Sunday, December 21, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
7 parts Juniper
4 parts Cinnamon
4 parts Allspice
4 parts Ginger
4 parts Caraway
2 parts Nutmeg
2 parts Rosemary
2 parts Lemon peel
2 parts Orange
1 part Clove
1 part Bay
and 2 pinch's Orris Root.
Place all in a bag, and tie up with a festive ribbon and give away to friend.
Posted by Judith at 4:57 PM
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
In popular culture, the witch is often portrayed as an ageing crone, chanting over a steaming cauldron and cackling in the moonlight.
Moonlight, cauldron, crone, chanting; we understand the significance of all of these. The significance of the cackling, however, is harder to define.
Is it diabolical ecstasy or a sign of madness? Are we drunk on power or dizzy with the moon?
The answer to these questions is very simple.
We witches cackle because when we get together it is impossible to keep a straight face. The outside world looks on as we invoke our gods and goddesses; perhaps thinking that we greet them stony-faced and in mournful humor.
The reality being that, as each entity and energy draws close we feel the power and joy that they bring.
No-one can experience the dark humour of Hecate or the mischief of the Elementals without a little grin. How many times have we giggled as the candles blow out, or the charcoal won't catch light? When we stop taking it all so seriously and just enjoy our craft and our rituals, laughter surely follows.
In our community, we are blessed with the company of like-minded souls, misfits and raggle-taggle wanderers. We gather together, as one, in our motley crew then we form a circle and celebrate. We dance, we sing, we cast and we laugh because we have pushed away our cares for a while. We are in the presence of our ancestors, our deities and our magical family.
In the witches' cackle is the beauty of belonging, the joy of sharing and the song of our soul.
To our cackling brothers and sisters: we hear ourselves in your laughter and we bless you for your happy noise.
Our circle is open but unbroken. Evermore.
Posted by Judith at 11:17 AM
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Pagans, Wiccans, and Voodoo practitioners use black salt in their
It is intended to be used to rid things of negative energies and to keep negative energy away.
Most people use it for protection of their family and home, but some people also use it for banishing and keeping away unwanted guests.
It can be used for hex and curse breaking. Some people even use black salt to charge their scrying mirrors, as well as for casting circles.
IngredientsBlack salt is extremely easy to make. It takes only a couple of minutes to throw together a decent batch to last you for a while. You probably don't even have to go to the store to buy anything for it, because most of the ingredients are probably things you already have in your house. you can use one, or more of the ingredients below. Though Skillet Scrapings is the old way of doing it, I prefer the Charcoal.
- 2 parts Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
- 1 part skillet scraping OR
- 1 part ash from fire pit OR
- 1 part crushed black chalk dust OR
- 1 part finely ground Charcoal
- 1 part finely ground Black Pepper
Never use dyes or food colorings to make the salt black, because it will make the salt clumpy and unusable for ritual purposes. It is always best to use dry ingredients instead.
Posted by Judith at 3:12 PM
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
How To Take Fire Cider
Many people take 1-2 tablespoons throughout the fall/winter months as a preventative measure, or every three to four hours if symptoms are present.
Here are some more ways to use it:
- As a “wellness shot” put about 1 oz. in a shot glass to drink straight up
- As a tea – Breathe in the steam as you sip to relieve congestion
- In juice – For little ones, it’s best to serve a small amount mixed in freshly-pressed orange juice or lemonade
- As a marinade or salad dressing
Fire Cider Recipe
- ½ cup peeled and shredded/diced ginger root
- ½ cup peeled and shredded/diced horseradish root
- ½ cup peeled and diced turmeric OR 1/4 cup additional ginger and 1/4 cup additional horseradish
- ½ cup white onion, chopped
- ¼ cup minced or crushed garlic cloves
- 2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
- Zest and juice from 2 organic lemons
- Raw apple cider vinegar
- Raw, organic honey to taste
- Several sprigs of fresh rosemary or thyme (optional)
- ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
- Quart-sized jar
- Wax paper
InstructionsAdd the ginger, horseradish, onion, garlic, jalapeno and lemon juice/zest to a quart-sized jar. Pack them down lightly so that the jar is about 3/4 full. Use a fermenting weight to hold down the veggies/roots, or place heavy roots at the top so that they will weigh down the herbs and jalapenos (which float). Pour a generous amount apple cider vinegar over the roots/vegetables. You want everything to stay under the liquid to prevent spoilage. Keep in mind that some of the roots will expand a little so top it off well.
If you’re using a metal lid, line it with wax paper so that the vinegar doesn’t corrode it, then put the lid on. Place in a dark, room temperature cabinet for 2-4 weeks. (A month is best)
When the cider is ready, shake well and then strain the roots/veggies using a cheesecloth or fine mesh sieve. Add honey to taste and store in the fridge.
Posted by Judith at 4:52 PM
Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
This is very good! I'm not sure who made it since it isn't signed, but one of the best How-To's I've found
Posted by Judith at 6:07 PM
Monday, October 27, 2014
Spell for Healing a PetYou will need:
- Healing Oil*
- A Black Candle
- A Red Candle
- A Brown Candle
- Several stones or crystals
Rub your hands together, generating heat and energy. When you feel that you've built a small "bundle" of healing energy, place your hands on your pet, stroking it and giving it the healing energy you've built, making sure to concentrate on any areas where you feel or sense the illness.
Focus on the candles, continuing to maintain contact with your pet, and visualize the strength from the red candle pouring into the brown candle, and pushing all the sickness into the black candle. Attune with the Goddess, and when you've got a good grip on the visualizations above (and the animal!), say:
"Goddess, with your healing touch
Bless this animal we love so much.
God, with beasts as your domain,
Remove the sickness, heal the pain.
So mote it be!"
Continue the stroking and energy flow until you feel that the spell is done, then allow the animal plenty of time to rest and heal.
- 6 drops Lavender oil
- 6 drops Rosemary oil
- 1/2 ounce base oil (apricot kernel, jojoba, grapeseed, even olive oil)
Posted by Judith at 4:35 AM