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Lunar Magick Crafts

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The Full Moon is a powerful time for esbat magick!! Here are a few more suggestions for magick at the Blue Moon!! Celebrate outdoors if you can to get the most of the milky mystical energy of the Full Moon.

Use a white taper or pillar candle for this project. Dab olive oil onto the candle. Sprinkle silver glitter onto the olive oil and roll the candle into the glitter. Do this a few times to achieve the desired effect. Lift the candle and set into a candleholder. Carve sigils onto the candle. Dab essential oils onto the candle. The essential oil can correspond with the current moon phase.

If you have a candle mold, you can make your own candle. A crescent-shaped mold and wax are required. You will need paraffin or soy-candle wax (Soy is more environmentally-conscious.) Wick, candle release spray, crescent-shaped mold, color and scent of your choice.)

Melt the wax in a double boiler. Spray the mold with candle release spray and place the wick where you want it. Consider adding herbs and oils at this point or color dye. When you have blended it all together, pour the melted wax into the mold. Prop the wick with a dowel rod to avoid the wick from falling into the wax.

Allow the candle to cool completely before removing it from the mold. A candle that you make yourself contains your energy and your intent and will lend a strong energy to your magickal spellworkings because you created it yourself. One more tip: If you plan to make candles regularly, dedicate your dishes that are covered with wax only for making candles. Enjoy your candle magic!

Full Moon Incense

Here is a recipe for lunar incense to use during the ritual.

You will need:

Juniper berries, myrrh, rose petals, mugwort, moonflower, sage, and marigold. Blend these ingredients together with a mortar and pestle. Utter an incantation while you mix the ingredients together, such as

Full Moon, shining bright,
lunar energy guides me tonight,
I charge these herbs to light my way,
on a magical path, I will stay,
Powerful moon above, shine on me,
As I will it, so shall it be.

Store the incense in a tightly sealed jar. Label and date the jar and store out of sunlight. Use within three months, while it is fresh.

Make a sage and mugwort infusion and charge it with lunar energy. Clean your altar and your altar tools with the infusion.

You are now all set for some lunar energy and magic!! The crafts, lore, crystal cleansing information should give you some wonderful ideas on how to celebrate this Blue Moon.

You can also refer to Scott Cunningham’s book on Wicca for a recipe on how to make full moon mead and cookies!

Blessed Be,
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Crystal cleansing on a Lunar Esbat

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Here are some suggestions on how to cleanse your crystals on this Blue Moon eve. The powerful lunar energy makes it a perfect time to perform a cleansing. We use stones for healing and magic and a clearing is necessary for any type of healing work. Crystals need to be cleansed after they are purchased and before any healing work is done. There are a number of ways to do this.

The best way is simple: a bowl of water and the crystal. You should include your intent here too. Ensure the bowl is made of glass and is clean and that the water is pure and clean. Place the crystal in the bowl and leave it by a sunny windowsill or on a windowsill overnight to be charged for lunar energy. When you feel it is the right time, remove the crystal and program your intent into it for healing work.

The second way is with sea salt. Salt is good for cleansing crystals and bad. Salt is ideal for purification but salt strips a beautiful crystal of its color and vigor. I would be careful when leaving crystals in salt. Research which crystals are safe to be left in salt and which are not. If you do cleanse a crystal in salt, leave it in with the tip pointing downward into the salt. You can also try saltwater from a beach. Boil the water to remove impurities then let it cool. Do not use a plastic or metal bowl for cleansing. Salt water is good to use for crystal cleansing, but again, look up which crystals are safe for this. I heard of someone who once left a beautiful valuable opal crystal in a bowl of salt for a long time that stripped the opal of all of its color, leaving it white.

Sunlight can fade crystals of their color. Be careful when doing this. Amethyst, when left on a sunny windowsill, will strip a crystal of its lovely lavender color. Moonlight is a way of cleansing gemstones.

Bury your crystals in a jar or bowl of herbs. Use rose, frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood. Lavender would be a good choice, too. This method takes longer than salt. Bury your crystals in the earth. Crystals are derived from the earth. This is helpful when a deep cleansing is needed. You can put the crystal in a plant pot or in the soil in your garden. Remember where you left your crystal to find it again. Place a labeled popsickle stick in the soil.

Another method to cleanse your crystals in to smudge them with burning sage, rosemary, or cedar. Light the smudge or cedar stick while passing the gemstone through the smoke. Smudge your stones after using them for healing.

The final method involves running the stone under tap water. The point of the crystal should be facing downward to run the negative energy down the drain. Never use hot water or the crystal will fracture and break. Visualize a waterfall running down the crystal.

Blessings on this Blue Moon!
Lady Spiderwitch

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Blue Moon

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August 2012 is an auspicious month. August 2012 has 2 full moons, one on August 2 and the second full moon on August 31st. The second full moon is considered a blue moon. More reason to honor the Goddess on these full moons.

I hope you are having fun harvesting your herbs with the helpful information found here. I have been so busy I have not had time. I am letting my herbs finish growing first. The Full moon has been associated with harvests for a long time. Farmers often finish their harvests of the fields by the light of the moon.

Here, in Halifax, the early fall chill is in the air. The leaves are turning and falling. Students head back to school. I can hear the wind swaying through the trees.

I wish you all a Blessed Full Moon!
Blessings,
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A Herbalist’s Cornucopia of Tools

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This post is a continuation of the previous post. For those of you who may be new to herbs and herb magick. I have been talking about herbs and tools but bolines are not the only herbalist’s tool. There are more and you may own them in your home already.In addition to bolines, there are many more that are important. I will list them here.

Mortar and Pestle A mortar and pestle is a must in every witch’s kitchen. It aids you in grinding down herbs, spices, roots, resins, and even cinnamon bark. Mortar and pestles come in an array of shapes, sizes, and styles. They are available in ceramic or soapstone or even wood. You can use them to grind materials together for a ritual. Put your ingredients in the bowl and grind them with the pestle. This releases the essential oils from fresh herbs.

Measuring cups Measuring cups are obvious. But they are practical and important. Measure everything. Herbs must be used in moderation. Invest in nice measuring spoons too. If you make salves and other balms, then consider dedicating your tools to that use only. They are hard to clean.

Mason jars store herbs. Make absolute sure that the jars are bone dry. Herbs will mold in a damp jar and render your herbs useless. Throw them out if that happens, wash and dry the jar, and allow the jar to air dry. Herbs and spices will keep for along time if they are crisp and dry and the jars are air dry.

‘To make most herbal remedies, you’ll need a short list of supplies. It includes:

Big canning jars for storing herbs and making tinctures

Cheesecloth or muslin, for straining herbal preparations

A grater (for grating beeswax)

A large, double-mesh, stainless steel strainer

Measuring cups

Non-aluminum cooking pots with tight-fitting lids

You might want to set aside a coffee grinder to use for grinding the tough spices like licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) root and cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum, C. aromaticum) bark that you’ll use in your remedies. Just don’t use the same grinder that you use for coffee — neither your remedies nor your morning cup of Joe will benefit from that blending of flavors.

You should keep your pantry stocked with a few of the staples that are used in many herbal remedies. They include:

Aloe (Aloe vera) gel, for creams

Apricot (Prunus armeniaca), almond (Prunus dulcis), and grape (Vitis vinifera) seed oils, for facial creams

Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) butter, for infused oils and creams

Coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil, for infused oils and creams

Honey, for syrups

Lanolin, for creams

Natural beeswax, for ointments

Olive (Olea europaea) oil, for infused oils and ointments

Sesame (Sesamum indicum) oil, for infused oils

Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your own remedies:

Herbs and herbal preparations do best when they’re stored in airtight glass jars, out of direct light, in a cool area. Light, oxygen, and heat can degrade them.

Never use aluminum pots or containers — aluminum can react with the herbs. Stick to glass, ceramic, stainless steel, or cast iron. Use natural tools that have no chemicals in them such as lead, arsenic, or other harsh chemicals.’

Store all remedies and ingredients — especially essential oils and alcohol-based tinctures — out of children’s reach. Many essential oils are extremely toxic, even in very small doses. Never ingest essential oils.

The tools shown here can be found in your cupboards. I wish you the best in preparing herbal remedies and recipes for your rituals. Don’t forget the most important witch’s tool- the cauldron for burning the herb preparations!!

Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Popular Magickal Herbs

 

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Gardens are bursting with magical herbs in early fall. Here are ten popular herbs and how to use them.

Basil- Basil is strewn onto floors to purify a home. It is used as gifts to bring good fortune to people. Basil is good for love magic and love divination. Basil can be placed in wallets to draw money to you.

Sage- the workhorse of all the herbs. Sage has cleansing properties. This is a popular herb that has many uses. It is used in smudging an area of negative energies, added to infusions, soothes sore throats, and added to poultry dishes.

Lavender- Lavender is a beautiful fragrant multipurpose herb. Its beauty has been admired for centuries. Lavender is used in bath salts, shampoos, oils, perfumes, sprays, cooking, and in dried flower arrangements. Lavender is used in love spells, to bring calmness and peace, and in purifying baths and smudging rituals.

Rosemary- Rosemary is a natural astringent. It has a beautiful woodsy and minty smell. The scent alone is relaxing. Rosemary can be used to purify the energy of a room like sage. Rosemary is good for improving one’s memory. Rosemary can be used in infusions, shampoos, oils, salts, dried flower arrangements, and recipes.

Echinacea- Echinacea is a lovely wildflower perennial. If you are growing it in your garden, consider yourself lucky. Bees love it and the flowers grace gardens. Echinacea boosts the immune system. To make your own Echinacea tincture, buy pure vodka, a clear dark glass jar with a stopper, Echinacea root and even some flowers. Put the root in the jar, and be sure to sterilize the jar first, pour in the vodka and allow to sit for a week. Shake the jar once a day. Distill the tincture from the root and flowers in the jar. Discard the roots in the garden. Store the jar in a dark place. Use as needed.

Chamomile- The Egyptians and Greeks used chamomile. Chamomile is useful in incense fragrances, to aid in sleep and meditation. It wards against psychic or magickal attack, and to attract good luck.

Peppermint- Peppermint is a prolific herb. It can be used to aid in purification magic, to attract money to you, to help ground you, and to rid a room of bad smells. Mint can be used in baths to refresh you and your spirit.

Thyme- Thyme is a natural disinfectant and has natural antiseptic properties. Use thyme in healing rituals. Thyme aids in enhancing your psychic abilities. Use thyme to banish negativity and for courage.

Mugwort- Mugwort aids in enhancing psychic development, for dreamwork, and is used in dream pillows.

Patchouli- Patchouli has an earthy, grounding scent. It is popular in incense blends, potpourri, and rituals. It is commonly used in oils and incenses. Patchouli is associated with love, wealth, and sexual power. Put leaves in your wallet to draw money your way. Use the earthy pungent scent to make you irresistible.

These are just some of many ways that the ten magical herbs can be used. I am sure you will come up with many more.

Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

 

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Preparing for Fall

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Lately I have been taking a daily stroll in the mornings on the Chain of Lakes trail. I love to go on that trail because it has changed how I start my day and I get exercise and fresh air. I feel revived by the end of the walk. I start behind Crown Drive, where I live, and walk as far as Joe Howe. I take my coffee in a thermos and just my keys.

I hear the squirrels, crows, sparrows, chickadees and jays cackle up a storm. I see the insects buzzing or flying around the verdant greenery for all the pollen their wings can carry. I study the array of wild herbs, flowers and trees such as birch, maple, ash and many others.

I encourage everyone to engage in enjoying the final days of summer vacation. Before we know it, fall will be here and students return to school. I spied autumn leaves upon the ground already. People are emptying gardens of herbs, flowers, and vegetables. The last of the blissfully free days are speeding by. Soon people will be punching their alarm clocks for the extra ten minutes of sleep before returning to work.

Here are some tips to help prepare you for fall. Clean your car and check your gardening supplies. A hot day is a perfect time to take care of those things. Gardening tools and knick knacks can be left at the garden but check to ensure they are in good condition. Give your home a good cleaning. Dirt, wear and tear, and insects are sometimes unseen and need to be cleaned out. Buy school supplies and be alert for fun local pagan events. Clean your tents and camping supplies to store for next summer. Then do a meditation to welcome in clean energy and smudge your home with sage or rosemary to welcome in fresh clean white light energy. You may be amazed at how different your home feels. You will be glad you took the time to clean. A clean home reflects well on the individual and likewise.

The cleaning of your home, car, and gardening tools are a great way to use the herbs growing in your garden! Peppermint, thyme, rosemary, and lavender are appropriate. Peppermint makes anything smell clean, thyme acts as a natural disinfectant, rosemary smells woodsy and minty, and lavender disinfects too. Make an infusion to add to your bucket water with your mop to clean floors and baseboards of your home. Good luck cleaning. Welcome in the change of season with renewed energy!

Look for author talks at libraries, bookfests happen in the fall, Mabon lands on September 21st! Even though summer’s end is bittersweet, there is much to look forward to in the coming months. Keep an eye on my Halloween countdown widget. The funnest night of the year is not far away!!

Now get out and enjoy the final days of summer!
Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Harvest Esbat Moon

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The Full Moon will soon show off her milky white power and glory. I love full moons. This full moon is known as the Corn Moon. Now is the time for the harvesting and gathering of what you planted in the spring. It is also known as Wyrt (green plant) Moon.

Use this time to practice magickal workings and to focus on what you harvested in your life, not just your greens. Divinations, spells, and rituals would be good to do. This is a time to finish projects that you began. The Wheel of the Year is turning. The dark half of the year is coming.

Here is how to perform a full moon esbat. If you are in a coven or a solitary, you can still have a magical time!! Smudge and cleanse yourself and your circle area with sage, frankincense, rosemary. Prepare the area and have at hand a special full moon candle. Adorn your candle with glitter and adorn your altar with lunar symbols- silver, crystals, lunar herbs. Call on the Goddess for her blessings and guidance. Stand at the altar and hold your arms out. Face the beautiful milky moon and utter a chant or prayer to the Goddess. Light your special candle and thank your deity of choice or the Goddess for the magical enchantment.

When you are ready, and you have meditated, close the circle and end the ritual. You can make an offering to the Goddess. I filled a jar with lunar charged water- mint essential oil, a dime, + a crystal, then poured that on my garden as part of the full moon ritual. Move into the Cakes & Ale ceremony. It is done.

This might be the last time of the year that some witches get to practice a ritual outdoors. The nights will turn cooler and darker earlier. Whether you are in a coven or practice solitary, I wish you all a blessed Full Moon.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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Full Harvest Moon

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Today I was awake early. Since I have a backdoor entrance to my lovely garden, I checked my plants. They were dry from not enough rain. I watered my garden. I had to fight my way past the magnificient spider webs to water my garden. The spiders build huge sticky webs every autumn. They are beneficial insects, and help control the insect population. The bugs and birds are busy collecting the last of the pollen. My Echinacea is in full bloom. It’s a beautiful sight to behold.

The harvest season is upon us, and there is Mabon and Samhain to look forward to. The Dark half of the year will soon be here. I have spied some colorful leaves on the trees already. I’ve decided to leave the harvest till the end of September. I put some plants in late and I can tell they need time, such as the bee balm. It will be exciting.

Full Moon is also coming soon. So get ready for an exciting season!!

I hope you all have a wonderful harvest season. May the God and Goddess bless you with a bounty of herbs this autumn!

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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The Green Man

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I have recently read an excellent book entitled Walking with the Green Man: Father of the Forest, Spirit of Nature, by Dr. Bob Curran. The book is about the Green Man that has mystified humanity since the beginning of time. Since the harvest season is upon us, I thought this would be a good time to discuss the Green Man.

The Green Man is everywhere and is everything. I have been a witch for many years. I felt like I barely knew the Green Man till I came across this book that I learned what I was seeking all this time. I could not put the book down.

He examines the many different cultures that honor the Green Man from early Man to African shamans. I would say this is a book that needs to be read twice. There is so much information packed in it. The book is beautifully illustrated with artwork of the Green Man throughout the book. This book stands out from other books about the Green Man because it does not just focus on the art of the Green Man found on architecture, it goes into detail about the Green Man himself. It is the book I was looking for for that reason.

Curran explores the significance of the Green Man in the medieval world to its development in the modern world. He explores the appeal of the Green Man to the ancient world to the modern time. He includes Robin Hood, demigods such as Herne the Hunter, from the King of the Woods to the Jack in the Green. Curran explores the interconnection of Man and Nature throughout history.

I will add this book to my collection. I have finally put the pieces together. It is easy to find information in depth about Goddesses. When it comes to info about the God, I find very little. The Green Man transcends cultures and time. Cernunnos, Dionysius or Pan. The Goddess and the God are intended to be interconnected. If that were so, why should it be so hard to find reliable scholarship about the Green Man.

Hail the God! He sacrifices himself for the harvest to feed the many to ensure a good harvest. The Oak King falls to open the way for the Holly King. The cold winter will soon stretch before us.

Blessings,
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Cat Magick

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Today I am posting a topic on cats. Recently my cat needed medical attention, and it pushed me to blog about cats. I hope the cat people out there will be able to relate to this post.

First off, I can hear you all chanting,”Cats own you.”This is a fact. They choose you. They expect love and care and they get it. My cat is spoiled. She has a large blue litter box, a large blue striped litter mat and litter locker. Whoever invented litter lockers was a genius. She sleeps on the table and does whatever she wants. She naps anywhere she pleases. She is the one and only in my heart.

So I thought you would be pleased or inspired as you read this post full of suggestions to practice some cat magick in your own home. Let’s get started.

I set up a cat shrine. I put down a cloth on a flat surface. I set down a Bast cat statue, my animal totem Tiger figurine for Mishra, an animal skull I found on a hike, a bag of catnip, tiger’s eye, blue tiger’s eye, a jade stone, a bright shimmering blue cat’s eye crystal in the shape of a heart, two cat tarot decks; one in a cool black tarot bag with the face of a cat on it, and the other in a box on the altar. A dried rose and two books on cat magic and lore that I bought. The first book is The Good Cat Spell Book by Gillian Kemp and the second book is Your Magickal Cat by Gerina Dunwich. I love both these books.

You can set up a shrine for your kitty using mine as an example, or get creative and try your own. Use your imagination!!

Here is a spell on how to make a witch cat jar to protect your cat. With a red permanent marker, label the jar ‘Witch cat jar’ and draw a cat on the jar. Open the jar. Make sure it is clean. Add purple beads, straw strands from your besom, birch leaves, sage and catnip. Store the jar somewhere special.

Do you know your cat’s astrological sign? My Lady Shadow is a capricorn. If you know the birth date of your favorite feline, then it will easy to find out the cat’s sign. The astrology of your cat can reveal a lot about your cat’s personality and temperament. Shadow is loyal and stubborn, but will not share as much affection with others as she would to me. Steadfast and loyal, they make a great companion/ animal familiar because they do not wander off.

Do not be surprised if your cat prefers to be involved when you are practising magick.

I also want to post one more note: Sometimes our furballs fall ill. It happens. I urge you all to avoid pet stores for medicine. Seek the medicines at a vet hospital. I know you pay more but you pay for quality medicine to help your pet achieve the best health. Trust me on that. I speak from experience. They deserve it. Meow!!!

Blessings to you and your familiars,
Lady Spiderwitch + Lady Shadow

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