Monthly Archives: July 2015

My altar cloth

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Merry meet all,

I am looking forward to attending the Mighty Dead workshop in September. I have been busy preparing to go. I have sewn myself a nice skirt (which is not done yet), a corset and an altar cloth. I am proud of my altar cloth.

The altar cloth is made of black cotton and generously covered in Penny’s cat hair (grr.) The altar cloth is lined and adorned with a skull and skeletons. I plan to add leaves to it, Celtic knot work, a triple moon, two crescent moons, a cat, bats, and a spider. I am adding to the altar cloth what has meaning to me. The skull and skeletons symbolize death.

A bat flew in my hair once. That doesn’t scare me. Spiders have always been my totem insect and protected me. Already their webs hang over my garden, waiting for an unwary fly. I have always loved the moon. I want to add a tombstone but I am still thinking about that.

I may seam rip the fabric and add herbs between the cloth and the lining. The altar cloth is too large in my opinion. But we need an altar cloth for the workshop. That’s why I am going to all this work. I also wanted the altar cloth to be appropriate for the workshop and I had nothing that would have worked. 

I have lots of time to prepare for the workshop in September, but who really wants to be scrambling at the last minute? Well maybe some people do. That’s not how I work. I also plan to give lavender, sage and mugwort smudge stick wands as gifts to the people who helped me be able to get to participate in the workshop.  The sage, lavender and mugwort are growing in my garden. 

Update on the altar cloth

Last night, I glued the decorative felt pieces onto the altar cloth. That was easier than sewing them on. It worked. I am happy to share a photo here. I have attached symbols that have meaning for me, the bat, cat and spider that are my totem animals. I haven’t attached the tombstone yet. I have to give that more thought. Two crescent moons and a centred pentagram triple moon decorate the altar cloth. Leaves border the edges of the altar cloth. 

black altarcloth

 

I can’t wait for September!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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Creations

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Merry meet all,

The Wheel of the Year next shifts to Lammas. Lammas is one of the first three harvest Sabbats. The harvest season is almost upon us. I think time is speeding up. I just put my squash vines in the ground. 

I am sewing a whole new outfit for the upcoming Christopher Penczak workshop The Mighty Dead. I grew up in fabric stores and pored over countless pattern binders. I learned how to sew. I sewed myself a lovely purplish blue peasant blouse. I plan to sew myself a black corset. The corset is lined with dark purple butterfly print fabric. I need to finish it by inserting grommets ( not the easiest job) and make the black gothy blouse and skirt. To some, sewing is a challenge. Yet I see a challenge as something to overcome. I see sewing as an act of creation. I walk around a fabric store and can’t help touching the fabric. So my new outfit will be a joy to create. I know all about selvages, bias tape, and all the other important things involved in sewing. The malls never carry the type of clothing I want. That is why I do so much sewing. Sometimes the fabric stores don’t carry the patterns I want. The patterns are standard and conventional. I put my own spin on my creations. 

Here are some photos of my efforts o the corset and my purple blouse so far:

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The blouse:

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I can’t wait to complete the corset. It is not that hard. The pattern I have calls for 2 pieces of boning to be inserted on both sides of front section of the corset. 

I love black as a choice for clothing. Black is empowering, magickal, and adds mystery. Purple is a good witchy colour too. But black has always held superiority over everything else. 

When you sew your own clothes, you create something original and tailored to you. The outfit will fit you better because you know your own size and measurements, which is important when sewing. Designers understand that though the models in the magazines are extremely thin. So whatever you sew you will feel good in. This is why I go to all that work. 

GARDENING

Gardening is also an act of creation. That may be painfully obvious but it’s true. Once you have grown all your magickal plants, there a thousand ways to use them. 

Incense, incense cones, potpourri, tinctures, potions, charged water, the possibilities are endless. You might even create your own herbal book where you can record all your successes and experiments. I am currently experimenting with making incense cones. 

my incense cones

I blended herbs with orris root, red wine, and honey. I formed 20 incense cones. They are curing on wax paper on a cookie sheet in the kitchen. I will let them cure till the cones are ready then I shall store them. They smell like cloves. 

Basically, when you create something, whether you grow black hollyhocks or a gothy shawl, you are putting your own energy into it. If you practice, you can become very good at it. You are creating something and feeling the fire of creation, You are a Witch and witches are usually very crafty. You don’t need to buy a wand when you can create just as magickal a wand from a fallen branch on the ground. I did that and I wood burned a Celtic serpent design over the whole wand. I painted it green and brown. People might start asking you for your help and where you get your inspirations. That’s when you know you are getting somewhere.

Good luck with your creations

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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How to grow a lunar garden

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Merry meet all,

Grow a lunar garden in your yard for some awesome lunar esbat energy. You can grow plants and flowers that bloom at night. Some plants are white and silver reflecting the moon’s colour and energy. Plant them in a crescent-shaped or sickle shaped design to mimic the moon’s phases,

  • Moonflower opens at night to blossom. Moonflower reveals a lemony scent when it blooms. The flowers are six inches in diameter. 
  • Evening Primrose is a great ground cover plant and spreads rapidly. The plant opens at night and release a sweet aroma
  • Evening stock
  • Night phlox
  • Angel’s trumpet
  • Night gladiolus 

Day Blooming Silver and White plants

  • Dusty Millers
  • Silver thyme
  • Lamb’s Ears( I have this in my garden)
  • mugwort (aids in psychic workings)
  • white vegetables 

Herbs and flowers with lunar connections

  • Camphor
  • Eucalyptus
  • Gardenia
  • Jasmine
  • Moonwort
  • Sandalwood
  • Willow
  • Water Lily
  • Sleepwort

When your lunar plants have blossomed and grown, the possibilities on how to use them in lunar magick are endless. You can arrange them around your lunar charged candles, in teas and incenses. Grow the moonflower near a window to enjoy the scent at night as you sleep or practice a lunar esbat! 

The moon shines over my apartment and garden at night. My plants are blessed with the magickal moon energy. Last night, I performed a lunar esbat and knew my garden was being drenched in July’s first full moon power.

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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