People of all origins always tried to know the past and take a peak at the future. Lets face it: sometimes, the decision making task is too hard. What path should I take, left or right? Which job should I choose? Should I attack that city or not? Should I trust that person or not? Not everything is as easy as choosing clothes in the morning and, even then, sometimes that’s tricky. On the other hand, it wouldn’t hurt to know what to expect from the day ahead.
From omens and oracles, to tarot decks and oracle cards, from radiesthesia (pendulums) to scrying (crystal balls and black mirrors), Ouija boards (only dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing), to runes, witches runes and ogham, tea leaves and coffee grounds, to cowrie-shell divination, astrology and their birth charts and zodiac signs, numerology, palmistry, you name it, we’ve tried it all.
I have been working, for years, with pendulums, tarot decks and oracle cards, and I even created a Major Arcana deck for a very close friend.
Pendulums Pendulums are used for both healing (with radionic tables) and divination. Regarding divination, they are used for Yes/No questions. There are several types of pendulums – I have a collection of them. You can find pendulums entirely made of metal (I use a golden one for healing work, with my radionic table, as I felt it’s what works best for me), metal and stone (I have several: amethyst, lapis lazuli, green aventurine, unakite, and selenite), and one of cord and wood (best for connecting with the Fair Folk – they are not to be messed with unless you know what you are doing. For further learning about the Good Neighbours, I suggest reading Morgan Daimler’s blogs, Living Liminally and Agora on Patheos, along with her books on the subject). If you don’t have one, no worries. A piece of cord and a stone or a necklace and a ring and Bob’s your uncle! You’ve got yourself an improvised pendulum.
Tarot Decks and Oracle Cards Although Tarot decks were created around mid-15th century as a card game, it soon became a divination tool. Usually, decks are composed of 22 major arcana cards and 56 minor arcana ones, although some are composed only of the major arcana. Tarot cards are more structured (the major and minor arcana) and have more rules than oracle cards. Oracle cards differ from set to set and are, therefore, read in a more free flowing way (what applies to one oracle card set might not apply to a different oracle card set), if you will, even if you can use the same reading spreads for both tarot and oracle cards. And, yes, there are countless of those. You can also find tarot and oracle apps (at least on Google Play). Yes, they work very well.
Nonetheless, not everyone requires these tools for divination. Keep in mind that these are mere facilitators for you to focus on. The skill for divination, just as for spell casting, is within you. You just need yourself and your energy/intent.
A Handmade & Blessed ‘Bexz’s Do it Now’ Oil (this item is a limited edition that the Village Witch does exclusively for family use, and it gives you some serious kick up the arse in the action direction)
Handmade & Blessed ‘Kick up the Arse’ floor wash
Handmade & Blessed ‘Affirmation’ Loose Incense (it smells so good I could eat it –it was hard not to– and it looks like it contains precious gems –it is that pretty!)
A ‘Make your Mojo Bag’ kit that contains a velvety, soft, beautiful bag, along with an herb mix (3 Witches Herb Mix) that gives it a powerful kick, and instructions on how to create your mojo bag
Soon I will be using this box to create my very own mojo bag (no photos, Witches, as you should never let anyone see or touch your mojo bags, if you want them to work 😉).
Hello Witches and…Muggles (yes, I like the word and I am using it — Thank you JK Rowling!) Today I am sharing with you another blog I enjoy and follow: The Urban Trad Witch.
The Urban Trad Witch is a great blog on Traditional Witchcraft written by a brilliantly sarcastic Traditional Witch. Trust me, he won’t be beating around the bush, and he will be blunt in his writings, but you will learn a lot from this wise (and wiseass) Witch.
I love his blog to bits. And I hope you love it too.
I’m still here, love. You’ll have to try harder. Also, you might want to remind yourself not to mess up with the not-so-love-and-light witch when crap starts hitting the fan on your little corner of the world.
In the meantime, lets celebrate my blog being back with a scene of one of my favourite witchy movies.
To those that follow me, what are your favourite witchy movies?
I will be sharing some witchy tips every now and then. The first one concern bay leaves.
Most of us have bay leaves in the kitchen cupboard. I’ve always loved bay leaves, long before actually assuming to myself that I am a witch. The scent, the texture, the taste.
But what if I told you that is also my go-to herb for spells when I need to cast a spell that does not take me long?
Bay leaves can be used for several purposes. According to The Village Witch, you can use them for “protection, psychic power, divination, success, money and wish magic”. According to Scott Cunningham, in Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, you can use bay for protection and purification, prophetic dreams, clairvoyance and wisdom, to ward off negativity and evil, protection against lightning, to remove curses and evil spells, for love spells (to ensure a love will stay), for strength, for wishes and to ward off bad luck.
So, what do I do for a quick spell? I write my petition (usually one or two words on in sigil form) on the bay leaf (or bay leaves) and I burn them while focusing on my spell.
For example, imagine that you want prosperity: write prosperity in your bay leaf, focus on it happening, set the leaf on fire and see it burn. Don’t do it in the middle of a forest, obviously. The point is not to set a forest or a tree on fire – just a tiny bay leaf. 😉
Please, always engage brain and keep your spellwork safe for you and the world around you.
Today’s post pertains to magic and spellwork. After all, I am a witch.
But first, let us start with defining magic. In its simplest form, magic is an action that will tilt the odds in your favour, as John Beckett from Under the Ancient Oaks would say.
To quote The Village Witch, «Magic is within us all. It isn’t something that only ‘special’ people have. We all have the ability to live a magical life. It’s a choice whether we do or do not. Magic is strength, your passion, your anger, your soul. It comes from the very core of your inner most self and can be changed depending on how you are feeling and what you want it to do. Magic isn’t something that creates glittery fairy dust and whooshes of rainbow coloured clouds. It is a primitive desire to want something to happen or not happen.»
I confess it took me forever to learn how to make effective spells. To the point I thought I was a crappy witch. I was wrong. I discovered that, with the right facilitators, we can be great at spellcrafting. The issue lies in actually finding a good facilitator/teacher to help you discover that.
I can tell you I didn’t find it in the countless witchcraft (wiccan-based) books I studied. I had a great friend helping me finding this ability within myself (Bexz, I am looking at you! Thank you! <3).
I can tell you you don’t need athames, wands, swords or any tool other than yourself (although spoons of different sizes, lighters, herbs and roots, and candles might help). You don’t need to cast circles or wait for a specific date/day of the week, time of the day or moon phase – I would never get anything done that way, as I can’t be arsed to plan that far away.
Casting a spell is basically like baking a cake. There are steps to take (that you might call rules), but intention is primarily the key to success.
What steps are those? i) To Know – Preparation is paramount for success. Do you know what is it exactly that you want to do? What kind of spell? What is your purpose? What ingredients are you going to use in your spell?
ii) To Will – Think about it really well. Not because of any rule of three, but because there are consequences you have to live with. Here’s an example in extremis, are you willing to live with the guilt of having your worst enemy’s death, should you decide to cast a death spell on them? Wouldn’t it be far better to give him a bad case of the shits with cough to go with it whenever they are out in important meetings or going on dates?
iii) To Dare – Turn your ingredients into cake.
iv) To Keep Silent – It helps not to share your plans, be it magical or in life. We never know who is listening and we don’t want anyone working against us.
Preparation of a Spell
So, you decided you want to go ahead and cast a spell. Good. What kind of spell do you want to cast? What is the purpose of your spell?
Do you want to ease the communication with a friend or family member? Do you want to find a partner? (If you want an ex-lover back, don’t go there, as it will only end up bad and with even more heartache on your side – the ‘ex’ is there for a reason.) You have been trying to have kids and you want to increase the chances to have one? Or, for example, you want to protect yourself and your family? Or do you want to banish negativity and negative people out of your life? How about a pay raise, a better job or the lottery?
Also, have you worked out your petition? A petition is what you want to happen in writing and, no, it does not have to rhyme.
You can just write it down in full, you can write it in the form of a poem (have fun with that), you can create sigils (a symbol for the purpose of your spell) or even with a magical alphabet such as Theban (also known as the Witches Alphabet).
What ingredients will you use, if any?
You can do honey jars (to soften a situation or a person, or to bring something good into your life), or sour jars (to make your enemy’s life a living hell, for example), or protection jars (for example, to protect your home).
Or you can make a witch’s ladder.
Or perhaps just a candle spell (although you might choose a particular colour for a specific spell, white candles also work as all purpose).
Have you chosen any oils or powders to give your spell some extra oommph?
But now you ask me: “Where the heck am I going to find all this stuff?” That’s somewhat easy to reply.
Most of it you can find it in your kitchen’s cupboard or in the supermarket. Simple infusions (for example, chamomile, melissa, mint, etc), herbs and spices (think nutmeg, chillies, cinnamon, pepper, cayenne pepper, cloves, ginger root, etc).
Also, if you’re useless at identifying herbs and/or live in the city (like me), you have to buy what you can find in the supermarkets. Where? Witchy stores. Currently, I only use one: The Village Witch (you would never have guessed it!). Not because it belongs to a friend of mine, but because their products are top quality and I really like the products. Trust me, I have Witchy stores a lot closer to home, but I don’t trust them to have the same quality. And you can always contact them for advice on products for a specific spell, because I guarantee you their aim is to have a satisfied customer, regardless of the value of the purchase.
Remember I do have the Ask a Witch section. Thus, should you have any queries regarding spellwork, do contact me, be it through the form or through email. 😉
Today I will be sharing with you a much loved recipe (folk medicine) that has been in my family for generations: carrot cough syrup.
2 or 3 carrots sliced
4 or 5 soup spoons of brown sugar
4 or 5 soup spoons of honey
Grated ginger root (optional)
Grated lemon peel (optional)
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)
In a bowl, place the carrots sliced, add honey and brown sugar.
You can add grated lemon peel, lemon juice and grated ginger root.
Let it sit for a few hours until you get the syrup. From one day to the next is best.
Although it is unlikely it’ll last long enough to spoil (it is that yummy), if it’s not hot weather season, it’ll be safe to keep out of the fridge for at least 3 days, and in the fridge at least up to a week.
How about you? Does your family have any folk medicine recipes?
Feel better soon!
Disclaimer 1: Please make sure you’re not diabetic or allergic to any of the ingredients
Disclaimer 2: Using this or any other folk medicine recipe does not exclude visiting an actual medical doctor. I am all up for folk medicine, but there are times when an actual medical doctor is necessary. Please don’t ever risk your health and your life.
Let me start by saying I am absolutely in love with it! March’s theme goes along nicely with Spring Cleaning – Banishment.
For those more on the Wicca side, you can use the products in this box to banish negative energies. 😉
It contains so many top quality products and even freebies!
The products are lovely and smell wonderfully. To the point I need to remind myself they are not edible, I cannot brew tea with those or wear them as perfume.
Also, all products are handmade (except, so far, for the yummies they send).
To start with, I got more product quantity than the price I paid for them. The vials and flasks all come full up to the top with product, which is clearly more than they advertise in the shop. And let me add that this doesn’t happen just for the sub boxes but for any order. This means that, after one spell, you still have plenty of product to use on other spells.
The Banishing Oil is lovely! You can tell it is the real thing. In fact, TVW’s oils (yes, I have several) aren’t made just with liquid oil with essential oil drops. You actually see the they used real plants in their products as you can actually see them in the oil vials.
I am absolutely in love with the Banish Bad Vibes Aura Spray. Forget all those home sprays. This one is lush and I cannot get enough of it, and the house feels light again.
I loved the Go Away Evil Floor Wash! Trust me, it is hard to follow the instructions on TVW’s website, the scent is so wonderful!
The Banishing Loose Incense and the Negative Energy Cleansing Salt are beautiful and smell wonderfully. And not suitable for tea, please keep that in mind.
There’s also a Banish a Negative Person spellvelope. Choices, choices… Seriously, don’t take that lightly. I am not a love & light Witch, but I have a conscience and I don’t cast this sort of spells lightly and neither should you. All that you do comes with a consequence, even if that consequence is overwhelming guilt for harming someone when you could have taken things in a different direction, or for doing something rash.
The Banish Evil ink has a beautiful shade of grey/black colour (depending on how you use it). No photos at this time as I don’t have a proper pen for it…yet. 😉
There is also a small black candle that you can use in your spell.
This sub box brought the cutest small wooden chest that you can either use for banish people into it or hide a treasure (a tiny one).
And can you believe it came with a Witchy Badge?!? I loved it! It’s currently on my backpack. 😀
Although the March’s sub box does not come with a spell, it contains an A4 size sheet with ideas/hints/general instructions (if you will) on how to create your own spell, whatever path you’re on (Wiccan path included). Lets face it, your spell will be much more powerful if you write it yourself, as it will have more of your own energy infused in it.
And this is, after all, The Village Witch’s purpose with their Monthly Hocus Pocus Hampers: to empower you, to help you connect with and develop further your own personal power for you to use in your Witchcraft.
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