Yes, yes, I know it’s October already. But I am still sharing this one before I receive and share with you all the goodies of that from October.
Why so late?, you ask me. Well, to start with, the posties were late (I live in a different country from The Village Witch and it can be tricky).
Then my 40th birthday happened. (Happy birthday to me! Yey! 🎂🥂)
Then life happened, along with work (which reminds me I have some hexing to do…). And then university also happened. As you can imagine, a shitload of insanity fell on my lap and I am finally making sense of it all.
But now enough about my insane life and onto much better and yummy things such as this delicious sub box!
September’ Sub Box is all about Gratitude & Abundance. Which I am: I am very grateful that The Village Witch created the Hocus Pocus Hampers that we all, lovingly, nicknamed sub boxes. ❤️
What goodies did this sub box bring?
Handmade & blessed Make Way For Good salt (for cleansing and making way for positive vibes in our lives)
Handmade & blessed Reap Your Rewards aura spray (to bring positive abundance into our lives)
Handmade & blessed Harvest Home powder (for being thankful for what we have and harvest the good from our lives and keep it within our hearts)
Handmade & blessed Gratitude oil (which we can use to give thanks)
Handmade & blessed Keep Your Cupboards Full incense (to boost our abundance)
Handmade & blessed Harvest Home floor wash (same purpose as the Harvest Home powder)
A Make It Yourself Gratitude Tree Slice Hanger kit (with instructions for it in the kit itself)
A gorgeous Crystal Bookmark for our favourite books, the best Thank You gift I ever received from a shop ever!
A Yellow candle (its meaning is thankfulness and happiness)
TVW’s badge of the month (I love them so much!!!)
And a Treat Bag that has come and gone. 😋
Have you subscribed yet to TVW’ Sub Boxes or seen their Samhain Special Offer?
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. 🙃
Don’t think I am skipping telling you about The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Hampers, aka the lovely sub boxes.
While I was going through the magic drought and the 100000 things going in my life, I received 2 more sub boxes: June and July’s.
June Sub Box’s theme was “Solstice Fire” and it contained
Handmade & blessed Summer Solstice Cleansing Salt
Handmade & blessed Ignite Aura Spray
Handmade & blessed Precipitado Rojo Ink
Handmade & blessed Breath of Fire Oil
Handmade & blessed Summer Solstice Floor Wash
Lapis lazuli crystal point necklace
“Make it yourself” essential oil fragranced incense cones kit
TVW badge of the month
July Sub Box’s theme was “Uncrossing & Spellbreaking” and it contained
Handmade & blessed Uncrossing Cleansing Salt
Handmade & blessed Bye Bye Bad Shit Aura Spray
Handmade & blessed Spellbreaker Powder
Handmade & blessed Uncrossing Oil
Handmade & blessed Spellbreaker Incense
Handmade & blessed Jinx Removing Floor Wash
Sage Smudge Stick
“Make it yourself” Family Witch Bottle kit
TVW badge of the month
I can tell you I am a sucker for the treats. Always yummy! And those teas…!!! I could drink them all day long.
As for the products, I cannot stress enough: they smell wonderfully, but they are not to be ingested!!! Also, they work wonders.
If you are considering subscribing to a monthly witch kit, go with that of The Village Witch. I am a Traditional Witch, but if you’re from another Witchcraft path (for example, Wicca), you can certainly use the products as well (think banishing negative energies, think removing negative spellwork, think self-love, energy boosting, money & career spells).
Just to poke at your curiosity, August Sub Box’s theme will be Crossing. Because sometimes a Witch got to do what a Witch got to do.
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.
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 😉).
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. 😉
Just kidding. This is not a Saw movie. I love horror movies, but not the gore type. For me, a good horror movie involves the supernatural (mostly ghosts).
However, I am creating a new section, if you will.
Imagine you’re curious about Witchcraft or you’re a Witch but Wicca is not your thing and just to think of waiting for a specific moon phase or casting a circle to do a spell puts you off and you’d like to explore Traditional Witchcraft.
Or you would like to have the support of someone on the same path and would like to have someone to ask questions, or advise, or brainstorm whenever you bump into a wall spell wise.
Why am I making this offer? We’ve all been there. I still remember when I started on this path over 20 years ago and all I got was information on Wicca and most of it unreliable.
Do feel free to contact me. How? Through email, for example. You can contact me by emailing me to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As your questions may be other people’s questions, I will be posting the replies to those questions once a week on this blog. Thus, I would like you to inform me in your email if you give me permission to use your name (first name or alias) or if you prefer to be known as Anonymous.
By the way, I don’t reply to trolling or sealioning. I am not the jackass whisperer and nothing good ever comes from baiting. Also, keep in mind you’re dealing with a Witch that is far from being all love and light, doesn’t believe in the Wiccan Rede nor the Rule of Threefold, and enjoys giving a hand to Karma. Therefore, threats of any kind will be dealt with accordingly.
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