Staff Search: Occultism Magazine

Official Blog: @occultism

Apply For a Staff Role: occultism.tumblr.com/submit

I’m very excited to announce that I will be starting a free, nonprofit online magazine called Occultism Magazine!

Occultism Magazine is a magazine by occultists, for occultists. From spells to poetry, devotional art to personal essays, research papers to folklore, interviews to advice columns, Occultism Magazine will be your resource for witchcraft and occult art, culture, and education! Our staff will curate various writing and art pieces written by community members on a monthly basis.

More information on how to submit writing and art pieces to be published in the magazine will be released soon!

We are currently looking for inspired and excited staff who want to see Occultism Magazine grow and blossom as time goes on. At this time, I cannot guarantee compensation for staff. However, all staff will be given opportunities to promote their cashapps/ko-fis/patreon/etc. in order to get tips from generous magazine readers.

Open Staff Positions

Assistant Editor

Requirements: Must be 18+, must have previous experience as an editor, must have Discord

Duties: Assists in editing submissions, assists Editor-in-Chief in choosing the monthly theme, assists the Layout Designer in formatting the magazine to best fit the overall aesthetic while honoring each creator’s individual vision, works with Editor-in-Chief in reviewing written submissions (including accepting and rejecting content.), sends out Acceptance and Rejection letters to writers

Art Director

Requirements: Must be 18+, must have Discord, previous art experience preferred

Duties: Works with Editor-in-Chief in reviewing art/visual submissions (including accepting and rejecting content.), sends out Acceptance and Rejection letters to artists, works with Layout Designer in formatting the magazine to best fit the overall aesthetic while honoring each creator’s individual vision, writes captions describing each image for screenreaders

Layout Designer

Requirements: Must be 18+, must have Discord, must have previous experience with chosen magazine-creating software

Duties: Designs the format for each publication, chooses the free software we will be using for the publication, ensures magazine is compatible with screen-readers and is otherwise accessible, reviews the magazine at each stage of the drafting process to ensure that it fits the monthly theme and the Occultism Magazine brand

Featured Columnist

Requirements: Must be 18+, must be willing to write their column each month for a **minimum of 3 months**, must have Discord, must be adequately experienced in their chosen area of expertise

Duties: Writes a monthly column on a topic of their choice. Potential column ideas are: Witchblr Spotlight: Prominent Witches in the Community, Ask a Pagan, DIY Witchery, and more!

Advertising Coordinator

Requirements: Must be 18+, previous social media marketing experience a plus, must have Discord

Duties: Creates attractive and informative social media posts to promote Occultism Magazine on a weekly basis, chooses one occult business to highlight in the magazine each month, tracks social media growth

I look forward to reading all of your applications! If you have any questions about Occultism Magazine and/or the available staff roles, please DM me my tumblr blog: nightshadeandroses.tumblr.com or the official Occultism Magazine blog.

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A Witch’s Routine

Many practitioners in the community have started sharing their daily/weekly/monthly routines, so I’ve decided to join in on the trend. I think this is a great way for beginners to get a sense of where they might want to start, and may get more casual practitioners to consider attempting a more regimented routine. Either way, here’s what I do regularly!

Daily

  • Meditation, visualization, and breathwork for a minimum of 20 minutes, though lately I’ve been trying to go for 60 minutes.
  • I give an offering to one of the gods, my ancestors, Agathos daimon, genius loci, or other spirits depending on the day of the week/month.
  • I read a book on the occult, witchcraft, paganism, or other related topics for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • I say a prayer or read a hymn to the gods
  • I give myself a quick 1-3 card reading and check the current astrological conditions
  • I cleanse myself and my protective jewelry
  • I do an energy work exercise or practice my energy healing techniques on myself

Weekly

  • I cleanse my house and check/adjust my wards
  • I create lesson plans for my upcoming classes, spending several hours on research and practice per class
  • I do a longer prayer at least once a week
  • I normally do a deeper self-cleanse and energy healing once a week

Monthly

  • Write and lead a full moon ritual for myself and my group
  • Other assorted seasonal rituals and rites

What’s your witchcraft/magic routine?

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What is Remembered Lives by Phoenix LeFae: Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a free, advance copy of this text from Llewellyn Publications through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!

What is Remembered Lives: Developing Relationships with Deities, Ancestors & The Fae by Phoenix LeFae is the perfect text for the ambitious beginner. Written in a clear, easy to follow tone, What is Remembered Lives introduces the reader to ancestor veneration, deity worship, and Fae work through personal anecdotes, suggested rituals and meditations, cross-cultural comparisons, and historical background.

With this text, you can learn how to befriend the Fae, gain the favor of the Mighty Dead, and protect yourself from unseen forces, plus much more. This is a great starter text for any Witch and/or Pagan who wants to explore spirit work.

What I Liked

I particularly enjoyed how LeFae addresses cultural appropriation at both the beginner of What Is Remembered Lives and throughout the text as a whole. While LeFae mentions deities and entities from closed cultures, she asserts that a person cannot work with these entities unless they’ve undergone the proper initiations or received permission from existing practitioners. Few authors actively condemn cultural appropriation, so I appreciated it being mentioned.

I also enjoyed how accessible the text is. Unlike some other books on Witchcraft and Paganism, What Is Remembered Lives includes rituals that can fit into busy schedules, incense and other recipes that incorporate easy to find ingredients, and bits of advice to help build up a daily (or regular) practice. No matter if you’ve been practicing for one day or one decade, there is likely something within the text that you can use and learn from.

What I Disliked

The topic of What Is Remembered Lives is quite broad, which unfortunately, leads to a slight lack in depth. For a total beginner, this wouldn’t be an issue so long as you continue your research beyond this book. It’s a great starting point, but it shouldn’t be your only Witchcraft/Pagan book on your shelf. The way in which the text discusses deities tends to be a bit reductive, and often ignores the various Reconstructionist views of modern worship.

My Rating: 4/5

Overall, What is Remembered Lives is a great book for beginner Witches and Pagans who want to shift their focus to the Spirit World. There is an excellent balance between practical advice, historical information, and theoretical discussion. I definitely recommend picking up a copy once it becomes widely available!

What is Remembered Lives: Developing Relationships with Deities, Ancestors & The Fae by Phoenix LeFae will be available for purchase online and in bookstores on October 8, 2019 and will retail for $17.99.

The Elements at a Glance: Earth

-Soul Correspondence: The Senses

-Passive

-Cold, Dry, Heavy

-Darkness, Thickness, Quietness (Plato)

-Stones

  • Dark and Heavy Stones: Earth + Earth
  • Transparent Stones: Earth + Water
  • Stones that Float in Water: Earth + Air
  • Volcanic Stones: Earth + Fire

-Metals: Lead and Silver (Earth + Water)

-Animals: Subterranean creatures (Earth + Fire)

-The Body: Bones (Earth + Fire) , Black Choler (Earth + Water)

-The Senses: Touch/Feeling

-Zodiac: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

-Direction: North

-Elemental: Gnomes

-Season: Autumn

-Planets: Moon (Agrippa)

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Sources: The Magus by Francis Barrett, DigitalAmbler.Com

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Mabon Abundance Ritual and Group Healing

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On September 23, 2019 I created this abundance jar as part of a ritual, and I performed a group healing for those who opted to participate on September 24 as part of my Mabon celebration. Since then, I have worked the abundance jar daily and will continue to do so until September 29, the end of Mabon. After that, I will “release” the energy building within the jar out into the universe so the abundance may be manifested.

Thank you so much to the 60+ people who opted to participate in this ritual and healing! This was my very first time offering a public, interactive group spell like this. It was a fantastic experience for me, and I hope to do more free community offerings like this in the future!

For those of you who are curious, here are the ingredients within the jar:

  • Green paper, upon which I’ve written the names of everyone who opted to participate in the abundance ritual by reblogging my original Mabon post
  • Abundance Oil (my own creation)
  • Full Pisces Moon Water created in ritual on September 14, 2019 in the hour of Venus
  • Money
  • Sage for purification
  • Rose Petals for love
  • Baby’s Breath for joy

Plus I have my Malachite Owl standing guard over the jar and the energies growing inside! During the ritual itself, I called upon and honored Persephone, Hades, and the ancestors.

Thank you again to everyone who decided to participate! And thank you for everyone who spread the word around! Be sure to follow me at nightshadeandroses.tumblr.com to participate in future community rituals and offerings!

🍁🍂🍁🍂Happy Mabon!🍁🍂🍁🍂

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The Elements at a Glance: Air

-Soul Correspondence: Reason

-Active

-Hot, Moist, Light

-Darkness, Thinness, Motion (Plato)

-Plants

  • -Roots= Air+Earth
  • -Leaves= Air+Water
  • -Flowers= Air+Air
  • -Seeds= Air+Fire

-Metals: Copper and Tin (Air+Water)

-Animals: Winged Creatures (Air+Fire)

-The Body: Blood (Air+Water), Flesh (Air+Fire)

-The Senses: Hearing

-Zodiac: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

-Direction: East

-Elemental: Sylphs

-Season: Spring

-Planets: Jupiter, Venus (Agrippa)

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Sources: The Magus by Francis Barrett, DigitalAmbler.Com

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