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GUEST POST: Practical Atheopagan Practices

Featured image: macro photograph of False Indigo Bush A guest post by Jess Rollar. When I stumbled onto Atheopaganism back in 2019, it felt like I had finally found my place. I’ve been an Atheist all my life and I’ve also leaned heavily towards Paganism, but my practice was on a more scientific and naturalistic …

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It’s a word that makes some of us cringe a little: wisdom. Because pretty much anyone who claims to have it is automatically suspicious, right? It’s those who don’t claim to have it who very often do. My contention is this: if you are living in a manner open to growth and change, the trade-off …

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Mníšošethąka Headwaters Pilgrimage

Some small, quiet part of me called it a pilgrimage from the beginning. But only in the last month or so of planning did that part step forward so I could start calling it a pilgrimage for real,2 rather than “a trip” or “I guess it’s sort of like a pilgrimage, maybe?”

Pagan Eye: A Little Witch Doll Made From A Cork

This delightful little witch was made by Pat McNally of the Rainbow Healing Sanctuary. The doll has a cork for a body, stick-on eyes, and a crochet dress and pointy hat in black wool. 

Pat McNally writes a blog about art as a means of healing at She is extremely talented and uses fibre art to make a huge range of things in aid of good causes. I recieved my cork-and-crochet witch doll in the post yesterday and I absolultely love her!

My Pagan Eye posts show photos that I find interesting – seasonal images, pagan sites, events, or just pretty pictures. 

If you want to send me a photo for a Pagan Eye post, please email it to Let me know what the photo shows and whether you want your name mentioned or not. For copyright reasons, the photo must be one you have taken yourself.

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What Do You Do When Others See Things You Can’t?

What do you do when others say they can see strange things, but you can’t? And how do you classify it? 

When I invited people to suggest things for me to write about on A Bad Witch’s Blog, Fiona was the first to reply. She wrote:

“Seeing things that are not there. Or rather looking for things that someone can see but not you. Physical things that people are sure they have seen but are not apparent to anyone else. Not necessarily ghosts. Perhaps buildings or items or animals.

” When I was a chld , if I was in a bad mood, my mother would say “You’ve got the monkey on your back”. Probably a throwback to demons, but some people claim to see such things.

“What would this be classed as? (Probably covering various disciplines here).”

I think it’s a very interesting question and one I’ve thought about when scrying alongside other witches or teaching divination classes. When people look into a crystal ball, dark mirror or cauldron of water for answers to questions or clues about what the future might hold, the psychic impressions they get are personal. With that kind of psychic work, I’ve not yet found a way of completely experiencing what others are experiencing, even though we might be staring into the same cauldron of water. Afterwards everyone is likely to say they got different messages. Some will be adamant they saw nothing except what was physically there, some will report vague psychic impressions, some will say they saw movie-like scenes played out before their eyes. They’re all valid responses.

When Fiona put her question on my Facebook author page, Gaybrielle replied: “My belief is that we see whatever is meant for us. This past year I’ve lost that notion that people will think I’m crazy if I speak of my gifts, and that’s what it is, A gift, to hear, see, feel all the magick. I’m in tune now.”

That’s a good response. When I’m scrying with others I don’t question what they say they experienced. It doesn’t matter if they saw something that couldn’t be recorded with a camera or if the images were only in the mind. What’s important is that they found something in answer to their question. They can mull over the symbolism and significance and what that might mean to them personally. It’s their truth and only matters to them.

Ghosts, Demons and Scammers

My attitude is different when people are trying to make money out of things they claim they’ve seen that others can’t. I very much object to fraudulent mediums taking advantage of the bereaved by claiming they can contact people or animals who have passed when all they are doing is cold reading. They aren’t seeing into the spirit realm, they’re making high-probability guesses and picking up on things like body language. 

I’m definitely not saying all mediums are fraudulent or that no one can see ghosts. I’ve experienced what I believe is contact with spirits myself and it’s very common for someone who has lost a loved one to sense their continued presence. Again, I accept what they say. It’s their truth and I’m not going to try to strip that away from them. I regard people’s pesonal spiritual beliefs as their own business. I only get into debunker mode if someone’s trying to con other people.

Another scam is supposed psychics claiming they can see someone has a negative energy attached to them, or even a demon. The scammer then says they can get rid of the attachment at a price. Be very, very wary if anyone tries to get you to pay for this kind of service. If you’re worried you might have an unwanted “monkey on your back”, my advice is do some cleansing rituals. Put salt into your bathwater. Do a smoke cleansing of your home. Open the doors and windows then get a broom and visualise sweeping negative energy out. Tell the unwanted house guest to go. Those inexpensive techniques are probably all you need. 

Fiona asked how you classify things you can’t see but others claim they can. Second sight is probably the closest general term for the power to perceive things that aren’t physically present. There might be better terms to use – if you can think of one, please leave a comment.
I hope that went some way to covering the topic – and thanks very much to Fiona for suggesting it. Also thanks to Gaybrielle for her response. 
The picture shows a pentagram charm viewed through a crystal ball

Blog Posts: What Would You Like Me To Write About?

It’s been absolutely years since I last asked the people who read my blog what they’d actually like to read about. So, I thought I’d use today’s post to ask just that. 

Are there any questions you’d like answered? Is there any witchcraft subject you’d like me to write about?  

I’m also happy to consider posts written by other people: from reviews of pagan books, to descriptions and photos of sacred sites you’ve visited, to spells you’ve created, to photos of lmagical things you’ve made or bought. Oh and I’m always happy to share photos of people’s pets, familiars and witchy hats. 

If you have a question or suggestion for a post, please leave a comment or email me at

Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Upcycled Crystal Ball Stand

What do you put your balls on? Crystal balls for scrying I’m talking about… Well, you can buy stands, of course, but here’s a crafting idea that won’t cost you anything and is an upcycling project. I’m all in favour of saving money and helping save the planet at the same time. 

I must of course mention that if you’re concerned about the environment you should only buy crystals that are ethically sourced or secondhand, as well as taking care about the ethics of the stand you put it on. 

On to the crafting details, the little crystal ball in the pictures on this post is resting on two stands made from bottle caps. The one at the top is made from the screw top of a wine bottle. It was black to start with, which I liked. You could just turn a cap upside down and rest the sphere in it, but you can improve on that with a tiny bit of work. To start with, I pressed the centre of the lid inwards a bit so it stood more flatly on the table. I then put narrow black electrical tape around the rim to cover the sharp edges so it wouldn’t scratch the sphere when it was resting there.

The lower picture shows the same ball on a stand made from the cap of a large fizzy drink bottle. That top was plastic so it was soft enough not to damage any crystals resting in it. I didn’t feel I needed to put tape on it, but I still pressed the centre of the lid inwards so it didn’t wobble when resting on the table. 

You can put small things inside the bottle-lid stands to help you scry. That could be a pinch of herbs, a small piece of another crystal, or something to help as a focus for any question you’re asking. I often like to boost psychic work with mugwort or lavender.

The sphere in the photo is black chalcedony, which is good for keeping grounded. I bought it from Mamma Moon Magick‘s stall at the Faerie Festival last weekend. The sphere is small – which is why it easily rests in a wine bottle lid. Larger bottle caps can be used for larger crystals. I’ve spotted that the lid of my current bottle of mouthwash will make a great stand for a medium-sized ball once I’ve used up the contents!

If you want to find out more about using crystal balls and other forms of divination, then have a look at my book Pagan Portals – Scrying, which is published by Moon Books.

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Circling Round the Suntree

A reflection on Suntree Retreat 2022 by Summer LaJoie From all directions, north, south, east and west, we came to gather in the meadow  Circling round the suntree, with open minds and open hearts we clad the limbs with treasures The sky took notice to our song and the forest quietly listened  We spoke our …

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Humanism 2.0: humanity’s last monotheistic religion? – Part I,  by Alex Shenderov, Ph.D.

Rather the defining characteristics of Nature Religions should be evident in how their adherents live their religion.  Belief in the absolute sacredness of Nature transforms people’s everyday actions and their relationship with their natural environments. I call this new way of life “the Earth Path”.  Initially it is a journey of discovery and transformation in which one develops a radical ecological consciousness, loosing the estrangement from nature so prevalent in our modern lives.