In the Wild Wood

Eclectic practitioner. Hard polytheist. Animist. Queer, genderfluid. 23. Dedicate to Cernunnos and the Moon. Devotee to Artio and the Earth Mother. Tarot reader. Empath.

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~ Monday, July 28 ~
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Shadow work: Intermission

duskenpath:

I’m going to be honest: I’m terrified to write this.

(super personal anxiety and honestly and mental stuff under the cut)

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Dusken, I wish I could envelop you in the biggest hug right now, like a soul-hug, and we could cry everything out. I’m sitting here tearing up both for you and what you’re going through and because these words could have come directly out of my own mind. I can’t even list the ways it’s touched me, because it’s so complex. I’m so sorry that’s what you’re dealing with, but I’m also so happy for you to have gotten to this turning point!

I don’t often write about my anxiety, or talk about it, because I can’t. Because if I did, it wouldn’t seem “logical,” at the very least. So thank you, thank you for sharing something so terrifying and personal in a way that really captures what it is. 

If you ever need someone to listen, or even commiserate, I’d be glad to, either here on Tumblr or on Skype. <3

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bluecohosh:

this moon is my most famous and widely spread drawing. i also based my silver “tide” pendant on it. there’s an animated gif version on tumblr with 150k + reblogs plus it’s all over pinterest, weheartit and of course instagram. uncredited. i don’t like that but it’s just how the world works and i get it, people use it for their private inspiration and mood. i’d rather it was credited to me but it’s not such a big deal. what gets to me is when companies with a large following post my work without credit — like @skinnybitchapparel . (thank you @ostaracordula for the heads up). skinnybitchapparel is an online vendor of clothing that is NOT handmade, NOT organic or recycled like my work. i’m a hard working person but i don’t make a lot of money so i’d very much prefer if fast fashion companies didn’t profit off of my creativity. sorry to interrupt your feed with this rant — i don’t do this kind of thing often but please, continue to support ethical handmade fashion and buy thrifted/vintage. and credit artists whenever you can. over and out!  ps. if you wanna help, repost this moon and tag @naominowak and #naominowak so more people know who made it! i’d appreciate it a ton. xo #arttheft #skinnybitchapparel #credittheartist #supportindepentdesign #fashion #illustration #moon #supporthandmade

bluecohosh:

this moon is my most famous and widely spread drawing. i also based my silver “tide” pendant on it. there’s an animated gif version on tumblr with 150k + reblogs plus it’s all over pinterest, weheartit and of course instagram. uncredited. i don’t like that but it’s just how the world works and i get it, people use it for their private inspiration and mood. i’d rather it was credited to me but it’s not such a big deal. what gets to me is when companies with a large following post my work without credit — like @skinnybitchapparel . (thank you @ostaracordula for the heads up). skinnybitchapparel is an online vendor of clothing that is NOT handmade, NOT organic or recycled like my work. i’m a hard working person but i don’t make a lot of money so i’d very much prefer if fast fashion companies didn’t profit off of my creativity. sorry to interrupt your feed with this rant — i don’t do this kind of thing often but please, continue to support ethical handmade fashion and buy thrifted/vintage. and credit artists whenever you can. over and out!
ps. if you wanna help, repost this moon and tag @naominowak and #naominowak so more people know who made it! i’d appreciate it a ton. xo
#arttheft #skinnybitchapparel #credittheartist #supportindepentdesign #fashion #illustration #moon #supporthandmade

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~ Sunday, July 27 ~
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duskenpath:

arbordaydreams:

cannibalcoalition:

undertowofkmt:

spiritscraft:

cannibalcoalition:

In response to a post going around:

Actually, in my personal faith ‘work with’ is a perfectly apt phrasing because it is a mutual give and take. I put their words on paper, or I craft them into images, and they in turn grant me with more inspiration and guide me. I don’t see myself as lesser or greater. It is a relationship, and a relationship takes two people. 

So much yes

Wait, people have a problem with this phrasing?

It was awhile ago, but yes. The issue with the phrasing was that ‘works with’ implies that the gods are not greater than us, as you would refer to a co-worker rather than a higher being. We were basically being accused of hubris because we should only worship gods and honor them. 

The issue being that… I don’t worship them. I might honor them  in the sense that I respect them, but I also expect no more of them than what I would expect another human being. So basically… they had a problem with the idea that other people’s practices aren’t exactly like their own. 

Plus, you can “work with” someone who is more skilled or powerful than you. A novice can work with a master—in fact, that is how learning happens. Apprenticeship anyone? I work with my gods, but I also worship them deeply. I recognize that they are more powerful and wise than I am and feel a sense of love and awe for that. But we still have a relationship based on respect. I would not worship a being that saw me as inherently lesser and not worthy of respect just because I am less powerful/skilled/etc, just like I wouldn’t want to learn a craft under someone who looked down on beginners.

When I worked retail as an associate, I used to set up planograms and do projects with my managers all the time. The idea that the term “work with” implies that you are exact equals in every respect, or the further implication that if someone is more powerful than you, they don’t respect you equally, that respect is based on power or skill level, is ridiculous.

whispers the other problem is that hubris is not a religious concept everyone ascribes (or should be expected to) ascribe to

Some deities don’t give a fuck about that concept whatsoever and thusly it can’t be applied to all spirits or deities

*points at above* ^^^ that too


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cannibalcoalition:

undertowofkmt:

spiritscraft:

cannibalcoalition:

In response to a post going around:

Actually, in my personal faith ‘work with’ is a perfectly apt phrasing because it is a mutual give and take. I put their words on paper, or I craft them into images, and they in turn grant me with more inspiration and guide me. I don’t see myself as lesser or greater. It is a relationship, and a relationship takes two people. 

So much yes

Wait, people have a problem with this phrasing?

It was awhile ago, but yes. The issue with the phrasing was that ‘works with’ implies that the gods are not greater than us, as you would refer to a co-worker rather than a higher being. We were basically being accused of hubris because we should only worship gods and honor them. 

The issue being that… I don’t worship them. I might honor them  in the sense that I respect them, but I also expect no more of them than what I would expect another human being. So basically… they had a problem with the idea that other people’s practices aren’t exactly like their own. 

Plus, you can “work with” someone who is more skilled or powerful than you. A novice can work with a master—in fact, that is how learning happens. Apprenticeship anyone? I work with my gods, but I also worship them deeply. I recognize that they are more powerful and wise than I am and feel a sense of love and awe for that. But we still have a relationship based on respect. I would not worship a being that saw me as inherently lesser and not worthy of respect just because I am less powerful/skilled/etc, just like I wouldn’t want to learn a craft under someone who looked down on beginners.

When I worked retail as an associate, I used to set up planograms and do projects with my managers all the time. The idea that the term “work with” implies that you are exact equals in every respect, or the further implication that if someone is more powerful than you, they don’t respect you equally, that respect is based on power or skill level, is ridiculous.

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Charmain’s Self-Love Mug

charmainthewitch:

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To create a medium which will allow one to replenish one’s appreciation for their self, identity, and/or body.

Materials

Procedure

Put a stopper in the kitchen sink, then fill it up with enough hot water that the mug may be entirely covered. Submerge the mug, and sprinkle some rose petals and salt over the surface of the water. Position your stone(s) around the mug. Wait for the water to cool, which will seal the enchantment.

To utilize the mug, use it to hold a drink that brings you comfort. Drink out of it whilst listening to uplifting music, watching a favorite TV show or movie, reading a good book, whatever makes you feel good.

Tags: spell spells self love self care sounds good actually
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~ Friday, July 25 ~
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climate-changing:

Good advice and a warning too!

(Source: mad-as-a-marine-biologist)

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~ Tuesday, July 22 ~
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chaiteabohemian:

I have always thought that those “find your patron deity” things online have been a touch bogus. To me, my patron is the god or goddess with whom I communicate most frequently. Whom do I confide in? The answer to that is the deity you hold most dear, and THAT, dear Tumblrererers, is how you find your patron.

You know… In my experience at least.

I have to agree. Whenever someone asks me how to find/know their “patron deity,” my answer is to look to what you hold highest in your heart and in your life.


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A little help would be appreciated.

fogandforests:

So I was meditating some nights ago and was approached by a deity. The Deity was male or at least appeared to me as male, and seemed very mischievous but benevolent. I’m trying to identify him and am having a little trouble. He wasn’t adverse to playing “20 questions” so to speak, and I was able to gather some clues. 

He is not Loki, I am sure of this. Neither is he of the Norse pantheon. I’m equally sure the pantheon he is from is from northern Europe.

I asked if i could share some of the clues he gave me, and he agreed. I think he’s treating it like a scavenger hunt game. These clues include:

trees/deep old forests

overcast/rainy skies

runes (using them for divination and writing in general)

mischief maker

rebellion for worthy causes

nonconformity in general

says jokes have truth in them

growing things

This are just a few clues/impressions I got in my effort to communicate. I’ve kept quite a bit too myself because it seemed too private, but that just leaves some pretty generic stuff for clues. Suggestions are welcome! Would like some help figuring this out.

Anyone wanna lend a hand? I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head, but maybe you all can.


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~ Monday, July 21 ~
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arcanemysteries:

What Tarot Is And What It’s Not.

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31 Days of Witchcraft #1 

How did you discover your path?

My feet have always been on this path, although I wasn’t aware of it. From my earliest memories, I’ve always been fascinated by magic. When I was a little kid, I did a lot of “potion” making, kept stashes of herbs, “borrowed” my mother’s rock and crystal collection, talked to plants/trees/animals, and read dozens and dozens of fantasy novels. My friends and I had several months-long periods of “play” where we more than half-believed we had magical powers, including control over the elements. I must have been a witch for Halloween at least 10 times.

One day one of said friends brought us a book of spells she’d bought at a festival held by a local Buddhist temple. It was a little thing for tween witches that talked about stuff like wearing “a witch’s lucky green underwear,” and that sort of stuff. Cute charms and whatnot. I didn’t find that very interesting in itself, but my mind was blown: I had NO IDEA there were serious books on this stuff, written by ADULTS who did magic and witchcraft “for real”!

I was 10 or 11 and we were allowed to ride our bikes down to the library if we went in groups or pairs. So the next time we went down there, I slunk over to the adult section and started looking for the witchcraft books. I found them on the very last, back row facing the wall, on the bottom shelf. There were maybe a dozen at most. I was so scared someone, especially my mom (despite her own witchy tendencies and lax attitude about church and god), would find me back there. It’s funny in retrospect, though XD.

I took home Silver RavenWolf’s To Ride a Silver Broomstick, and I think one of Cunningham’s books, and devoured them. Seriously considered not taking them back to the library. Renewed them as many times as possible. Yeah, I know, GREAT BOOK, such *accurate* information! Sarcasm. But we all start somewhere, and somewhere for me felt like home.

Clearly this isn’t just what set me to becoming a witch, but also a religious Pagan. Since then I’ve done a lot more research, practice, and growing up, although most of that has happened in the last 2-3 years. Kinda makes it awkward to be like, technically I’ve been a witch for ~12 years, but not really.

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