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WOTC Extra – A List of Useful Animal Components To Pick Up On Your Next Nature Walk


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A List of Useful Animal Components To Pick Up On Your Next Nature Walk

 

A list of animal components and applications you would likely find on a random walk in nature:

Antlers: Sliced antler makes a very sturdy carving surface, and may be used in making a personal set of runes. Alternatively, antlers can be carried to honor Artemis, Cernunnos, and Bacchus, or used as virility charms.

Eggshells: Traditionally, shells were buried or burned in healing spells (often after having been carried by the patient so the eggshells “absorbed” the illness). Eggshells also make a good womb symbol in which energy can be nurtured to maturity. Be sure to consider the color of the eggshell in the final application. For instance, use blue eggshells to nurture peace and joy.

Feathers: Use feathers for divination, for moving incense around the sacred space, or as a spell component in magick directed toward liberation and release. They’re also good for meditations in which you wish to connect with bird spirits or the air element.

Fur: Tufts of fur can often be found on burrs or other prickly bushes. If you can determine the animal that lost the fur, you can apply the fur as a symbol of that creature and its attributes in spells and rituals. For example, a bit of rabbit fur would be a good component to put in your power pouch for abundance and fertility. (Any small pouch will do as a power pouch. Use it to keep special items, like small stones given by friends and those that carry personal meaning.)

Nails: Nails serve utilitarian purposes (for gathering food) as well as defensive ones—when in the clutches of a foe. With this in mind, animal nails could be carried as amulets and talismans for providence and safety.

Teeth: One of the longest-lasting parts of any body, teeth have natural associations with longevity and durability. Furthermore, teeth affect the way a lot of creatures communicate, so use them in different communication spells, depending on the type of creature involved. For example, if you were going into a meeting where clever discourse was needed, carrying a fox tooth might be apt.

Whiskers: According to an old bit of folklore, cat’s whiskers that you find somewhere can be used in a wish-fulfilling spell. For this to work, burn the whisker and whisper a wish to the smoke. This spell might be accomplished with the whiskers of other animals too, like using a dog’s whiskers to inspire devotion and constancy.

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The Only Book of Wiccan Spells You’ll Ever Need (The Only Book You’ll Ever Need)
Singer, Marian; MacGregor, Trish (2012-08-18)
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WOTC Extra – Blessing of the Book of Shadows

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BLESSING OF THE BOOK OF SHADOWS SPELL

 

Hearken as the witch’s word calls to all, a gulf to ford. Bridge the vast realities.
An it harm none, do as ye please.
Elements, protect and guard this book, from wandering eyes and prying looks.
Fill it with thine ancient powers, in this right and ready hour.
Powers of the North, the East below, help me to live, to learn, to grow.
Lend your strength and stability, to practice the Craft and with love be free.
Powers of East, the wind, the Sky, watch over these pages with thine eye.
Your wisdom and knowledge, for these I do ask,
that this book be worthy of the Craft and its task.
Powers of South, Fire, and hearth, help these
Shadows to prove their worth. Infuse them with all your healing and passion,
so only good comes from the work that is fashioned.
Powers of West, the Water and sea, change and growth are granted by thee.
Bless these pages with all that you know, that righteous readers may learn and grow.
And to the unschooled eye that see,
confusing words and sophistry, lead them from these sacred pages,
and bless their passage through the ages.
For free will of all, and harm none, as I have willed it, it is now done.
So mote it be!

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Let’s Talk Witch – Book of Magick or Book of Shadows

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Book of Magick or Book of Shadows

Whether it’s called a Book of Magic or a Book of Shadows, it’s important for every witch to create a book of records. These are your personal notes, a diary of your spiritual or magical journey. A book to record your interpretations, aspirations, affirmations, notes, charms, and spells. All right, all right, let’s make this simple: It is a book kept and used by a witch to record research, thoughts, experiences , and spiritual information, such as spells, charms, incantations, potions, and so on. I have bits of plants and herbs pressed into mine and drawing of plants on the page that the spell was written on . As with all religious texts, debates loom about how the books came into use. Some say they were prevalent during the Middle Ages written only in runic alphabets to hide their magical meanings . It is widely thought that in the Middle Ages, many were illiterate , and the books did not come into practice until the fourteenth or fifteenth centuries. Even then, runic alphabets and codes were used to protect the owner from persecution and death if found by witch hunters.

Farmhouse Witchcraft
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Let’s Talk About All Our Tools Today, But First The Most Important Tool of All…

YOU, THE WITCH

 

You are the most magickal tool of all. It is your intentions and energies that determine the results of any magickal work. Many Witches never use any other tool but their own personal energies! And some of the most powerful workings can be done without ever leaving your armchair. It is the focus, concentration, intentions and desires that reside within YOU that are the real ‘tools” of the Witch!

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Since We Are Making All These Magickal Goodies…..

Let’s Talk About Consecrating Them

 

In many modern Pagan traditions, magical tools are consecrated before use. This achieves a couple of things — one, it purifies the item before it is used to interact with the Divine. Secondly, it removes any negative energies from the tool. This is particularly handy if you aren’t sure of a tool’s past history or who owned it before it came to you. This ritual is a simple one that can be used to consecrate any magical tools, clothing or jewelry, or even the altar itself. By offering the tool to the powers of the four elements, it is consecrated and blessed from all directions.

You’ll need a white candle, a cup of water, a small bowl of salt, and incense. Each corresponds to one of the cardinal elements and directions:

  • North/Earth: salt
  • East/Air: incense
  • South/Fire: candle
  • West/Water: water

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now. Light the candle and the incense. Take the tool or other item you wish to consecrate in your hands, and face north. Pass it over the salt and say:

Powers of the North,
Guardians of the Earth,
I consecrate this wand of willow (or knife of steel, amulet of crystal, etc)
and charge it with your energies.
I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.

Now, turn to the east and, holding the tool in the smoke of the incense, say:

Powers of the East,
Guardians of the Air,
I consecrate this wand of willow
and charge it with your energies.
I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.

Next, face the south and pass the tool over the flame of the candle — be careful if it’s a flammable material like Tarot cards or a robe! — and repeat the process, saying:

Powers of the South,
Guardians of Fire,
I consecrate this wand of willow
and charge it with your energies.
I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.

Finally, turn to the west, and pass your ritual tool over the cup of water. Say:

Powers of the West,
Guardians of Water,
I consecrate this wand of willow [or knife of steel, amulet of crystal, etc]
and charge it with your energies.
I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.

Face your altar, hold the wand (athame/chalice/amulet/whatever) to the sky, and say:

I charge this wand in the name of Old Ones,
the Ancients, the Sun and the Moon and the Stars.
By the powers of the Earth, of Air, of Fire and of Water
I banish the energies of any previous owners,
and make it new and fresh.
I consecrate this wand,
and it is mine.

Now you’ve not only consecrated the tool, you’ve claimed ownership. In many Pagan traditions, including some forms of Wicca, it’s considered a good idea to put the item to use immediately to bind the consecration and strengthen the energy of the tool. If you’ve consecrated a wand, athame, or chalice, you can use those in a ceremony to consecrate another tool. If you’ve consecrated something that is worn, such as an article of clothing (for example, a ritual robe) or a piece of jewelry, begin wearing it now.

 

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Magickal Goody for June 20th – Make Your Own Crystal Wand

How to Make a Quartz Crystal Wand

Many Pagans use a wand as a method of directing energy during spellwork or ritual. Because quartz crystals are known as natural energy conductors, you may want to incorporate one into the construction of your own wand. Here’s how you can make a simple quartz crystal wand of your own.

You’ll need:

  • A wooden stick, about 10 – 16” long
  • A quartz crystal
  • Jeweler’s wire

To find the right stick for your wand, it’s a good idea to go take a walk in the woods. There’s plenty of wood just lying around, and it’s better to select a piece off the ground than breaking it off a perfectly healthy tree. Some people choose a specific type of wood based upon its magical properties. For example, if you wished to have a wand connected to power and strength, you might select oak. Another person might choose to use ash wood instead, as it is strongly tied to magical workings and prophecy. There’s no hard and fast rule, however, that you have to use a certain type of wood — many people make a wand out of the stick that “felt right” to them. In some magical systems, it is believed that a tree limb felled by a storm is imbued with a great deal of magical power.

The quartz crystal you select should be one that resonates with you. Hold it in your hand, close your fingers around it, and see how it feels. Does it feel comforting? Does it feel as though it vibrates with energy? Is it getting warm in your hand?

There are different types of quartz crystals, and each has a variety of magical properties. For conducting energy, white or clear quartz is preferred by many people. Rose quartz is associated with workings related to love and the heart chakras – if you’re going to be using your wand primarily for these sorts of workings select a rose quartz rather than a clear one.

Sand the wooden stick so that it is smooth. It’s not necessary to stain it, and in some magical traditions it’s actually recommended that you don’t do so – some people believe that polyurethane or varnish can interfere with the energies of the wood. You may, however, want to brush it with a light coat of oil to protect the wood. The one in the photo was rubbed with a very light coat of linseed oil.

Attach the crystal to one end of the wand using the jeweler’s wire. You’ll want to wrap it a few times to make sure it’s secure – it may help to add a dab of glue as well, although if you do so, you’ll need to wait for it to dry before you begin wrapping the wire. The one in the photo was wrapped with a copper wire, because copper is a great conductor of physical energy, so we can assume it also conducts metaphysical energy well. In many cultures, copper is associated with the divine. You can use silver or other metals if you choose.

Once you’ve wrapped the crystal around the wand, secure the wire and tuck it in so there are no sharp poky edges.

You can add other items to your wand if you wish, such as beadwork or feathers. When you’re finished, consecrate it as you would any other magical tool.

 

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Magickal Goody for June 17th – Making Your Own Pagan Prayer Beads

How to Make Pagan Prayer Beads

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In many magical traditions and religious paths, the use of beads can be a meditative and magical exercise. The best known example of this practice is found, obviously, in the Catholic use of the rosary. Within the rosary, each bead is representative of a prayer, which is counted in a ritual format. Some forms of Judaism have used prayer beads for many years, with a bead or knot symbolizing each of the Psalms.

If you’re Pagan, obviously you wouldn’t need a set of prayer beads symbolizing things such as Psalms or other clearly Judeo-Christian ideals. However, Christianity doesn’t have a monopoly on faith, and for many Pagans the idea of ritualized prayer is an appealing one. You can construct a set of prayer beads with a variety of themes and use them in rituals to express your Pagan beliefs and ideologies.

Let’s look at ideas for two different types of Pagan prayer beads. The first set is a devotional one that honors the elements, the changing seasons, and the phases of the moon. The second pays tribute to a deity.

 

Devotional Prayer Breads

You will need:

  • Eight beads to represent the eight Pagan Sabbats
  • Thirteen beads to represent the lunar months
  • Beads symbolizing the elements – earth, air, fire and water
  • Spacer beads in color of your choice
  • Beading wire or string

Sort your beads and arrange them so they for a pattern that you like. You may want to try different patterns and designs and see which feels right for you.

On the bead strand in the photo, the silver beads represent the lunar months, the purple ones are for the eight sabbats, and rather than using four beads for the cardinal elements, it features three different beads symbolizing the realms of earth, sea and sky which are honored in many Celtic paths.

Once you have your beads aligned the way you like them, string them on the beading wire and knot it securely.

To use your beads in ritual, assign a prayer or short devotional to each bead. As you count them, recite the prayers.

God or Goddess Prayer Beads

You will need:

  • Beads in colors representing the deity/deities of your tradition
  • Beads that symbolize some of the attributes of the deity
  • Spacer beads in color of your choice
  • Beading wire or string

Sort your beads and arrange them so they for a pattern that you like. You may want to try different patterns and designs and see which feels right for you.

On the bead strand in the photo, the red and black beads symbolize the Morrighan, and the hematite represents her protective, warrior qualities.

Once you have your beads aligned the way you like them, string them on the beading wire and knot it securely. To use your beads in ritual, assign a prayer or short devotional to each bead. As you count them, recite the prayers.

 

Other Ideas for Prayer Beads

Want to try some other ideas for prayer beads? Consider one of these as an option:

  • Chakra beads: incorporate the seven colors of the chakras into a prayer bead strand, and use in healing meditations
  • Ancestor beads: use a variety of beads to symbolize your family’s heritage and origins. Use them in rituals celebrating your ancestors and kinfolk.
  • Triple goddess beads: combine three different colors to represent the maiden, mother and crone aspect of the goddess often found in Wiccan traditions.
  • Spellwork beads: consider the principles used in the Witch’s Ladder for spellwork, and work them into a bead strand.

 

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Magickal Goody for June 16th – Make Your Own Magical Staff

How to Make a Magic Staff

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Many Pagans and Wiccans use a magical staff in rituals and ceremonies. While it’s not a required magical tool, it can come in handy. The staff is typically associated with power and authority, and in some traditions only the High Priestess or High Priest carries one. In other traditions, anyone may have one. Much like the wand, the staff is considered symbolic of male energy, and usually is used to represent the element of Air (although in some traditions, it symbolizes Fire). Like other magical tools, the staff is something you can make yourself, with a little bit of effort. Here’s how.

Choose Your Stick

If you get a chance to go on a hike, while you’re out there roaming around you should take the opportunity to look for a good piece of wood for a magical staff. Ideally, you’ll want to find a piece of wood that has already fallen from a tree — do NOT cut a piece of wood from a live tree just because you think it would make a nice staff. A magical staff is typically long enough that you can hold it comfortably in your hand, vertically, and have it touch the ground. Your best bet is to find one that is between shoulder height and the top of your head. Hold the stick to see how it feels in your hand — if it’s too long, you can always trim it down. When it comes to diameter, you should be able to comfortably wrap your fingers around it. A one- to two-inch diameter is best for most people, but again, hold it and see how it feels.

Some people choose a specific type of wood based upon its magical properties. For example, if you wished to have a staff connected to power and strength, you might select oak. Another person might choose to use Ash instead, as it is strongly tied to magical workings and prophecy. There’s no hard and fast rule, however, that you have to use a certain type of wood — many people make a staff out of the stick that “felt right” to them. In some magical systems, it is believed that a tree limb felled by a storm is imbued with a great deal of magical power.

Remove the Bark

To remove the bark from your stick, you can use a knife (not your athame, but a regular knife) to strip the bark. This will also help you to shape the staff, if there are small irregularities on it, or to remove excess bits of branches. With some varieties of wood, you may want to soak the staff so that the bark is wet, making it easier to strip off. Some types of wood, such as pine, are easy enough to strip the bark off by hand if you choose.

Use a piece of light-grained sandpaper, or steel wool, to sand the staff down until it is smooth.

Finish Your Staff

Once you’ve got the staff shaped and sanded, you have a couple of options. You may want to drill a small hole at the top so you can insert a leather thong — this comes in handy when you’re waving your magical staff around in ritual, because you can put the thong around your wrist and reduce the chances of accidentally flinging your staff across a room. If you like, you can also decorate your magical staff by carving or burning symbols of your tradition into it, adding crystals or beads, feathers, or other charms into the wood.

It’s generally not considered necessary to use a polyurethane finish on the staff, and in many traditions it’s believed that to put a synthetic finish on a staff will block the magical energies. However, some people choose to oil their staff to give it a light shine – if you do this, use an oil that is plant-based, rather than petroleum-based.

After your staff is complete, consecrate it as you would any other magical tool.

 

 

 

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