How to Spot Fake Witches Who Just Want to Sell You Something

Every time witchcraft becomes popular (the 70s, the 90s, the 20-teens) there are people and companies who want to sell us something witch-themed. Necklaces, buttons, shoes, and even tube tops emblazoned with the word “witch” suddenly appear, and for the most part, it’s great. However, if you’re actually a witch, sorting out people who are also actually witches from people who never have (and never will) do magick can be rather difficult. I’ll buy my tube tops from anyone (note: I won’t buy tube tops at all for any reason), but magickal supplies I’m picky about. If I’m buying a spell candle, for example, I’d rather buy one from a fellow witch. This is because the energy of a magickal tool is important, I want to support my community, and a witch is going to know what a witch needs.

Additionally, around the same time the tube tops show up, tons of people will crop up to sell classes, pdf files on ‘the divine feminine’, coven memberships, bespoke tarot decks, or a myriad of other magickal (or vaguely magickal) things. Basically, when witchcraft is popular, people who aren’t witches will try to make money off of us, even if that means pretending to be one of us. I thought it would be helpful to post some tips on how to spot phony witches in the wild and, if you choose, refuse to support them. Disclaimer: I’m not saying that non-witches can’t make awesome witchy stuff, but there are a lot of people who are low-key pretending to be witches just to sell to us. That’s worth being skeptical of, in my opinion.

No Experience or Baby Witch Turned Expert

Some people try to sell us witchcraft decor or supplies when they themselves have no experience with witchcraft. The first type will have “Get your witch on!” emblazoning their website, or they may also start posts/social media blasts with “Hey, coven!” or “This goddess/priestess is wearing our new x, y, z,” or something equally pandering. The brand or marketing is ‘witchy’, but the person or people behind is not. The second type are people who may actually be practicing witches … of a year or two. Sharing baby witch opinions/growth/experience? Great. Claiming to be an expert and teacher when you’ve just started out? Nope. If someone is still learning, their advice can be quite bad, and will likely hurt more than it helps. If they’re pretending to be an expert when they have very little experience, you can bet they’re trying to make money, and will almost certainly disappear in a few years when the trend passes.

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Cosmic Concerns: July 2017

For all the cosmic witches out there, or just witches and pagans who are interested in what’s going on in the cosmos, here is a list of July 2017’s important astrological events. All times listed are in EST (Eastern Standard) and should be adjusted for your own time zone. Please note that this list is not even close to being exhaustive, but compiled by me to list events that would be of magickal importance. This information is great to copy into your Book of Shadows if you maintain one; if you are looking for something more extensive my guide to lunar trackers is on the site here. I hope that you find it helpful.

Planetary Movement, July

4th: Venus enters Gemini 8:11 PM
5th: Mercury enters Leo 8:20 PM
20th: Mars enters Leo 8:19 AM
22nd: Sun enters Leo 11:15 AM
25th: Mercury enters Virgo 7:41 PM
31st: Venus enters Cancer 10:54 AM

Moon Cycle, July

7th: Moon void-of-course 10:12 AM, enters Capricorn 1:45 PM
9th: Full Moon in Capricorn 12:07 AM; void-of-course 10:12 PM
23rd: Moon void-of-course 2:05 AM, enters Leo 4:34 AM, New Moon in Leo 5:46 AM
25th: Moon void-of-course 5:22 AM, enters Virgo 6:32 AM

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New Moon June 23rd 2017 in Cancer

June’s New Moon in Cancer occurs at 10:31 PM EST on Friday the 23rd, and you can do your New Moon ritual on either the night of Thursday the 22nd, Friday the 23rd, or Saturday the 24th at any time. Compared to other New Moons this year, we have a ton of time this go round. On Sunday the 25th the Moon goes void-of-course at 2:44 PM then enters Leo at 6:06 PM, but your New Moon ritual should be performed before then, ideally. A lot of other planets are in Cancer for this Moon as well, so expect a big wave a Cancer energy coming. All of this information is available in list form in my June 2017 Cosmic Concerns post. The manifestation point for this New Moon is on January 2nd 2018.

My guide, Witch’s Guide to New Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.

New Moon in Cancer

Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac, a cardinal sign, a Water sign, and ruled by the Moon. Cancer is very centered in the home and on family. Being ruled by the Moon it’s not surprising that Cancer is a very emotional sign and they are very open emotionally; they can also hold on to slights because of this or retreat into themselves. As a cardinal sign, Cancer is good at getting stuff moving. A Cancer can be moody, and would often rather go around than through, but they are also affectionate and loving. They tend to be homebodies, but are attracted to big personalities.

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A Witch’s Guide to Lunar Trackers

Bullet journaling seems to be tailor made for witches of all levels who are interested in tracking their practice. A sub-set of bullet journaling is graphic trackers, of which a moon wheel is about as perfect for witchcraft as you can get. Lunar trackers can be used to keep track of the minutiae of the moon’s movement throughout the lunar cycle, thus helping witches move into advanced spell work and get to know themselves (and their craft) better.

Getting into intermediate and advanced witchcraft requires more advanced lunar tracking techniques; whether you choose to use the information or not, it’s good to know where the moon’s at. While waiting until there is a waxing moon in Scorpio to do you body-positivity spell may sound fussy, it can give a much-needed boost to witches moving into a phase of more advanced spellwork. My disclaimer is that, if you’re a baby witch who is just starting out, don’t be bothered too much about moon times or signs. Full moon and new moon are the only dates you need to know, once you’re completely comfortable with that, then move on to more advanced tracking.

I recommend using the lunar tracking wheel (pictured above) made by Cheeky Magpie; I like a plain one, but she also created some with seasonal backgrounds that are very nice. Witches are not, by a big stretch of the imagination, the only people who track the moon. People plant by it, fish by it, breed animals by it, track their cycles by it, even use the moon to monitor their moods; just about anything you can think of people have used these moon charts for. Because they are so non-denominational, I’ll show you how to witch them up for your practice.

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Full Moon June 9th 2017 in Sagittarius

June’s Full Moon in Sagittarius is giving us a break from the 2017 Moon times roller coaster with an entirely convenient range of times in which to observe it. The Full Moon occurs at 9:10 AM EST on Friday, June 9th, but you can also do your ritual on the evening of the 8th since the Moon is in Sagittarius all day. The Moon stays in Sagittarius until 2:20 AM on the 10th, so if you are charging your crystals you should do so on the night of the 8th.

I highly recommend doing your Full Moon ritual either on the evening of Thursday the 8th or Friday the 9th while the Moon is in Sagittarius, the correct sign to end this six month cycle that started with the New Moon in Sagittarius on November 29th 2016. If you charge items overnight on the 9th the Moon will go void-of-course at 2:20 AM only to move into Capricorn at 7:36 AM. For charging the evening of the 8th works best, and that’s when I’m doing my full ritual, just to keep things simple. If you charge on the 8th but want to wait until the evening of the 9th, after Jupiter has gone direct, that works as well considering that Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter. Do what works best for you and your schedule.

About June’s Full Moon

There are multiple names for May’s Full Moon, but the most common is the Strawberry Moon. Other names are the Rose Moon, Hot Moon, Honey Moon, and Strong Sun Moon. Strawberry Moon comes from Algonquin tribes because it’s a time to gather strawberries. The Rose Moon has similar origins, though modern flowers have been altered to bloom at many times, traditionally roses bloom in late May to early July. Honey Moon is where honeymoon originates from, this is because June was considered a traditional month to wed. In the Pagan tradition, the Beltane season belong to the Lord and Lady of May and represents the cosmic marriage that brings about life; because of this it is traditional to marry once the Beltane season ends out of respect. Strong Sun Moon and Hot Moon make total sense, especially since I live in Florida, where we are being steam cooked every time we leave the house by a combination of heat and humidity. The message of this Full Moon is one of fertility and coaxing your projects into bloom.

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Aura Crystals: Are They Magickal?

Are aura crystals the next step in crystal evolution, or sparkling, rainbow-coated, fakes? The first time I ever saw an aura quartz crystal I thought it was some amazing, fairy-infused nugget of pure magic. Ironic, since aura crystals are bonded with metal and faeries don’t really like metal. Once I realized that auras are treated crystals – essentially man-made – the love affair ended before it began. Before the spark of desire completely faded, however, I did buy a few aura crystals, and was really unhappy with both the quality and the expense. However, a lot of people really love aura crystals or aura anything, so I thought it would be interesting to explore their creation (or rather modification) process and the general debate surrounding their magickal use.

How Are Aura Crystals Created?

To make an aura crystal the manufacturer starts with real crystals, almost always clear quartz, that is of an inferior quality due to coloration or damage. The crystals are put in a vacuum chamber, super-heated, and coated with vaporized metals that bonding with the crystal at an atomic level. The same process is used in car manufacturing. Importantly, the aura treatment is a coating, and because of that only affects the surface of the crystal. Aura crystals are expensive because of the metals used, such as gold or titanium, to achieve the color effect. It’s a great way to make a poorly-colored crystal super valuable, provided that you have the right equipment.

Recently, calcite, chalcedony conchas, agate slices, agate geodes, cactus quartz, tumbled stones, and amethyst cluster aura crystals have been popping up, too, with new crystal and color combinations surfacing all the time.

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Cosmic Concerns: June 2017

For all the cosmic witches out there, or just witches and pagans who are interested in what’s going on in the cosmos, here is a list of June 2017’s important astrological events. All times listed are in EST (Eastern Standard) and should be adjusted for your own time zone. Please note that this list is not even close to being exhaustive, but compiled by me to list events that would be of magickal importance. This information is great to copy into your Book of Shadows if you maintain one; I hope that you find it helpful.

Planetary Movement, June

4th: Mars enters Cancer 12:16 PM
6th: Venus enters Taurus 3:27 AM; Mercury enters Gemini 6:15 PM
9th: Jupiter direct in Libra 10:03 AM
16th: Neptune retrograde begins 7:09 AM
21st: Summer Solstice; Sun enters Cancer 12:24 AM; Mercury enters Cancer 5:57 AM

Moon Cycle, June

6th: Moon void-of-course 8:35 PM
7th: Moon enters Sagittarius 6:59 PM
9th: Full Moon in Sagittarius 9:10 AM
10th: Moon void-of-course 2:20 AM, enters Capricorn 7:36 AM
23rd: Moon void-of-course 2:45 PM, enters Cancer 6:07 PM, New Moon in Cancer 10:31 PM
25th: Moon void-of-course 2:44 PM, enters Leo 6:06 PM

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