Magickal Goody of the Day
Old Fashioned Witch Soap
• 4 lbs lard
• 13 oz lye (1 can)
• 5 cups cold water
• 1 tbsp lavender oil
• 1 tbsp patchouli oil
• 1 cup fresh strawberry juice
• 1/4 cup dried soap bark herb (optional)
In a large enamel or iron kettle, melt the lard over very low heat. (Never use metal) In a separate pot, stir together the lye & the water. Heat lard until small bubbles begin to appear – do not boil.
Remove from the heat & slowly pour the lye solution into the lard. With a big wooden spoon, stir in the lavender & patchouli oils, the strawberry juice & soap bark herb. Simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
Pour into 2-inch deep greased pan & allow to cool overnight. Cut the soap into squares and leave in the pan for at least 3 days before removing. Place the Soap bars on waxed paper & allow them to age in a draft-free area approximately 4-6 weeks before using.
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April’s showers have given way to rich and fertile earth, and as the land greens, there are few celebrations as representative of fertility as Beltane. Observed on May 1st (or October 31 – November 1 for our Southern Hemisphere readers), festivities typically begin the evening before, on the last night of April. It’s a time to welcome the abundance of the fertile earth, and a day that has a long (and sometimes scandalous) history. Depending on your tradition, there are a number of ways you can celebrate this Sabbat. First, you might want to read up on:
Depending on your particular tradition, there are many different ways you can celebrate Beltane, but the focus is nearly always on fertility. It’s the time when the earth mother opens up to the fertility god, and their union brings about healthy livestock, strong crops, and new life all around.
Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.
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Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of May Day? Learn why the Romans had a big party, and who the popular fertility gods are.
Beltane is a season of fertility and fire, and we often find this reflected in the magic of the season. Let’s look at some of that spring magic, from ritual sex to fertility magic, along with the magic found in gardens and nature.
As Beltane approaches, you can decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with fun floral crowns and a Maypole altar centerpiece.
No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. For Beltane, celebrate with foods that honor fertility of the earth. Enjoy light spring soups, Scottish bannocks, fertility bread loaves, and more.
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The fields are bare, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and the skies are going gray and cold. It is the time of year when the earth has died and gone dormant. Every year on October 31 (or May 1, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere) the Sabbat we call Samhain presents us with the opportunity to once more celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth. For many Pagan traditions, Samhain is a time to reconnect with our ancestors, and honor those who have died. This is the time when the veil between our world and the spirit realm is thin, so it’s the perfect time of year to make contact with the dead. You may want to take a moment to read up on:
Rituals and Ceremonies
Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Samhain, but typically the focus is on either honoring our ancestors, or the cycle of death and rebirth. This is the time of year when the gardens and fields are brown and dead. The nights are getting longer, there’s a chill in the air, and winter is looming. We may choose to honor our ancestors, celebrating those who have died, and even try to communicate with them. Here are a few rituals you may want to think about trying for Samhain — and remember, any of them can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group, with just a little planning ahead.
Samhain Magic, Divination and Spirit Work
For many Pagans, Samhain is a time to do magic that focuses on the spirit world. Learn how to properly conduct a seance, how to do some Samhain divination workings, and the way to figure out what a spirit guide is really up to!
Traditions and Trends
Interested in learning about some of the traditions behind the celebrations of the late harvest? Find out why Samhain is important, learn why black cats are considered unlucky, how trick-or-treating became so popular and more!
Crafts and Creations
As Samhain approaches, decorate your home (and keep your kids entertained) with a number of easy craft projects. Start celebrating a bit early with these fun and simple ideas that honor the final harvest, and the cycle of life and death.
Feasting and Food
No Pagan celebration is really complete without a meal to go along with it. At Samhain, celebrate with foods that celebrate the final harvest, and the death of the fields.
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Tagged Ancestors, Halloween, Pagan, Samhain, Wicca, Witch, Witchcraft
The length and how it is made varies widely according to who you read or talk to. Cleanse the cord before you start making your measure of you
Cleanse the cord before you start making your measure of you cord. This cord is made during your dedication to The Craft and/or a Goddess and/or God ceremony. I teach the cord should start about 7-9 feet long depending on how tall you are. It should be made of a natural material, so not nylon, such as silk or cotton (if you are on a budget like me you can use a piece of a regular clothesline). You hold it up so one end is touching the floor and put a knot there for your feet to help ground you. You tie one knot for 6 of the 7 main Charkas. Going from bottom to top one knot at each point – even with your groin, even with your belly button, even with your diaphragm, even with your heart, even with your throat. The last knot is tied even with the top of your head or crown Charka to connect you with the Universe.
On mine, I took small pieces of ribbon the color that corresponds to the Chakra it was tied for. So again starting bottom to top at groin would be a red ribbon, Orange next, then yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple at the crown Chakra.
Some people also measure their arm and leg lengths.
However, you choose to make yours cut off about an inch away from the top knot whatever cord is left over and discard. This cord is then tied around your waist during any gatherings, rituals or ceremonies you may attend. When not being worn should be kept in a small bag made to hold it. This is the most personal of all your magickal tools no one else should ever handle it.
An example of a simple Beltane Altar
“Beltane honors the sacred marriage of the God and Goddess, whose union will produce the harvests to come. It also celebrates the start of summer in full bloom. For this ritual, gather or purchase wildflowers. With raffia, twine or string tie the flowers together in long garlands, ten feet in length or longer is perfect. These don’t have to look professional crafted. They only need to hold together for the purpose of your ritual. When you have completed the garlands, go out to a park or wooded area. Touch the land and its plants and trees with your hands, allowing yourself to connect with the plusing lifeforce of the area. Look around for items that are either feminine or masculine in their energy and begin to link them together with the flowery garlands to honor the union of the divine male and female energies. For example, you can link stones to oak trees, riverbanks to abandoned fire pits, or flowering plants to spiky ones.”
Copyright 2001 Edain McCoy Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 20001 Page 67
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Tagged Beltane. FLower GArland, God, Goddess, Pagan, Wicca, Witch, Witchcraft
Spring Cleaning Extras, Make Your Own
Here are some more ideas to help you get started on Spring Cleaning:
Infuse vegetable oil with lavender, rosemary, or thyme for a couple of weeks and use this to polish any natural-wood furniture or surfaces. This feeds the wood and brings it to a beautiful shine without applying an artificial layer; it also allows the wood to breathe. The herbs you use will add a lovely fragrance; add essential oils instead of fresh herbs for an instant result.
Use salt as an abrasive, and add lemon juice to make a powerful antibacterial scrub for your chopping boards, bath, or stubborn sticky marks. Make sure you rinse well after using it, however, or else your food will taste like dodgy tequila! A paste of lemon juice and salt is also wonderful for cleaning copper and brass.
Try sprinkling your carpets with baking soda and fresh herbs. Leave it for 15 minutes, then vacuum. This makes a great deodorizer.
Bring in the outside.
Fill a vase with fresh flowers and open the windows. This will work better than any commercial air freshener on the market.
My top tip for those hard-to-reach cobwebs! Drape a damp cloth over a balloon and throw it up against the cobwebs. They will attach to the cloth and the balloon will float back down to you. The kids love this one!
Try, if you can, to clean your home in a clockwise (deosil) motion. Use this same motion when polishing and scrubbing as well. This empowers what you are doing with positivity.
Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
An example of a Mabon Altar
“At Mabon, the power of the Sun King is waning, and the harvest is in full swing. On (March 21st), the energies are fire and air and the Moon is full. Allow for some mixups caused by retrograde Mercury when making your plans, Celebrate the Sabbat the night before, as the Harvest Moon begins to rise, Cover the altar with fall leaves and sumac berries. BAke nut bread as a symbol of the season.
To make a fall chaplet, measure floral wire around your head and wrap the oval with brown floral tape. USing fall leaves and tape, carefully secure short stems or single leaves closely around the taped wire. Use leaves that you have dried or preserved. THe hips of wild roses can add color. Tie a ribbon to drape down your back.
To preserve leaves, choose those at the height of autumn’s color. Mix well one part glycerin with two parts very hot water. MAke a vertical cut in woody stems and let them stand in the mixture. After a couple of days, lay leaves flat in a container and pour the mixture over them. The leaves will shortly become pliable.
Copyright 2002 K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn Witches Datebook 2002 Page 107
How to Make Your Own Moon Water
You will need:
- Container for water
- Full moon
After sunset tonight, when the Moon is up, take a bottle or other container you can close, and fill it full of water, preferably from a well or other natural source. You can use bottled spring water if there is no safe natural source of water nearby.
Put the open container of water outside, and set it where the light of the Moon will shine on it. Ask the Goddess to bless the water with her light. Leave the container there as long as the Moon is up, then close the container carefully. Keep it to use in all rituals and spells that require water. You can do this every month at the Full Moon to have a supply of blessed water on hand.
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