So this has been a thing I originally planned for myself and not exactly as a challenge. I still wouldn’t call it a challenge but rather a journey I felt was neccessary for me to embark upon as a part of my Depth year and wanting to improve and deepen my relationship with the tarot decks I own and love. Continue reading
I am following up Susannah Conway’s prompts for December Reflections and I am starting late, but still. I am eagerly awaiting her 2019 workbook and so I decided to just share a word on two with her December prompts for each day and remind you guys to go check her out because she is amazing and besides that – the workbook is free! 😱
So prompts for days 4-7 are as follows: Continue reading
Mmmm it is so good to sit at my altar at last. It’s been a long time since I have worked at a permanent altar that has actually been a working altar – it had space for more than just devotional stuff, for the actual work!
I absolutely love October. It’s my favourite month and autumn is my favourite time of the year. This time I am taking a step back from social media and taking a step forward to writing a bit more on my blog.
Ok honestly, I’m writing this before even giving it a title, because I’m just so blown away by the bullshit people are selling and buying these days. If you’re part of the community you must have heard about Pinrose making a “Starter Witch Kit” that was supposed to be sold in Sephora. It is a kit which includes a tarot deck (which I was kind of curious to see to be honest), nine perfumes which you were supposed to anoint yourself with in ritual or whatever, a rose quartz crystal and a white sage bundle. Continue reading
Hello my lovely readers. I hope you are all doing well and ready for this autumn to start and chill down mama earth a bit. At the moment I’m sitting at home, having some coffee, it’s pleasantly chilly morning, just enough I have to wear a sweater. So you probably ask what’s the burnout title about? Continue reading
This is a topic that has been in the back of my mind lately and honestly most of my life as a woman. We have all been taught as children consciously or subconsciously what we should act like, talk like, dress like, think like, how we should walk, feel and how we should not. Continue reading
Okay so this is the first time I’m actually writing a blog post from my phone and it feels weird and unprofessional but hey I had to try it. The thing is I have found myself posting less and less just because I was so fucking burdened with the aesthetics and everything being just right, even though I came up with so many thoughts and things to write about during the day and never actually wrote about them just because I never seemed to have time or energy to do it when I finally got home to my computer. So this is a new thing I’m doing – blogging as I go through my day because fuck that shit, I don’t got time to waste and I want to get things out when they are still fresh in my head.
So one of those things was working with crystals. Continue reading
This is a blog post, transferred from my previous blog site. Also – it’s a rant.
I must admit I wasn’t expecting that I would be writing about this as many others did. I never really feel compelled to add on to the fire of drama in our so called pagan community. I have never even been a part of a community, not really. But this is something I have been reading and hearing about for so long it’s really eating up my nerves.
This is a blog post, transferred from my previous blog site.
So this is an unusual thing. I’m sitting in my parents kitchen, surrounded with family. My two grandmas drinking tea and coffee with us. Both of them here is a rare event. Specially since my other grandma lives in USA and we don’t get to see her often – every couple of years.
This is a moment for me to soak up my heritage. My magickal heritage.
The rituals and spells my ancestors used for healing and manifesting wealth.
It is unusual because my family is muslim and the old ways show an interesting mix of pagan ritual and use of arabic prayer from Kur’an. As I look back on it there are origins from the old ways of the tribe of Japodi – Ilir people of Slavic Balkan area. As far as the fierceness of magick goes, the magick of Ilir people was always known to be very fiery. Some even say the fiercest of all.
Well anyone who knows people of balkan and the slavs knows how much fire we carry in us. We have it in our blood – the daring will power that makes us fight for our lands, our people, our families. And that my dear is a dangerous thing to be meddling with.
So I listen to their words carefully. With patience while I write down the words of power and try to comprehend and understand every thing my grandmother is saying. I am so anxious and hoping not to miss any detail she shares. Today I am learning about the old ritual of lead melting.
It is an old Bosnian ritual that cures the consequences of spellbound eyes (the evil eye), fear, black magick, influence of demons, certain skin diseases and different blockages such as the inability for someone to get married or a pupil to achieve success in school. Also – only in Bosnia stravarke and stravari know how to use this ritual to help people which are far away from them, without physical contact, even on another continent. That is why it is known that Bosnian stravari are the best ones in this area.
In support of the originality of the ritual the data that lead melting was familiar in Bosnia since the old days and that there is no data in any ethnographic chapter which would disprove these claims. According to individual anthropologists lead melting is an ancient ritual of the Illyrians which knew how to use metals and how to shape them but also to use them for purposes of magic.
This ritual is a combination of four elements – fire, earth, air and water, because the human body is made of them as well. The representatives of the elements in this ritual are a bowl with water (water element), burning wooden sticks (fire), lead itself (earth), and as the stravarka is blowing her breath to the water the air element is incorporated as well.
There is also a classical way of unification of the elements, by washing the body with the ritual water in following order: face, right arm, left leg, left arm and right leg; so it represents a unification in a pentagram.
The ritual itself is shortly described as having a bowl of water, melting lead, burning wood and uttering prayer as well as blowing air into the water. The words of power that are used in the ritual itself vary.
Uttering prayers above the surface of the water which is located in the bowl is an imitation of the mythological creation of the world which was, according to Bosnian mythology, created by a supernatural being (God) or more of them (gods) uttering a magical formula i.e. basma above the sea and then blew into the water out of which then came life. Still today there is a belief, that there is a secret and universal basma, the one that created life, the one which if found out by humans and uttered, would allow him to become the master of the entire planet earth. Bosnian stravarke believe that earth “stands” or exists on the power of the basma and the surface of the earth, on which people walk and from which they get food, rests on the strength of the prayer Ihlas from the Qur’an.
In magical practice prayer Ihlas is often combined with a basma in order to produce a magical effect. It is always repeated in the beginning three, five or seven times and then the basma is repeated three times. With that, through the ritual, one connects into a whole things which are theoretically inconceivable – basma as a pagan element with Islam i.e. prayer Ihlas whose content is the most important message of monotheism – There is only one God. Symbiosis of magic and religion doesn’t stop there instead it culminates in the formula which is called “Backwards Ihlas”, whose content has a few versions of the text, but every one of them starts with the identical words of the basma and ends with the first words of the prayer Ihlas. Power of this basma is extremely large which confirms folk belief according to which all those that know the text of this basma can rule over the forces of magic and can cast spells.
There is a certain secrecy to the ritual itself or more precisely – to the words of power. I have been given the words by my grandmother and advised not to share them around. I tried to google it and haven’t really found a legitimate source about the words of power (yet). So there really is even a bigger respect growing in me for these rites. I hope I will carry them out with grace and make my ancestors proud.