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Being Gone – Spell of Bravery

It’s only been a few years or so…

How many of these posts am I going to do apologizing that I haven’t blogged in a while? I mean honestly, does it really take me that long to just come on here and write something interesting about witchcraft? Oh right, apparently it does, years in fact.

Too much work to do

Too much work to do

My life has taken quite a turn in the last year. I have over-loaded myself with work and have lost myself along the way. My entire personality has changed… stress and lack of sleep can REALLY mess with you. I pretty much demanded a vacation from all of my jobs..yes that’s jobs, plural. That is how crazy I am, I believe I have 4. I’m a graphic designer/photographer so it’s difficult to nail down what I consider a “job” when I just freelance a lot. The money is good, but is it really worth it? Now that I’m on vacation, I’m realizing…not really. I enjoy my work, don’t get me wrong…but I’m so inside my head, I need that time to work through my issues. If I do not have this time, I’m not so much fun to be around. My co-workers found that out. Woops. So what does this have to do with the craft? I realized that this life I have right now, I asked for… I used magick for years to get me to the spot I’m in right now. I’m so thankful and truly am happy to be where I am, but as Rumpelstiltskin always says in Once Upon a Time “Magick always comes with a price.” The cost was not having the time to spend learning more and using the craft. I’ve done a few things here and there with surprising success. Hopefully I’ll dedicate more blogs on these items. I’ve grown a lot over the years and rely heavily on my instincts, it has served me well and is always my advice when people come to me for help.

I really need to refocus my life, and part of that will be dedicating more time to this blog. I like writing and enjoy the interaction with all of you. This blog used to get fairly good traction, so hopefully I can get back to it. My Latin is still not grammatically correct, but I plan on doing more with it soon. Which brings me to an interesting memory. When I was younger, it had to be like 13 or so, I did a spell to help one of my friends be brave enough to tell his father something. I can’t remember at all what he wanted to tell him, but I wanted to help. We made a large bonfire and I did something interesting. Granted I had NO idea, just went on instinct. This has no research to back it up, but it worked nearly instantly. I can’t remember the words, but I’m going to wing it and hope that it will work the same with a bit of Latin for an extra kick.

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Spell of Bravery

Ingredients:

Recently walked on grass

Large Fire

A bit of the person’s hair

The Spell:

Take a bit of grass that the person has just walked on and then grab a piece of their hair. Hold the two items together in your hand and stare into the fire, use the warmth to charge them. Make sure you and the person are close to the flames. Throw theĀ items in the fire and say this spell.

Flames of strength make him/her see

And grant the gift of bravery

Fortem
(four-tem)

The flame should instantly send the energy into the person.

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The person I cast the spell on had no idea what I was doing, and that may be the key to this spell. I was making a joke like “I need a piece of your hair” and I remember just grabbing it. He didn’t hear me say the words into the fire either. It was a big fire and we were on opposite sides. After the spell I asked him if he was going to tell his father, whatever he was afraid to before, and he pretty much changed his mind and was going to. I was shocked how quickly the spell worked to be honest. It’s a little cheesy, but hey, whatever works right? Try it out and let me know!

It’s time for me to end this blog, I’ll be back… I don’t know when, but I will. As always…

sweet serenity,

Derek….

Hey Witches

So I was thinking, well…that’s all I seem to do. I consistently cast spells on myself to help me get what I want/need but…they never seem to work. Every spell I write for someone else, or cast for someone always works. Has this happened to anyone else? It just confuses me. If I truly NEED something it seems to work, my protection spells seem to be extremely strong (thank goodness) – I also remember when I was young, I was riding my bike way too far away from home and I was so tired I called for help, for a “kind stranger” to give me a lift. Not even a few minutes later my friend had asked his older friend with a truck to come pick me up. This was before everyone had a cell phone so it shocked me that they knew exactly where I was. That was the turning point for me when I knew I had a gift.

So still, why do other spells seem to kind of go…poof? It scares me to be so open and honest on the internet, but I’ve been casting love spells on myself consistently for quite a while. I just cast one that was from a real traditional witch’s coven too. It has only been a week but I am not sure anything happened. I’m always afraid that I’m just cursed to be alone. Every time I meet someone whom I think could be a possibility, something INSTANTLY goes wrong. The very next day (I kid you not, every single time) I find out that the person was lying to me the entire time. I have dreams nearly on a nightly basis of being in a relationship, so I wake up depressed, just like I did today. So mind my terrible, dark, sad poetry every once in a while haha.

My very first love spell worked almost instantly and I’m just afraid that, I only had one shot and I messed it up. I am afraid that I pissed the spirits off when I was so greedy and ungrateful for what was given to me. I was 17, give me a little slack? Please? Ever since that relationship (to give you a timeline, I am now 30) I have had this issue… For 12 years I have been single, I have never dated anyone longer than about 5 days…is that really dating? When someone is interested in me my mind tends to block any feelings, and when I am interested in someone, they end up hurting me….every damn time. So I keep casting love spells. I just wonder if i am waiting for someone specific…or if I was waiting for someone who doesn’t exist anymore… Helping others magickally makes me feel very good so I will keep doing as such. I will always share my gift to you…but, I wish I could share it with myself from time to time.

So if anyone out there has ever had this problem, please tell me. Any guidance is appreciated. I just feel stuck. I’ve been able to help someone get pregnant, spice of their love life, bring success to their business, protect people from evil dark spirits, enact powerful curses to make someone wise up and change the horrendous, destructive path they were leading…but I can’t cast a simple love spell on me?! I’m not looking for a cosmic reward…Though the lottery numbers would be nice, spirits, you hear me? Maybe? COME ON…. I probably will add another love spell on my page with traditional aspects and a little Latin. It seems to be the most requested type of spell there is from my page. The language is infuriatingly difficult to translate, but I will try. Let me know what you guys think, I am always open for discussion.

Since this is a blog on witchcraft, I will leave you with a little magick…

Dream Lover

Ingredients:

Rose oil

Lavender

Sandalwood

Rosemary

A small thin bag/sachet

The Spell:

If you want to dream of your lover, follow this simple spell. Create a sachet with lavender, rosemary and sandalwood and place it under your pillow. Dab your pillow with a drop or two of rose oil just before bed. Close your eyes, breathe in the fragrance and think about your lover. Wave your hand back and forth across your pillow, feel the energy flow from your heart, into your palm and down into the pillow. Repeat this spell three times.

Somnium Amoris

(sohm-knee-um ah-more-ees)

When you fall asleep, he or she will appear in your dream. Do not have a lover? Do not think of anyone specific, just the idea of having someone. Your subconscious will do the rest, trust me!

Alright friends, I will end this blog here today. I hope some of you got something out of it, and I look forward to talking with you….as always…

sweet serenity,

Derek….

Welcome to my movie review

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Beautiful Creatures Movie Poster

Hello everyone! I really wanted to write a quick movie review of this movie, Beautiful Creatures. When I saw the trailer I was hooked and completely excited for it to come out. Anything that explores magick in a more adult way really intrigues me. I had not read the books due to the fact that i’m not much of a reader. I enjoy movie remakes of books (when done well) so I feel like I get the story without trying to force myself into reading.

I waited anxiously for reviews to come out for the movie, just HOPING they were good. They kept comparing the movie to Twilight, which really scared me because I absolutely hated those movies. (sorry twihards) I was really thinking this movie could stray away from twilight’s 13 year old fangirl following. Then I started reading the reviews….my heart sank…I finally watched it, and here’s what I thought.

Meh…

So I’ll tell you why. The beginning was quite slow, but rushed at the same time, I know that sounds odd but that is what I felt. The main character’s accent really bothered me for some reason. The dreaming of a girl and having her show up was not too original, but I didn’t mind it in the “love story” sense. What really bothered me is how quickly they fell “in love” what was it, 10 minutes? This kid has never heard of this type of magick, and the entire rest of the town were afraid of “those people” but when he was introduced to her gift he was only shocked for 2 minutes, then BAM “omg you’re so great, I love you again”. There was absolutely NO development what so ever! Let alone the fact that the two main characters weren’t that great of actors, not bad though.

The part about the locket really confused me and I don’t believe they explained it well at all, anyway..we get into the meat of the movie and are introduced to more characters. The best and most under utilized character? Ridley. First of all Emmy Rossum nailed that character, but here’s the problem…SHE DIDN’T DO ANYTHING!!! Lets go to the family meal “fight”. They keep saying that lena will be, key phrase, the strongest out of them all once she is claimed. They go the whole movie saying she can’t control her powers. Oh really? She seems to have complete control the ENTIRE time. So she throws a temper tantrum and big things happen…when she tries she controls whatever she wants, but in the scene she spins the room and the table when she’s pissed off at Ridley and the bitch just stands there yelling at her…why aren’t you doing anything? Do you have ANY power? Did the book have this scene the same way where Lena just schooled Ridley? The effects were great, but the scene was boring, especially with the introduction of a bunch of characters the movie clearly cares nothing about. Then poof, you don’t see ridley again utnil the end of the movie…LAME.

As I write this I can’t even remember half of what happened, so you can see how memorable it was. The next character I want to talk about is Sarafine, the most powerful dark caster ever….really? Are you sure about that? I’m pretty sure she didn’t do shit and Lena, again was stronger before she was claimed by binding the house.. The book HAD to have done more with Sarafine than the movie did…also side note, Emma Thompson was amazing as usual.

The movie really picked up near the end and I felt myself enjoying it. There were unexplained boring parts about finding out what the curse was and blah blah blah. I really don’t want to ruin anything just in case some of you want to still watch it but I feel the end was anticlimactic, I know they were basing it off a book that has a series but you can still do something huge and have some sort of closure or keep the viewer interested. This movie didn’t succeed at either.

So to end, Lena was too strong, her character didn’t develop at all. The love story was too rushed and forced. The supportive cast held the movie together as the leads were lackluster. The special effects were done fairly well and the dark tone was appreciated, however the lighting was severely underwhelming and didn’t seem to have much focus at all, some scenes felt cheap and badly directed. The emotion wasn’t there when it was supposed to be which made the sacrifices feel in vain. The last “battle” was too easy.

I give this movie…

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2.5 D~Magick’s out of 5

Thank you for reading my rant about this movie! Like, comment, I’d love to hear from you, what did you think? I’ll Talk to you soon!

sweet serenity,

Derek….

Hello Readers!

Today’s blog is about inspiration. I recently started writing a book and needed a quick break, so I came here to blog about what I’m doing. Magick ALWAYS inspires me. Everything I do has magick behind it, being helping people, writing, or just living life. Does magick inspire you at all? If so tell me how! Whenever I write stories I will always have some mystical aspect to it. I want my characters to feel real in unreal situations. Is it possible…scientifically possible to control fire with just a look from your eye? Well a few people out there will say yes, and damn it, i’d like to see that, but no, I don’t believe it is. Also, those out there who claim that can, can you teach me? haha ANYWAY.

I feel the more we put magick or witchcraft out into the world, it will be more accepted. If not accepted than at least tolerated. No one should be treated less than because of a faith they have, especially one that doesn’t conflict with everyday life. We aren’t some lunatic religious group telling people that if you let gay people get married then next people will want to marry a goat. You know, i kind of doubt that would happen, but hey, if that is your argument so be it.

What I do is not let people ruin my specific faith in the energies around us. I wouldn’t feel the way I do, or dream the way I do if what I believe was wrong. There is a power inside me, a power I use often. I’m in touch with the energies that surround me and am slowly learning how to use them properly. I believe the best way to get inspiration is to use the elements. Your strongest would be of course the element in which you were born under. As a child of water, listening to the ocean always inspires me. Don’t live next to an ocean or body of water? I understand! Well kind of, i’ve always lived next to lakes, ponds or now the ocean. I will say this, I know it sounds weird, but I get inspiration also in the shower. I let the water devour my being and let my mind wander. Standing there naked as the stream of water flows down my head covering my body, ideas quickly flock to my brain. Have an artistic block? Take a shower, let the water cleanse and break that block. Even if you aren’t born under the water sign, trust me, it works.

Next is fire. I love a good bonfire, always gets the juices flowing. This is great for a gathering, a meeting of a coven, or just plain fun. Grab your sacred herbs to burn. A good inspiration attracting mixture is anise seed, bay leaves and orange zest (ground orange rind). As they burn, you will feel the energy flow into you. Staring into the fire can also induce a meditative trance and let you see things that normally may not be seen, which will also inspire you. You don’t have to do this at a bonfire of course, you can use a candle. I suggest an orange candle, but a white one will work just fine. You can burn the herbs as incense while staring into the flame of the candle. This is sure to spark whatever creative flow you need.

Earth is an amazing grounding element that you can use to tap into the energies of the earth. Using a grounding ritual is always best. If you can’t do it outside, that is fine, everything is connected. It will just take more focus. The best way is to sit outside and dig your hands directly into the ground, calming yourself and focusing on the energies within flowing through you. Become one with the earth. If you are inside, light a brown candle to help you focus. place your hands on the floor and again, tap into the earth energies from beneath you. It doesn’t matter what floor you may be on, i’m on the second and have done this. Feel your hands reach through the floor into the ground below. Meditate on this energy gaining exercise and you should be inspired in no time. Another fun way is to dig your hands into dirt, I’m sure you have a houseplant somewhere. Just reach in and feel the energy from the plant and the dirt itself. Be one with nature.

Finally we have Air. Go outside, feel the gentle breeze flow into you, let it engulf you in its wonder. Open a window, and sit next to it, breathe in the air deeply and embrace it’s power. What if there isn’t any wind? Get a fan! Best way to get air is to make it. Let the soft hum of a fan lull you into a meditative trance as the air takes over your body. The element of Air is one of the best for drawing inspiration. Those born under the element of Air are usually stuck in their own minds, it’s always flowing freely. Embrace that, let every single thought run through your mind. Piece them together, let your mind take you on the journey. If there is wind, and you have a dying dandelion, blow the seeds from the dandelion and as you watch them float away, ask the winds to bring you inspiration.

I hope this blog inspired you. Don’t forget to comment and leave feedback! Talk to you soon everyone! Terra – Aeris – Ignis – Aqua – Elementa ego vocare!

sweet serenity,

Derek….

Blessed By The Fae

Hello my readers!

It has been ages since I’ve written a blog, and for that I must apologize… I unfortunately came down with a strong hit of depression and didn’t feel like doing anything. I couldn’t even think of what to write about. I’ve had this draft with my flash creation on my WordPress for a LONG time. So again, I’m sorry….

So, my next topic is quite controversial. I get VERY mixed responses from different people I speak to. So my question to you is, do you believe in Faeries? Some of you will laugh, some will get excited and some won’t even finish this blog. My answer is, yes I do…Laugh if you must but I feel they protect me. The cynic in me is laughing at myself actually, but the magickal part of me knows it’s true.

What is a faery? This mythical being is described very different ways.

Picture of a girl I turned into what I view a faery to look like

A fae is a magickal creature that does not live in this world, but it believed to live in a parallel plane inhabited only by other fae. They are described as small ethereal winged beings made of light and adorned with shiny, sparkling nature-type items. Faeries were not always depicted this way though. There are old writings that described them more like angels without wings. So unless someone has actually seen one to know for sure, the world may never know. If I had the ability to do more research, I would look much deeper into this. I have a slight learning disability so reading is tough.

I had an encounter with something a while back that I believed to be of fae relation. One night I was laying down on my couch in the dark about to fall asleep when I heard “hi” in my ear. It sounded like a little girl, but was real quick. I didn’t move…didn’t know what to think. Then I heard it again…and again…suddenly it was like there were 100 little girls in my ear saying hi really fast. Once it stopped my whole body started to tingle. It was similar to the feeling you get when your leg falls asleep then you try to get circulation back in it. To this day I have no idea what happened. It just felt to me like I was being blessed by the fae. I wish I could talk to them…

I will post more about them once I learn more. I will try my best to call some to me, if it’s at all possible. I have tons of books on this… I just need to get into the right mind to read again. Hope you enjoy my picture and flash creation. I know this blog wasn’t exactly informative, but hopefully it will get me back into the writing mood so you guys aren’t bored. Happy casting to those of the old ways.

sweet serenity,

Derek….

The Witch Itch – And Magicks of Old

Why hello fellow readers!

I’m not getting a lot of readers to my blog, which is ok of course, but I figure if I just keep on truckin’ that I will eventually get some fans…hopefully anyway. So I’m going to write a random blog, under the random category. For pure entertainment value if nothing else. Those of you who do read my blog, I thank you! Please enjoy!

So the topic of this blog is The Witch Itch. Any witches out there probably know what i’m talking about before I even explain it in this blog. The itch is that feeling you get inside when you haven’t done magick in a while. The time when your energy gets built up with no release. I do suggest trying to release it in some way, a simple blessing, divination..anything. Magick that gets pent up can come out in odd powerful spurts…I honestly didn’t mean for that curse to be so strong, or maybe I did…anyway. Normally this forming energy would be used for a powerful ritual from the old ways. Practitioners would spend weeks or months summoning the energy needed to evoke the divine. To be the keeper of such power, such control would be a monumental feat, something I could only imagine.

I often wonder what it was like for the witches of times lost. I was speaking with a friend and we both came up with the same conclusion about magick and the old ways. Something happened in the past that isn’t on record. Real magick escaped the world some how. I personally feel there is this block that we witches cannot tap into. In today’s modern world, magick doesn’t serve a need as it once did, so that block has never been broken. We can do simple spells, enchantments, magick that makes sense, but true power lies beyond the veil of this plane. A place I have only seen while asleep.

I often dream of what I perceive the old days to be. Once I was fighting a fire demon. This bright red being flying in the air, there was nothing around me but a darkened dirty field. I had two people with me I was trying to protect. Bright yellow balls of light would fly out of my hands as I screamed the spell in a language unknown. I would not let the demon take those from whom I protected. I knew I was running out of energy, with every spell i cast, my power grew weaker against the demon. Unfortunately the dream faded after my power had run out. I do not know what happened next. These dreams are uncommon, but they still happen. Is it just my avid imagination, or is it a glimpse of the past? Who knows honestly.

I wake up trying to remember the spells I spoke in the dream, but for some reason, they instantly escape me. I can remember casting them, but never the words. Magick, like any other gift should be used properly. If every time I got the itch, I cast…well then I’d be in a big ol’ mess. People would have curses on them, I would have crazy lovers coming after my heart (well if one of my love spells ever worked). I bet I’d even call a storm on accident…again.

As I write this blog, I currently have The Witch Itch and I’m not entirely sure what I want to do about it. There are a few friends of mine who need protection spells, but they are both so busy, It’s difficult to get in touch. There are people out there who abuse power and it is very unfortunate. Both of my friends have come in contact with “witches” who contact the other side. It is from my understanding that once you open that gate from the other world, anything can come through and attach itself to you, so only those strong enough and protected enough can achieve the connection correctly. Does anyone know about summoning spirits? I would love to be educated. My next blog will probably be on banishing a spirit, I believe I have a Latin banishing spell. I also have discovered a banish for people in Latin that can be also spun into magick. I might even write it after this blog. Stay tuned my gentle readers.

sweet serenity,

Derek…