Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for...

  1. The rain that is falling on our parched earth.
  2. The increase in my fitness levels.
  3. The carry-on effect of a spiritual kick-up-the-pants that is PCon.
  4. Getting to the ocean.
  5. all the extra time I'm getting to spend with hubby.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Do you have to do spells to be a witch?

Do you have to do spells to be a witch?

This is a question I saw posed elsewhere and it got me thinking.  The assumption was that a central part of being a witch was casting spells, which seems to me to say that you are not a witch if you don't cast spells.  Now I have some serious issues with this idea, in fact I think it is completely wrong.  While I can certainly acknowledge that in the mind the correlation between witches and spell casting is popular I don't believe that you have to cast spells to be a witch.  Maybe the key lies in identifying if there is a different between magic and spells.

 One can perform simple acts of magic without having to be performing a spell in my opinion.  You can add magic to your cooking through the use of a few words and some herbs or by stirring the pot a certain way.  You can say a few words when searching for a car park, draw on the strength of the earth to fill you with strength when facing a troubling time, or hundreds of other instances where you choose to enact a little magic in your life, are these spells?  Some would perhaps say yes, in which case I guess you would have to say that spells are a part of everyday life for a witch.

For me personally I define spells as something more elaborate, something that you put time and effort into creating, enacting and following up, they have structure.  I can count on one hand the amount of times I've actively worked a spell.  When I've taken the time to create, prep and perform a working for a particular purpose.  What makes these spells different from simple acts of magic for me?  A spell seeks to make a significant change and therefore needs to be imbued with significant power.  When you first begin the process of deciding to do a spell you are starting the process of building power towards your desire.  The entire process is a building of magic and the spell is the focus for that magic, it is a ritualized act and therefore is something that should be used sparingly in my mind.

So for me the answer is simple - you do not have to do spells to be a witch, nor is your level of 'witchiness' dictated by the amount of spells that you do.  But I'm sure not everyone would agree with me and that's fine too :)


Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Deity Name
Thoth, the Great Measurer
Native Origins
Egyptian, his primary temple was in Khmun (later known as Hermoplois Magna)
Day of the week
Wednesday is said to be the sacred day of Thoth.
Flowers and Herbs
Drawing on the planetary association of Mercury it could include: fennel, mint and parsley.  If we were to include his moon aspect then perhaps the following would also be appropriate: hyssop, rosemary, moonflower, moonwort, garlic.  Almond and hops are also associations I have found.
Fragrances and Incenses
As he was linked to the planet Mercury than cinquefoil, fennel or anise would be appropriate fragrances.  Musk is also said to be associated with the god Thoth.
Crystals and Gemstones
I found one source that claimed opal was his gem stone, but as the Egyptians had no source of opals I could find reference to I find this hard to reconcile.  Flourite would be more appropriate if the connection was described as a rainbow like stone.  Purple was a color associated with him and it is possible that amethyst could be a stone of association as it did exist, although was very rare
Given that Thoth is a god of Egypt it is plausible that foods from that locale and time would be appropriate such as beer (although it was nothing like our modern beer), dates, figs, legumes, bread, wine etc. 
You could call upon Thoth during any of the equinox sabbats as he is a god of balance and these are times of balance.  Thoth is also a god of wisdom and divination so you could call upon him during those Sabbats when divination is a key part such as Samhain and Beltane. 
Given his origins metals that could have been associated with Thoth would be gold, copper, silver or bronze.  Both gold and silver were associated with the gods and so these are most likely.
Thoth is represented as a creator god as well as a Moon god.  He is believed to have been the inventor of language, scribe to gods and patron of scribes, invented astronomy, geometry and medicine, and maintained the balance of the universe as a mediator. 
Favored Offerings
Traditionally the scribes in ancient Egypt used to offer daily libations of a drop of water before commencing work.  Given the importance of water in the life of ancient Egypt I could imagine this to be a respectful offering.
Myth & Legend
Thoth has been credited with the creation of the 365 day calendar.  It is said that Thoth gambled at dice with the moon (Iabet) and having won asked for 5 days as his prize.  These five days he gifted to the goddess Nut who had be separated from her lover/brother Geb and cursed with the inability to give birth on any day of the month within the Egyptian calendar.  The 5 days gifted by Thoth would allow Nut and Geb to procreate as those days belonged to no month.  During those 5 days Nut is said to have birthed Osiris, Horus the elder, Set, Isis and Nephthys.  The addition of these 5 days also set the Egyptian calendar into the 365 day cycle. 
Many of the myths in which Thoth features contain a role of arbitration between the gods.