The Collegiate Witch: Planetary Study

This has been a crazy year… cosmically speaking. With so many retrogrades, eclipses and destiny-sculpting trines… I’m definitely glad I chose this year to focus on my planetary study.

I dove into this type of study the same way I reacquainted myself with the elements.

Books, books, books, internet and books.

And just like before, traditional study laid down a framework for my perspective on the subject matter. But it wasn’t until I sat with it and began to apply the planets to my life, when I found my personal correspondences with them.

The Cosmos & Me

I’m a very visual person. I’m all about the mood boards & vision boards. Inspiration & visualizations are part of my daily morning practice. So it came as no surprise when I began using Pinterest in my studies.

I looked at the energies of each and every planet through my eyes and my eyes only.

How does the sun actually make feel? Well… it depends. In the literal sense, I hate too much sun. The summertime blues is a real thing in Texas. The heat is no joke. But in the wintertime, the morning sun is a warm blanket. It’s healing. It’s gentle like a kiss on the forehead. And of course as a hard-shelled Cancerian, my favorite kind of sun- is a hidden sun, shrouded in the darkness behind gloomy rain clouds.

So when I put a metaphorical spin on these conclusions, I realized the sun is equivalent to a spotlight. If I get too much attention I get overheated, uncomfortable and nervous… its almost suffocating. On the other hand, being recognized for my authenticity and feeling confident in my talents makes me feel like I’m sunbathing in the morning sun. And funny enough, I feel the most comfortable when I’m not seen at all. I can sit safely behind the clouds and be perfectly content.

If you look at my Sun section in my Pinterest board called The Cosmos & Me, you’d find a lot of voyeuristic window photos & Hollywood themes. I feel the Sun represents what we choose to show to the world. It’s our ego, our self expression.. it’s social media- the keyhole into our lives, the glossiest version of ourselves. It’s our ego and our light. And it is also the perfect dartboard for bottom-dwellers to target and try to tarnish. Or at least, that is my interpretation.

Feel free to check out my Pinterest page for a lil’ visual peak at my personal correspondences for the planets. But better yet, try making one for yourself before you check mine out. Don’t let my perspective shift yours.

Get raw. Get personal. Get creative. These are your correspondences and yours alone. Have fun with it!

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out this blog! I truly appreciate all those who appreciate my voice. I’m so sorry for my inconsistency on this blog. It’s definitely a work in progress.

For more Planetary Study inspo, check out my latest YouTube video in The Collegiate Witch Series.

Happy Studying!



Fire Dragon Meditation: Meet Your Dragon Spirit Guide

My study of fire has been very… illuminating- pun intended.

Reigniting the flame within, shined a light on everything I didn’t want to see. It exposed shadows I had long suppressed out of fear & sheer denial. It was- for lack of a better word- intense.

But how did I manage to reignite this inner-flame after years of neglecting it?

The answer was simple. Return to my Astral Realm and visit an old friend.

If you work with Dragon Energy, you may already know that a Mon-Tey is your personal draconic guardian and assists in your magick, works with your abilities and offers protection. Each and every soul is born with one and they have been with us through many, many lifetimes. When you first start working with your dragon you can refer to them as Mon-Tey, but when the time is right, you may give them their own name- just be sure to keep this name a secret for it is extremely personal.

So, how do you meet your Mon-Tey?

There are wonderful Dragon Meditations available online which can provide a foundation for your initial connection with them. However, the most spiritually fulfilling interaction I had with my dragon was through a meditation of my own design.

All of my meditations take place within my Astral Realm. Through these meditations, I discover more about my astral landscape and explore various aspects of my psyche through these journeys.

I created a grimoire page dedicated to my Fire Dragon Meditation, and although I don’t wish to share it due to its very personal nature, I did want to offer some tips on creating your own meditation in order to meet your very own Mon-Tey.

  1. Do you have an Astral Realm? Is there a place in your mind that you return to over and over again in meditations? What does it look like? Is it a forest? A valley? A desert?
  2. Tell yourself, you are on a journey to meet your Mon-Tey. Explore further within your Astral Realm in search of your Spirit Dragon. Where does your psyche take you? Look at the landscape around you. What does it look like? Follow your intuition. Where is it taking you?
  3. Take notice of your journey. Is it an arduous trek? Is it a nice, carefree stroll? Do you come across any beings along your way or is it a journey of complete solitude?
  4. You’ve come to your final destination. This is the home of your Spirit Dragon. Where are you? How does this place make you feel?
  5. Where is your Mon-Tey? Are they there to eagerly greet you or do you have to summon them? If so, how do you call out to them?
  6. Finally you see your dragon. Look at their size, shape & color down to the very last detail. How do they interact with you? What is their personality like?
  7. Listen to their wisdom. Do they have any messages or advice for you?
  8. Interact with your dragon. What do you choose to do? Play music? Dance? Laugh? Tell stories? Go for a ride on their back?
  9. Listen to your instincts. Give them the first name that comes to mind. Don’t be surprised if they give you your own draconic name.
  10. Find ways to connect with your Mon-Tey in the physical realm as well. Decorate your altar in their honor. Carry a special talisman dedicated to them. Create a chant to invoke their energy when you need it the most.

Meeting my Mon-Tey reignited my sacred flame. I felt a shift within me immediately. It was an intense mixture of high energy and overwhelming sadness. I felt extremely guilty for neglecting my sacred fire- a fire that needed to be stoked for my sake as well as my Mon-Tey’s.

In this process, I’ve also discovered my personal correspondences with fire. I tend to relate fire energy to the Ego. If the fire is too low, cold depression and low self-esteem soon follows. If the fire is too high, it consumes the mind with selfish & egocentric thoughts.

 And as with any light source, my now thriving flame revealed aspects of my shadow that I had pushed down and pretended didn’t exist. I could no longer hide from them anymore. Fire showed me the truth. And with the help of my Mon-Tey, I have the strength and courage I need to face my shadows head on.

I learned when it comes to Shadow Work, the elements of fire and water work hand in hand. Fire reveals the ugliness while water heals the pain. This next phase in my Elemental Studies will focus on the restorative energies of water and its powers of rebirth.

It’s about to be an emotional ride- and thus begins my work with Water.

Stay tuned.


The Snow Orchid Witch

The Collegiate Witch: What I’ve Learned in my Element Studies

My study of the elements hasn’t exactly gone as planned.

I intended on beginning my studies with earth and work my way through to air, fire, water, and then spirit. But I’ve learned when it comes to spirituality and studying with my intuition, sometimes your magickal academic agenda needs a little wiggle-room.

My first day of Earth Study was fantastic. I enjoyed some quiet book study at my desk with a warm cup of coffee, scoured the internet for more information and re-watched some of my favorite YouTube videos about earth magick. I then spent a nice afternoon connecting with my natural surroundings. Just outside my apartment I have a sliver of earth between my patio and the wooden patio gate, which is covered in rocks of all shapes and sizes, and contains a few unusual hidden treasures as well like buried gemstones and tiny seashells- which is quite odd considering I live in a city that is not at all close to the sea.

I put my bare feet on the big slabs of rock and grounded myself with its solid, ancient wisdom. I ran my hands over the smaller rocks, feeling their different textures and formations. And inspired by Avalon Cameron, I created a small Earth Mandala on one of the larger stones. If you’ve never done this before, I highly recommend it! This can be done with rocks, flowers, crystals, sea shells, etc. When I was done I just sat with it for a while, allowing its energies to activate and enjoying the powerful sense of calm and Zen it radiated.

The next day, I expected more of that beautiful earthy energy to pull me in and further explore my personal connections with it. But to my unfortunate surprise, I was uninspired. I didn’t understand it. Why didn’t I feel what I had felt the day before? Why did I all of a sudden feel stuck?

Rather than dwell on it, I moved on to the next element. But just as before, I felt nothing. Without even thinking about it, I skipped fire and went straight to water. After all, I am a water sign. But that spark of interest quickly fizzled and I was back to where I started. Finally I decided to look at my life for elemental correlations. What was I noticing? What signs had I been ignoring?

Finally, it hit me- fire! The signs were there. The hot summer season screamed fire, my sudden desire to change my hair color from blonde to fire red, my Litha fire magick which burned strangely ferociously in my cauldron. It was right there in front of me. All this time- I needed to connect with fire.

Once I really thought about it, I realized I relied heavily on the security of my moon sign’s earth energy and the intellectual prowess of my rising sign’s air energy. Admittedly, I tend to ignore the deep seeded emotions of water energy considering I’m a Cancerian- whom are notorious in the astrology-world for being overly sensitive.

But although I consciously ignored water, I subconsciously overlooked fire- which in my opinion is more problematic. I’ve never considered myself a fiery individual- full of burning passion, expression and courage. I see that energy in friends, family, pop culture archetypes- but never once have I attributed this energy to myself.

So I began further exploring this revelation of fire-rejection and journaled my thoughts and feelings about it. Soon I discovered my lack of fire fed my self-esteem issues, which fed my anxiety, which diminished my passion and once-thriving sexuality. To avoid the feeling of insecurity out in public, I became a hermit. Okay, I’ve always been a hermit- but when my self-esteem took a hit, I became an even bigger one!

I had an imbalance in my elements. My earthy security blanket nearly snuffed out the fire within. I began to understand my elements worked like see-saws. If one element was down, the opposite element would rise. Ignoring water and overlooking fire, allowed earth and air to reign over my spirituality and psyche. The key to it all, was finding balance between the four.

In my next post, I will share how I finally connected with my inner flame and how I used my Astral Realm to do so. Until then, let me know what elements do you connect with and which do you overlook? How do you find more balance between them?

And if you’re participating in The Collegiate Witch Series, feel free to join my private The Collegiate Witch Study Group on Facebook, where witches can share their learning experiences & study methods in an open, non-judgmental environment! Hope to see you there!

Happy Studying, witches!


The Snow Orchid Witch

The Collegiate Witch: Lesson Plans

Thank you to everyone who is enjoying The Collegiate Witch series! If you’re interested in being a part of my Collegiate Witch Study Group, feel free to use the Back to Basics Lesson Plans I’ve provided below, as a general outline for your studies.

Back to Basics Lesson Plan Elements and Sabbats

Back to Basics Lesson Plan Magickal Code and Deity

These Lesson Plans are a combination of assignment & activity prompts from various pagan books & YouTube videos from witches like RandomWitch, Avalon Cameron, Molly Roberts. I simply compiled them into an organized format for the purpose of my studies and added a few extra prompts of my own.

Add me on social media and tag me in any of your #collegiatewitchstudygroup posts! I’d like this series to be as interactive as possible, so we can continue to learn and be inspired by each other!

Blessed Be!


The Snow Orchid Witch

The Collegiate Witch

In my Redesigning My Books of Shadows post, I talked about getting back to basics with my practice, rediscovering the fundamentals of magick and carving out my own unique perspective on the Craft, which will then be archived in my new grimoire.

The Collegiate Witch Series showcases my own academic style of studying magick- my very own Hogwarts, so to speak.

As a high school and college student, I was always a very organized learner with neat, structured color-coordinated notes- very Virgo of me.

The only problem is- magick as a whole, isn’t very structured. One aspect leads to another, then another, then another and overtime it can feel overwhelming trying to keep up with all the information and various perspectives.

To keep myself focused amidst the avalanche of knowledge, I developed my own Lesson Plans outlining each subject with specific objectives, topics, assignments, activities, term papers and final exams.

Here are a few tips on creating your own magickal Lesson Plans.

  1. Make a Brain Dump of all the magickal subjects you’d like to study and your objectives for each subject.
  2. Class Orientation- Before creating your Lesson Plans, read a few short internet articles or watch some quick YouTube videos on each subject to get a taste of its general themes, concepts and topics.
  3. Decide which topics you’d like to focus on and list any others subtopics you’d like to explore as well.
  4. Create assignments and activities that will help foster and develop your knowledge of the subject matter.
  5. Choose your own professors & philosophers. Check out the wonderful array of witches on YouTube and sit down for a lecture, lesson or tutorial.
  6. Write a term paper culminating your knowledge and your specific perspective on the subject matter.
  7. As your Final Exam, create a Grimoire page using your term paper as literary content and design imagery or page crafts to represent the subject’s theme.

Creative Learning

As most of us already know, the left side of the brain governs our logical intellectual side while the right side manages our more creative, artistic side. Both are equally as important as the other and when I study magick, I personally like to keep a happy balance between the two. This consists of not only written assignments but also creative activities which allow me to view the subject matter in new, interesting and artistic ways.

Studying with the Mind, Body & Soul

In my practice, I thrive to achieve balance and equilibrium physically, mentally and spiritually in order to evolve, not only as a witch but also as a human being. I also like to keep this balancing principle in mind with my magickal studies as well.

Along with my book and internet studies, which stimulate my intellect- I enjoy taking my schooling outside the “classroom” and into the physical world. Just like a pre-med student takes their studies from the library, into labs and eventually begin working in hospitals- I prefer to “get my hands dirty” with my magickal education by physically working with my subject matter.

Intuitive Learning

I’ve also learned how to practice Intuitive Learning which caters to my spiritual understanding of the subject matter. While sifting through the abundance of information available, I’ll sometimes come across conflicting ideas or principles- which is to be expected in magick. Every practitioner is different and they each have their own specific viewpoints. There is no clear right or wrong in magick- the exception is, however, certain spiritual traditions which deserve the respect of practicing in reverence to its true particular roots.

The trick to Intuitive Learning is listening to your intuition- the voice within that viscerally reacts to information or perspectives that truly resonates with your spirit and aligns with your personal belief systems. Absorb what feels right and adjust or leave behind what doesn’t.

Follow me on this magickal academic journey and leave me a reply, letting me know how you choose to study your Craft.

Happy Studying, witches!


The Snow Orchid Witch

Redesigning My Book of Shadows

As I’ve mentioned before, my old Book of Shadows was destroyed in my last move.

And just as well.

I wrote that Book of Shadows when I was in my early-twenties and identified myself as Wiccan. Now that I’m in my thirties, I know my belief systems have changed. Being an eclectic witch has given me the freedom to practice my Craft in a way that is more personalized and less structured.

That’s not to say I don’t like structure within my own practice- my moon sign is Virgo, I adore structure. Just as long as it’s my own structure, not one that is strictly by the book- so to speak.

  My destroyed Book of Shadows may have been sign from the Universe letting me know that chapter in my spirituality is over.

Since this Book of Shadows will be the one that truly defines me and my Craft, I want to take my time with it. I want to be able to pass it along to my children & grandchildren, leaving behind not only my legacy but that of my grandmother & my great grandmother and our heritage of curanderismo.

Before I actually put the pen to the paper I will begin with a Book of Shadows Manuscript, of sorts which will basically be a simple black binder where I will organize the layout and design the overall look of the new book. Once I’m happy with the information, the order and the look- I’ll begin putting it all together in my actual Book of Shadows.

Easier said than done.

Almost every witch gets overwhelmed when creating their Book of Shadows. There’s so much information out there, where do I even begin?

Redesigning my BOS coffee

In my Pagan Planning post, I wrote about Brain Dumps. It’s a great way to focus and organize thoughts, tasks, goals, etc. I find it incredibly helpful in figuring out exactly what to put in my Book of Shadows.

I decided to start with everything that’s truly important to me- the things that have struck me at my spiritual core. From there I simply listed everything I do in my practice, everything I believe in, every magickal puzzle piece I’ve put together and found enlightenment with.

I also wrote my own Book Blessing. Most of the ones I found online had a message of secrecy & privacy, which I respect considering To Keep Silent is part of the Witches Pyramid. Keeping our practices shrouded in secrecy was vital to the survival of the women and men before us. Sadly in some place across the world, secrecy is still necessary to avoid banishment, torture & death.

Personally, I do believe the spells I cast should be kept private to avoid any interference. However, I also believe my Craft should be shared with anyone who’s interested.

The internet has connected more witches together than ever before. Those who were too afraid to browse the New Age section of their local bookstore, can now learn a bevy of information online & find amazing teachers in bloggers & pagan YouTubers who are actively guiding a new generation of witches down their path.

We are in the Age of Information Sharing.

And so, when I have fully redesigned my new Book of Shadows I intend on sharing it with a full flip through, perhaps on my own witchy YouTube channel.

Blessed Be.


The Snow Orchid Witch