Autumn Equinox Ritual Doll

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autumn equinox ritual dollHere we are approaching the weekend of the equinox and I have really slowed down and taken time to enjoying the changing seasons.

I have been working on my Autumn ritual doll for a couple weeks now and this weekend she will become part of me and live on my altar until the spring equinox.

These dolls can be made of any material that feels right for you and represents you the best as you head into the last chapter. She is meant to give you comfort and be with you during a time when naturally we start to look inwards and prepare to be more still and take solace in the quiet time.

doll2Think about what the doll means for you? Are you looking to gain something, shed something or maybe you are not sure yet? That is absolutely okay, you can start constructing your doll and add to…

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Say NO to Witch School

There were many times in my youth I thought about ‘witch school’ with people who were supposedly reputable, but something always stopped me. Sometime later it would come out that they weren’t so reputable after all. Maferefun to my ancestors for their protection.

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say no! to witch schoolI hope you all have had a wonderful long weekend Holiday.

I recently received an email from someone asking if they should attend Witch classes. I do hope you see this post, I attempted to email you a response but continued to get a failure message regarding the email address.

So here I am answering your question as it is a rather common question. My standard response to this is No.

I urge you to ask yourself a few questions before depositing your money and time into a Witch class.

  1. Why do you want to take the class/program/course/whatever?
  2. Do you think it will make you a Witch?
  3. What can they teach you, that you cannot learn for yourself?
  4. What are your expectations of this course?
  5. What do you want to achieve from this course?
  6. What qualifies this person/people to teach this course?

There is sooooo much information out there and…

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The Rule of Elements in Talismans & Amulets

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the-rule-of-elementsintalismans-amulets1.pngWhen we prepare a talisman or amulet we work with the elements to help give it strength to empower and charge it. We know that to charge an object our spoken words are rarely enough. I would like to be able to look at rock and just speak to it and have it be the thing I want it to be, but I cannot. This is where the elements step in.

In our tradition when preparing talismans and amulets we bide by the rule of elements. Meaning that we incorporate Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit into our charms. If I am gifted a pentacle necklace, it will simply hang as a shiny ornament around my neck. But if I take that necklace and infuse it with the elements, I get something so much more out of it.

This object you are making whether it is to protect you, keep…

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Witch Rules

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witch rulesLeave it alone she said, you don’t need another you’ve had enough. I stared back at my grandmother and said “but I am hungry, I want more.” You want it, you don’t need it and you are not hungry. You’ve had more than enough, think about how you are going to feel once you stuff yourself full to the top of your head. She gestured with her hand over her head. If you are going to be a pig, at least be a truffle pig. (this sounds sooooo harsh translating it, it really wasn’t)

What I was eating doesn’t matter, but the lesson did…. There were many lessons that summer and for many many summers. This one was about teaching me to create a lifestyle without excessive indulgence, gluttony. Not just about food….. To honor my body, so that it stays strong physically, mentally and for my spirit.

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Attraction Body Mask & Bath Ritual… Recipe Included!

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attraction-bath-ritual.pngFridays are a made for love and attraction of all types. Sundays are good too… but lets stick with Fridays.

Today specifically I am talking about making a body paste for attraction, to get someones attention more than just a friend. What happens after that is up to you;) This is an old recipe and does require the use of real fresh pumpkin, since that isn’t something that is always available, you can use canned pumpkin.

This can be performed simply in ritual, or in preparation prior to meeting this person. Ideally on a Friday

Ingredients:

  1. Pumpkin – if you are using a small sugar pie pumpkin, use half the pumpkin and then use the emptied part as your mixing bowl. Save the other half for another bath.
  2. Honey
  3. Lavender – fresh or dried
  4. Cream – you only need a little. Use the thickest you can find. I recommend 35%…

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Easy Candle Protection Spell

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easy candle protection spellEasy Protection Spell work for yourself or someone else. This is a very common request and it’s easy to do on your own. You can pair it up with the Evil Eye Spell that I wrote about here. You can also include simple cleansing baths as well… you can read about that here…

One thing I want to make abundantly clear is that you can never completely eradicate negativity. You can also never fully protect yourself or someone else from all possible harm. If anyone has told you that, its total bullshit. That is not how Mother Nature works.

Ingredients:

  1. One white candle or honey bee candle
  2. Dried bay leaves – equal parts
  3. Dried rosemary – equal parts
  4. Black salt – a few good sprinkles
  5. John’s Wort OR Lavender – just a little
  6. Bowl large enough to hold the entire candle
  7. You choice of blessing oil, you can make…

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Friday The 13th Spell

Slavic Witch Friday The 13th Spell …

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friday the 13thHi Everyone! Happy Friday the 13th to you! This is a repost from last years Haunted October Series…. Enjoy!

Its Friday the 13th in October! How lucky are we to have such an unlucky day in October? Today is a day to harness that unlucky energy break it and send it on its way!

I know its not technically Friday the 13th, but since this requires work right at midnight, better post it now!!

I hope everyone has had a great week so far. If you didn’t pull a card today, do it tonight by candlelight. In fact… consider doing it right after your spell work. You can read more about that here….. and here

Tonight we change our luck and take our work outside on our door step under the cloak of night. The purpose of this spell is to make sure whatever bad luck may be on your…

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Witchcraft Altar Water – Recipe Included

Witchcraft Altar Water …

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witchcraft-altar-water.pngHappy Friday! Hope you have all been enjoying the summer weather, or winter weather depending on the hemisphere.

I posted a video on my Altar Salt recipe and one of the items I used in it was a blessing water and a received messages asking what it was. Its an all purpose altar water, same as the salt. I use it for everything. Yes there are specific oils and all that stuff to use and make which I do. But this is a staple, sort of like making bread… you need flour, water, yeast, salt eggs the basics to make it work. This is part of the basics, at least for me.

The water is made up of several different types of waters that have been collected throughout the year. Unfortunately you can’t make this water tonight, but you can start collecting the water you need now and save it…

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Witchcrafting with Burdock Root & Leaf

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Burdock is a staple for me and I use a lot of it in my work. I know it can be consumed however that is not what I use it for.

witchcrafting with burdock root & leafWHEN TO FORAGE & HOW TO CLEAN/DRY BURDOCK ROOT

I would say that 90% of the time I forage for burdock root just as the spring has finally brought all the rain and started to warm the earth. This makes pulling out last seasons root easy…. mostly. You can forage for the root once the leaves have started to come up again later in the spring, but those are very… very… difficult to get out and if you are using it for spell work its okay to use last seasons roots. If you are consuming it, its best to forage them in season and dry them out. There is definitely a difference in flavor. Bring a big shovel, water…

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Witchcraft Charms, Talismans & Amulets with Goldenrod Galls

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aaI love working with these galls, of course there are also willow galls as well but those are used for different purposes.

Goldenrod Galls are basically a round bulbous point in the goldenrod plant when particular flies lay larvae eggs and that kinda is the nest you would say. Birds will find their way to these galls and peck through them to get to the yummy goodness inside, that is why you will see holes in them.

I forage these in early spring when I know there is no chance of life left in them. I have also done it in winter as well, but not typically.

gallThese can made into Witchcraft dolls and the actual Gall part would be the head and represents the head and/or heart depending on your will. I wrote about Balkan Talisman for Protection in my shop. It wasn’t an actual post, so I can’t…

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