Is luck on my side? Will my goals in life that can lead to success? Will my prosperity candle spell work?

Not everything is guaranteed, but one thing is: change. Change. It’s chaotic, random, and often not noticed until it’s noticed. Lately, I’ve been exploring how my agnosticism and absurdism plays around with my mystic practices and it’s really bizarre, but also really fun. There’s something very grounding when I meditate, channel intent and focus into my lit candles, and allow all the symbols from my tarot decks and oracle cards to act like a subjective puzzle and mirror of my consciousness. I have answered “yes” to all of those questions above with 99% confidence.

Luck is a strange concept, but I feel I can attract all its kinds one way or another. I have trusted my prosperity spells and have seen the desired results. Also, I have looked at my goals, my attitude, and my efforts in an honest and practical matter, helping me to be successful and proud of myself. All of these are coinciding events. Coincidence is a powerful force in itself and I can’t help but respect it. And for the record, I have had “bad luck”, unintentional prosperity opportunities via a spell candle, and have completely forgotten how to be practical during work sessions that are supposed to be productive. It’s all still coincidence, coinciding events occurring around and within me that happen to become teachable moments.

Humans are irrational as hell. We come up with random ideas. They’re supported, reformed, or just flat our denied. We may persist to keep presenting them or prove their worth or just abandon it altogether. It’s all still random. It’s all change happening within us, around us. Even the most logical of us have to learn to be adaptable when we learn that not everything can be predicted. The most adaptable or flexible have to adjust to a sense of structure or tradition if not out of respect, then at least out of acceptance, learning that we can’t work around the things we have to face head on. This is how we’ve built societies, governments, laws, principles, institutions, economies, ethics…we’ve also reformed them or destroyed them.

We’re just really f**king weird when it comes to deciding what’s what. That’s why it’s hard to understand how we hold ourselves back with standards of living or codes of honor or whatever we want to call the expectations we internalize. Our reality is so malleable and paradoxical with so much beyond our control, and yet we’re obsessed with control as chaos reigns.

I think I want to explore luck, manifestations, and coincidence more. Whatever helps me stop obsessing over fool proof plans and formulas to success. I think my luck and manifestations are my own in some way and coincidence sort of wanders around me like it wanders around everything else. At least then I’m not making myself go crazy over the made up guarantees promised to me.

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“The primary power of water is in assisting the creation of forms for the expression of consciousness, providing nutrition for their continued existence, and physical purification.”

Mark Stavish – The Path of Alchemy: Energetic Healing & the World of Natural Magic (Pathways to Enlightenment)
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When I started practicing, I wasn’t really into using water because I learned about how hazardous it can be to your materials and health if you weren’t careful. It is quite useful when it comes to enchanting, however. Many glamours, enchanted teas, purification spells and curses use water as a fundamental tool. Water represents so much more than just emotional energy. It also represents intuitive and psychic abilities, the concept of flow in many contexts, like time, memory, life, death, and more.

Stavish claims that water is very sensitive to psychic energies, so when using it in alchemy or otherwise, it’s important to adhere to your intent or motivation when casting energy or charging any kind of water. To be honest, I am a bit sick of the word “intent” in witchy and metaphysical circles and I know there are other practitioners who argue that intent isn’t everything. I do agree with that, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. It’s great practice honing one’s intention through the enchantment of an item and water, I’ve noticed, will absorb every bit of that focus. There’s something about water that is incredibly malleable. I suppose you could say that about any of the elements. I’ve been studying the functionality of water magic along with studying the role of poison in the metaphysical sense. Poisonous substances function very similarly to water, although it can take many forms, such as an herb, a liquid, or a gas. In regards to its liquid form, those studying the poison path have expressed that there are benefits to the use of poisonous and psychotropic herbs to aid in meditation and spell work, such as making tinctures, hexing/cursing, and building up one’s immunity in some way. All elements have a shadow side to them, and I find that poisonous liquids is one of those shadow elements that also provide an alternate view on intent.

Understanding our intent for casting anything requires intense reflection. I’m one of many who wrote a poorly thought out incantation leading to poor results. I kept spell writing techniques in mind afterwards, but I think a big issue was the intent. I’m not sure if anyone else thinks this way, but sometimes when I try to push my craft to do things that are more “positive” even though my craft doesn’t specialize in things like love, protection, harmony, etc., I realize the motivation just isn’t there. In this instance I was sort of “poisoning” myself with false positivity. I didn’t use any water for this spell, but I wish I had. I needed that reflective element to help me check in with myself before casting.


So, those are my thoughts and experiences regarding water magic and enchanting. I’ve been using water more often this year and it’s helped tremendously. Additionally it’s inspired one of my recent art pieces: Poison Becomes Power (which you’ve probably have seen on all my socials).

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So after some work and some rest, I’ve been able to progress in character development and the lore of my world. I’m stuck on vampires again, but temporarily. One of my characters is my vampire and an exorcist. I’m basing her spirit work skills on exorcism techniques they used in ancient Japan.

For the record, working on a novel isn’t doing the same thing every day, at least for me. To keep the mind active and the inspiration flowing, I think it’s okay to take different approaches to your work. It’s a great confidence booster too when you create a different way of developing your story and it leads to progress, but even when you don’t make the breakthrough you hoped for, taking in that experience is a progress in itself.

My struggles with anxiety have surprisingly inspired me to fight for a confident attitude towards my work and myself. Shadow work during this time (shadow work is a self-reflection process many pagans/witches do through divination or other means, in case you don’t know) has helped so much. I did start a daily Instagram posting of one of my shadow work methods, but now I’m behind because of some mental health issues on my end. I’m still trucking on though and wanted to say that things are still moving forward.

To end, a little advice from a teabag tassel I got yesterday: The purpose of life is to know yourself, love yourself, trust yourself, and be yourself.

Hello to my fellow tarot readers,

I’ve been running a blog on Tumblr for a while now that is nothing but a collection of tarot spreads from the wonderful divination community on Tumblr.

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One of my personal favorites is this one, which I used for shadow work last year and planned to make it an October tradition.

I felt it too. There’s a balance in play right now to make it so the light and dark are not only balanced, but also cooperating. We’ve neglected the cycle of life, death, and rebirth for too long now. We won’t let certain traditions die and let new things grow. We won’t give innovation and change a chance because we’re told it’s a terrifying process that no one is strong enough to handle. You can’t “love and light” your way out of this change. Love is in darkness too; a nurturing love that sees your truest, rawest self and takes in every iota of who you are with acceptance. Your inner truth is in the darkness; your deepest secrets are in the darkness; your greatest passions are in the darkness. Your nature started in the dark, in the womb, and when you were fully grown you were born. As you live now, you’re going through cycles of being born and reborn in different ways, but we’re encouraged to shame the times of needed rest or letting go of something that no longer serves us. Change and the unknown can be frightening, but exploring the unknown, the mysteries that dominate in the dark, is necessary and healing.

The energy we’re feeling right now exists to encourage intuition and self-trust. The darkness eclipsing the full moon is the perfect visual example of the light of the full moon resonating while navigating in the dark. Although this lunar eclipse was partial, it must’ve still been a beautiful thing to witness. Now we can identify with it. You have the power to get through your own darkness and the darkness surrounding. The darkness isn’t an “evil” thing that you should be ashamed of. Darkness and light become evil if one chooses to make it so. Your shadow is who you are and understanding ALL of who you are is what allows you to be free. That’s when you’ll shine.

That may sound paradoxical because The Dark Goddess often is…

I wrote an article for those interested in reading tarot, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Divination through reading the cards, also known as cartomancy, attracts those who love cryptic symbolism. Don’t think “cryptic” to mean “incredibly difficult to understand” in this case. Tarot cards are metaphorical in nature, but are usually simplistic and direct in design. Divination itself, or communing with the divine (or spirit work, and communication, if you prefer), can be ambiguous when starting out, but I think tarot is a great introduction to identifying personal and universal truths. Tarot is a great psychological tool for introspection. Whatever your reason is for picking up tarot, I hope this introduction will give you a general idea of what to expect while learning to read the cards, and provide suitable references to help you explore tarot further.

the truth as you see it is what’s going to define the impact of tarot reading for you. What you should expect from reading tarot is gaining a revelation of your own perception of reality, whether you feel connected to divination or not. 

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I’ll be adding this article to the metaphysical research page. More updates coming soon.

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What I’m going to discuss is nothing new to fantasy writers. I’m just expressing my excitement. I discovered a more analytical way to explain the magic system of my world without infodumping. Because if you’re going to be a hunter of mages and witches, you better know your s**t. Although my hunters fight fire with fire (literally and figuratively), I don’t want the combat scenes to be the only way my audience sees magic in action. As someone who performs witchcraft, I know there’s so much more to magic than fighting, healing, cursing, banishing, empowering, and the like. There’s a way you should study magic where you do your best to understand its limitations and potential when it flows through yourself and others or else things backfire and get messy. I think the best magicians in history and now are the ones who developed a sort of classification for types of magic that are not just informative, but also personal while avoiding permanence. There should be a balance or correspondence like the hermetic teachings emphasize. I don’t believe all magical techniques are meant to be uniform because sometimes magic is just an experiential whirlwind, but there’s something really tantalizing and sexy about analytical breakdowns for the sake of efficiency.

Or maybe my sapiosexual, Aquarian energy gives me weird kinks. I don’t know. Don’t judge me.

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To seek, to feel, to grow, and to heal—this is the foundational philosophy of Ravynne Phelan’s vibrant, surreal tarot deck, titled The Dreams of Gaia Tarot (2017). The simplistic purpose interwoven with the art is present with every tarot spread. There are enticing colors, carefully placed symbols, and a strong connection with the natural and supernatural realms. I purchased the deck around the time it was released. It was the second tarot deck in possession, but the first deck I attempted spells with because this deck truly encouraged a genuine exploration of many facets of the self. Anyone into tarot magick will find this deck is easy to work with and easy to handle, but it will also target your inner truth relentlessly. This tarot deck is for those who are ready to heal from past trauma, face the strengths and weaknesses of their personal reality, and address the true level of their emotional, mental, and spiritual maturity.  

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I wanted to share a new discovery today. There’s a website known as Occult World that provides very straightforward information about occult terms, entities, activities, and the like. They also offer courses, but I don’t know too much about that. I wanted to share and save it as a resource. If anyone else is more familiar with this site, you should chat with me.

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I was looking into the demon Forcas, or Furas/Foras, because his name came to mind when I was thinking about, actually, stressing about, how I really, really don’t want my mind to lose its sharpness. I’m so insecure about math, my ADHD sometimes convinces me that my reading comprehension is garbage, and I’m convinced that I would be fluent in Japanese by now if my memory had better retention. Foras appeared offering help, but as someone who works with spirits quite a bit, I did some research (as any spirit worker should, I don’t care how experienced you are).

Honestly, he’s pretty chill. Buff as all get out, but overall pretty interesting.

Description of Forcas from The Goetia: “The Thirty-first Spirit is Foras. He is a Mighty President, and appeareth in the Form of a Strong Man in Human Shape. He can give the understanding to Men how they may know the Virtues of all Herbs and Precious Stones. He teacheth the Arts of Logic and Ethics in all their parts. If desired he maketh men invisible, and to live long, and to be eloquent. Hecan discover Treasures and recover things Lost. He ruleth over 29 Legions of Spirits, and his Seal is this, which wear thou, etc.”

Invisibility is a neat bonus. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ve found anything else about this guy that is beyond this definition. Other sources simply echo the information already provided.

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Will my experiences with him be referenced in my novel series?

Most definitely. I actually have a character in the novel who is an exorcist who partners with demons (for any anime fans, no it’s not like Blue Exorcist) to take care of certain tasks or receive information (actually, maybe I should watch Blue Exorcist again for more inspiration…I don’t know…).

I’ll discuss more in the future…

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