We chose to start off 2018 with our January WWW making magickal ink. Why magickal ink? Well, there are many uses for this lovely tool of communication! Among those uses might be to mark your magickal tools, to write spells and petitions, to draw sigils, and, of course, to record information in your Book of Shadows.

We were really only able to scratch the surface on this wondrous topic, and although there are many types of magickal ink, we decided to make 3 kinds in our workshop: invisible ink, lampblack ink and dragon’s blood ink.

Sometimes a witch might want to write a secret message that would remain invisible until revealed at the chosen time. Citrus juice and milk are two different common liquids that can serve in this way. We used lemon juice. With a quill pen or paint brush all we needed to do was to write our messages on a parchment paper and let it dry. As the liquid dried our messages disappeared. To reveal the hidden message, simply hold the parchment over a heat source such as a candle flame or a light bulb. If you use a candle be sure to keep your paper moving and have a fireplace or fire pit to toss it into should it accidentally catch fire. Below is a picture of one successful attempt at using invisible ink.


And one unsuccessful attempt . Ahem!


Our next magickal ink we chose to create was lampblack ink. This is a good all purpose magickal ink. Originally made from the soot from oil lamps, this type of ink can be rather time consuming to make.  We used candles instead of oil lamps and held old metal spoons over the candle flames to gather the black and then scrap the black into a small bowl. It takes a loooong time to gather much soot and we ended up supplementing the soot with ground charcoal. If you use charcoal be sure to grind it into a powder (no chunks).

To your black powder you will want to add an equal amount of finely ground gum arabic that will serve as a binder. Then add distilled water a drop or two at a time to get an inky consistency.

0A8DAD99-45F7-4A8A-8369-403CBC78C3EDHere’s how mine turned out!


We felt we were on a magickal inky roll, so we started on our final ink which was dragon’s blood ink made from dragon’s blood resin and gum Arabic. This is a good ink to use for writing spells of manifesting, creativity and power. Grind dragon’s blood resin and gum Arabic separately and then add equal parts,making sure you have a fine powder as a mixture. For this ink you won’t use distilled water but, rather,  99% alcohol, everclear or high alcohol vodka. Again add just a drop or two at a time. You don’t want your ink too diluted. We chose to also add a drop of cinnamon oil to give our ink some extra punch! We stored our inks in small baby food jars, but any small glass container with a lid would do.

At at this point we started to discuss ways to add to our magickal inks. To the lampblack perhaps a drop of rain water for weather magick, or a tear for emotion? And of course don’t forget a drop of your own blood! That would make your dragon’s blood ink an awesome expression of your power as a witch.

Magickal ink is a subject that could be  explored and experimented with for a life time…..and beyond. So get thee to your working altar and start mixing!

Until next time!

Brightest Blessings,


Our December WWW met on the first Wednesday of December to discuss warding and protection magick and to create some simple warding witch balls.

We had decided that daily magickal protection was important to all those who work on a metaphysical plane especially, and should be part of any Witchy 101 training. We started out by asking how each of us was already using some sort of protection magick. Many mentioned the use of an envisioned white light as a shield around themselves either upon arising in the morning, during spell work and divination, or before retiring at night. Some used herbs as smudge and a few used crystals around the home.

We spoke of how, after cleansing an area with the elements by asperging and smudging, we cast a protective circle prior to ritual. The cleansing was to rid the area of possible unhelpful energies, and the protective circle was to only allow in helpful energies. With that in mind, we discussed that a thorough cleansing, both physical (as in cleaning your house from top to bottom) and with a good smudging was important before setting up protection around the home. I shared a simple charm that I like to repeat as I cleanse an area:

Negative energy, you may not stay,

I release you now, be on your way!

From here on out I banish thee.

These are my words, SO MOTE IT BE!

We talked about wards, which are a type of guard in the form of symbols or enchanted objects that can be placed around the home as protective devices. We also pointed out that one can use a mental ward in the same way by, say, visualizing a pentagram or other protective symbol or object/being. We all agreed that staying positive and maintaining the highest possible personal energy was probably the most protective act that a witch could perform.

Our activity of the evening was to make witch balls to hang around the home. Mine is hanging in the window now.

Using clear ornaments from the craft store, we filled them with various protective herbs and resins such as:



Cinnamon (powdered)

Cinnamon sticks with pins inserted


Everlasting (to make it last!)

Frankincense tears

Cedar chips

A few drops of cedar oil


Dried red rose petals (red can be protective)


You could make a witch ball with any combination of protective elements you choose. We used those that we felt went with the Yule season.

To complete our wondrously witchy balls, we replaced the ornament caps, added a safety pin hanger and decorated the tops with more ivy and ribbon. We took them outside where we toasted to and broke bread with the Lord and Lady, and charged our witch balls to do their protective work.

Aren’t they enchanting???

I’d love to hear about any magickal wards you have used around your Magickal Cottage so feel free to share!

Bright Blessings,

Lady Sarina

After an opening meditation where we focused on calming and grounding, we began our recent WWW discussion on the Book of Shadows (or BOS as it is commonly called). We had all brought some form of BOS that we had been using for a time to record our thoughts, witchy information and magickal workings.

I have to admit I have a secret yearning for a BOS with a functioning eyeball like the one featured in the movie, Hocus Pocus, pictured above. But that book may only continue to exist in my wishful thinking. Mine, at present,  is a three ring binder that needs a lot of reorganizing.

One person had recorded the types of energy workings that had been successful for them.

One of us, who was new to the path, had purchased a book and had plans for recording newly learned information in it.

Another priestess had started a beautiful hand written, hand made book that was a record of important coven teachings.

We decided that a general definition of Book of Shadows might be a good place to start since we weren’t all clear on what was the BOS’s purpose. We agreed that a BOS was a place to record important information related to witchcraft. However, someone pointed out that the term Book of Shadows referred to the fact that on this path we are dealing with our shadow selves and looking at the shadow side of life. After all, aren’t some of our greatest lessons learned through dealing with our shadow? So a BOS should also be a type of journal to record our thoughts. We also decided that it would be quite acceptable to have differents BOS for different purposes. I, for instance,plan to dedicate one to my experiences with herbs and green witchcraft. Other purposes for a BOS might be to keep a dream journal, to record divinations and insights about tarot or runes, to record coven teachings and stories of personal pantheons, and the list goes on and on. Most importantly, a BOS should be personal and useful to who you are as a witch. 

Next, we brainstormed the various forms a BOS could take. Here are some we came up with:

  1. A purchased, embellished notebook
  2. A binder with tabs to organized info by subject, decorated with a fabric cover
  3. A handmade book with personal art work
  4. An accordion file, maybe decorated in an enchanting way, like say a witchy handbag or briefcase
  5. A scrapbook type of album with all sorts of enchanting stamps, decorative papers and artistic calligraphy
  6. An online BOS with magickal fonts and clip art stored on a pc or the cloud.

The online BOS has generated some controversy among witches. The cyber savy witches will argue that online info is perfectly safe. It was pointed out by our HP, however, that there is something about writing something out by hand that makes a magickal connection in the brain. By writing something longhand we internalize it. 

We wrapped up our witchy workshop feeling inspired to create some unique and wondrous Books of Shadows. We moved the group outdoors and toasted the Lord and Lady with cakes and ale under a glowing waxing moon.

I plan to spend some of my time during the winter months working on my Books of Shadows. What a great way to spend the time of year for turning inward! 

Brightest of Blessings,



Last evening our coven got together for a Samhain dumb supper and ritual. Since the veil between the physical and astral planes is very thin right now, it is an excellent time for spirit contact and divination.

We set up our ancestor altar, filled our plates as well as an offering plate for the ancestors, listened to a short invocation and began to eat in silence. After we finished our supper and began speaking again, all present seemed to agree that the entire circle area was filled with spirit. Some got messages from loved ones, and we shared stories about those we were honoring on our altar. This was an emotional time as we felt our loved ones in spirit draw near.

We moved to the grass area of the circle where our ritual altar was set up, called the quarters and then started the evening divination for the coming year using each of the five elements. Since Samhain is considered to be the Witches’ New Year, we were asking for messages about the year ahead. 

For the east/air we used smoke to scry for messages about what new energies may be entering our lives this year. This smokey scrying tool was set up near our east quarter.

In our fiery southern quarter a candle flame was used to scry for messages about where our passions will lie in the year ahead.

In the watery western quarter a cauldron of water was a scrying tool to find out about what would be leaving our lives in the coming year.

In the earthy northern quarter a crystal ball was placed to gaze into for a sense of where we would find our grounding and stability this year.

And, finally, in the center, a blanket was placed with tarot and oracle cards to contact the Lord and Lady in the ether for any special insights or areas to focus on in the year to come. 

After our ritual was closed we went indoors and shared all the many insights we had gained through our divination. The growing season is coming to a close for many of us and it is time to turn inward. With all the parties and revelry associated with Halloween, it was nice to set aside this time to grow quiet and listen. 

May you receive helpful and bounteous messages from beyond the veil this Samhain to encourage you along your path.


Lady Sarina

Four of us gathered for our WWW workshop on the use of a pendulum and the tools and methods of scrying. The evening, as expected, turned out to be quite magickal indeed!

We started by creating sacred space and calling in positive energies of protection and guidance before starting our discussion and practice. Creating a sacred space is always a good idea when dealing with energies from other realms and planes of existence. Not only do we want to create a safe space but also to call for guidance in what we are about to undertake. We invited all helpful energies in and told all other energies to leave our space.

We began by stating that each person has their own way of receiving psychic information. We reminded each other that there are psychic senses called “the clairs”.

According to http://www.quantumpossibilities.biz/clairs.htm, they can be described as:


This collective word phrase includes any or all types of psychic sensitivity corresponding to the senses: seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, tasting, touching. Clair Senses in psychic terms are translated:
clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, clairscent, clairtangency, and clairgustance. Additional gifts are clairempathy and channeling.

Clairvoyant (clear vision) — To reach into another vibrational frequency and visually perceive “within the mind’s eye” something existing in that realm. A clairvoyant is one who receives extrasensory impressions, and symbols in the form of “inner sight” or mental images which are perceived without the aid of the physical eyes and beyond the limitations of ordinary time and space. These impressions are more easily perceived in an alpha state and during meditation, though many clairvoyants can obtain visual information regarding the past, present and future in a variety of environments.

Clairaudience (clear audio /hearing) — To perceive sounds or words and extrasensory noise, from sources broadcast from spiritual or ethereal realm, in the form of “inner ear” or mental tone which are perceived without the aid of the physical ear and beyond the limitations of ordinary time and space. These tones and vibrations are more easily perceived in an alpha state and during meditation, though many clairaudients can obtain verbal and sound-related information regarding the past, present and future in a variety of environments. Most Channelers (also known as Mediums) work with both clairvoyance and clairaudience.

Clairsentience (clear sensation or feeling) – To perceive information by a “feeling” within the whole body, without any outer stimuli related to the feeling or information. (Also see clairempathy)

Clairscent (clear smelling) – To smell a fragrance/odor of substance or food which is not in one’s surroundings. These odors are perceived without the aid of the physical nose and beyond the limitations of ordinary time and space.
future in a variety of environments. Most Channelers (also known as Mediums) work with both clairvoyance and clairaudience.

CLAIRSENTIENCEpreviously known by the clairtangent. 

Clairgustance (clear tasting) — To taste a substance without putting anything in one’s mouth. It is claimed that those who possess this ability are able to perceive the essence of a substance from the spiritual or ethereal realms through taste.

Clairempathy (clear emotion) – An Empath is a person who can psychically tune in to the emotional experience of a person, place or animal. Clairempathy is a type of telepathy to sense or feel within one’s self, the attitude, emotion or ailment of another person or entity. Empaths tune into the vibrations and “feel” the tones of the aura.

Channel — A person who allows his/her body and mind to be used as a mechanism for etheric world intelligence to bring psychic information or healing energy to others. 

Channeling — To allow an etheric world intelligence to enter one’s mind and impress thoughts upon the consciousness to be spoken aloud, using one’s voice or body to deliver the information or healing energy.

It’s important to not compare your abilities at receiving psychic information to others because we are all different and receive this information in our own unique ways.

We took a survey of who had experience with using a pendulum or various scrying tools and found mixed levels of experience in our group. All four of us did own a pendulum and a discussion and practice of pendulum work seemed like a good place to start.

We did a brief meditation, breathing  deeply as we inhaled and slowly exhaled all the tensions of the day. We relaxed our bodies and sent etheric roots through the souls of our feet into the earth to ground ourselves.

Pendulums can be useful for getting a read on whether to cast a certain spell or to varify other information you have received. There are certainly many ways to use a pendulum, but we decided to just cover using one to get a “yes” or “no” answer for this particular workshop, and to revisit the topic at some future date for more pendulum practices.

It is best to attune your pendulum to your own energy. The best way to do that is to cleanse, annoint and practice with it. Incidentally, that goes for all scrying tools as well. To energetically cleanse an object it can be exposed to the five elements of earth, air, fire, water and ether in any combination. Smudging, rinsing in purified water, burying in earth or salt for a time and giving the object energy can be great ways to cleanse it. Annointing or blessing a tool can be accomplished by exposing it to the full moon, applying blessing oil or, an old time witchy favorite, bathing it in a tea made from mugwort. After the cleansing and annointing comes the practicing.

Using your pendulum takes some exploration. You are basically getting messages from your subconscious mind and your “yes” and “no” answers from the pendulum will be unique to you.

Start by holding your pendulum so that it dangles from the end of the chain or cord between your fingers. Many people prefer to hold the chain between the thumb and index finger, but find what is comfortable and what works best for you.

Also figure out which hand works best for you. Some people say dominant and others that the non dominant hand works best. Your goal is to find out what gives you the best results. I write with my right hand but do other things (like high jumping in high school) on my left side. The pendulum works best for me when I hold it in my right hand. Experiment!

The way to determine the “yes” answer is to ask your pendulum out loud something that has “yes” as the obvious answer. If your name is Jane, hold the pendulum, look away and state aloud, “Is my name Jane?”. Pause for a moment and then look at the pendulum and see how it is moving: clockwise, counterclockwise, back and forth, side to side. It may take a few tries but you should get an answer. Relax!

Next, do the same for your “no” answer, noticing the pendulum’s response. If your name is Jane try asking if your name is David. You get the idea. Don’t give up! Pendulums can be very useful tools to an energy worker. I found I had to be standing with my left hand on my hip to get mine to work, so be creative.

We practiced with the pendulums and the newbies promised to continue practicing at home.

At this point we pointed out that all magickal  tools should be kept in their own sacred place such as a bag or a box placed on an altar or other protected spot.

Recording your messages from divination in a journal is a very good habit to form. I need to work on this one since I always seem to be in such a hurry. Note in your journal     things like weather, moon phase and sign and especially the time of year. Around Samhain and Bealtaine the veil is thinner. See if your readings are more accurate at those times and make a note. After practicing with the pendulum we discussed ways to scry. It’s possible to see messages in natural objects like clouds, grassy patches of earth and marble floors. Scrying, as many forms of divination, involves looking at your tool with a softened gaze and relaxing your mind into a meditative state. It is in this altered state that one receives messages through the psychic senses.  We had assembled some of our tools which included various crystal balls,

Bowls of water (and one bowl lined with aluminum foil which produced some amazing results!)

Two magick (black) mirrors. Only one was photographed. And a candle flame.

We took turns rotating around the table and practicing with different tools. I won’t go into all the things we saw and messages we received from these magickal tools, but the evening turned out to be pretty mystical, and our Witchen Witchy Wednesdays seemed to be off to a great start!

We moved our group outdoors to witness the Harvest Moon and give thanks to the Lord and Lady and all who had assisted us.

We even managed to catch an image of the full moon in the water of one of our scrying bowls.

Are you ready to start practicing your scrying and pendulum work?? I plan to make it a regular practice! Our coven is looking forward to our Next Witchen Witchy Wednesday! Until then, brightest witchy blessings,


Just wanted to share this lovely article!

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 🌛🌝🌜

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