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Shielding and Grounding

Merry meet all,

I have reviewed my posts and realized something. I have never truly and deeply explained how shielding is done. The other posts explain using tools. This time, you simply sit and meditate. Yup the only tool, the most powerful tool is your mind. So get a coffee and sit back down here. 

Now get comfortable at your altar or wherever you are seated. Close your eyes and quiet your mind. Take a deep breath each for mind, body and spirit. Concentrate on creating in your mind a shield around yourself. Visualize a shield around yourself. Imagine it around your whole body from the top of your head to your toes. Imagine it expanding around you, blocking out anything else. Imagine it growing in light and form. You may at this point discover you are tingling. That means it is working. It can be any color, light or texture. It can be in layers. Imagine the shield can expand away from your body, is in your body and protects you. The shield can be any form you choose. That can range from a beehive to a sphere of light or a sparkly white aura. Try to concentrate on a clear bright aura to repel the unwanted energies. See in your mind your shielding radiating around your body and glowing and indeed shielding you. Now if you practice this, you will get better at it and repel bad energies. You will feel more confident. This can be googled. There are meditations online to follow. 

Remember to be grounded- imagining roots coming from your feet or root chakra into the earth. The roots draw up energy and that connects you or roots you to the earth. Once you get good at this stuff, you will start to feel different. Only in a good way. 

Believe that the shield exists. Faith and believing it exists instead of going half ass about it is the key. Believe it will shield you. Feel the shield around you. If you feel goosebumps, that may be the shield you created. I have envisioned a dragon’s egg around me and a sparkly white aura. The aura expands around me. It radiates so much light nothing dark could affect it. This is the point of shielding. 

Practice shielding regularly. When you get good at that, then try adding textures and layers to the shield. You can color each layer of your aura depending on your intention. Pink and white are good, but darker colors can be used, depending on your intention. If you have a situation coming up, that makes you feel upset, then try a shield with a thicker texture and darker color. The situation you are in can help determine what type of shield you need. If your boss at work upsets you, then try a thick dark shield. Bear in mind we are all responsible for our own energy too. Make sure you have a clear intention for a shield because it can backfire if you are not careful. 

You can even lock a shield onto an object. For example, keys, a diary you want to keep away from prying eyes, your wallet- to attract riches!. It can be anything. The shield can be anything you want it to be. It should be what works for you. Also if you are at work, and your colleagues try to one up themselves around you, seriously try this trick. Put an open jar or glass of water on your desk. It will absorb the negativity from them. They don’t need to know what the water is there for. 

A shield can defend you from unwanted nasty otherworldly entities.  You are truly empowered when you can shield yourself. The shield deflects them and angers them. They can’t feed off you if they can’t get to you. That is what you want. It’s like you taste bad. Insects defend themselves by tasting bad to other predatory insects. This is the same idea. I have spirits around me but they don’t succeed in feeding off of me or hanging around. I can really deflect their energy.  If you continue to practice how to shield, then you will get good at it. You will be empowered. It is harder for anything to mess with you. They find someone else to feed off of once they can’t get what they want from you. 

Again, sit and meditate with your eyes closed.  Do the deep breathing, concentrating and visualizing again. Concentrate on a shield around yourself. A shield is not a physical matter. It is what you meditate on but a shield can still be effective. See the shield around you deflecting the entity. It will back off because you are sending a message to it for it to back off. Keep the image of the shield in your mind. A shield is a barrier around you. Now it is up to you for how long you keep the shield you. But you won’t live in fear, you will be strengthened. White light is as powerful as black. If you want to deflect, and still use a black shield, then use it with care. If they are trying to feed off of you, they have enough of their own dark energy and don’t need more from you. Once you start shielding yourself, you have to maintain it. 

I hope this posts helps my readers understand shielding and why shielding is important. I have mixed feelings about whether witchcraft should be elite or not. I think everyone should know about shielding. It is so helpful and so is grounding and centering. I think this information should be shared with muggles. Empowerment is a good thing! So why not let others know right? How are you going to practice and know how to protect yourselves unless you know this stuff? That is how I look at it. 

Blessings, Spiderwitch

Check out these links for more information!

https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/12/the-surreal-and-scary-world-of-dream-demons/?fbclid=IwAR15C3uwGu54xsOQDOxtUPhXfRTIn3KMbnpEX8UDfoP7x91rLVgvxECacJw

http://astralhq.com/demonic-astral-projection/?fbclid=IwAR21PRl-g3tFrfWug34FbWPulZFkANrt4aJu1iuUDUaMItwKfryi0EtiKhA

 

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The Samhain Experience

Greetings,

I have had an amazing Samhain time. I wanted to share it with everyone!!

Awesome Experience #1

I received an awesome reading from someone @ Sacred Mists. Here is the reading. Wow. She has the gift.
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Posted by: Golden Eagle
On: 10-28-2018 03:01 PM

((((((((((((((((((Spiderwitch)))))))))))))))) Thanks so much for allowing me to do a reading for you, please keep in mind, I never know who is going to show up, ok, on with the reading………….

Dark Tunnel, undeground, two lanes of traffic going in one direction, two lanes of traffic going in the other direction, tons of cars, bumper to bumper, lights placed every few feet, such busy traffic, must be rush hour, reminds me of the Lincoln Tunnel in Mid Town Manhattan……., all of a sudden…there is a blackout, not lights in tunnel, other than headlights beaming against the dark walls of the tunnel……darkness everywhere………finally daylight…….visualizing a steam locomotive coming out of a tunnel, smoke rising from engine stack, i can see wheels of this locomotive spinning and turning and chugging along, with wooden cars attached to it……….i am seeing midtown manhattan, maybe in the 1930’s, depression era……antique cars moving along…..tough times………lincoln tunnel was finished in 1937…..so this was Manhattan in 1937…….diesel locomotives did not come into use until the 1950’s, sensing your ancestors lived and worked here at one time…….garme
nt district…skilled seamstress and tradesman……..somehow or other your roots lie here, at least part of your roots……..sensing a tragic death in the family…that changed everything…..death was sudden and unexpected……black wreaths…….i am seeing a steamship, leaving new york harbour, smoke coming out of its stacks………looking for a new place to live and work…..new york was past tense now………an elderly woman, with a cute name, dottie, betsy…….not sure, looks up at me…..”please tell her to be prepared, do not take loved ones for granted, tell folks you love them, every day you can and care for each other, joy yourself while you can, you never know what is going to happen” “all that time you thought you had, is taken away, suddenly, it is all gone.”

Prohibition, Bootlegging, Speak Easys…….was a way of life for some, that ended in the early 1930’s……new line of work had to be found…….I am sensing your relatives went back to the old country for awhile to regroup and then they came back to this country in better shape and settled in PA, NJ and UpState New York…….Albany area……they scattered all over the place…………they all reinvented themselves and learned various trades…….they were all very skilled workers who found different trades to earn a living……….Peter, Joseph, Big Al, Joey, Francis, Paula, Josie, Jessie…….Frank…….some names that come to mind………cousins all over the place……..

So far this reading is more like Ancestory.Com lol I am just writing this stuff down, hopefully it makes some sense to you……….

There is a Grandma that wants to chime in, she told me enough of the history lesson here, this poor girl wants to connect with someone and you are giving her a history of manhattan lol “Tell her, I love her very much and is always looking after her, seeing what she is doing and trying to help when I can or am allowed to do” Your grandma has a beautiful smile, her eyes are alive with excitement, and there is a familiar scent about her, lilac…flowery kind of scent………she is short and strong……wavy black hair……greenish color eyes?? pretty nose, just right for her face….hard to put into words…….she is a beautiful lady…….with a heart of gold…..so generous……she loves to laugh and have a good time, she used to get into all kinds of trouble when she was a kid……

An older gentleman, fragile, tall but stooped over a bit, wears a cap with brim in the front, big hands, wonderful, gentle smile, bifocals, small mouth…sort of gangley, wasn’t always this way, age took its toll on him, moves now with a slight shuffle of his feet……”He loves you so very much, looks like a grandpa here…….or uncle…not sure…..”he wants to give you a big hugggggggggggss and let you know he is okay and that he is also looking out for you as well”….trying to get his name….Herman or Fred?? it is not clear…..

Finally, hearing gospel singers, small church, nicely lit up, snow and dark outside, very very cold…but nice and warm and toasty inside this tiny rural church, such love and warmth inside, folks are so friendly….come in from the cold……and find your roots, reunite with your past, seek them out and you will find peace and happiness and joy…accept who you are, where you came from and take what you need out….there is plenty of love and peace to go around…….you will become whole again……..

Hopefully you can figure out what this jumble of a reading is all about……these images and visions, kept jumping out at me……sensing there are many sides to your past and not always the obvious ones, there are things and people you are not aware of, they make up who you are, maybe a little digging will reveal more than you realize……..

Thank you so much for allowing me to do a reading for you, I am honored you have come to us for this. Any Feedback you can provide would be greatly appreciated, a fair exchange for the service provided…huggggggggggggss
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Posted by: Spiderwitch
On: 10-28-2018 08:25 PM

Greetings Golden Eagle,

Wow. I am wowed. I am amazed. I don’t know about New York or Manhattan but I would not be surprised. Maybe the elderly dark lady was my dad’s grandmother. Alfred Timmons was my grandfather. He died of a heart attack. We were all shaken by it. I loved him dearly. He lived in a rural town and was born there. I spent tons of time there. That must have been what you are seeing. He was a real gentleman and humanitarian. The rural town could have been what you sensed. There is a church but they weren’t really churchgoers. We did spend most of the time in a lovely home we all helped build. I am not surprised his spirit would come forward. My grandparents did have to get through the Depression Era and it wasn’t easy.

You were accurate. Blessings and Thank you so much for the reading. It is a comfort. Blessings Thank you Spiderwitch
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Awesome Experience #2

Last night I threw a party, a Samhain Soiree. My Mom helped me to get ready for it- which I am grateful for. She helped with laundry, dishes, the garbage, the food spread. Btw, I baked barmbrack bread, 2 loaves of pumpkin bread, chocolate frosted cupcakes, chocolate cake and made cider. I like the recipe for cider from Silver Ravenwolf. Yup it is always so potent and delicious. And who can argue with cider? not me. Mmmmmmm

Before I knew it, a guest arrived and we were all seated in my kitchen, talking. Everyone munched on roasted seeds, chocolate cake, and sipped cider. I enjoyed the pumpkin bread. I had worked hard baking, decorating and cleaning. I carved a pumpkin too. Then my Mom left and my neighbors arrived. We all sat down again and talked. My neighbors brought wine and a case of beer. Wow. I have nice neighbors where I live. I had Halloween black plastic plates, and Halloween themed napkins but they didn’t use them. I had set up my kitchen to be as decorated as it could be. I set down Halloween themed printed fabrics and my huge cauldron ( I am serious, it’s big,) my broom, my goth tree. Bats, skulls and spiders added a creepy spooky feel. I had a good time and I think everyone else did too.

Before I knew it, the party was over. I tided a little and collapsed in my bed after all that hard work. I have enough baked goods left over to feed an army. I still have cider and beer. Yeah now I love kitchen parties. It is better than being in a club and screaming to be heard. Way better. That is the way witches probably had fun way back when anyway- at home in their kitchens.

The cider making and pumpkin carving and baking are traditions of mine. I do that every year. I like traditions. I still have to go to the Public Rit, the SM Samhain Rit and perform my own Rit. Oy me bored? Nahhhhhh

Blessings Spiderwitch

Awesome Experience #3

Yesterday I attended the local Samhain Rit. I meditated beforehand, got dressed up in my black wool cloak ( I was gifted), with my sheer spiderweb cape on top of that, my pentacle jewellry, my witch boots, my medieval gown that laces up the front, and my witch hat.
I was dressed to the nines ( in my opinion), and after kissing kitty goodbye and painting my face up, I bused it downtown to the Ritual area.
I wore dark eye makeup around my eyes, white makeup on my face, and black lipstick. It’s Samhain, the time of death.
I arrived and greeted others who were their for the Rit as well. The leaders were setting up the tables replete with pumpkins, candles ( but of course), smudge, decorations and altar tools. It was freezing cold, windy and was spotting rain. The rain held out for most of the Rit.
When the tables were set up and the altars, we started the Ritual. We had a good turnout of a crowd. The Ritual was held on the Commons area- a large grassy field.
I shivered and decided to stay near the drummers which meant being near the fragrant smoke of the smudge and the candles which meant being warm. I love drumming. We sang, chanted and held hands and invited the spirits to join us for the Rit.
Part way through the Ritual, the people who had someone who had passed on before them were led through a sort of spiral dance and offered pumpkin seeds and wine. After that, we all joined them. Then the rest of the people except me and the drummers joined in the Spiral Dance. The flames danced in the wind, the smudge stick smoke wafted around and everyone’s enthusiasm waxed and rose in the air. But it got cold so the Elements were dismissed and the circle was opened. I felt great. Everyone hollered and cheered to the night. The rain pelted us and people slowly made their way home.
I joined my friend at Starbucks Cafe where we unthawed and sipped coffees. The Ritual went great, as it does every year.
I hope you all had a wonderful Samhain. Tonight I am performing my Ancestral Supper.

Blessings Spiderwitch– oh and the doctor told me today my foot is fully healed!!

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The tools of Shielding

Greetings All,

This post carries forward the topic of shielding and tricks of protecting your home from unwanted negative entities. They do exist and I can say that it is the majority of nonhuman entities that cause the most trouble. They were never human ever and their behaviors and actions are alien to us. 

There are many things that you can do to protect your home. They cost very little money too. Here we go:

A clothes hanger can work magic!! Yes the humble clothes hanger that normally holds our slacks in the closet gets a mention here. Some people swear by this. I have done this too. Bend a clothes hanger ( made from wire for this to be effective) into the shape of a ‘g’. Hang it at the door you don’t want the bad energy coming in, so a door you use often, on the inside – in the house. Leave it there. It will work over time. I can attest to this myself. A nice neighbor drilled a hole through nine hazelnuts and hung them on a string for me. I hang it at my back door (inside the house) with the clotheshanger. They guard my home. 

Hang a horseshoe at your door. I have a horse shoe on the inside of my front door. They also symbolize good luck. 

I hung a pouch of salt in my cupboard for protecting my herbs, spices and grains. 

Pentacles are a great symbol of protection. They protect you against people who think pentacles are evil too. Ok that was a joke but I am serious at the same time. 

Garlic and onions are protective. Hang a garlic braid in the home. Try the lemon and pins trick too. 

Smudging the home with sage, cedar, and palo santo can guard the home and clear away bad energies. Rosemary and frankincense work too. If you have a cauldron, ash and a charcoal disc, then you can burn the herbs and resins on the charcoal in the cauldron. Light the charcoal disc until it sparks red and turns ashen then set it down in the ash in the cauldron. Spoon the resin or herb onto it and fan the smoke. The smoke is what you want to go for. Cauldrons get real hot so put a tile beneath the cauldron to avoid burning a table surface. 

Light a white candle and go from room to room, blessing and praying good energy into the room. You can do this also as you smudge a room with sage. Or asperge with salt and water. 

There are different kinds of salt such as Himalayan salt, table salt, and sea salt and even Epsom salts. It depends on your intuition with using the salt but salt is a powerful and protective substance. Sprinkle it on your windowsills and at doorways. You can use black salt (you can make your own) and do the same. To make black salt, mix garlic skins, charcoal, salt, and blend it. Store in a labeled jar. 

Gemstones can guard the home.  My favorites are amethyst, black tourmaline, hematite, tiger’s eye, citrine quartz, clear quartz, and obsidian. Place amethyst on your altars, by windows ( but watch they don’t fade), a tiger’s eye under your bed, an amethyst under your pillow to guard your dreams, and black tourmaline and obsidian at doorways and by windows. 

All these tools can be used to great effect to guard the home from evil. Sweep your broom outwards always to push away bad energies. Washing the floor can work too. Place a gemstone in a jar of spring water when you really need to guard your home then a few days later, when the stone changes the water, add that water to your Pine sol for washing the floor. You could add lemons, essential oils, salts, and herbs to your mixture to wash the floor. Use your imagination. 

Use a statue of a chosen deity to guard your home. I have Hekate in my kitchen and I truly believe she is protecting the home. Even using Red brick dust sprinkled at the doorway will keep people who may mean you harm from entering your home, if you believe that. I recently found out that you can use birch bark to bind someone from  harming you. 

And the last best magic trick? Faith. If you have faith and work for your Highest Good, and concentrate on good energy only, you will never have a problem. 

Blessings Spiderwitch

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Shielding

Greetings,

Spirits are everywhere at this time of year. During Samhain (and Mabon), the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is the most thinnest. Some people may be tempted to try seances or Ouija boards. Knowing how to shield yourself is very important. This post will show you some ways to shield. 

First, if you want to set up a shield around yourself or try divination, look around at the space you’re inhabiting. Put away toys, clothing, books or make the bed. Tidy up the space and smudge with sage wands. You could burn sweetgrass or palo santo. Try to get the smudge or smoke into every inch of your home. Fill all the space so the negative or stagnant energy has nowhere to hide. This pushes it away, leaving the space clear for you to achieve your goal. 

You can try asperging or sprinkling water infused with an herbal remedy around the room, especially in the corners. That is where negativity likes to reside so be sure to get into the corners. If you really have a problem with bad energy, then try this trick. It’s an old Italian spell. You get a fresh lemon and lots and lots of pins, some yarn and a pair of scissors. Sit down and begin stabbing the lemon with the pins. As you do, visualize your intent and chant all the while working in the pins. When you’re done, and the lemon is full of pins, tie the yarn ( try to have it in a matching color), and make a loop with the yarn tied around the lemon. Then hang it up in a spot in your home for a year to absorb the negativity. 

Regularly burn sage or another smudge to keep down the bad energy in your home. Time it with the moon phases. Sprinkle salt on your windowsills, and doorways. Samhain is an ideal time to stock up on sage, salt, lemons and frankincense, all of which I believe keep energies clear. If you want to contact spirits, keep the energies clear. It’s like having a good clean screen on your TV for watching shows. You don’t want a muddy or frazzled screen. 

If you want to use an Ouija board, meditate beforehand on a shield around yourself. Cast a circle of protection. Put salt in a circle around yourself and the spirit board. Yes do this because any bad energy or entity can come through and you can’t always determine the outcome so be careful. Please don’t pull the stunts like people do on those Youtube videos. You’re better than that. If you won’t take these cautious steps, ask yourself if you should be using an Ouija board. Unless you want a dark entity in your home. Good luck banishing it. If you want to have a spirit board, brush up on how to do a banishing before ever using one and be sure you know how to shield yourself. Once you are confident you can do that, then approach spirit boards. If you feel fear, then you are not ready. The entities will know and feed off of your fear. 

I have watched several episodes of Ghost Adventures. They know what they are doing and even have a disclaimer on their show. You have to be careful with this stuff. Be careful and use common sense. Demonic possession is not cool and they are hard to get rid of. It could ruin your life. 

This is how I would put a shield around myself. I have confidence in myself. I have very little fear. I sit down and meditate. I concentrate- after grounding and centering, on a shield around myself which ranges from a dragon’s egg to a bright sparkly aura around myself. I am studying Shielding at Sacred Mists. I am a lot better at shielding now than I was when I started the extension course. I can see the shield expanding or growing and even in layers and textures. So once you are adept at all this, then I would try spirit boards. Even Jedis get training. It’s for a reason. It prepares you for what is out there. You are a beacon of light to the entities but you don’t want to attract the wrong ones. A stitch in time saves nine is a good expression here. 

Keep visualizing the shield around yourself. Don’t try it once. If you are serious about working with spirits, this should be part of your daily routine or practice. I dated someone for a short time who claimed that an entity attacked him while sleeping. It was the same apartment building that he lived in where I had an experience in another apartment within the same building. I was once visiting a guy I knew and we were watching telly. We were the only living mortals in that apartment but we weren’t alone. I saw someone ( a man in clothing like a shirt and pants) sit down in another room of his. But Mark was seated at the telly. This is how well I can see earthbound spirits. It may have been the same entity in Richard’s apartment. The ghost never bothered me probably because I scare it. I am not boasting. I know how to shield. 

So unless I was hallucinating, which I highly doubt, as I know, not guess, know that I am clairvoyant, I have witnessed an earthbound ghost in the apartment building. Shield yourself well and concentrate on what is for your Highest Good and you should have no problems. Good luck spirit conjuring. 

 

Blessings Spiderwitch

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Samhain Party Ideas

Greetings,

Samhain is almost here!! Grab your broomsticks, it’s time to fly!!

I am busy preparing for a party on Friday night. I baked well ahead of time and stored the yummy treats in the freezer. I would love to know what you have all conjured or brewed for Samhain. I also plan to hold an ancestral supper next week too. My dress project has been postponed.

There are just  not enough hours in a day for me to accomplish everything. But I may make your travail a little easier with some awesome totally do-able and affordable tips here for your own eerie Halloween gathering!! So get on your broomsticks and grab that cup of mocha!!

I like to buy good sized pumpkins ahead of time. By month’s end, only the soiled pumpkins remain at the stores. Never put them in the fridge. After Samhain  has passed, put your pumpkins in the garden to compost and nourish the soil.

You do not have to spend tons of money. I repeat, you don’t have to spend tons of money.

Buy black paper Halloween themed napkins, black plates and even black plastic cutlery at your local thrift or dollar store. Store them until needed. Even better, keep the ones still in reusable condition for next year.

Yes you can use acrylic paints on glass jars. I coated a jar with black paint within three days. I painted the inside of the jar with grey paint. Now it truly looks like a potions jar!

Bake ahead of time and store the food in the freezer. Haul your witchy goodies out just before the party.

If you want Samhain party decorating ideas, visit your local library for crafts books. Read them ahead of time so you can plan and create crafts. Use whatever craft supplies you already have on hand.

Stones and fallen tree branches are great free decorating supplies. Twigs and branches can be painted black for a spooky effect. Tape black bats or spiders to the branches and twigs. The spiders and bats can  be made from black cardboard paper.

I created my own cool book of shadows from a plain journal. I used magazine paper, painted it black on both sides, let it dry and then covered one side of the page with glue. I glued the page (now serving as a cover for the journal) to the journal cover. I stapled it where it didn’t stay down. I then did a stencil on the new book cover of a Celtic knot design and with purple marker, wrote in the words Book of Shadows. With grey acrylic paint, I worked in a grey spider web and a black spider on the cover. The journal looks really cool. And it hardly cost me a thing. I just used my imagination.

A party is a good time to put those witchy brooms and cauldrons that hide in the corner to use. Arrange your cauldron and besoms in one corner of your kitchen. But try putting something eerie, green and bubbling in the cauldron to create interest or burn incense. Hang the brooms up or cross them over a doorway no one will  use.

Make your own spooky party music mix!!

Roasted pumpkin seeds in a cauldron bowl are a great attraction. Recipes on the internet are free and available everywhere!

Score a cool Halloween black lace spiderweb tablecloth from the local dollar store. The ones I have are so nice they could be used any time and not just to adorn a table. I even got a Halloween black lace spiderweb table runner from the dollar store. If you really know how to look, you can get some great stuff there.

A black lace spidery tablecloth might look great over a plain white tablecloth! For an interesting centerpiece, arrange a fake skull, candelabra, (use melted crayons for red blood effect), dried flowers, black plates, pumpkins, wine glasses, cauldrons, a stack of plates and those cool Halloween napkins you scored earlier. It would stimulate discussion but also function and hopefully save on dish washing later. People really want the food.

For a sparkling cider, pour a jug of cider into a pot, and add rose petals, oranges with the peel, apples (chopped), and cinnamon sticks. This brew will warm your guest’s hearts and leave them begging for more. !

Still  not sure what to do with your black candles and incense bits? Well do remember fire safety. Consider if pets and kids are around. Burn candles but maybe leave curious Felix the cat in another room. Black draws in energy and does reflect Samhain but your apartment burning down and you getting evicted is NOT COOL! Keep candles away from curtains. Use glass covers for the candles if you can. Never leave candles unattended.

Or make your own cool Samhain essential oil brew and burn it in a nice oil burner to fragrance the room! Make your own spice mix and sprinkle it in a nice pot to fragrance the room. Use dragon’s blood, rosemary, frankincense, cinnamon, star anise stars, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and lemon for a pumpkin-ish delightful potion!

If you have lots of brown paper bags around, they are useful too! Trace and cut out an eerie black cat, spider or bat onto black paper or color the paper black. Then adhere them to the front of the paper bag. With a pair of scissors, cut up the tops of the paper bags. Store candy or party favors in the bag. Tie with a ribbon. Offer them to guests when they leave.

Those are some great tips on how to have fun and save money.

Merry Samhain!

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

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Samhain Cooking

Merry meet all,

Samhain is almost here! I am trying to prepare for a party for Samhain. It’s been lots of work and I had no cash on me, save for some petty cash from a friend. However I used my brain and figured out ways to bake goods for the party and barely spend a dime.

I did buy a small pumpkin which I pureed and stored in the freezer. I used some of the pureed pumpkin to bake two loaves of pumpkin bread. The rest is for soup. I did purchase a package of black turtle beans for the ancestral supper. I used whatever ingredients I had on hand from my pantry. I happen to have a lot of baking goods, which makes life easier. For the chocolate apple spice cake, I wanted orange frosting. I overcame the problem of not finding the orange frosting by compromising and using chocolate frosting. I would have needed to dole out cash I don’t have and using the cocoa and making frosting with what I had. My stress immediately went down. I also used apples from the neighborhood for the recipe. That saved a lot of money. It doesn’t have to cost a lot. If you want to get fancy with frosting, you can put a hole in a small plastic clean ziplog bag and doling out the frosting that way. It can be googled for more information.

If you wish to bake well ahead of time, I suggest that you store the baked goods in your freezer. That way, they don’t go bad and will remain in good condition for your own Samhain shindig.

I plan to bake chocolate cupcakes and soul cakes for the party. All that and cider and it should be more than enough to suffice. I have black plates, Halloween napkins, a black spiderweb lace table cloth for an ancestral supper. Everything will be spooky fun!!!!

I will perform a solitary Samhain Ritual too. I love the month of October. No other month is quite like October. That is why I love it. It has a magickal feel. I hope that you have boundless fun for your own party or celebration!!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

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Samhain Origins

Greetings,

Today someone asked me what Samhain meant. It means several things to me, and I shall outline it here in this post. Samhain is a festival begun by the ancient Celts thousands of years ago. Today Samhain is still celebrated as a pagan holiday. It is pronounced “Sow-en”, and is the New Year for many practicing Wiccans or Pagans today.

Samhain is an ancient holiday honored by the Celts and Druids. It occurs between sunset of October 31st to November 1-2, it is halfway between the vernal equinox and winter solstice. People honored the dead, dressed up in costumes ( a tradition we still follow today).

So the veil between the worlds is what separates the unseen world from the seen world. It is the divider between the world of spirits and the living. Though some days at least in my home that veil wears thin and it occurs any time of the year. It is widely believed that the veil is thinner at Samhain.

Samhain is a time closely associated by many cultures as a season of death. Once October arrives, there is no season or holiday that is more thought of as the Death season than fall. We sense the shift in the energy, a crispness in the air, and adorn our decks with decorations that correspond with Death.

If you notice that your kitty, whether you have a black kitty or not, is staring at a spot more often than most times, it is probable there is a spirit around. Cats are psychic and more psychic than us mere mortals. Cats also guard a home and can even guide spirits over to the next realm. It is a tradition in some countries to let a cat inspect a home and cleanse it of any negative energies before the people move in. I would love to try that idea some time.

I encourage you all to try to reach out to spirits/ ghosts. Well don’t contact anything nasty. Never summon anything you can’t banish. It never goes well. But there are other friendlier less malovelent spirits in the astral realm that often want to guide or aid those they loved when they were alive. It is the ideal time to try though this can be done any time of the year.

Blessings Spiderwitch

 

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Samhain Divination & Cooking

 

Merry meet all,

Today’s post is about foods to enjoy at the time of Samhain. I know pumpkins immediately come to  mind but they are not just for carving. 

Pumpkins can be baked into breads (yum!), into cookies, and soup. I always buy a few pumpkins to cook with not just carve. There are plenty of them in stores. I want a couple white ones too. White pumpkins make me think of ghosts. 

Apples are popular now. Apples can be made into applesauce, pies, and apple crisp. Which reminds me, I have plenty of rhubarb in the freezer. Mm I might bake rhubarb cobbler with apple. 

The popular spices and herbs for baking during the autumn season are: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, basil, clove, anise and orange. Add lavender to cookies. Another fun thing to try is Halloween cookie cutters. I have a wide range of cookie cutters in the shapes of moons, coffins, bats, pumpkins, tombstones and witches. Add sprinkles, frosting, or even  natural food dye for ghoulish delights! 

Cocoa will keep you warm this fall. Cocoa can be combined with espresso in coffee or a batch of brownies. 

Nuts like walnuts, sesame seeds, coconut, dried fruit and almonds add health and flavor to your food. Mix up a batch of tasty morning granola with the ingredients mentioned in this post for some health and immune boosting breakfast. Some popular recipes to try are pumpkin bread, soups, stews, other dark breads, and root veggie recipes. Doesn’t this all sound good? 

Gather some lentils too for lentil soup or save your potatoes and get a leek or two from the local organic farmers market for an invigorating bowl of potato and leek soup. I love my cauldron pot. It looks like a cauldron pot. I brew many a soup or stew in that pot. I use a blender that my Mom owned since I was a baby. I puree the soups, pumpkin or squash in it and it still works like a charm. 

Cooking food from scratch has some advantages. It is more effort to be sure. You have control over what ingredients go into your food. You can freeze the soups for later use. Empower your meal with energy for health or other things. You can see how it’s made and add your own special touch to the recipe. I personally prefer to be a die hard slow cooking kitchen witch, concocting my own recipes and know that I am not adding too many processed food ingredients.

My witch hazel tree flowered! I also gathered herbs from my garden such as calendula, lady’s mantle, leopard’s bane, woodruff, and lamb’s ear. 

When you are done cooking, relax and let the dishes soak in the sink. Perform divination while you sip hot herbal tea. You can choose to divine by guessing the shape of clouds floating by. Or peel an apple all in one piece. Drop the peel on the floor. The shape the apple peel forms is the letter of your future lover’s name. At midnight, slice an apple into nine pieces. Nine is a mystical number. When you come to the ninth piece after eating the pieces, toss the ninth piece over your shoulder. The face of your lover should appear in the mirror. 

Scry by peering into a cauldron of spring water. It is optional to add drops of olive oil. Drop melting beeswax into the water in the cauldron and divine things by studying the shapes of wax on the water surface. 

There are other methods of divination, such as studying candle flames, studying the blue part of the candle flame, the way that incense smoke floats and rises. You can divine autumn leaves or see if you receive messages from the wind in the trees. It doesn’t have to cost anything to perform divination or be complicated or dangerous. It should be fun and magickal. That is the point of it all. Put your energy into it and be open to impressions. 

Enjoy the magic of Samhain!

Blessings

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Horror crafting

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Horror fascinates people whether it is stories shared at a bonfire or the creepy feeling on the nape of your neck as you lie in bed late at night. Bring some horror into your home with crafts.

Yup horror crafts

I have a few projects to try here that are eerie fun and won’t break the bank. Let’s add some ghoulish fun to your afternoon!

POT OF GRAVEYARD SOIL

Gather a terracotta plant pot, a Popsicle stick, gray clay, graveyard dirt and a paintbrush. First clean the terracotta pot until it is spotless. Paint it black and add a few coats of paint to take care of the streaks that may show through. Let it dry. While the pot dries, visit a graveyard to gather the soil. Try to be discreet to avoid questioning glances from normal people. Remove the insects and return them to where they were. Go home with your soil and return to the black plant pot.

Now shape some grey clay into the shape of a headstone/ tombstone. You can etch in with a tool you have nearby the shape of a cherub or skull onto the headstone. Add the Popsicle stick to the clay and bake it in the oven or allow to air dry if you are using self-hardening clay. Fill the black plant pot with soil and then settle the clay headstone into the pot of soil. The plant pot acquires a very spooky urn feeling. Enjoy your ‘urn’ and add it to your Halloween decorations.

BLACK BAT MOBILE

Gather a branch from outdoors about twenty inches in length. Take a branch that has fallen on the earth, not from a living tree. Be kind to the tree. Remove any twigs from it and leaves. Discard them and bring the branch indoors. Paint the branch black and let dry. Then obtain black bristle board and a bat template. You will also need a hole puncher, scissors and string. Cut out the bats from the bat template using your scissors. Make as many as you wish. Hole punch each black bat made from the bristle board. Loop string into the holes and string the black bats onto the branch. Knot the ends of the loops and arrange the black bats on the branch as you desire. Hang the black bat mobile over a mantle or at a window.

SAMHAIN INCENSE

2 parts cinnamon, 1 part ground cloves, 1 part dragon’s blood resin, 1 part hyssop, 1 part patchouli, 2 parts rosemary, 1 part sage, and a dash of sea salt. Add your ingredients to your mixing bowl one at a time. Measure carefully, and crush your ingredients in a mortar and pestle. As you blend, channel your intent into your herbs and resins. Try chanting an incantation like this one:

The veil is thin, the moon shines bright, I blend these herbs on Samhain night,/ Celebrating life and death and rebirth/ With these herbs from the cold earth/ I call upon my ancestors to bless and protect me this night. 

Store your incense in a labeled and sealed jar. Tie a ribbon around the jar and add a charm for a magical look. Use within three months so it remains charged and fresh. 

 

PUMPKIN CANDLES

Buy a small pumpkin and cut off the top of the pumpkin. Scoop out the insides and save the seeds to roast. Consider what size of pumpkin you want. Gather your supplies together. You will need wick, wax, scissors, metal wax discs, a spoon for scooping out the flesh, a double boiler. 

Melt the wax in the double boiler. Secure the wick in the pumpkin to the bottom of the pumpkin’s inside. Keep the wick straight as you can.

Add scent or color to the wax in the pot. It is best if you dedicate a pot to candle wax. Stir before pouring. Once you’ve poured the wax, make sure the wick is centered and straight. Prop the wick up. 

Once the wax has cooled, you might notice a small indentation around the wick where the wax sunk. Fill it in with some remaining wax from the pot. Trim the wick to 1/4″ long.  If the inside of the pumpkin starts to burn, extinguish the candle. 

PAINTED PUMPKINS

While we’re on the subject of pumpkins, give this a try, I saw the coolest picture on Facebook of a pumpkin painted black decorated with a crescent moon. To paint your own pumpkin (any way you want- try a triple moon!!), you will need a pumpkin! painter’s tape, and spray paint. 

Mark your design on the pumpkin with a pencil then cover with tape where you don’t want to paint. Spray the pumpkin with the spray paint of your choice. Allow it to dry for several hours before removing the tape. Paint where you removed the tape. Admire your artistic pumpkin. 

ORANGE CANDLES

This will make your place smell beautiful. Use a lemon or an orange and cut it in half. Eat the middle portion (of an orange), and leave the center-core like stem intact. Pour kitchen oil like organic olive oil into the orange just below the top of the stem. Light stem. It will burn for hours and smell beautiful. 

ORANGE INCENSE POWDER

Buy some oranges- the smaller ones are perfect for this project. Peel several oranges and cut the peels into several smaller pieces. Put the peels on a cookie sheet and bake the peels in the oven. Make sure the peels are face down.  Let the peels dry for 3 to 4 hours, checking on the peels every 15 minutes. Turn off the oven, letting the peels dry overnight. Grind to a powder with your mortar and pestle to a powder. Store in a pretty jar. 

Have some spooky fun with these enchanting crafts!

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

 

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Solomon’s Seal

Greetings:

I am busy preparing for Samhain, the most important time of year to me. I have harvested a lot of herbs from my garden. I even harvested Solomon’s seal, the root, flowers and leaves. I plan to grind the root of the Solomon’s seal and the leaves etc and put it all in a labeled jar. It can be a potent herb for protection and banishing bad energies.

I find people scarier than any spirit. It is true because people are far likelier to act on their own selfish plans. Anyway I just had a row with some people in my life who are not in my life because of their attitudes. Life is short so I am still recovering from that.

This is copied from Witchipedia where I give credit to.

Polygonatum biflorum

Other Names American Solomon’s Seal, King Solomon’s Seal, King Solomon’s-seal, Small Solomon’s Seal, Lady’s Seals. St. Mary’s Seal, True Solomon’s Seal, Sow’s Tits, Sow’s Teats, Dropberry, Sealroot, Sealwort

Solomons Seal Root Profile

General Information

Solomon’s Seal is a lovely woodland perennial with native varieties in North America, Asia and Europe. It can grow up to two feet tall. (Greater Solomon’s Seal is much larger than True Solomon’s Seal, but they have identical properties.) The plant consists of a single stem with many broad, ovate leaves with parallel venation arranged alternately along the length of it and clasping the base. The plant often grows in a slight arc and the flowers dangle from the leaf axils beneath the arc of the stem. (This gives the plant its folk name “sow’s teats”) The flowers are small, white to pale yellowish green and tubular and occur in drooping clusters of two to five. Blooming begins in April and continues through midsummer. The berries appear as the flowers fade and resemble a hard black pea.

The root is a rhizome and it is said that the circular scar left by the stem after it breaks away from the root resembles the seal of Solomon of Hebrew folklore. (Also known as the Star of David.)

In addition to True and Greater Solomon’s Seal, the gardening industry has created a lovely variegated Solomon’s Seal. This has identical properties to the original but looks a bit different with lighter colored splashes on the leaves.

History and Folklore

Solomon’s Seal is named for King Solomon of Hebrew lore who was granted great wisdom by the Hebrew God and had a special seal that aided him in his magical workings, allowing him to command demons without coming to harm.

According to herbal lore, King Solomon himself placed his seal upon this plant when he recognized its great value. Those with imagination can see the seal on the root stock in the circular scars left by the stem after it dies back.

Solomon’s Seal has also been traditionally used to “seal” wounds.

You can estimate the plant’s age by examining the rhizome. Each year the stem leaves on scar, or “seal” on the rhizome. Counting these will give you an idea of how long your plant has been alive.

Propagation

Solomon’s Seal prefers a light soil, a good mulch and a shady location in zones 4 through 9. It can be grown by division or by seed. It will return year after year and spread itself. It is a lovely, delicate addition to a shade garden.

Some areas list Solomon’s Seal as an invasive weed.

Harvesting & Storage

Although this plant is not currently listed as endangered, the usual warnings about responsible wildcrafting apply. Because this plant is so easy to grow in a shady garden bed, wildcrafting is not necessary.

Gather the rhizomes in the fall and lay on a screen to dry in a warm, dry location with good circulation free from humidity and sunlight. Once dry, store in a cool location away from light.

Magical Attributes

Solomon’s Seal is associated with the planet Saturn and the element water.

Solomon’s Seal aids one in making difficult decisions and accepting and seeking change. Helps in spellwork to aid changing/breaking habits and helps in smooth transitions for changes beyond our control. It is also used in love potions to amplify commitment between partners and to “seal” a spell or a sacred oath or promise.

An infusion of Solomon’s Seal, or incense made of Solomon’s Seal root can both be used to drive away negative vibrations and malicious spirits. It can also be used to summon helpful spirits and elementals.

The root can be carried as an amulet to ward off malicious spirits and to increase wisdom.

Solomon’s Seal is appropriate for use during Autumnal Equinox rituals.

Healing Attributes

The fresh root, pounded and applied topically helps fade bruising. (I have not tried this on a hickey, but it might work for that too.) A decoction can also be used as a facial rinse to help fade blemishes or for poison ivy and similar skin problems.

An infusion can be used for profuse menstruation and internal bleeding, indigestion and other stomach and digestive complaints including ulcers, bowel problems and hemorrhoids. It is also said to speed the healing of broken bones. Used as a mouthwash, it is said to help strengthen gums.

Solomon’s Seal root tea is a good tonic acting on the kidneys, heart and sexual organs as well as soothing the digestive system.

Oil infused with Solomon’s Seal root is good to keep on hand for first aid treatment of sprains, strains and broken or bruised bones. (Not to replace, but to enhance modern medical intervention.) Solomon’s Seal root tea or tincture aids in the repair of broken bones and may be drunk after a doctor has set the break. It is also great for torn ligaments, dislocations and other issues with joints.

Culinary Use

Young shoots harvested in early spring can be prepared and eaten like asparagus.

The roots should be boiled with three changes of water before being roasted and eaten.

All parts of the adult plant, especially the berries are poisonous and should not be consumed.

Additional Notes

Solomon’s Seal seems innocuous, especially when young, but parts of it are poisonous. Seek out a personal consultation with a skilled herbalist before using internally for food or medicine.”

I shall use the harvested Solomon’s Seal to banish bad energies. It’s potent so I shall use a small amount at a time. It is all I need to use. It will last a long time that way. Never underestimate how potent herbs are.

Blessings, Spiderwitch

 

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