WitchyWomen Wednesdays

Screen Shot 2018-09-11 at 1.31.06 PMKyKye is an eclectic pagan witch, writer, yogini, and self-taught holistic health guru. Spirituality, Philosophy, and Art are mediums through which she chooses to express the dual nature of her free, yet centered spirit. She attended The Academy for Performing Arts in Scotch Plains, New Jersey as a theatre major and is currently working towards a BFA in Creative Writing at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. If you find her words resonate with you, feel free to follow her personal IG account @_eclectickye and her daughter, a feisty two year old mini-potbelly pig @badass_piggy_noelle.


As a multiracial spiritual woman, of Isan Thai and Irish descent, I feel it is essential to research the beliefs, practices, and ancient folklore of my ancestors on both my maternal and paternal sides. By learning more about my cultural past, I gain a better understanding of which innate magickal abilities lay dormant in me and unlock my potential to fully awaken them. Today I will give you a glimpse into the sacred wisdom of my Thai ancestors and thereby encourage you to seek the wisdom of your own.

Thai people are known to be extremely superstitious, regardless of their religion or social class. While the dominant religion in Thailand is Theravada Buddhism, all ancient Thai magick is deeply rooted in Animism, Brahmanism, and Black Magick. From their superstitions and folklore to their rituals and spells, magick is still widely practiced today, especially in the more rural areas of Thailand. In fact, the belief in the supernatural is considered to be an essential part of a Thai person’s identity (as demons, spirits, ghosts, and other deities are held to the highest regard). Many Thai people associate auspicious/inauspicious meanings with specific dates, numbers, shapes, animals, and colors.

 

SAN PHRA PHUM (GHOST HOUSES)

A Mau Pii (spirit doctor) is consulted to help determine the best location for a spirit house to be built as well as the best date to hold an invitation ceremony to welcome the spirits into their shelter. Thais believe that by providing the spirits with a place to call their own-adorned with incense, garlands of flowers, food and drinks- they are calling upon their deceased ancestors and other prominent figures or deities to protect them. Soda, fruit, water, cigarettes, alcohol, amulets, and statues are common offerings brought to the spirit houses everyday to keep the spirits happy and prevent future hauntings.

 

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BARANG (THAI VOODOO)

Black Magick amulets are sacred gifts both created and blessed by Monks, many of which are traditionally bestowed upon donors who have made significant or frequent contributions to the Temple. Each individual amulet is infused with specific powers that are believed to bring the wearer good luck and protection. These amulets can be made from a variety of different materials, including bone, ash, dirt, teeth, herbs, oils, metal, hair, skin, and blood. An image of a Buddha, Monk, demon, animal, or deity is often depicted.

 

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  • Kuman Thong (koo-mun-tong): an unborn male fetus/demonic child spirit that is said to protect a household so long as the amulet is properly cared for. The spirit is said to have an exceptionally strong sense of sight and hearing, which it uses to protect the owner when specific guidelines are followed, some of which include offering it sweet drinks and scheduling certain times to talk to it throughout the day. When and if the spirit becomes too difficult to care for, it must be properly disposed of at a Temple.

 

YANTRA (MAGICK SPELL)

The Thai Yan is extremely complex, containing a mystical amalgamation of ancient scripts, sacred geometry, holy texts, and Divine power invoked by Monks. It acts as a supercharged magick spell that is designed for the individual, according to their desired purpose or intent. Most times, one seeks to receive the Thai Yan for protection and strength, but it is known also bring forth love, luck, and wealth.

 

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Whether ink to cloth or ink to skin, the tradition of the Thai Yan has been carried on for centuries. Sak Yant tattoos are gaining popularity in the West due to recent exposure by tourists and celebrities drawn to their unique beauty. Please note that the Sak Yant tattoo is not meant to be worn as a fashion statement, as there are karmic repercussions that will follow. Those who seek to receive its power must never disrespect or disregard the great spiritual significance it holds, especially for the Thai people.

Listed below are some (but not all) elements that a Monk, Ajarn, or Master would have the knowledge of how to combine and use to create the Yan, though the specifics of the Yan’s design-making process and its exact interpretations remain esoteric to non-initiates. I would highly suggest further research be conducted to fully understand all that the Thai Yan entails.

 

Ancient Scripts

  • -Lanna
  • -Khmer
  • -Sanskrit
  • -Pali

 

Sacred Geometry & Astrology

  • -Magic Squares: number puzzles that contain mathematical magic sequences
  • -Elemental Triangles: triangular symbols that signify the four physical elements
  • -Trikaya: the Buddhist trinity
  • -Circles: can represent the Dharmachakra (auspicious buddhist symbol), planets with astrological significance, the Sun, and the Moon
  • -Bodhi Leaf: from the tree under which the Buddha sat and attained Enlightenment
  • -Numbers: 9 is auspicious, 7 is inauspicious, 8 can be both
  • -Dates: colors, planets, and gods correspond with specific days of the week

 

Archaic Texts

  • Pali Literature & Post-canonical Pali Literature
  • -Traiphum Phra Ruang (Three Worlds According to King Ruang): descriptions of death and fate according to cosmic destruction and creation, an analysis of the ethical and spiritual progress of beings in the universe
  • -Tipitaka (Pali Canon)
  • *Vinaya Pitaka (basket of discipline): contains rules and customs
  • *Sutta Pitaka (basket of discourses): contains sermons of the Buddha and his close disciples
  • *Abhidhamma (basket of high doctrine): contains a psychophilisophical analysis of The Law of Nature and cosmic order according to Buddha
  • -Buddhaghosa’s Expositions & Commentaries
  • *Visuddhimagga (Way of Purification): easy to follow guide to practicing Theravada Buddhism, elaborates on Buddha’s Path to Liberation through strict discipline & meditation

 

Materials & Utensils

  • -Cloth: created on specific days of the week in auspicious colors with corresponding gods and celestial bodies of those days and colors
  • -Ink: a secret blend of ashes (human and/or animal), natural dyes (such as chinese charcoal), snake venom, oils, powders, and other ingredients

 

Whether we choose to or not, believing in the magick of our ancestors and following in their footsteps is entirely up to us. In cultivating awareness of ourselves and others, we are challenged to turn inwards and explore the realms of our being that our physical body and mind do not have access to. There is knowledge, wisdom, and ancient power that runs deep in our blood, that connect us to the Divine, through the Earth, through our Spirit.

It is time for us to return to our roots. It is time to expand our consciousness and invite ancient wisdom and magic back into our blood. As spiritual beings, we are being called upon to add yet another level of depth and meaning to our magic, to our purpose. While it is not our fault that we have fell out of touch with our roots and our magical lineage due to cultural repression and societal conditioning, it is now our choice and our destiny to find the answers our souls are desperately seeking, and to fill in the missing pieces of our puzzle.

 

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37777199_10157749527189498_7220090107636744192_n Ariella Upton is a solitary eclectic witch who was raised by a Christian kitchen witch. She has a wealth of knowledge about herbs, crystals, natural remedies, gardening, history, religion and is currently studying astrology. She works as a PA & manager on Maui, and spends her free time with her magickal family in the forests and beaches they call home. Her shop is on Instagram as @the.celestial.rose where she sells jewelry, artesian smudge sticks, antiques, books and more.


Protection Spells

I would like to share a few simple ways to cover yourself, home and family in spiritual protection. A large variety of herbs and stones include protection as a quality, so I have listed them first, as they can be mixed and matched (based on availability or preference in your own craft) for the protection spells below.

Protection Herbs

Angelica, anise, dill, basil, bay, carraway, carnation, sage, rosemary, garlic

Protection Stones

Tiger’s eye, hematite, amethyst, smoky quartz, black tourmaline, lava stone, obsidian, onyx, shungite, selenite

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Protection Jar

  • Small jar with lid
  • Salt
  • Wine
  • Nails, one for each family member
  • Protection herbs
  • Candle
  • Sage/Palo Santo/Incense

Light your candle, bless your working space with your chosen method. Add salt, wine, nails and herbs to jar. Ask blessings of protection over your home and family, then tightly close the lid. Use some of the candle wax to seal the jar.

Take the jar outside if you can, and bury it near your front door. If not, place under steps, behind door (where it won’t be smashed!) or anywhere out of sight. Take it with you if you move.

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Protection Sachets

  • Small sachets for each entry point of home
  • Protection herbs
  • A protection stone
  • Candle
  • Sage/Palo Santo/Incense

Light your candle and bless your workspace by your chosen method. Mix all protection herbs in a large bowl, then distribute evenly between bags. Add a stone to each, or or at least one in the sachet for the main entrance. Hang the bags above each entry point.

Refresh herbs and recharge stones quarterly, if not monthly.

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Binding Someone’s Actions

*NOTE: Doing any magick over a person without their permission is a huge universal consideration. Make sure the person you are binding truly needs to be redirected in their ways. Also, do not perform spells when upset/angry.*

  • Ice cube tray
  • Slips of paper
  • Pen
  • Water
  • Candle
  • Sage/Palo Santo/Incense

 

Light your candle and bless your workspace with your chosen method. Cut enough small slips of paper to put one in each well of the ice cube tray. Write the name of the person who causes you fear or has harmed you.  Visualize the person choosing to follow a path that allows you freedom from their actions. Forgive them, then fill the ice cube trays with water.

Place in the freezer and leave for 3 months. Bury the cubes off property once this has elapsed.

 

These are but a small fraction of ways to protect yourself spiritually. All of these methods can be adjusted to suit your craft, availability (ie: use vinegar or oil if you don’t have wine) and preference. What are your favorite herbs and crystals for protection? What protection spells work best for you? Comment below!

 

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WitchyWomen Wednesdays

Welcome to WitchyWomen Wednesdays! A modern grimoire/ sacred space for writers of Witchcraft to share spells and information!
Our first WitchyWoman is Dani Black! Come make magick with us, and comment your thoughts on the process!

 

Dani Black is an Intuitive Awakening Guide, Psychic Medium, Wild Woman Witch, and Truth Teller & Seeker.
She wishes to bring inspiration and empowerment to the magical community by sharing her deeply rich experience & gifts through beautiful incantations, and the ways in which she embodies her craft.
Find her on Instagram @daniblackoracle and check out her potion below!!

 
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As we pour the elixir of our hearts into these carefully crafted jars, with our carefully crafted intentions, let as pray to the spirits of the earth to give thanks for their elated co creation.

 

Oh Divine Mother of Earth, and all of her children, may we blissfully dance upon your sacred ground as we cultivate our magically crafted movements through this realm, and the ethereal. Giving deep thanks to all that you offer us, in love and unconditional support. As your blood flows through our veins, gifting us the keepers of divine wisdom, magic, and creation. Let us thank you for blessing us with this life of abundance, deep connectedness to all things. Of beauty,  and magic! 

 

We now offer our lovingly crafted potion in honor of all of our blessings, and our duty as Witches to healing the bridge between this world, and the ethereal. May we honor you by digging deep to embody our Divinity. We are the keepers, guardians, and healers of this sacred ground, and the eternal abyss. As above, so below. As within, So without. And so it is! Blessed Be!
 

Potions are used for many reasons, healing, expanding your consciousness, lucid dreaming, glamor etc.
 

Using plants as medicine and magical tools has been used in many cultures for centuries. It is one of my favorite tools, and I love to get really creative with it. As an Aries/ Taurus cusp/ Capricorn moon, I thoroughly enjoy incorporating glamor and sensual magic into my craft. I desire very much to embody my Divinity as much as one possibly can. Today, I’m going to share with you an oil that I created as a body fragrance, and enchanted it myself with the intention to enhance my expression, or as I like to call it, the aesthetic of my Higher Self. Utilizing the senses to fully embody my Soul’s expression.  To be more attractive to all that serves my highest good. So that being said, we all have our own unique expression. What smells good on me, may not smell good on you because of pheromones, lifestyle etc. I prefer warm, rich, musky smells. To create a sacred space of home on my body. So think of what makes you feel at home, comfortable, say, yet attractive and empowered. Utilizing the sense of smell to evoke these emotions to embody your magic in your daily life.
 
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So in the nature of embodying my practice, I like to make a ritual out of it so that I may fully tap into what Spirit is trying to express through me.
 
To start you will need incense & candles:
  • Sandalwood
  • Frankincense and Myrrh
  • Dragon’s Blood
    • I always use Nature Nature Pure Resin Incense religiously. It is great quality and burns slowly.
  • 3 white candles & 2 black
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Next I use my favorite crystals that I always work with. I use them to evoke the Goddess as my higher self. Of course you can ask whatever Spirits, Angels, Guides, Deities you work with. Whomever you feel comfortable with. I assume that we all have specific stones we work with, and guides etc.

 

Crystals:
  • Garnet
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Black Obsidian
  • Quarts
  • Amethyst pendulum
I gather all of these around me, with the incense and candles to cast a circle.
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Now you will need these essential oils to create my
*Sacred Feminine Potion*
 
  • A pretty bottle of your choice
    • I use a blue glass bottle, you can buy a set of them on Amazon for $13
  • Sandalwood
  • Jasmine
  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Vetiver
  • Frankincense & Myrrh
  • Dragon’s Blood 
  • Jojoba Oil (as filler)
Now spin the pendulum over it clockwise projecting my consciousness and intention into the bottle. To generate an enchantment over the potion. I tell my pendulum to keep spinning until the potion is fully charged.

 

Once the pendulum stops, pause and sit in gratitude.

 

For more spells & fun Witchy tips see me at @daniblackoracle on Instagram ( *)