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Book Review – Making Magic by Brianna Saussy

April, 2019

Book Review
Making Magic
Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary
by Brianna Saussy

With an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
we see into the life of things”
-William Wordsworth-

This quote was a beautiful entry into a book that entices the reader to look more deeply at everything that surrounds them and recognize the potential for the magick held in every moment, in every experience and every interaction. Fourteen (14) Chapters are packed jam full with info, ideas and ritual to implement the focus. The prelude sets the tone of what we can expect…

…”Somewhere in the world right now there are people from every conceivable culture, walk of life, and set of experiences who all have one thing in common: they have remembered they are making magic. Are you ready to make it too?”…” We all have a deep capacity to make magic and to do it as easily as we breathe or open our eyes”…

I appreciate the freshness and candor of this introduction and its gentle demystifying of something many consider to mysterious, unreachable and requiring everything, yet not recognizing the single and only key ingredient-us! The Introduction ends with a familiar tale infused with magic and a promise. It’s entitled “Golden Locks and the Bear People”-go figure.

Chapter One prepares the reader to begin a journey of “Remember(ing) Your Magic”, and the call to return to the place of knowing and integrated wisdom that allowed a wild and natural magic to flow. Ms. Saussy uses the analogy of a wild animal. The experiences it endures and how it finds way to survive in a world that is not always welcoming…. “Magic moves through the wilderness of the soul soil of everyday life and experience”. Emphasis is placed on looking and listening to gather evidence and reveal the clues that as the author states will bring us back to making magic. The standard encouragement of journaling is part of the work here, always being the staple resource for any seeker knowledge of the sacred arts.

Two rituals are provided in each chapter as a way to deepen your practice and there is also the thoughtful addition of “Stepping Stones” that supports a more time-friendly alternative to keep the magic going. According to Ms. Saussy….Across time and culture the seeker’s journey is understood to be a spiral path…an apt description of the experience that our souls undergo in the search for truth and beauty … the experience of a growing wisdom, in consciousness, we never lose sight of the beginning, our starting point.”…

I love that this book was organized in a way that it holds the necessary theory required for a good foundation of building a magical practice, albeit, not in the usual set of semantics that prod the reader to think in only one way about what magic is and who uses it. The author clearly has an understanding based in a diverse practice of esoteric wisdom that spans cultures and beliefs beyond the Hermetic practitioner. This makes the material that much more useful and accessible by everyone.

Titles such as: Memory and Imagination (visualization); Finding the Doors (home protection/warding); Taking Your Time (time magic); Kith and Kin (ancestor magic) and more piqued the interest in exploring the magic of these crafts more deeply. The final chapter, entitled: Weaving the Worlds Back Together was a beautiful ending to this book. The weaving together of all of the experiences had in the preceding chapters is the guiding force of the ending. Remember that spiral that was spoken of in the beginning? Now, the reader is drawn to return to the beginning and acknowledge all that has come into their memory of their magic and in that weaving, something new is created. Wild, free and finally in tune with the magic of the world….

…” We move from seeking magic to finding it, from remembering it to making it and as the worlds are woven together, living it”…

In conclusion, the “Notes” section boasts a bibliography, organized by chapter, which provides the reader with lots of additional resources to continue the exploration and support coming into our natural gifts.

Making Magic” is a wonderful introduction to what magic can be in its simplicity and beauty. Often the statement is made that living a spiritual/magical life is a 24/7-365 endeavor. This book leads the reader into that space where magic and the mundane are fueled and informed by the other.

About Brianna:

Briana Saussy is a writer, teacher, spiritual counselor, and ritualist dedicated to the restoration and remembering of the sacred arts. She combines a practical and creative approach to spirituality that includes the riches of the perennial world religions, the contributions of modern psychology to the search for meaning, and the often-overlooked bodies of wisdom contained in folk magic, divination, and storytelling practices. Briana studied Eastern and Western classics, philosophy, mathematics, and science at St. John’s College (Annapolis and Santa Fe), and is a student of ancient Greek and Sanskrit

Making Magic: Weaving Together the Everyday and the Extraordinary on Amazon

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A Year With Gaia on Amazon

The Eternal Cord

Temple of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous Devotions

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

The Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning the Parts of SELF

The Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights of Devotion

A Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings for the Year

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

Follow Robin on Instagram & Facebook.

Gael Song

November, 2018

The Light Impulses of Sacred Sexuality


(The Kiss by Rodin)

With all the news and conflict about the Kavanaugh appointment to the US Supreme Court, I decided to focus on sexuality in this month’s article, specifically the energies of sexuality, which give an entirely different spin on what’s actually happening. If you watch the light streams around any love-making act, you’ll quickly notice there is a very bright Source of light high above. And beams from this Sun stream directly into the crown and heart of each individual partner, and from their human arms and eyes into one another. Those light beams are coming directly from the Creator Sun, the Source of Love for everyone in the cosmos. And it isn’t just any light, either. In the very center of the Creator Sun are God and Goddess, the Creators. They’re in a forever sacred marriage, and Their own individual vibrations are quite different, two ray colors and qualities of love with different directives and regencies across the cosmos as well. Her ray color is ivory, like moonlight, and it holds an intimacy/union essence. It’s the Goddess Who is regent of sexuality. His ray is rose red, and it holds a love-forever-true essence, the bridegroom, if you will. These two suns of light in the Creator Sun pulse apart and together in every moment, the Heartbeat of the cosmos. And in the coming together, a bright diamond light is created, dazzling clear light. THIS is the love force, the beam of light that is streaming down into those human lovers. It holds a highly creative orgasmic essence.

All humans have their own personal clear stream of diamond love coming down from the Source, VERY obvious to anyone who sees light in the ethers. And this light nourishes everyone on the INSIDE, plus giving each of us a heart full of love to pass along to others we care about. We humans do not create love, though it certainly feels like we do. And it is this very strong, dazzling, clear light that is affected by sexuality. For growing children, this light remains as a direct stream from above. But when the first love-making experience happens (hopefully as loving young adults), these personal clear streams of light of both partners are closed down from above and sent into each person’s outer human partner, instead. This means, each person’s partner becomes her or his source of love in a very real sense. When the two lovers adore each other and the union is consensual, this shift is sweet and meaningful, each partner basically becoming the priest or priestess of the clear light of love for the other. It is extremely POWERFUL, this shift, for after love-making, one’s partner feels like one’s own personal god or goddess. And this exchange of clear light, one to the other, lasts for one calendar year from the time of each love-making. In a relationship where love-making does not occur, each person retains her or his own light stream from the Source, and I believe this is why some monastic orders insist on celibacy, to keep the order’s love-light free and clear of any filters partners might add that could get in the way of the divine flow.

Not only that, but the action center in the root, the light behind the pubic bone that creates all our physical experiences, is also joined together in lovers for one year from each love-making experience. (This light center sends out tiny pictures of what God/Goddess wish to manifest in each person’s life. And the spirit world sees that this manifestation happens for each one of us. It’s how our personal physical experiences are directed and manifested, the creation of our own little worlds.) So, the personal worlds of both partners become intertwined after love-making as well. His strong beliefs in love and hers combine to create a new shared path of experience, but each partner’s personal fear beliefs also show up in both lives. (Inner beliefs create each person’s outer world. Our own little worlds are created out of what each person believes in. This is bedrock divine law.) So, if one partner has little self-esteem, perhaps, then this will be created into the other’s physical life for one year as well. And this shift into shared experience is more powerful in some ways than the exchange of clear light streams. Just to be very clear here, both these shifts, shared experience and clear light, happen and remain for the entire year, even if the lovers are together for only one night and never see each other again (though repeated union will intensify the exchanges). It happens if a single individual has many partners over the course of that year with every one of those lovers! It’s wise to be careful what one is actually taking on from a lover when making these sexual choices in life. (How sex workers manage to take in so much and live through it in their lives, I simply cannot imagine. How on earth could a woman break out of so many fears being built into her life? They are far braver than most realize.)

But let’s think about rape for a moment, shall we? The vast majority of rapes are males forcing themselves on women, so I will use this as my example, though I know it’s a bit limited in scope. These raping men have a need to force themselves on women, to control, dominate, and harm, both physically and emotionally. And THIS raping man then becomes his victim’s inner god for one full year! Her dazzling direct stream of pure love is cut off and comes through him. It’s like dropping through seven heavens straight into hell! Not only that, but his beliefs, which are extremely fear-based and harmful to herself, to say the least, manifest in her path of experience for a full year as well. This is control with a capital C! Rape is far worse than most people realize, beyond sacrilege. In fact, I can’t think of any words to condemn it vehemently enough.

Not only that, but there are parent streams of light from above, divine mother and father beams, that create and overlight all human parents caring for every human child, providing shelter, food, clothing, and especially love. But when the first love-making happens in young adulthood, these parent streams from the Creator Sun are shut off, too, so the young lovers can leave their growing-up homes, start earning their own livings, and create their own family. If it’s a loving relationship, this shift deepens the commitment, one to the other, bringing both partners into lifelong partnership both in outside work and in the home. But with rape, the divine parents’ light streams from the Creator Sun are closed off with no human partners to take their place. The victim’s livelihood from parents is lost, the relationship with human parents and family greatly diminished, and the inner dismantling of the carefree consciousness of a child who carries little responsibility follows, for the spirit world sees that these changes definitely take place in life. The lack of responsibility mindset of a child changes into the burdensome worry of having to provide for oneself, and the workload of normal adulthood becomes the daily experience of both lovers.

Now, let’s think about pedophilia in light of all these energy shifts taking place with a young child’s first sexual experience. Afterwards, the Source of love comes to the child through the abuser, instead of directly from above, with all the abuser’s fear filters in place in life and within. And the parental/family cocoon is broken down, the child having to fend for her/himself in a very real way. A heavy work pattern is one of the hallmarks of hidden childhood sexual abuse. I know these energies very well myself, for my own first sexual experience was at the age of three and a half. This caused a severe rift in my family, and I was held apart from the family circle in significant ways from then on, doing a lot of chores mainly. Do you see what I’m talking about? The Source/parent lights of love are definitely shut off for the young child, and there is no going back. For myself, I have since realized this was my core wound, the fear I agreed to carry and help heal for the universe. We all have one. So, I can now understand and forgive. But how many abused children are able to do that? How many thousands remain lost and alone? Too many to suit me.

So, this article is a plea to all readers in a way, to wake up with regard to sexuality, to THINK about what we’re really doing when we choose our sexual partners—to actually create our futures in love, honest-to-God/Goddess LOVE, for our partners, our children, our nations, and especially, our very world.

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About the Author:

Jill Rose Frew, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, energy healer, workshop leader, and author. She will be opening a school teaching light healing and the Celtic path of enlightenment in 2019. For information, please see www.CelticHeaven.com

She is author of Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to arthurian Fulfillment (her name was Jill Kelly then), and Alba RebornAlba Reborn, Book One, RevisedAlba Reborn, Book Two, and Alba Reborn, Book Three.

Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to arthurian Fulfillment on Amazon

GoodGod!

August, 2018

Meet the Gods: Dionysos

Merry meet.

This month we get to know Dionysos, the Olympian god of the grape harvest, wine and wine making as well as the god of ritual madness, wild frenzy, festivity and pleasure. He is also called Bacchus.

He was usually accompanied by Satyrs (lustful, drunken woodland deities who were part human and part horse or goat) and Mainades (frenzied female devotees).

The thyrsos (a staff topped with a pinecone), a crown of ivy, fruiting grapevines, a drinking cup and a panther are all associated with him. Frequently represented in ancient art, he was first shown as a mature, bearded adult wearing an ivy wreath and a long robe that was sometimes draped with the skin of a fawn or a feline. In later times, he was depicted as youthful and beardless, effeminate, and partially or entirely nude.As such he is among the most versatile and elusive Greek gods.

According to mythagora.com, Dionysos’ life began with intrigue and disaster. “Zeus was attracted to the lovely princess of Thebes but his appreciation of Thyone did not escape the notice of his sister/wife, Hera. The vengeful goddess dared not interfere overtly with Zeus’s affairs but she was a master of subtlety. When it became obvious that Thyone was pregnant, Hera enchanted Thyone and induced her ask Zeus to come to her in his radiant splendor. Zeus was flattered and revealed himself to Thyone in all his flaming glory … she was utterly consumed by the flames.

Zeus’s son Hermes rescued Thyone’s premature child from the conflagration that consumed Thyone’s mortal body and gave the babe to a woman named Makris, daughter of Aristaios, on the island of Euboia. Makris did what she could to sooth the child but Hera was quick to realize what had happened … she drove Makris from her home. Zeus took the infant from Makris and sewed it into his thigh so that it might have his protection.”

Dionysos later journeys to the underworld, gets his mother and takes “her to Olympus where Zeus transformed into the goddess Thyone,” according to the Theo Greek Mythology website.

When Dionysos and his companions as were traveling through the Land of Thrakian, the king drove them into the sea. “As punishment,” the website states, “the god inflicted him with madness causing him to murder his wife and son and mutilate himself with an axe.

When King Pentheus of Thebes refused to accept Dionysos’ divinity, Dionysos retaliated by driving the king’s daughters into a crazed frenzy and they tore him apart limb from limb, Theo Greek Mythology states.

Another myth shared on the website tells of Dionysos traveling through the Aegean Sea when he was captured by a band of Tyrrhenian pirates who planned to sell him into slavery. “The god infested their ship with phantoms of creeping vines and wild beasts, and in terror the men leapt overboard and were transformed into dolphins.”

Dionysos married princess Ariadne of Krete (Crete) whom he found abandoned by Theseus on an island.


He traveled as far as India, and upon his return to Greece, those who welcomed him adopted his rituals. His followers also wore or carried pinecone-topped staffs, ivy crowns and drinking cups. Dionysos punished those who rejected him with madness or physical afflictions, or he would turn them into animals. Over time, drinking wine became his sacrament, even to the point of drunkenness.

According to N.S. Gill’s article on Thoughtco.com, “Dionysos is a patron of the theater and an agricultural/fertility god. … Writers often contrast Dionysus with his half-brother Apollo. Where Apollo personifies the cerebral aspects of mankind, Dionysus represents the libido and gratification.”

Despite being the creator and god of wine, the ritual madness associated with Dionysus did not involve alcohol or drugs. “Their wild dancing and estate ecstatic behaviour were interpreted as ‘madness’ only by the uninitiated,” according to the Ancient World Project at the University of Michigan.

Greek theater is said to come from the worship of Dionysus in Athens. The Theater of Dionysus held 17,000. Plays were performed honoring Dionysus as god of wine. It’s said that tragedies dramatized his negative and destructive traits while comedies incorporated innocence, humor and his many festivals

When you incorporate wine into your celebrations, rituals, or for cakes and ale, honoring Dionysus can bring fertility and gratification.

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

July, 2018

Rose Water

Merry meet.

I have a Zephirine Drouhin – an old Bourbon rose from 1868. It’s one of the best-known climbers and is nearly thornless. The reason I love it so much, however, is its scent. Just the memory of its rich, old rose perfume makes me swoon.

When it’s in a happy place, it will bloom in Central Connecticut for about three or four weeks beginning in late May and than a second, lesser, shorter bloom in September. The one I had at my house was happy. The one I stealthily planted at my condo has never bloomed a second time, making this spring’s flowers that last I expect to enjoy before I move.

To preserve some of it just a little longer, I gathered a pan of petals, added just enough distilled water to almost cover, and then I put the lid on the pan and let it slowly simmer, never letting it boil, for about an hour. When all the color has left the petals, the water will be tinted the color of the roses and it’s done.

Strain and keep the rose water in a glass jar in the refrigerator. Consider adding up to one teaspoon of vodka to help preserve it longer than 7-10 days.

The rose water can be used in spiritual and magickal workings.

You can use in love magic to anoint yourself, charms, tools or candles. Rose water can also be for a cleansing prior to spell work, rituals and ceremonies by adding it to your bath or misting yourself with it, Sanserae of Yaels Moon said in a YouTube video.

Roses have magical attraction properties that work for love, luck or money, she explained. It can also be used in beauty spells.

A more involved distillation method would probably produce a more intense result. Instructions can be found for a simple hack here: https://www.freshbitesdaily.com/hydrosol-hack/.

A similar method is described here: http://everythingunderthemoon.net/forum/rose-water-rose-hips-magical-uses-rose-t24175.html.

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

April, 2018

There be Dragons

Merry meet.

When I fell in love with a Dragon’s Eye I’d seen on Pinterest, I felt I was lacking the talent and the tools to make one. Blessed be my artist friend Kerry Bower who likes to work with her dragon energy.

This is how she made them. Start to finish, you can finish one in about two hours, including baking time and cooling.

Gather Supplies:

Polymer clay (one small brick can make two eyes)

Polymer clay tools

Glass cabochons (the size of a quarter, found at dollar stores)

Multi-surface paint

Acrylic paint (or clay in the colors you desire)

Small detail brush

Oven

Shape a thin piece of clay into an oval that will be the size of the piece and place the eyeball roughly in the middle.

Roll out two clay snakes to form the top and bottom lids and place them as you wish on the eye. Using clay tools, blend the lids into the base to secure the cabochon to the base.

Form small cone-shaped horns and blend to secure them above the eye.

Roll tiny balls of clay, flatten them and place around the lid, pressing and shaping to form the scales.

Bake according to directions on the package.

If you choose to work with colored clay, you are done after baking.

Kerry used black polymer clay that she then painted with acrylics, explaining, “I like the black underneath, because when you dry brush it, it makes the colors pop so the scales stand out.”

When creating each one, I could picture each dragon and the personality that would come along with each one. Dragon energy is powerful and it is a strong part of me,” said the magical, self-taught artist who works in multiple mediums.

She plans to add Dragon Eggs and Baby Dragons to her line.

Find her beautiful work on Facebook at Kerry’s Creations; or you can email her at kbcreations5900@gmail.com

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

August, 2017

Hand Fasting Gifts

 

 

Merry meet.

 

While couples planning weddings take advantage of gift registries at every place from The Home Depot to Crate and Barrel, couples who are hand fasting may appreciate a more pagan, creative and personal approach to gift giving.

 

At the urging of others, one couple I know visited their favorite pagan store and with the owner’s cooperation, made a list of items they liked. Those who wanted could look at the list and choose something without stressing over second guessing which book, what incense or the best color for an altar cloth. By the owner maintaining the list, it was helpful to know, for instance, someone had already gotten the wooden box with the pentacle on top.

 

(This box is available at magicraftshop on etsy.  You can view it by clicking HERE.)

 

Those who prefer to craft a gift have many options pagans will positively prize.

 

(There are a variety of ribbons to be found.  From the craft stores to your local dollar stores.)

 

If the couple is not making their own cord, you might want to craft it. It can be braided from ribbons with charms attached.

 

 

(These are just a few Pagan themed Charms you can use.)

 

Those wanting a challenge can try the five-string braid. In addition to ribbons, lace, trims and drapery cording found in fabric stores, and strings of beads found in craft stores can be incorporated. For a fall ceremony, consider wearing in a string of dried corn kernels, or strings of tiny shells for a hand fasting on the beach. Figure a finished length of at least six feet so that it can be wrapped around the wrists and knotted three times. If the number of people attending is small, you might organize its making by having each guest contribute the desired length of ribbon, lace, etc. Charms and color themes can be considered. As part of the ritual, they would be woven together with everyone’s intentions for a loving relationship.

 

(These handfasting brooms are available at BROOMCHICK on etsy.  You can view them by clicking HERE.)

 

A common hand fasting tradition is jumping the broom, making that another gift that would be welcomed. It can be purchased or made from twigs or other botanicals attached to a branch. It would then be decorated with lace, ribbons, flowers and other embellishments. Afterwards, the couple can hang the broom above a door or a mantle.

 

(Hand painted wine glasses.)

 

Painting champagne flutes or a chalice are other gifts that could be used as part of the hand fasting ceremony.

 

(Flower crown & hair pieces.)

 

Crowns for the couple can be made from flowers, leaves, antlers, feathers, vines, shells, handles from spoons and forks, or crystals – or any combination. If a man would rather wear a medieval style hat or even a top hat, it could be decorated with the same types of materials.

 

(Homemade, dressed talisman candle.)

 

What pagan ever has enough candles? You don’t have to be pouring wax to make a spell candle for the couple, you can start with any candle you choose, and using a selection of oils, chants, intentions, carvings and Reiki, turn it into a one-of-a-kind gift.

 

(This Grimoire is available at TheMadamePhoenix on etsy.  You can view it HERE.)

 

Smudge sticks, incense, tea blends and decorated journals are other ideas.

 

 

(The Magical of Crafting Charm Bags comes out on Oct. 1, 2017. Click link on bottom of page to pre-order.)

 

I happen to like making mojo bags, and would consider making one for the couple with herbs, stones, a miniature tarot card or two, runes and other objects holding my intentions.

 

These are just a few ideas for making a hand fasting gift both crafty and Craft-y. I’m sure there are many more.

 

Merry part. And merry meet again.

 

 

Aromatic Life

February, 2016

This month we cover and cleanse with Soaps

 

soaps

 

Witch Soap

4 lbs lard
13 oz lye (1 can)
5 cups cold water
1 tbsp lavender oil
1 tbsp patchouli oil
1 cup fresh strawberry juice
1/4 cup dried soap bark herb (optional)

In a large enamel or iron kettle, melt the lard over very low heat.
(never use metal) In a seperate pot, stir together the lye and water.
Heat lard until small bubbles begin to appear- do not boil.

Remove from the heat and slowly pour the lye solution into the lard.
With a big wooden spoon, stir the lavender and patchouli oils, the
strawberry juice and soap bark herb. Simmer for about 30 minutes,
stirring frequently.

Pour into 2-inch deep greased pan and allow to cool overnight. Cut
the soap into squares and leave in the pan for at least 3 days before
removing. Place the soap bars on waxed paper and allow to age in a
draft-free area approximately 4-6 weeks.

 

 

Lavender and Rosemary Soap

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) each have a mild yet stimulating effect on skin. Both are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and beneficial for treating wounds, blemishes, boils,
dermatitis, fever blisters, and more. Begin this soap by making and infusion of fresh lavender flowers and
rosemary leaves. To make an infusion, pour one cup of steaming hot water over three tablespoons of dried or fresh lavender flowers and rosemary leaves (proportioned as you like) and steep for ten minutes.

3 cups glycerin soap base
1/4 cup lavender flowers/rosemary leaves infusion
1 1/2 tsp. lavender oil
1/2 tsp rosemary oil
1 tsp pulverized dried rosemary (optional)

Combine melted base and herbal materials. Stir until blended, then pour into molds and cool.

 

 

Fresh Aloe Vera and Nettle Leaf Soap

1 c. glycerin soap base
1/8 c. aloe vera gel
2 T. crushed dried nettle leaf
OR
2 T. simmered, macerated fresh leaf

Mix together all ingredients and pour into molds. Once cooled, pop
out of molds, and store them in a dark cool place.

 

 

Earth Clay Soap

1 lb. vegetable glycerine soap
1 Tablespoon Clay
2 Tablespoons Jojoba Oil
1/4 Cup Distilled Water
Colorant and Scent

Be sure to mix the clay separately. I put the tablespoon of clay in a
dish and spoon a small amount of the melted soap and mix it into a
paste, then add it to the soap. This eliminates lumps of clay and
makes a nice smooth soap.

 

Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap

16 oz. goatsmilk or opaque m&p soap
1/4 cup finely ground oatmeal
1/4 cup finely ground powdered milk
3 tbls natural honey
1 tbl melted beeswax
1 tbl vanilla fragrance oil (Lavender EO or Peppermint EO may be
substitute

Makes 4-4 oz bars
Melt soap base in microwave on medium for 3 minutes in glass
microwave safe container or on stovetop double-boiler method.
Add all other ingredients, stirring constantly until smooth. As soap
base cools, it will thicken to a pudding consistancy. Pour into
olive oil coated molds or small loaf pan. Let completely harden and
slice or remove from molds. Let air dry 24 hours before packaging.
Great for dry winter skin. Wrap with corrigated cardboard and raffia
for a nice gift idea.

 

 

Calamine Soap (for poison ivy):
1 cup glycerin soap base
2 tablespoons calamine lotion
2 tablespoons liquid glycerin
1 tablespoon French white clay

 

 

Problem Skin Soap:
3 cups glycerin soap base
1/4 cup whole lavender flowers (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons lavender essential oil
1/2 teaspoon rosemary essential oil

 

 

Antiseptic Soap:
2 cups glycerin soap base
2 tablespoons tea tree essential oil,
or 1 tablespoon lavender essential oil

 

 

 

 

ThriftCrafting: Witching on a budget

October, 2015

Making Ink

Merry meet.

Growing wild near me are pokeweed bushes with their bright berries that have been ripening for weeks now. Found widely in North America, its poisonous red berries can be used to make ink for magical purposes.

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Collect up two cups of berries. Using a strainer to filter out the skins and seeds, mash the berries and collect the juice. Caution: as berries pop, they splatter their purplish-red juice everywhere, and it stains. I recommend wearing latex gloves and keeping wipes handy to catch drips. (Those wipes sold in beauty supply shops for getting hair dye color off of skin got the stains off my hands before I got smart and put on gloves.)

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The recipe I found online called for adding one teaspoon of vinegar to the juice and stirring well before bottling. The ink will foam, but the foam will go down. Store out of sunlight.

I found that the ink fermented a bit, causing one bottle to leak and the other to “pop” when I opened it, so I urge you to open yours with caution. I think refrigerating it might keep it from fermenting.

Further research indicated that a similar recipe calling for adding 1/2 teaspoon vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to 2/3 cup ripe pokeberries was known as the colonial recipe, and that the ink would darken and fade over time, especially in the sun.

That information appeared on a website for the Open-Ink project that tested several recipes and said the ink made from 100 percent berry juice stayed the brightest, but that the ink required refrigeration.

Ink can also be made from huckleberries, raspberries, cherries and black walnut shells. I have made ink by dissolving powdered dragon’s blood into alcohol, and would imagine some powder could be added to any homemade or purchased ink. Pens can be made from feathers, bamboo and reeds. My quill is a simple, clean feather; I used an X-Acto knife to make a small arched cut. More detailed instructions can be found online.

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Making the tools you use for writing out a spell makes it all the more powerful because of the added energy you’ve contributed to the process.

Merry part.

And merry meet again…

Thriftcrafting: Witching on a Budget

August, 2015

 

Cornhusk Wreath

Merry meet…

Lughnasadh is the first of the three harvests celebrating grain and beer. It’s a time of celebrating abundance and giving gratitude for prosperity. Many honor Lugh, the Irish sun god, with games and offerings.

At the beginning of August, sunflowers and corn are both ripe in the garden. This thrifty craft combines both symbols of the sabbat in a wreath that will last for many harvests to come.

Save all the husks from about a dozen ears of corn. If you decide to make this a group project, try asking for the contents of the barrels often set up next to the corn display at farmers markets and grocery stores into which customers drop husks after removing them when inspecting ears before purchase. Spread them out so they can dry.

You can work with them somewhat or completely dried.

Buy or make a round frame the size you want your wreath. A wire hanger bent into a circle is one possibility. I used coated wire, but grapevines twisted together are other options for the frame.

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Knot one end of a long piece of twine to the frame. Take the first husk and place it on the wreath next to the twine at a 45-degree angle with about 1 1/2 inches extending into the center of the circle. Wrap the twine around the husk and under the wire.

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Now, place the second husk next to the first. Bring the twine up from below the wire and over the top of the second cornhusk, then pass it back down over the wire between the last cornhusk and the one before it.

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Continue in the same manner, keeping the twine tight and the husks as close together as possible. This is the back side of the wreath.

A spool of wire can be used instead of the twine, passing the spool up, over the husk and under the frame.

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When finished, tie off the twine and fasten a loop for a hook.

If desired, add pinecones to the middle to look like the seeds in the center of a sunflower. Turn the wreath to the front and wedge in or glue – beginning along the outer edge and working your way to the center.

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Another option for making a wreath is to start with an eight-inch straw wreath. Working with fully dried husks, take one at a time and put hot glue on the bottom half of the inside. Wrap it around the form, beginning in the back and bringing the husk over the top, securing with a dot of glue. Repeat, moving around the circle until the desired coverage and fullness is reached.

Consider blessing it during your sabbat celebration, and perhaps hanging it above your altar before hanging in in a window or on a door.

Merry part.

And merry meet again…

Witchcrafting: Crafts for Witches

January, 2015

Candle Crafting

 

 

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Merry meet!

Candles are a symbol of Imbolc, which is also known as Candlemas. With some advance planning, you could make your own this year.

The easiest way is to buy beeswax sheets and roll of square-braid wick. (The larger the finished candle will be, the larger size wick you’ll want.)

You simply cut the sheet as wide as you want the height of the candle to be. A straight edge and a craft knife work well, but other items in your kitchen will also suffice. Cut the wick about an inch longer than the wax.

With a blow dryer, warm up one end of the sheet. Place the wick close to the edge and carefully fold the end of the wax over it and press it down. Warm the whole sheet, which will make it easier to roll the candle. (Candles can be made without the blow dryer as long as you are not working in cold conditions.) Carefully roll up the candle as tightly as possible, checking to make sure the edges are straight. Gently press the end of the sheet into the candle to seal it. Clip the wick to about 1/4 inch before lighting.

Concentrate on your intent while making your candles, perhaps chanting or first casting a circle. Dried herbs or scented oils can be sprinkled onto the wax before rolling.

With no previous experience, my first time I made several sets of votive-sized candles in the four directional colors that have served me well. I find it meaningful when the candles on my altar are ones that I’ve made.

Other candles that might interest you can be made by melting wax and pouring it into a mold or container. Pre-made candles can be customized by dipping them in wax to which oils, colors, herbs and crystals have been added.

A word of caution: wax is extremely flammable.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

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