Friday, November 25, 2016

5 Tips for Finding the Right Psychic for You


Sometimes you need advice from someone who is not your friend, roommate, or family member, and you want someone who has a special edge in addition to being a neutral third party. Enter the psychic.

But there’s a million psychics out there. How do you find the right one for you? Here’s 5 tips for finding Mr. or Mrs. “Psychic Right.”

1.       Price DOES NOT EQUAL psychic competence.


Some psychics depend on readings as their primary income, others do it as a supplement, and still more do it because they like helping people. This leads to vastly different prices for essentially the same service.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

My Goddess is not the Maiden, Mother, and Crone...

Copyright Susan Brooke, 2016

Lasara Allen's new book, Jailbreaking the Goddess, has been getting a lot of attention as of late for its reenvisioning of the Goddess. While her new perspective is interesting, it reminded me how my view of deity doesn't fit in well with a large portion of Paganism.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Witchcraft Hack #1: Scrying with a Counter Top


Scrying is not in the average witch's repertoire, requiring special tools such as a scrying mirror or crystal ball. But this skill shouldn't be hard, especially given that you can replace those tools with a simple counter top.

We talk a lot in our community about sacred space or ritual space; however, we rarely talk about what those spaces look like. Here's a brief tour of the space I use to work my magick.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Guest Post: Sorcery vs. Witchcraft

Hi all!

I wrote my first guest post for another blog this week. It's on the topic of Sorcery vs. Witchcraft.

Check it out over at Learning Witchcraft

Susan

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Sorcery versus Witchcraft – The Difference of Science and Relationships

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Struggle with the Language of Witchcraft


I get really, really uncomfortable talking about the experience of spell work and ritual. This is particularly a problem considering I produce a blog and YouTube channel on these subjects.

Have you ever heard someone waxing on their personal gnosis and relationships with spirits and gods: how a certain god gets pissy if things on their altar aren’t just so, how the spirit that lives in their toilet bowl sings every time they provide it with an offering, and they can hear tomatoes scream when they’re picked off the vine?

Hyperbolism, aside, it’s hard for my rational brain to come to terms with these fine folks without using the term “fruit loop.” While I accept the cognitive dissonance of being a spiritual AND scientific person, I do not particularly want the labelling and social stigma that comes along with being counted among them.

The stigma related to how we sound when we use the above language to describe witchcraft does not entirely fall on our more eccentric members. It is exacerbated by the English language specifically as it relates to witchcraft. None of the various English-based dialects have given us a lot to work with when it comes to describing the personal experience of doing this type of work.  We generally fall back on the use of scientific terms such as “energy." When used in this context and in such a logically minded society, it just sounds wrong and a little "whoo-whoo."

When not co-opting well defined scientific terms, we fall back on very vague, abstract language of “feelings” and “power”, often creating narratives for the experiences we have which include gods or spirits.  Thereby we end up sounding a little more like those wonderful fruit loops I mentioned earlier.

For their part, in this country, the Christians are probably the best at describing these things without sounding like crackpots. They get feelings that “god was with them”, see “lights at the end of tunnels,” or feel “rapture.” While we still think they sound a bit weird, generally no one in larger society instantly thinks they’ve spent too much time in a drum circle or had one too many pot brownies. Fair or no.

So what is a scientifically minded pagan/Wiccan to do when wanting to talk about these things while maintaining a semblance of credibility in their mundane life?

As of late, I have been trying to emphasize and refer back to more psychological terms and concepts as I try to convey my experiences. I like to use words like “brain chemistry” and “blood sugar” because these are things that we know can produce specific effects that we feel. I also try to tie my experiences to emotions that are much more relatable and keep an ear to the ground for new scientific discoveries that might provide new ways of speaking about them.

For me, our bodies are governed by the principles of a scientific world. How we experience the world is the heart of both our soul and our Craft. Understanding the world's mechanics doesn't take away from our faith. It only gives us a greater appreciation of it.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Gods and Your Ancestors Don't Care...


by Susan Brooke, https://along-came-a-spider.blogspot.com
by Susan Brooke, https://along-came-a-spider.blogspot.com

The Gods and your Ancestors don't care...
  • if your altar boasts a fine chalice or a solo cup
  • if you burn organic incense from the Whole Foods or spices from the cabinet 
  • if you use handmade beeswax candles or 20 for a buck tea lights
  • if your Athame is finely honed steel or a spare butter knife 
  • if your salt is natural from the sea or iodized from a cardboard cylinder
  • if your pentacle was made by an artist or drawn on paper with your own hand
You don't need to prove the conviction of your worship through fine things. Being there and doing it is more than enough.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Developing a Sense of Place, Spirit of Place, Magick of Place for Your Own Home

The sun has reached its zenith and summer is now in full swing. With schools out, people are looking towards vacations, taking time away from their busy lives to travel to somewhere else and experience all that a new and different place has to bring.  

It's called several things - sense of place, spirit of place, magic of place, cultural landscape - but when it's boiled down, every place has its own magic that is derived from it's people, its buildings, and its general atmosphere. We experience this the most strongly when we get that special feeling when we are somewhere new.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Magickal Gardening in a Teeny Tiny Space

Every wonder how to grow magickal, wiccan, or pagan herbs in a city or other small space?

My magickal garden full of witch crafting herbs is coming along. Have a look!






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Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Simple Ancenstral Prayer for my Ancestral Altar

In my recent YouTube video on my altar, I mentioned that I had a regular prayer that I used at my ancestral altar which constitutes the majority of my ancestral worship.

The original version of the prayer came from the book Magical Power of the Saints by Ray T. Malbrough though it found its way to me via the New World Witchery Podcast.

My version involves keeping two offering - a candle and a chalice of water - as the two staples of my altar. I have other things that come and go as I need them (a cauldron, a tree, a reindeer antler) but no matter what I am doing the main candle and the chalice remain.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

So You Have a Pagan/Wiccan/Witch's Altar, Now What?



One of the first things you do when starting out in Wicca, Paganism, or Witchcraft is create your altar. What's missing from all that is the practical information of what real Pagans, Wiccans, and Witches do at their altars. Here's my altar, and a description of what I use it for.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Pitfalls of Being an Authentic Psychic or Tarot Reader Online: Integrity vs Telling People What they Want to Hear

Real Psychic Readings Aren't
Always Happy
This post covers three common themes you run into when you're an honest psychic or tarot reader: 
 - the person who gets addicted to your work
 - the person who does not have a firm grasp on reality
- the person who doesn't believe you unless you tell them what they want to hear

For me, this all came together in a single person.

For some, this is the gold standard of customers: a source you could milk for a LOT of money for minimal effort. For me, the woman just made me sad. When I finally realized what was going on, the bitterness was as sharp as a bite of lemon.

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Quiet Ostara: a Personal Post About being a Witch with PCOS and Questionable Fertility



I was planning on doing a much brighter post about how I spent Ostara/The Spring Equinox. Unfortunately my body had other ideas and left me feeling incredibly ill and reminding me of my supposed lack of fertility on a holiday celebrating it. Personal details ahead, feel free to skip this post if you’re not interested.

I was very recently diagnosed with a mild form of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Not sure if I 100% believe that I have it. These days PCOS seems to be the catch all for doctors saying “Something’s wrong, and we’ve crossed everything off the list.”

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dealing with a Bad Customer: Witch for Hire Edition

Angry Spell Caster!
Even in the Witchcraft/Hoodoo/Spellcraft world, the second you put yourself in a position to make a business transaction you welcome the nightmare of customer service horror stories into your life. Luckily, every unpleasant encounter is a lesson for how not to do things in the future.

Bad Customer Story

This post is brought to you by an unnamed customer – unnamed because even though the man provided me with enough unsolicited information to show up at his door (or darn near open a bank account in his name), I have a moral compass and a sense of decency which trumps my temper.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Announcing New Esty Shop: Mountain Vale Magic

Today, I set up my Etsy Shop.

Mountain Vale Magic
Magic created in the shade of the Appalachians and the heart of a historical city.

I've only got a couple of listings at the moment, but I'm planning on adding more, including handmade magical soaps, vinegar jars, and some additional products that take some time to create. I've very excited about being able to offer physical products in addition to my spell work on Fiverr.

I am also taking steps to be more active in the pagan community. My self-imposed solitary practice has gone on too long, and one can only grow so much in a vacuum. Want to check me out on other social media, you can find me in these places:

Facebook:
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I'm looking for dialogue and discussion, so hit me up!

Vlog: Top 3 Myths of Witchcraft

As of late, I've been thinking a lot about weird "facts" I heard when I first started my path to paganism, especially ones that cover how to do magic. At first I believed them, but overtime common sense kicked in.


Best,
Susan

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Letting Go: Removing a Curse

Three years ago, I cursed my sister-in-law. Like really cursed her. Like wrote her name and shoved it in a bottle filled with Cayenne Pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, hot sauce, and liquid smoke; then shook the bottle and said something to the effect of "Burn, Bitch!" and kept coming back to that bottle on a regular basis to shake it and repeating my lines.

I was pretty angry, in case you couldn't tell.

What did she do to deserve this... well, that is a very long story of her trying to thwart my wedding, which culminated in her calling my now husband two weeks before the ceremony and screaming at him not to marry me before putting on my mother and father-in-law who, egged on by their daughter, also begged him not to make this mistake (all while I sat next to him listening).

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Vlog: Tour of a Real Magickal / Sacred Working Space

We talk a lot in our community about sacred space or ritual space. This includes creating a sacred space for prayer and meditation, creating a sacred space for ritual, or ways to create sacred space for witchcraft spells using athames or casting a circle. 

What is always missing from those discussion is what those physical spaces look like, what areas of our home are most useful to developing sacred space, and the reality of what those spaces look like. Since I was always curious about these later topics, here's a brief tour of the space I use to work my magic and witchcraft spells.



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Saturday, February 13, 2016

When there’s something amiss with a spell

Despite the joy I take in performing witchcraft, Hoodoo, and other spiritual services, I’m not a particularly superstitious person. Yet, every once in a while, things go so badly that it’s hard to ignore. Last night was one such moment.

The spell request was simple enough. My client wanted a spell to sweeten someone up who wasn’t responding to her messages. Easy peasy.

First, when I sat down to collect my energy and call my spirits, the usual “zoom” I get was missing. Now, that sometimes happens if I’m particularly tired or distracted (and I did have a kitten running around thinking it was play time), so I did some extra grounding and centering and took some extra time to “chat” with my spirits in case they were of a mind that I was asking them to help without offering anything in return.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Book of Shadows from the 90's and Early 2000's

Ever wonder what a old school book of shadows looks like? I posted a flip through of mine on you tube.

I know I'm always curious to how others do their thing, so I'm thinking of creating videos on other subjects, like what my sacred space/work room looks like. Maybe I'll even share my own story of how I came to the witchy path with all its fits and starts.


Hope everyone's Imbolc was peaceful!

Susan

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Using Tarot to Inform Your Spell Work

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Last week, I had a client reach out to me to ask about how soon my spell could be expected to work. In this case, the spell request was for an Ex who had cut off contact to get back in touch and resume their relationship. The spell I performed was to open the heart of the Ex to my client to make this possible.

This client had previously asked me a few warning follow questions, so I already had several warning signs about this being a situation where, despite my best efforts, there were unrealistic expectations. I’ll tackle that subject in my next post.

I usually expect results from work I perform fairly quickly, within one to two weeks (since that’s been my experience previously). When I get a report or indication that things haven’t come to pass as of yet (and I get a prick of suspicion that I don’t have the full circumstances to understand why), I turn to my Tarot cards.