Pagan Craft Making

Magickal Goody for August 18th – Make Your Own Holy Water

Making Your Own Holy Water



1 tsp of Rose Water (optional)
3 tbsp sea salt or Kosher salt
1 small bowl of spring water*
1 clean glass container
1 new compact mirror
1 storage bottle (small)

* Note: Spring water is extremely hard to come by. You may not be able to trust the bottled water, as it had been determined that many who use it are victims of false advertising, so be sure you are familiar with the spring water company. I suggest going on a small hiking trip with a large glass jar (like the type you buy family-size fruit in), and filling your jar from a running stream or other “live” body of water that is well known for “good fishing.”

Cleanse and sterilize the bowl and glass container with boiling water.
Insure that you have total privacy during preparation.
Time: Midnight during a Full Moon phase.
Place: Out of doors under the moon, or near a window that will reflect the light of the moon.
Set out your work cloth and all ingredients upon it.
Take five or six deep breaths to relieve the stress of the day.
Cast your magick circle. Hold your arms outstreched in the Goddess position (arms out at the sides like you are cradling the Universe, palms up.) Say:

In the cloak of the midnight hour
I call upon the Ancient Power
I seek the presence of the Lady and Lord
To bless this water that I will pour.

At this point, you should feel the energy of Earth Mother and Skyfather move about your feet and head. Feel your own energy expand around your navel and then unite with Divinity. Take your time; no need to rush.

Add the rose water to the spring water. Pick up the bowl of water, hold it toward the light of the moon, and say:

In my hands I hold the essence of the Gods. I hereby cleanse and consecrate this water to Divinity that it may be used for positive acts only and may aid me in my magickal work.

Feel the energy of the Moon Goddess pulsate down into the water. Imagine her silver light descending from the heavens and impregnating both the water and yourself. You will feel a “glowy” sensation.

Set the water down and picl up the salt. Feel the power moving in your arms as you raise the salt toward the moon. Say:

In my hands I hold the essence of Earth Mother; she whose bounty sustains all living creatures. I hereby consecrate this salt to Divinity that it may be used for positive acts only and may aid me in my magickal work.

As with the water, imagine the energy of the Moon Goddess empowering the salt.

Set the salt down and pour a little into the bowl of water, and stir clockwise three times. Repeat this process twice more.

With the bowl in your left hand (recieving) and the mirror in your right (sending), reflect the light of the moon off the mirror and into the bowl. After a few moments say:

This liquid is now pure and dedicated to the Lord and Lady. It is free from all negativity in any time and any space.

Set the bowl and mirror down and hold out both of your hands, palms down, over (not touching) the bowl, about one inch above the water.

Let the vibrations of your body come alive. Open your third eye chakra and imagine a glowing purple light emanating from it. Form and open triangle with your hands over the water and project the light into it. In your mind, see the water change color and glow. Feel the power and energy flow from your head down through your arms and up from your feet and out from your arms simultaneously. When you feel the energy begin to dissipate, slowly lower your hands and say:

As I will
So mote it be
With the free will of all
And harm to none
This formula is done!

You may ground your energy in two ways. Either place your hands physically upon the ground and feel the energy drain into Earth Mother, or imagine your energy as a force field around you, and quietly step back out of the skeleton of energy and watch it collapse in upon itself and melt into the ground.

Transfer the water to your storage container and store it away until you are ready to cleanse and concencrate your sacred space. Be sure to clean up after yourself by putting all things away in their designated places so that you will be able to find them again next when they’re needed.

-Written by Silver RavenWolf

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Magickal Goody for August 17th – Make Your Purification Bath Salts

Magickal Goody for Today

Purification Bath Salts

Use dried herbs for this herbal blend. Place the herbs in a square of cheese cloth 3-4 layers thick and about 7 inches square. Place into center of square:

1 T Rosemary

1 T Sage

1 T Mint

Bring the edges of the cheesecloth together into a bundle and tie with a piece of string.  To use, place under faucet as bath fills and allow to steep a bit to release the herbs essences into the water before you get in. Immerse yourself completely in the water at least once.

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Make a Brighid Corn Doll

Make a Brighid Corn Doll

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In one of her many aspects, Brighid is known as the bride. She is a symbol of fertility and good fortune, and is seen as yet one more step in the cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Traditionally, the Brighid doll is made of woven grain such as oats or wheat. This version, however, uses corn husks.

If you make a doll at Lughnasadh, you can re-use it in six months, dressing it up in spring colors for Imbolc. This way, the Harvest Mother becomes the Spring Bride. Some traditions, however, prefer not to re-use their harvest doll, and instead choose to start fresh and new in the spring. Either way is fine.


To make this simple doll, you’ll need some corn husks — and clearly, in January or February, you probably won’t be able to find a lot of those growing outside. Check your grocery store’s produce section to get husks. If you’re using dried-out husks, soak them for a couple of hours to soften them up (fresh husks need no special preparation). You’ll also need some yarn or ribbon, and a few cotton balls.

Take a strip of the husk, and fold it in half. Place two or three cotton balls in the middle, and then twist the husk, tying it with string to make a head (See Figure 1). Leave a bit of husk in the front and back, below the head, to create a torso.

Make a pair of arms for your doll by folding a couple of husks in half, and then tying it at the ends to make hands. Slip the arms between the husks that form the torso, and tie off at the waist. If you like your dolls plump, slide an extra cotton ball or two in there to give your Brighid a bit of shape [Figure 2].



Arrange a few more husks, upside down, around the doll’s waist. Overlap them slightly, and then tie them in place with yarn — it should look like she has her skirt up over her face. After you’ve tied the waist, carefully fold the husks down, so now her skirt comes downwards, towards where her feet would be (Figure 3). Trim the hem of the skirt so it’s even, and let your doll completely dry.



Once your doll has dried, you can leave her plain or give her a face and some hair (use soft yarn), as in Figure 4. Some people go all out decorating their bride doll — you can add clothing, an apron, beadwork, whatever your imagination can create.

Place your Brighid in a place of honor in your home for Imbolc, near your hearth or in the kitchen if possible. By inviting her into your home, you are welcoming Brighid and all the fertility and abundance she may bring with her.

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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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* 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)



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.


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.’

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.


Use Marsh mallow for dry hair
Peppermint/Lavenfer for oily hair
Marigold/Calendula for red hair
Source Of Course:
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.
Author: Crick
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The 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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