Friday, February 21, 2020

A List of Offerings for Deities, Spirits, and Other Entities


This list is by no means complete, but you can help get it there!  Feel free to leave a comment if you have an idea for an offering that you don't see listed.

CONSUMABLE

DRINKABLE
Coffee
Coffee grounds
Fruit Juice
Milk
Tea
Tea leaves
Water
Other drinks
Their favorite drink

EDIBLE
Bread
Candies
Cheese
Cooking Oil
Desserts
Eggs
Grains
Fruit
Herbs
Honey
Honeycomb
Meats
Nuts
Salt
Spices
Vegetables
Other food
A fully prepared meal
A portion of a meal you prepared for yourself and/or others
Your own meal as a dedication

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
Cider
Cigars
Cigarettes
Marijuana
Tobacco
Wine
Other alcoholic beverages
Other such drugs

CREATIVE


CRAFTS
Calligraphy
Carvings
Drawings
Garlands
Handmade jewelry
Paintings
Plaques.
Sewn crafts
Statues
Thread
Weavings
Wood burning
Wreaths
Yarn
Craft components
Craft tools, like scissors or glue

REPRESENTATION
Animal figurines
Drawings
Epithets
Images
Name(s)
Paintings
Photographs
Statues
Symbols

SOUND
Chants
Instrumental music
Invocations
Music
Playlists
Rap
Spoken word
Songs
Yelling

WRITING
Hymns
Invocations
Poetry
Prayers
Stories

NATURE


ANIMAL
Animal skins
Fur
Feather
Bones
Claws

DESERT
Cactus
Flower
Sand
Sticks
Tumbleweed

ELEMENTS
Bonfires
Candles
Fire
Grill
Matches

FOREST
Acorns
Flowers
Ivy
Leaves
Pine cones
Plants
Rainwater
River water
Snow
Sticks
Stones
Wood

PLAINS
Flowers
Long grass
Lake water
Plants

OCEAN
Glass
Ocean water
Shells

GARDEN
Fertilizer
Flowers
Floral garlands
Herbs
Rainwater
Seeds
Weeds


NO OR MINIMAL EXPENSE


Cleaning
Dance
Drawing
Feelings, such as happiness or guilt
Flea market items
Garage sale items
Glass of water
Gratitude
Meal that you eat dedicated to entity.
Nature
Stories
Something you're proud of (like an A+ on a test)
Songs
Thrift store items
Writings

PERSONAL



BODILY
Blood
Clothes
Hair
Jewelry
Makeup
Nails
Perfume
Semen
Spit
Sweat
Tears

VALUE
Coins
Expensive jewelry
Expensive perfume
Gemstones
Gold
Money
Silver
Valued possessions

LIFESTYLE CHANGES
Cleaning
Exercise
Feeding Wildlife
Gardening
Recycling
Volunteer

WITCHCRAFT


RITUALS
Moon rituals
Sabbat rituals
Specialized rituals

SPELLS
Bottle spells
Candle spells
Cord spells
Jar spells
Ointments
Sachets
Sigils

TOOLS
Altars
Athame
Candles
Cauldron
Colors
Craft tools
Divination tools
Gemstones
Herbs
Incense
Oils
Oracle cards
Tarot
Runes
Wand

OTHER


OTHER
Gears
Keys
Metals
Technology
Trinkets
Rope

Feel free to suggest additions in the comments below!


Friday, February 14, 2020

13 Essential Gemstones Series: Hematite


In this series, I will be exploring 13 common minerals and gemstones used in the Craft, dissecting their meaning from science, history, culture, and my own experiences.  

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Hematite


Color: Gray, black, or silver, sometimes with a reddish hue.
Appearance: Sometimes metallic or iridescent in appearance, sometimes multicolored.
Hardness: 5-6
Other Notable Qualities: 



Scientific Correspondence:
Grounding - Mars

Iron, the core component of hematite, is the most common element by mass found in the earth's outer core.  This means that having a sample of hematite connects you to the ground beneath, making it a fantastic stone for grounding.

It is the most common mineral found on the planet Mars, which is where the Red Planets gets its red color.  This fact links the stone to Mars.


Historical Correspondence:
Death - Blood - Spirits

Hematite is well recognized by its red streak and reddish hues, so much so that its name is derived from the Greek word for bloodhaima.  Various cultures throughout history would link hematite with blood and death.  Ancient Egyptians would use it to stop bleeding and create amulets out of it for their tombs.  They would even ground hematite up to use as a red pigment for the tombs of pharoahs.  Graveyards dating back as far as 80,000 years ago have traces of hematite within the grounds.  Hematite jewelry rose in popularity during the Victorian period where it was used as a symbol of mourning.  As such, hematite could be called a chthonic stone useful for death, the deceased, and contact with ancestors and spirits.




Cultural Correspondence (USA/Midwest):
Progress

Nowadays, we most associate ores of iron with the age of progress, from the iron age to the creation of steel.  Hematite is representative of our progress as intelligent beings, from the Iron Age to industrialization to today's steel-heavy cities and factories.


Sigil to Invoke Hematite


Utilize this sigil as a way of invoking the properties of hematite if you have none available to you.  You are welcome to print this sigil, place it in a grimoire, use it on a spell or put it in your blog with proper credit.  Do not claim this sigil as your own.

References
Minerals.net: Hematite
Geology.com: Hematite
Origin Stones: Hematite
Bernardine Fine Art and Jewelry: Hematite
University of Minnesota: Hematite
New World Encyclopedia: Hematite

**Images of the gemstone were found via a search labeled for reuse.
If you would like an image removed or credited, please let me know.**

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Previously
Clear Quartz
Amethyst
Amber

Bloodstone
Carnelian
Citrine

Coming Soon
Lapis Lazuli
Obsidian
Rose Quartz
Selenite
Tiger's Eye
Turquoise

Friday, February 7, 2020

Spring Equinox / Ostara: March 19th, 2020


The Vernal Equinox is a scientific event marking a near-equal length of day and night during the spring for the Northern Hemisphere.  Historically, the Babylonian calendar would begin on the first full moon after the spring equinox, and was strongly tied to the ascent of the Sumerian goddess Inanna.  In Abrahamic religions, Passover typically falls on the first full moon after the March equinox as well, and Easter is calculated as the first Sunday after that full moon. In Scandinavia, the Norse would celebrate a blot, or sacrifice, to the disir and Valkyrie around this time, though not exactly in correspondence with the equinox itself.  And the Romans would celebrate Liberalia around the time of the vernal equinox, a festival that honored the maturation of young boys into men.

Because of the historical and scientific importance of equinoxes and solstices, the Spring Equinox inevitably made it onto the Wheel of the Year, a modern Neopagan/Wiccan calendar shaped in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  There, it's called Ostara, likely after a purported Germanic goddess of spring named Eostre.  Because this goddess was only mentioned once by English monk Bede in his work The Reckoning of Time, it's questionable as to whether Eostre existed or, if she did, how widespread her worship was.  

All that being said, the modern celebrations of the Spring Equinox mark the first day of spring and focus more on fertility, renewal, and life.  With symbolism including the rabbit and the egg, we honor the new flowers, the budding trees, and the return of warmth.  By this point, we can actually go out, till the soil, and plant seeds.  Symbolically, planting of seeds is akin to creating goals in our lives, thus the Spring Equinox can be used as a time of planning and goal creation, setting forth intentions to be realized within the year. Because the equinox is also a balance of night and day, this gives us two chances to focus on balance in our lives - what is needed and what is not.

This year's spring equinox occurs on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at 9:50 PM CST.  Every year it shifts slightly, so I would suggest checking Archaeoastronomy.com if you're coming to this article after 2020.

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