Quickening Moon

Merry Meet All,

Tomorrow the Full Moon shines regally in the velvet sky. I plan to perform a full moon ritual and hope you all do too. The upcoming Full Moon is known as the Quickening moon, a time when the earth stirs beneath the snow and soil.

I cleaned my apartment up some today to welcome in the cleansing energies of early spring. Cleaning a home is a great way to embrace spring. Soon, snowdrops and crocuses will emerge from the stubborn soil and grace my garden.

When you cast your lunar esbat, concentrate on honouring the return of spring. Plan your garden and write out what you plan to accomplish this spring. Light a candle at your altar. Put the piece of paper beneath the candle or inscribe your wishes onto the candle and add a sigil such as a rune. Burn the candle and know that your plans or wishes are sent to the Universe. Check it out in August to revisit your goal and check your progress. Burn incense and chant as you visualize your goal:

Constant Moon,
Quicken my heart,
Quicken my blood,
This is the start.

– Ember Start.

I wish you a memorable lunar esbat.

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Magic Lesson: Colourful flames in Cauldron

Merry Meet All,

Hello class! All settled in now in your desks? Today you are going to learn how to do some magick in your cauldron. Stop staring at the quidditch match outside the window and pay attention (just kidding.) Ok so here we go. Before you on your desk you see a cast-iron cauldron, a bottle of Ethanol, and some powder in a bowl.

You pour a tablespoonful or less of Ethanol into your black cast-iron cauldron and sprinkle the powder to change the color of candle or fire flames into the cauldron. Light a match or use a lighter and light the Ethanol. Be careful, because this is after all, flammable liquid. You do not want your robes, parchment or book of shadows catching on fire. Remain near your cauldron to make sure nothing goes wrong. Be awed by the sight of colourful flames leaping from the cauldron. Be sure to use a cast-iron or brass cauldron only.

I was awed when I tried it last night. I had to post it on my blog. While I urge you to exercise caution, this will add some oopmh to your magick if your magick has been getting a bit dull. Think of all the things you can do with this now. I bought the Ethanol at Clair de Lune at Mic Mac Mall but any store that specializes in candles will hopefully carry it.

Well that’s all for today.
Have fun !

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

Alfalfa seeds startup

Merry Meet All,

If you are eager to start growing food, consider growing alfalfa seeds to welcome the spring season. I like Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds, the ones you see in the small green plastic bags. The type I have is called Sandwich Booster and contains clover, alfalfa, radish, and green kale. The stuff is delicious and I always add it to my salads. Oh it tastes so good. It is organic too!

Here is how you can make your own. It is easy to do. Find and sterilize a large clear mason jar. There are two methods shown here but the method I used was the jar method. Soak the seeds for two to six hours. Put one to two tablespoons of seeds in a wide mouthed jar. Cover jar with screen or mesh and secure with a rubber band. Add water, swirl and drain. Refill with 1 cup of water. Soak seeds for two to six hours. Drain water.

Rinse the seeds twice a day by refilling with water and gently swirling. Drain the water. Invert the jar and prop at an angle in a sink or bowl. Keep the jar out of sunlight. In time, the seeds will sprout and grow to a bigger size so make sure the jar is large.

The sprouts are ready to eat in three to six days. Keep in the jar in a sealed container. Store the bag of seeds in a cupboard and out of direct sunlight.

The second method

Rinse enough seed to fill the bottom of a sprouting tray. Cover seeds with water for two to six hours. Smaller seeds that fall through the cracks of the tray can be grown in a jar (why I prefer the jar method.) Drain, and tilt the tray to remove the excess water. Spread seed evenly on the bottom of the sprouting tray. Cover with lid or plastic bag.

Rinse twice a day. Remove the lid and rinse tray with a mister or dipping in a sink of water. Be sure not to lose the seeds.

These sprouts contain no harmful chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides and used environmentally friendly methods. The seeds were not grown from genetically modified seeds. That sounds delicious to me.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

Money Magick

Merry Meet All,

The sun is shining here. Soon buds will bloom on the birch tree outside my window. I am sure you are all excited about spring. Spring Equinox is next month on March 21st. I planted snowdrops and crocuses and I can’t wait to see them emerge in my garden. They are the first of flowers to herald the arrival of spring.

Spring is a time of beginnings when the Crone gives way to the Maiden. The God is reborn. Green shoots push out into the soil. Perhaps it is no accident that I shifted my altar to an east facing direction.

I cast a money spell yesterday. Now is a good time to cast this spell.

To cast this spell, you will need the following items:

A coin
a gold candle (beeswax will do)
Your wallet
Olive oil

Set the piggybank, wallet, candle, rice, and small plate on the altar. Place the candle on the plate and coat the candle with olive oil. I carved dollar signs onto the candle. This step is optional. I left the candle on the plate. Warm the bottom of the candle until you can adhere a coin to the bottom of the candle. Focus to increase the overall flow of money in your home.

Sit down before your altar. Calm yourself and meditate to open your awareness to the spell you are about to cast. Feel the energy emanating from the candle. Light the candle, saying: “As the candle glows, and wax flows, let money grow.” Cup your hands around the candle. Do not touch the candle. Allow energy to flow. Every morning, light the candle and utter the chant. Chant till you have raised the energy. Snuff or blow out the candle. Snuffing the candle retains the energy. Blowing out the candle sends the energies to the Universe. Retain the candle until the second day of fullness.

Perform this spell during a waxing moon, when the moon is in Aries, Pisces or Aquarius, a blue moon, Sundays or New Years’ for growth oriented energy.

You can use green, silver or gold candles for the spell. For more oomph to the spell, simmer almond, patchouli, and cinnamon in a pot. They correspond to money magic and are appropriate for the spell.

Good luck with this spell!!
May it bring you fortune and prosperity
Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Winter Enchantments

Merry Meet All,

Today the rain is melting away the huge snowbanks. I fought my way over the snowbanks yesterday, many of them bigger than I am. The Wheel of the Year turns to Ostara next month. Ostara is the second spring Sabbat and the spring equinox.

Valentine’s Day warms hearts on Thursday. Mercury Retrograde occurs on February 23 and ends on March 17. The Full moon lands on February 25.

Someone suggested on Facebook that we all have an UnValentine’s Day. Imagine that if everyone withheld buying chocolates and roses. The corporations that glut over the money people spend on V-Day, Halloween, and Christmas would be flabbergasted. They are raking in the millions because people buy into the consumerism. What if you didn’t? What if you found another way to say I love you to that special someone? I think that Valentine’s Day should be every day of the year. And for you all single people out there, take heart and tell your pet or your plant that you love them. Make a devotional offering to your God and Goddesses of your tradition.

February may seem like a cold dismal month. But it can still be a magickal month. Take this time to improve your Book of Shadows and clear your tools of stale chi. Perhaps your altar would fare better if it faced north or west. After months of enduring a wooden board practically sticking in my back, I switched the direction my altar is facing and finally have a lot more space. Now my altar faces east, the Air element. It corresponds with new beginnings, intellectual matters, wisdom, air and the power of the mind.

I hope you find ways to make this a spellbinding month

Blessed Be
Lady Spiderwitch

Snow and Les Miserables

Merry Meet All,

Halifax, the city I live in, has been buried under 30 cm of snow. That is a lot of snow. The sky is a grayish white and of course, everything is submerged in snow. I dared a trip to the corner store and to do that, I had to fight my through waist deep snow last night. I also had to brave a steep hill that leads to the corner store. I managed fine. I am quite agile and nimble like a cat. The wind is still howling.

Prior to this snowstorm, I had the pleasure of being treated to see Les Miserables. I posted the trailer for you to view. I have not read the book … yet but I plan to. I believe the movie did justice to the book. I was blown away by the talented actors, especially Anne Hathaway. Enjoy the trailer and see it while it is in theatres.

I hope you all stay warm and safe this winter
Blessed Be
Lady Spiderwitch

Early Frosts of Spring

Merry Meet All,

I know, I know those piles of muddy snow linger like mouldy newspaper to street corners. How many of you are hit with an early rush of spring fever? I bought a blue hyacinth plant and it now rests next to my lovely orchid plant on the windowsill. Yup. Spring is on its way.

Tulips are available now in the grocery stores- where I got my hyacinth. Now is the time to stock up on seeds for the year and plan your garden. I usually wait till my perennials have hogged their homes in the garden before I welcome other plants. Only my garden is full of lovely plants leaving little room for other green budding hopefuls.

Here is some information on growing seedlings to help you plan for spring.

Snow clings to the earth yet we all know spring is around the corner. It is time to start thinking about growing seeds indoors for spring. This post will show you how to grow organic seedlings for your garden.

It is crucial to maintain an earth-friendly perspective when honouring the earth. Pesticides and chemicals impact our health and the wellbeing of the environment. Organic plants don’t contain the harmful pesticides like nonorganic plants. The organic plants retain the properties that herbs are so prized for.

Herbs can be grown in pots on the windowsill if you don’t have room for a garden and if they need to be overwintered indoors. Growing your own organic herbs reduces the toxins that may otherwise be present in the plants and you will know where they came from. You will no longer need to purchase processed herbs from the grocery store.

Use clean earthenware pots to grow your herbs in. Wash them and store them in a shed or your basement. Avoid using PVC plastic pots, which contain lead. Plastic pots end up in landfills. Herbs grow better and look better in earthenware plant pots. The peat and wood fiber pots can be stored in the soil and are biodegradable. Earthenware plant pots are a welcome sight to the eye. Use your imagination when selecting containers for your plants.

Coir pots are available at gardening centres. The biodegradable pots and planters use dextrose from natural resources such as corn and bamboo instead of petroleum, preserving natural resources. The coir pots break down, which gives roots room to grow, and lends more oxygen to the soil.

Miracle-Gro sells organic potting mixes. If the herb you buy is not organic, you can still use organic practices. The tools needed for gardening are gardening gloves, sharp scissors, and a boline to cut herbs with, shovel and trowel, hoe and plant pots.

Add some pebbles or rocks to the bottom of the plant pot for drainage. Put organic potting mixes into a peat pot or clean sterile earthenware plant pot. Do not add compost to potting mixes because that causes damping-off of the seedlings, causing the seedlings to die off. Put the plant or seedling into the soil, leaving room for the roots, and water generously. Feel the texture of the earthenware pot. Set a clear quartz crystal into the surface of the soil. If the plant seems to wilt when the crystal has been there a few days, remove the crystal.

You can grow herbs from seed in your home as early as March. You will require seeds and containers. You can use either freshly bought soil or indoor potting soil. It should be in good condition. This will ensure you grow happy, healthy plants.

If you saved your seeds over the winter, here is one way to ensure the seeds are viable. Count out some seeds from the packet. Moisten a paper towel or a Kleenex and set it on a flat dish. Place the paper towel into a plastic bag, and seal the bag. Label the bag with the type of seed and date the bag. Leave the bag in a warm area, such as a windowsill or a shelf. If some of the seeds are sprouted, save them and put them into a pot with soil. Discard the rest of the seeds. You can test your seeds for viability the same way every year. That technique is called pre-germinating.

Scarifying means scarring or roughing up the seeds. You can nick the seed gently to trigger the germination process. When the seeds have sprouted, thin the seedlings and repot the strongest seedlings. Don’t overwater your seedlings. This will prevent root rot.

Plan to start your seeds in early spring. The usual time is four to six weeks before the frost date. Consult a guide or an almanac to learn the right times to start plants indoors. Some herbs can be started indoors earlier than others.

Reflect on what grew well and what didn’t. Keep a gardening journal to keep track of what grew well. Save seeds if you grew herbs from a garden and winter the herbs indoors from the garden to save money. For instance, a geranium can be overwintered indoors by drying out the root upside down in a paper bag or grown in a pot on a south-facing windowsill. I have a a sage plant growing at a south-facing windowsill.

It is exciting to see seedlings bloom in their small pots. When they are ready, move the small plants to large, attractive pots. Hold a seed trade day with your friends and neighbours. Share plant pots and tips while you all sip herbal teas and swap gardening success stories. You can obtain great plants that way.

Nature is a marvel to behold. Always possess a sense of wonder when gardening and growing seedlings. Empower the plants and herbs by holding the pot in your hands. Feel the energy coming from your hands into the potted herbs. Place the pot on a sunny windowsill or your garden and allow the roots to settle in their new home. It is a joy to watch herbs grow if you need a sprig for cooking or making incense.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

Busy Bees

Merry Meet All,

Imbolc is a time of renewal. It is the time when ewes are calving and they are producing milk. Snow blankets the earth yet the plants are stirring. Imbolc is also a time to celebrate the return of the sun’s growing light. This is the perfect time to do an inventory of your tools and a cleansing or renewed dedication to the God and Goddess.

I would like to add that this can be a great time to evaluate where you buy your metaphysical provisions. I admit openly to buying some online, but I also visit the local farmers’ markets in my area for provisions too. I bought a few beeswax candles this weekend for Imbolc from a lady who sells the best organic honey in town. She draws crowds to her booth who are always enthralled by her beautiful beeswax candles. They are affordable and organic. This benefits the environment, helps support the local farmers, and makes me feel good to be supporting her and helping the environment. The candles are always exquisitely crafted. I own an owl candle, and I burned a beautiful white beeswax candle for my solitary Imbolc ritual. So I encourage you to attend and support your local farmers markets. You never know where you might find that perfect treasure. The lady who does the honey and candles also oversees 1,000 beehives where she lives. She took over the hives from other beekeepers. Her honey also tastes delicious. Bees are endangered, which means we will be endangered, another good reason to help the local economy.

We love our spiritual tools but over time, sometimes the tools gather dust and then lose their lustre. We may be busy and then neglect this very important chore. Gather all your cleaning supplies. Sweep the floors and wash them with a mixture of warm water, soap, and the appropriate herbs such as lavender or rosemary in the soapy water. Dust everything, vacuum your floors, and wash your spiritual tools with a mugwort infusion.

The best utensils and tools are those that are made from natural elements. They do not contain the harsh chemicals, thereby protecting our health and lending more energy to our magical workings. In time, our tools absorb and sustain energies we put into them. Every living thing has energy. The tools grow stronger because they absorb our energy and our intent.

Tools collect ashes, dust, and wax markings over time. In the spring, use mugwort, tea tree oil, lemon or lavender for cleaning tools. Mugwort is ideal to clean altar tools and crystals. Research the moon phase and sun phase to find the perfect time for the cleansing. Try New moon or the waning moon for the cleansing.

Candles leave stains on fabric and on our spiritual tools, no matter how careful we try to be. However, the markings are easy to remove. Dig out your ironing board and iron and a brown paper bag. For example, I will tell you how to remove a candle wax stain from your ritual robe or altar cloth. Lay the fabric down on the ironing board and place the brown paper bag beneath the fabric. Heat your iron to a low to medium temperature. Place the iron on the brown paper bag. This lifts the stain from the fabric onto the brown paper bag. Do not use steam when you do this. Do not scorch the material. You can avoid that by moving the iron over the material constantly. The wax softens then adheres to the brown paper bag.

Another cleaning trick I have learned is using bleach with a q-tip for removing stains. Be sure to select a colour safe bleach. Now, if you have a stain and have caught it early before it becomes permanent, here is what you do. Pour a small amount of bleach into a small glass bowl. Lay the garment down on the counter. Dip the q-tip into the bleach and gently blot- not rub back and forth, with the q-tip onto the stain. Blotting ‘lifts’ the stain out and rubbing sets the stain in deeper, except that is what so many people do without being aware of what they are doing. Then, launder the garment. The stain will be completely gone. You will have a beautiful ritual robe or altar cloth again.

I hope this inspires you to clean and to care for your spiritual tools. If you care for them properly, they will last you a long time. Now that everything is clean, you are prepared for the return of spring. Doesn’t it feel good?

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Imbolc blessings

Merry meet All,

Imbolc is here! I bet you are excited and planning your solitary or coven rituals. I hope you all have lots of fun while doing them. I am sending Imbolc blessings to you all. I hope you read these posts and found them helpful as you planned your rituals. Or maybe you like to be spontaneous and do on the spot rits and no planning is necessary. That is okay, too, you can do whatever works for you. The point is to have fun!

You can honour Brigid by making a corn doll or using one that you already own, making her a Brigid’s bed, and performing a ritual in her honour. If you live in Halifax, a public Imbolc ritual will be held at the Universalist Unitarian church on 5500 Inglis Street at 6:30 pm tomorrow night.

Brigid is not the only deity who is popular this month. Hestia, in the Greek/ Roman tradition, can be honored this month too. Hestia guarded the hearth and home. She was the ancient Greek hearth goddess. Light a candle or your fireplace in her honour. The candle or fire warmed the hearth and home.

The Imbolc cross quarter day is on February 4th. The Sun reaches fifteen degrees Aquarius. The Chinese New Year slithers its way on the day of Sunday, February 10th. Mardi Gras occurs on February 12th. And we all know Valentine’s Day will be warming hearts- not mine, I hate V-Day, on February 14th. On February 18th, the Celtic tree month of Ash begins. The Full moon shines on February 25th. There is lots to look forward to.

Today the sun is shining and the snow is melting. Spring is not far away. Do you all have your seed catalogues? Now is the time to plan because snowdrops and crocuses will thrust their green heads out of the stubborn soil to herald spring. My orchid bloomed on my windowsill. The flowers are so beautiful.

Many Imbolc blessings,
Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch