Keeping a Witchcraft Journal: The Mirror Book

The Mirror Book is a term coined by Scott Cunningham, and refers to a Witch’s daily journal, in which you record anything pertaining to your spiritual life and Craft. This distinguishes it from the Witch’s grimoire or Book of Shadows, which is a more permanent record of recipes, spells, and the like. The Mirror Book is a valuable tool in assessing your progress in witchcraft, and life in general. Over time, as you read back over the book, you become your own teacher. As Cunningham says: “One of the goals of the Wicca is self-knowledge; the Mirror Book is a valuable tool in achieving this.”

So, what do you record in your Mirror Book? Here are a few suggestions:

-Date

-Moon phase

-Menstruation cycle (if applicable)

-Unusual weather

-Significant astrology/planetary alignments

-Dream notes

-Divinations

-Reflections on witchcraft/being a witch

-Reflections on your studies in witchcraft

-How you are feeling that day – physically, emotionally, energetically

-Successes and failures in magick spells

-Reflections on your rituals

-Mundane concerns that pertain to your spiritual life or Craft

-Synchronicities

-Repeating symbols or themes in your day-to-day life

-Significant interactions with others (humans, animals, plants, spirits, etc)

-Progress in your Craft, such as building a new altar, starting an apothecary garden, creating a Witch’s tool, etc.

These are just a few ideas to get you started – you can also check out these journal prompts on the blog for more ideas. What do you include in your witchcraft journal?

Bright Blessings,

S.

Eight Values of the Witch

For your studies and consideration:

“Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.

And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou know this mystery: that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou will never find it without thee.”

-Charge of the Goddess (Doreen Valiente)

Beauty

  1. The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit: LOVELINESS
  2. A beautiful person or thing; esp: a beautiful woman.
  3. A graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality that contributes to beauty.

Strength

  1. The quality or state of being strong: capacity for exertion or endurance.
  2. Power to resist force: SOLIDITY, TOUGHNESS
  3. Power of resisting attack: IMPREGNABILITY
  4. Legal, logical, or moral force.
  5. a) Degree of potency of effect or of concentration b)Intensity of light, color, sound or odor c) Vigor of expression
  6. Force as measured in numbers: effective numbers of any body or organization
  7. One regarded as embodying or affording force or firmness: SUPPORT
  8. Maintenance of or a rising tendency in a price level: firmness of prices

Power

  1. a) possession of control, authority, or influence over others b) One having such power: a sovereign state c) archaic: force of armed men d) a large number or quantity
  2. a) i. ability to act or produce an effect ii. capacity for being acted upon or undergoing an effect b) legal or official authority, capacity, or right
  3. a) physical might b) mental or moral efficacy c) political control or influence
  4. an angel of the fourth lowest rank
  5. a) the number of times as indicated by an exponent a number occurs as a factor in a product; also: the product itself b) cardinal number 2
  6. a) a source or means of supplying energy; esp: electricity b) motive power c) the time rate at which work is done or energy emitted or trasferred
  7. magnification 2b
  8. scope, comprehensiveness

Compassion

  1. sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it

Honor

  1. a) good name or public esteem: reputation b) outward respect: recognition
  2. privilege
  3. a person of superior standing – now used esp. as a title for a holder of high office
  4. one whose worth brings respect or fame: CREDIT
  5. an evidence or symbol of distinction
  6. chastity, purity
  7. a) a keen sense of ethical conduct: INTEGRITY b) one’s word given as a guarantee of performance

Humility

  1. the quality or state of being humble

Mirth

  1. gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter

Reverence

  1. honor or respect felt or shown: DEFERENCE; esp: profound adoring awed respect
  2. a gesture of respect (as a bow)
  3. the state of being revered or honored
  4. one held in reverence – used as a title for a clergyman

Source:

Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary. Massachusetts: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1971. Print.

Bright blessings,

S.

NEWS: The MMC Shop is now open!

Hello friends,

I am excited to let you know that the MMC shop is now open! Here I’ll be adding items that I find useful for the Witch, such as herbs, candles, apothecary items, and more. These are all created, crafted, and assembled by me, and many of the items will be foraged and/or garden-grown as well. I aim to provide goods that are created sustainably, inspire you in your Craft, and are available at affordable prices. Please follow me on IG @mmc.blog to stay up-to-date on new additions as well.

Much love and bright blessings,

S.

New Year’s Activities for the Witch

While the calendar new year is not really a part of the Witch’s Wheel, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a time for intention and ritual. Here are a few ideas for activities that can be done at this time, and if you have additional ideas, please let me know in the comments!

New Year Blessings,

S.

Witch Musings: Altars

My kitchen altar.

A Witch’s altar needn’t be extravagant – this is my kitchen altar and I’ve intentionally kept it minimal, because I value my table space for cooking and food prep! It has my mortar and pestle, a bowl of sea salt, and some fresh cut herbs in a jar of water. It’s right next to the stove, as a reminder of Mother Earth’s abundance, and the magick and medicine I make with it when I cook or bake food for myself and loved ones.

While there are plenty of active daily practices one can do as a part of their Craft (meditation, prayer, offerings, etc), the altar can bee seen as a “passive” daily practice, a visual reminder of our intention, purposes and values as a Witch.

Blessed Be,

S.

A Witch’s Prayer

Here is a prayer I wrote, which can be spoken during ritual, circle casting, sabats, esbats, meditation — really whenever you like! I personally like to recite this prayer on a daily basis as a part of my morning meditation. A prayer is a spell, and many things can be a prayer – a piece of art, a bouquet of flowers, a bonfire, stargazing, a pot of soup. Use this prayer as you see fit. Blessed be.

Hail Mother Earth,

Hail Father Sky,

Hail the Four Directions –

Ice of the North

Fire of the South

Bright Dawn of the East

Gentle Sunset of the West

Hail Sol – Life Giver

Hail Luna – Queen of Witches

Hail the Shining Ones!

I ask for your guidance, illumination, and protection.

I am within you, and you are within me.

Love under Will,

So mote it be.

Tools of the Witch

The object you see hanging around my neck is a flint striker, which I use along with my magickal knife to start fires for ritual, cooking, dye pots etc. What started out as a somewhat mundane novelty (starting fires with a flint striker is pretty fun) became, over time, a more significantly magickal practice for me. Building the foundation for the fire with paper, kindling, and then firewood – ensuring the structure has good airflow to catch, then creating a small nest of dryer lint at the very center, striking the flint to create sparks – getting the angle and pressure just right to do so, waiting patiently for the lint to catch.. it’s an incredibly meditative process. It has taught me about patience and the importance of good bones. It has taught me about energy exchange and transmutation. It has brought me to experiencing a stronger connection to my ancestors. And there is still more to learn from this humble skill. So now I adorn myself with this flint striker, and feel the true weight of it as a Tool of the Witch. ⚔

Blessed be,

S.

Full Moon :::ABUNDANCE:::

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Gustave Dore (1870)

For this Full Moon, my focus is on :::ABUNDANCE::: 🌙🌙🌙🌙🌙


Imagine you are a night traveler, a figure of the Shadow Realm traversing the Greenwood under a cloak of stars every night, opening your senses as your visibility is diminished, listening acutely for any dangers of beast or man. The night is your home, yet it is a crooked path and the way is often unknown. Then, one night, you begin to notice more clarity in your vision – the stones and foliage around you begin to take shape. Everything takes on a progressively silver hue, and you are starting to see the world around you. Finally, one night you look up and see something that takes your breath away – a giant glowing orb in the sky, radiating light beyond your imagination. Everything is bathed in this glowing light, the path is clear, your step becomes more swift and assured as you can now see the way without doubt. The beauty of the Greenwood around you is remarkable, it is all illuminated now in the generous moonlight. 🌙🌙🌙🌙🌙

This is ABUNDANCE , the light of the full moon reminds us of the generosity of Nature. With ABUNDANCE we are filled with a sense of gratitude, to the point of awe – it is something to celebrate and appreciate. It allows us to see our way more clearly, to walk a bit more confidently, to see the beauty around us, and more of the big picture. And just like the light of the Full Moon ABUNDANCE comes and goes… and with the Dark Moon we are once again turned inward, to rely on more subtle senses and take in the splendour of the stars…✨✨✨


Blessed be,

S.

Charge of the Goddess

There have been many iterations of this, the majority of which originally comes from Aradia (Gospel of the Witches) by Charles G. Leland, but I prefer this version, created by Doreen Valiente. I have put in bold the portion that I recite during my Full Moon ritual.

“Listen to the words of the Great Mother, who was of old also called Artemis; Astarte; Diana; Melusine; Aphrodite; Cerridwen; Diana; Arianrhod; Isis; Bride; and by many other names.

Whenever ye have need of anything, once in a month, and better it be when the Moon be full, then ye shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all Witcheries.

There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not yet won its deepest secrets: to these will I teach things that are yet unknown.

And ye shall be free of slavery; and as a sign that ye are really free, ye shall be naked in your rites; and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise.

For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit and mine also is joy on earth; for my Law is Love unto all Beings.

Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever toward it; let naught stop you or turn you aside.

For mine is the secret door which opens upon the Land of Youth; and mine is the Cup of the Wine of Life, and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of Immortality.

I am the Gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart. Upon earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor do I demand sacrifice, for behold I am the Mother of All Living, and my love is poured out upon the Earth.

Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess, she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven; whose body encircleth the Universe; I, who am the beauty of the green earth, and the white Moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters, and the heart’s desire, call unto thy soul. Arise and come unto me.

For I am the Soul of Nature, who giveth life to the universe; from me all things proceed, and unto me must all things return; and before my face, beloved of gods and mortals, thine inmost divine self shall be unfolded in the rapture of infinite joy.

Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou know this mystery: that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou will never find it without thee.

For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.”

Blessed be,

S.

Nine Basic Components of Ritual

This is the framework I use for formulating all of my rituals:

  1. Purification of self
  2. Purification of space
  3. Creating sacred space
  4. Invocation
  5. Ritual observance (on sabbats and esbats)
  6. Energy raising (during magick)
  7. Earthing the power
  8. Thanking the Goddess and God
  9. Breaking the circle

Source: Cunningham, Scott. Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practicioner. Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications, 2019. (First edition, revised)

Blessed be,

S.