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Book of Shadows: As the Wheel Turns

May, 2019

May – Blessed Beltane

Blessed
Beltane! May your fields be well watered, may you never thirst, and
may you never hunger. This time of year, makes me happy as I watch
everything coming from the earth in full bloom while love and
kindness are awakening from the long winter scowls and slowly turning
into deliberate smiles. We are all warming up! Finally. And, along
with the warmth returning, the Green Man emerges. The King Stag
comes in search of the Maiden. The need fires burn and the flames of
passion are fanned. It’s time to sow the seeds we have carefully
nurtured during the dark days from Samhain to Yule and planted at
Imbolc.

As
Beltane approaches, I find myself drawn by the Divine Masculine. I
have only one Matron who I venerate, yet the pull toward being
thankful for the Divine Masculine has its place in my walk. I chant
the masculine chants to pay homage to that Divine Force and I place
move my athame to a focal position on my Beltane ritual altar. I
seek and strive to find balance, reinforcing my connection to the
Divine Masculine and the beauty and the commitment of The Great Rite.

The
first week of May, I wanted to convey the spirit of the Divine
Masculine and utilize this space to journal every day about the
aspects of the Divine Masculine, the Horned God, the King Stag in my
everyday life and workings. It was a layout that I challenged myself
to complete without influence of others. I did not rely on graphics
that I found on the internet. Instead, I carefully birthed the
Greenman. He looks here in my first week layout as the Greenman who
resides in my heart, the one who beckons me to sow the seeds that I
have nurtured.

Of
course, May Day/Beltane, really the entire month of May, would not be
complete without a dance around the May Pole and the beauty of the
fae. Spring and the planting season, to me, are a combination of
fun, frivolity, and making merry. The happier I am when my hands are
in the soil, the happier the energy I am putting into my crops. Seed
work this year has been difficult and this layout is helping me to
see that even flowers grow through dirt and “difficulty” is not
“impossibility.”

As
mid-May approaches, I am drawn toward the growth of the seeds that I
have planted, which brings my thoughts to the Great Rite. Love
blossoming, seeds being planted, new life emerging. All of these
acts of love and commitment are in some form a symbolic “Great
Rite.” I utilized washi on the bottom that reads “HELLO” and
in my view, the inflection when reading that washi tape is
everything! It varies from “HELLOOO?” to “HELLO!” and I’m
practicing noticing the smaller details more and more…hoping this
makes me use the latter more than the former!

This
Spring is a busy one for me, spiritually, as I am doing things that I
had previously only dreamed about doing. I am facing the stark
reality, in my Crone years, that in this life we have one of two
things…we either have results or we have reasons. I am reflecting
on a lifetime of reasons and a lot of results. It is not time to put
those results into action and have them far outweigh the reasons.
This final layout in May is not devoid of graphics because I’m
being lazy, rather, it is devoid of graphics because I plan to do
that on the last week of every month to utilize this space to pull
the energies from the weeks prior into the final week and keep track
of my accomplishments. This is the beauty of using a planner as a
working BOS, I can change it up to suit my needs.

I
wish you all a bountiful harvest!

RESOURCES:

MAMBI® CHP Extension Packs

May Monthly and Weekly Stickers by Shirley Lenhard are free at the Pagan Plannertarium

May
Cover Page – Repurposed Birthday Card

Miscellaneous
Washi tapes: Available at Michael’s and other craft retailers

***

About
the Author:

Shirley
Lenhard
has
been a practicing Witch and a Pagan since 1983 and lives in New
England with her husband. She is employed full time in the legal
field and has her Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of
South Florida. Shirley looks forward to living her best possible life
by giving back to the Pagan Community and has created the Facebook
group “Pagan
Plannertarium
” where she provides a safe home for fellow pagans
to have discussions about their path and to get free planner stickers
and layouts. Shirley is a past writer for Llewellyn Publishing and
The Peace Paper.

Book Review – The Good Witch’s Guide: A Modern-Day Wiccapedia of Magical Ingredients and Spells by Shawn Robbins and Charity Befell

March, 2019

Review
The Good Witch’s Guide
A Modern-Day Wiccapedia of Magical Ingredients and Spells
by Shawn Robbins and Charity Befell
Published by Sterling Ethos
Pages: 305

Rituals,
History, aromatherapy, crystals, candle magic, spiritual alchemy,
potions, tinctures, herbs and recipes are just some of the topics
covered in this hardcover book that’s approximately six inches by
six and a half inches. It’s an inch thick and just feels good to
hold.

As
a “wiccapedia,” it covers all the topics you need to know, and
then offers lists for additional reading and reference materials.

The herbal folklore includes information about botanicals for health and healing, and passes along an old but potent charm. The chapter on aromatherapy explains how to use essential oils both for health and in magick, offering dozens of recipes. In presenting crystals, their properties are explained, along with instructions for using them to make waters for to balancing chakras, and for relief from everything from asthma to stress.

Practical
magick covers spells for mind, body and spirit. There’s a
housecleaning incense spell, a healing poppet spell, money spells,
and spells for protection and for love. Twenty-three pages focus on
candle magic while forty-seven pages are dedicated to teas, tinctures
and tonics for health and magick. A chapter offers ways to cook up
some magick – literally – with recipes for soup, bread, Yule
shortbread cookies, Imbolc cake and more.

The
book introduces readers to a variety of tools and topics, helping
them make their own magick, and it makes a reliable reference source
as well.

Shane
Robins is a psychic and a paranormal researcher whose grandparents
immigrated from Russia and Hungary with bottles of botanicals and the
knowledge of herbal healing. Her grandmother’s tea cured the polio
she contracted from one of Salk’s first vaccines. That changed her
life, and set her on a course to teach holistic medicine and healing.
Robins put her research and extensive knowledge into this book.

Charity
Befell has been practicing witchcraft for seventeen years – a
journey that began when she was given a copy of Silver Ravenwolf’s
“Teen Witch” on her thirteenth birthday. Her witchcraft now is
wild and free, incorporating shamanic techniques, prayer, meditation,
trance work and offerings to connect to the spirits of the land.
Befell is committed to the Temple of Witchcraft traditions. A
lifetime of herbalism and alternative healing practices also stretch
back to her youth.

Each
woman has written other books before this. Coming together, their aim
was to inspire and empower readers, giving them a vast collection of
information. The new as well as the seasoned witch will find
knowledge of value. My copy has the corners of several pages turned
down.

The Good Witch’s Guide: A Modern-Day Wiccapedia of Magickal Ingredients and Spells (The Modern-Day Witch) on Amazon

***

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.

A Shop Review – Beads N Botanicals

March, 2019

Beads N Botanicals is a shop on the corner of N. Broadway Ave and W. Water St. in Urbana, Illinois. The first question most new visitors, to the shop, notice is a wonderful aroma and they ask: “What is that smell?” This question always elicits a big smile from either the owner, Catherine, or her longtime helper, Ethel, and a giggle from me if I am standing in the sales space. And the answer is: “The shop!”

Catherine is a Certified Medicinal herbalist, Hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master. She teaches on a variety of Health, Creative and Spiritual subjects. Catherine has been using her Herbalist knowledge to create some beautiful incense. (I have asthma and so does my husband, but the incense she creates I can burn in my home with no issues.) She is also a wonderful Tarot Reader and has been doing energy healing for 25 plus years. Catherine is also knowledgeable when it comes to all the crystals she carries in the shop.

Ethel
is a wonderful and knowledgeable woman. She can be a hoot to have
around. Ethel can tell you where to find just about anything in the
store. And she is excellent for advice for what book to read on
subjects of the Craft or Pagan Spirituality.

On
weekends you may find a wonderful woman named Deb working in the
shop, too. She is a kind and patient soul if you have questions on
just about anything.

The
shop is full of beautiful hand dipped incense, shop made candles,
soaps and oils (that can be worn on the skin), as well as, straight
essential oils. There are several books shelves full of books, Tarot
and Oracle cards. If you are looking for Gem/Crystals beads, and
jewelry making supplies, they are in the shop, too.

The
shop hours are Sunday and Monday closed. (this may change in the
future)

Tuesdays
by appointment only (with Catherine)

Wednesday
thru Friday 11 AM to 6 PM

Saturday
11 AM to 5 PM

Catherine has Classes throughout the year on different subjects, all listed on Beads N Botanicals Facebook Page.

There are also Psychic & Health Fairs at different times of the year, again these are listed on the Beads N Botanicals Facebook page or this link:

beadsnbotanicals.com

I
am there doing readings on most Wednesdays. So if you are in the
Urbana, Illinois area, be sure to go by the shop. You are sure to
find something that spirit leads you to purchase.

***

About
the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become a Reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page.  If you are interested in a reading you can reach her at: Readings by Dawn on Facebook at facebook.com/Readings-by-Dawn-1608860142735781/

Book Review – The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 38, Spring 2019 to Spring 2020 – Animals: Friends and Familiars

February, 2019

Book Review
The Witches’ Almanac
Issue 38
Spring 2019 to Spring 2020
Animals: Friends and Familiars

Brightest
Blessings

This
issue contains a wealth of knowledge. You want to take your time
reading this issue, snuggle next to the fire with a cup of tea or hot
cocoa. You can tell that each article or story they chose was thought
out. Some of the articles make you ponder your thoughts on subjects,
while others just entertain you, they are so adorable.

You
can learn a lot of lore, history and gain new insight on many topics.
Some of the articles are shortened for the book, but they include
links for further reading on those articles. The authors applied a
lot of time and research to create each of their contributions, it
inspired me to do further research on the various topics on my own.

The articles I found most interesting are…

Why
&
How Animal Omens Work
– This article gives ideas and signs on how animals work with spirit
and deities, share their knowledge and share insight when we are in
deep thought or need help during moments of our life.

The
Ja
de Emperor Race’s, How
the
Zodiac Signs Came to Be
– This story I found entertaining and adorable. I didn’t know
this story even existed. I think it is the perfect way to explain
them. The book gave information on this year’s Chinese zodiac sign
and a table listing this year’s preview and coming future date’s
of animal signs in following years.

NikolaTesla – Was a very interesting read, very well
thought out using his birth chart for astrology. This information I
found uniquely designed to add intrigue to the story.

Merry
Meeting of Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki – I loved this
article. Having her spend author interview time sharing her
experiences and her knowledge about the society of the inner light.
The article felt perfect just like you were in room with her. Even
though they shorten her interview for the book, they provide a link
to an audio file to further listen.

Corvids –
This article was about using knowledge of certain beautiful birds,
lore, and how to divine knowledge from birds of choice and messages
associated with certain deities.

There are many more
articles within this issue I found so inspiring I wish I could list
them all! This book contains information on zodiac influences for
coming spring 2019-2020, weather, mooncycles, explanations for
gardening by Moonphases, astrological key information, eclipses,
retrogrades for this spring 2019-2020, book reviews, and question
about the craft you can send in to be answered From a Witches
Mailbox!

In ending
this book is worth having in your collection of almanacs,
you can even order past issues to add to your collection. I was
honored to read this book.

The Witches’ Almanac, Issue 38, Spring 2019 to Spring 2020: Animals: Friends and Familiars on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Norma Clark I’m Wiccan, My style follows my spiritual path, and what comes to mind.. I live in a small rural town, Paris, Idaho. I share my life With my Wiccan husband, 2 hyper Children, and gang of critters. I love to create new designs by looking at nature, cultural ideas for my Jewelry and create unique Metaphysical items. COME Sit For A  Spell or Two , And See the Magick of Forevrgoddessboutique

Review – Witch Coloring Book: A Coloring Book for Adults Featuring Beautiful Witches, Magical Potions, and Spellbinding Ritual Scenes by Coloring Book Cafe

February, 2019

Review

Witches
Coloring Book: A Colorful Book for Adults Featuring Beautiful
Witches, Magical Potions, and Spellbinding Ritual Scenes

by
Coloring Book Cafe, 2018

I
recently received this awesome coloring book to try out & review.
It is a book of 24 single sided coloring pages, and it has 2 copies
of each picture (48 pics total to color). This is great because if
you mess up or if you and a friend want the same picture to color you
have a spare! It is 8 by 10 inches so standard size for a coloring
book.

The
title is Witches and appropriately so. This book is filled with all
things witchy themed, cauldrons, cards, black cats, potions, candles,
etc. I love it! I am an avid colorist and a witch so this is my
favorite kind of coloring book! I only had time to complete 2 pages
so far, but I am looking forward to finishing them all!

The
paper quality is great and the images themselves are beautifully
drawn and printed. I used colored pencils and a little gel pen on
mine, but any markers would work with this paper.

This
coloring book is available on Amazon for $7.99. I highly recommend
this coloring book to anyone that is interested in coloring and also
likes witch or occult themed pictures. It would also be fun for
anyone around the Halloween season. I have thoroughly enjoyed this
book so far! Here are my 2 completed pics I’ve been working on this
month. 

I
personally know many people who would love this coloring book and if
you are into the witchy look or looking for gorgeous pics to add to
your grimoire or book of shadows I think you will be very happy with
this book. I think I’m going to frame a few and hang them on my
wall, that’s how much I love these images!

Thank
You to Coloring Book Cafe for sending me a copy to review!

Witch Coloring Book: A Coloring Book for Adults Featuring Beautiful Witches, Magical Potions, and Spellbinding Ritual Scenes on Amazon

***

About the Author:

Retha N. Lent
has been married for 17 years to her husband Mark & they have
four cats that are their life. She lives in Norristown, Pa. Retha has
her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Counseling Sciences
from Drexel University. She is the owner of “Retha’s
Crystals
” & sells sterling silver unique crystal jewelry &
specimens on her FB business page. She has a FB group for her
customers and those interested in learning more about crystals &
all things magical called “Retha’s
Crystal Circle
“. She is also an advisor in the Sage
Goddess
Affiliate
Program.
She has her Holistic Healing Certificate and Pillars of Priestessing
certificates from Sage Goddess. She is also an Ordained Pagan
Minister from the Universal Life Church. Retha has a passion for
crystals, nature, astrology, working with moon cycles, ritual
practices, tarot and oracle cards, runes, essential oils, herbs,
manifestation work, ancient cultures, magic & music. Her favorite
place is New Orleans, La. Retha has an extensive personal crystal
collection and loves sharing her love of crystals with the world. She
has been a practicing pagan since she was 16 years old. 

You can reach her at
[email protected]
or on her business
page on FB
:
https://www.facebook.com/Rethas-Crystals-197411227666484/

Or in her
FB group
:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1960619300929876

Her Sage
Goddess
affiliate link is:

www.sagegoddess.com/ref/84/

Or follow her on Instagram
at @spookygirl16

Mindful Meditation

November, 2018

Samhain Mindful Meditation

Samhain, or the third harvest, historically was a time for farmers to harvest their last crops and head into the dark times when the nights were longer than the daylight. Also known as “Witches New Year,” we can use this time to reflect on our accomplishments and regrets as we begin to look ahead to the coming new year. What are we letting go of and what are we calling in to our lives? 

Items you will need:

-a quite room to be completely alone in

-a comfortable seat

-writing utensil & paper

-cauldron or fire pit

-special box for safe keeping

Intentionally create sacred space and allow yourself to relax into this meditation.

Imagine yourself throughout the evolution of this past year, from November 2017 up until today. Watch your milestones, your mundane actions, and life changing decisions unfold before you. Notice how each movement through out life this year has gotten you to where you are right now. 

Write down any regrets, missteps, or perceived mistakes or missed opportunities you have made.

Now, imagine yourself in the future year from this day until November 1st, 2019. What accomplishments do you see yourself making? What do you wish to manifest for this coming year? Write the manifestations in an affirming way by using phrases like, “I will have” or “I am”. Envision yourself achieving these goal and living it as if it is a normal day, like a waking dream. 

You have your future manifested now in your mind and affirmed on a piece of paper. 

Fold the paper intentionally, mindfully, and place it in your special box. You can place your box upon your Altar or in a special place to be kept secretly.

Now, take the first sheet of paper which refers to your past year and hold it in your hands. Say, “I forgive myself for _____” (stating each individual regret) and once you have released the energy from your heart and tears, through the paper into the fire, watching it burn away before you. Allow the fire to fully extinguish.

Thank yourself for taking the time to sit with your thoughts, thank the fire for burning away the past, and thank your future self for creating this intention-setting moment.

***

About the Author:

(Amy Dubenetsky & Becky Coates, respectively; Writers of the Mindful Meditations column & Coven Sisters.)

This Mindful Meditation is brought to you by Amy Dubenetsky, a Bodyworker/Reiki Practitioner/Witch based out of Manchester, CT whom leads group meditations as well.  Amy is deeply involved with her Coven, Organic Farming, and various Dance Communities across the country.

Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @bodyandbeyond444.

Witch & Popcorn

August, 2018

Review of Insidious 3

Bright Blessings!

I could not resist reviewing another horror flick! I can’t get enough of them!

I have seen Insidious and also part 2, and was tickled pink when I saw a part 3!

Here is the official trailer.

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I liked parts 1 and 2, but part 3 was the best, in my opinion. It is the prequel to 1, and 2, and shows what happens that starts the ball rolling for the events in the first two films.

The plot is the very grief-stricken teenager, Quinn approaches psychic Elise, to contact her deceased mother. Elise has stepped aside from medium-ship work, and initially tries, but then refuses to help.

Soon after, horrible things start to happen, and Elise awakens from a terrible dream, only to find that whatever spirit was reached has invaded her home. She basically tells it to get out, but is too terrified to find the strength to banish it.

Things at Quinn’s house get so bad, her father is forced to seek out Elise, and convince her to help.

At this point a level of badassery Elise was unaware she could manage is reached, and she saves the day.

For now…

What sounds like a basic blockbuster Hollywood horror is much more.

It demonstrates the power of the gifted medium to command spirits and remind the living have something the dead do not- Life and a body.

Elise, played by petite veteran actress Lin Shaye, looks nothing like a powerful exorciser, or magician conjuring and commanding demons- but she sure as hell does. Her soft blonde hair, and normal street clothes as opposed to fancy, glittering robes are substance over style, and remind us that it is ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things. She has been nominated for multiple awards in her portrayal of Elise in the Insidious films, and won some. She is the star of the film, and will steal your heart. Every witch will look at Elise, and say “I want to be her when I grow up!!!!”

The entire film is fiction of course, but deals in a very serious topic.

You should be careful conjuring, and truthfully, most people don’t have any business conjuring at all. Quinn’s mother’s spirit was unable to answer her daughter, because a more powerful, malevolent spirit reached out instead.

Quinn did the right thing, and sought help, but only after extensive attempts to conjure on her own part first. A bereaved child in modern day America would have no way of understanding the dangers involved in such a thing, but modern day Pagans, Witches, and Occultists should. Unfortunately, many find the adrenaline rush from contact with spirits too intoxicating to resist, and get drawn in.

I have witnessed one such incidence, and it was nothing like the demonic possessions of fiction except for the fact the spirit completely overtook the victim.

Said victim was a young man of 17-21 years of age, and he had enjoyed conjuring up said spirit. By the time his caretaker got him to an exorcist, he was so overtaken spiritually there was a black smudge where his face should have been. That is how the spirit presented itself to me, and that is how much it overtook the boy, who was a mere host to a spirit parasite.

Not an exorcist myself, I assisted the exorcist, and was sent out of the room for a time during the operations.

There was no screaming, or levitation. Nobody’s head turned around backwards, and the exorcism was a success. Unfortunately, the young man started conjuring again, was soon re-possessed, and the exorcist suffered a terrible rash.

On one hand, we have the right to allow spirits to ride us. On the other hand, it can be downright dumb to let something in. Christians invite The Holy Spirit in. Vodouns allow themselves to be ridden- but only in ritual, or under guidance.

Modern day Pagans, Witches, and Occultists should take notice from the truths shown in films such as Insidious 3. For one thing, spirits sometimes lie. They can reach into us when we are at our weakest, and be worse than a dangerous drug. They like our warmth, our life-force, and to use us to experience the goodness of these things.

Not everybody has an Elise to save them.

In the end, Elise is rejuvenated, and has come out of her self-imposed exile. The end of the film promises a new beginning and hope for the living that one such as Elise will do as a friend urged her when he said “ I don’t want you to stop helping families like them. They need you too much.”

This is another lesson from the film- Be what you are. Use your gifts, and reach out to those you are called to reach.

And watch this film, you will like it.

Also, I found out there is Insidious part 4! Oh joy!

Happy Movie Watching, and Blessed Be!

Insidious: Chapter 3

***

About the Author:

Saoirse is a recovered Catholic.  I was called to the Old Ways at age 11, but I thought I was just fascinated with folklore. At age 19, I was called again, but I thought I was just a history buff, and could not explain the soul yearnings I got when I saw images of the Standing Stones in the Motherland. At age 29, I crossed over into New Age studies, and finally Wicca a couple years later. My name is Saoirse, pronounced like (Sare) and (Shah) Gaelic for freedom. The gods I serve are Odin and Nerthus. I speak with Freyja , Norder, and Thunor as well. The Bawon has been with me since I was a small child, and Rangda has been with me since the days I was still Catholic. I received my 0 and 1 Degree in an Eclectic Wiccan tradition, and my Elder is Lord Shadow. We practice in Columbus, Ohio. I am currently focusing more on my personal growth, and working towards a Second and Third Degree with Shadow. I received a writing degree from Otterbein University back in 2000. I have written arts columns for the s Council in Westerville. I give private tarot readings and can be reached through my Facebook page Tarot with Saoirse. You can, also, join me on my Youtube Channel

For My Witches in the Wardrobe

August, 2018

 

Hello Hello my lovely Broom Closeted Sisters & Brothers!

(Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash)

This is my third love letter to you all, slipped under your doors, and I thought I would cover the ever witchy herbs this month having covered flowers. Witches use herbs in all sorts or magick and mundane ways and you can, too, without anyone knowing you are using Magick!

As you may, or may not know yet, herbs have meanings, magickal, and healing. There are many great websites and books with this knowledge and I am not going to get into all the herbs out there and their meanings in this article. This article is to show you how you can use them on the down low in your everyday life.

 

Growing Them

(Photo by Mike Enerio on Unsplash)

Growing herbs is a great way to learn how to work with herbs. Many people grow their own herbs to cook with. There are many kits out on the market today that help you grow your own small herbal gardens to make it easier for you to learn. Even kids kits help to begin to learn. I start with children’s kits, and single pots. I find them easiest, since I have a black thumb, rather than a green one. They come with a tiny pot, seeds for your herb, and a dirt disk that needs to be soaked. You can find them in many stores or online. I have even found mine at the dollar store. But you do not have to start or stop there. If you are an experienced gardener, have at it! Go crazy, grow all your witch supplies!

 

Cooking Magick

(Culinary Blends Sample Pack from Inked Goddess Creations Magickal Mail Boxes and Products Site. Product reviewed here in the column Worth the Witch.)

The first, most obvious way to use herbal magick is by Cooking. Did you know you can impart your intent in your meals and baked goods? If you look at the picture above you can see how the bottles labels say things like Money, Protection, Love… These are all magickal workings you can work into your food. The herbs you choose to place into your food can have a magickal effect on you and others. Be sure to look up ingredients you use. Or look up the ingredients in recipes to see what they mean. Then as you cook, concentrate your energy and your purpose to your cause. Or you can buy magickal culinary blends like the ones pictured above that are simply delicious. If you read the review of the blends in the article Worth the Witch you will see how I baked some love cookies using one of the blends. They filled my house with love, laughter, and happiness! They were also delicious! This is a great way to perform magick because no one is usually with us in the kitchen and a lot of the time the spells can be performed in our heads. Drop in your herbs. Stir your pot (cauldron) and cast in your mind!

 

Wearing Your Herbs

Did you ever think about wearing your herbs? I’m not talking about oils, though that is a great way to wear your herbal scents, as well. I’m talking about on your clothing. Sachets are a way to keep your clothing smelling lovely but also bestowing them with purpose. Lavender keeps you calm, magickally and medically, so add some lavender to sachets in your drawers or on your hangers in your closets with a quick chant about keeping you calm and anxiety free. Then as you go through your day you have the scent of peace about you. Take a nice sniff to remind yourself daily. For happiness try sweetpea, for love jasmine, or musk for courage. Whatever you feel you need more of, you can make up for in herbal scents. Everyone will just think you smell great!

 

Teas

(Photo by Marisa Harris on Unsplash)

Ahhhh nothing like a relaxing cup of herbal tea! Between the magickal and medical correspondences of the herbs in tea the benefits are out of this world. But did you know that the types of tea themselves have correspondences?

Rooibos:

  • Fire Element
  • Strength
  • Courage
  • Discipline
  • Determination
  • Steadfastness
  • Patience
  • Controlling (Personal) Emotions
  • Love
  • Romance

White:

  • Water Element
  • Air Element
  • Serenity
  • Purity
  • Purification
  • Calming
  • Creativity
  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Psychic / Paranormal Abilities
  • Astral / Otherworldly

Green:

  • Earth Element
  • Growth
  • Luck
  • Healing
  • Prosperity
  • Protection
  • Joy
  • Success
  • Friendship
  • Good Fortune
  • Abundance

Black:

  • Spirit Element
  • Binding
  • Cursing
  • Hexing
  • Curse / Hex Breaking
  • Banishing
  • Exorcism
  • Sexuality
  • Lust

and yes, Coffee:

  • Fire Element
  • Spirit Element
  • Energy
  • Mental Clarity
  • Summoning
  • Enhancement
  • Power Boost
  • Power
  • Speed
  • Travel
  • Exorcism

(Information from: https://green-tea-in-the-cauldron.tumblr.com/post/149522774366/tea-correspondences-in-magic)

So now we can drink with purpose & a small chant in our heads!

 

Dream Pillows

Dream Pillows are handmade, small, herb stuffed pillows to help you sleep or have good dreams. Some people put little stones in them, also. They are really fun to hand sew up and fill with a little stuffing and some herbs. Kids love them. You should be careful as to what herbs you put in them, because some can have an unpleasant odor. Mixing some pleasing smelling herbs with some more pungent ones helps. Here are some mixes that may help:

 

For A Stress-Reducing Rest

Sweet Hops

Mugwort

Sweet Marjoram

 

Sensual Dreams

Rose Petals

Rosemary

Lavender Flowers

Mint

Ground Cloves

Chili Powder

Lemon Verbena Leaves, Crushed

Piece Cinnamon Bark, 1 inch long, broken up

 

Natural Remedies

(Pic from eatyourselfskinny.com)

Homeopathic remedies are no longer thought of as wisewoman traditions anymore, so it is safe for us to use our natural remedies in public. So get out your herbs to help in healing yourself. A good way to heal a headache is lavender. You can find a lovely recipe for Lavender Lemonade on Eat Yourself Skinny. On a hot summer’s day, when your find yourself battling a headache, why not cool down with this helpful drink recipe?

 

Garden Magick

Growing certain herbs for their properties and placement in your garden can be very beneficial to your household. Placement of potted plants can be as, well. Like a nice Rosemary by a kitchen door for Protection to keep the baddies out. Did you know that planting Lemongrass, Lavender, Lemon balm, Basil, or Catnip can help keep mosquitoes away? So try to plant these around your outdoor gardens in abundance.

 

Well, my loves, I’m going to lay out some herbal Pot Pourri for a house blessing, throw some Basil in my pocket for some money luck while I head out the door, and say Toodles for now.

 

Until Next Month…

Stay Witchie, even if it’s just between you and me -xoxo

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About the Author:

Jennifer Sacasa-Wright is simply a Witch. She runs PaganPagesOrg eMag.  She loves hearing your opinions & thoughts on the eMagazine and welcomes comments. You can email her at jenniferwright at paganpages dot org.  When she is not working on PaganPagesOrg she is creating in some other way & trying to make the world a better place with her family.

 

WitchCrafting: Crafts for Witches

August, 2018

Claws with Crystals


Merry meet.

Bones are a type of fetish,” Sarah Anne Lawless posted on her website. “A fetish is ‘an object regarded with awe as being the embodiment or habitation of a potent spirit or as having magical potency (source).’ The word fetish originates from the French fétiche which stems from the Portuguese word feitiço meaning ‘charm’ or ‘sorcery.’ Feathers, bones, crystals, and stones are all types of fetishes. Skulls and bones have an appeal to witches who perform spirit work and are a necessary and simple way to connect with spirits of the dead and of animals.

Working with bones is not just for necromancers and black magicians. Practitioners who work with bones are a wide range of healers, diviners, shapeshifters, rootworkers, witches, shamans, druids, and pagans.”

When a hunter I respected offered me wings and claws from turkey he had killed, I accepted. I covered the severed ends all with salt, rubbing in, placing them in a box and adding more salt. When more were gifted to me, I placed the fleshy ends in borax. Both were left to dry for several months. (An explanation of a process can be found on many sites.)


When I received them they were already a couple of days old, but the claws were pliable. I was drawn to having them hold crystals. The shape of some of the polished stones I chose made them unworkable. Thankfully, the pagan store I frequent did not mind me bringing in the legs and holding up crystals to determine what would be a good fit. Certain stones seemed to want certain claws, so I went with it.


There is a lot to be said for a more intentional approach, but as I sensed only one was for me, I did not consider uses and intentions that you would if you were making one for yourself.


I positioned each toe and talon to curl around the stone and then began wrapping it all in string to secure it while it dried. In one instance I used tape and while it worked, I think the string was easier to use and adjust.


After a few months had gone by I unwrapped them and found each was stone securely held.

It would be natural to use them as a wand – as is, embellished or attached to another wand – to direct power. A woman who bought one planned to tie it with a cord that went around her neck so it hung almost to her waist.


Bones carry the animal’s magical attributes which is one of the reasons I have worked with bear claws, a turtle shell and a coyote’s jawbone. Smaller bones have fit in mojo bags created to address various needs.

Turkey is considered a good omen, signaling that gifts are imminent. It’s also “a symbol of sacrifice for renewal and that generosity will open the doors to growth and rebirth,” according to a few websites posting the same information.


Turkey as a totem animal means you are “the abundance generator” for your community.

You have a gift for attracting all the bounty of the universe available to you and you are willing to share. You will often meet the needs of others in a giveaway self-sacrifice form simply because all life is sacred to you. You easily translate your life experience into growth and understanding. You recognize that what you do for others you also do for yourself,” according to spirit-animals.com and other sites.

Awareness, creation, generosity, harvest, pride, purpose, sacrifice, understanding and virility are also associated with turkey.

Knowing this, if you would like to make something similar, ask the Source and then be ready to receive what the universe brings it to you.

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.

She who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

February, 2017

LIBERTAS

As I write this, it is the day after the presidential inauguration of 2017, and the day of the Women’s March(es) across the country and around the world. Millions of people, the majority of them women, took to the streets to protest what many see as a threat to the personal freedom of many communities, not only in the US, but everywhere around the globe. They see a threat to justice. They see a threat to liberty and freedom. They are afraid, and rightfully so. With this in mind, it seems a perfect time to speak of Libertas.

Libertas was a Roman Goddess; her name is the Latin word of Freedom.

She symbolized independence, freedom from restraint, and personal and societal freedoms. Her Greek name is Eleutheria. She was, and is, the personification of Liberty and Freedom.

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She is depicted wearing a long, flowing gown and holding a rod, called a vindicta, and a cap, called a pilleus, which were two of Her symbols. She sometimes is shown wearing a crown of laurel leaves and with a cat at Her feet.

The reason behind Her symbols was that, within Roman society, when a slave was given his freedom, her/his head was shaved, they were tapped with the vindicta, and given a pilleus. Appropriately enough, She was honored and worshipped by all freed women and men.

Her first temple, located on Aventine HIll was ordered by the Tribune, Tiberius Gracchas and was dedicated in 238 BCE. There is smaller shrine to her located at Cicero’s home on Palantine HIll, and there is a small statue of her inside the Roman Forum. Many Roman coins and seals of the time bear Her image.

Libertas’ likeness was used many times and in many places around the world to symbolize Liberty and Freedom.

Columbia was used as a poetic name for the United States and was one of the names of its’ female personification. She became a symbol in the 1700’s when Paul Revere created an obelisk using Her image to celebrate the repeal of the Stamp Act. It is believed that the name, Columbia, originated from Christopher Columbus. It is from Her that the name District of Columbia was born.

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In France, She became Marianne, standing for reason and liberty, and a symbol of the French Revolution in the 1780’s-90’s. The Great Seal of France bears Her likeness.

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(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

It was this Great Seal of France that became the inspiration for Frederic Bartholdi, when he designed and built the Statue of Liberty, the most visual and the most famous of all depictions of Libertas, because make no mistake, the Statue of Liberty *IS* the Goddess Libertas.

Even though She was a gift from France to the US, the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom, liberty and justice to the entire world. Her original name was “Liberty Enlightening the World”.

This Libertas statue wears a crown of seven solar rays, which represent the seven continents and the seven seas. This crown is similar to that of Ishtar, the Babylonian Goddess, who crown was ringed with 8 stars. She holds the Flame of Freedom, or the Torch of Enlightenment in Her right hand. Her gown is remarkably similar to the original Roman Libertas. Her feet are surrounded by broken chains to symbolize Freedom.

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(Photo Credit: everymanempire.com)

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886. The era’s suffragettes, in a boat riding around Liberty island, proclaimed Her their symbol in their demand for the right to vote.

As a symbol of light and liberty, of freedom from tyrants and any tyranny, Her likeness abounds — on state flags, on the state seals of Virginia and New Jersey, on stamps, on both coins and paper money. She stands upon the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. When students demonstrated in Beijing, China in 1989, the Statue of Liberty as Libertas, became the Goddess of Democracy.

Many Pagans, Wiccans and Witches, invoke Libertas, in her guise as the Statue of Liberty, in their personal rituals for freedom and liberation from any form of tyranny.

Circle Sanctuary (circlesanctuary.org), located in Wisconsin, is a well-known Pagan church and community, which offers workshops, rituals, gatherings and more. Their religious freedom network is called “The Lady Liberty League”, and has done much for freedom of religion for all Pagans.

The Festival of Libertas is celebrated on April 13th, and, of course, the Statue of Liberty is celebrated on July 4th. Both of these are set aside to honor Her.

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(Photo Credit: evilyoshida.com)

One way to honor Her is to stand up for personal freedoms, your own and others’; work against injustice, wherever you find it; fight for what you believe in, in whatever way you can, such as protesting, marching, writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper. Carry that work into the rest of the year, for liberty and freedom is hard won, but easily lost.

In personal work, place Her likeness on your altar as either Libertas, or in Her guise as the Statue of Liberty. You may ask for Her help in liberation from an addiction, from a hated job, from an unhealthy relationship, in whatever you personally feel that you need freedom from.

May we all continue to have the Liberty, Freedom and Justice that we hold so dear and is so important in a democracy.

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