Friday, April 13, 2012

Going the distance

     Okay, so you decided to manifest something into your life... you've checked the correspondences, you've gathered all the supplies, you followed the ritual to a T. But your spell still flopped like big hair on a hot humid day... even the most simple spells won't go anywhere without will. The second hardest part of the witches pyramid to follow is will ( the hardest part, being, to keep silent). To will requires you to focus your thoughts and work in a positive way to reach your goal. What... you thought that because you asked nicely the universe was going to give you what you want? Nope... you have to work diligently in positive ways that align you with your goals, be that through meditation, prayer, physical things such sympathetic magic or physical actions to align yourself with your goals (remember like attracts like), or all of the aforementioned. You want a job or a better job? Check the classifieds, attend a job fair, beat the streets business to business handing out your resume. You want a deeper connection with Spirit ( Lady and Lord)? Align yourself with them through meditation, hold rituals in their honor (in our house we hold "I'm thankful for" prayers). These are just a few examples and not at all a complete list....So don't sit and watch the grass grow!  In closing, your will is your strongest tool to manifest your desires.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Garnet infused Pomegranate sun tea

Garnet infused Pomegranate sun tea:  Used to gain wisdom

  • Large clear glass jar full of spring water
  • 4 pomegranate tea bags
  • 1-2 cleansed and charged garnets (depending on size)
  • sweetener of your choice

Fill glass jar with spring water. Add tea bags, and garnets. Set in a sunny location for an hour or so, then check for strength. Pour over ice, sweeten and enjoy!

*for those of you who haven't heard of crystal infused teas, but would like to use them, I encourage you search the internet for more info.*

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fairies, and how to attract them

          I do believe in fairies...I do, I do!....which is why I decided to try and attract more of the fae to my humble abode. Fairies are known for being notoriously shy and like to hide. If you truly want to interact with these elemental beings, you're going to have to create an environment where they feel comfortable. I've found that you'll need to start with belief, for that is the foundation with anything magically speaking. As children we have the innate ability to see the unseen, our imaginations haven't been tainted with what is "real" and what is not. Now that we've established the belief part, I'll move into the creating physical space...

Build a fairy house: Pick a location that is off the beaten path, somewhere that won't be disturbed. What you see above is, a simple lean-to, outfitted with fairy sized amenities. It's nestled under a hedge to lend a bit of privacy. Fairies enjoy a lot of greenery and natural surroundings, so using mostly natural materials is a plus. You can construct an abode for the fae out of hollow tree trunks or miniature wooden doll houses, even stacked rocks will do. This year I made mine out of fallen limbs from the trees out behind my house. Really, only your imagination can limit you on a project like this one. Include bright colors, and shiny objects in your building materials. You can even add bells or small wind chimes, for fairies love music and may want to party all night! However do not include anything made of iron. It weakens them and they have a very large distaste for that type of metal. For those of you who live in an apartment and don't have an outdoor space, you can always do a massive house cleaning (fairies are a cleanly loving folk) and hang some shelves or use some empty space on an already existing book shelf to make a home for them.

Create a fairy garden: Fairies love flowers and use them to make clothes, shoes, hats, and for food, medicine and wine. So include some of their favorites in your garden and your sure to attract the fae.
  • rosemary
  • chamomile
  • lavender
  • primrose
  • bluebells
  • pansies
  • mint
  • honeysuckle
those are just to name a few. Bushes that attract butterflies, and bumblebees are handy as well, for fairies like to hitch a ride on their backs. They also enjoy riding birds and dragonflies so maybe a water feature would be helpful also. Don't for get to leave regular offerings of some fairy favorites, such as milk, honey, and objects they can put to use, and your on your way to hopefully some fairy sightings.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Fairy Wand

     These last two weeks have been overly stressful. Between job hunting and errands, plus a hayfeverish kid or two, I was ready to sit down for a good cry. Obviously the *Spirit of Spring wasn't having it...with my head hunkered down and arms crossed over my chest feeling pretty butt hurt, it hit me (literally, don't laugh). My youngest had thown, what would turn out to be, the loveliest curvy branch between my feet. A bit disgruntled and mumbling, I picked it up. I was about to chastize her about thowing things at folks, when I realized the raw energy just billowing off this branch. It was speaking to me in that way inanimate objects tend to do. So I grabbed my trusty whittling knife and set to work. Each pass of the knife seemed to relieve some of the stress, and by the time the branch was stripped of it's bark and sanded my blood pressure had gone down significantly...

Bless my big nerdy SyFy loving heart I found my wand from the movie "Willow"(directed by Ron Howard). I have wanted one of these for forever! The moment the Fairy Queen Cherlindrea gave the wand to Willow Ufgood my heart went pitty pat!

After sanding and oiling
     This was just the project I needed to bring me out of a funk...I hope Spring inspires something wonderful in each and every one of you!

*Yes I was speaking of the Goddess. I used the term Spirit of Spring to represent the playful nature of spring energy. Hope that cleared some confusion up.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Energy Incense

     Hope you like this video tutorial... making videos is NOT easy! Pardon Sophie's potty break... lol...she's trying to make her film debut! 

Friday, March 2, 2012

DIY Elemental Candles

     It always happens...just when you think you have everything you need for a ritual set up,

Saturday, February 25, 2012

On Honoring Devas

     I have this sweet basil plant that sits next to my sink absorbing the best of the sun's rays. By absorbing I mean taking up almost the entire window...Little Shop of Horrors comes to mind whenever I stand next to her...I chat with her while I pick her ready leaves and pinch off the flowering tops. She's my friend. But recently she has grown out of control, and I was forced to take drastic measures. Usually I just take what we need for dinner and what not, but something had to be done....
Basil's first big pruning sniff...sniff...

     Now that I've snipped her, my mind naturally wandered on to how to thank her for her sacrifice...So I've come up with this idea to make an offering spot right inside her pot.

    First, I constructed a Deva (nature spirit) statue, out of clay and dried basil (from this plant):reason being, I wanted to thank that particular Deva for it's assistance in the care of my herb. Next, I empowered this Deva to be a guardian against drought, draft, and pests (these are issues that arise with keeping plants indoors for the winter). Then I held a thanking ritual for said Deva and herb. If any of you have worked with nature spirits before, you know to mind your P's and Q's, they can be vicious when doling out punishment for what they consider mind your manners and don't be an oath breaker. Devas/Faeries/Nature Spirits take that very seriously!!! If you really want to work with these archetypes, do some research.

     Ready for the show and tell?!?  Here we go...

To dry the basil quickly, I used the microwave. I washed and thoroughly dried the leaves. Then I placed them in a single layer on a paper towel. I set the microwave for 30 seconds and checked them for dryness. If they still have places on them that haven't dried I add another 15 to 30 seconds.

    Then I used my hand mixer to grind the herbs (my preference). For those of you who use a mortar and pestle feel free to do so. I use my hand mixer when my wrists can't hold up to the strenuous activity of grinding by hand. *And if your curious, NO, the mixer doesn't change any of the energies, if anything it amplifies my intentions.*

    Now that it's ground to bits, I took what I needed for the Deva, and saved the rest.

    Some thing you may need or want to use: dried herb, plant material, or flower buds to mix into the clay; water to moisten the clay when necessary, scraping and flattening tools; stones and embellishments that are complimentary; and don't forget your imagination (use visualization and meditation techniques to contact the Deva of your herb/plant/flowers).

                               What my Deva looks like completed

     Once completed, I held my Deva in my hands closed my eyes and told it, through visualization, what my intentions were. Then I sprinkled some blessed water on it, and the growing herb (that was my activation ritual). Next I gave an offering witch included a chant (please use your own, makes it more personal and connects you, your chosen herb/plant/flowers, and Deva on a deeper level).

what it looks like finished

Basil is still trying to overtake my window altar
     I had a blast working with the Deva you can see my basil is happily growing away. It's obvious she can't wait to get back outside (been inside since first frost). Here's a little extra on honoring Devas: offerings of milk and honey and shiny things make the nature spirits happy. That's small potatoes compared to all the good they did for this once struggling inside herb. To all of you planning your gardens; do you plan on incorporating nature spirits?!? Please feel free to share your knowledge and experiences with these archetypes. Be blessed all!