The Neurobiology of Trance and Mediumship in Brazil

A rather long but good read for those interested in the neurobiology of trance and mediumship.

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On Semi-Hiatus

Hi all! Sorry, but this blog will be on a semi-hiatus until further notice. :( I just can’t juggle research assistance, grad school, and a blog (that involves a lot of writing due to being picky about what I write and reblog) all at once, especially since I do not really have breaks. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but grad school is hard! However, I will /occasionally/ post and reblog because I do not want to see this blog go to waste!

Posts and reblogs will probably boom during the autumn and winter seasons since those seasons make me feel “witchier,” although it is sad that I have to rely on certain seasons to make me feel like a witch. This may have something to do with my love for those two seasons and dislike for hot weather, as hot weather makes me irritable. xD

I’m sorry to disappoint you all! Be on the lookout for posts, though! I will do my best to write interesting posts and reblog interesting posts. I may end up writing a literature review post related to parapsychology—and related to Traditional Witchcraft, of course—because I am definitely in a “research mode” with all of the research I have to do!

Be well!

To Enchant An Apple

dianaandpansson:

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[Painting, Apple by Julian Merrow-Smith]

"Pick your apple

When the Moon

Has waned three days;

Breathe upon

Its green cheek,

Rub it with

A scarlet cloth,

Saying:

Fire sweet

And fire red,

Warm the heart

And turn the head

Kiss the red half,

Put it later

In another’s hand–

Who holds it

Shall weaken,

Who eats it

Shall be yours.”

– From Crone’s Book of Magical Words, by Valerie Worth

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Ugh! Between grad school and work there is no time to do any writing on here or even use Tumblr in general! D:  I do try to find stuff to post and reblog, but I’m picky. :/

Anonymous said: How do you get a familiar spirit?

ioqayin:

Everyone has a familiar spirit. Traditionally if you are a woman, then the spirit will pursue you. If you are a man, you must pursue the familiar spirit. Folklorically (and confessionally) the familiar spirit is the opposite gender of the witch. 

The familiar spirit is the Faery Lover, the Demon Lover, the Other Self. It is you, and yet is not you. The familiar spirit is the opposite part of your soul which completes you. 

To, er, “get” the familiar spirit, you must prepare you spirit. You must cultivate your spirit, and beautify it. You must love yourself, and make your spirit a spirit of desire. It desires to be complete, as you desire to be complete. To Be Whole. 

You must adore yourself. Self love to the highest degree to the point where you arouse yourself. When I am focusing on my own spirit and how it appears, I get all sorts of hot and bothered. 

Another new addition to my altar. I love it! Ignore the iPhone quality.

Another new addition to my altar. I love it! Ignore the iPhone quality.

Sites for Ethnobotanicals & Etsy Shops

I’m purposefully leaving out a few well-known shops due to popularity. I will also continue to update this post.

Ethnobotanicals

Bouncing Bear Botanicals - Great website! Very fast shipping, although shipping is a tad expensive. I’ve ordered three different herbs from there (European mandrake root, scullcap, and sweet flag) and received my package within a few days.  Decent pricing for the amount you receive. 

Spirit Apothecary - A tad more expensive than Bouncing Bear Botanicals, but a great backup for when one is out of stock (BBB is out of belladonna at the moment).  Just ordered some belladonna from here to make an ointment. 

Otherworld Apothecary - In my opinion, the backup of the backup if you need out of stock herbs. Sort of expensive, but they do have a killer “Balm of Night Flight” that’s made with datura, henbane, and mandrake root and they also have many well-crafted magical oils.

Etsy Shops

Wendy Rose Brews - Many positive reviews and a great selection of items.  I ordered her “trance” herbal tincture.  Takes about 1.5 weeks to receive your item because she lives in the Netherlands.  I had it delivered to my school address and I’m on spring break right now, so when I get back I’ll keep you guys updated on the item!

Belladonna and Bones - I actually haven’t ordered from this shop, but I figured I’d bring it up because they sell a belladonna flying ointment.  The owner is very kind and will help you out with any questions you have!

voo-world:

tradwitchery:

thatonepunrightthere:

Don’t fuck with oujia boards

DON’T FUCK WITH OUIJA BOARDS

DON’T FUCK WITH OUIJA BOARDS

DON’T FUCK WITH OUIJA BOARDS

DON’T FUCK WITH OUIJA BOARDS

  • DON’T
  • FUCK
  • WITH
  • OUIJA BOARDS

DON’T FUCK WITH OUIJA BOARDS 

NOTHING GOOD COMES OUT OF FUCKING WITH OUIJA BOARDS DON’T FUCK WITH THEM 

I have one, I have fucked with it several times. Mine didn’t work, neither will yours.

How I read this:

Don’t fuck with pendulums

DON’T FUCK WITH PENDULUMS

DON’T FUCK WITH PENDULUMS

DON’T FUCK WITH PENDULUMS

DON’T FUCK WITH PENDULUMS

  • DON’T
  • FUCK
  • WITH
  • PENDULUMS

DON’T FUCK WITH PENDULUMS

NOTHING GOOD COMES OUT OF FUCKING WITH PENDULUMS DON’T FUCK WITH THEM 

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Agreed! Ouija boards and pendulums seem do have a lot of human error. Same goes with automatic writing, especially if you don’t know how to do it. In a study by Peres et al. (2012), however, experienced psychographers (i.e., automatic writers; participants were also in a trance while participating in psychography) showed less activity in the left culmen, left hippocampus, left inferior occipital gyrus, left anterior cingulate, right superior temporal gyrus, and right precentral gyrus when examined using the SPECT imaging technique. When examining their non-trance writing, these areas had significantly more activity. This may suggest that trance reduces one’s ability to complete planned actions. If this reduces one’s ability to complete planned actions, does this mean that experienced psychographers in a trance-like state have a rather low chance of basic human error? Also, how do these researchers define trance in the first place? Do they simply define it as a hypnotic-like state, which is different from trance, or do they define it as when one reaches theta brain wave levels? I bring this up because autosuggestion in a hypnotic state (as opposed to a true trance state) can affect the outcome of psychography.

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Amazing Website

tradwitchery:

http://traditionalwitchcraftandoccultism.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/differences-between-traditional-witchcraft-and-wicca-how-wicca-became-mainstream-modern-witchcraft/

This AMAZING website/blog is so correct! Everyone who isn’t a Wiccan witch or isn’t into Wicca stop what you’re doing and READ THIS!

Thank you for mentioning this!  I found this website a long time ago, but I never bookmarked the link and couldn’t find it!  

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What do your spirits and/or ancestors like as an offering?

Random post, I know, but the spirits I work with (including my ancestors) really like this one coffee cake my mom makes.  I must say, it is delicious.