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The Village Witch August Sub Box

This week my TVW August Hocus Pocus Hamper, AKA August Sub Box, arrived and it was one of the highlights of my week. This month’s theme is “Crossing & Go Away” which was definitely what I needed, to be fair.

Whenever I get this monthly surprise box of witchy goodies I go on “kid on Christmas morning” mode, huge grin, hyped and all. As anyone should be. After all, The Village Witch makes a point of sending top quality products for their clients, in amounts that clearly surpass the quantities we pay for.

“And what did August Sub Box bring?’, you might ask. Let me show you!

  • Handmade & blessed Get the Fuck Out Salt, to cleanse and remove negative energies (people and situations included)
  • Handmade & blessed Power Within Aura Spray, to boost our power within to deal with negativity
  • Handmade & blessed Bitch Be Gone Powder, to remove all bitchiness from our lives
  • Handmade & blessed Crossing Oil, to cross someone and send back whatever they send us
  • Handmade & blessed I Can, You Can’t Incense, to boost our own natural, personal power
  • Handmade & blessed Shut Up Floor Wash, which we can use to help stop gossip and lies
  • Handmade & blessed Back Off Ink, to make someone/something/a situation stay away from us (which we can use to decorate the easel of the next item on this list)
  • Mini Chalkboard Daily Spell Kit, with instructions as part of the kit
  • Handmade & blessed Pop-A-Spell Bubbles — I cannot tell you how much I am in love with this item. This “you’ve seen it on TVW first” spell is the cute purple flask in the photo. It brought me back treasured childhood memories and laced them with much needed magic. It also contains instructions on how to use it.
  • Black candle, for cleansing and bringing peace
  • TVW’s uber cute badge of the month. I love these and I am collecting them.
  • The ever delicious treat bag, with tea bags, candy and a snack.

Make sure to not confuse the treats with the witchy products. I know they all smell so yummy, but only the treat bag is edible.

Also, just so you know, September’s theme will be “Gratitude”, because there is always something in our lives we should be thankful for. And you will definitely want your October one. Just saying. 😉

Remember you can subscribe to these wonderful witchy treasure boxes until before the 8th of each month.

Go ahead! I double dare you! Then come and gush about your sub box with me. 🙃

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Witch

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I am a witch, a conjurer, a healer
I am not evil, I can be kind
I work with energy,
Perhaps you think I’m all love and light
Don’t be mistaken, that’s a partial spark
Dare to hurt mine and I’ll go dark

I will go dark, be your worst nightmare
Don’t run, don’t hide,
Don’t even try.
Heed my warning, there’s no escape.
I am a witch,
Hurt mine, you won’t be spared.
Hurt mine and I’ll drown you in despair.

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Spellwork

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 herbs and roots? Do you know which ones to use and what for? If not, may I suggest checking The Village Witch‘s article “Herbs and Magical Properties” and/or Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs?

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. 😉

See you soon!

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Home protection jar spell
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The colours of Magic

Lately, I keep hearing about White Witchcraft, Black Magic, Grey Witches, the Wiccan Rede and how you should harm none.

Image taken from here.
Image taken from here.

The truth is Magic has no colour. You can, however, label the practitioner’s magic, if you will, according to the practitioner’s intent.

But are these things really that linear? Are things really black or white with some shades of grey?

Lets face it, I am a firm believer in doing no harm, but I will take no shit either.
I do believe in karma, but I also believe in protecting myself and my loved ones. And I am fierce when it comes to protecting myself and mine. Lets say I also believe Karma has a lot on its plate and I will give it a hand if I have to.

I am also a firm believer in balance. We’re not all good or all evil, even if we do not act upon it.
I believe in accepting myself for who I am, my light side and the darkness within. I accept myself for the person I am, virtues and flaws, and not just the side I show to the world.

I assure you: I am far from being perfect. I am human, and I make mistakes.
I do screw up in the “go big or go home” kind of way, sometimes.
I analyse my actions, I learn from the consequences, I forgive myself and I move on.

I am ever learning on this path of mine, ever evolving. And that shows on my chosen path as well.

Image taken from here.
Image taken from here.

If that makes me a Grey Witch according to some people, so mote it be.

But I still believe life to be a lot more colourful than just white, grey and black. Even if I prefer to dress in black.
And so is Witchcraft, at least, as I see it. After all, Magic is Nature.

Be light and darkness.