In the death work community, most people emphasize gathering graveyard dirt and bones. Yes, these tools are significant: they connect us with the deceased when we're outside of a cemetery. But in my practice, I rarely collect graveyard dirt when I visit the dead's resting place. Instead, I practice other forms of devotion, spirit communication, and magic.
I don't recommend packing up grave dirt during your first trip to the cemetery for a couple of reasons:
On my tumblr, I've received a lot of questions about how to contact the dead in a cemetery without using a divination vessel. Like any method of spirit work, this connection with the deceased develops through practice. The best way that I can answer this question is to respond with what I, personally, do in graveyards. Every death witch practices differently. Hence, this post is just here to give you ideas about how to advance your death witchcraft.
When I enter a new cemetery, here's what I'll do.
While we're talking about cemetery trips, here are some etiquette/safety tips to keep in mind:
I hope this post inspires you to view cemetery visits as more than a way to gather tools. These visits allow us to communicate with the dead, advance our abilities, and build a reliable reputation with the spirits. I wish you best of luck in your path.
I highly recommend practicing ten minutes of witchcraft a day. Only ten minutes: don't pressure yourself to work above that (at least not yet).
I can already predict commenters arguing that this approach is lazy. I beg to differ. When you're lazy, you decide to do nothing because practicing too much effort. Performing magic ten minutes a day is doing something, even if you don't want to do it. That's the opposite of laziness. It's dedication.
Before you decide that ten minutes doesn't add up to anything, let's lay down the math.
10 minutes x 7 days a week = 70 minutes. That's over an hour of practice each week.
10 minutes x 7 days a week x 5 weeks = almost 6 hours of honing your magic skills.
Ten minutes isn't too much pressure. It doesn't intercept too much of your day. It's doable. It provides enough time for practice and reflection. And putting in the time lends you the motivation to continue the habit in the future.
Here's how to employ the ten-minute practice.
I've been applying my scrying skills using the ten-minute practice and I've already noticed an improvement. I hope this post motivates you to tackle your witchcraft goals.