The Contemporary New England Witch

The Contemporary New England Witch
Ms Faith

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Autumn Magicks, recipes and magickal tid bits for your Autumn enjoyment

 Good Evening,



Tonight I wanted to share with you some of the more interesting facts, trivia and tidbits to be found this time of the year.  All around us is abundance! A time for harvesting and cleaning up from summer, putting away for winter and preparing for a long winter's nap, as it were.

There are many items available during the harvest season that can be used magickally.  For instance:

Pumpkins have the magickal properties of fertility and contacting the spirit world. Be sure to have a few on the table if doing divination or oracle work this harvest season.



Gourds have protection and banishing properties and are thought to keep evil and harm from the home.

Corn has the properties of protection, luck and divination.

Apples -  love, healing, immortality , garden magic.

Sunflower is used this time of the year by some to represent the solar disc or sun.  Sunflowers can bring fertility and wisdom.

The Horn of Plenty has been a symbol of the harvest for centuries and were originally made from large curved animal horns and today are made from wicker basket material. They symbolize abundance and nourishment and never wanting, a feast of food stuffs that never ends which will provide your family with sustenance, nourishment and grow your children strong.   Ancient cultures placed extreme emphasis on survival, so the strongest and heartiest was the healthiest and usually lived the longest and best lives. In ancient cultures malnourishment was the root cause of a myriad of illnesses and diseases we are not familiar with today.


Create a horn of plenty for your harvest table or altar to symbolize all the Goddess has given you in this life.


Wheat or Sheaves of grain are also a common symbol in the fall symbolizing the recent harvest. The straw or hay, usually wheat has been used magickally through the ages to bring fertility and prosperity.

 Autumnal Baked Apples  

This is a simple, fast dessert that everyone will love. Gather ingredients:

4 Large round apples of the season, such as Macouns, Macintosh or other apples suitable for baking.
Honey
granola or chopped nuts
cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg

Core apples, but leave peels on!!, and place in a glass baking dish. Perferrably a small enough dish so that the apples touch the sides of the baking dish and each other. Snug and comfy!
Drizzle generous amounts of honey over each apple, appx 1/4 cup will do for each.
sprinkle with granola or chopped nuts or both!
sprinkle with a teaspoon of cinnamon and just pinches of the nutmeg and allspice.
Place cover on baking dish if you have one, or cover with aluminum foil
Bake at 350 degree for appx 20 - 40 minutes (depending on the hardness of the apples)

Baked apples are done when a skewer can be easily pierced through apple.  Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly and serve with whipped cream or heavy cream scented with vanilla.  Ummmmmmm, delicious and a personal favorite of mine, especially this time of year.  This is also a lovely recipe to do with pears. 



Colors have long been associated with Autumn, perhaps more so than any other season except maybe for Yuletide (Christmas).  The autumnal colors have strong meanings such as:

  • Red stands for passion, strength, courage, energy, endurance and love
  • Orange stands for matters pertaining to law, change, success and business matters
  • Yellow stands for mental powers, intellect, truth and mental clarity and focus. 
  • Brown stands for animal magicks, grounding & centering and aspects of home life & domesticity.
  • Russet or Maroon can help with centering & balancing the spirit and divination. These colors are similar to black and dark blue which allows one easier access to ancestors on the spirit plane.

The Cauldron

The cauldron makes a yearly appearance this time of year and today is mostly associated with Halloween and the witch who might be stirring the cauldron. But do you know the real story of the cauldron?  Cauldrons have been considered magickal by, it seems, all ancient cultures from the Celts to the Asians and can be found in every culture's history and mythology. Firstly because its a large implement with which to make and feed food stuffs to people. It is an instrument of survival as early humans lived communally and foods were prepared in a central place and doled out to everyone. In otherwords,  in tribal life rather than each family making their own food, the food would be made for the tribe and dished out to others. This method allows one to better stretch meger food supplies and ensuring everyone received some food.

The cauldron was the centerpiece in this type of communal cooking and living. The ancient Celts revered a cauldron called The cauldron of Cerridwen. It was thought to be a cauldron that gave inspiration, creativity, transformation and a magickal vessel.  What was put in is forever transformed and became anew.


Gundestrup Cauldron -  an ancient Celtic created cauldron unearthed in 1891 in Denmark.

The ancient Welsh had a text of fables or myths called the Mabinogion.  In one part of of the Mabinogion " The Goddess Cerridwen brews up a special magickal potion in her cauldron to give to her son Afagddu (Morfran). She puts young Gwion in charge of guarding the cauldron, but three drops of the brew fall upon his finger, blessing him with the knowledge held within. Cerridwen pursues Gwion through a cycle of seasons as all sorts of animals until, in the form of a hen, she swallows Gwion, who was disguised as an ear of corn. Nine months later, she gives birth to Taliesen, the greatest of all the Welsh poets". 


Peace and Happiness



© 2010-2011 Enchantments, LLC Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website.

If you know someone who would like my work, please send them this link. If you or they would like to be included on our daily email distribution list send me an e mail with your email address to be included. If you ever wish to unsubscribe to this blog, please contact me and you will be immediately removed from our list.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Seven Sacred Grains of Antiquity

 Good Evening,

During this harvest season I thought to discuss some magickal properties of some food stuffs we are familiar with.  Tonight let's discuss the seven sacred grains of antiquity. They are Barley, Corn, Oats, Millet, Rice, Rye & Wheat.  These grains are responsible for human kind still being alive today. They truly were nutritional staples that allowed vast cultures and entire civilizations to survive in very mean and lean times.

A food stuff as significant as a staple would soon be attributed magickal properties by ancient man and they still hold true today.  Grains have always signified abundance and fertility, the many small seeds reminiscent of many coins or currency, the more, the more abundant.  Grains are small and a small amount can be made to feed many. For instance one cup of oats added to water makes four cups of cereal. This same ratio is used for rice also.

Many grains are easily adapted with manipulation into other food stuffs such as breads, cooked cereals, and flours and are mild, pleasant tasting and nutritious. The alchemical properties I present below I took directly and without modification from an excellent website called :


The Alchemical Properties of Food  http://www.alchemylab.com/guideto.htm  I added the photographs to help the reader identify the specific grain.


The Seven Sacred Grains of Antiquity 

Barley is the oldest of the Seven Sacred Grains of mankind and was cultivated in Jordan around 10,000 BC. The grain was sacred to various gods throughout India, Greece, Scandinavia, and the Middle East. Esoterically, barley is a gentle, nurturing force that stimulates the Heart Chakra and is used to ease a person’s emotional burden by turning harsh feelings into love and warding off any negativity that originates from other people. Barley grass juice is considered an effective psychological grounding agent and physical energizer. [Earth +++]


Barley the grain




The barley plant


Corn symbolizes the eternal return of life and the abundance of nature. As one of the Seven Sacred Grains, corn (or maize) was first cultivated in Mexico around 6000 BC. The Mayans used the blood of their enemies to fertilize cornfields, and their king willingly drew blood from his earlobe and penis to be sprinkled among the corn saplings. Corn was sacred to the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, and the Aztecs tried to attract rain clouds by tossing corn pollen into the air. Today, the Hopi and Zuni tribes still use sacred blue corn in their fertility ceremonies, and in the southeastern United States, red corncobs were sometimes burnt under the bed of a woman in labor to help speed up delivery. [Earth +++]

corn kernels

a corn cob

Millet is one of the Seven Sacred Grains. Wild millet was part of the Balkan diet as far back as 6000 BC, and Japanese farmers grew it around 5000 BC. The tiny yellow seeds have a slightly nutty flavor. [Earth +++]


millet the grain
millet the plant


Oats was probably the last of the Seven Sacred Grains to be cultivated by man. For centuries, oats were believed to cause mental and physical disorders. In the Bible, wild oats were called "tares," which had to be separated from wheat before it was made into flour. After being cultivated in Europe around 100 AD, oats came to symbolize prosperity and sustenance, and the grain became an important part of many money spells. During the Middle Ages, oats were thought to attract vampires, and farmers who grew the grain also had garlands of garlic wrapped around their doors and windows. North American wild rice is really not rice at all, but an aquatic form of oats; groats are split raw oat kernels. [Earth +++]


oatmeal
 

oats plant

Rice is one of the Seven Sacred Grains and was first cultivated in China around 4000 BC. At first, rice seemed an inexhaustible source of food, but over the centuries, it has become increasingly difficult to grow. That development is said to be a punishment to mankind for his ingratitude for the gift of rice. Rice still indicates fertility and abundance, which is why it is thrown after betrothed couples at weddings. Basmati is an aromatic and chewy rice from India. Brown rice is an unpolished form in which the germ, bran, and nutrients have been retained. White rice or sushi rice consists mostly of starch and is used only as a flavor absorber and texturizer. [Earth +++]


rice kernels cooked



rice plants growing


Rye is one of the Seven Sacred Grains and was first cultivated in Europe around 2000 BC. The grain is thinner than wheat and has a robust and tangy flavor that is said to inspire grounded devotion. Gypsies used rye in their love spells and believed that serving warm rye bread to a lover would increase his or her feelings for you. Triticale is rye-wheat hybrid with a less robust taste than rye. [Earth +++]

 

Rye Grains 



Rye plant



Wheat is the most revered of the Seven Sacred Grains and represents fruitfulness, bounty, and rebirth. Because wheat fields seem to replenish themselves, the golden plant represented a cycle of resurrection into light again. Many funeral rites contain offerings of wheat as part of the ceremonies. Wheat was sacred to the Babylonian god Ishtar, the Egyptian Osiris, the Greek Demeter, and the Roman Ceres. Kamut is an ancient wheat with a buttery flavor and chewy texture that is easier to digest than modern varieties. Spelt is another ancient wheat, though it is not as versatile as kamut. Bulgher is parched wheat in which the wheat berry has been cracked and dried. When cooked, bulgher becomes very fluffy. Farina comes from just the hulled endosperm of wheat. Couscous is a semolina made from the endosperm of crushed wheat. It is used more like a pasta than a cereal and carries the same nurturing qualities of Earth as other varieties of wheat. Sheaves of wheat are a well-known symbol of prosperity. [Earth +++]


wheat kernels
wheat plant

All of the above was reprinted from website : 
The Alchemical Properties of Food  http://www.alchemylab.com/guideto.htm

This is an excellent site and a great reference tool for the magickal or alchemical properties of many of the foods we use and enjoy every day.

So how about a fun, unique prosperity spell for the harvest season using kitchen witchery. The following menu is sure to bring prosperity and abundance to your household. Just by making, serving and enjoying this meal can help bring abundant, prosperous energies to your home and life. 

 Light a green candle then put a small pot of water on the stove to simmer. Add cinnamon, a few sticks to the water and allow to simmer for an hour or so. Doing this during the dinner makes for a delicious aroma that will compliment the rest of the meal.  After the meal is prepared and cooked burn a green candle on the dining table while eating the food. 

appetizer:       Corn nachos with salsa

main entree:   a mild or spicy chili with beans with a few pinches of ground mustard seed
                     white rice with red beans 
                     corn bread with chopped jalepenos sprinkled throughout batter before baking
                     rose' wine or sparkling grape juice
Finish the meal with a small custard cup of oatmeal with brown sugar and a small pat of butter for dessert. Liberally sprinkle with cinnamon for extra yummmm and add cream if desired for an extra rich, abundant treat!  Serve with coffee (another wealth attractant) eat, drink and visualize the abundance in your life and the further abundance you desire. Enjoy!


Peace and Happiness

© 2010-2011 Enchantments, LLC Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. 

If you know someone who would like my work, please send them this link. If you or they would like to be included on our daily email distribution list send me an e mail with your email address to be included. If you ever wish to unsubscribe to this blog, please contact me and you will be immediately removed from our list.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Mabon

 Good Evening,

Tonight we discuss Mabon, the Autumnal or Fall Equinox.  This is the second harvest and Mabon is thought to be the name of an ancient Celtic God of the Harvest.  Many people are sending Mabon blessings although techically the equinx occurs on Friday the 23rd this year.

The Equinox which also occurs in the spring is a time of equal length of daylight and darkness in a 24 hour period.  This is one of the Sabbats or Celebrations to be found on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. 

A harvest celebration that is symbolized by the dried corn found in the fields, the corn stalks, pumpkins, gourds, and brightly colored autumn leaves.  A feast celebration, as are all Sabbat gatherings, which features the pies of the autumnal fruits, loaves of bread and its also traditional to eat pork at this Sabbat. Pork was considered a sacred food by the ancient Druid's and the Celtic people they governed.

It is the second food harvest with the first being August 1st, Lughnasa and the third and last Samhain,  October 31st. Mabon is a simple holiday with lots less huppla than say Beltaine or Samhain, but its significant as it marks an important time with the light starting to fade into the darkness of winter.  The harvest season is upon us and I often ask myself this time of the year .  .  .  what am I harvesting? It's a metaphorical question as I look at my life. I take responsibility for the people and circumstances I have in my life as I have in someway planted those seeds to grow into what I harvest now.

I think about the opportunities life is offering me, the possibilities and how I've grown and harvested past opportunities to be what they are today. Some things I  may need to weed out of my life, what? Oh, yes! You can weed out those and that,  that no longer benefits or serves you.  Get rid of the dead wood, and instead I try to put my energy and effort into the healthy, happy, and life enhancing people and situations that make life worth living.

We celebrated Mabon at Enchantments by erecting a labyrinth with candles, hundreds of candles and after a ritual of celebration and a fabulous feast put on by the students of Enchantments, with delicious roast pork, we walked the Labyrinth in the hopes that personal issues and puzzles could be worked out with the magic of the Labyrinth.  The photos below are taken of the Labyrinth as it burned the other night under a night sky with the full moon still present. 



 Happy Mabon Especially to you!



Peace and Happiness

© 2010-2011 Enchantments, LLC Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. 

If you know someone who would like my work, please send them this link. If you or they would like to be included on our daily email distribution list send me an e mail with your email address to be included. If you ever wish to unsubscribe to this blog, please contact me and you will be immediately removed from our list.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The History of Halloween ~ Part 1 ~ The Celtic Connection

 Good Evening,

Tonight I'll start a series of short discussions covering a vast topic, 'The History of Halloween', that will run over the next few weeks.

The topic of these discussions will be featured in a program by the same name I will be conducting at Manchester Community College on Friday October 21, 2011.  I start the evening's program with the audience eavesdropping  on the Witches of Shakespeare's MacBeth.  Then the program is conducted with a Power Point presentation along with ample opportunity to ask questions. Each person will be given a 'charm' magickal stone to help them connect with loved ones who have passed.  If you would like to enroll for this one night class please go to the bottom of this discussion and click the link to bring you to MCC's Credit Free Continuing Education Division and you can enroll by going through the Fall Catalog. The fee for this class is $20.00 payable to MCC.  If the link does not work, or is not visible, (I'm not the most techy witch in the coven!!) please call 860-512-2800 to register over the phone. Thanks, it would be great to have you in class!

To start our discussion, let's consider Halloween from a bit of a distance shall we? Let's see .  .  .  we've got black cats, ghosts and witches to start. Then we have little hobgoblins dressed like fairy princesses and cowboys demanding candy one evening late in October.  We have superstitions, traditions and imagery that only seems to work this time of year.  The night air is growing chill and the days are growing shorter. We soon are to celebrate the Fall Equinox this week.  Where did the holiday of Halloween come from and how did all the celebration and pageantry of this season come to be?

To answer these questions we need to peer back through time to the land of the ancient Celtic tribes that migrated West from Eastern Europe to eventually settle in the British Isles. The land and culture of the Irish seems to contribute a large part to the modern Halloween tradition. The ancient Celts were governed by their religious rulers, the Druids. The Celtic Sabbat of Samhain pronounced (Sow-en) occurred at the end of October and was a turning point on the Wheel of the Year indicating the last harvest of the growing season. Samhain is Gaelic for November and the holy-day, or holiday, marked the beginning of winter and the month of November.

 The Tor - an ancient mound found in Western Great Britain and has a long and magickal history and was believed to have been used by the ancient Celts and Druids for sacred processionals during Sabbats.

The ancient Celts had many beliefs and many surrounded the death and reincarnation of the human spirit in the human vehicle of the body. They felt that spirits roamed close to humans on the earth and that at certain times of the year, it was easier than others, to communicate with them, as it was believed much knowledge could be gained from the spirit world.

This was the time of the year when the ancients celebrated a 'Day of the Dead' a memorial, remembrance holiday where loved ones who have passed on were remembered, revered and celebrations were held in honor of the dead.  Just about every ancient tribal culture has some sort of 'Day of the Dead' in their cultural history.



Divination, the ability to see what will happen in the future, was a serious business to the Celtic people as well as for the Druids, who were the Priests and religious leaders of the Celts. Divining the future with crystal balls, in pools of water and in flames as well as the cracks that develop in bones placed in the fire are all ancient methods of telling the future. There is belief that the Druid's practiced all of these methods and more.

The Druid's felt that to appease the spirits, offerings needed to be made. At one time in the far, distant past, the Celts did practice human sacrifice. They felt that the offering or gift given to the Gods in gratitude and in return for the life they received from the Gods needed to be significant and worthy. A life for a life.  After time the offerings became less deadly and became symbolic of life i.e. cakes, breads, fruits and nuts, wines, honey and then the burning of candles as votive offerings.


  When early Christianity came on the scene several thousands of years later, the ancient Sabbat of Samhain became renamed and re-dedicated, also to the spirits of the dead but more precisely, November 1st became All-Hallow's Day later renamed All-Saint's Day.  This day was dedicated to the most hallowed, the saintly that were set aside as very special by the early Catholic Church.  The night before in the old English was soon referred to as to the eve of All Hallows. So we have All-Hallow's Eve on October 31st, All Hallow's Day on November 1st and then we have All-Soul's Day for everyone else not special enough for notice the day before and they were honored on November 2nd. The early church took this most sacred of Pagan holy days and made it a three day holiday that featured fasting, praying and sacrificing of earthly pleasures.

 All Saint's Day



There was for many people for many, many years a belief that spirits roamed all over the earth all the time, but were especially fearsome and dangerous after dark. Of course, this speaks to the basic human psyche where what we can't see causes us fear. The dark back then was a serious consideration as light was not readily created and available as it is today.  Candles were costly and cast dim light at best for several hundreds of years until the formulation was evolved and with the addition of wax rather than animal fat,  candles became brighter.  But for centuries the night held fear and danger, in most peoples minds, so anything they could do to alleviate this fear was helpful. Sympathetic magick abounds around Halloween. Sympathetic magick is kind of like saying 'like attracts like'  for instance if you wanted to scare away evil spirits,  you made scary faces at them! What would scare a human should by definition scare a spirit.

And yes, I can see all sorts of arguments for this knowing what we know of magickal principles today, but the ancient people saw simple logic. Scary was scary. So the Irish would carve turnips (not an easy feat, I tell you true!!) with scary faces like our Jack-O'-Lanterns of today and they would also put a candle inside to light them up and they were used as make-shift lanterns to light the way on All Hallow's Eve. 

Eventually the tradition of leaving out 'treats' to appease the spirits became common place. The day of All-Soul's Day celebrated on November 2nd,  over time developed into a tradition where people, beggars at the start, would go 'a-souling' and would beg at people's doorsteps for food and drink.  Soon 'soul cakes' were developed and fed to those coming to the door that day or night. Eventually this past time was taken over by children who would go to doors begging for treats of sweets, cakes and candies.  

The Druid's would also dress in costumes and masks to scare away the evil forces they felt would come close on the eve of All Hallow's Day.  This was a big feast celebration as it was considered the last food harvest of the year and according to tradition the next would be August 1st of the following year! There was much superstition and traditions created around the dark half of the year From November 1st until May 1st the following spring. The dark, the cold, illness, lack of fresh food all succeeded in causing many winter deaths for even the healthiest and strongest tribes that made up the Celtic empire.  

Dressing up as goblins and ghosts became a part of this part of Halloween.  As this tradition grew and evolved the promise of treats to keep the mischievous spirits that roamed the countryside that night from practicing tricks on the innocent became a significant part of our modern Halloween tradition. Soon mischievous spirits became mischievous children and young adults.


 Carved Turnip Jack - O'- Lantern 

 When the Colonists first came to America the Halloween traditions were not followed as the Puritans and then later Protestants were against the Catholic church and their practices and so the celebrations of All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day were not recognized or celebrated until the middle to end of the 19th century (1800's) as immigrants came to America, many from Ireland. They brought with them their varied and colorful customs of celebrating this ancient of holidays.  The Irish may have been traditional but they were also resourceful and smart! They soon realized that carving pumpkins was a whole lot easier than carving rock hard turnips and the pumpkin Jack- O'-Lantern was created.  The pumpkin was also a seasonal staple in Colonial America and many delicious dishes were created during the Colonial period and one tasty seasonal favorite has become pumpkin pie.
 Harvest Pies 

Pumpkin Pie, a seasonal favorite is considered to be an effective love spell for men especially. Ladies if you want to increase and enhance the love you share with a man, feed him pumpkin pie. The ingredients from the pumpkin squash, the cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg, the brown sugar and molasses all have love and lust magickal properties. These work well on men whereas for ladies, yes Pumpkin pie works as a tasty love spell, as does Apple Pie, the apples being distinctly feminine in magickal properties.

Magickal Pumpkin Love Pie

 Burn one red candle while preparing and baking pie.  Then burn another red candle or continue with the same candle while you and your lover share the dessert.


1 ready made, white dough pie crust in the refrigerated section of your local market

1 large can ready pack pumpkin 
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp mace
1 Tbsp molasses

Beat eggs together until well mixed, then brush some of the egg mixture on the inside of the crust and place crust in 400 degree oven for 5 minutes until the egg is dried and crust is sealed.  While crust is baking, mix the rest of the ingredients together with a hand mixer and make sure everything is well incorporated.  Take crust out of oven and let sit for five minutes. Then pour pumpkin mixture into the crust and place in 400 degree oven. As soon as pie is in oven, turn down the heat to 350 and bake for 35 -45 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean.  Allow to cool to room temperature or refrigerate if desired.  Serve with fresh vanilla scented whipped cream and share one slice, with one fork with your sweetie. Each feeding the other and allowing the spell to wash loving, happy energies over you both. The rest is up to you!!







Remember to get outside a bit before the air turns cold. So many things can be done in a couple of months indoors, so schedule outdoor activities and chores while we can still enjoy being out!

Peace and Happiness





   © 2010-2011 Enchantments, LLC Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website.

If you know someone who would like my work, please send them this link. If you or they would like to be included on our daily email distribution list send me an e mail with your email address to be included. If you ever wish to unsubscribe to this blog, please contact me and you will be immediately removed from our list.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Support your local witch shop . . . starting a grass roots movement!

Enchantments has a New look!


Good Evening,

Just in the last few weeks I've heard of a number of Wicca- Witch - New Age shoppes (call us what you will ) going out of business.   Enchantments herself has been on the verge of becoming a memory but we're still hanging on.  Why this closing trend? Of course the economy, as what we sell falls into luxury, extra-curricular products as we're really not selling vital, necessary products like clothing, food and medical supplies! Also the Internet has hurt us tremendously. Yes, it's easier to buy your stuff on the Internet and many times cheaper.  But at what cost .  .  .  ?

It's also cheaper to buy your candles at discount outlets, Christmas outlets and other places like craft stores and supermarkets.  I'm not arguing this point. But realize, if you've ever said that Enchantments is your favorite shop, that you love shopping here or at shops like Enchantments, that the more you and others purchase at the discount outlets, on the Internet or other franchises and chains that we will soon all be gone.  There are no franchises or chains for witch shops. we are all owned and operated by individuals, Mom & Pop shops that don't have the seemingly unlimited resources that many franchises have. Many of us don't even take home a pay check and rely on other part time jobs or our spouses income to keep us afloat. 

You can get products cheaper by not shopping your local witch shop, but can you get the knowledge, the advice, the authentic information you need for your magickal workings by someone who you can speak to in person? Someone who has had several years, or in my case several decades .  .  .  wait .  .  .  decades? .  .  .  Yikes!    But it's true .  .  .   several decades of practice and knowledge to impart to you?

If you buy your products on the Internet, can you then call the person you purchased your items from to ask a simple question on candle magick? Can you even speak to a real person?  Wait .  .  .  have you ever wondered if the Internet sites actually have real witches or magickal practitioners involved?  I have personally checked out a number of Internet sites and with a few questions which many times are not even answered it is apparent that there are people running these sites that are not magickal, informed or knowledgeable about the products they sell.



That's not every site, as there are some good mail order sites run by respectable magickal people, but many, so many are just run by those who will sell anything to anyone to make money.  Beware of sites that offer to do spells for you, to cast spells or curses on others and promises of love spells and the like for lots of money that are guaranteed to work!!  I have spoken to and met dozens of people that have been taken for lots of money and little results from many of these sites.

For an alternate example,  at Enchantments,  you can purchase a simple love spell, that you cast yourself for a mere $9.00.  I have personally written ever spell for each type of spell kit I sell and I am available throughout the week to speak to and discuss the spells, how they worked, why they may not have and how to tweak them to help you become an effective magickal practitioner.  I make many of my own products and I stand behind  them all.  You can call or stop by to speak with me personally about my products.  Try that on the Internet!!

But soon .  .  . we will be gone.   Unless you can help us, and I hope you can .  .  .   help keep us in business, a real brick and mortar establishment that you can stop by and go in and talk to, browse, explore and soak up the atmosphere and good energy as you look at polished stones, candles and herbs. As you peruse books, tarot decks and and at Enchantments read the walls to learn more about the products we offer.

Enchantments offers not only the products but the knowledgeable expertise to go along with the products and easy techniques so that you can use them like a professional.   This is a short discussion tonight and I am counting on you to share this link with others. 'Like' this link on facebook, tell your friends and make a definite plan to stop by and support your local witch shop this week and all through the year. Only you can keep us here for you.

I personally thank you for keeping us in business so that we can continue to supply your magickal needs. Also come by and see Enchantments new look!!




A rose from our garden - just perfect!



Peace and Happiness




  © 2010-2011 Enchantments, LLC Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. 

If you know someone who would like my work, please send them this link. If you or they would like to be included on our daily email distribution list send me an e mail with your email address to be included. If you ever wish to unsubscribe to this blog, please contact me and you will be immediately removed from our list.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Your invitation to come with me to Salem & honoring the victims of 9/11 in a magickal way.


 Good Evening,

I want to remind you that this Saturday I will be in Salem, Mass conducting a lecture on the 1692 witch trial vixtims and a ritual to honor their memory.  We will all meet at 11 am at the Victims memorial whch borders the Noth wall of the Old Burying Ground in Salem Village.  Fear not if you don't know the town, just go to the Visitor's Center located at 2 Liberty Street, Salem, Mass (GPS's coordinated and ready? Check!) and they will have cute easy to read street maps for everyone. I highly recommend you all get one, and then meet me at the site for the lecture and ritual. 

I will need about 20 people to help me with the ritual if you are willing and able, not much to do except be able to call out the name of  a victim and the date they were hung in a loud voice.  Afterwards we will go to a large fun place for lunch, The Beer Works which is a micro-brewery that has sandwiches, salads and main entrees from fish, to steak and chicken. Lots of fun places to visit and we will make a point to stop at Dracula's Castle, Ye' Old Pepper Company (the longest continuously run candy factory in North America, and Pickering Wharf where many shops are witch shoppes run by 'real' witches. 

For those who are interested in recognizing the victims of September 11, 2001 and aren't sure what to do, there is a movement around the United states to have everyone burn a red, a white and a blue candle for the victims of (9/11) this week. The candles can be lit on Sunday morning at 8:46 a, the time of the first plane crashing into the Trade Towers.  Those that wish to light four candles (get a fourth candle in silver or gold) for the times each of the four planes crashed and took over 3,000 lives the following candle burning schedule can be followed:

Red candle start burning at 8:46 a.m
White candle start burning at 9:03 am
Blue candle can be lit at 9:37 am  and
 the last a slver or gold candle (Silver represents the Goddess/ Gold represents the God and both one of each silver and gold can be burned simultaneously at the fourth time of)
Silver or Gold or both can be lit at 10:03 am.

For most who use the special chime or spell candles we sell at Enchantments (for .45 ea) all candles will be burning for a few moments at the same time, all together. That s if there is no draft, wind or air conditioning blowing on the candles which can make them burn and go out faster.

You do not need to be Wiccan, consider yourself a magical person or religious to take a moment and join a large collective of individuals who wish to take notice and honor those who gave their lives, here on American soil on that fateful day of September 11, 2001

We will be honoring the victims of 9/11 along with those who perished in the summer of 1692 with our ritual I will be conducting in Salem, Mass this Saturday. I hope you can make it!  I'll see you then!


Peace and Happiness


 



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