Pagan Craft Making

Magickal Goody for July 26th – Make Your Own Astral Travel Pillow

 Astral Travel Pillow

3 parts Mugwort
2 parts Vetivert
1 part Sandalwood
1 part Rose petals
1 Vanilla bean, crushed
1 pinch ground Orris root

Make into a small pillow. Sleep on it to promote astral travel during sleep.

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WOTC Extras for July 18th – Love Potion, Perfume and Water

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LOVE PROTECTION POTION

* 2-4 Cups of Spring Water, as a base
* 1 tablespooon. Powdered Iron or Iron Shavings
* 1 teaspoon Vervain
* 2 tablespoons Sea Salt
* 2 tablespoons of each frankincense & Myrrh
· A pinch of Wolf’s hair from a live, shedding Wolf (ask a local Zoo keeper)

 

SOLID LAVENDER LOVE PERFUME

4 ounces beeswax
½ cup sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon Lavender essential oil
Melt beeswax into the oil using a double boiler.
Remove from heat. Stir in essential oils and keep stirring
for about a minute. Pour into containers and let cool
completely until solid.

LAVENDAR LOVE WATER

Fragrance Family: Floral
Single Note: Floral
The recipe is simple and very easy to follow.
The alcohol in the recipe serves as a preservative and prolongs the shelf life of the lavender
water from eight months to a year. Apply by hand or spray to relieve aching legs, to relax,
refresh and calm emotions. The scent is distinctly soft and delicate to the wearer.’

Ingredients:
1 clean airtight container or jar
1 clean spoon
1 cup distilled water
2 ½ tablespoons vodka (a good brand)
20 drops lavender fragrance oil
½ cup lavender flowers (fresh or dried will do)
For later:
1 coffee filter or cheese cloth
1-2 airtight bottles to store cologne

Mix. Fill container or jar with lavender flowers.
Pour water and vodka over flowers and stir with spoon gently.
Add lavender fragrance oil, stir again.

Seal container and set in cool, dark place for one week, stirring every few days.
One week later: Strain liquid through coffee filter or cheese cloth and discard lavender.
Bottle lavender water immediately. It can be stored in a dark bottle and kept up to one year.

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Magickal Goody of the Day for July 16 – Herbal Hair Recipes

Magickal Goody of the Day

Herbal Hair Recipes


Hair Conditioner
Mix 1/2 cup honey and 1/4 cup olive oil. (Use 2 Tbsp.s oil for normal hair.) Work a small amount at a time through hair until coated. Cover hair with a shower cap; leave on for 30 minutes. Remove shower cap; shampoo well and rinse. Dry as normal.

Herbal Shampoo

1 oz. Soapwort
1 – 1 1/2 pints of water
1 oz. of herbs of choice (based on what type of shampoo)

Put boiling water on the dried soapwort and soak overnight. Bring mixture to boil (in an enamel pan) and simmer, covered for about 15 – 20 minutes. Stir in herbs, and store it, covered, until it is cool enough to use. Strain before using.

Note:

Use Marsh mallow for dry hair
Peppermint/Lavenfer for oily hair
Marigold/Calendula for red hair
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Author: Crick
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Magickal Goody for July 15th – Make Your Own Dream Pillows

Magickal Goody of the Day

Make Your Own Dream Pillows


A great way to utilize the power of herbs, is to use them in dream pillows. When making a dream pillow, it is suggested (strongly) that you use natural materials such as cotton. Sew the cloth into a pouch, open at one end. They should be 4″ to 5″ in size. They then are filled with the appropiate herb according to the desired affect. Different colors are also used for different affects. The pillow can be of all one color or you can sew two different colors together. Once filled, sew the ends shut.

Color Associations:

Green - This is the color of the Earth elemental and Venus, earth related magick, healing, employment, fertility, Friday

Red - Fire elemental and the color for Mars, sexual energy, passion, courage, power, intensity, Tuesday

Yellow – Air elemental and the color of the Sun, clairvoyance, creativity, divination, harmony, solar power, Sunday

Blue – Water elemental and the color of Jupiter, protection, tranquility, understanding, dreams, calmness, health, Thursday

White – Moon magic, color of the Moon, protection, calmness, purity, Monday

Pink – Love, compassion, understanding

Black – Color of Saturn, protection, wards off negativiy, grounding, Saturday

Brown - Earth elemental, steadiness, strength, endurance, earthliness

Gray – vision quests, astral projections, hidden objectives, fairy magick

Purple – intuition, spiritual, wisdom, color of Mercury, Wenesday

Gold- Healing, spiritual contact, strength, spiritual awarness, divination

Indigo – Karma, ancient wisdom, spiritual communication

Orange – Healing, luck, clarity, energy, strength

Silver – Psychic development, purity, moon magic, balance, spirituality
Suggested Herbs for stuffing the Pillows – ( A few suggestions, by no means inclusive )


Suggested Herbs:

Protection – African violet, Cedar, Oak, Clove, Mint, Myrrh, Cinnamon, Basil, Bay, Sage


Good Luck – Linden, Holly, Rose, Violet, Orange, Daffodil, Allspice


Strength - St. Johns wort, Pennyroyal, Plantain, Thistle


Spiritual - Myrrh, Cinnamon, African violet, Sandalwood


Love – Peppermint, Cinnamon, Daisy, Rose, Clover, Juniper, Jasmine, Violet


Divination – Mugwort, Dandelion, Broom, Meadowsweet


Sleep – Chamomile, Hops, Thyme, Peppermint, Lavender


Healing – Cedar, Elder, Eucalyptus, Bay, Peppermint, Rose, Hops, Spearmint, Gardenia


Astral projection – Mugwort, Coltsfoot, Damiana, Wormwood, Sandalwood


Sexual strength - Oak, Black cohosh, Caper


Purification – Peppermint, Lemon, Anise, Fennel, Thyme, Rosemary, Valerian


Peace and Harmony – Passion flower, Skullcap, Violet


Success - Clover, Ginger, Cinnamon


Wisdom - Sage, Sunflower, Iris


Faery Magic - Thyme, Jasmine, Mistletoe, Foxglove, Poinsettia

The dream pillow should be placed under the normal pillow that you sleep with, or hung just overhead.
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The Athame

ATHAME

(pronounced “a-thAM-ay” or “ATH-a-may”)

 

Many Witches own one or more ritual knives. These are commonly known as “athames” in Wiccan circles. In the Scottish traditions, the knife is called a “yag-dirk” and in Sax Wicca it is known as a “seax” (see-ax). As with all ritual tools, the athame is a very personal magickal item-one which you will want to take some care in obtaining. It should fit well and comfortably in your hand, for one thing. You certainly wouldn’t want it to go flying across the room while you are casting a circle. This type of occurrence could cause a drastic drop in the attendance level at your next circle!

 

Many Witches make their own blades or “personalize” purchased ones with runes, carvings and other symbols; all of which serve to blend the energy of the tool with their own magickal intentions. Modern Witchcraft books almost always state that the athame is a “black handled double edged iron blade.” You may call this model, “the classic’, if you like! But many other practitioners now use athames made from stainless steel, copper, silver and various other metals, or even carved stone. Some have family heirlooms, such as letter openers which serve the purpose. Some Witches never use a blade at all! So you can see, it is more important that the tool you choose suits you personally rather than reflect the latest fashion craze.

 

The athame can be used to cast the magic circle, call the “quarters” or elements, and is part of many an opening ritual, handfasting (wedding) or initiation rite. It is associated with the element of Fire and the South. It is customary in some traditions to have your blade given to you as a gift. Some Witches or ceremonial workers give their tools a magickal “name”. (This practice has become a common reference in many role playing games and fantasy novels.)

 

Almost all materials written state-and most Witches/Wiccans, with the possible exception of the Sax Wiccans, agree- that magickal tools should not be used for any other purpose than ritual work. Often the blade is left “dull” or unsharpened because of this. (Another blade, the “boleen”, with a white handle is sometimes used to harvest herbs or carve symbols, but not used for ritual work.) Some Witches will not let their tools be touched by anyone other than themselves. Some covens or working groups share common tools. It is, other than for those who are dedicated into a specific Tradition, what you are comfortable with.

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Magickal Goody of the Day – Weaving Your Own Baskets

You heard right, weaving your own baskets! As witches, we have many knick-knacks that we collect. Sometimes we get some many they just pile up because store bought baskets are expensive.  I ran across this idea on another site and thought knowing how to make our own baskets, might be helpful and save some while we are at it. I know I am going to give it a try, I hope you do too! Enjoy!

 

How to Weave an Indian Basket

Learn to make an American Indian basket by studying the different techniques and weaving methods used by Native Americans, from the Pacific Northwest to the Southwestern United States. As you learn about basket weaving, you will learn that each tribe uses the same basic weaving technique, but each tribe or pueblo has adapted basket-weaving methods to the weaving materials they have available. The Native Americans have evolved their weaving to include pictorial designs — the Hopi Indian baskets are well-known for kachina images.

Things You’ll Need

  • Basket making fibers (grass, yucca, twig, roots or cane)

Instructions

  • 1
    Coil the fibers at the center of the basket, working out toward the walls of the basket. As the coils are made, they grow in spiral rounds from the bottom of the basket toward the top. The weaver uses an awl, punching holes in the foundation. After punching the holes, he weaves sewing strands, usually a plant fiber. Make different designs on the sides of the basket by using different fiber-sewing techniques.
  • 2
    Weave a basket by plaiting a “weft” fiber over two “warps,” creating a checkerboard pattern. The weaver uses a bark or cane fiber to make a woven basket.
  • 3
    Make a basket by using strong roots as the foundation of the container. Twine a more pliable fiber in and out through the roots, creating a diagonal design. As the weaver creates this basket, she intertwines the fibers back and forth through the roots.
  • 4
    Create a wicker basket with shorter twigs as the foundation for the basket. Use a fiber like yucca, vines or roots and weave them through the twig foundation. The basket will be extremely strong, but it will not be watertight, making it more suitable to store items.
  • 5
    Add designs to the baskets. Create a twining design by changing how you weave the weft materials — separate them, wrap them around one stationary rod, twist and bring them back together. If you create a pattern or design on a coiled basket, use a different-colored thread to sew the coils together.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8506341_weave-indian-basket.html

 

Basket Weaving Tutorial

Baskets can be made from a variety of materials, most commonly wicker, cane and reed. In order to make the material bend, you must first be saturate it with lukewarm water. The strips of material, the weavers, can be all the same color or used in combination to create patterns. Fancier baskets have handles and intricate designs.

Tools

  • You need a tub or shallow container for soaking and enough water to cover the wicker. Use handheld wire clippers for trimming and rags or old towels and a floor covering to catch water drips. Clothespins are optional. Patience is helpful, but not required.

Preparation

  • Soak the weaving material in a tub of water until it is pliable. Be prepared for dripping water by putting towels or plastic sheeting down on the floor near the basin. Leave the wicker immersed until you are ready to use it, then pat off excess water.

 

Getting Started

  • For beginners, using a basket weaving kit with a wooden base is the most simple method of creating a basket. It should include all weaving materials and with a picture that shows the completed project.

    A basket starts by inserting straight spokes into prepunched wooden base holes, leaving about an inch extended through the bottom, regardless of the size of the basket. They should be even with each other.

    Start on the top side of the base. Select a long wicker and slide it between two spokes flat on the base, with the end pointing inside the first spoke. Gently weave outside the next spoke and inside the following one. Repeat this movement until you get to the end of a wicker.

    Always stop on the inside with just a small piece protruding. Take a new moist weaver and go backwards two spots, placing the tip on the inside of the spoke on top of the old weaver. Hold both tips in place with two fingers or clothespins until they stay in place by themselves. Depending on the density of the material, you may have to go all the way around, putting another layer on top to make them stay. Continue pushing the layers down against each other and weaving inside and out until you have about 1 to 2 inches left on each spoke.

Completion

  • Finishing the basket requires soaking the protruding spokes in water to make them pliable again. Depending on the size of the tub and the basket, either immerse the whole basket or just the top or bottom spoke sections before working on it.

    For a kit project, bend the wet bottom spokes one at a time in the same direction so they lie nearly flat to the base, tucking each under the one next to it and overlapping the following wicker. Bend the last spoke end under the first, making it as flat as possible.

    Create a top border by following the same steps as making the bottom border. Tuck the last piece underneath the first, finishing on the inside.

    Allow the basket to dry at least until slightly damp. Clip any protruding ends as close to the inside line as possible. Cutting too close to the area between spokes will cause it to pop through and stick out the other side, leaving a hole that is nearly impossible to fix.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/way_5192323_basket-weaving-tutorial.html

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Magickal Goody for July 10th – Make Your Own African violet Protection Charm Bag

Make Your Own African violet Protection Charm Bag

The lovely African violet is used magically to increase spirituality, to protect, and making a protection charm bag is a good way to use this small plant.

Protection charm bag:

Gather nine flowers from your African violet (please thank the plant for the gift).

You will need a small charm bag (you can make or purchase)

Sandalwood incense

Lighter or match,

Safe holder.

 

Light your incense. Place the flowers in your bag, and hold your filled bag over the smoke to bless. Blessing charm:

I bless this bag and all within,
By the powers of protection it will send,
Protection seen and unseen held within,
Only love and light it will send.

 

 

Source:

Farmhouse Witchcraft

Author: Penny Parker

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Magickal Goody for July 9th is Calendula/Marigold Healing Salve

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Calendula/Marigold Healing Salve

 

Used externally for burns and irradiated skin, bruises, soreness, and skin ulcers. I love to use it for cracked, dry skin, eczema, diaper rash, and garden hands. It can help reduce bleeding and is wonderful for sore nipples and varicose veins! In other words, this salve is good for almost everything! And is a must-have in my healing cupboard.

3 cups dried calendula/ marigold petals

1 cup extra virgin olive oil, grape seed oil, or almond oil

2 ounces grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles

Optional: frankincense essential oil, 5 drops; tea tree oil, 5 drops

Cheesecloth

Heavy pot

Spoon

Measuring cup

Rubber band

Heat flowers in oil to a simmer (about 20 minutes).

Let the oil flower mixture set over night (the longer it sets, the stronger the salve).

Next, using cheese cloth over a clean cup or jar, strain the oil flower mixture (you will now have a lovely golden infusion).

In a double boiler, heat oil infusion and grated beeswax until melted and pour into clean jars and let cool, then seal (store in a cool dark place).

Magical uses: Being an herb of the sun, calendula can be used to remove negative energy. Oil can be used to consecrate tools, and the petals can be used as part of incense for divination.

The plant can be used in any ritual to honor the Sun, as part of a sacred bath, incense, or strewing herb as well as to produce a yellow dye for and altar cloths for use in sun-honoring rituals. For protection, hand garlands of calendula over entry doors to prevent evil from entering.

 

Source:

Farmhouse Witchcraft
Penny Parker
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