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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~ Tuesday, July 22 ~


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.


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 ~


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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30 Days of Deity Devotion


  1. A basic introduction of the deity
  2. How did you become first aware of this deity?
  3. Symbols and icons of this deity
  4. A favorite myth or myths of this deity
  5. Members of the family – genealogical connections
  6. Other related deities and entities associated with this deity
  7. Names and epithets
  8. Variations on this deity (aspects, regional forms, etc.)
  9. Common mistakes about this deity
  10. Offerings – historical and UPG
  11. Festivals, days, and times sacred to this deity
  12. Places associated with this deity and their worship
  13. What modern cultural issues are closest to this deity’s heart?
  14. Has worship of this deity changed in modern times?
  15. Any mundane practices that are associated with this deity?
  16. How do you think this deity represents the values of their pantheon and cultural origins?
  17. How does this deity relate to other gods and other pantheons?
  18. How does this deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality? (historical and/or UPG)
  19. What quality or qualities of this god do you most admire? What quality or qualities of them do you find the most troubling?
  20. Art that reminds you of this deity
  21. Music that makes you think of this deity
  22. A quote, a poem, or piece of writing that you think this deity resonates strongly with
  23. Your own composition – a piece of writing about or for this deity
  24. A time when this deity has helped you
  25. A time when this deity has refused to help
  26. How has your relationship with this deity changed over time?
  27. Worst misconception about this deity that you have encountered
  28. Something you wish you knew about this deity but don’t currently
  29. Any interesting or unusual UPG to share?
  30. Any suggestions for others just starting to learn about this deity?

By Arrin (deuognatos)

Here goes nothing

Another thing for me to do to get some writing (and thinking) done. I’ll do it for Cernunnos first, and then think about doing it for Artio and the Moon.

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31 Days of Witchcraft


  1. How did you discover your path?
  2. How long have you been practicing witchcraft?
  3. What kind of witch are you?
  4. What specific path/tradition do you follow?
  5. Do you have any ethnics or moral codes that you follow?
  6. Are you a Solitary witch or have you worked with others in a Coven?
  7. Do you practice divination? If so, what techniques?
  8. Would/Do you read for others? Why or why not?
  9. Do you believe in anything supernatural/paranormal?
  10. What are your beliefs on an Afterlife?
  11. Does your family and/or friends know you practice witchcraft?
  12. Do/Will you teach and practice witchcraft to your children?
  13. Matron Goddess [If you have one. If not, list goddesses that you favor]
  14. Patron God [If you have one. If not, list gods that you favor]
  15. Favorite pantheon [Group of gods]
  16. What are your Sun/Moon/Rising signs?
  17. What’s your Element?
  18. Favorite season?
  19. Favorite tree?
  20. Favorite flower?
  21. Favorite gem?
  22. Favorite color?
  23. Favorite animal?
  24. What’s your familiar?
  25. Favorite book on Witchcraft?
  26. Favorite website on Witchcraft?
  27. Famous witch that you favor?
  28. Favorite divination tool?
  29. Favorite altar tool?
  30. Do you have an altar?
  31. What phase is the Moon currently in?

I think I’m going to do this. It will help me write something on my blog every day at least and not just reblog things I find amusing XD

Trying to get more in the habit of writing about this stuff, so why not?

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I’m really glad I can actually come out to a few friends (and obviously followers on tumblr) about my religion. I always scared to bc of my ex, he ridiculed Christians and witches the most so I quit practicing. Now that he is gone, I can get back to practicing and actually start an altar. I’m really excited. Any tips?

Dollar stores, thrift shops, and Etsy! You can get all kinds of candles, incense, holders, fake flowers, cups, etc. in both places. Obviously at the dollar store and thrift shop, things will be very cheap. I recommend getting all your basics in these places and then shopping on Etsy for one or two special, more costly things, like statues, stones, or devotional imagery :)

fyeahaltars is a good place for inspiration! Glad you got rid of the ridiculing bf. 

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hm, ive been thinking a little though, and while i love the gods and goddesses, i dont feel very strongly for a single one of them yet and i wonder if i should maybe look into working with astral creatures?? is it possible to do both, work with the gods AND with such creatures?

It’s certainly possible to do both! It depends on the relationships you form with them, and how those relationships interact. For example, part of my relationship with Cernunnos as his dedicate is that he is held more highly in my practice, sits at the head of the table so to speak, than the other entities I work with.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Some gods may be open to you working with other spirits from the astral, some may have conditional terms, and some may be against it—or just against specific spirits. And vice versa. You can always walk away (respectfully) from interacting with a god or spirit/creature if things don’t look like they’re going to work out.

There are so many fascinating spirits and creatures and beings on the astral! With caution, I’m sure you could create some interesting relationships and work with them.

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~ Sunday, July 20 ~

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I called out to the parent spirit of the bees, praying, and telling them that their children have a food source near my home. A few days after, I started seeing more and more bees show up. I can only hope that these endeavors of maintaining a garden and keeping the plants in it alive will help the local population of bees grow in numbers.

this makes me happy


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