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WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

December, 2017

Cinnamon Spell Charms

 

 

Merry meet.

Put some magic in this season by making these charms with intention. Cinnamon is the main ingredient. Its magical properties include success, spirituality, healing, power, love and protection. It draws money and stimulates psychic powers. The other main ingredient is applesauce. Love and healing are magical properties of apples.

 

You’ll need

 

 

1 cup cinnamon

3/4 cup applesauce

3 tablespoons additional spice(s) of your choice:

cloves for protection, love money and purification

nutmeg for luck, money, prosperity and health

allspice for money, luck and healing

For a more intense scent, add a few drops of essential oil to the applesauce before adding the dry spices.

 

 

 

Mix the ingredients in a bowl, first by stirring and then kneading with your hands as you would cookie dough. If it feels dry, add a teaspoon of water or a little more applesauce.

As you work, Focus on your intent. Are you making them for protection? Success? Healing? Abundance? Financial prosperity? Love? Think about the purpose, sending those intentions from your heart, down your arms and out your hands into the dough as you mix it.

Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon and roll out the dough ¼ inch thick. Cut into your favorite shapes. You might use a house for family stability, hearts for love, a hand for healing, stars for success.

Add more magic by carving symbols into the charm with a small knife, toothpick or similar item. Consider runes, sigils, moons, peace signs and pentacles. An ankh would add protection. Yin-yang would offer balance. These symbols could also be added by piping icing onto shapes once they are completely dry and cool.

These charms can be offered to the earth, burned in a fire, placed on an altar, crumbled by the entrance of your home, put on a windowsill or tucked in a drawer. To hang them, make a hole in the top with a straw or a skewer through which you can thread ribbon or twine. (They make wonderful ornaments for a Yule tree.)

These charms can be placed on a baking sheet and left in a 200-degree oven for about three hours, turning them over every hour. You don’t want to bake them as much as dry them. Let them cool completely before handling. They can also be dried on baker’s racks, it will just take several days and you’ll want to turn them over once or twice daily so they don’t curl.

This recipe makes about a dozen, depending on the size and thickness of your cutouts. (It made the runes and hearts in the photo.)

Note: Most recipes call for adding 2 tablespoons of white glue. Using it will make them stronger, but I preferred to keep it organic.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

 

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

Witchcrafting: Crafts for Witches

September, 2014

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Applesauce
Merry Meet.
For the last seven years, I have celebrated Mabon by gathering for a weekend in sacred space with an ever-growing circle of Goddesswomen. I wanted to share something that has become a traditional craft – making applesauce.
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The apple is one of Mabon’s symbols. It represent the Crone and the harvest. The apple has also been a symbol for life, immortality, healing, wholeness and renewal. For witches, it contains a “secret.” When you turn an apple on its side and cut it open, it reveals a pentagram containing five seeds that stand for the elements and the directions. Apples are a fruit which gives life, but also a fruit whose seeds bring death. And as it was and ever shall be, two halves of a whole, beginnings and endings, all are one.
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Everyone attending brings a couple of apples to our opening circle. The fruits are as varied as those who bring them. They are collected and time Saturday is spent coring and cutting them into chunks, then cooking them on the stove before putting them through a vintage funnel-shaped Wearever aluminum sieve that sits on three heavy wire legs. The sauce is put in jars and returned at our closing circle that everyone may take the spirit of the weekend home with them.
The tradition is easily adaptable to an individual or family craft. 
There are dozens of recipes available. While I add whatever ingredients move me in whatever quantities work for me, here is a recipe that you can use as a guide. 
Merry part.
And merry meet again.
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Crock Pot Applesauce 
4 pounds tart apples, cored and sliced thin 
   (about 12 cups)
1/2 cup sugar 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1 cup water 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
Mix apples with cinnamon and sugar and put into crock pot. 
Pour water and lemon juice over apples. 
Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.