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We are in the dark season that is slowly, very slowly turning to light. Even though my new magickal cottage is in Southern California, the seasons are noticable. In Texas when it snowed the world was suddenly muffled in a silent sea of the white stuff. People felt as thought they needed to hibernate into their warmly lit nests and pray there was no power outage. I have quickly gotten spoiled back in California. The freezing winds we have had the past few days have made me resentful at not being able to comfortably work outside. I should count my blessings!

With the family gatherings and celebrations I have become aware of something this year that should have been obvious to me before. Every year at this time amidst all the “yuletide cheer” I always am suddenly overcome with a feeling of what I call “sentimentality” or “nostalgia”. I will feel this wave come over me and I get a sense of both love and longing. For years I would be confused by these feelings which usually turned to depression. I think I now understand what may be causing these feelings in me. Sure, shorter daylight hours may be to blame, but I think it could have something to do with the time of year when we turn inward and are able to hear and see across the veil more clearly.

Samhain or All Hallows Eve is a time of the thinning of the veil where we can more clearly communicate with those who have crossed over. I have noticed, however, that the whole winter season up until the warmer weather just past Beltaine, we are more in touch with “the ancestors” and the spirit world. It makes sense when you think about it.  During the dark, cold times we are turned inward and are quiet enough to hear the voices and feel the presence of those in spirit. When I was growing up, the holidays were a time of joy and closeness for my family. This year when I felt that wave of emotion come over me I suddenly knew it was the presence of my dad and grandmother that I was sensing. I was feeling their love. It’s almost like on the other side they are aware that we are doing some celebrating and that the family will be gathered together and they want to join in and send us their love.  And, yes, I know, some of you are going to think this sounds pretty sappy. Oh, well…..

I am a trained and natural medium who does mediumship readings in my professional practice. Doing this type of reading is not scary and I don’t call my readings “seances”. Communicating with those in spirit (I don’t think of them as dead) seems very natural. Having a relative in spirit draw near and feeling their energy is a lovely experience. With practice anyone can pick up on this spirit energy. If I am picking up on the energy of a client’s dearly departed, I don’t feel the love directed at me but I sense a vibration that tells me they are there. Not until I stopped and thought about it did I realized that my holiday feelings of sentimentality were a LOT like the feelings I get when communicating with my family on the other side. Once when I was in a very discouraging  situation and seated in an office waiting in despair to speak with an official, I suddenly felt myself engulfed by what felt like total comfort and peace. I hadn’t expected this to happen; hadn’t asked for it to happen; it just happened. I realized it must have been my dad wrapping me in his “spirit love” and just telling me he was sorry I had to go through that situation.  It helped a lot, by the way.

Occasionally when I am doing a mediumship reading I will bring in a person in spirit that my client “doesn’t want to talk to”.  They want to talk to Mom and Dad shows up! I had a gentleman come to me at least twice for a reading. Dad came through and he refused to talk to him. He wanted to talk to Mom. Suggesting that a little forgiveness on his part towards his dad might be in order made no difference. The man went away disappointed that Mom wouldn’t talk to him. I’m sure you see where I’m going with this. Do you have not so fond memories of certain family members who are now in spirit? Guess what? If they were a “so and so” or even an “f-ing so and so” they are now quite aware of the fact and would like to make peace and even apologize for the way they acted. When we cross over we get a whole new perspective, and I’m not talking about fire and brimstone. We are able in spirit to experience a state of pure love; and that, my magickal friend, ….love,  is a real perspective changer!

Let’s use these times of solitude and silence to focus on being open to messages from Spirit. Like the Hermit tarot card let’s focus inward and beyond to the depths of the mysteries of our magickal lives. And should you decide to accept an apology and dole out a share of forgiveness to someone in spirit, I can’t think of a better way to start a new year.

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New Year’s Blessings,

Sarina

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The kitchen is a magickal place! One of the first forms of alchemy was cooking. Think about it: when you prepare a dish you are taking a combination of ingredients and combining them to create something entirely new. That’s what alchemy is. So simply baking a loaf of bread is a magickal act!

I love it when I combine ingredients and see them magickally change before my eyes into something delicious and nourishing. Different foods have different magickal energies and they affect us both physically and energetically when we eat them. It pays to be aware of what you put into your mouth, because you could either be helping or hurting yourself in more ways than you might imagine.

Different foods relate to the different chakra centers in our bodies. For instance, salt, nuts and grains relate to the lower chakras and can be very grounding. Each chakra is associated with a certain color, and the color of a food is often an indication of the chakra center it relates to. The table shows the chakras and their colors, so eating blueberries might help the energy of your third eye chakra.

The following link is to a site with a comprehensive list of the magickal properties of foods: Alchemy Lab. It’s interesting to look up some of your favorite foods and see how they relate to you energetically!

When preparing a meal or whipping up your favorite comfort food, it is a good idea to follow a few witchy procedures to add just the right energy to your cullinery creation. First, light a candle at your kitchen altar. You do have a kitchen altar, don’t you? A kitchen altar doesn’t have to be big or elaborate. Mine is on the window sill over the sink. I have a small lunar tealight holder that I light whenever I am about to cook a meal. Near the candle holder I have placed some small goddess related items and I have a tiny vase where I keep fresh flowers. As I light the tealight, I ask for blessings that all will turn out well, and that positive energy will be added to the food for those who eat it to enjoy.

If you want to, you can get yourself a magickal apron or or special wooden spoon (ie, kitchen wand) and really go all magickal! I found a cast iron pot that I love to cook with. Of course, it’s my cauldron, and people seem to be drawn to it when they visit my kitchen.

When combining your ingredients whether in a bowl or a pot, it’s common procedure to stir in a clockwise or deosil direction. The clockwise direction is the positive, increasing direction, sort of like the waxing moon. Stirring this way you can visualize adding goodness and deliciousness to the recipe. Remember, it’s all about your intention!

I am adding a new page to this blogsite called The Enchanted Kitchen where I will post some of my favorite recipes and their magickal properties. Stop by often to see what I am cooking up!

 

Blessings,

Sarina

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unknown-little-old-ladies-dressed-as-witches-drinking-tea-53720[1]This post will be the first in a series of posts about the delightful world of teapot magick and how we can use it to enhance life in the magickal cottage. Why use a teapot in magick? If you consider the fact that a teapot is related to the cauldron in that the two are both used for brewing, then it seems natural to brew magickal tea to cast a spell. Think about it: when using teapot magick you are incorporating all four of the elements. There is fire for the heat to brew the herbs and water. There is earth from the actual teapot itself. There is water as a key ingredient in the tea, and the lovely aroma of the wonderful herbs as they waft through the air and blend with your magickal intention.

If you should decide to really get into using teapot magick on a regular basis, then I suggest you learn as much as possible about herbs and their corresponding energies. Trained herbologists are aware of the fact that not all plants should be consumed internally. Be aware of those herbs that are not for use in tea or that might cause an allergic reaction. Be especially careful if you are pregnant. Having said that, let’s get brewing!

First off you will need, of course, a teapot. I love the many different styles you see, both old and new. The teapot should hold some meaning for you. It could be a pot that belonged to your mother or grandmother. Maybe it is in an interesting shape like an animal or object that has meaning for you. The color might be appropriate to your magickal working. Put some thought into the teapot you use. It might be just a small, uncomplicated earthenware pot, and that is fine. Just make sure you resonate with your pot!
In later posts I will be giving recipes for herbal blends and the spells that accompany them. Just for the purpose of explaining the steps in a teapot spell, in this first post we will use chamomile tea to cast a spell for peace and tranquility. “But”, you say, “chamomile has a sedating effect if you drink it. That’s not a spell!” Ah, but the peace and tranquility is for you to send to another person, place or even an animal. That IS a spell.
You will need: your teapot, chamomile tea (about three teabags for an average size pot), a heat source to boil water, drinking water, a kettle to boil the water and a teacup. Ground and center yourself: take 3 cleansing breaths. You are ready to begin.
I was always taught that the proper way to brew a cup of tea is to bring the water to a boil; pour a small amount of the hot water into the teapot; swish the water around and dump it out. Then you are ready to add the teabags and fill the pot with hot water. You let the tea brew for about three minutes, depending on the tea and the desired strength.
Feel free to consecrate your pot and your tea and get as creative as you want with your intention before you start brewing. Once the tea is ready to drink, sit down in your favorite place in your favorite chair in your magickal cottage and pour yourself a cup. Inhale the aroma of the tea and enjoy just smelling it. Next, take a sip. Feel the peaceful effect of the chamomile as it warms your body and helps you relax. Now visualize who or where you want to send this peace and tranquility. Take another sip and see the person or place surrounded in a soft blue light. If the person or place appeared tense, see them relax. Now say:
Chamomile, herb of peace
Lend your power to this work now, please
Send peace and tranquility to _______ this day,
To ease their stress and bring them rest along their way.
So say I, and it harm none,
This magickal teapot spell is spun!
Sit back and enjoy the rest of your tea, knowing that the magick has been released and is working for the highest good. It’s important to really feel the energy of the chamomile doing its work. You are working with the herb to bring about your magickal intention. As you relax, know that this same peace is being sent where you intended. You might want to thank the plant spirits by offering them some tea and then recycling the tea leaves to the earth.
One bonus to using teapot magick is that you can cast a spell without calling much attention to yourself. After all, many of us enjoy relaxing with a nice cup of tea. Sit and sip and cast your spell and no one will be the wiser.
In the next post I will cover what tea blends and spells you can use for psychic cleansing!
Blessings,
Sarina

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