The Contemporary New England Witch

The Contemporary New England Witch
Ms Faith

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Psychometry - something you can try at home



Good Afternoon,

This past week, at Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts, we have been playing around with psychometry.  What is psychometry you ask? Well, let me tell you.

Psychometry is the practice of using your hands to touch something, and getting flashes of information from that object in your mind. It is typically done with jewelry, but can be done with many objects. As long as the object has been used or handled by someone for an extended period of time, so that their energies get into the object, it can be used. 

I tend to have the ability to use psychometry on buildings and the ruins of old buildings.  Once in upper Vermont, my mother asked me to feel an old stone wall that she had on her property. They had just recently purchased their house and the land around it and she wanted to know if I could tell what the stone wall was from. Was it simply an old stone wall, or was it perhaps the foundation of an old building?

I felt the wall for some time and I could hear, smell and sense many things. I could hear the jangling of horses bridles and harnesses, as well as the stomping of their feet. I could smell food cooking and many smells of different foods, people, horses and the like. I could 'see' a large building, not very ornate but functional and square. There was also a road out in front right where it was now. I told these things to my mother and she proceeded to do some research into the area. She found out that the foundation was part of an old tavern that had stood there many years ago. Ah, yes, a tavern. That would explain the food odors, the horses and people. That made sense.

I also used to work in a local museum that had once been a two room school house for local elementary school children. One summer I spent in the attic of this museum, accessioning old newspapers for the museum. I would get a strong odor of vanilla cake or cookies baking whenever I went up or down the stairs to the attic. It was quite apparent though others couldn't smell the same thing I did. One day while working in the museum an elderly woman came to see the museum and she told me she had been a child when the building was a school house and she had attended classes there. I asked her if the children ever went up into the attic for any reason. She said yes, they would go upstairs during inclement weather for lunch or to have a birthday party. That is the only reason I can think of as to why I kept smelling cake or cookies.

You can try psychometry yourself if you'd like.  You can try it on a building, by going up to a building ad putting your hands on the wall and becoming very quiet, close your eyes and see what pops into your mind. Do you hear things, smell or 'see' things?

What we do at Enchantments is practice psychometry on jewelry. Take an old piece of jewelry (not yours but belonging to someone else) and hold it quietly in your hands for a short while. Try to clear your mind of everyday thoughts and just see what comes to mind. Doing this with a friend is good as that friend, presumably the person who lent you the jewelry to use, can give you feedback as to what you are sensing.

Don't become frustrated if you don't sense anything at first, like all things magickal, practice, practice, practice! No one is 100% adept right out of the gate! Play around with psychometry and have fun!








© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. 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. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 
 
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Some questions asked about being a witch

             Ms. Faith and her friend Gizmo the Wonderdoglet 2013




Good Afternoon, 

 Every now and again I collect the questions I am asked, in my role of running a witch store, and I post them with the answers for you.  Here are just a few of the questions I have been asked lately:


Is a witch Wiccan? Does a witch have to be Wiccan?  The answer is no. A witch is a person who recognizes the natural world and uses the natural elements around them to create needed change (create magick) in their lives. A Wiccan is one who follows Wicca, the religion of the Witches. But one does not need to be Wiccan to be a witch.

Do I have to have someone else make me a witch?  This one is no also. YOU and only you can determine if you are a witch. You can have someone initiate you into a tradition or a coven, but ultimately it comes down to what you consider yourself to be. If you feel like you may be a witch, you probably are. Start calling yourself one, own it for a time, and then see how it feels.

What do witches eat? This is one of the funnier questions I've been asked. The answer is simply, food! Yes, there are some vegan witches, vegetarian witches and some witches who eat meat. I don't find a correlation between a certain diet and being a witch. One thing I have noticed over the years, witches LOVE food. We could be the original foodies. Our eight witches Sabbats held throughout the year, all consist of a feast of some sort. And I have noticed many witches tend to be pretty darn good cooks and or bakers.

What's the difference between a brew and a potion, or are they the same thing? No, a brew and potion are NOT the same thing in witchcrafting. A brew is a magickal mixture that is meant to be drunk. Teas and broths with herbal additions can be called brews. Whereas a potion is meant to be used outside of the body more as a perfume. Some potions are not even meant to come in contact with the body, such as some strong protection potions that are meant to be sprinkled outside of doorways and windows. For safety sake be sure you know what you are dealing with before attempting to make or drink a magickal mixture.

These are just a few questions posed to me in my day to day magickal life. If you have questions, ask them in the comments section below. I will do my best to answer you promptly.



Peace and Happiness



© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. 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. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited.  

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Love Magicks, be sure to have the right ingredients and supplies








Good Evening,


Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and what a perfect time to do love spells. There are countless spells that can be done, but you need to have the right ingredients and supplies. Because Valentine's Day is here, you can easily find heart shaped plates, platters, supplies of all sorts in the colors of red, pink or silver.  You can use heart shaped plates to burn candles on, place spell mixes on, or place other altar tools on while casting the spell.

Be sure to have plenty of candles in the colors of love, lust, passion and romance. Red, pink, white (all purpose) and silver candles are all good colors to have on hand.

Having essential oils of Rose, Tube Rose, Lavender, Jasmine, Apple or Cherry are nice to have for anointing candles. Note, you only need one oil to anoint a candle and even having a nicely witchcrafted love potion is acceptable to dress your candles.

Placing a bowl with a potpourri of love attracting herbs is nice and can smell lovely. Of course Rose is a main love attracting flower to have on hand. Other love attracting herbs and plants to have are African Violet, Cardamom, Cherry, Daffodil, Foxglove, Iris, Mugwort and Sage brush.

Having a fruit bowl with apples, bananas, apricot, and raspberries along with a bowl of oats on the table are also designed to bring in loving energies. Instead of oats just sitting in a bowl, having an oaten bread can be quite nice.

A delicious meal made of chicken roasted with apples, onions, carrots and celery can be made to celebrate Valentine's Day. Sparkling juice of apple and cranberry is a nice libation to share. Serving the chicken with mashed potatoes with rosemary sprinkled in brings love and happiness. Rolls with sweet cream butter and peas with baby onions are a nice side dish. Serve a sweet for dessert to sweeten the relationship. I suggest fudge brownies frosted with chocolate frosting and this could be topped off with a whipped cream.

Yes, decadent, sweet and delicious, but a Valentine's Day dinner should be so.

These are just some ideas for your love day and for love spells throughout the year. Oh yes, everything above works throughout the year, NOT just on Valentine's Day!






Happy Valentine's Day to YOU!


Peace and Happiness 



© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. 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. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 


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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Spring has Sprung as we ring in Imbolc






 Good Afternoon,

Spring?? Some may think I'm off of my cauldron, or sipping a little too much witches brew, by let me explain. Witches follow the course of Nature. We follow the Wheel of the Year which is an agricultural calendar designed many centuries ago by the ancient Celts.

Whereas Yule or the Winter Solstice is really mid-winter for us, we view the beginning of February as the first days of spring.  Let me prove it to you.

If you go outside and truly try to appreciate this time of year, you will find Nature has many small, almost hidden facets of spring which you can see or experience.

Look outside, closely, at the trees and shrubs. You will be able to see tightly wrapped little buds starting to swell. The birds are coming back North from their southern winter destinations. Also, those who do maple sugaring KNOW without a doubt that the sap is rising and flowing through the trees, a sure indicator of Spring's mighty energies.



The Sun is in a different position and is brighter in the sky, and every night the Sun goes down a bit later than the day before, making our daylight hours longer and longer. For instance the sun sets tonight at 5:11 pm and it gets true dark at 5:41 pm.

In the witches garden early spring plants are blossoming or getting ready to, such as Cyclamen and Prim Rose and early Crocuses are just starting to burst through the slowly defrosting soil.



Being bundled up and staying warm inside makes it easy for us to overlook Spring's signals to us, but rest assured, it's here and even though we may get more snow before it's all over and done with, Spring is gaining on winter and soon winter will be a cold, harsh memory.

Peace and Happiness



© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. 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. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 


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