The Contemporary New England Witch

The Contemporary New England Witch
Ms Faith

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Making Magickal Wands


 Good Afternoon,

Today, in magickal studies classes at Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts, we went wand harvesting. Firstly, you don't need to go to some sacred, magickal forest to gather your wands. We went into the parking lot of Enchantments, which is lined with many trees and shrubs and we gathered our wands there.

First thing you do, is identify the tree from which you are gathering your wand. Look up the magickal properties of the wood. Does it have the qualities you'd like? A very good website to check out the magickal properties of a type of wood is www.dragonoak.com. They list in alphabetical order most trees and types of wood and their specific magick, contained therein.
Find the spot were you will saw the branch from the tree. If it's being cut next to the trunk, leave an inch or so of branch attached to the trunk to prevent the wound from rotting and killing the tree.

Next take your saw and cut the branch. Now, holding the branch an inch or so away from where it was cut from, take your athame or your finger and cut the air between the ends of the cut branch. This will cut the etheric body of energy the tree branch has and the energy will stay within the branch. Place your hand on the tree and thank it if you wish to.

Now you can strip the, excess branches and leaves and then bark from the wand or leave it on, depending on how it looks to you. Sand it down, remove little branch nodules and you can even stain it if you wish. You can add crystals to the end or wrap it in gold or silver or copper wire, whatever makes it special to you.

Bring your wand into a magick circle and consecrate it with fire, incense smoke and water. It will be ready to use.

Use wands to cast a magick circle, but be sure to use an athame with a metal blade to seal the circle, or a sword for that matter. If the energy of the wood your wand is made from is for loving energies, such as Lilac, you can use the wand to touch to red candles to intensify the loving energies the candles will draw when burned.

Take a wand with the magickal properties you desire and make a large circle in the air in front of you from the ground to above your head. Wave the wand in this circle several times, you can chant an incantation if you wish to. After a few minutes of moving the wand in this large circle, going deosil stop moving the wand. then step into the circle you created and stand within the moving currents of energy. Open your palms and mouth and absorb the energies, feeling them flowing into you and all around you. After a few minutes you can step 'out' of the circle and go about your business.You will continue to draw those magickal properties to you throughout your day and night.

Magick wands can be used to stir magick potions and brews. To lay on your altar to bring in desired properties of your spell. There are many ways to use this magickal wood. Many of the ways you might discover for yourself if you just sit with the wand and try to feel it's energy. Close your eyes, open your mind and see what it says to you.

One final note, never use dead wood found lying on the ground for your magickal wand. It has no energy and will not aid you in your magick. Always harvest from a living, healthy tree.

Happy wand harvesting!


Peace and Happiness







© 2010-2015 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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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Garden Blessing


 Pink Wave Petunias


Good Afternoon,

This past Saturday found the students of Enchantments, School for the Magickal Arts, out in the witches garden learning about planting a garden using some witchy tips.  I want to share some of these with you.


 Dusty Miller





We planted several pink wave petunias and Dusty Miller.  We took each plant out of it's pot and and gently tore off the bottom inch of root bound roots. Then taking the root ball in hand, we gently tore it in half and then again in half only about a half way up to the root ball. This just loosens the bottom roots and allows water and air to get to the root ball. Then, here comes a witchy tip, hold the roots up to your mouth, about 2 - 3 inches away and blow a deep breath on the roots. This 'breathes' life into the plant and helps it bond with you.

Then gently place the plant, root side down, into a hole you've dug just big enough to fit the entire root system into the ground. Firm the dirt up and around the base of the plant. Be sure not to cover the plant too high up on it's stem with dirt or it can die. Just cover the root ball.

Another thing you can do is rub your hands together, or clap your hands and bring your energy up. Place your hands on the plant and say out loud to the plant "I am phamaceutea" . This, according to the fabulous Wiccan and Magickal scholar Raven Grimassi, is one of the first words for witch. The plant world has an ancient memory bank and has the ability to communicate with us. You've heard of those people who talk to plants, well it's true and they can understand us. By telling the plant that you are pharmaceutea, you are telling it you mean no harm, you are working an ancient magick the plants remember, and you will only do what is best for the garden. This means if you have to pull out weeds, they will understand they must be sacrificed for the good of all.

Then we cast a magick circle which encompassed the entire garden and imagined a bright white light infusing the entire garden. We rubbed our hands together and held them out to the garden and turned in a slow deosil (clockwise) circle and visualized  energy flowing from the palms of our hands out into the garden. The energy touching each and every plant. Then we opened the circle and class was finished.

It's very easy to garden in a magickal way, if you just put some thought and your internal magickal energy into it. It works every time. And if you do everything right and you still lose a planting during the winter or even during the summer months, don't despair. Working with living things takes effort and even with our best efforts they sometimes die. Learn what you can about your garden, how it's located, full sun, partial sun, full shade. Whether it is dry soil or wet. Is the plantings in a micro climate close to a building? The more you learn about your specific garden the more successful you will be with your gardening. But it is a labor of love.
And if you love your garden, it will love you back.

Happy Gardening

Peace and Happiness









© 2010-2015 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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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Do you live a hard or soft life?




Good Afternoon,


This past Beltane found Enchantments just filled to capacity with wonderful people celebrating the Sabbat with us, dancing the Maypole, feasting and tending to the gardens of Enchantments.We had a lovely time and unfortunately some people missed it. For that reason I want to go over my Beltane talk as a review for those who were present and for those who weren't able to make it.

Do you live a hard or soft life? By this I mean, the energy you live your life with and the energy you send to others. Some people take offense and hold grudges, never wanting anything to do with that person again. If you have finished up the part of your life that has that person in it and hold no animosity or anger inside and are simply neutral towards that person, that's living life in a soft manner. But if anger, animosity, jealousy, bitterness continue to consume you, that's living life in a hard manner. It doesn't hurt the other person, but it can be damaging and poisonous to you. That will eventually bring you pain and suffering.

I'm not saying that when someone does you wrong to lay down and take it. Not at all. But realizing a person is not healthy to have in your life, and simply putting them aside with all the other strong emotions is a healthier way to go about it.

If someone steals from you, do you automatically distrust the next person that comes into your life? That is living in a hard manner. Learn from past experiences, but give the next person to come into your life the benefit of the doubt, that they are a good person. It's easier on the spirit to live this way.

Try to put bitterness, sadness, emotional pain and anger aside as it does not benefit you and can only make you unhealthy. If this is an issue for you and you wish to do something about this, burn a candle and ask your God or Goddess to help you shed the feelings that are holding you back from living a soft life.

Get outside and smell a flower, listen to the breeze in the branches of the trees, feel the grass under your bare feet. These will all help you get connected with the Divine and help you start living the soft life. Blessings to you! Happy Spring!!



Peace and Happiness



© 2010-2015 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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