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Magickal Shopping )O(

Merry meet all,

I recently bought an ouija board online. I love ouija boards, especially the one with that design. I can’t wait to get it in the mail. I suspect I have certain spirits in my apartment and so I am quite excited to get my mitts on it.

I searched many metaphysical shops online because they have many different prices. There are so many shops online with different pricing. They all want to sell. They all sell relatively similar merchandise. That is why I believe it is a good idea to check which magical witch shop has the best price and product available.

I really wanted the ouija board but the more I examined the prices and the shipping rate, the more critical I became of the total prices. This is one thing to be aware of. It is ok to be satisfied with a price you finally pay after searching for the best price. You can change your mind. The fact that there are so many different shops should encourage a shopper to be careful before hitting the checkout button. You try on several pairs of shoes before selecting the pair you love, so why not be the same with the prices of candles or stones?

It’s OK to compare and contrast prices. We have to remember that we are not just consumers, but customers. Customers have rights and the right to be happy with a product. I was dismayed to discover that it cost more for me to buy the same ouija board online locally than from the States. Yup I love to buy local but the ouija board was more expensive than the one I finally decided on. That was unfortunate.

I encourage you all to read the shipping and handling policies before hitting the checkout button. This can help you understand the total price you are paying in more depth. Consider reading the policies of shipping and handling of every store that you browse. They all want to sell and it is a good idea to be aware and savvy.

Check out what payment methods they accept before buying something. Keep in mind any hidden fees too. Keep in mind that you may have to check the currency rate too if buying from a different country. Make sure you have enough cash or credit to cover the cost once you calculate the currency rate and shipping and handling. That is where the costs suddenly escalate and the object you wanted to buy something seems less appealing. If you can, get candles locally. I usually only buy something unusual I can’t buy here. The rest of my witch loot I buy from a nearby store or I make it myself. I am out to save money.

If you shop and follow these tips, you should have a much better and satisfying time shopping and browsing magical witch shops. I hope you do have fun as that’s the way its meant to be.

BB Spiderwitch

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In Memory of Paranormal Radio Show host Art Bell

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I am in the midst of a setback in my life. I have broken my foot and now have to rest. Mercifully, I can sit and type, which is what I’m doing now. It is torture to sit still but I must if I hope to heal. I can’t be in my garden. The minute I can be, I will be there. While I am healing, I still sent a story to an editor. I can still sit and type. It is a royal pain but not for an eternity.

The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Lammas, or Lughnasadh, depending on which way you look at it. I look forward to this. It always makes me think of the fall harvest, my fave time of year, yet it is still summer. It feels like time to prepare for fall before it is fall. Yay!! We who truly love fall wait a long time for our fave time of year to roll around.

Just a word of caution: be careful what you wear. Don’t get heatstroke. Don’t lock your pets up in cars. Make sure that you and your loved furry ones/ furmiliars stay hydrated. July is a hot month, the hottest of the year. Take care of your health.

The paranormal radio show host, Art Bell, passed away. To those who ever heard of him or his show, this might be sad news. I didn’t know him but I can respect his interest in the paranormal. Here is a link if you are interested in learning more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/art-bell-death_us_5ad23ac0e4b0edca2cba533b.

Here is the article posted about him, copied courteousy of the website listed above.

‘(Reuters) – U.S. radio host Art Bell, known for his discussions of conspiracy theories and paranormal phenomena during his popular syndicated show “Coast to Coast AM”, has died at his home in Nevada aged 72, the local sheriff’s office said.

The show developed a cult following after he created it in 1993 and was touted as the country’s most listened to overnight radio program. It featured Bell expounding on topics as diverse as UFO sightings, Bigfoot and crop circles.

Bell retired in 2015 citing safety concerns for his family. His studios were located in his hometown of Pahrump, in Nye County, Nevada.

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly announced the death of the “longtime resident” in a brief video statement. She said he died on Friday, and that an autopsy was scheduled for later this week to determine the cause of death.

The current host of the show, George Noory, said in a statement: “Art was a legend – a radio icon who went against the grain and developed an amazing show … His impact on my life is beyond words. He will be missed, but I know he is now on another journey.”

“Coast to Coast AM” airs on more than 600 stations nationwide and is broadcast Monday through Sunday from 1-5 a.m. ET, according to Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, the leading audio company in the United States.  ‘

I am sure many listeners enjoyed his radio show and will remember him long after he is gone.

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

 

 

 

 

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Update

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I am in the midst of trying to write a proposal for a Dark Poetry Scholarship offered by the Horror Writers Association. I want to study poetry to write better poetry and thereby develop better creative writing skills and once I get those skills, finish another book of poetry. That is my goal. I hope I manage to achieve it. I am going to do everything I can to have this opportunity.

I also want to remind my blog fans here that the book of poetry Untimely Frost featuring my poem, Encounter with Death, is available on Amazon!! Please do buy a copy. I posted a link in an earlier blog post but here it is again: https://www.amazon.com/Untimely-Frost-Unthawed-Multiple-Authors/dp/0998748900/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1529075469&sr=8-1&keywords=untimely+frost

I wish I could sign copies for all  you readers. I can’t wait to have my own copy of the book. I can’t wait. I am so happy to be a part of the project. Magically speaking, tonight is New Moon!! Hekate loves New Moon. I think that tonight would be a good time to thank Hekate and the nature spirits for their help in my garden. But I might watch some shows with my best friend Mark.

Summer is here! I hope you are all enjoying it. I will be back with more posts. Till then, keep reading and growing your magickal herbs, or whatever it is you do.

Blessings, Spiderwitch )O(

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How it’s done in the grave

 

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A lot of people  have asked how I have managed a blog and have a blog page theme and so forth. I decided that I would write about how I have created my blog. I hope you all enjoy reading this post. I run the Pilcrow theme. There are a few theme options to design your WordPress available in the Appearance section on the left menu.

Basically, I never gave up on trying. If you want to have an excellent blog, never give up. You have to be willing to learn, to fail, to try and keep trying. You have to type when you are inspired and when you really really don’t want to. You have to be willing to be adaptable and learn new things. You have to be flexible and hard working. I have been blogging for years now. I have struggled through the whole steep learning curve and learned almost everything there is to know about blogging. I am sure I still have much more to learn.

WordPress is the best blogging site ever. I used to be on Blogger but one day my account was hacked. I transferred all my blog posts over to WordPress and the rest as they say is history. I have written under 1000 blog posts in total. I am dedicated to my blog. WordPress has tutorials and helpful help sites. The information for help on how to manage a blog on WordPress can also be googled online.

I try to think of a topic for my posts. I try my hardest to make it interesting. I like to include a photo with each post. I think a writer can cultivate their own style, their own voice. You will find your own voice after a while of writing. I sign each post and I use keywords to enable a viewer to find these posts easily. I write each post from my heart. WordPress has many helpful things to make writing posts easy for the writer such as adding photos, movie trailers, links to sites or writing your post all in bold (which I don’t recommend but anyway), or italics. You can schedule when a blog post will be published or have several posts published on a certain date. You can preview your posts before publishing them or save the drafts if you are too busy at the time of writing them.

If one day you are seated at your laptop, steaming java next to you, and you feel drops of blood dripping down on your face as you try to think of a topic. relax. By the way, never get your laptop wet. Instead, go on Google to see new ways of how to come up with blog posts topics. I’ve been faced with the same problem. Googling that has helped me greatly to get great blog topic suggestions. You could keep a list of blog post ideas on your desktop or update an old blog post. Ask your readers what they want to read. Give them no choice but to read your blog post. If a favorite movie of yours is coming soon to theaters, mention that. If a new occult store opened in your neighborhood, mention that. If a Sabbat is approaching, promote it to the world. Enter a major keyword of your proposed post topic on Twitter and see what results show from that to generate ideas. You might be surprised at how that can scare up good ideas.

It is good writing practice to write blog posts. Blogs are looked down on and don’t deserve that. Any writing practice you can get is still practice. I also found a theme for my blog. I thought of what I wanted to talk about what I was passionate about. That is how I came up with Paranormal & Witchy Fiction which reflects a huge passion in my life. The photo on my main blog page of the moon is one I took myself. I thought it was really cool and I put it on my blog. Since Paranormal and Witchy Fiction is a bit spooky, I added the photo to portray that. I love the spooky.

I added the About me page to show more information viewers might want to know about me. I included interviews with editors and testimonials from other people about my writing. One afternoon I saw another writer’s blog page of his writing bibliography and was seized with inspiration. I noticed that the pictures of the published books were thumbnail size. Next to the picture of the book was a small blurb. I immediately set out to create my own blog page of a bibliography of my published works. I posted a thumbnail size photo of my own published book of poetry or anthology and wrote a small and here was yet another thing to learn- small blurb of the book. Keep it brief and simple. I love how it looks now and I also learned how to add a hyperlink to the picture of each book. I also included a reviewer’s words about my writing at the top of the page. This draws the reader/s in and hopefully makes them want to read more.

There are so many things that WordPress lets you do to create an awesome award worthy blog site. You can control and enhance the appearance and the settings. After a while, if you have done a good job and worked hard, you may start to get comments on your blog. I keep the good comments and decide what I want to do with the rest of the comments. You can request feedback on your drafts before publishing them.  You can connect your blog site or posts to social media. When the post is published, it is immediately posted to Facebook, for example. Post your efforts on Google once or multiple times to get readers to create awareness of your blog posts. You have to promote your blog on your own. You have to be your own sleigh driver, so to speak. It is effort but over time, it is worth it. The blog site rewards come over time, this is not instant reward.

Media – I like to add photos to my posts as I mentioned above. I like to center the photo to attract the reader’s eye. I keep the photo size a reasonable size. I like that the photos are in color and I try to keep copyright in mind. I never want to be accused of stealing a picture but thankfully that has not happened yet. If I do add movie trailers that may be of popular interest, then I post that at the end of the blog post. That is also where I add links of interest for readers if they want more information on a topic or just for fun.

Be yourself when creating your blog. People like it when you demonstrate your passionate, whether it is soccer or drama. You could offer your readers a contest and offer fun prizes. Or book or movie reviews, or interviews with editors or even movie directors. The sky is the limit. Use your imagination and remember to have fun with it.

The reason why my blog posts are all in bold ( which I said don’t do earlier) is that I noticed that if the posts are in bold, they stand out more. I have the free WordPress account but you can pay for a WordPress blog. If you do, there are extra features offered such as getting to post in pdf. I use the standard format for my blog posts. I like to keep it simple. There are so many awesome features on WordPress. The only way to manage a blog is to slog through and learn all you can. Be fearless and creative. Let out that Lord Byron or Poe in you. Your blog may even inspire an idea for a novel or a book of poems. Many writers who write blogs often move on to successful writing careers.

One more thing: Learn how to proofread your own posts. You want to attract readers to your blog over and over again? Proofread. No one else will do it for you. Don’t write in cliches. Instead, cultivate your own voice. Use verbs and nouns. Learn where a prepositional phrase belongs. Use adjectives and adverbs sparingly. You could try using editing sites until you master editing and proofreading on your own. You can return to your blog post/s and edit them to  your satisfaction should you choose to.

I can’t emphasize enough how important proofreading is. It is what keeps viewers glued to your blog. That and great content and evidence of effort on your part.There are many other competing blogs out there. Over time, you will see how to keep them coming back to yours if you follow all these tips.  Good luck blogging!!!!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Conjuring Horrors

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I watched Conjuring 2 last night. I own the first The Conjuring movie on dvd. I do believe the second movie is scarier. I screamed and I didn’t scream once in the first movie. The sequel is far scarier. It takes a lot to scare me. The sequel is better and I felt more genuine empathy for what the family suffered. It shared the same plot line as the other movie. A family is terrorized by a demon nun and it is up to Ed and Lorraine Warren to save the day. This is one rare time when the second movie is better than the first one.

I haven’t seen the Annabelle movies that follow after it because I don’t have the nerve. I saw one trailer and that was enough for me. I have always had a limit on what I will watch and what I won’t. I also am skeptical of what I watch on Youtube. I mean seriously they are sometimes obviously so fake. I am not sure if I am anyone to judge but I can decide for myself what is genuine and what is fake. I just watched a series of videos on Youtube about pets that seem to have sensed ghosts. It is hard to say by a video because it could be all staged.

That is why it is important to be objective of videos. I never watched the Ghost Adventures movie because I found it all hard to believe. I never saw the Paranormal movies either. I find some things just so obviously fake that I wonder how people can even make those movies and videos. I also never saw the second Poltergeist movie because it would never be as good as the first movie. The first movie is the best in my humble opinion. I saw the trailer for the second movie of Poltergeist and was not in the least interested in seeing it. Plus the first movie represents the time and the mainstream materialism of the time and the quality of the movie can’t be beat.

I had one thing to criticize about The Conjuring. When all the framed family photos fall off the wall, it should have woken the whole family. Only the mother is disturbed by the falling pictures and the commotion of them falling. I think that would have woken me if I heard that. The hands clapping behind the mother trapped in the basement was a frightening moment. The exorcism at the end makes me squirm. I like that the movie was set in the 70s. It was perfect and the story is gripping to the end. I found out on IMDB that Lily Taylor who plays the Mom, researched The Exorcist (of which I have only seen 15 minutes of) for the role. The Conjuring made $41 million on its opening weekend.

The Conjuring had a great soundtrack. The movie also has a dark tone, shadows and the scares have real meaning. The scares are there for a reason. The movie messes with you psychologically not physically. The movie is visceral and tense from beginning to end. I think that The Conjuring is a great horror movie. I do find the exorcism scene at the end way too hard to watch. But this movie takes time to make you care about the characters so when the horrible events happen, you are already caring about the Warrens and the Perrons and want them to survive. The heavy knockings, the ominous growling and the hands clapping in the basement are hard to forget. I hope The Conjuring becomes a horror classic like its predecessors of the 70s, such as Amityville, The Exorcist, The Haunting, and Rosemary’s Baby.

Let me know what you think!!
Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Pure Moon magick )O(

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Yesterday afternoon I found myself at the neighborhood cemetery again. There I sat, quill pen + notebook in hand, as I surveyed the scene before me. I perched on some stone steps. At first the afternoon was sunny. Then it turned cloudy. The sky was as gray as some of the headstones.

I spotted an earthworm on the step. I thought it was dead. Its skin glistened in the sun. Upon closer observation, I noticed the earthworm was alive and wriggling. I studied it for another moment then compassionately lifted him onto soil to avoid him being trampled. He no doubt appreciated my kindness.

I tried to write, I honestly did. I ended up writing prose, not poetry. Kids played in the cemetery and the parents talked and supervised. I stared out at the mass of headstones, trees and grass before me but the flowy metaphoric words didn’t come. I don’t know what it was but I still made a valiant effort.

The sky clouded over. The afternoon wore on. I sipped a coffee as I am now and waited for the words. I could have been distracted. The muse may have been sleeping off a drunk. I don’t know what it was but the words weren’t there. I however had not lost my powers of observation. That is one half of writing prose or poetry- being observant of the world around you.

 Writing is a struggle, more like a wrestling match. The words don’t always come. However that doesn’t mean the magic won’t happen later. That is why it is important to keep trying. The more you practice, the easier it gets. The same is true with soccer or calligraphy.

Tonight is the Full Moon of May! I wish you all a powerful Full moon esbat tonight. Blessings to all

Spiderwitch

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Belief in the Paranormal

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I am a fan of the paranormal, as my blog readers all know. Today I want to post about why I choose to believe in it and how I handle the paranormal occurrences in my life that I have become accustomed to. While I know I have mentioned some odd events around my home, I do believe in also looking first for a rational explanation to explain it.

I just read two interesting articles online about why some people believe more in the paranormal than others. The group of people who believe are more prone to a certain type of cognitive thinking. They may be more intuitive than reflective. The ones who are skeptics are more likely to be more reflective thinkers. The intuitive thinkers go more with their gut feeling and are more likely to believe there is a paranormal explanation for everything. A more reflective thinker will find a logical solution for everything first. This is similar to right brain and left brain thinking.

I manage to achieve both intuitive and reflective thinking. Some could argue that when the cast iron potbellied cauldron fell from my fridge, that it was the fridge’s vibrations that caused it to fall. If that is the explanation of why that occurred, then why didn’t anything else fall from the top of the fridge? But I digress. I had no pet cat at the time nor mice. No mouse could make that cauldron fall due to the cauldron’s weight. That would be some remarkable feat on the mouse’s part. I know it seems boring and counterproductive to my blog to include such analysis but it is still necessary. Remembering to be a bit analytical while still enjoying the paranormal can actually enhance your experience of the paranormal because you can be freer to enjoy it. If a draft blows into a room, it may not be a cold spot. There might be a door or window left open that blew in a breeze. So remember to use common sense when first looking for an explanation of why something happened.

There are many skeptics who are out to debunk the existence of Bigfoot or explain away out of body experiences. I say let them be. They are just as entitled to their beliefs and views as we all are. They have the right to criticize and analyze everything as we have the right to Ouija boards. Science seeks an explanation to everything. Science might just come up with some excellent arguments and amazing ideas on things. There has to be a balance between science and intuition. I think science is changing and becoming more accepting of life after death with the invention of Kirlian photography. They believe they can now capture the spirit leaving the body after death with the use of Kirlian photography. Power to them. I would love to see that.

I also believe that some people seek a paranormal explanation for EVERYTHING that happens. I mean everything. This is not healthy. This is a tad obsessive. I see this all the time on paranormal Facebook groups. I do love the world of the supernatural but I am not super obsessed about it. I obviously love it or I would not be writing this blog. But I just still believe in being practical to a certain degree. We are all capable of being rational and intuitive. Some use one more than the other. It is important to maintain some objectivity.

On the other hand, I still hear sounds that my rational mind makes herculean effort to explain. This is so when my cat is in a room with me and I hear a sound from another room. I will know at the time we are the only living beings in the residence. I decided that the sounds at night had to be the house settling. Houses do settle at night. That can explain creaks and groans. Pipes can cause creaks and groans too. I can’t explain everything I have experienced or witnessed like the shadowy person that appeared in my kitchen when a friend was over. I hear a sound of a mop or broom crashing to the floor during the day. I can’t explain that one either especially when I check the room and nothing has moved. If any of you dear readers have an reasonable explanation for that, then I welcome your comments on this post. I truly do welcome your views.

I believe in polarity and balance. I believe in the light and the dark, logic and intuition, and universal love. I believe all are necessary to maintain harmony. We can’t have light without dark and vice versa. I need sunlight to go to the bank during the day but I need nighttime to perform an esbat under the milky orb of the luminous full moon. (Which reminds me…)

This post sums up my beliefs in the paranormal and why I believe in a balance between logic and intuition. I hope that many people out there can also find their own balance, their own harmony. 

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

 

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Spirits of all creepy stripes

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How many of you have seen a spirit or ghost? I have. I also wonder of the difference between spirits and ghosts. I believe a spirit is a soul who has transcended an earthbound existence in some way. I believe a ghost is a soul who is trapped in an earthbound existence and hasn’t crossed over to the Light in some way and for whatever reason.

I also believe that a spirit is more helpful while a ghost may want help with unfinished business for whatever reason. The late Hans Holzer who wrote many books on the subject emphasizes the same belief as me- that spirits are those who crossed into the Light and the earthbound are those who remained behind. We live with free will and we die with free will. Now that we know the important difference between ghosts and spirits, let’s take a look at other beings.

Demons, for example, in my opinion, are beings that were never mortal/ human and are capable of great trickery or manipulation. They don’t possess objects, they want to possess your soul to gain a human form and then infest a home or a person with their evil. They try to  make a person do terrible things, such as murder or suicide. I don’t really encourage anyone to attempt contact with these types of beings. No good will come of it.

Forerunners are those who may manifest or appear before a death has occurred as a form of warning. A forerunner can be a sign, an omen, a portent of something to come.

OK we have looked at the different types of beings like ghosts and demons. I have seen somethings I can’t explain though. They don’t always fall into those neat definitions. I can’t explain everything I encounter or see and maybe that’s a good thing. I decided that 99% of what I do encounter must be an earthbound spirit. I saw some in my backyard, I feel a ghost behind or around me when I leave my neighborhood cemetery. One time I was alone at night in my apartment and I happened to glance out my window to the backyard. Now a shed is back there on the far back right side. A lovely maple tree graces my garden in front of the shed. I could have been confused by the shed and the tree and tricked myself into thinking I saw something. My friend came over and safety checked my whole apartment indoors and out. He saw nothing. When I reflected on it later, I believed that what I saw was meant for me to see only. 

I used to live with my Mother in a gorgeous restored Victorian home. I sat on the bed beside her one night in her room as she slept. Often we youngsters and even as we were older were always napping in her room. We believed the house to be truly haunted. I sat and looked out into the backyard on the dim yet moonlit night. After a while, something happened. A face took form. It stared back at me with a snarl. I stared back then decided sleep was a better choice than staring something down that was supernatural and who was determined to be unhappy. I saw no body to the ghost, just a face.

We used to feel chased as we came up the stairs from the basement in that house. That changed once we seriously renovated the basement. I envy the new owners of that home who probably have no clue of the continuous spooky occurrences we had in the past. It’s unfair. It makes me feel a certain way because nothing bothers the new owners. That is the way that life is though. You have to find a way to deal with that. I have moved on, having been too in love with that home to want to return to see it now. It would be different now.

Back to the present time: I even have my kitty in the same room with me and I hear things bang or move in another room. I also can’t explain that. I look and nothing appears to be moved or changed. I used to hear a mop or broom crash to the floor and I would get up and look and nothing had moved. I had no cat at the time. I also can’t explain that. It is possible these poor beings want our attention and do that to get our attention. They might want help but not know the best way to ask for our help. They deserve our empathy. It must be frustrating to be dead and yet trapped in a realm. A spirit guide or a spirit or a medium is needed to help them cross over to a place of peace. So don’t jump to any conclusions about a spirit or ghost you see. You never know if it is truly unhappy, even if it seems mischievous!!

The next and last being I want to discuss here is poltergeists. The word poltergeist is German for noisy ghost. It’s a type of being that’s responsible for noisy disturbances ( explains a lot abut my apt.,) and rappings or knockings. A poltergeist haunting differs from a classic haunting. Some hauntings are residual in nature. The ghost keeps doing the same thing over and over in the same spot. I believe they don’t know they are dead. Some of them are the work of a poltergeist. They know they are dead and don’t care. It is their mission to make your life uncomfortable.

I hope this helps answer any questions any of you have about elemental or spirit beings. I can’t wait to get my paws on some ghost hunting equipment. I want a ghost detector EMF thing so bad. I could probably buy something on Ebay or Etsy. When I do get something, you will all know.

Happy ghost hunting!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

Link of Interest: http://www.destinationamerica.com/thehauntist/9-fascinating-ghost-hunting-tools-you-should-know-more-about-2/

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Rune Lore of Yore

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I’m studying some extension courses at the Sacred Mists College. The extension courses are free. One of the courses is Runes. I was inspired to make my own runes, and I cut a 24-inch branch from a dead tree. Well the small branch was from a larger dead branch. I asked the tree branch for permission and I left a coin in the soil.

Once my nice carpenter handy neighbor has cut the branch into 25 different sections, I  plan to carve off the bark, sand each piece and stain the wood. I plan to use a wood burner and an Exacto knife to etch in each rune and then use acrylic paints to decorate the runes. Ahh but our ancestors didn’t believe in glittery runes- or in glittery Edward Cullens either. I am going the way my ancestors of yore did and making the runes a natural set. I have a sealant and I hope it’s enough to use for the runes. I am excited about this project. I do need to obtain a wood carving set and get some sandpaper. I might already own some. I promise photos when I am done of my runes!

I also glued a small tapered quartz crystal to my wand. That made my wand appear ‘finished’.  I still have to finish my faery crown. The string broke and the tiny beads are free. It is a nightmare. I am picking a calm time to tackle that project. ( Of course, I am crazy excited about my rune set.)

I own a lovely moonstone set but I am excited about the new  wooden rune set. I get to work more of my own energy  into the rune set. It was part of the runes extension course but I thought I would try this. I own the Poetic Eddas and I will now have to get down to reading them. I’d love to learn more of my Viking ancestry and I guess creating rune sets and studying runes is one way to achieve that.I have been listening to some truly cool Viking music on Youtube too.

I am as excited as anyone else to see how my rune set turns out. I cant’ wait. My neighbor recently drilled a hole through nine hazelnuts for a home protection charm for me. They were all strung on a string. I really  love my neighbors. In the past, he helped me with my witch broom too.

I promise to post here more about my project. I will also post on the Sacred Mists online forum. My garden is growing beauteously and Penny now spends her days perched atop her throne/ scratching post. She imagines she gets to chase the birds always out of her paw grasp as she gazes out at the world around her.

I hope this inspires you all to create your own magick!!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

 

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Props for a Poet

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Through the centuries, many authors have used a quill pen or regular pen and a notebook or a typewriter to write down their inspirational musings. Today we have laptops- and pens and notebooks, but the laptop seems the most popular choice. Today I decided to share with you what else I use to help me write. As I type, I am seated at a desktop computer at the library. I would do this stuff at home.

I like the dark side. I like to write dark stuff as you all know. I write poetry and I try to write dark fiction. I have some objects that do help me get to  a dark place. I have a human skull that isn’t real but is very realistic looking. I love it but its eyes creep me out. That is probably because no one likes to be reminded of their mortality.

I burn candles as I write. Who can deny the magical power of a flame? You can burn a black or red candle as you write if you also aspire to scribe dark verse. A purple candle works too. Don’t ignore a white candle. Every candle has its’ own power. Remember to cleanse, consecrate and charge every candle you use in your life. I also use oil burners and incense that correspond to working on the latest fantasy or horror story. The scents could be mandrake (be careful-toxic), patchouli, parsley, mint, mugwort, clary sage, myrrh, sage, black pepper or clove. You could blend these or invent your own signature blend. They help release your tension and get you in a writerly state of mind. I own a smaller skull statue with a raven on the head. I find reading the works of other writers helps me to write better. That is why I have so  many books to study and learn from. I don’t just read for enjoyment.

If you are like me, you could make your own candles and incense cones. I could include more information here on how I made them. You could come up with another signature blend. Cinnamon is sacred to Hekate. She might enjoy the aroma and offering of a cinnamon incense cone. Incense cones are easy to make and cheap. I used cinnamon that was ground and gum arabic- easy to get and make. 

I sometimes use a quill pen and I sometimes still write in a journal before putting it on a folder on a laptop. Quill pens convey a more slower, romantic time when they were used more often. If you wish to write on a typewriter, go ahead. I think the quality of writing was better when we used typewriters than laptops because it took more effort. Now we print something off and think it is complete. Nope. I still edit with a red pen on paper.

Have you ever considered using bat wing clothespins to store your fantabulous musings? I mean, paperclips work too, but for all those who are goths at heart, that might be fun. I also use cool mugs and organizers to hold my pens, pencils, Cds and other markers. You could use color coded ( and I am not referring to computer folders here), but actual file folders. They are a great way to store your stories or poems. If you do print out and review and edit what you wrote and it’s on paper, your writing will be stronger.

If you like to have a magickal or artistic looking notebook, but you bought it at Altars R Us (the dollar store), and it’s plain as shit, consider this idea. Peruse through your tarot deck. Find an image you like. Scan it in and print it out in color and then glue it to your notebook or on the inside. Go ahead, scribble and draw on the plain pages some spiders, pentacles, bats, or moon crescents, whatever speaks to you, and before you know it, it will be as magickal as a tome from your witch shop- and half the price.

Another suggestion is to meditate indoors or outdoors, utter a prayer to a special deity, god/ goddess you follow or cast a circle every time you sit down to write. I have read these tips and believe them to be beneficial. Your writing space can be as sacred as your altar space. Even Writers Digest magazine mentions these tips. Only  I knew all this beforehand. 

Now when you do sit at your desk, keep your health in mind. Make sure your desk and computer are ergonomic and that you are comfortable. Take breaks and go for a walk to relax your body. Don’t believe you have to an opium addict to write like Byron. Don’t burn your apartment down from the candles. Take care of your health. Drink water and get lots of exercise. Be sure to eat healthy. I once spent a few days in bed in serious pain due to sitting too long at a computer. It is important to practice self-care. There’s nothing cool about being unable to move due to severely seized up muscle pain in your neck. Don’t let this happen to you. Don’t get too depressed. Gone are the days when it was believed writers heavily engaged in substance abuse. Well I do enjoy some wine but I am not going to drink it nonstop for 72 hours. Ain’t gonna happen.

It is important to protect your health from computers. They give off blue lights that can be harmful to your health. Staring at your ipod five secs before bedtime can seriously affect your health. I believe computer mouses cause excema. It is said in feng shui that computers shouldn’t be in bedrooms. Well I can’t help that. But we could use cool cover cloths on laptops for night time. I decorated my black  laptop with moon phase stickers. It looks witchy cool. 

I sometimes use tarot cards to help me come up with writing ideas. I own a ghost tarot deck and it was perfect for when I wrote my novel. The images were spooky and eerily beautiful. A tarot card could sometimes spark an idea for a story or poem. You could use a plant in your apartment or den, a pen holder, an open window for inspiration, a leaf, a bud, a letter opener. You never what will strike your fancy. There are books to help you use tarot cards to write.

I hope these ideas help you in your own creative projects. They work for me. They may have worked for other writers too. !!!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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