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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.

The Bad Witch’s Guide

October, 2017

 

 

Bad Witch’s Guide to Pinterest

 

I am a bad witch. There are a long list of reasons why I am a bad witch. Having been out of the broom closet for some considerable number of years I would on occasion get asked “but you’re a good witch though?” My response to that depending on the person asking but I found I started to say “yes, a very, very good witch” rather darkly as it usually got the point across.


It might surprise you to find out I like Pinterest. However my major problem with it is the “magick” and spellcraft on there is often utter twaddle. I like collecting (rather nerdy) art, food and crafting ideas, positive quotes to get me through those grey damp days. Magickally though it’s often pretty but not effective. If you’re going to write a chant, and enchantment (to be sung or spoken aloud, which is what enchant means) it has to have a good tone and rhythm to it. It has to be a jingle, an ear-worm, something that has the power and dynamism to buzz around your skull and out into the universe.

 

(Primitive Altar from Pinterest.)


I grew up in with ugly but effective magick. Really on the farm that was the sort of aesthetic. If it worked it didn’t matter what it looked like (but odds are it would look dangerous and sort of a mess). My first cauldron was an empty white animal feed bucket. My wand a stick. The things I made look crude but worked. The woven herbs and grasses had a grace but I’m not sure they’d pass the Pinterest standard. Maybe with the right filter.

 

(Hanging Herbs on Pinterest.)


Of course it is gorgeous to make pagan artworks, pagan aesthetics and so on. From crystal mandalas to circles of herbs and flowers, I’m just not sure my practical witch brain is wired to wasting so much time energy and supplies on one thing. Some of these images are glorious but you’d need a bail of lavender! I have a lot of herbs, I don’t have them in that kind of quantity. I also have a dog, child and husband and odds are taking up a whole room in our tiny house, on the floor or otherwise would not end well. Wonderful for a photo, not practical witchin’. I don’t hang my herbs up for how they “look” (I don’t even have a drying rack or anything it’s just a series of make-shift jute clotheslines and bundles) I hang them so they don’t rot so I can use them when they are out of season.

 

(White Dress Women in Forest from Pinterest.)

 

Again wearing a lot of interesting make-up and standing in a thin white dress in some moody woods looks awesome, you’ll catch your death if you try it though! Outside witch work requires sturdy hiking boots, sunscreen and good thick coat.


My point is that this sort of aesthetic over function exclude those who don’t or can’t match how these things look. Don’t have a bail of lavender, can’t do magick! Not thin, white and gorgeous? Can’t do magick! Not got five tons of crystals? Can’t do magick! All of which is the reverse of the truth.


Magick is in the ordinary. In the ugly. In the old and odd and hairy. It’s in the bones, the cherry stones, the dirt, and clay and mud. It’s in the scars, the dance, the feeling of it. There is power in the beautiful but that is not the only place there is power.


The utter twaddle on Pinterest in terms of spellwork and chants is so poor as to make me physically wince on occasion (and don’t get me started on some of the utter rubbish that passes for “sigils”). It shows a lack of understanding of the basic mechanises of spellcraft. It’s either over wordy, or not specific, or drawing from all kinds of places I would NOT mix together and calling on things in ways that are dodgy at best, and wildly unsafe in others. A spell tends to work best when it’s short, sharp and pithy.


A “get well soon” card is a healing foci. More specific ones like:
Root, shoot, bud, flower. Grant me now your healing power. Heal________.
You can easier charm this over a bunch of flowers, or even a healing soup. Not pretty (or might be) but effective. Of course having a root, a shoot, a bud and flower added to what you are chanting over helps and for the love of tea, please don’t do it “in your head”. Enchanting mean to sing, to sing into being. It is a powerful and amazing magick that might be odd to do on the bus works wonders almost anywhere else.

 

(A Large Pinch of Salt!)


While free resources can be amazing take what you find on Pinterest with a large pinch of salt. Do your own research, preferably offline and turn off your phone. A lot of the “healing” spells I looked at were binding spells and not very “healing” at all. While I am not “anti” left-hand work, left-hand (or darker) is what it is. Read between the lines, and look at things like a witch. Look at what is missing, what is not said. Oh the sigils are just completely made up, which is not to say they won’t work they are just not based on any ancient system I’ve seen and seem to based more on the Mortal Instruments book series instead.


Make a mess with your magick. Hexperiement, with what works for you and it doesn’t have to be pretty. Make a mess. It’s how it feels that matters, not how many likes it gets!

 

Seeing the Signs

September, 2016

divination on Pinterest

Long ago, before the Internet, if you wanted to know about a certain subject, you went to the library. Perhaps you started out with an Encyclopedia – Encyclopedia America or Encyclopedia Britannica, generally – also as we got older, we were taught how to use the card catalog and how to research our subject in a more adult manner.

Of course, people still use the library and they still use the catalog for research, although it’s now computerized – the card catalog is generally a thing of the past. But nowadays, when people want to research a subject, they go to the Internet first, and generally they Google whatever it is they are researching – maybe they use Yahoo or Bing – but unlike the early days of the Internet when there were dozens of search engines, now there are just a few – and most of them are powered by Google.

I don’t want to turn this into an anti-Google diatribe but the problem with Google is that after you do a little research on it, you tend to see the same things over and over again. Which kind of defeats the purpose of research. I mean – I already saw that. Yesterday and the day before that and last week, too. I want to see something new.

If any of you have ever visited my poetry blog, “no commas” at http://www.crystalapplequeen.wordpress.com, then you know that I have been working on a series of poems based on the images of the Tarot. Not only I have been writing poems but I have been making collages for each card – admittedly rather crude and even childish at times, but I enjoy making them and it’s not like I’m trying to put together an actual deck for divination. They’re just illustrations for my poems. But before I work on a particular card, I go to the Internet and search out images to help trip my brain into creativity. Since I tend to see the same things over and over again on Google, I started using Pinterest for ideas.

I am sure many of you – if not most of you – are acquainted with Pinterest. It was launched in March 2010 by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra, and Evan Sharp. I remember getting my invitation to it and not really understanding what it was all about. But I soon caught on. Pinterest is a fabulous tool for getting ideas for almost anything at all – from engagement parties to that special recipe for Thanksgiving dinner to how to clean an annoying oil spot off a beige rug to vintage pictures of your home town. And once you start collecting – it’s like a digital scrap book – you’re given ideas for more collecting – boards and other collectors to follow – so in a very short time, you can have so many ideas for whatever you’re working on that it can be quite overwhelming.

So what does this have to do with divination? Well – on my own Pinterest page, I have two boards, one for Tarot and Oracle Cards, and another for divination. The Tarot and Oracle Card board I’ve had for a couple of years now but the divination board is brand new. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to create a board like this before! Last night I was looking for examples of the Star card for a new poem and I stumbled on pictures of crystals and how to use them and I thought – gee, this is really fabulous. Naturally I wanted to save it, so I created the board. And “pinned” it – and so far, 42 other wonderful ideas for divination!

seeingthesigns

Looking for things to pin, with Radar

I will still be visiting my local library and using books for reference – I am quite old-fashioned that way. But I love technology and believe that it can only aid us in our quest for knowledge – whether we are researching a subject for school or things more esoteric for ourselves.

And if you see me on Pinterest, friend me! I am always ready to make new friends. Merry Meet!