Is Friday 13th really unlucky?

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Long considered a harbinger of bad luck, Friday the 13th has inspired a late 19th-century secret society, an early 20th-century novel, a horror film franchise and not one but two unwieldy terms—paraskavedekatriaphobia and friggatriskaidekaphobia—that describe the fear of this supposedly unlucky day.

The Fear of 13

Just like walking under a ladder, crossing paths with a black cat or breaking a mirror, many people hold fast to the belief that Friday the 13th brings bad luck. Though it’s uncertain exactly when this particular tradition began, negative superstitions have swirled around the number 13 for centuries.

While Western cultures have historically associated the number 12 with completeness (there are 12 days of Christmas, 12 months and zodiac signs, 12 labours of Hercules, 12 gods of Olympus and 12 tribes of Israel, just to name a few examples), its successor 13 has a long history as a sign of bad luck.

The ancient Code of Hammurabi, for example, reportedly omitted a 13th law from its list of legal rules. Though this was probably a clerical error, superstitious people sometimes point to this as proof of 13’s longstanding negative associations.

Fear of the number 13 has even earned a psychological term: triskaidekaphobia.

Why is Friday the 13th Unlucky?

According to biblical tradition, 13 guests attended the Last Supper, held on Maundy Thursday, including Jesus and his 12 apostles (one of whom, Judas, betrayed him). The next day, of course, was Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.

The seating arrangement at the Last Supper is believed to have given rise to a longstanding Christian superstition that having 13 guests at a table was a bad omen—specifically, that it was courting death.

Though Friday’s negative associations are weaker, some have suggested they also have roots in the Christian tradition: Just as Jesus was crucified on a Friday, Friday was also said to be the day Eve gave Adam the fateful apple from the Tree of Knowledge, as well as the day Cain killed his brother, Abel.

The Thirteen Club

In the late-19th century, a New Yorker named Captain William Fowler (1827-1897) sought to remove the enduring stigma surrounding the number 13—and particularly the unwritten rule about not having 13 guests at a dinner table—by founding an exclusive society called the Thirteen Club.

The group dined regularly on the 13th day of the month in room 13 of the Knickerbocker Cottage, a popular watering hole Fowler owned from 1863 to 1883. Before sitting down for a 13-course dinner, members would pass beneath a ladder and a banner reading “Morituri te Salutamus,” Latin for “Those of us who are about to die salute you.”

Four former U.S. presidents (Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison and Theodore Roosevelt) would join the Thirteen Club’s ranks at one time or another.

Friday the 13th in Pop Culture

An important milestone in the history of the Friday the 13th legend in particular (not just the number 13) occurred in 1907, with the publication of the novel Friday, the Thirteenth written by Thomas William Lawson.

The book told the story of a New York City stockbroker who plays on superstitions about the date to create chaos on Wall Street, and make a killing on the market.

The horror movie Friday the 13th, released in 1980, introduced the world to a hockey mask-wearing killer named Jason, and is perhaps the best-known example of the famous superstition in pop culture history. The movie spawned multiple sequels, as well as comic books, novellas, video games, related merchandise and countless terrifying Halloween costumes.

What bad things happened on Friday 13th?

On Friday, October 13, 1307, officers of King Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar, a powerful religious and military order formed in the 12th century for the defence of the Holy Land.

Imprisoned on charges of various illegal behaviours (but really because the king wanted access to their financial resources), many Templars were later executed. Some cite the link with the Templars as the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition, but like many legends involving the Templars and their history, the truth remains murky.

In more recent times, a number of traumatic events have occurred on Friday the 13th, including the German bombing of Buckingham Palace (September 1940); the murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens, New York (March 1964); a cyclone that killed more than 300,000 people in Bangladesh (November 1970); the disappearance of a Chilean Air Force plane in the Andes (October 1972); the death of rapper Tupac Shakur (September 1996) and the crash of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Italy, which killed 30 people (January 2012).

Before Patriarchal Times

Friday the 13th was considered the day of the Goddess. It was considered a day to worship the Divine Feminine that lives in us all and to honour the cycles of creation and death and rebirth.

Friday the 13th was considered a very powerful day to manifest, honour creativity and celebrate beauty, wisdom and nourishment of the soul.

Friday is Venus Day and we all know that Venus is the epitome of feminine energy.

Her energy joins us at the end of the week to honour the days gone by and to remind us that it is important to rest, relax and play.

As a society, we all look forward to Friday (Venus day), and we all naturally find ourselves unwinding and relaxing in her comforting energy.

Friday is the perfect day to embrace Venus-like energy and to focus on creativity, beauty and sensuality.

Venus energy also encourages us to tune into our receptive female energy in order to stimulate our creativity and bring art, music and healing into the world.

The Number 13 also holds an extremely potent feminine energy and is considered to be the number of death and rebirth, creation, fertility and blood.

This is because we have 13 Moon cycles every year and the average female also experiences 13 periods per year.

If a woman’s periods are in sync with the cycle of the Moon, she will shed her lining on the New Moon and ovulate on the Full Moon.

On average the 13th falls in the middle of the Moon cycle and represents that midway point between death and rebirth. The midway point between the New Moon, where a woman is shedding (the death) and the Full Moon, where the woman is ovulating (rebirth).

Long ago, when a woman was bleeding she was considered to embody divine and magical powers. She was regarded by all for her wisdom and ability to offer intuitive and psychic messages.

When she was ovulating, she was considered to be at the height of her power and was celebrated for her ability to receive, hold and create new life.

It was only when society became more patriarchal that women were made to feel shame when they were having their periods and to ignore their amazing potential to create and hold space for new life.

This attitude has helped to contribute to the idea that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day.

The lunar calendar is also made up of 13 months, which further supports 13 as holding feminine power.

The Moon is also representative of feminine energy and helps us to understand and deal with our emotions and sensitivities.

In the astrology chart, the Moon not only governs our emotions but also our potential and how we choose to express ourselves through life. In fact, for many people understanding their Moon sign can often help to bring more awareness than their Sun sign.

Bringing Friday and the number 13 together, you can see that Friday the 13th is in fact, a very powerful day for feminine energy and creativity.

It is also an extremely powerful time of death and rebirth as it represents that mid-point in the cycle between something new emerging and something old slipping away.

Friday the 13th has often been held in high regard by women and the pagan community, and many rituals and spells are often conducted on this day in order to make the most of this beautiful energy.

This has also helped to contribute to the fear surrounding Friday the 13th, as it was an important day for many who worshipped the cycles of nature.

We all have feminine energy in us, so Friday the 13th is not just for women. It is a day for all of us to honour our own abilities to create and receive energy from the world around us.

Friday the 13th is not an unlucky day. Friday the 13th is the day of the Goddess and is a beautiful day for creating and celebrating life. It is a beautiful day for getting in tune with your emotions and sensitivities and giving thanks to the beautiful Goddess that lives in us all.

Sources

“The Origins of Unlucky Friday the 13th,” Live Science.
“Friday the 13th: why is it unlucky and other facts about the worst day in the calendar,” The Telegraph.
“13 Freaky Things That Happened on Friday the 13th,” Live Science.
“Here’s Why Friday the 13th is Considered Unlucky,” Time.
“Friggatriskaidekaphobes Need Not Apply,” New-York Historical Society.

Identifying as a witch is the most powerful thing I have ever done for myself.

Identifying as a witch is the most powerful thing I have ever done for myself, let me tell you why…

My spiritual belief started at an absolute big fat zero. My family identify themselves as atheists, meaning that they have no religious or spiritual beliefs.

Although, I don’t think it has always been zero because I do remember a time my mum asking me whether I believe in ‘God’. I’m sure I had been learning about Christianity at primary school & was probably telling her all about it. But I distinctly remember responding; ‘I don’t believe there is a God as there is in Christianity, but I do believe that there is something.’. I was probably only around 6 years old at this time, my mum didn’t diminish what I said, just kind of brushed over it, like; ‘Ok, cool’, as you do sometimes with your kids when you’re just trying to be interested in what they are trying to talk your ear off about.

Trust me, I was one of those kids too. Still, now I can talk at you at about a million miles an hour or ask a trillion questions in one go. My brain has always worked at a fast pace & sometimes my mouth cannot keep up. 

My childhood was pretty standard, although I was always the ‘black sheep’, the ‘odd one’, the ‘different kid’. None of my family really understood the way my brain works or the things that I have an interest in. Metaphysics doesn’t exist, they are only open to the physical realm. They have not yet had the experience of opening their minds & awakening their souls.

I have always loved to learn about the universe. As a child, I only understood the universe on a physical level so I would dive deep into learning everything I possibly could about space. Visiting the library & checking out whatever books I could find in my local town tiny book stock. I remember asking for a telescope time & time again. But always getting to use my godfathers instead. I think my godfather (yes, I am christened because that was the done thing back in 1994) had a lot to do with moulding me into the person I am today.

As I went through my teenage years, I went through a lot of mental & physical trauma. From relationships turning sour, being a general shitty teenager etc… I wasn’t the best person to be around from around the age of 11 to 22. On a path of destruction, complete & utter chaos. I had lost any connection that I had with the universe or the higher powers & completely wiped them out of my life. Abusive relationships, drug abuse, drinking way too much, being homeless & being mixed up with some really nasty people.

At the age of 19, I did meet my partner & the father of my children; this is when life did start to smooth out & settle down for me. But I still didn’t have any of that connection. I was just going through the daily grind. I worked in a residential care home as the head chef, I worked long hours & weekends. At the time my partner was also working as an apprentice so his wage wasn’t great. It was my job that had to pay the bills whilst he studied & worked his way through his qualifications.

At the age of 21, I fell pregnant with our first child. On my 22nd birthday, just over a month before Dexter was born, I made the decision that I didn’t want to go back to work & wanted to be able to stay at home with my son, not pay for someone else to look after him which would probably swallow all of my wages anyway. I decided to reach out to a girl that had contacted me before about starting my own business.

Taking the leap & opened my wholesale account with this incredible skincare & make-up company. I started to learn the ropes & try to take the first steps to have a successful business. I had no fucking idea what I was doing. So, I reached out to my friend that was in network marketing & asked her for some friendly advice. I remember her message so clearly. “Hannah, you should look into LOA”, I’m reading the message over & over again, what the fuck is “LOA”? I even googled it, but nothing came up then, this is back before it started trending mind. Maybe I would have had more luck if it was today. I couldn’t find the answer, so I asked. Then she spelt it out for me “Law of Attraction”.

This is where it all began for me. When my connection started to wield itself back to the cosmic realm. Of course, it didn’t just happen overnight. I also didn’t start working on LOA or mindset consistently for a long time. I’m not great at routine & structure, so it took me a really long time to find things that fit into my life & work for more. Because there is nothing worse than making LOA or mindset work a chore. You will not be in your full state of flow or giving out the correct energies.

I truly believe that having Dexter opened up that opportunity for the connection again by having the innocents & purity of a child so close to my soul. I spent the next year working on my business, practising LOA, working on my mindset & turning it from a set mindset to a growth mindset. As well as learning everything I possibly could about running a business.

Just 12 months & 3 weeks after Dexter was born, we had our daughter, Skylah. Dexter really did open up that world for me again, but having Skylah, really finalised that connection. She forced me to learn more about the metaphysics of the world, how the moon affects your body, etc… because she is so connected to the higher powers. She pushed me into that world so deep that there is no possible way I could climb back out again.

After Skylah was born, I actually made the decision to walk away from the world of business. I wanted to focus on my spiritual journey & be able to share that with people. Giving them an insight into the world of metaphysics, witchcraft & manifestation.

Today, I fully identify as a witch & people know me as a witch. But I would not have always had the confidence to do this! I was brought up to think that people that identify as witches should be locked up in a straight jacket somewhere because magic isn’t real. When in reality, they just didn’t understand it on the same level as the witches. I have also come to learn that you don’t have to have a big warty nose or green skin to be a witch. Witches come in many forms. I wouldn’t have had the confidence to identify myself as a witch at the start of my spiritual journey & it has probably only been the last year that I would say it to friends & in the last 6 months I would say it to a stranger.

But that’s okay, a lot of people choose to never let anyone know that they are witches & keep everything to themselves. You have to do whatever you are comfortable with, but don’t get too comfortable. It is always good to push ourselves that little bit further because that’s how we grow.

Identifying as a witch has been absolutely life-changing for me on so many levels. I am now back to building my very own business. My confidence has grown an incredible amount & because of all the positive changes my friends & family have seen within me, they too have become extremely accepting of my witchy ways. My partner & father of my children has also started identifying as a witch, which is honestly something I never expected to happen.

I have also incorporated a lot of my witchy self into my business, showcasing the skills & knowledge in ways for people to join me & start identifying as a witch themselves if they wish to do so. Providing a safe space for everyone to be free with no judgement.

Remember, witchcraft is all around us in our everyday life, we give back to the earth by planting trees with Ecologi. Identifying as a witch can come out in many different ways. It mostly depends on perspective.

Read about Witch Basics here & Witchcraft VS Religion here.

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Witchcraft VS Religion

Before we get started, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the stigma created around witchcraft is vastly outdated. Coming from as far back as the witch trials almost 500 years ago. Unfortunely people like to look for someone else to blame for their problems. Usually blaming the local ‘witch’ or the neighbour they dislike for putting a ‘spell’ or ‘curse’ on them.

I’m not saying spells & curses aren’t real. But what is not real, is the way witchcraft is perceived to be. What people think witchcraft is, is not what it really is.

Let’s just take a look at ‘flying on a broomstick’ for example. Now we instantly think of a witch using her magical powers to fly around the sky. But in reality, ‘flying on a broomstick’ was just the average housewife masturbating with the handle end. Although, that broomstick was smothered in mind altering herbs such as; cannabis, mugswort and nightshade mixed with butter or lard to increase the absorption of the herbs into the bloodstream. Hence the flying part as they flew off into an orgasmic bliss.

The Beer Brewers

Another theory behind ‘witches’ is that these women were actually beer brewers. They were single ladies that did not wish to be wed to a man or have children. With a big cauldron which they would use for brewing and a cat to chase a way any mice or rats that might taite their product. They even worn pointy hats so that they could easily be seen at the market place.

The theory is that men wanted to take back the beer for themselves. Putting these women in their ‘rightful’ place, at home baring children and playing housewife. Isn’t it interesting how things get misconstrued over time. Our history books are like one huge game of chinese wispers.

Male Witches

Although witches are often protrayed as women, they were not all women throughout history. Today you may hear someone refer to a male witch just as a witch or even Warlock.

Lucid tales were told and people whispered about coven’s of men and women meeting at midnight to have sexual intercourse with the Devil and wild flights. It has since been suspected that there was an onimnet used by this group that contained mercury, which could induce a sensation of flying upon someone.

Where Does Religion Come In?

When we talk about religion we are covering so many different beliefs, feeling and perceptions. As many as there are people on this planet in fact. In a way, everyone has their own religion, even if they subscribe to a religion that many others do.

This is because everyone has their own interpretation and belief system that they subscribe too. If you were to ask followers of any religion what their beliefs are, or what parts of the religion they agree or disagree with; they may each say something a little different. Subsconsciously and even sometimes consciously, many people will adopt particular things they like within their religion and ignore the thing they do not like.

When we look at the fundemental parts of every regilion, or belief in spirituality in any way. They always consist of the same things, such as; be thankful for what you have, treat people with kindness and love, be kind the earth and your surroundings.

Witchcraft is becoming increasingly popular as a ‘new’ religion, but actually it’s as old as time. You could actually look at witchcraft as a combination of many religions, old and new alike.

In particulary those that have;

  1. Eastern philosophies.
  2. Magical practices like alchemy.
  3. Nature worship.
  4. Belief that thought and emotion effect matter.

13 Everyday Activites That Are Witchcraft

  1. Blowing Out Candles To Make A Wish On Your Birthday Cake.
    Each time you close your eyes and visualise your wish before blowing out your candle on your birthday cake, you are practicing witchcraft. This is a basic candle spell that has been practiced for centuries by cultures all over the world. Now you know this, you could add a little jazz to your birthday wish and pick a coloured candled related to your wish or even annote the candle before your birthday sing song. Whenever you have a birthday chances are someone made you a cake or dessert with candles in it!
  2. Stargazing/Night Scrying.
    Do you ever look up at the stars at night? This is called Night Scrying. Without even knowing, you’re looking for hidden messages, meanings and even visions from the stars. The darkness of the sky helped our minds to fall into a trance like state so we can be more receptive to the energies around us. You can use night scrying for anything you seek guidance with. Some people use it to communicate with deities, guardians, guides, spirits and your highest self ancestors.
  3. Cooking Meals With The Intention Of Filling Those Who Eat It With Love, Warmth, Healing, and Positivity.
    In witchcraft, intention is our most important thing and if you love cooking for people to fill them with happiness and joy, the chances are your food is graced with a garnish of magical energy. By creating something to nourish another with intention is sharing positive magical art.
  4. Wishing On A Shooting Star.
    Have you ever seen a shooting star and made a wish? Visible meteor showers have the power to enhance our magic by putting our intentions out for the universe to hear you. Don’t you just love that enchanted feeling it leaves you with too!
  5. Lighting Candles In Honor Of Loved Ones.
    We are often called to light a candle to honor the memory of our loced ones. This is another for of candle magic which is crossing over into necromancy by communicating with the spirit realm to let them know they are loved and missed. Many religions and cultures from all over the world use this type of ritual at memorial services.
  6. Cloud Watching/Sky Scrying.
    Throughout the day, you may find yourself staring at the clouds looking at the different shapes and pictures they make. This is actually a way of practicing divination known as ‘Sky Scrying’ or ‘Ceromancy’. It is very similar to Night Scrying, but instead of stars you gaze upone the clouds for the hidden messages and meaning.
  7. Burning Incense With The Intention Of Cleansing Your Space.
    Burning any kind of incense with any kind of intention is a way of practicing witchcraft and banishing negative energies. Even if you’re burning inscene to cover up a nasty smell, you are burning it with intention and removing the negative energy from your space, without realising it you’re also freeing yourself of other negative energies. Incense represent all four elements and are a powerful tool for witchcraft. Their resin comes from the earth. The plants that are used to produce the resin on the incense would of needed water to grow. We call upon fire to be able to use our incense and the smoke is a representation of air. You can add to the effect by reciting a chant or performing a spell in correspondence of your intentions.
  8. Wishing On Coins In A Fountain.
    Often when you see a water fountain you’ll also see a layer of coins across the bottom where people have cast a coin into the water and made a wish. This is actually a well known basic wish spell. If you would like to add some extra magic next time you go to make a wish you would try saying a wishing rhyme at the same time.
  9. Celebrating The Changing Of The Seasons And Lunar Phases.
    Many different people from all different cultures and backgrounds admire the seasons changing around them and even the phases of the moon. Admiring these cycles and celebrating them in anyway is a magical art. This s because nature is the source of all magic and it is constantly cycling magic throughout. The cycle of the moon and other astronomical events contain so much natural magical powers and many witches harness these powers for their own magical practice.
  10. Working With The Energy Of Crystals.
    Many witches, although not all, work with crystals in their magical practices. The stones a ‘normal’ person may wear as a piece of jewellery is seen in a completely different way by someone that believes in magic. Because they come directly from the earth and they are such an incredible thing to be formed, the contain an abundance of magical properties.
  11. Creating Natural Herbal Remedies.
    If you use any kind of herbal remedies, tinctures, teas or salves, they are all created from the nature, mostly using the elements Earth anf Water, which are two of the most helaing elements. If you work to make herbal remedies, tinctures, tea, or salves you probably love the elements of Earth and Water. In ancient times you would of been known as a Witch Doctor.
  12. Daydreaming/Visualizing Your Future.
    If you find yourself gazing off into space, day dreaming or visualising your future, then you are calling upon the magical powers of manifestation. Daydreaming can also present us with hidden meanings, messages & insights.
  13. Going Out Into Nature To Ground, Center & Relax.
    By going out into nature with the intention of grounding, relaxing, healing and centering yourself is an act of recharging your energy or magic within you. Witches have the ultimate respect for nature and the power it holds, treating it with care and always giving more than we take.

Coming To A Conclusion

When we look at all of this information. We understand that witchcraft is not what it is protrayed to be. It is actually just a sense of being in tune with yourself and your surroundings. Being able to call upon your intuition and respecting the powerful magic that is held within nature. Everyone has magic within them. Everyone is a ‘witch’. But if you know about your magic, that makes you more powerful than some would like, so they’d rather keep you in the dark.

Living life in this way is how humanity was meant to exist. We were meant to live by the cycle of the moon. Take a look at the tides on the shore, they are affected by the moon. The sap within trees is sucked up during a full moon. Some farmers choose to harvest their crops under a full moon because of the energies of the moon affecting the quality of the crops. One example of this are the ‘Sister’s of the Valley’; they harvest their hemp during a full moon and if they have products that are produced from hemp that has not been harvested under a full moon; they are sold at a reduced rate.

Why Target Witches?

So why is there so much hate targeted towards witchcrafts? Especially within religious cultures? When actually, if you compare everything side by side like this, the fundementals are the same. A lot of the regilious practices and traditions include magical practices and it makes you wonder where they got these practices from and why do they use them in the particular way they do? People that are celebrated within religion are more relatable to the healers of the world and the people practicing witchcraft also, because they often intuitive and able to heal with the powers of mother nature.

But for me, witchcraft lets you walk your path freely and create a lifestyle that suits you. As long as you give more than you take and you remember that everything will always come back to your in threefold, so be careful with what you put out into the world.

Basic Witch

With witchcraft becoming more popular, and so many baby witches needing some basic witch knowledge. I wanted to put together this blog with a quick bit of information that you can implement into your daily life and your witchcraft. We are going to cover the simple knowledge you need to know what you need to reach for in your cupboards, without questioning yourself.

But before we dive in, I want to remind you that this is NOT gospel. The colours of the candles, what crystals you’re using and what herbs you pick, do NOT have to be the same as what is on this list. If a different colour feels right, roll with it. Follow your intuition. If you don’t have what is on the list, set the intention and pick what you feel drawn too. The intention is the most important thing to focus on when doing any kind of practise.

Personally, I take this knowledge and apply it to my craft but I also just going with my intuition and doing what feels right at the time. I very rarely follow any written spells, only if I’m looking for something super specific. Putting your witch powers into practice doesn’t have to be a scary process if you have the support and guidance you need. We are not gate keepers here, everyone is welcome and we will share our knowledge with you.

Protection

We are firstly going to take a look at some simple knowledge behind protection. Protection is generally associated with the colour black. Black candles, black crystals, black cloths etc… When you feel like you need protection, reach for your black crystals such as obsidian, tourmaline and smokey quartz. You can also turn to crystals such as clear quartz and selenite because of their cleansing and amplifying properties.

When it comes to herbs and spices, salt will be one of you main ingredients for protection, any salt will do. We are about using what we have to hand, not having to spend a fortune to practice our craft.

Other herbs you can use include:

Self Love

Loving yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a witch. Love is the most powerful magic of all, so by loving yourself you become one of the most powerful forces you could possibly be. Self love or love in general is associated with the colour pink. In candle magic you may opt to use a pink candle. Rose Quartz is the main self love crystal, the holy graile of them all. You can also use crystals such as; Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine and Smokey Quartz.

With Rose Quartz being the holy graile of crystals for self love, of course Rose’s are the flower of love and one of the main ones to be used in self love practices.

Other herbs you can use include:

Abundance

Living in abundance is one of the most incredible things that you can do for yourself. To live in abundance is true happiness and where you will find your life will grow to phenomenal heights. The colour yellow is associated with abundance. In candle magic you can use a yellow coloured candle. Citrine is an incredible crystal for the energies of abundance. Other crystals you could use for abundance are; Pynite, Green jade/Green Aventurine/Green Moss Agate, Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Selenite, Emerald, Ruby and Amazonite.

Other herbs you can use include:

Spiritual Enhancement

Enhancing your spirit is vital for your journey to progress. The colour purple is associated with spiritual awakening and growth. Use a purple candle in your candle magic. Use crystals such as; Labradorite, Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Clear Quartz, Aquamarine, Sodalite, Fluorite, Blue Lace Agate, Moonstone, Kyanite and Turquoise. Calendula flower is an incredible addition to your spell work for spiritual enhancement.

Other herbs you can use include:

Cleansing

Cleansing your space can make all the difference to your practises. There is a few different ways that you can do this.

You can burn cleansing herbs (smudge sticks) or incenses, such as;

  • White Sage
  • Palo Santo
  • Cedar
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

If you choose to use the burning method, simply light your herbs or incense and use the smoke to cleanse and purify the energies around you. Please be careful when using this method and do it over a fire proof dish. Making sure you extinguish the tool of choosing properly.

If you are not comfortable with using fire for cleansing, then you could also make a spray using any of the essential oils listed for a 100% safe cleansing of the energies around you.

Enhancing Your Magic

There is many different ways that you can enhance your magical practice. Of course we love to use cannabis to enhance ours.

Hemp

Hemp is a variety of cannabis sativa which can be used as a versatile material that can be used for clothing and textiles. The hemp material can be used as an alternative to cotton or other cloth materials to store magickal items, divination tools or to use as everyday or ritual clothing, altar cloths, bags, etc. Hemp oil and hemp hearts can be used in ritual as offerings and also to add to food, which is an excellent alternative to add to some recipes made by any green or kitchen witch. Hemp products and hemp oil are legal in many places and can be more easily attained than cannabis products because it contains the lowest amounts of THC and CBD.

Cannabis

Cannabis can be used for different rituals and spell work such as;

  • Astral Projection
  • Moon Rituals
  • Feminine Energy
  • Honouring Deity
  • Manifestation
  • Spiritual Healing
  • Self-love Magic
  • Sex Magic
  • Shadow Work
  • Shamanic Journeys
  • Spell Bags
  • Spirit Communication
Safe Magic and Cannabis

While using cannabis with witchcraft, magic, ritual or spell work it’s important to make sure your work area and space is safe, clear and suitable for the type of working that you’re doing.

This ensures that:

  • Working with candles, incense or any flames are safely guarded to avoid accidents.
  • Uninterrupted to perform the ritual or working where you’ll be “indisposed” to outside commitments or obligations for the duration.
  • Any hazardous materials (herbs, oils, etc.) are safely out of reach of pets.
  • You know how the strain will effect you before attempting any spell work or ritual.

Other things you can use to enhance your magical practices are things such as;

Getting Stoned

This weeks podcast is a little different, so we wanted to make this weeks blog post a little different too. Instead of talking about the same thing in our blog post as we did in this weeks podcast. We have decided to share this blog post from High Times by The High Priestess. We decided to do this because these posts on hightimes are our favourite ones, we often look to these for inspiration at Hannabis. Especially this one about getting stoned with crystals during the Virgo season.

The High Priestess: Stones to Get Stoned With During Virgo Season

Summer may be winding down but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the rest of the season stoned in style. After all there are myriad reasons to get stoned; whether that’s to help find some much needed solace after a long day. To help with pain management, for anxiety, or just because it feels good. And there are just as many reasons to work with gemstones, also known as crystals or minerals.

Crystals come from deep in the core of the earth. Taking thousands of years to form, and with this they carry the messages of this element. These healing crystals aren’t only striking and beautiful to look at. But they can also help us tap into balance and work with the different energy centers of our bodies. These are known as chakras in yogic practice. Crystals can help us heal, release, manifest, banish, or whatever else we need in the moment; much like cannabis can.

Getting Stoned with Stones

So, what happens when you combine getting stoned with stones? What happens when you put the spiritual in stoner? Well, you have a delicious and juicy ritual that can help make your next smoke session even more mystical.

After the bright and shining intensity of Leo Season, aka the peak of our hot, stoned, spiritual summer. We are greeted with Virgo season. While Leo, the lion, was all about claiming our voice and the power that comes along with this. Virgo season, represented by the Virgin or Maiden, speaks of what it means for us to be whole unto ourselves. Virgo is often slated as a perfectionist with analytical tendencies. But the truth is this is the energy of the balance of the grounded and active masculine and the expansive and receptive feminine. With their roots firmly in the ground, Virgo can lead us into exploring all aspects of what makes us us. Thankfully we can work with crystals and cannabis to integrate these facets of who we are.

To help get the lowdown on what stones would be the most beneficial to get stoned with for Virgo season. I talked to Virgo Queen, artist, alchemist and creatrix of crystal pipes, Jennifer Joseph. She shares some key crystals and practices we can use to own this rooted earth sign energy, to get the most connected to our higher self as possible.

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To Begin: Pick Your Crystal 

The first step in getting stoned with some stones is to actually pick a stone. Use the guide below, your intuition or whatever stones you already have to begin. If you can’t physically get a crystal, try looking up photos of the stone you want to work with. Then try meditating with them in your mind’s eye, visualizing yourself holding and working with these stones to tap into their energetic properties.  

To Know Your Worth and Value- Rose Quartz

A deeply calming and nurturing stone, Rose Quartz comes in shades of soft pink. Acts as the mother and doorway of the heart. During Virgo season, we’re both in the realm of the body (since it’s an Earth sign) and the mind. Since Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the planet who rules over communication, higher knowledge, and travel. This can be a season when we’re starting new projects, making new commitments, taking new classes, and expanding and growing. Unfortunately, that can mean we become our toughest critics, letting imposter syndrome stand in the way from our greatness. Rose Quartz can help us overcome this, and tap back into the energy of self-love.

“Self-love is the openness and acceptance of the fullness of where you are right now. That acceptance is self-love in practice. Rose quartz is the ultimate in terms of opening ourselves us up to the dimension of of allowing who we truly are to be there,” Jennifer explains. “When we truly love ourselves, we see the value we have to offer others. We see our worth and start acting in alignment with that.”

If you’re struggling with being okay where you are, and if you feel like your heart center could use some energetic TLC, then try working with this stone to help keep your heart tender and open.

To Help Dispel Fear Around Taking Action and Evolving: Onyx and Obsidian

A lot of fear can arise before we go through moments of transformation; our ego wants us to play small, stay comfortable, to continue doing what we know. But this isn’t any way for us to grow, especially during Virgo season! Thankfully, working with black stones like onyx and obsidian can help us release this fear and the self-imposed blocks we’ve created for ourselves to stay comfortable.

“We don’t properly know how to take action that we are confident in. A lot of times we want to prove something, and obsidian and onyx can help us bust through that. They can help reveal where we’re triggered in those areas, so we can start moving through that and claim back our vital energy, which is started in the root chakra [the energy center at the base of the spine]” Jennifer explains. “But if you have issues with security you can’t move forward. That’s why I love these black crystals to keep us aware of what’s in our shadow and what’s keeping us from movement.”

If you’re going through life changes but don’t necessarily have the trust needed to really see things from a positive perspective, try holding and meditating with these black crystals. Besides grounding you in the present, they can help distill fear while you’re on this new path of growth.

To Actually Take That Action: Red Jasper and Carnelian

Blood red, that symbolizes the power of creative action and forward movement, stones like Red Jasper and Carnelian are associated with the lower chakras. The energy centers that rule over sexuality, confidence, our ability to create, and our ability to put plans in motion. These crystals can help you actually break through blocks so you can create changes organically and purposefully; these are invigorating stones that add an energy of fire to our life.

“They stimulate the more active principles in our root chakra and really get vital energy pumping and flowing,” Jennifer says. If you’re looking to begin on a new adventure this Virgo season, these stones can help you have the confidence to not only start on this path but also believe in the unfolding of it.

To Balance All Parts of Yourself: Fluorite  

Regardless of your gender identity, we all have masculine, feminine, active, and receptive, sides of who we are. These pieces of who we are can come out of balance (like anything else), especially during a season like Virgo season, when we’re being asked to step into a new way of being and act authentically with these dual sides of our nature.

By balancing both sides of the brain, which reflect the receptive/ active parts of who we are are, fluorite helps us step more confidently into our roles as creators of our universe. If Virgo season has left you feeling off kilter, then this stone can help you find energetic equilibrium.

“Fluorite is so so great for balancing both sides of how we process things. The thing I notice the most about fluorite is that whatever emotional response I’m having. Or the hyper-analytical overthinking reaction that I’m having, when I get into the aura of fluorite, those start working together in a more harmonious way,” Jennifer explains. “It’s like ‘hey, remember your center, remember these are both sides of you and valuable tools but when we don’t use them together, you feel crazy. “

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To Tap into the Grounded Energy of Virgo Season: Serpentine 

A rich green like the mythological and archetypal serpent it’s associated with. Serpentine can help you step into the new phase of your life this new zodiac season is bringing you. Not only can serpentine’s earthy energy help you find roots during moments of change and transition. It can help you dispel the fear of these transitions on the first place, adding some self-compassion and stability to the mix.

“Snakes have this symbolism of shedding their skin, so what was old, we’re throwing that off. We’re still who we are but if we stay in all the things that served us previously. If we stay in that skin, we will suffocate and we won’t be able to expand and feel all those things we’re meant to feel in this next stage of our growth” Jennifer points out. “Serpentine is about us relinquishing the old patterns so that we can let go of the old skin and we can embrace having a fresher perspective. Creating a purer relationship with the world all over again.” 

To Not Get So Swept Up in the Virgo Energy- Lepidolite 

A stone associated with the upper chakras, spirituality, connection to intuition, and the higher self. Lepidolite is an energetic antidote to the laser tight focus that Virgos can fall prey too. If you’re a Virgo, or have heavy Virgo placements in your chart, working with this stone can help you loosen your grip on control while surrendering to the universe and forces that be. This stone can also help you tap into your inner mystic, a more airy quality that may be missing for all the earth-heavy energy.

“For all those ‘I’m so practical, I’m so rigid, I’m so grounded’ Virgos, this stone is a lot more mystical and has lithium in it, a natural antidepressant. Every high strung Virgo needs some Lepidolite in their life,” Virgo Jennifer notes.

“Because this stone is purple, work with it as you begin visualizing how things could be, how things could go right instead of ‘how can I micromanage to control if things go right.’ Lepidolite helps you release into the idea that ‘when I am prepared and relaxed, I can trust the universe to give me the exact result I need.’”

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Step 2: Grab Your Crystals and Cannabis and Create the Ritual

So you’ve picked out your stone, you’ve got your favorite strain of weed or edible on hand and you’re ready to get stoned with your stones. What does this even look like? Since Jennifer creates hand carved crystal pipes, you can literally use a stone to get stoned. That’s an option! Not only will the cannabis itself be infused with the vibration of the crystal you smoke out of, but you will also be getting the energetic benefits of both the crystal and cannabis as you smoke.

Even if you’re not smoking out of a stone, holding a crystal or having it next to you as you work with cannabis is a major ritual in itself.

“In terms of how we can utilize stones in our cannabis practice, I think it comes from this awareness. When we’re using crystals to get stoned, what we’re setting ourselves up for is an opportunity for more understanding. To be more aware of what we’re doing,” Jennifer says. “Why’d you buy that stone, why were you attracted to it and what are you trying to do at this moment? If you hold that intention that the stone brings up for you as you’re smoking, when we add intention to any action, I believe we’re creating a ritual. The ritual has transformative power because it’s speaking the language of our subconscious. I think this empowers people to start thinking about ritual from their own perspective.”

Before Getting Stoned

Before you begin to get stoned, make sure you have both your cannabis and crystals near you. Then take a moment and think about your intention. What makes you want to connect with this High Priestess energy in this way? With crystals in this way? With cannabis? Speak this out loud, or write it down, or hold it in your mind’s eye. As you take a hit or eat your edible, feel yourself also consuming the energy of the crystal you’re working with.

Both crystals and cannabis are earth medicine, the realm of Virgo. So allow yourself to be taken deep into this space of fortitude, resilience and strength. You may wish to take some time in meditation as you do this, visualizing your third eye. The energy center between your brows in the middle of your forehead, opening up and sharing visions and messages with you.

When you’re finished with your ritual, thank both the plant and earth for its medicine, and enjoy the stoned sensations you’re feeling. Happy Virgo season! Work with these crystals, with or without cannabis, whenever you need to remember their messages. 

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