The Contemporary New England Witch

The Contemporary New England Witch
Ms Faith

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More Witch crafted Witch approved crafts for the holiday season. Magickal Bath Salts

 Good Evening,





Today we'll be discussing some additional craft items you might wish to make for gift giving this holiday season.  An earlier discussion last week discussed making amulets for protection for the home.  Here is the finished product, that I made along with my students in class. Each got to make their own and bring them home and I thought to share what mine looks like with you.






Today's discussion is about making Magical Bath Salts.  A hand made craft that you can personalize with your own energy and the essential oils of your choosing. For a basic bath salt base you'll need the following:

2 cups Epsom salts
2 cups baking soda
2 cups sea salt



This alone makes a hydrating, skin softening bath salts when added by the tablespoon to the bath water.  You may use this if you don't desire any fragrance or color in your product. But for those who like a bit of excitement in your life, as I do, you may add essential oils, in this case by the teaspoon, and food coloring to give the finished product a pleasant appearance.

For the following magickal purposes you may add the following oils to your bath salts base mixture:

For loving energies:

1 teaspoon rose oil
1/2 teaspoon lavender oil
1/2 teaspoon basil oil



For money and financial prosperity add:

1 teaspoon patchouli oil
1/2 teaspoon vetivert oil
1/2 teaspoon clove oil

Perhaps some tranquility is needed this hectic time of year? Try this combinaton that is sure to have you caalm and peaceful before too long:

1 teaspoon lavender oil
1/2 teaspoon chamomile oil
1/2 teaspoon jasmine oil
1 teaspoon tea tree oil



Of course the colors are magickal goal specific, for instance loving bath salts would be pink and require perhaps a half teaspoon of coloring, whereas use the same amount of green and purple (pre-mix the red and blue separately before adding to bath salts base) respectively for money and tranquility.

The magick is applied while putting this mixture together. And using a wooden spoon and stirring deosil (clockwise) throughout the entire mixing process while incanting an incantation to help empower the bath salts is key!! Not sure what to say? No worries, here let me help. If you wish to create your own rhyming incantation, please do so. After all this is your magickal recipe!

Love Bath salts incantation:

"Loving energies come to me,
bring my lover/love to me
As I will it one times three
an' it harm none so mote it be!"

For Money Bath Salts you may like this:

"Money, wealth, prosperity
I call you now, come unto me
as I will it, So Mote it be!"

For that much needed tranquility this works well:

"Peace and calm I call for quiet
to still the hectic, to soothe the riot
May peace and serenity come to me
an' it harm none so mote it be!"

After stirring, mixing, chanting and strong visualization of the magickal goal, you may place in pretty jars, bags or whatever you choose and gift this to someone on your holiday shopping list.


 The amount of bath salts to use is generally a tablespoon or two placed under warm or hot running water for a moderate bad, and a bit more for a full sized bath. 

* A note regarding visualization when making products intended to be given away.  Of course you can't visualize yourself as the gift is intended for another, and NO, you can't envision them in your visual as that could be considered manipulation. Instead I like to see the colors of the magickal goal I'm creating the product for as if they were glitter. I see red, pink and silver glitter sprinkling down from the heavens and falling into the bath salts as I mix them. (I wouldn't put real glitter in simply because it could get into all sorts of places when taking a bath and that might not be a good thing.) But visualize glitter sprinkling down as you mix and chant. Whatever color you use for the mixture can be your visualization 'glitter'.  For a white mixture envision gold and silver glitter colors.

For those who take showers and not baths this mixture can be added into foot baths or in a bowl of water that you sit on your nightstand to help bring in the desired magickal goal. If placing next to your bed, be sure to put your fingers into the water a couple of times a day and swirl the water deosil again while saying the incantation and this will work as if you had taken a bath. 

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.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Tomorrow is small business Saturday!! Help us help you!!

 Good Evening,

I hope you had a pleasant and fulfilling Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends. That is if you celebrate, if not, I still hope you had a great Thursday!!

Tonight's discussion is short but I think important.  Tomorrow is Saturday, November 26th, 2011 and it's "Small Business Saturday" here in the States.  Tomorrow is a day, if you don't already do it, to support your local, family owned, small businesses like Enchantments. 

I've said it before, but it bears repeating. Yes, you can buy items cheaper at discount, large chain outlets like some Christmas Shoppes and of course its more convenient to sit in your jammies and order off of the Internet.  But .  .  .  every time you do, shops like Enchantments get one day closer to closing their doors forever. 

We sell items at a reasonable mark up to pay our bills and feed our families. We are not able to give you a 90% discount on Black Friday, because we don't mark up our items that high to begin with.  At Enchantments, like at other family owned businesses, we are experts in the products we sell.  I've mentioned just recently to a customer, that yes the big book stores can afford to stock every book on a topic such as Wicca or witchcraft, but try to find someone truly knowledgeable and honest to discuss which books will benefit you and which will not. Will someone there take a book from your hands and say "this is too expensive and really doesn't have what you say you're looking for" and then show you a book at a fraction of the cost that will?

After the sale, will the seller (at either a large chain or Internet site) be available to discuss the subsequent information of what you just purchased? Will someone at an Internet witchcraft site discuss with you how and why your spell did not work the way you wanted it to?

There are lots of 1-900 Psychic phone lines where you can get an easy and cheap tarot card reading. I, quite frankly, want to see the eyes of the person reading for me and know that they are really using cards for their information and not sitting on their couch waiting for the time to run down on the reading so they can charge more on your credit card.  Then, afterwards can you call them just to get a little extra insight on what the reading said, without additional charge?

Many of the items for sale at Enchantments are made by me, or one of my staff, all witches with considerable training and expertise in the field of magickal practice, spell casting and divination. We sell many items that aren't normally available elsewhere, such as Witch bottles designed to place in your home to keep harm and evil away. We make our own love and money soaps, potions, spell kits and my exclusive to Enchantments Spell Sprays. A spell spray is a spell in a bottle you spray on like a body spray and take its energies with you all day! No need to cast a circle!! 

We can explain to you exactly how to cast an effective spell that manifests for you because you are the one doing it. We never cast spells for other people, as many Internet sites will do, because we know that to do so, the spell won't work for the person intended and we refuse to charge money for charlatan practices.

Please keep us in mind for your holiday shopping this season and may your holiday season bring 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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What can I do, can't I do in the world of magick? and what I am thankful for . . . this holday season

 Good Evening,

It's that time of year again. A time of holiday celebrations, feasts, family and friends. People have asked me if I celebrate Christmas and I know many Wiccans who have stopped celebrating because its not their holiday.  I respect that everyone has the right to celebrate or not, as they choose. For me? I celebrate Yule.  Sometimes I can pull it off on December 21st and other times I celebrate on the 25th because that's when the world pretty much takes a bit of a break. 

Besides, the 21st this year falls on a Wednesday, so as I'm open at Enchantments and working, Yule celebrations must be tabled for the 25th. And guess what? That's perfectly fine.  Lately I have been asked lots of questions by new students concerning the magickal world and information they have been told by others.  Many of these questions have to do with what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in this world of magickal practice and living.  I am frankly appalled by the rigid and restrictive concepts that are being taught and told to new witchlings stepping onto the path.

Foolish things. Like just the other day a student told me that she was told by a teacher of Wicca and witchcraft that a cloak must be handmade by the student and could only be made out of wool! Because its natural. In my opinion, this is foolish, silly and not right!! You can purchase a cloak already made, for if everyone made their own what would the talented artisans who make lovely cloaks do? If its made only of wool, well that's a sweaty challenge if you wish to wear your cloak to a summer Pagan gathering.  And isn't silk natural? What of cotton, hemp, or burlap?  Haha!! I'm just kidding about burlap, can you imagine a more scratchy, itchy cloak?

Any material from natural materials to satin, lace and other inexpensive, pretty fabrics are acceptable. because wearing clothing that feel good to the skin, look pleasing to the eye and make the wearer feel good is the only reason to wear a cloak or any garment. A garment does not impart magickal ability or power to the wearer, its simply clothing and designed to cover you up and keep you warm or cool as the case may be.

I find these restrictive concepts more and more prevalent amongst the magickal community. Where does it come from? Frankly it comes from teachers who have been taught restriction and seek to perpetrate that concept amongst their students.  Hmmmmm. Wonder were we've learned this concept from. That there is one way that is considered the right way, and other ways are wrong?  You can guess I'm sure.  Well .  .  .  if one leaves a religion, a belief system or way of life because its too restrictive for one, why is it that so many adopt another practice only to impose different but similar restrictions onto those in the new group? Simply because they have walked away from one way of being, only to continue living its principles and policies, only changing the names and titles of such practice and thereby believing they are practicing something quite different.

I am a witch. I practice witchcraft. I don't follow an organized religion. My Wiccan practice is mine. I do what pleases me and not necessarily what others have dictated. Am I Wiccan? Of course! Gerald Gardner, was the one who named Wicca and dictated what Wicca is, the religion of the witches, and as I said earlier, I am a witch!  You can do this also. Of course it helps to learn some basic structure, but living and practicing as a witch has always been and I believe always should be up to that particular witch.

There are some Universal laws that we need to live by. Everyone needs to live by. Like gravity. Not changing that!! Karma has a way of doing her own thing also. I have observed through practice and experimentation some principles of spell casting that seem to work the same way for everyone, no matter who we are. These are described in more detail in my "Spell Manifestation .  .  . why and when spells don't seem to manifest as we wish them to"  ©2010.  To read more about this, this series started on November 11, 2010 in this blog and continues for a few discussions.  But as far as magickal practice, especially in the religion of Wicca, YOU,as long as ye harm none, can do what ye will.  Actually even if you choose to foolishly attempt to harm someone, Karma (remember her?) will balance the scales quite nicely.  This is a practice of doing what feels right to you. And using the natural world to enhance your life and magickal practice.

That's right I said it.  YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WISH. And still be considered a witch, a magickal practitioner whatever you call yourself.  Never let anyone tell you you can or can't do something in this world, especially if its simply a matter of taste, fashion, likes/dislikes, for instance:

You Can if you wish to:

  • wear any type of clothing you wish to. Or no clothing if you wish,  of course we must abide by laws of public decency or risk arrest or ticketing. 
  • eat any food you wish to. Some magickal people are vegans, vegetarians, meat eaters (but primarily all Pagans I've encountered love food and the feasts that often accompany our celebrations) 
  •   practice, observe and celebrate  ANYTIME you wish to.  On full moons, new moons, not even taking the moon into account. On any day of the week, any day of the year. 
  •   work with any God or Goddess, more than one or none if you choose. Yes, I said that also, you don't have to invoke God/dess during ritual or practice. perhaps to you, your higher power is the Sun or the Moon and you wish to focus simply on these astronomical symbols. Its perfectly alright. (I personally  feel you can choose to work with them or not, they will always work with us. So if you've been hit over the head with the GOD stuff so much over the years you choose to leave that aside, it's perfectly o.k. The Gods don't take silly human like offense to our desires. That's just our thing!)
There is so much more I could cover on this topic but I'll leave it at that. Just remember, if it feels good it probably is right for you. If it doesn't,  leave it aside no matter who tells you so, even ME! I know what works for me and I can suggest similar concepts you might like to try, but who am I to know what will work for you?


 What I am Thankful for this Holiday Season .  .  . 

I am thankful for Life, Love and Happiness.

I am thankful for my truest friends who love me no matter what. I am thankful for those wonderful people in my life that accept who I am and celebrate because of it, not deal with me in spite of it. (The latter I have conveniently moved to the outskirts of my life, where they fare well and away from affecting my energy, and I am  thankful that I have the strength and personal boundaries to decide who I will allow to be in my life)

I am thankful that we have small, fuzzy, furry creatures in this world who look up to us and love us regardless of what is happening in our world. They care not a whit about petty, human issues and just want to be loved and cuddled in return. I'm thankful for the lessons they teach me everyday.

I'm thankful for the wonderful people I meet everyday in my life who want to discuss concepts of magick, that have questions and seriously seek to learn how to make the magickal world work for them. The magick in my life is a gift I will always cherish and it is yet another gift that I am in a position to teach others from my experiences.

For all of these things I am grateful for and I thank the Goddess daily .  .  .  for Life, Love and Happiness!

I hope you have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day! Be Safe, Be Happy and Stay Healthy, this is my wish for 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, November 21, 2011

Witch Crafted Witch Approved . . . Protective Amulets for the House

 Good Evening,

Tonight's discussion touches again on some fun, hand made or Witch Crafted items you can make for yourself or a loved one for the upcoming holidays.  Protective household amulets. If you've ever been a bit confused between the difference between an amulet and a talisman, its pretty simple.  Amulets are items crafted to bring protection to a person or place.  Simply that, its a protective object.  Talismans on the other hand are crafted to bring in or send out whatever the crafts-person desires. Such as love, abundance, healing, tranquility etc. Talismans are much more versatile. 

Tonight we're making amulets that will bring protection to a household and these are made of air dry clay and are simple to make and use.  You make them yourself so the energy is yours and the visualization is also yours.  I am witch crafting mine so that my house stays safe this winter. Mind you, it won't keep a major power outage, like we've suffered recently here in the Northeast from occurring!!!! But the idea behind a protective household amulet is that it will keep your house safe from trees that wish to fall through your roof or fire or other destroying disaster. At least it will with the correct visualization and preparedness. And if something does happen to your house, the occupants within should remain safe in the case of a disaster.

The ingredients you'll need are simple:

air dry clay found at craft supply stores
a paper or Styrofoam plate
a wooden toothpick
colored acrylic paints

Take a small appx 1/4 cup of the clay and make a square flat 'pancake' out of it with your fingers. Make sure it is the same thickness throughout to ensure even drying. Then with a toothpick pierce a hole, not too big mind you in the middle along one edge. Make sure its big enough of a a hole to put a piece of ribbon through. Throughout the crafting process be sure to have a clear, strong visualization in mind of your home being protected and safe. I imagine my home floating gently within a large blue, white, silver tinged soap bubble. Think of the bubble that Glinda, the Good Witch of the North in the Wizard of Oz first made her appearance in.  Now replace Glinda and put your home or apartment building inside the bubble. If you live in a building with other people, apartment or condominium for instance, imagine the entire building, not just your space.



Then using a pattern to go by, see below, trace gently on the surface of the clay your design. If it doesn't work as you'd wish you can smooth out the clay and try again. A word of caution, try crafting this on a paper or Styrofoam plate as making it on a table will require tricky spatula work to get your amulet back off of the table!!


The symbol I'm using for this amulet involves a pattern of six stars, surrounded by six stars surrounded by a circle and another circle within.  Here is the amulet as it dries before paint is applied.



The entire amulet measures appx 4 inches by 4 inches give or take a bit. No need to get picky about it, just make it as it suits you.  The square shape also adds to the protective nature of this amulet so don't make the shape of the amulet circular, not for this one. The design which is sometimes called the Great and Lesser Hex Seals is a symbol that has many variations to it. But it starts with an outer circle, six diamond shapes within with a smaller circle with a six pointed star within that.  My symbol is simple compared to some.  This first picture below is the symbol I worked my amulet from. Those that follow are variations on the same theme.  Some even have more than six points, but I'm sticking with the original six. You can use them as you choose to. Keep in mind the six points within the six points are the protective part of the symbol. The outer circle (Sun) with a smaller circle (Sun) within add good fortune which enhances the protective abilities of this particular amulet.






 My amulet as pictured above is not painted yet. That will be done this Saturday as part of class. The colors are usually reds, blues and blacks for protection. Greens, yellows or golds for good fortune and luck. You may choose to paint it as it suits you, and if you use the protective colors you are adding yet another layer of spell work to your protective amulet.  Paint it the colors you wish to and  then seal it with a clear lacquer or acrylic spray paint to seal and protect it. After it has hardened, has been painted and dried,  you may put a piece of gold or black ribbon through the hole you made at one end to hang it from.

Then cast a circle, ideally, or if not able to, simply light some incense, light a candle and have a small bowl of spring water in which you added three pinches of salt to the water, thereby making blessed or holy water.

Hold the amulet in your hands, between your two palms in prayer pose. Close your eyes and see your visualization yet again. Your home being protected, floating free and safe above the ground, away from any harm or danger. Then imagine bright white energy flowing from the heaven plane, into the top of your head (the crown chakra) and into your body, through your arms and into your palms, and then into your amulet. Imagine this white light energy flowing in a continuous circle through your arms through your hands again and again. After a few moments you may open your eyes and you have 'charged' your amulet with your personal power along with Divine energy.

Then take the amulet and gently swing it through incense smoke, then touch it briefly to the candle flame and lastly sprinkle with a tiny bit of the water. 

Then you only need the perfect place in your home to hang this Witch Crafted Witch Approved protective household amulet to send protective energies through and around your household.

 All Witch Crafted Witch Approved craft projects are created and designed by me for my students at Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts and for you, my witchy reader! I hope you try them and that you enjoy the witch crafting process!!


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, November 16, 2011

Divination . . . Do you know the 'mancies' to divine by?

 Good Evening,



Tonight I am discussing divination.  Over the centuries, in all ancient cultures, one can find various methods of divination tat were used.  By this I mean, a means by which one can foretell the future and foresee future events.  Today we often find fortune tellers using tarot cards (Cartomancy) as well as other methods.  Many of the oldest forms of divination utilized the natural world which surrounded everything and everyone. 

Some of these oldest forms of predicting the future included:



Ornithomancy - whereby one observed the movement and actions of birds to foretell the future. Many times the divination consisted of simply telling whether the future boded ill or favorably, rather than specifics.

Pyromancy is the divination by fire, and Capnomancy is divination by observing smoke from a fire.  Earliest forms of divination were simple and became more complex as mankind evolved and learned deeper of the Mysteries.

Astragalomancy is a more evolved method of divination by the reading of bones. Knuckle bones were inscribed with symbols and thrown, much as runes or dice is thrown today.  The manner in which the bones lay on the ground, in relation to the other bones as well as which symbols faced up all helped the Shaman or Mage read the future and predict events that would affect the tribe.


My research leads me to believe that originally divination was done to determine the future of the tribe, clan or village in general rather than individual futures.  In ancient times we lived very communally in matriarchal governed societies and the future of one often was the future of all.  Over time as we became a more complicated race we started to see omens or divinatory aspects in more technical methods. Some of these are commonly in use today, such as:

Cartomancy - This method uses either regular playing cards, tarot cards and nowadays also oracle cards. Divination by card is referred to as 'reading' the cards and is a wide spread practice in North America and Europe today.

Crystallomancy - is the practice called 'scrying' using a crystal ball.  I employ this method when reading a client's tarot cards and have used it for several years. It's difficult, even for a practitioner, to describe using the crystal ball. The best I can sum up is you shift your gaze, slip into a slight trance-like state and you start to see things within the depths of the crystal. It feels more like you are seeing events deep within your mind, but this is just my personal experience with it. 


Critomancy - Divination using food.  For those of you who have been reading "The Life and Times of a Contemporary New England Witch" for a while, you may remember a discussion we had last December when I made an old fashioned Christmas Pudding.  See "Christmas Pudding and Divination for the Upcoming Year" November 29, 2010, where I discussed this very divination. The practice of putting 'charms' or trinkets into food, a cake like dessert called a Christmas Pudding was discussed in this case. Other foods that are traditionally used are mashed potatoes, breads, pies, cakes, oatmeal, and oat cakes or buns.  The person that receives a charm in their portion is considered to have an auspicious future, whether just for the upcoming year, during an specific event or even their future life, depending on the cultural tradition in which this method is found.  The Christmas Pudding from Victorian Era England included several items, coins, rings, thimbles and such. Some were considered lucky and at least one charm would foretell a difficult upcoming year for the poor recipient. 

 Hippomancy - is divining the future by using horses. By herding horses through a doorway, depending on which hoof touches the other side first will foretell if the future bodes well or ill. 

Lithomancy - is using polished stones to divine. I myself have developed a divination system using polished tumbled stones. I have a client pick a stone from a large assortment of many different stones. They choose for no particular reason other than it calls to them, a certain stone. They hand it to me and the stone tells me about their specific focus at the time. What they are looking for in life and what they wish to bring in or eliminate from their lives at that time.  I developed this system while reading the tarot for clients and it has become very accurate method, at least according to my clients. 

Cleidomancy - is the closest I could come to describing the divination using a pendulum. Originally using a key hung on a string and suspended inside an empty glass, the question would be asked and the number of times the key clinked on the side of the glass was the answer.  Today we use a pendulum which is a weight hung on a string or chain and a question is asked. The manner in which the chain swings tells the questioner a yes or no answer. 


Some of the more unusual methods of divination from ancient times include:

Extispicy - not using the suffix 'mancy' , but it is the practice of divination using the entrails of a ritually slaughtered animal. This was more commonly found in ancient cultures and is only practiced today rarely in practices of Santeria, Voudon and other Afro-Caribbean religious practices.

Ovomancy is the practice of divination by egg. One method is to suspend a pierced egg over a glass of water and allow the white to leak into the water. Using psychic sight the practitioner interprets the shapes made by the egg white.



There is an ancient divination method employed by ancient Romans using colored scraps of cloth. They are put in a box and a question asked. The questioner reaches in and takes one piece of cloth. The color of the cloth determines the answer.  There seems to be no specific name for this type of divination except divination by cloth. 

Duckerin' Bars - two smooth flat stones. One white, one black. The questioner asks a yes or no question and drops the stones aiming at their own feet. The stone closest to the feet is the answer stone. The lack means no and the white means yes. This comes from the Romany Gypsy culture. 


These are just a few of the many methods of divining the future we can find in ancient cultures and some that are still in use today. It matters less the method than the ability of the practitioner. I do find however that certain people are attracted to certain methods and the method that calls to you will be the most effective for 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.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Witch Crafted Witch Approved . . .

 Good Evening,

Tonight we're going to talk about the first in a series of witch crafted items that you can make for gifts this holiday season.  A gift made by hand (or by witch!) is indeed a special gift and is sure to make the recipient happy.  Witch crafted gifts are also more reasonably priced and can make a big difference in your pocket book considering the nature of today's economy. 





Magickal Soaps

1 block cream soap base (found at craft stores)
soap color, pink or red
a soap kettle or double boiler
essential oils for the magickal goal of your choice for tonight's discussion we're making love soap. The essential oils we're using are:
rose oil appx 30 drops
basil oil appx 30 drops
dragon's blood oil also 30 drops
lavender oil appx 30 drops
dried rose petals crumbled into small pieces
lavender buds
soap molds that are pretty (also available at local craft stores)



Melt the soap base according to package directions. I use a soap kettle that is designed to melt soap to a safe temperature. Melt the base completely, add the colorant and then remove from the heat. Stirring always deosil (clockwise) to bring in auspicious energies, add the drops of essential oils. If the soap base had become so hot during melting as to have come to a boil, allow to cool for several minutes so the essential oils don't evaporate upon contact with the hot soap. 

Before adding to soap mixture, take the herbs and place in a mortar and with a pestle gently grind for a few minutes to allow the natural aroma to be released.  Then with your fingers, slowly play with the herbs. Pick them up and gently release, mixing them together again and again. While doing this visualize the energies of love flowing into the herbs as if pink, silver and red glitter is falling from your fingers into the herbs. The herbs may feel tingly or grow warmer or cooler to your touch. You are awakening the natural magickal properties found within the herbs and bringing them to life.

Add the empowered, charged herbs to your soap base and stir again staying with a clockwise direction. You may wish to recite the following incantation or say words that you come up with, as you stir:

"loving energies I call you near
enchant this soap for those I hold dear
an' it harm none, one times three
this soap will bring love, so Mote it be"

After color, oils and herbs are incorporated into the soap mixture and your visualization and incantations have taken place then pour soap mixture into pretty molds and let sit until cool and hardened at least 12 to 24 hours. You may place in refrigerator to set quicker, if you wish.  Wrap in pretty colored cellophane and place a bow on bar of soap and placed with other soaps you've made a pretty, magickal gift anyone would love to receive.  Be sure to let your friend know that each soap has magickal properties, so that they can use visualization when using the soap.  To make it easier to explain, you may copy the following down and attach with each bar or basket of soaps so your friend can use the soaps properly on their own.



'Use this love soap to bring loving energies into your life, and enhance the ones already in your life.  While using soap, lather and visualize yourself with all the love you could have in your life. See yourself happy, excited, content or pleased however you would appear with the love you desire in your life. Only visualize another person when and if that person knows of your visualization and gives permission to be used in this way. Lovers and those in a committed relationship can use the soap together to enhance the energies already in the relationship.' 





Other magickal goals you might wish to make are included in the following recipes: 

Money Soap  (This soap is excellent for soothing skin and exfoliating skin)

essential oils;  basil oil, patchouli oil, almond, orange bergamot, ginger (appx 30 drops each except for patchouli only 10 drops)
green soap color
dried ingredients: rolled oats (1 cup) 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Substitute the word money for 'love' and 'loving' in the above incantation. 



Protection Soap  





Essential oils;  Dragon's Blood oil, lime oil, eucalyptus oil, frankincense, myrrh oils, (appx 30 drops each except for eucalyptus oil only 10 drops)
white soap color, no color needed

Dried ingredients:  lavender, mint and mugwort

Substitute the word protective for 'loving' and protection for 'love' in the above incantation. 



Peace and Happiness


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

11-11-11 Use this phenomenon in a witchy way

Good Evening,



Tomorrow is November 11, 2011.   There is a lot of 'energy' out there surrounding the concept of 11:11 or various combinations of the numeral one.  Many 'experts' who boast knowledge of this 'phenomenon', as it's been called, claim various and diverse explanations to this occurrence. The occurrence being specifically that people are noticing the numeral combination 11:11 with a colon separating the numbers. Many feel they notice a combination of ones more so than coincidentally.  1111, 11:11, 1:11 are the most common combinations discussed in most reports. 

Numerologists claim the (one) sightings are associated with being in sync, or synchronicity.  Some 'experts' on this subject suggest that it somehow signifies a spiritual presence, ghosts or even the Divine being present.  Still others claim it is a sign of positive and beneficial energies surrounding the person seeing the phenomenon.  Many feel that seeing ones also somehow imparts occult powers to the viewer.

From my research I find it to be a modern phenomenon which coincidentally (and I don't believe in coincidences) seems to have started around the time digital clocks and watches became popular.  People claim that everyday or often they will look at a clock and it says 1:11 or 11:11 and feel its too often to be coincidental.  I believe that our brain looks for patterns in our day to day lives, as patterns help aid in memory and recall.  We tend to remember the easy sequences or clever ones such as a vanity license plate which is easier to recall than one with six random letters and numbers.

A simple pattern like 1111 stands out in its simplicity and boldness.  I have taken close note of my clock watching since hearing about this phenomenon of seeing ones, and you know we look at the clock often throughout the day, but we don't tend to remember 2:46 or 5:17 or 1:34.  There is no distinct pattern. Whether the seeing of ones makes a difference in your life is frankly up to you. As is everything that makes a difference in your life.

Though the phenomenon of ones seems to have started in the digital age we have had a similar number phenomenon for centuries. This time is midnight. 12:00.  I can't tell you how many times over the decades I've seen the time 12:00 or looked at a clock with both hands facing up and stopped and took note of the 'witching hour'.  Midnight, a time not of this day or quite the next, has always held magickal, mystical mysteries for those who wish to contemplate these things.

But whether you fall in with the phenomenon following or simply find it curious you can use the energy of it on the morrow.  You see, any phenomenon or occurrence that has millions of people putting energy behind it, can be utilized for the power it holds. The energy and magick that exists as a type of thought form. One which is created from a large mass of human consciousness all directed at the same thing.

So what to do to utilize this auspicious occasion?   Tomorrow is the full moon and 11-11-11 a wonderful time to create needed change in your life. So . .  .  take time to be aware of your life and you. Write down on a piece of paper or on your laptop for cyber witches, a list of the things you are grateful for in your life. Ring a bell three times, or clap your hands three times, light a white candle and make the time to think about and write them down, and by doing so creating these things again on paper, or in print, giving them yet another dimension.  Then send your gratitude into the universe and thank your God/dess for the manifestation of these wonderful things in your life.

Now, on the same piece of paper carefully write a list of things you will manifest in your life this year or in the near future.  Now look into the candle flame and visualize these things in your life, already there.  An important note* if you cannot burn candles (perhaps you wish to do this at work) you need just write down your two lists, hold the paper tightly in your hands or place your hand on the monitor and visualize the things you are grateful for already being in your life and then visualize the list of things you will manifest in your life. Picture them in your life as clearly as the first list.  Thank again your Deity or higher power for the magick and manifestation in your life. Save this piece of paper and look at it every now and then.

You create your reality, you manifest your life. Every day. Like magick. To me, it is. Everyday is magick.

I would like to send my thanks and gratitude to all veterans and armed services members for their sacrifice and their service. Our freedom would not exist except for them. 


Peace and Happiness







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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Musings on The Freaky Late October Snow Storm

 Hello,

I wrote this discussion last week on November 1st. We were without power until just this past Friday and no Internet until Sunday, a mere two days ago. As I write this there are still people without power in the state.  So, let me share with you the thoughts I was pondering during the aftermath of Winter Storm Alfred.
 
Good Evening,

I find myself writing for you this day by pad and pen, rather than modern technology, due to the after affects of the latest storm to hit Connecticut, Winter Storm Alfred.  Almost 800,000 people were without power and utilities when the storm hit on Saturday (October 29th, 2011) and today three days later we are still around the 500,000 mark for outages in the state. 

This week has brought me back in touch with my childhood, growing up in the country and living on a farm.  This week I have hauled and am hauling wood from the wood pile to burn in our fireplace, while remembering the countless cords of wood I split and stacked, hauled and put on the fire when I was growing up. The wood was primarily the young people’s job in the family. 

I have revisited my culinary skills and have been cooking on a camp stove but it has honestly been easier to go out and get food already prepared,from restaurants and fast food outlets.  Between taking care of food and necessary supplies and keeping the house barely warm enough with a fire in the fireplace, it keeps coming back to me how tough our ancestors had it.  One family story is from my mother in law, who when she was a child in the early 1900’s would wake up and there would be ice on the inside of the bedroom windows. Now really!!?? That’s cold! 

We are cold this week and bundle up with many blankets and cats during the night and many consider our situation a 'crisis'.  Yet our grandparents and their parents back through the ages lived every single winter just like we are living it this week! Now if you don't have a fireplace or wood stove you really are in a crisis situation and should seek a shelter.  But the way we are living was typical just 50 to  100 years ago. 

The dark comes early without electrical power, and even as a witch who loves candles, they provide too little light to comfortably see and function by. We are listening to a battery run radio, AM talk radio just to keep up with the latest developments and it struck me that our grandparents or their parents gathered around the radio at night to listen to stories, news, radio shows and the like for entertainment and just something to do!  Yet what we call 'crisis' they would call a typical winter day. 

People are stressing a lot because their Internet access, television and telephone (many involving the same wires from the same company) have been cut off.  I find it interesting that we have become so technologically advanced, so quickly. .  .  .   that to go without, suddenly becomes a hardship, and an even greater challenge than it should be.  I had to think about it this week, what did we do before everyone became so attached to their computers and televisions?

We have become creatures of luxury and excess comforts, myself included. I love the advances of modern technology and for me especially the far reaching research capabilities of the Internet and computer technology and I live for historical documentaries on television.  But this week I am heartily glad for the bound printed matter called books and magazines that you buy rather than download and can read without any technology involved as long as you have a light source with which to read by.  Instead my time this week has been spent in ‘survival’ mode getting enough of everything i.e. batteries, fresh fruit, water, candles, etc.

I spent time in the yard this week, after the storm, trying to care for my plants that the sudden heavy, hard packed snow have knocked down and in many instances have snapped or broken the main plant.  I have slowly lifted branches and shook snow off of them to have them suddenly spring back to life and raise high in the air again, while others stay bent over as if in defeat.  To these, I will simply allow them to winter over and deal with what I have to in the spring. 

I will collect some of the snow to melt and save for potions and spell work.The energy from snow water like this would be to eliminate and stop specific situations in your life.  Used in banishment spells primarily.  I will also be on the lookout for gifts from Mother Nature.  I know, under these tough conditions its hard to see a storm like this in light of 'gifts', a desirable thing, but they are there.  Perhaps some wood that has fallen could be used for wands or staffs.  Maybe some could be cut and fashioned into altars. Or altar patents.

So I will look for the gifts Mother Nature wishes to bestow upon me and light a candle and thank the Goddess for returning the light very soon.  I hope you are faring well and are warm and safe.

Peace and Happiness

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hi I'm back!!!

  Hello! 

With the crazy late October snowstorm that has devastated CT I have been scarce as I just got Internet back at the store. Still no Internet at home, but during the past cold, dark week I have written some discussions that I want to share with you.  The first is the events of the night of the storm.  I hope you are safe, warm and have electricity or that you get it back soon!!!  I am sending blessings and positive spell magick your way!





You Can’t Argue With A Tree

November 1st, 2011


Good Evening,

The other night, I found myself going to a tarot card reading party I had booked, with myself reading the cards, during the freaky late October snow storm that devastated most of CT.  It was snowing pretty hard and I made an early evening of it as I wanted to get home before too long.

Well, the ride home took on surreal and then metaphoric elements as I traveled back to Manchester from outlaying Coventry.  The snow was coming down very hard and travel was slow going and hazard filled as I was soon to realize.  As I traveled back, the same route I took less than two hours earlier looked different. Trees had come down and were blocking my side of the road causing me to drive around and into the other lane, never a safe thing to do!, to get around.  Then I continued until I saw up ahead and enormous fir tree, laying completely across the road, with no way to get around. The branches shot into the air at least twenty feet and no one could have made their way through. 

I paused for just a moment and then proceeded to find a spot where I could turn around and continue on home by way of a different route.  I proceeded on my way, and as I drove I took stock of my emotions and realized I was calm and focused.  It occurred to me, I was doing the only thing to be done, which was to find another way around the problem.  I saw the metaphoric lesson for life. If one has a problem, find a way to solve it. But what some people normally do is try to argue their way through. Some even raise their voices because being louder or saying stronger things somehow lends support to their argument.  I have never been one to fight, and I dislike arguments and have come to a place in my life where I would just rather look for another solution to the problem, rather than to try to argue with a tree!

You ever notice how some people are like trees? The fallen across your roadway kind of trees. Not the young, supple, gently flowing and bending trees that will consider all options and allows for all beliefs.  No, rather the hard, opinionated, if I yell louder than you then I win, kind of trees. These I have learned I cannot argue with, nor do I want to.

I continued on my way only to encounter yet another tree across the road, and the road simply disappeared and all was snow and fir branches.  So again, I opted not to fight and turned around, this time to also avoid the oncoming fire engines and town trucks that raced to clear this major roadway of such an obstacle. Being in the way of rescue and emergency vehicles is dangerous and of no help to anyone. So I turned around again and tried a third time to get back to my house. 

This third path I chose was also dangerous as I found myself suddenly and unexpectedly going under downed electrical wires that were sparking and flashing in the oncoming darkness.  I safely proceeded away from the wires and found no further obstacles to my house.  I took much longer to get there, it was slow going and dangerous to say the least,  but I kept my cool and calm and made it home in one piece, which is really the goal at the end of the day. Make it home safely and in one piece. I said a prayer of thanks to the Goddess, whom I had been communicating with all through the storm and drove my truck into the garage and closed it in for the rest of the storm. 

It was a simple road trip that took on all sorts of forms, if one wishes to look deeply enough. For me, as everyday, at the end of the day I am grateful for the Goddess, for life, for love and for happiness.

Peace and Happiness





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