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This Imbolc I have been practicing my skills at creating the Brighid’s cross. These little symbols can be made from various materials and in various sizes.

Tradition holds that creating a cross at Imbolc and setting it outside on Imbolc Eve to be blessed by the goddess Brighid as she passes by, will bring protection to the home, especially against fires. I live in a fire prone area, so creating one of these little protective guys is probably a very good idea!

I have posted a YouTube video with a tutorial on creating a Brighid’s cross and how to add one to a magickal protective wreath. You can check it out here: https://youtu.be/pYxnfkc5IVQ

However you celebrate Imbolc this year, I hope you find peace and light to help guide you along your path in this sometimes confusing world.

Imbolc Blessings!


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This year I am celebrating a quiet Mabon. But I couldn’t let the sabbat go by without doing something special. I do think of apples around this time of year probably because my family often goes apple picking in September.

There’s nothing like a piece of warm coffee cake with a hot cup of something to get one into a cozy autumn mood. Add some apples and spice and you have the following dairy free recipe:


Streusel Topping

  • 2/3 cup biscuit mix such as Bisquick
  • 2/3cup packed brown sugar
  • 1teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4cup cold vegan butter or margarine

Coffee Cake

  • 2 cups biscuit mix
  • 2/3cup plant based milk or water plus 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar or white vinegar (don’t worry if it curdles)
  • 3tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 flax egg which is 1Tb ground flax seed plus 2 1/2 TB warm water
  • 2medium cooking apples, peeled and thinly sliced (2 cups)
  • 2tablespoons chopped nuts


  • 1/2cup powdered sugar
  • 2to 3 teaspoons plant based milk (almond milk is good)


  • 1 – Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix 2/3 cup biscuit mix, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cut in vegan butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until crumbly; set aside.
  • 2 – In medium bowl, stir together 2 cups biscuit mix, 2/3 cup plant based milk with ACV , the granulated sugar and flax egg; beat vigorously 30 seconds with spoon. Spread half of batter in pan. Arrange apple slices on batter; sprinkle with half of streusel topping. Spread with remaining batter; sprinkle with remaining topping. Sprinkle with nuts.
  • 3 – Bake about 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on cooling rack 20 minutes. In small bowl, stir glaze ingredients until smooth enough to drizzle. Drizzle glaze over warm coffee cake.

Enjoy a warm piece of Mabon Apple Coffee Cake with a cup of chai tea or coffee!

Mabon Blessings!


Sarina ☕️

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I’ve seen a lot on social media about creating spell bottles lately, and thought during this super moon our coven might like to create some spell bottles to help contact our spirit guides.

Have you ever wondered if you have a spirit guide? Of course you do!! Probably more than one! Some witches refer to their “familiars” who are usually spirit animals or beings who help them in their magick. However you refer to them, you have astral companions that are interested in working with you in a positive beneficial way.

We will create and enchant our spell bottles first and then use them in a guided meditation to make contact with one of our spirit guides.

These are the supplies needed to make a Spirit Guide Spell Bottle:

a small to medium jar with a flat screw-on lid

a bit of your favorite herb(s) (dried)

a small piece of your favorite gem stone(s)

a charm or image of an animal you are drawn to small enough to fit in the jar

ribbon or fabric in your favorite color(s) to decorate your jar

a small piece of paper and a pencil to create a sigil

a tea light and tea light holder

incense or smudge for blessing your ingredients

First, cleanse and bless all of your ingredients with some incense or herbal smoke.

Next place your stones, herbs and charms inside the bottle and screw on the lid.

You can then decorate the outside of the jar with your fabric and/or ribbon.

Now use your pencil and paper to create a sigil. I used the phrase “Sarina’s Spirit Guide”. Here are instructions for creating a sigil: https://themagickalcottage.com/2018/03/14/witchen-witchy-wednesday-signs-symbols-and-sigils/

Place the sigil under your spell jar to attract the energy of your spirit guide as you meditate. The personal items you placed in your jar will also act as a beacon to your guide.

Now you are ready to set your tea light in its holder on the lid of the jar and light the candle. Focus on your breath and get into a meditative state.

Here is the meditation I plan to use in our ritual, although you can certainly meditate in your own way and focus on contacting your guide:

Take three deep breaths and try to relax and breath out any tension you may be carrying in your body. Focus on your inhaling and exhaling until you are only conscious of your breath.

Feel yourself rise up out of your body. Now you are walking down a dirt path surrounded by a mist. You are not conscious of anything or anyone around you. You walk along only conscious of the rhythm of your footsteps. You suddenly realize that you are approaching a huge oak tree! The trunk of the tree is as large as a huge house. Then you see that the tree does, indeed, have doors and windows and there is light shining through the windows. You climb the stone steps and knock on the front door. The door swings slowly open , but you see no one inside.

To your right is a large winding staircase that leads to an upper floor. You climb the stairs and and find yourself in a hallway with many doors. As you walk along you see that the doors each have a name on them. You read each name as you pass by each door until you stop at a door with your name on it. You knock and hear a voice from inside say, “Come in!”

You enter the room and see two empty armchairs next to each other. The room feels comfortable and somehow familiar to you. You sit down in one of the chairs, lean your head back and close your eyes in relaxation.

Then you hear a voice speak your name. You open your eyes and see that the other chair is no longer empty! The one sitting there is one of your spirit guides. Take a few moments to get acquainted. Ask your guide questions and tell them how you are feeling and what your concerns might be.

Now it is time to leave this place. Your spirit guide assures you that they are always available to talk to when you feel the need. You can even return to this room and converse in meditation. You say your farewells and as you exit the door to the room you find yourself back in our circle. Come back to your body and when you are ready, wiggle your toes and fingers and open your eyes.

I wish you many happy times with your guides as they help you along your path. Don’t feel frustrated if you don’t make contact with them on the first try. You may not “see” things psychically but instead feel them. You may hear messages in your head but can’t put a physical face to them. That’s ok! As time passes you will get to know one or more of your guides and work with them on your magickal path.

Let me know in the comments below what you experienced with your spirit guides!

Full Moon Blessings,


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Here’s the “dirt on dirt!”

Ozark Pagan Mamma

Dirt or stones from special places are often utilized as an ingredient in folk magic. To me, one of the most important of these is the dirt from the ground surrounding one’s own home. It can be carried along on a trip to ensure a safe return, and to keep one “grounded” in tense or unsure situations away from home.

However, graveyard dirt is probably the most famous of dirts used for magic, and is used to summon the spirit from a particular grave for help in the work at hand. If using graveyard dirt, be sure you know the character of the spirit you’re taking it from. Speak with them using divination to see if they even want to help, and leave a coin or libation in place of the dirt taken.

For money spells, folks have been known to collect bank dirt, from the land on which a…

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There’s a shady spot down in the Oak and Willow Grove that has remained bare for some time. I finally acted on the inspiration to create a moon garden there.

What is a moon garden, you ask? It’s a nighttime garden with special plantings that show up well under the light of the moon. It doesn’t have to be located in the shade like mine is, but it should be in a place where you can sit alone and appreciate the moon in her different phases.

Your planting zone and soil type will determine what sort of plants go into your moon garden. You can even plant your garden in pots around a patio or balcony. What better place to charge your crystals and moon water?

In general white or light colored flowers work best along with plants with silver or variegated leaves. Any plant with “night blooming” in its name is perfect, and then there’s the ever popular moon flower vine.

Moon flower
Night blooming jasmine

So here’s a list of possible plants for your moon garden. Just remember to do a little research to make sure the plants will grow in your area.

Moonflower: Yes, it should be painfully obvious, but the Moonflower really does bloom at night. It releases a slightly lemony scent when it opens up, and during the day the white flowers are tightly shut. Some species of this climbing plant, a cousin of the Morning Glory, can get up to eight feet long*. The flowers, when open, are around 5 – 6″ in diameter.

Evening Primrose: This perennial spreads rapidly, and can cover a lot of ground for you. The pale pinkish-white flowers open at dusk, and release a sweet aroma.

Night Phlox: these pretties open up at dusk, and have a fragrance reminiscent of honey or vanilla.

Evening Stock: the tiny purple and pink flowers aren’t very fancy, but they smell divine when they open at night.

Angel’s Trumpet: Another vine, this annual spreads like crazy. Its trumpet-shaped, white flowers have a bell-like appearance when open.

Night Gladiolus: this plant isn’t actually nocturnal, but that’s when the creamy yellow flowers smell the strongest — it’s a very spicy scent that’s a glorious addition to any night garden.

Dusty Millers

Silver Thyme

Lamb’s Ears

Mugwort (Artemesia)

Silver Sage

White vegetables such as Alba eggplants or Baby Boo or Lumina pumpkins

Snow-in-Summer (this has the added bonus of silver foliage)


White Bleeding Heart

White Daffodil


Sweet Alyssum

Mock orange (the fragrance is outstanding, as well)


Night Scented Stock



Anise Hyssop



If you would like to view a video of my moon garden that’s a work in progress, click on the following link: https://youtu.be/rc6S2JmAryo

As always, put your magickal intentions into your lovely lunar garden. Perhaps burn some incense, light a candle there under the full moon, and call upon the moon goddess to bless your moon garden as you dedicate it to Her. Enjoy your wondrous creation!

Magickal 🌜Blessings,


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Lately I have been focusing on making video posts about magickal herbs and how to use them on The Magickal Cottage YouTube channel.

It’s been great to get out to the magickal herb farm and visit the plants and talk about them in person!

The first of these videos is on The Magickal Properties of Rosemary: https://youtu.be/BGBZLta2IkI

The second video is on The Magickal Properties of Calendula: https://youtu.be/pTBNo-nrE5U

I hope you enjoy these videos, and please feel free to suggest other witchy apothecary herbs for me to vlog about. I grow a LOT of plants!

Green Witch Blessings,


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Uncrossing Yourself

Rootandrock’s musing post got me thinking. I have several clients that come to me in need of an unhexing, counter-curse, or exorcism. I almost always…

Uncrossing Yourself

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Cleansing Yourself

Cleansing yourself (or other people or your home) is the spiritual equivalent of “did you try turning it off?” (Meditation, of course, being the …

Cleansing Yourself

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Do not do what you desire – do what is necessary.
Take all you are given – give all of yourself.
What I have – – – I hold!
~ Robert Cochrane

So, you have watched the first two videos on cleansing and protection on my YouTube channel and you feel ready to cast a spell. Good for you! Here is the link if you need a review 😀 The Magickal Cottage on YouTube But first, let’s take a step back and consider all that is involved in spell work.

Just as the magickal path in general involves constant study and work, so, too, you must carefully “craft” your spell craft. I know, I know, I’ve seen these people, too, on social media who say they do “whatever they feel is right” with no rules to bind them. But please consider what I’m about to tell you about spell work before deciding on how to proceed.

At the risk of oversimplifying, I’d like to mention something about “karma”. To my way of thinking karma is a metaphysical term related to the mundane principle of cause and effect. You stick your hand in a flame and you will get burned. And I know there are those who don’t want to equate anything in the astral with things on the physical plane, but isn’t that what “As above, so below” is about? Enough said. I will give you my take on spell casting and you can decide for yourself how to go about things. I do like the quote above by Cochrane: “do what is necessary”. Being a light in the darkness for others is sometimes the best use of magick.

If you click on the menu tab of this blog site for the “Correspondences” page you will see a list of very useful information that should be helpful in spell casting. I will be adding to this page over time, so be sure to check back occasionally to see what is there. Feel free to copy this information into a word document and print a copy for your book of shadows. I will be referring to this information in this post on spell casting.

The Witches’ Pyramid

The Witches’ Pyramid (pictured above) has been around for quite a long time and has been a model for following a magickal path. There are lots of great blog posts and videos on the general meaning of the pyramid, so do some research on the topic. I have also found that the witches’ pyramid can be used as a model for spell casting, and that’s how I will be using it in his post. We will take each of the components of the pyramid in order and discuss how they can be applied in creating and casting a spell.

To Know

This is the part of the spell that involves doing the research. This component can make or break your spell. If your timing is off or your wording is wrong things might just go haywire, and they probably will.

I’ve heard it many times: “I tried a spell and it didn’t work!” If you sent out energy with intent it did work, just not the way you wanted it to. If you ALWAYS bear in mind that energy follows the path of least resistance it will serve you well. If you do a spell to “win the Lotto“, the Universe might present you with a child’s Lotto game. That would probably be the easiest way for the Universe to deliver what you asked for. That might be the path of least resistance. See what I mean?

And then there is timing. I make it a policy to never do spell work during Mercury retrograde or when the moon is void of course. You can find the Mercury retrograde periods for each year online with a simple search. For finding the moon’s void of course you can use a lunar app such as ILuna. The void of course period is when the moon is changing signs. With both the Mercury retrograde and the void of course periods Mercury ( about communication) and the moon are not able to lend their energies to your spell. And let’s face it! We will take all the help we can get in our spell work. It’s not just that these heavenly bodies can’t lend their energy, but they can’t lend their control the way they usually do. You may also consult the tables for the BEST moon sign or day of the week to work your spell. Consider all of the energies you would like to incorporate to help bring about your magickal goal.

So you have decided you have a need for a spell. If the spell is for yourself then you can proceed. If the spell is for someone else then you need to get their permission. There’s a little thing called “free will” that I like to respect. Take it from me, casting a love spell on another person not only violates their free will but is manipulative. You don’t like being manipulated, right? It probably makes you angry, right? That’s exactly how it will make your “target” feel.

I have included a “Spell Worksheet” on the Correspondences page. You can create a document by copying and pasting the text into a word document and make copies for planning your spells. You can even change the font to something more “witchy” and add artwork. Have fun!

Go ahead and fill in the spell worksheet by stating your purpose, figuring out your timing and correspondences and what supplies you will need. I plan to go into various types of spells in future posts, but for now let’s just go through the steps. You are making a plan. Here I would like to add that the wording of your petition is SO important! Here are pointers for writing a good spell petition:

1. State your request in simple terms that cover every aspect of what you really want.

2. Don’t use euphemisms or expressions because the Universe is very literal. Asking for “showers of blessings” could bring a downpour of rain or a leaky whatever…be specific.

3. State things in a positive way. Avoid negative words if possible.

4. Cover every possible outcome with “for the highest good in a happy, joyous way for all concerned“ … or something similar. You don’t want your new found income to be the result of an inheritance gained from the death of your favorite uncle.

5. “To bind the spell every time, let the words be spoke in rhyme.” This is worth the trouble of doing if you can manage to write your request in rhyming phrases. For one thing, it makes it easier to remember your request and say it without reading it. It also seems rather like a chant….very magickal! If you can’t manage a rhyme, then skip it. You don’t need to stress yourself out over this.

To Dare

So now you are ready to take action! You gather your supplies making sure to cleanse them. You ground yourself. You create a sacred space by either putting up your protective shielding, or you can cast a circle. There is a video on my YouTube channel that covers circle casting. Here it is: Casting a Circle

Remember that circle casting is not just for protection but to help with focusing the energy. You can decide if shielding or casting a circle are called for. I would say a simple healing tea light for someone’s headache could be done with a simple shielding. A more elaborate spell for protection or uncrossing might merit a circle casting. Call in or invite any guides, angels or ancestors to help you with the spell.

To Will

As you perform the actual spell you are going to want to generate some energy to charge the spell and send it on its way into the cosmos. You will raise energy over the area where you have performed the spell on a table or altar. There are lots of ways to raise energy like chanting, dancing, making sounds with rattles, drums and chimes, OR you can create what I call an “energy ball”. Above your spell work area, place your hands with your palms together and rub them back and forth to create friction. Then slowly separate your hands to feel the energy you have generated. There should be a springy feeling between your palms.

Shape the energy into a ball with your hands. Don’t worry if you don’t see anything! You can infuse the energy ball with your spell intent repeating your petition three times, allowing the energies of your spell ingredients to rise up into the energy ball and, when ready, you can release the ball along with your intent upwards into the cosmos. When you are infusing the energy ball try to visualize the outcome of your spell in the ball as if you are seeing it as a scene in a crystal ball. Use your inner knowing to decide when you have generated the right amount of “intention energy” into the ball, and then let it go by giving it a little (or big) push with your hands. Sometimes you get the feeling of that energy ball taking off like a shot! Sometimes it just drifts upwards and away. Just trust in whatever happens.

Ground yourself. Take three deep breaths and release the circle or shield. As you do this be sure to thank any spiritual helpers you may have enlisted and bid them farewell along with your blessings.

To Keep Silent

Congratulations! You cast a spell! You may feel like sharing this on social media, but DON’T. It’s important to keep silent. You don’t want other peoples’ energy adding to your spell and possibly altering the outcome. Make note of any events, contacts or other occurrences that may reflect the results of your spell work as well as opportunities that come your way as an answer to your spell request. The spell may bring opportunities for success but it’s up to you to act on those opportunities and do your part on the physical plane. You can cast a spell for a great job, but you still need to do the legwork and conduct a job search. So be silent and observant and receive your blessings quietly! It’s ok to smile like the Cheshire Cat as you do so! (Wink)

To Go

Now go about your business! Trust in your spell work. Have faith. No, you don’t need to rethink anything. No, you don’t need to do the spell over again. Release the spell and don’t take it back. You are the magick!

Bright Blessings,


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