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Source: Fragrances for Fall {DIY}


We are very excited here at the Magickal Cottage to announce that every first Wednesday of the month we will be holding workshops on various magickal witchy topics. We have decided to call the workshops Witchen Witchy Wednesdays. 

In many ways these workshops will be like classes in Witchcraft 101. But, as a facilitator, I am realizing that there is always something new to learn about our amazing magickal realm, and what may seem like a review may open one to many new insights. Even though we circle together and train for degrees in our coven, it seems there is never enough time to cover all the questions and subject matter that might concern a new witch. And, even the more seasoned witches often enjoy getting together to learn, practice, discuss and craft. With this need in mind we came up with the idea of gathering for Witchen Witchy Wednesday.  

As a follow up to each workshop I will be posting here about each Witchen Witchy Wednesday (WWW for short) and share what we did and what we learned. If you, the reader, would like to follow along and participate in the lessons and practice sessions at home, the WWW posts will appear the second Wednesday of the month, one week after our workshop takes place with our coven at Crow Hollow. 

Last evening, October 4th,  was our first Witchen Witchy Wednesday and we covered the topic of Divination Through the Use of a Pendulum and Various Forms of Scrying.  It was an amazing evening and I’m anxious to share what happened with you! Each month we will cover a different witchy topic and we’re excited about the long list of potential subjects we have come up with so far. If all goes well, we may eventually make this a bi-monthly event.

So stay tuned for my post next Wednesday, October 11, about our wonderful  Witchen Witchy Wednesday and learn what we found out about pendulums and scrying. Of course, all of your helpful comments will be welcomed.

Witchy Blessings,

Lady Sarina 🌛🌝🌜

A lot covered here, FYI ! Blessings, Sarina

Silver RavenWolf

21 August – Monday – Solar Eclipse (Lasts 2 hours and 42 minutes) – New Moon in Leo — Let’s get the basics on the table first, and then you can choose how you want to play this day.  The Sun in Leo trines Uranus in Aries – ease of power – double fire.  The Sun will “carry” this energy with her as she rolls into the eclipse later in the day.  To me, everything carries energy with it (for a short time) from where it has been – that’s the science.  A book carries the dust or crumbs that were on the table, a person who touches someone else carries those skin cells, the moisture from your breath touches another person’s face, etc. – this is one way that many things are connected.  It is also a reminder that all things have their flow pattern (but, that’s another discussion). …

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A honey jar is a wonderful magickal tool! It is especially useful for some aspect of your life that you wish to give ongoing energy over a long period of time. The trick to creating this type of spell is to focus on the positive (always a good idea) to sweeten things up and bring about positive change. 

To create a honey jar you will need the following supplies:

  • A small jar with some sort of lid. I found this cool honey jar with a cork, but a small canning jar will work just fine.
  • Honey. High quality is good, unfiltered and organic, but don’t break the bank. The sweetness is what’s important.
  • A pencil and a small piece of paper.
  • A small candle of your choosing. I used beeswax but your usual spell candles are ok.


Write on your paper, “Life is sweet because” and finish that statement with what you desire to sweeten in the present tense. Example: “Life is sweet because I am employed in a job that brings me joy and financial prosperity.” Remember to state your desire in the present tense like you have it now. If you say “I will have…” it will always remain in the future. Make sense?

Oh, and need I say it? I would not use a honey jar to bring about baneful magick as in, “Life is so sweet because my ex got struck by lightening”. Ahem….but that’s me.


Fold the petition and place it in the jar.


Pour honey over the paper to completely cover it.



Now drip candle wax to seal around the lid of the jar and add a puddle of wax  to the very top to affix a small candle.


Attach your small spell candle, charge, enchant and light it. Here is a sample charm to say as you light your candle:

Honey from the bee, 

Bring sweet blessings to me!

Honey jar work my desire ,

By the power of sweet honey and fire!

So mote it be!

Allow the wax to drip down the sides of the jar to seal your spell. I place the jar on a candle plate or holder to catch the excess wax.


Occasionally add a new candle to the jar to continue to “work” the spell. Use your intuition to tell you when you need to add and burn another candle.


Here’s s humble little honey jar that I have worked for awhile with good results.


This honey jar is that of a coven mate who adds a candle when she feels her energy starting to sag. And it’s “cheaper than therapy”, as they say. You can use a taper candle or tea light. You might even choose the candle according to its color energy. The blue one in the photo above was to bring peaceful energy.

May the venerable honey bee sweeten your life as you work your honey jar magick! 🐝 And please feel free to post your own ideas for casting a honey jar spell in the comments below. 

Brightest Blessings,

Sarina


Midsummer greetings from The Magickal Cottage! Our coven celebrated Litha here at Crow Hollow on June 20th, and we made herbal charm bags to capture that intense solar energy for channeling towards our individual purposes. Midsummer is the most magickal of times for harvesting herbs. It’s really quite logical! The longest day of the year will be giving our plant companions a super jolt of solar energy. What better time for an herbal harvest?

This brings me to the topic of personal plant familiars. Most magickals have heard of animal or spirit familiars, but plant familiars? Yes, indeed! If you work with herbal energy or even magickal oils it just might benefit you to consider working with a plant familiar. How do you discover which plants are your familiars? You might begin by considering which plants you are drawn to intuitively. 


I know one of my plant familiars is a rose. Roses make my heart sing. They always have, and I have grown hundreds of them. Roses are a great favorite of many people, but, on the other hand, I have seen people rip out entire rose beds to replace them with gravel or cement. This I can’t fathom. But that’s me….


I have other plant familiars besides the rose, but the rose has followed me to every home I have ever lived in. What do I mean by saying that it has followed me? That brings me to another way to find your plant familiar. If you have success growing a certain plant, then it might be your plant familiar. In Texas I at first couldn’t grow the usual hybrid tea roses I had grown in California, but then I discovered antique roses and a whole new world opened to me. So the roses taught me some wonderful lessons during those humid Texas summers.

Back in California I am discovering more wonderful plant familiars. I’m learning that your familiars can change by location and it’s not always dependent on growing conditions. In Texas rudbeckia reseeded itself and thrived all over our property. I had planted just a few plants and they took off, much to my delight. Back in Cali I can’t seem to get those lovely daisy like plants to grow. Other people grow those yellow and orange beauties just fine but not me. However, look what is thriving now:


Shasta daisies sprang up from wild flower seeds and are all over the place! So consider this: my new Shasta daisy familiars have that same solar shape as the rudbeckia but are a luminous white. That’s something worth meditating on! What changes have occurred in my life that are reflected in my plant familiar? 

A wonderful California native is familiar to magickals for the purpose of smudging. Salvia apiana, or white sage, grows in the dry canyons near where I live now. Lots of people around here try to grow white sage in their gardens, but it curls up and dies. It’s just a wild child and doesn’t like being told where to live! Lucky for me it has chosen to be my plant buddy.


White sage is all over the place, along with its cousins blue sage, purple sage and black sage. I may never buy another smudge stick!


My most recent adventure into the green world of plant familiars is High John the Conqueror. 


This magickal lovely is hard to come by as a garden plant. Cherished by hoodoo practitioners, the root is used a lot like mandrake root. I managed to purchase 5 seeds at a steep price and 2 have sprouted and look happy. They do resemble morning glories which can be invasive. So we shall see what comes of this new relationship. High John may have lots to teach me!

So what does one do with a plant familiar? My first impulse is to explore the meanings and properties of the plant. In sympathetic magick the plant’s shape, scent, color and texture can tell a lot about the plant’s energy. Remember the solar shape of my daisy like friends? Sun energy with its forceful yang quality will definitely play a roll in this plant’s gift to you if you have such a plant totem. Does your plant familiar have round leaves suggesting a lunar energy? Are there mars like spines on your plant suggesting protection? First consider your initial impression of the plant to see what qualities it may lend to your charm bags, candles, incense, etc..

A way to cross check your plant familiar’s energy is to do some research. Witchipedia has some wonderful resources.

The realm of plant familiars is enchanting to explore! You can find tree familiars (think wand making) and commune with the dryads. The flower fairies in your cutting garden will delight and adorn you. And the aromatic properties of your herbal friends will add some powerful aid to your spells and charms. 

Enjoy the warm days and store up the energies of our present growing season if you live in the northern hemisphere, for they will serve you well when the days grow darker.

Bright Blessings,

Sarina

It’s interesting that the fairy flowers all seem to be starting their bloom just before Beltane. I always think of Beltane as a “fairy fest”. 

This gorgeous lady of a plant is what we always called Canterbury bells. It’s a form of campanula which alludes to the bell shaped flowers. The flower goes by other names as well, many of those names containing the words “bell” or “thimble”. Another name for campanula type blooms which probably refers to this flower:


is harebell. I seem to have an affinity for rabbits. 


There is a delightful story about a rabbit (or hare) who rescued some fairies from some onery pixies. The fairy queen, in gratitude, gifted the rabbit and all his decendants the harebell flowers to grow in his meadow to ring and warn him when a fox was near by. See? Fairies are nice! I’m not quite sure about pixies, though. 


The other fairy flowers that are blooming now are foxgloves, or digitalis to be scientific.


Here is the long list of other names for foxgloves:

Goblin Gloves, Witches’ Gloves, Dead Men’s Bells, Fairy’s Glove, Gloves of Our Lady, Bloody Fingers, Virgin’s Glove, Fairy Caps, Folk’s Glove, Fairy Thimbles.

If you didn’t already know, digitalis is quite toxic. Let’s be honest and say deadly. That’s probably why some call it dead men’s bells. It’s true it is famous as a heart medication and has been used to treat other ailments, but it’s definitely not a DYI type of herbal ingredient. It has been said of digitalis, “It can raise the dead and can kill the living.” This may be the last year it grows in my back yard for awhile because of the grandkids. 

Foxglove is one of the top fairy favorites. Witchipedia states:

“Scandinavian legend says that the faeries taught foxes to ring foxglove bells to warn each other of approaching hunters.”

Hmmm….now the foxes get bells. Sounds like the fairies don’t play favorites! At any rate, foxgloves have long been associated with witches and witchcraft. 

And so, this brings us back to Beltane! This is a time when the elementals are very active. Yes, it’s a time when we celebrate and request fertility from the Lord and Lady. We hop over the Beltane fire to insure a prosperous year and likewise dance around the maypole. 

Next Sunday we will celebrate this ancient sabbatt in our coven. We will participate in all the traditional rites and rituals. Today, however, I got an urge to make something to honor the fae. I decorated a candle for them to burn on our Beltane altar. It is dressed with blessing oil, lavender and roses and a 6 pointed fairy star. I chose what I felt were fairy colors and dripped colored wax over a white candle. Creating the candle felt very magickal and meditative.

At Beltane why not take a moment or two to honor the fairies, those elementals that nurture the natural world to which we are intimately connected? 

I wish you all the magick and abundance that Beltane can bring!

Brightest Blessings,

Lady Sarina 

In a little over an hour I plan to take advantage of some powerful lunar eclipse energy and send another jolt of the peace and love vibrations to our Love/Peace egregore that is hovering over planet Earth. Remember last July we started this collection of thought forms (an egregore) to overshadow the fear based one that has had our planet under its oppressive influence? 

Our energy of love and peace has made a difference! I know some days it doesn’t seem that way, but the first thing I thought of on January 21st with the world wide peaceful marches was the egregore  we had created. 

Since today there is a lunar eclipse,  and he the magick is extra strong, I plan to join with coven mates and we will build the energy over a few hours to finally release it in the form of a giant quasar like burst to supplement the Love/Peace energy we started last summer. Eclipses contain the energy of all moon phases over about 4 hours. Search the web to find out the times for the lunar eclipse for February 10/11, 2017. The next lunar eclipse will be in August and we can do this same ritual again to keep the positive going.

Please give a thought to whatever full moon ritual you are doing and join your love/peace energy with ours as we send it to heal blessed Gaia. Many thanks!

Blessings,

Sarina Ravensmoon 

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