Today, I’m going to be discussing my Deities (who also chose me too).

So, the first Deity which formally chose me is Bastet (Bast, Ubaste). So, she sent three cats to my house. The one was pitch black, the other white and the other grey. They each had various days they would turn up, somewhat mysteriously, to my house. They snooped around my garden, day after day until… Dun dun DUUnn. I got a Katy Perry perfume bottle! In a shape of a cat! Which was a gift? When I saw it I thought….hmmm. Coincidence? I think NOT.

The cats kept coming around until I eventually started researching her, thinking that this couldn’t be out of shear luck.

Then, I formally introduced myself to her in prayer and I asked her to be my Patron Goddess, and she accepted! I really am excited about working with her, and so far she has been so hospitable it is truly a blessing.

So, lets go to the reason why this post is called Songs of Praise.

So, do you remember in a previous post that I talked about being a musician and a singer. Well, I am! I’ve been teaching myself violin since 2016 and I have been a guitarist since I was 11 years old!

So, what does this have to do with adoring the Gods? (Goddesses and Deities too because sometimes Deities don’t have genders or have multiple! So I prefer the term Deity). Deities love music. That’s the reason.

One way we can show them how we care, is through music. Through some traditions (or if you’re eclectic too) use music to express their relationship, feelings, emotions to offer songs of praise to the Gods in order to:

– Be a formal ritual offering or part of a ritual that we perform such as an opening song or prelude.

– Ask for something from the Gods, and this in a form of a song (Sort of like a prayer)

– Dedicate a song to a particular God or Goddess because of adoration.

These are just a few simple ways it can be used, but how do you go about writing a song? Can you even write a song? Yes, yes you can. I’m here to show you some tips.

My main method I use:

  1. Develop a relationship with the Deity that the song is for.
  2. Start with a clear theme and reason why this song is going to be sung.
  3. Try and come up with some lyrics and a rhythm/melody by trial and error. Visualisation helps.
  4. Have Fun! When you are in the moment having fun, that’s when the best songs come out.

I will share a part of the song which I wrote for Bastet:

Oh Bastet, Keeper of the Sun.
One’s Who’s Flames, Guide us on.
Her sacred crown, fills the Sky.
With bright sun rays, on us shine.

Now, I’m not going to give you the rhythm or the music key because it would be too confusing (Maybe in another post sometime). But this shouldn’t stop you from getting ideas to make you’re own songs about your Deities.

Some songs which are similar and give me inspiration:

  • Persephone – Kellianna
  • I hear you Calling – Chalice and Blade
  • Freya, Shakti – Emerald Rose
  • Siuil A Ruin – Irish Folk Song
  • Lady Moon – Jenna Greene
  • Trotto – Estampie (One of my fav’s!)
  • May it Be – Enya
  • The Goddess and the Weaver – Spiral Dance

I hope this post inspires you to write songs for your Gods and Goddesses (and all Deities). I am really lucky that one of my passions is music and I can play instruments but if you can’t, don’t be discouraged, anyone can create music if they are passionate about the message it brings.

Highest Blessings and have fun!

Mysty.

 

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Why I flip my Element Directions.

Heya guys, welcome back to the Myst Nokomis Blog. I’m your host, Mysty!

So today, I wanted to talk a bit about why my directions of elements are different from most people.

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So to start, what are the norm?

  • North: Earth
  • South: Fire
  • East: Air
  • West: Water
  • Sunwise direction: Clockwise

And what are my directional elements?

  • North: Fire
  • South: Earth
  • East: Water
  • West: Air
  • Sunwise direction: Anticlockwise

So lets go through and talk about why this is.

For North: Fire

  • The equator is in the north according to my geological direction.
  • Where I’m situated, I always think about how hot it is in Townsville, Cairns and Mt Isa. Always feel particularly mindful of when they have 40 to 48 degree Celsius days and we don’t in the South East.
  • Fire to me is about looking forward. Its about the future and forgetting about your past. Normally I do rituals to physically burn away things and my relationship with Fire is always helping me develop my future self

For East: Water

  • For my geological location, Water is in the East. I’m on the South East Coast of Australia. I might not see it from where I am, but I definitely feel her Big Mama you don’t mess with me bitch attitude.
  • Yes yes, some people may be reading and thinking this is blasphemous! How dare she! I don’t care about your opinion. If you don’t live where I live and you have a different opinion and its negative. Keep it to yourself.

For South: Earth

  • Antartica here we come! (She is in the South for me) Closest piece of ice and land that is seriously massive. She is the southern most point of our globe and she is powerful. I try to honour her in this respect.
  • It is colder the more South you get! (e.g Tasmania and New Zealand)
  • Penguinnnnns
  • I definitely can feel the Earth under me, and actually randomly (or probably not) every time I am trying to connect to the Earth I am facing South! [ Interesting]

For East: Air

  • From my geological perspective, It is a lot hotter and dryer to the East of me. I respect the great big Outback of inland Australia. It’s literally a desert.
  • I imagine the heat, the dryness and the silence.
  • My relationship with Air has developed to a still knowing of myself whenever I invoke the Air Spirits. I have a seriously strong connection to them and whenever I dedicate a song to them the wind and breeze blows stronger and stronger until I finish. I thank the Air Spirits for always being with me.

Sunwise Direction: Anticlockwise

  • This is just from a geological perspective that the sun moves Anti-clockwise around the Earth from your perspective (If you look towards the equator) (Southern Hemisphere)

Alrighty that’s all from me folks.

Let me know if you have any out-of-the-norm Elemental Directions and how that’s been going for you! What are your relationships with the Elements?

May the Best Blessings of the Gods be with you,

Mysty.

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Welcome to my Altars

Heya guys, its me Mysty. Today I thought of introducing you to my Altars!

Yes Altar(s), a plural word!

But before all this, I’ll answer why I have Altars and what do I use them for.

Altars for me, are a part of a sacred space which you create. Normally by cleansing the space through incense or sage-ing.

Sage-ing NOT smudging. Smudging is a clearly defined traditional Native American ritual (and also in other traditional rituals as well from various cultures). So please don’t say “I smudged my house last week” Because that’s actually incorrect and highly inappropriate.

So, please use the term Sage-ing or sage-ed.

Sorry about that, so lets go back to Altars. They serve a wide range of purposes such as:

– Ancestor Altars

-Deity Altars

-Ritual Altars

-Personal Reflection Altars

-Spirit Respect Altar.

Now, I don’t have Ancestor Altars but I do have each of the last 4. So I will talk about them in turn.

Deity Altars:

This, is my Bastet Altar. It has various nit-bits but what the main things are is:

-Bastet’s Figure. Which is my Katy Perry perfume Bottle. I asked first if Bastet approved of her being represented like this and she said yes.

-Offerings: Now this might not be obvious to the normal pagan. But, in Kemeticism you normally give something that either i) doesnt rot ii) can be eaten by you. So, I normally offer my pieces of jewellery to Bastet. See the tiara and offering bowl in the photo.

-Other Items: Various items which are not necessary but are important to Bastet, as she protects my home while I’m asleep, away or at home!

-Candle: I light the candle in her name, and do a prayer over it and dedicate the flame to her and invite her to always be with me.

Thoth/Djehuti Altar:

-I am still making more of a relationship with him so its still in progress.

-This is an example of a Altar in progress and that is totally fine.

Some items which are important:

-Figure: Bird, well Djehuti is an Ibis-headed God, kind of obvious.

-A stone which represents the cosmic egg: So there is a stone which represents Thoth’s cosmic egg which he hatched out of and thus created himself and this world. (Basically represents the ever-expanding universe)

-Offerings: I normally offer Djehuti flowers from my garden and I did that during the week.

-He doesn’t necessarily like candles, he told me.

-Ritual/ Personal Altar:

This is my personal Altar. I place things from all of my altars onto another altar to do rituals and that is a portable one, so I can take it outside and such. But this is my personal altar. Its purposes:

-My Sacred space

-My daily candle lighting for reflection, consistency, peace.

-Meditation space, reflection space, prayers and Senut & Henu bowing.

-Small spells

Ritual Altar:

With the ritual Altar, (I might put in an image later on).

-For rituals only, is portable and normally consists of other things on my other altars, such as grabbing my Bastet Figure.

-For spells and worship only. Only using my wooden altar top (a different one to the one in the personal altar) (Its a small wooden portable surface)

-Sometimes used for Tarot card reading and small rituals inside.

Spirit Respect Altar:

Now, this is probably pretty specialised. This is an Altar for my Spirit of my House, Cassandra. She helps me during ritual, watches over my possessions, our house, and is the personally wields Athena’s Spear. Thats a story for another time. Athena was one of the first Deities which contacted me, and is still highly important to me.

She is the only one which wields that Spear, which is basically the power core to my House’s spiritual defences.

She also manages the 3 Ward stones which are on that altar around the candle. Basically guarding the 3 main entrances into my house. The front door, sliding side door and the left hand side laundry door. I frequently give these stones some energy by going to one of the doorways and going in a clockwise motion around the doorframe with black obsidian while muttering a protection prayer.
(In the southern hemisphere, clockwise direction is used for banishing and anticlockwise is used for attracting. So I’m banishing negative entities and spirits)

Ever since I started doing this, there has been no infiltration into my dreams or my house.

I casually talk to Cassandra all the time and she is very pleasant and easy to converse with. I ask her to take care of our house before we leave and I thank her for protecting our home.

Alright so those are my Altars everyone!

Let me know about your meditation/spiritual/sacred spaces/altars and why you use them.

Best Blessings, from me, Bastet, Djehuti and Seshat.

May your days be long on the Earth, in health and happiness.

May you never hunger.

May you never thirst.

Mysty.

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Why I light a candle Everyday

Heya everyone its me Mysty.

Judging from the title you might know what this is about… But lets go a bit deeper.

So every day, I light a candle. Either if its when I wake up, at 5am before I wake up or at night time. Just really whenever. Its not about the time its about lighting a candle everyday.

So, what is the reason I do this? For consistency of course! When you’ve had a busy day all you want to do is come home and have a consistent part of your day to unfold.

When I wake up I normally light the candle so I can start off my day correctly.

And when I’ve had a really rough day and I am very sore (from various conditions I have) I will light a candle and let it all melt away.

For me. It really works. For you? May be it will too, or something similar. Just find what works for you to wind down and take it a bit slower.

These days, life is getting more and more busy, its best to have a few moments of your day carved out to stop, and just be in your shell, just being you.

When I light a candle, I might dedicate it to a specific God or Deity. For example,

Bastet I light this flame, that your light may forever be within me.

Thoth, I light this candle in your name to dedicate my study to you.

These are some simple ways of Deity worship that you might find yourself doing. Even after all the articles I’ve read about Kemetic (a form of Egyptian Paganism) practices, this candle lighting by far is more important to me then say Henu (ritualistic bowing) or Senut (a formal worship ritual).

Sometimes people don’t have time for a full-blown ritual.

When I do have time, I normally do spellcraft so Senut takes a back seat. But Henu, I will do quite frequently if I wake up early or don’t go to sleep and close my door and dedicate a few moments of my life to my Deities.

So, what are the ways that you wind down after a long day?

What are your personal care rituals?

Let me know in the comments below how you do a particular meditation or ritual to do so. Or link me to pages you’ve written about a similar topic, I would love to read it.

Highest blessings to you all,

Now I light this candle for you all, for highest health and lots of laughter,

Mysty.

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Southern Hemisphere Wheel of the Year?

This is going to be an educational post, with real references so strap yourself in.

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Ever since I’ve been actively a Pagan Witch, I can not count the number of times I’ve been frustrated about which wheel of the year to follow. Do I follow the Northern Hemisphere one and hope for the best? Do I flip the dates around to be sure its okay? Or what are the other options. Today, I’m going to debunk a bit.

First off. What are the seasons in Australia? Okay, to give you an idea it goes something like this (Starting on the first DAY of the month first listed and going through to the LAST day listed per season):

  • Summer – December, January and February
  • Autumn – March, April and May
  • Winter – June, July and August.
  • Spring – September, October and November

(Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Government) http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/glossary/seasons.shtml

So, Northern Hemisphere Witches and Pagans alike are probably going. “Don’t they just flip ours around to cater for themselves?” Well, why yes some people do! But not me, I’m a bit special. So why is the reason that some people like me just DONT gel with flippin’ of the Northern Hemisphere times for our Wheel of the Year?

Lets have a look at the normalised (backwards Northern Hemi. Wheel of the Year) to be like a Southern Hemi: (and We’ll order it starting from Samhain)

  • Samhain: May 1st [Summers End] (Back in ye ol’ Days, Summer’s End was actually Autumns End, since they regarded Summer + Autumn = Summer]
  • Yule: June 20th – 23rd [Winter Solstice]
  • Imbolc: August 1st [Mid Point between Winter & Spring]
  • Ostara: September 20th – 23rd [Spring Equinox.]
  • Beltane: October 31st [May Day]
  • Litha: December 20rd – 23rd [Summer Solstice]
  • Lughnasadh: Feburary 2nd [First Harvest]
  • Mabon: March 20th – 23rd [Autumn Equinox]

(AussieWytch, Sabbats) https://aussiewytch.wordpress.com/sabbats/

From this source, (AussieWytch, Sabbats) the Cross-quarter days [Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh] (the days which mark various times during seasons) are completely incorrect by this standard.

Basically, we have different harvesting times, even if they were flipped, the things you grow in the Northern Hemi. doesn’t always correlate to the Southern Hemisphere. (I don’t know when we harvest stuff so you’ll have to ask an Australian Farmer).

What about trying to fix this Wheel of the Year with the correct Cross- Quarter days? Lets try that:

(The Solstices and Equinoxes stay the same since they are actually the polar opposite of their Northern counterparts) (The ones marked with ** are those that changed

  • **Samhain: May 31st [Autumns End]
  • Yule: June 20th – 23rd [Winter Solstice]
  • **Imbolc: July 20-23rd [Mid Point between Winter & Spring]
  • Ostara: September 20th – 23rd [Spring Equinox.]
  • **Beltane: October 31st
  • Litha: December 20rd – 23rd [Summer Solstice]
  • **Lughnasadh: (Depends on when we Harvest similar things)
  • Mabon: March 20th – 23rd [Autumn Equinox]

So does this really fix the problem? Yes, I follow more closely to this improved Wheel of the Year than the other normally Northern Hemisphere flipped one. Many people in the Southern Hemisphere do flip the Northern one and are completely fine with it. But, because I’m currently getting a Bachelors in Engineering I want to be thorough.

So, I’m sticking to my improved version of the Wheel of the Year. It’s more accurate to our seasons here in Downunder and I really hope this opened your eyes to WHY flipping the Wheel of the Year around for us Southern folks is incorrect.

Yes, I don’t know when we harvest things, but the reason why this is left to you to decide when to celebrate Lammas/Lughnasadh is because it is very possible that we harvest in completely different times than what would be acceptable in the Northern Hemi. even if the dates were ‘converted’. We have a different season type down here.

The South East Coast of Australia is going through changes and actually our Winter is becoming more wet than our Summer. Summer is really harsh for us now and as soon as Autumn Day turned over, we had our first drops of rain, so we really are for-ever changing.

I hope this information makes you as a Northern or Southern Hemisphere Witch/Pagan/Whatever flavour you are, to be a bit more mindful of the information you get on the internet and actually discover for yourself if it is true or not.

Northern Hemisphere –> Southern Hemisphere flipped Wheel of the Year as officially been debunked.

Best Blessings to you all,

Mysty.

 

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Plant Series: Do humble backyard weeds have a purpose?

Disclaimer. I do not propose myself as an expert horticulturalist nor a professional herbalist. Please do not use any plants in any way (topical, ingesting etc) unless prescribed by a local health physician.

Photo taken by me in Hobart Botanical Gardens.

Heya everyone! As you can tell from the title, we’re going to dive into the beautiful yet difficult and somewhat confusing world of herbalism. (or some Potterheads call Herbology)

I’m going to make this blog post expand into future post because I just love, love love plants! So this is The First Episode of Plant Series.

Does the humble backyard weed have a purpose? Why do weeds even exist? Who knows, definitely not me! But what I can share is my sort of love-hate relationship with the weeds in my backyard. In this blog post, only weeds found in Australia will be discussed, but their might be some overlap between countries.

Blackjacks or Bidens pilosa is a highly evasive weed found in Australia. Yet its native to American topics. Woohoo! Other common names are, Spanish Needle, Farmers’ Friend, and Hairy Beggar Ticks. The last one probably comes from the fact that its seeds stick to absolutely everything. But what are the uses of this humble weed?

Apparently fresh or dried tender shoots and young leaves of the Bidens pilosa are eaten in some areas. It is also used as a medicinal plant in several African regions. Like, holy smokes this thing actually has a purpose. Stuff like this really fascinates me and its really awesome to see that just a little weed could actually be food and medicine.
(Fact Sheet, Bidens pilosa) https://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/eafrinet/weeds/key/weeds/Media/Html/Bidens_pilosa_(Blackjack).htm

So, is there any more information about Bidens pilosa? Yes! Surprisingly there are several online articles about the weed. Recent studies highlighted by this article show that it has potential in the fields of phytochemistry, toxicology and pharmacology! So awesome. (Bidens pilosa, Botanical Properties Article, Hindawi) https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/340215/

Bidens pilosa is still under extensive research so I would hold out on any ingestion, burning, topical application or anything that may harm your body or potentially your pets in any way.

One way that I currently use Bidens pilosa is to clear my mind. Yep, clear my mind. How? By the extensive process to pull all these babies out of the ground that’s how! They are pretty evasive, and I don’t like using any chemically based herbicide so they get a personal treatment from me.

So, what about other weeds that are in my backyard? What about their magickal uses?

Well, there are heaps of weeds to choose from, unless you have the perfect-weed-free backyard. Then, you’re missing out my friend! Weeds are the witches personal magickal buffet!

I extensively use Sirato or Macroptilium atropurpureum. Also another evasive weed, but this time it’s a vine. It grows fu**ing everywhere!!! Australian East Coast is drenched in this little sucker and there is hardly anything you can do about it other than pulling that massive root out!

So, I’ve taken the time to develop an interesting relationship about this weedy friend. Turns out that it can invoke nightmares if you do not strip the root down the middle before using it in magick! As soon as this plant told me that, I split it’s root down the middle and just left it alone.

Another use of this plant. That I kind of developed as an extension of its nature, is to bind magickal workings in the physical world. I just picture the vines, growing all over stuff and I instantly think about binding magick or doing a binding of someone/something’s power to stop its influence.

So, I have added Sirato to several of my magick bottles, I’ve burnt it a couple of times in my outdoor burny mix. DO NOT BURN INSIDE. It smells horrible when burnt and I do NOT want you to inhale that. Please be careful!

Alright that’s it from me folks.

Any thoughts? What are some weeds you’ve developed a relationship, or maybe your herbs! I would love to know. I hope this gives you the opportunity to converse with your weeds next time you’re pullin’ them out.

Best Blessings,

Mysty.

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Favourite Songs which Make me Witch.

Disclaimer. I do not own any material which is listed on this webpage. This is purely a list of music


Hello all. So today I would like to talk about the topic of Music.

I absolutely adore music. I listen to music everyday and if I don’t imma cranky person.

So, what about witchy songs? What about songs which talk about mythology, pagan views and beliefs or may be even Wiccan beliefs.

Lets dive in.

So, to start, what are my favourite bands/artists/groups which are a bit witchy that I enjoy listening to. (By the way I am very picky about music, if someone sings one wrong note I am straight away put off. This is due to being a musician and singer myself).

From looking at my Spotify list, I’m going to quickly tell you:

  • S. J. Tucker. A must really.
  • KIVA, absolutely beautiful. No other words needed.
  • Emerald Rose. Man they make me want to dance. Even though I suck at dancing.
  • Faun. German, Pagan. What more could you want? (btw, seriously talented).
  • OMNIA. Beautiful.
  • Kellianna. Such an interesting kind of indie pagan group, really good.
  • Elaine Silver. Truly fantastic.
  • Lila. A reclaiming staple.
  • Lisa Dancing-Light. A Must.
  • Shawna Carol. Very talented.
  • Dragon Ritual Drummers. Just make me nearly go into a trance.

What are some songs that I would recommend? Lets do one from each of the above to get us started:

  • S. J. Tucker. – Witches Rune.
  • KIVA – Yemaya.
  • Emerald Rose – Freya, Shakti.
  • Faun – Satyros.
  • OMNIA – Cernunnos.
  • Kellianna – Persephone. (One of my favourite songs ever!)
  • Elaine Silver – By The Earth.
  • Lila – We are the flow.
  • Lisa Dancing-Light – K’ai Song of the Mermaid. (Another favourite of mine)
  • Shawna Carol – Rise Up
  • Dragon Ritual Drummers – Black Queen.

Alrighty! So those are some of my favourite songs. I really do enjoy all of them, almost equally. (But some a little more than others).

What are some of your favourite songs which are witchy, or pagan or whatever makes you want to do magick? I would love to know. I’m always trying to expand my musical taste range.

With Highest Blessings,


Mysty.

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The Start of a New Journey

So, this is a space for me to talk to you. A reader, a person who I don’t personally know and will probably never will. But if you are reading this, this is the start of something new for me.

I needed a platform, a place where I can freely talk my mind. Can freely talk about what I have been developing over a long, long while. Since I was a teenager to be honest. I have always been interested in how things work, and what things don’t.

Yes, this means I’m a witch. I am a Pagan. Woo. Hazah.

One of My Crustal Grids. This one is for protection.

Some housekeeping. I am in my twenties, I am a student, and I am alone. I am a solitary, pagan witch. NO i am NOT a Wiccan. (Sorry Wiccans, love you guys but imma not part of that group).

On the other hand. The first books I peered into were Wiccan based ones. Ah yes, good ol’ Gardener, Scott Cunningham and Raymond Buckland. But my practice has really taken a few steps away from that. Yes, it was a good start, but for me, just a start, not the end.

So, if you are Wiccan, welcome all, Merry Met! But if you are not, you are just as welcome here and I am happy to talk to you all, whatever flavour of Wiccan/Pagan/Neo-Paganism/Shamanism etc etc. Whoever you are, I bid you the best greetings. I am really blessed to have the time to talk on this platform.

So, I am Mysty (Formal name Myst Nokomis). I’ve always associated myst with the mystical arts and all things out-there. As for Nokomis, that means Daughter of the Moon, I believe. So, essentially i am The Myst of the Moon. Yessss, I love being a witch. So, if you’re wondering what a witch does who is not a wiccan, here ya go. I’m here, hello!

I hope my blog can be a place where you are welcome to also speak your mind about things which are of a witchy, pagan, otherworldly flavour.

I am situated in the land of Down-Under (Aah yes, Beautiful Australia) I am sitting, on my laptop, typing away. This is the best way to contact me, also on your typing-away devices. Send me an email, say hello. I’m always ready for a chat (Unless I am doing my studying).

So that’s it for now folks. Hope you are well. Best Wishes and I am excited to see where this blog takes us together.

May the blessings of the Gods be with you,

Mysty