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Daily Witch Craft for Friday, December 5


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Daily Witch Craft for Friday, December 5

Attraction Potpourri

 

Today’s witchy craft is a sachet bag with an attraction potpourri recipe. By creating this recipe and by carrying this mixture, you are sending out a message to the universe that says, “Hey, I’m a fabulous and enchanting individual-don’t you want to get to know me?” With the idea being that those folks who are intrigued by your sparkle may then be drawn to you of their own will, all you are doing is bumping up the package, so to speak.

• 1 organza favor bag in pink or red
• Fresh red rose petals
• Violet blossoms or leaves
• A crumbled head dried
• yarrow flowers (yarrow is an all-purpose herb)
• 1 small rose quartz stone for attraction and warmth
• 1 drop rose geranium oil
• 1 cotton ball
• A clean dropper

Stuff the little bag full of the rose petals. Put one drop of the oil on top of the cotton ball and tuck it down inside of the herb mixture. Put the rest of the herbal components on top. Add the rose quartz stone to the mixture, then tie the bag closed, knot it three times, and say the following verse while tying the knots:

By the magick power of three times three
I enchant this sachet for love and beauty.

Hold the sachet in the palms of your hands. Lean close and take a whiff of its fragrance. Visualize a bright pink energy radiating from the sachet bag. Now repeat the spell verse:

Fresh red rose petals for love and to boost attraction
Rose geranium oil to encourage affection
Witch’s herbs bind the magick and keep it true
A rosy quartz will bring warmth and kindness too
The strongest magick does indeed come from the heart
This spell is sealed by a rhyme and a Witch’s art.

Give the sachet bag a little shake and you are good to go. Keep it with you, in your pocket or purse, for one month. You may then either refresh the charm or return the herbal ingredients to nature and dispose of the cotton ball. When finished with this spell, wash the organza sachet bag out by hand and allow it to air-dry. This way, you may reuse the organza bag another time.

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

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DAILY WITCH CRAFT – Healing Wreath


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DAILY WITCH CRAFT

Healing Wreath

 

Here is another witchy craft from my Book of Shadows for you to give a whirl. You may decorate this wreath with either fresh or dried botanicals; it’s up to you. Use whatever magickal healing plants you have growing at home in your garden or go to the arts and crafts store to peruse their selection of dried flowers. Should you decide to use fresh roses and allow them to dry naturally on the wreath, make sure you remove the thorns before you work with them.

You will need:

• Fresh or dried sage (a Jupiter herb that encourages long life and wisdom)
• Fresh or dried feverfew (a healing and protective plant)
• Fresh or dried chamomile flowers (a healing herb that purifies and protects your health)
• Fresh or dried roses (roses speedup magickal workings and encourage a loving atmosphere in the home)
• Fresh or dried yarrow flowers (a beautiful and readily available “all purpose” magickal herb)
• Small 8- or i2-inch grapevine wreath
• Glue gun and glue sticks
• 1 floral wire paddle (16 gauge)
• 3 yards decorative green ribbon (green is a Jupiter color and one associated with herb magick, life, and good luck)

Gather small groups of your chosen herbs together and wire them into little bundles. Now lay a bundle on top of the wreath base, and start wrapping the wire around the wreath; go over the stems of the herbs as you do this. After you have the first bundle wired on, twist the wire together and snip off the ends, tucking any remaining wire down into the grapevine. Continue on to your left with the process, overlapping the stems from the first herb bundle with the flowers of the next. Work your way around the wreath until it is completely covered. If necessary, add a touch of hot glue to the herbs to make them stick to the grapevine wherever it is needed. Once you have the entire wreath covered, tie up a decorative bow and secure it with the floral wire, then attach it to the wreath. When you attach the bow, say these lines:

Witchy ribbon of green, now be for me
A charm for a life that’s strong and healthy.

Use a twelve-inch length of ribbon for a hanger, if you choose. Once you are finished with the wreath, hold it in both of your hands and charge it full of healing energy. Repeat the charm below three times:

By Love! This wreath will radiate a healing light
To ward and protect me and mine both day and night
By the power of herbs, this Thursday
Witch craft is spun
Bringing healing energy to all and harm to none.

Now hang up your wreath and enjoy it. Clean up your supplies and straighten up your work area.

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan
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DAILY WITCH CRAFT


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DAILY WITCH CRAFT

Dream Catcher

A dream catcher is created to be a net in which to catch bad dreams and negativity. It is typically hung up and over a sleeping area and in a place where the morning sunlight can illuminate the webbing and “burn off” the unpleasant dreams.

Here is a new, witchy spin on the traditional dream
catcher.
• One i2-inch thin grapevine wreath
• 3 yards pale blue ribbon
• 3 yards silver ribbon
• 3 yards white ribbon
• White, gray, or blue feathers (you may use fallen feathers too)
• A low-temperature glue gun
• Black pipe cleaner
• A silvery moon-shaped charm (check the jewelry-making aisle)
• Assorted glass and metal beads in lunar colors of white, silver, and blue

Create this dream catcher on a Monday, the day associated with the moon and all its magick. If you are working in a waxing moon, then enchant the dream catcher to increase your protection and to promote a good night’s sleep. If you are making this craft in a waning moon phase, then enchant it to ward off and keep away negativity and bad dreams.

To begin, take one of the colors of the ribbon and weave a five-pointed star inside of the wreath. If you want to get fancy, you can thread a few of the beads onto this ribbon as you go; it’s up to you. You may need to add a drop of glue to the ribbon to keep the pentagram from sliding around. Weave the star into the wreath and keep the points even. When finished, tie off the ribbon, and then turn the wreath so the pentagram has one point up.

Take the second color of ribbon and create a bow. Use the pipe cleaner to wire the bow onto the wreath. You may thread some of the beads and the moon-shaped charm onto the dangling streamers of the bow Tie a few attractive feathers at the end of the streamers as well. Remember to take your time and enjoy the process.

Next, arrange some of the feathers along the side of the wreath in a pretty arrangement, and glue them on. Use the remaining ribbon as a hanger and loop it at the top of the wreath so it can dangle from the ceiling or a curtain rod. Adjust the length as necessary. (Any leftover ribbon may be used to wrap around the wreath or for future crafty projects.)

Please note: you can make this project smaller if you wish. Use a miniature grapevine wreath about six inches across and then scale the ribbon down to one yard per color. Go with whatever size dream catcher, large or small, that you like the best.

Once the dream catcher is decorated to your liking, hold it in both hands, and ground and center. Then repeat the following charm over it:

With Monday’s witchery, I create a dream catcher
To keep away bad dreams and to create peace and laughter
By color magick of white, silver, and blue
This wreath is enchanted, and its purpose is true
Feathers are traditional, and they sweep evil away
I am blessed with lovely and sweet dreams for all of my days
By all the power of the day of the moon
Lunar gods, bless this spell and grant me a boon.

Now hang up your dream catcher, and enjoy the magick you have created and enchanted with your own two hands.

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Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan
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Magickal Goody for Oct. 22nd – Make Your Own Kitchen Witch for Samhain

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How to Make a Kitchen Witch Craft Project

 

There’s a growing movement within modern Paganism known as kitchen witchery. The kitchen is, after all, the heart and hearth of many modern households. When you have a gathering in your home, where do most of your guests hang out? Why, the kitchen, of course! Also, thanks to a declining economy, many more people are making meals from scratch and the kitchen has once again become a place where people spend hours, rather than just a few minutes. So it’s no surprise that kitchen witchery has seen a rise in popularity.

Do you have leftover fall produce hanging around that you aren’t sure what to do with? Take advantage of the opportunity, and put together a cute kitchen witch to watch over your home and hearth in the fall. This kitchen guardian is easy to make, and she’ll keep you company while you’re mixing up kitchen magic – the one in the photo above is a basic design I make every year. My kids have named her Betty Butternut.

You’ll need:

  • A small fall vegetable, like a baby butternut squash or pumpkin
  • Black acrylic paint
  • 1 thick black chenille stem
  • Witch accessories, like a hat and broom

Use the black paint to make a face on your vegetable. Cut the chenille stem in half to make arms, and poke them into the skin of the vegetable to form arms. Add a hat, broom, or other accessories, and let your kitchen witch serve as the guardian of your hearth!

 

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Magickal Goody for Oct. 16th – Making Your Own Essential Oils

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Simple Way to Make Your Own Essential Oils


Materials:

Mineral Oil
Fresh or dried herbs/flowers
Jar (any size you want) with a tight fitting lid

Place mineral oil and herbs in jar, place lid on tightly.
Store it in a dark cool area.
Once a week for 2 weeks, shake the jar.
On the third week, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth or a coffee filter.
At this time add more herbs and oil (if needed)and follow the same procedure for another two weeks.
Smell the oil as you go along to determine the strength of the scent you want.
When you have achieved the scent, strain the herbs out again, and store the oil in a dark cool area.

This process may take awhile, but if you can’t afford your own oils, it is definitely worth the wait. Oils are very expensive!

 

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A Little Extra – The Healing Arts , Three Simple Exercises to Enjoy Just Yourself


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Health and Healing Arts

Three Simple Exercises to Enjoy Just Yourself

Exercise 1: INDULGE YOURSELF!
15 Minutes to Loosen Up and Calm Down

What are you doing tonight? Take 15 minutes selfishly just to
yourself! Play soothing music and plunge into an aromatic bath.
Embrace the moment that will revive your true self.

Prepare your aromatic blend by adding the following essential
oils to a 10 ml bottle, and then adding an organic vegetable oil
to fill:

·  7 drops Lavender
·  5 drops Marjoram
·  5 drops Orange

EXERCISE 2: STOP THE CLOCK!
Appreciate the Present

Why not play “stop the clock” tonight? When you get home, hide
or stop the most visible clock in your home. Learn to be in the
moment with no time constraints. You may be surprised at how
every moment gains more importance.

P.S. Kids love this game too, but don’t forget to reset your
alarm for tomorrow morning!

EXERCISE 3: ACCESS YOUR SERENE SELF
DE stress Rapidly and Effectively

We all have our favorite escape — whether a garden, the beach,
or the mountains — but we also have a place within our heart
and mind that is so peaceful. This week, quiet your mind with
the short meditation below and get back in touch with this
serene place you hold within. Access and regain inner peace
of mind!

Be in total silence.
Sit quietly and comfortably.
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
Visualize your favorite peaceful place.
Notice all the details: the colors, the smell, how you feel.
Hold this mental picture for 5 to 10 minutes.
Then slowly open your eyes and stretch.

Copyright Françoise Rapp, 2002.
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Magickal Goody for September 22nd – Make Your Own Apple Garland

Magickal Goody of the Day

 

Make an Apple Garland

 

An apple garland is really easy to make. You can make it any length you wish, and it makes your house smell good in the process – and magical apples are everywhere by the time Samhain rolls around!

You will need: several large apples of any color, lemon juice, dried bay leaves, scraps of fabric, cinnamon sticks, raffia and florist’s wire.

Start by peeling and coring the apples, and then slicing them horizontally into circles about 3/8” thick. Fill a bowl with the lemon juice, and place your apple slices in it. Allow them to soak for about ten minutes – this prevents them from turning brown and discolored. Remove the apple slices from the bowl and pat them dry with a paper towel. Bake your apples for about six hours at 200 degrees. If you like, before baking you can dust them with a mixture of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Once your apples are completely dried out, the fun really begins. Using the florist’s wire, begin stringing the apples. The wire should go straight through the apples, but if you have trouble, make a hole with a toothpick. Between every few apple slices, string some bay. You can also alternate the apples and bay leaves with bows made from your fabric scraps.

Make your garland as long or as short as you like – or until your kids get bored – and then knot each end around a cinnamon stick. Tie a piece of raffia around the ends as well, and then drape your garland on your wall, across your mantel, or over your front door.

Another variation on the apple garland is to make a smaller length and then bend it into a circle, forming an apple wreath (see photo). Tie a piece of fabric – or bend a leftover bit of florist’s wire – to the top so you can hang it on a nail or hook.

 

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Magickal Goody for Sept. 21 – Making Your Own God’s Eye

Magickal Goody for Today

Make a God’s Eye at Mabon

God’s eyes are one of the easiest crafts you can make, and they’re versatile because you can create them in any color. For a harvest celebration like Mabon, make them in fall colors — yellows and browns and reds and oranges. At Yule, the winter solstice, you can make them in reds and greens. You can also try doing one in black and silver to celebrate moon magic. If you’d like to make one for your household altar, you can make it in colors that correspond to your family’s deities and traditions. You’ll need two sticks of equal length — I like to use long cinnamon sticks, but you can use a dowel rod, popsicle stick, or just branches you’ve found on the ground. You’ll also need yarn or ribbon in different colors. If you like, you can include decorative items like shells, feathers, beads, crystals, etc.

By using alternating colors of thread or yarn, the finished result looks like an eye. In some traditions, you might associate the four points of the cross with the four classical elements, or the directions on the compass. You could even see them as representative of the four major Sabbats — the solstices and the equinoxes. One great thing to do while making god’s eyes is use them as a spell working in themselves — visualize your intent while wrapping the yarn, whether it’s protection for your home and family, to bring love your way, or even a prosperity talisman.

To begin, hold your two sticks together in a cross. If you’d doing this with children, it’s a good idea to put a small dab of glue on here to prevent slipping.

Wrap a length of yarn one or two times around the top arm of the cross, right where the two sticks meet, going counterclockwise (be sure to hold the loose tail in place and wrap the yarn over it to keep it from unraveling later). As you come around on the left side of the upper arm, cross down and over to the bottom side of the right arm. Bring the yarn out behind the top of the right arm, and cross over to the left side of the bottom arm. Finally, bring the yarn from the right side of the bottom arm across to the top side of the left arm.

This is actually easier than it sounds — follow the excellent diagram on Aunt Annie’s Page to see how it works. Continue wrapping the sticks in the same order until you have a good amount of the color you’re working in. Then switch to a new color, and continue the process until you want to change again. Finish it off with a length of yarn tied in a loop, so you can hang your god’s eye.

Finally, you can decorate the ends of the sticks with feathers, ribbons, beads, or crystals, whatever you prefer. Hang your god’s eye on a wall, or use it on your altar for Sabbat celebrations.

 

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