8 Types of Divination | Witchy Wednesday

There are many types of divination throughout the world. Basically, for as long as there have been humans, there has been some form of divination. In today’s Witchy Wednesday, we will discuss some forms of divination, how they’re used and a little of their history. Some of them might be more commonly known and some of them might be a little less known. Enjoy!

In this video we discuss:

  • Astrology
  • Numerology
  • Tarot
  • Oneiromancy (Dream Interpretation)
  • Tasseomancy (Tea Leaf Reading)
  • Runes
  • Chiromancy (Palm Reading)
  • Rhabdomancy (Dowsing)

How to Create A Simple Sacred Space

Creating a sacred space doesn’t have to be stressful or super involved. You can easily create a simple sacred space with just a few items. Here are some of my tips on creating a simple, yet powerful, sacred space.

A sacred space can be something you set up and leave out all of the time or it can be something you put together just for the duration of your meditation or daily practice.

One of my favorite things to do is choose a few items each day to set out while I meditate. This way, my altar or sacred space is different each day, providing me with what I may need on that particular day.

  • Choose a couple items that have special meaning to you. Perhaps a photo of a loved one, a rock you found on a hike, a feather, etc.
  • Some people like to make sure all four elements are present in their sacred space: earth, air, fire and water. These can be represented by a stone (earth), incense (air), a candle (fire) and a small bowl of water or a seashell (water).
  • Having a candle is helpful. Either a simple candle or a candle depicting a saint or deity of your choice.
  • Having your sacred space high vibe and cleared of any unwanted energies is important. Using some sort of palo santo, sage or essential oils is a good practice to have.
  • Placing a crystal in your sacred space can help boost your energy and intentions.

And there you have it! Nothing super fancy or elaborate but still very powerful and packed full of intention!

What are some of your favorites items to place in a sacred space?

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Chakra Balancing Spell

Can you balance your chakras with a spell? Heck ya you can! In today’s post (and video) I’ll share how you can release stagnant energy from your chakras and replace it with good, balanced energy. In the example I have today, I focused on the root chakra. But you can tweak this spell for use with any of your chakras. I have lots of info on the seven main chakras which you can read about here if you need ideas on which chakras to work with, which colors and oils to use, etc.

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Chakra Balancing Spell

Something I’d like to address before we begin. As with anything, intention matters. You can’t just plop together these items and expect miraculous work without putting your energy of intent into it. I mean, you may get some results, but nothing amazing (in my opinion).

Lots of people use the tools of essential oils or crystals to help balance a chakra…paired with their intent and visualization. This is essentially the same thing. You’re just utilizing more tools and adding in more steps to make it all work. Crystals, colors, oils, words, intentions all have different vibrations. When you pair it all together, you create a powerful ball of energy to help you with what you’re working on.

What supplies do you need?

  • A black candle
  • A candle in the color of your chakra you’re working on (in this case I chose red for the root chakra)
  • A lighter or matches
  • Essential oil or conjure oil for banishing or releasing (I chose Clove)
  • Essential oil or conjure oil for balancing your chakra (I chose cedarwood for the root chakra)
  • Two small pieces of paper to write your intentions on. One for what you want to release and one for what you want to bring in.

I suggest these tools, but they aren’t required for the spell to work:

  • Candle holders if you need them
  • Smoky quartz for filtering out the stagnant or low vibe energy
  • A crystal for your chakra (I chose red jasper for the root chakra)
  • A “working” candle
  • Sage or palo santo to cleanse your space
  • Tarot cards
  • A large fireproof bowl or dish to burn your paper

How do you do the spell?

Check out my YouTube video below for a walk through of how to work this spell. Many Blessings!

How To: Protection Powder

I love protection powders. You can use them in many different ways. My favorite, and one of the most common ways, is to sprinkle the powder along the entryways to your  home. 

Here is a quick and easy way to make your own protection powder. 


You will need:

  • Egg shells
  • Herbs with energetic protective properties 
  • Essential oils with energetic protective properties
  • A container to store your powder

How to:

  1. First, make sure the egg shells you’re using have been cleaned well, rinsed and thoroughly dried. I rinse and clean mine immediately after cracking them and set them in a container in my windowsill to dry out. Once your egg shells are totally dried out, you can grind them to a powder. Some people use an electric coffee grinder. I used my trusty mortar and pestle. 
  2. Choose your herb or herbs and grind those as well. I chose rosemary and sage as they are both very powerful protective herbs. 
  3. Mix the herbs and egg shells together in your container. I used a small mason jar. 
  4. At this point you can add a couple drops of essential oils if you wish. I used my own Protective Oil blend. It’s infused with oils, herbs and crystals. I sell it in my shop
  5. And voila! Your protection powder is complete!

I call this a powder, but because I ground the herbs and shells by hand, it was a little more chunky than a soft powder (like baby powder for example). Whether your powder is fine or a little thicker is okay. 

Take your powder and sprinkle a line of it across your entryway and even windowsills if you desire. As you do so, you can envision a barrier being put up. You can even say a few words or blessings as you sprinkle it. 

How do you like to use your protection powder?

Witchy Tip: Birthday Candles

Quick Witchy Tip! In a pinch? Need a candle spell to work quick? Use birthday candles to work your magick!

Birthday candle are easily accessible and come in all sorts of colors. Perfect for candle spells!

Simply choose the color you want to work with (green for prosperity, blue for healing, red for love, etc) and start your spell!

You can even dress (anoint) the candle with oils and herbs as well. 

Have fun!

Are Spells Evil? Do They Work?

When people hear about spells, the first questions that usually pop into their mind are: Do spells really work and aren’t spells evil? I’m here today to answer both questions.

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Are spells evil? The simple answer is, they can be. Spells are basically a super concentrated form of energy and intent. While energy on it’s own isn’t inherently good or bad, it really comes down to the person working the spell. If the persons intent is to cause harm, then yes, spells can be “evil”. However, if the persons intent is to do good, then no, the spell isn’t “evil”.

How do spells work? Again, it all comes down to energy. Everything in the Universe emits energy at different frequencies. When casting a spell, a person usually gathers several items that have the same energy as their desired outcome. For instance, when doing a love spell a person may use a pink candle, rose quartz, rose petals and rose essential oil. All of those items emit “love” energy. So, when pairing these tools that are an energetic match to your intention, you’re basically creating a big ball or bubble of concentrated energy and sending it out into the Universe. It’s intention on steroids 😉

Check out my YouTube video where I explain in more detail. Many blessings!

Blue Candle Magic

Different colored candles represent different things. Depending on what type of magic you’re trying to work, this is something to take into consideration. 


Today, let’s talk about blue Candle Magic. Blue candles represent the West direction and the element of water. Blue candles also correspond to the throat chakra. So if you want to work some magic or healing involving your fifth chakra, a blue Candle may be just what you need. 

Here are some things blue candles represent that you may want to consider when working particular magic, spells or intentions. 

  • Tranquility. 
  • Meditation. 
  • Psychic work. 
  • Calm and patience. 
  • Inspiration. 
  • Emotions. 
  • Expressing thoughts. 

Many blessings!

How To Use A Pendulum

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How to use a pendulum…Pendulums are an excellent tool! They actually aren’t as mystical and mysterious as you may think. There’s real science behind how pendulums work!

So how does a pendulum work exactly? Well, pendulums are a tool that you can use to connect to your intuition and subconscious mind. There is a term called “ideomotor response”. This is used a lot in hypnotherapy for the hypnotherapist to communicate directly with a clients subconscious, while the client is under hypnosis. Basically, while under hypnosis, your conscious mind is preoccupied or “asleep” in a sense. This leaves your subconscious mind more able to communicate. The hypnotherapist will ask the subconscious to show a sign for responses such as yes, no, I don’t know. The subconscious mind will send little nerve signals to the fingers and the fingers will give slight twitches in response to the questions being asked. In this state, the hypnotherapist can get answers from the clients subconscious mind that the conscious mind, or ego, may not be aware of.

Pendulums work in much the same way! When using a pendulum, you’re occupying your conscious mind with the task of holding the pendulum still. Even though your conscious mind is working hard to hold the pendulum still, you subconscious mind will be sending little nerve signals to your arm and hand in response to the questions being asked. Science! Pretty cool huh?

So in this way, you can use the tool of the pendulum to tap into the answers and knowledge you already have deep within you, even if your conscious mind isn’t aware of it. It’s quite literally a tool to connect to your intuition and subconscious mind.

Check out my video below for exactly how to use a pendulum and some effective situations to use it.

Many Blessings!!
Cherise Williams

What Does It Mean To Be A Witch?

What is a witch? This is a question I’ve been asked a lot. You’d think in this day and age, the scary old hag eating children stigma attached to witches would be gone by now. But sadly, that image is still around. On the plus side though, more and more people are speaking out about what it truly means to be a witch. More and more people are learning the true meaning behind something that is honestly quite beautiful. In fact, you yourself may be a witch and not even realize it!

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In order to spare you from having to read a giant long blog post, I made a video discussing my opinion of what it means to be a witch. This is by no means the absolute definition, as people have varying opinions of their own. This is my own personal thoughts on the matter. I love answering questions! If you have any questions, please ask away!

Side note: In the video I say multiple times that the full moon is all about setting intentions. I was so excited about what I was talking about, I didn’t realize what I was saying haha. Although intentions can be set at the full moon, typically we set intentions at the new moon.

Many Blessings!

Halloween Tarot Spread

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I’m so excited to be part of the Fall Tarot Blog Hop! I hope you enjoy my post! Please check the bottom of this post to find the next blog in the hop.

Whenever I think of fall, I immediately think of Halloween (or Samhain). The cool air, crispy fall leaves, pumpkins, spices, long nights and fires. As Halloween approaches, it’s the perfect time to introduce a Halloween themed tarot spread! The spread I created is meant for fun, but it’s also very in-depth as well. The position and question of each card is based on a popular Halloween symbol. For this spread I chose:

Bats
Jack ’o’ lanterns
Ghosts
Black cats
Skeletons

Now, most of us may be familiar with those symbols, but not everyone is familiar with why those are popular images associated with Halloween. Before I get into the spread, let’s talk a little about the origin of Halloween and the significance of each symbol.

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Halloween as we know it today has its roots in the Celtic celebration of Samhain (pronounced sah-win).  This was a celebration of the harvest as well as the nights getting longer and the days getting shorter. Some historians also say that the ancient Celts believed at this time, the veil between the living and the dead was at its thinnest and the spirits could roam the earth.

Many years later, the Catholic Church declared November first as All Saint’s Day (Day of the Dead in Mexican cultures) and October 31 as All Hallows Eve. This was a time to honor our deceased loved ones.

The history of Halloween has much more detail than what I’ve mentioned, but that’s a good summary of it. The present day Halloween is a mixture of lots of traditions and history.

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So what about those symbols? Let’s talk about them!

Bats: During the Samhain celebrations, the Celts would have huge bonfires. Bonfires attract moths and bugs which in turn attract bats. Bats are nocturnal animals and are typically associated with night. Bats are also a symbol of intuition.

Jack ’o’ lanterns: The Irish used to put a candle inside a hollowed out turnip. They believed the light would ward off evil spirits. Once in the United States, pumpkins were switched out for turnips. The scary faces carved into the pumpkins adds to the idea of keeping away evil spirits.

Ghosts: This one only makes sense to include as Halloween is a holiday all about the thinning veil and connecting to spirits.

Black Cat: When the Catholic church tried to demonize old pagan traditions (like Samhain), they started hunting for witches. Basically, anyone who wasn’t following the church was deemed a witch. Cats were commonly thought to be a witches familiar, or even the witch themselves. So the connection of black cats to witches to Halloween occurred. Black itself is associated with night and the dark. Cats are known for being mysterious.

Skeletons: As Halloween is a holiday to honor those who have passed on, the skeleton is a physical reminder of the cycle of life and death. A reminder to let us know that when something ends, it’s making way for a new beginning.

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Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for. The Halloween spread!

Click here for a PDF of the Halloween Tarot Spread

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Halloween: What message do my ancestors have for me?

Bats: How can I better connect to my intuition?

Jack ‘o’ lantern: What issue in my life do I need to shed light on?

Ghosts: What issue from my past am I ready let go of?

Black Cat: What mysterious side of myself should I embrace?

Skeleton: What in my life is ending to make way for something new?

 

Did you enjoy this spread? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


 

The Autumn Equinox marks the balance between light and dark and is also known as Mabon by Pagans and Wiccans. To celebrate Autumn, several of us have banded together to support YOUR Equinox Journey, offering tarot and oracle card spreads; information on how to work with the Colours of Autumn; tips on working with your Inner Cauldron; new additions for your Art Journal; creative writing tips; working with Lilith; the journey of Persephone, Demeter and Hades, and much much more. To read the next article in the Fall Tarot Blog Hop, “click here.”

 

Many Blessings,
Cherise

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