Let’s Talk Witch – Pt. 2 Engaging All Five Senses in Spellwork (Smell)

Let’s Talk Witch – Pt. 2 Engaging All Five Senses in Spellwork (Smell)

Taste and smell are closely linked, but they do have different aspects. Smell is very portable, something you can wear to continually remind yourself of your spellwork. Spells for courage, confidence, and other emotion-linked outcomes can be kept close, and when something is worn on your skin, it becomes a part of you. A vial of oil used as the focus for a calming spell can be a great way to get through a long flight, and the scents we use in our home can be integrated into protection and cleansing spells for when the place needs a quick touch-up.

However, you can also use scents to evoke memory and, through that memory, the results you wish to attain. Drawing on memories of a loved ones, for example, can strengthen spells for that person, aid in contacting a loved one who has passed on, or help you access emotions tied to those memories. Emotions can be particularly hard to define in spellwork, but the way a result make us feel can be an important aspect of the working. In this way, finding the right scent to produce that emotion can make your goal more solid, bringing it just a little further into reality.

Tomorrow, we examine “Taste” as it is used in spellworking.

Excerpt from
Engaging All Five Senses in Spellwork
By Marion Sipe
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WOTC’s Extra – Magickal Activity Honoring Valentine’s Day

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Magickal Activity Honoring Valentine’s Day

A Love Box

Items You Will Need:

A small heart-shaped box painted pink
Love Drawing Oil
One pink votive candle
A Small square of parchment paper
A lock of your own hair
Red ribbon
One rose quartz

Begin by drawing a heart in the center of the parchment paper. Inside the heart inscribe your name and the name of the one you desire or love. Wrap the parchment paper around the lock of your hair and secure it with the red ribbon. Place the parchment, along with the rose quartz, inside the box and close the lid.

Using a pin or sharp object inscribe your name and the name of the one you desire (or love) into the pink candle. Pick up the candle and anoint it with the love-drawing oil as you chant:

“May the God of love hear my plea,
And bring everlasting love to me.”
 

Set the candle on top of the box and light it. Gaze into the flame of the candle and visualize the one you love loving you in return. Chant the following seven times:

“Hail to thee, great God of Love,
Shine down on me from far above.
Bring the one I desire to me,
That we shall ever love. So Mote It Be.”
 

Just before the candle burns out drip some of the wax around the lid of the box to seal it shut. On Valentine’s Day, present the box to the one you desire as a token of your love and friendship.

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The Witches Magick for January 24th – Incense Spell to Reach Your Goal

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Incense Spell to Reach Your Goal

Items needed:

Pen and paper

Fireproof dish

Incense.

Write your goal on a piece of paper and put it in the dish. Sprinkle with the incense and light the paper. As it burns, concentrate on your goal coming to fruition and say:

Smoke into the Cosmos go
So the Ancients will now know
I need assistance to achieve
This goal that I have set for me.

Repeat this spell every day for a week while working toward your goal.

 

Everything Under The Moon

 

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Total Protection Incense

Experiences We Don’t Understand
Hidden Gems

by Madisyn Taylor

All of the events in our lives lead to other events, they are all connected.

Sometimes we have an experience that we don’t understand, but if we look deeply, or wait long enough, a reason for that experience will usually reveal itself. All the events in our lives lead to other events, and all that we have manifested in this present moment is the result of past events and experiences. We cannot easily tease apart the many threads that have been woven together to create our current reality. Experiences that don’t make sense, as well as any that we regret, are just as responsible for the good things in our lives as the experiences we do understand or label as “good.

This is especially important to remember at times when we feel directionless or unsure of what to do. It is often at times like these that we take a job or move to a place without really knowing if it’s the right thing to do. We may ultimately end up leaving the job or the place, but often during that time we will have met someone who becomes an important friend, or we may have an experience that changes us in a profound way. When all the pieces of our life don’t quite make sense, we can remember that there may be some hidden gem of a reason that we are where we are having the experiences we are having.

It’s fun to look back on past experiences with an eye to uncovering those gems—the dreadful temporary job in a bland office building that introduced you to the love of your life; the roommate you couldn’t tolerate who gave you a book that changed your life; the time spent living in a city you didn’t like that led you into a deeper relationship with yourself. Remembering these past experiences can restore our faith in the present. Life is full of buried treasures. Chances are, you’re sitting on some right now.

Daily OM

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Making Your Own Incense

Making Your Own Incense

Things You’ll Need

Herbs, woods and resins
Mortar and pestle
Makko
Bamboo sticks
Gloves

Incense is used in many cultures for purposes such as accents in religious ceremonies or aromatherapy. The process to make incense sticks is fairly simple and can be very rewarding to those interested in creating their own scent.

1. Decide what kind of incense you want to make and purchase the proper ingredients and supplies.

2. Research different incense recipes based on the scents and herbs that you prefer and gather these materials along with tools to prepare to make stick incense.

You will need at least 3 ingredients: an herb, a resin and a wood. You will also need binding materials such as gum Arabic, makko (an incense powder ingredient derived from tree bark), and charcoal to make the mixture combustible.

3. Gather your ingredients, according to your preferred scent strength, along with bamboo sticks and prepare to mix.

4. Crush your herbs or solid ingredients in equal parts to make a smooth powder. Use a mortar and pestle for best results.

5. Combine all dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Add makko.

6. Allow the mixture to sit overnight.

7. Prepare distilled water or fragrant hydrosol and add to your incense mixture slowly.

The mixture will need to be pliable, not runny and able to adhere to the bamboo sticks.

8. Knead the incense dough thoroughly.

9. Roll your mixture onto the bamboo sticks, allowing the mixture to coat the stick evenly.

10. Lay the sticks on a drying rack to enable them to dry evenly.

11. Allow your incense sticks to dry for 1 to weeks prior to attempting to use them.

Tips

Keep incense sticks out of direct sunlight and heat while they are drying.

Experiment with different herb, wood and resin combinations until you obtain a mixture that is most pleasing to you. Also, try other methods of incense making to become familiar with the mixing process and learn how to use the ingredients.

Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands while you mix ingredients and form them onto incense sticks.

Depending upon which scent you choose, sandalwood versus frankincense for instance, you may need only 10% of makko added to the mixture.

Break up incense sticks that didn’t produce the expected end result and try the process again.

Warnings

Never attempt to dry incense by baking or microwaving it as this creates a fire hazard.

Don’t allow incense to burn unattended. Always burn incense in a well-ventilated area away from pets and children.

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Your Animal Spirit for Jan. 13th – Fox

Your Animal Spirit for January 13

Fox   
Fox medicine represents the ability to blend in. She can change colors to blend with the seasons—becoming almost invisible against a backdrop of snow or foliage. Fox also has an amazing sense of smell that enables her to sniff out dangerous situations. Be like a Fox—street smart and safety savvy—don’t call attention to yourself as today is a day of watch and wait.

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Lovers’ Ritual Oil

Lovers’ Ritual Oil

Use this oil to bring the perfect love of the Goddess and perfect peace of the God into your circle. Use this oil liberally and become the God and Goddess for a little while.

You will need your lover, nine teaspoons of olive oil, six drops of lavender essential oil, one drop of sandalwood-scented oil, one drop of rosemary essential oil, and one drop of jasmine-scented oil.

After dark, mix all of the ingredients together in a bottle or jar with a top that seals it. As you shake the bottle, repeat this blessing:

Bright Lady, beautiful Goddess

Please bless this oil with your perfect love,

Bright lord, handsome God

Please bless this oil with your perfect peace.

Rub some of the oil on your partner, and your lover in turn can rub some of the oil on your body. Take a deep breath and sense the aroma of oil mixed with your lover’s natural scent entering your nostrils and filling your entire being with a divine passion. Enjoy the night together, and focus your love energy on a magickal goal that you both care deeply about.

Sensual Back/Body Massage

Sensual Back/Body Massage

You will need one ounce of apricot oil, three drops of jasmine-scented oil, three drops of sandalwood-scented oil, and three drops of ylang ylang scented oil.

In the morning, leave a love note where your lover will find it. Make it personal. Tell him or her how much he or she means to you. For example, write:

My Sweet Love, all that I am, all that I see, all that I feel, all that I dream and do are brighter, more beautiful and more meaningful, because I am so delightfully in love with you.

Next during the day, make a phone call to your love and tell him or her that you will have nothing on but his or her favorite CD after dark tonight. Your lover will be thinking abut you all day.

After dark, mix the oils together, go sky clad and anoint yourself with the mixture. When your lover arrives take off his or her clothes, anoint him or her with the oil, and show him or her how strong and creative your love can really be! Apply plenty of the oil mixture to your lover’s back, and take several minutes to give your love a relaxing and sensuous shoulder and back massage. Allow him or her to reciprocate. Make love and remember to focus on your magickal goal or symbol as you climax.

Quiz for October 20th – What does your favorite aroma say about you?

Your Favorite Aroma: What Does It Say About You?

Your favorite family of aromas or essential scents can tell a lot about your  personality–or that of your friends. This simple little quiz can give useful  information about all of you! Are you the outdoorsy type? Is your best friend a  romantic? Do you have an adventurous streak? And what colors, gemstones,  flowers, activities, and images will be appealing to you or your friends?

Take the quiz and find out!

Which aromas appeal to you most? (You may find you like more than one  grouping):

A fresh air, sea spray, citrus fruits

B old English roses, walking through a flower shop, scented candles

C cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, lichens, and moss

D a walk through the woods, linens drying in the breeze

E apple pie, birthday cake, fresh peaches, violets

F incense, gardenias, and night-blooming jasmine

G blackberries, fragrant wood burning, lilies, narcissus

H freshly mown grass, juicy oranges, hyacinths, ocean air

I raspberries, tuberose, old books, leather

If you chose A, you are a sporty, outdoorsy type.

Images: Sailing on azure seas under a brilliant sun. Munching crisp apples by  a lake covered in water lilies. A nest of robin’s eggs in a green, leafy tree.

Flowers: Hyacinth, water lily

Colors: Robin’s egg blue, butter yellow, fresh lime, apricot

Gemstones: Peridot, aquamarine

If you chose B, you are a dreamer.

Images: Bouquets of fresh flowers scenting the air. Roses releasing their  perfume as honeybees whirl about. Sweet, juicy  melons. Lilacs blooming over a porch railing as you rock in the warmth of a  summer day.

Flowers: Stephanotis, orange blossom, sweetheart rose

Colors: Blushing pink, misty blue, mint, lilac

Gemstones: Pink, green, and watermelon tourmaline

If you chose C, you are independent and unconventional.

Images: A mossy glen, secluded, filled with ferns and woodland flora.  Lichen-covered stones beside a crystal stream. At home, spiced cider by a  crackling fire of aromatic cedar wood.

Flowers: Carnations, chrysanthemums, poppies

Colors: Camel, aborigine, moss, acorn

Gemstones: Smoky topaz, amber, carnelian

If you chose D, you are outgoing, sociable, and energetic.

Images: An herb garden filled with tantalizing scents and tastes. Lavender  spikes perfuming the paths with their delicious, spicy aroma. Strawberries and  cream.

Flowers: Lavender, scented geranium

Colors: Sunset, teal, caramel, hunter green

Gemstones: Coral, jade, malachite

If you chose E, you are a romantic.

Images: A rock garden of violet and lilies of the valley. Delicate sweet peas  climbing a trellis. Tea and petit fours, sun warmed peaches and sparkling  champagne in crystal flutes.

Flowers: Sweet pea, lily of the valley, violet

Colors: Rose, periwinkle, celadon, peach, ivory

If you chose F, you are sensual, self-assured, and fashionable.

Images: The enveloping scents of tuberose and gardenia filling the velvet  night. Mellow pears, the smell of autumn, candlelight. Ruby cabernet swirling in  a goblet accompanied by rich canapés.

Flowers: Gardenia, heliotrope, tuberose

Colors: Burgundy, plum, cream, jade

Gemstones: Ruby, garnet

If you chose G, you are motivated and career-oriented.

Images: Creamy calla lilies reflected in silver mirrors. Blackberries lump and juicy atop  white chocolate mousse. Kir Royale shimmering like jewels. Sandalwood carvings  on a rosewood desk alight with vanilla-scented candles.

Flowers: Calla lily, damask rose, peony

Colors: Black, red, beige, ivory

Gemstones: Pearls, jet

If you chose H, you are elegant and somewhat formal.

Images: Mimosa blossoms dancing in the wind, lacing the veranda with sweet  perfume. Tea roses sway in a cobalt vase, spreading  scents of lemon, myrrh, and raspberry. Peach melbas rest on a dessert table with  delicate glasses of fragrant Chambord liqueur.

Flowers: Tea rose, jasmine, mimosa

Colors: Royal blue, deep rose, purple, pearl gray

Gemstones: Sapphire, lapis lazuli

If you chose I, you are naturally charming, extroverted, and love to  entertain.

Images: A wildflower meadow filled with the sweet scent of honeysuckle.  Picnicking by a pond, watching a beaver build its dam. Enjoying a juicy orange  while basking in the warmth of summer. Napping on grandma’s quilt spread upon  the verdant, scented grass.

Flowers: Freesia, lilac, honeysuckle

Colors: Forest, lavender, pearl, rose, azure

Gemstones: Emerald, malachite, moonstone

The Witches Magick for Oct. 14th – A Quick Money Spell

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A Quick Money Spell

Items that you will need in order to perform this spell:

Green candle

Cinnamon oil

A bill (utility bill, etc. etc.)

Patchouli incense

Ritual: This spell requires good visualization on your part. Take a green candle and anoint it with cinnamon oil. Take the bill or write on a piece of paper the amount of a bill you owe on and whom the bill goes to (name of electric company etc. etc.). You will need a candle that can burn for 7 days. Place the paper under the candle. Hold your hands over the candle and say:

“This candle burns to light the way
for the money I need to pay this bill
in a way that harms no one.”
 

Light the candle and burn patchouli incense. Meditate for 5 minutes as the candle burns. Visualize yourself writing the check or purchasing the money order for the bill and putting it in the mail. Burn the candle every day around the same time for 7 days each candle burning session should last 15 minutes at a time. Also, burn patchouli incense every day along with the candle. On the last day, burn the paper with the flame from the candle and let the candle burn completely out.