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WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

January, 2016

Glowing Snow

Merry meet.

A quick, easy and inexpensive way to bring a bit of winter inside this season is to coat glass candle holders with epsom salt. Its a project suitable to do with children.

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Choose an adhesive. It can be anything from Mod Podge to spray adhesive, glue or clear double-sided tape. Apply to it to the outside of the glass and then roll or sprinkle with epsom salt.

Salt is sodium chloride and is edible. Epsom salt is not really salt; its magnesium sulfate in crystal form, so it looks an awful lot like salt, but it has more sparkle to it. It is not edible. It is, however, great for adding to a bath to soak sore muscles.

Let your project dry. Just beware that little pieces will flake off with the touch.

You dont need to stop with votive holders, you can add this snowto other jars, bottles, vases and containers.

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While I made several for Yule, they will continue to be used throughout the winter months.

Merry part.

And merry meet again.

Witchcrafting: Crafts for Witches

April, 2015

Try ’n scry

Merry Meet.

This month’s column will be about how to make a divination tool: a scrying mirror. Even if you’re not on a budget, it’s always nice to make your own tools. Creating something by hand puts your magical energy into the tool, making it an extension of yourself.

Scrying is one of the oldest forms of divination. The shiny surface of water – in pools and bowls – is a common medium. Mirrors (“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.) and crystals (often polished balls) are also often used as a clairvoyant aid to focus and see visions. A five-inch black obsidian mirrors can cost $70 or more.

For your own mirror, choose a picture frame with glass. It can be large or small, old or new, ornate or simple, round or rectangle. Chances are the more unique it is, the better it will help transport you to an altered space. A wood frame would add an element of nature.

Remove the glass, wash and dry it, being sure to get off all the dust. Place it face side down on a piece of newspaper. Spray or brush the back with an even light coat of black acrylic paint. Let it dry completely and give it a second coat.

When it is dry, reassemble the glass into the frame with the black side facing toward the back.

If you’d like, decorate the frame or even the corners of the glass with symbols, gemstones, buttons, charms or other treasured objects.

Bless or otherwise consecrate the mirror, adding a prayer of protection so that the divination you do is safe and successful. The more time you spend it with, the stronger your connection will become. Try using it for astral travel or spirit communications, too.

When you plan your craft time, consider making it on a dark moon – a time of mystery, wisdom, darkness and magic – so that the moon’s power lends itself to the oracle tool as well. (Some traditions call for making it on a full moon.) Working mindfully, chanting or creating the mirror in sacred space will also impart energy.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

Witchcrafting: Crafts for Witches

November, 2014

Getting Answers 

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Merry Meet.
This time of year, when the veil between the worlds is thin, divination is a common practice. One of the easiest ways to find answers is with a pendulum.
Traditionally, pendulums are used to respond to questions with a yes or no answer. Until you are completely comfortable with a pendulum, I learned to begin by asking it, “Show me yes.” The swing it gives – typically forward and back – is what your yes will look like. You can do the same for no – which traditionally is a swing from side to side.
A friend of mine said her pendulum swings widdershins for no and deosil for yes, and was told that is quite common.
If the answer is something other than yes or no, a pendulum might just hang straight, wiggle a little, or swing in a circle. Mine began doing that one day, and I came to understand it as meaning that the answer is not known or the situation is unclear.
Sometimes it’s the question that is not phrased correctly, but other times, it can be that my energy is getting in the way – something that happens if I am not still and calm when asking the question.
Take today, for instance. My anxiety was mounting as I frantically looked for my keys. With my pendulum held above the trunk of the car, I asked the question, “Are my keys in the trunk?” The answer came back as a circle. The same response came when I held it in the commercial trash container where the occupants of two buildings dispose of their garbage.
I put away the pendulum.
Had I been able to work further, I could have used it to provide more information. The photo is of an answer board. The surface was made by sanding off an old painting of a cabin in the woods. The spider is one of my totems, so I am drawn to the image of a web and used that to pull together the possible answers. I used a little bottle glue with a fine point to draw on the web that I then sprinkled with glow-in-the-dark glitter. The glue, even with its fine tip, produced a line I thought was much too thick, so you may want to find another way.
Glitter paint, also in a small plastic bottle with a thin tip, was used to print the letters.
My design offers a variety of answers in addition to yes, no and maybe: wait, cast a spell, not clear and something I have come to understand as I am not meant to know the information. This works if the pendulum adjusts its swing to start in the center and move toward the answer.
I have seen other pendulum charts that have “yes” at the top and bottom, “no” on the right and left, “maybe” in the upper right and lower left, and “don’t know” on the upper left and lower right. That way, the pendulum will point to the same answer and at either end of its swing.
IF you make your own, you can include other possibilities for answers such as ask again and not enough information. No formal board or chart is needed; words can be written on a piece of paper. Letters and numbers can be added, such as around the edge of a plate. A pendulum can also be used to select a movie, choose between two entrees, indicate an energy flow, tell if someone is lying and find lost objects. (For the record, my keys are still missing.)
When it comes to a pendulum, almost anything can work. When I don’t have access to my pointed moonstone one, I will slip off my long necklace with several pendents on it and use that. I have also used a shorter necklace by holding one end and letting the pendent resting against the clasp act as the bobber. You can experiment with a key on a ribbon, a button on a string or a  variety of other objects to find what works best and what will do in a pinch.
I hope you’ll share your pendulum stories below.

Musings of a Hereditary Witch

October, 2014

DIY: Healing Blanket
In last month’s column, I shared about my grandma’s healing blanket. This month I thought I would share some ways to create your own healing blanket or an alternative to a blanket. I am going to take a leap here and assume you follow some kind of ritual/magical path and know how to empower objects. If not, let me know and I’ll be happy to lend some guidance.

Blanket:
Choose a blanket made of natural fibers like, cotton, wool or bamboo (yes, I said bamboo). A twin size blanket should be large enough. Think about what color represents healing to you. Do you want a solid color blanket or one with a pattern? As to colors, remember that darker colors are more absorbing than lighter colors.

After you have chosen your blanket, wash it according to instructions and add capful of white vinegar to the wash water (purification). While your blanket is in the wash, you might want to decide if you are going to leave the blanket plain or add some magical embellishments. You can do this by embroidery, cross stitch, fabric markers, appliqué or some other method you may know of. If you are a Reiki practitioner, you can empower your blanket with the Reiki symbols. Some of the symbols my grandma used were an equal armed red cross and healing herbs embroidered on the blanket.

Another option here would be sewing a quilt. I feel cotton fabrics work best for this. For the inside layer of the quilt, use a cotton blanket Instead of the poly batting. There are so many options when it comes to making a quilt: colors, the quilt pattern itself, and the actual quilting can be done in magical symbols. Are there any quilters out there?
To cleanse your blanket after a healing, wash it and then smudge with white sage, rosemary, cedar, or juniper. We always had plenty of rosemary in the garden. You can also use Reiki to clear the blanket of energy.
Shawls:
Shawls work wonderfully as a substitute for a blanket and is my personal favorite. Like with the blanket, choose a natural yarn. I’m looking forward to making one of my triangular shawls from some bamboo yarn.

If you knit or crochet, go through your pattern books or check online and pick out something you like. Working with crochet or knitting lends its self well to knot magic. You can say a blessing for every knot or row that you create. Adding fringe to your shawl will help trap in the sickness.

Once your shawl is finished, I suggest reading the care instruction on the yarn sleeve. Most yarns can be laundered and now would be a good time to wash your shawl.

If you want to embellish your shawl you can sew crystals, tiny bells, shells, beads, and charms to your shawl. Remember to make sure your embellishments have been purified first. Of course once you add embellishment, you won’t be able to launder your shawl and should cleanse it like for the blanket above.

Quick No-Sew Fabric Shawl
Purchase at least 2 yards of cotton fabric, some fusible hemming tape, washable fabric glue and enough trim (op) to cove the short ends of the fabric when folded. Wash the fabric, iron if needed. Fold the fabric, wrong sides together, in half lengthwise and iron the fold. Read the instructions on the fusible hemming tape. Cut 3 lengths of tape (1 the length of the long edge and 2 the length of the short edge). With the right side out (printed side) unfold the fabric and line the long edge and both short ends inside the fabric with the tape. Refold the fabric and following the package directions to iron and seal all the edges. Use the fabric glue to glue your trim to the short edges. Wash in a gentle cycle. See blanket instructions above for spiritually cleansing your shawl.
Note: if you do know how to sew; turn the fabric wrong side out, sew a ¼” seam around the three open sides, leaving a place to turn right side out. Turn right side out and iron, hand stitch the opening closed. Now you can sew your trim to the short ends.

How to Use:
How you use your blanket/quilt/shawl is up to you. You can reread my column post from last month for an example. If someone in your working group is sick, if possible, you can sit them in the center of your circle, wrap them in the blanket and use group energy to either remove the sickness or send healing.

I would love to hear from anyone who has tried one of the methods above or who have any ideas that I haven’t covered here.
Blessings on your Hearth & Home