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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.

Interview: Artist Marcia Stewart – RocknGoddess Etsy Shop

December, 2016

Marcia Stewart – RocknGoddess Etsy Shop

 

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Large Yule Pentacle

Gracing our cover this month is the beautiful art of Marcia Stewart, also known as, RocknGoddess on etsy.  We loved her work so much we thought we would get to know a little more about her.

Marcia Stewart:  Thank you for inquiring about my art and Etsy Shop for PaganPages.Org.
PaganPagesOrg:  Please share with us about yourself.

Marcia Stewart:  As with many other pagan/witch folk that I speak with, I was raised in a Christian home, however, it never really resonated with me. During exploration of my spiritual beliefs, in 2000, I came across Earth-based religions, paganism, and witchcraft. I consider myself “pagan” as I am eclectic in my beliefs and spirituality. I am a stone artist and I create pieces that are inspired by nature and my spirituality. I started my Etsy shop in January of 2013 and I have over 900 sales to date. Outside of my art, I work part-time at a community college assisting disabled students in the classroom. My biggest joy in the world is being a grandmother. Some of your readers may remember me from years ago when I ran a blog and Facebook page called The Simplified Witch. I changed the name to RocknGoddess since it is more representative of my art.

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Yule Goddess with Poinsettia

PaganPagesOrg:  What brought you to this wonderful art form?

Marcia Stewart:  I always loved art but got away from it for a long time. In 2012, my husband and I had the opportunity to semi-retire, down-size, and move to a home right on the Delaware River. We would go down to the dock and take strolls along the shore.  I found the stones there very vibrant and energizing so I decided to bring a few home and paint them.  Then I painted more….and people liked them and asked me to paint some for them….so I did. I began to sketch and turn my sketches into paintings on stones.  The more I sketch and paint, the more detailed my art is becoming.  It is magickal.

PaganPagesOrg:  Your Process?

Marcia Stewart:  I go out and collect stones along the Delaware River. I always thank Mother Earth and her bountiful river for providing me with such a wonderful medium for my art. When I get the stones home, I sort them by size and scrub them clean with castille soap and water.

I select stones appropriate for a customer’s order or a new design I am creating for the first time.  First, I base coat with acrylic paint.  I use both craft and canvas acrylics.  Next, I sketch the design on the stone with either a graphite pencil or white colored pencil, depending on the background color.  Now I am ready for the detail painting.  Sometimes it takes many coats of a color to achieve the opaqueness I desire for my designs.  For example, gods and goddesses that are red, yellow, or gold take up to 5 coats of paint.  Sometimes I let the paint air dry between coats, and sometimes I use a hairdryer to speed up the process, depending on how busy I am.  After the all design work is painted on the front and back, I spray coat the stone with Crystal Clear Gloss Enamel for endurance.

When the stone is completely dry, it is blessed and then packed with love and care and shipped to its new owner.

 

 

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Yule Holly God and Goddess Set

PaganPagesOrg:  What inspires you?

Marcia Stewart:  Unfortunately, shortly after my husband and I moved to the river, he was severely injured when a tree fell on him while walking the dog one afternoon. He survived in the intensive care unit for five months but ultimately he succumbed to his injuries. Those precious five months and the life lessons they presented to our family are a huge inspiration to me. Life is precious and it can be taken away in an instant so always live your life with love and gratitude. My husband knew how much I loved painting stones for customers and he would want me to continue doing what I love. Painting stones and the accident have transformed my life.  I have found my peace and calm.  I have found what I am supposed to be doing in this life and I love it. Unfortunately I had to move from the river home, but I am still close enough that I take weekly trips to “stone island” where I find peace and solitude and awesome stones to paint! I hope that my art brings inspiration, peace, joy and happiness to others.

PaganPagesOrg:  Our deepest sympathies on the passing of your husband.   

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Yule tree ornaments

PaganPagesOrg:  Other ways people may see my work, make purchases, or contact you?

My work can be seen on the social media sites hyperlinked above.  Etsy is my main source of sales, but anyone interested in purchasing stone art from me is welcome to contact me through any of the above social media platforms, blog, or email.  I would say next to Etsy, Facebook would be the best way to contact me for an immediate response.
I am happy to make any design in a small stone with a bail on the back to hang from a Yule tree.

I will be making Yule tree ornaments for my shop very soon.

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Fairy stones for winter

 

ThriftCrafting: Witching on a Budget

January, 2016

Holiday sales

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 Merry meet.

Just as you may have stocked up on witch hats and black napkins after Halloween to save for next Samhain, look among the post-Christmas sale items for things that will be at home next Yule, as well as for other sabbats and rituals.

I have a black bear that sat on my altar for half a year while I did a ritual using bear medicine; it returns there from time to time. Theres a polar bear, too, that walks across my altar especially around my birthday both as the representation of one of my animal guides and of a yearling polar bear, shot by a native on Baffin Island the month I was born and sold to an Airman who gave it to his sister my mother that now resides with me.

Both these bears began their life as Christmas tree ornaments.

Theres also a spider in a web and a cornhusk woman gotten long before I was on a pagan path both also Christmas tree ornaments; both also used in ritual.

After the holidays, when ornaments are typically half price or less, consider looking for ones that can serve other purposes in your Craft. Moons, stars and suns. Cats. Fairies. Angels. A star can serve as a pentacle. Birds can call East.

I picked up clear glass bulbs in several sizes, on sale after Christmas one year, and filled them to represent the elements: milkweed seeds and feathers for air, red chili peppers for fire, shells for water and tiny pinecones for earth. They hang on my tree, but theres no reason they cant also hang from the light fixture in the dining room when witches gather around the table below it. Those same clear balls can also be used to hold the ingredients of a spell.

And next year, consider decorating your Yule tree with objects that began their life as something else: shells, small grapevine wreaths, ribbon, cookie cutters, keys, toys, dolls, animals, pinecones, crystals, jewelry, buttons, frames holding portraits of family or deities, popcorn and cranberries, or dried fruits and flowers.

Merry part.

And merry meet again.