Guard Spell

Guard Spell

 

A powerful Eath-based magic spell that guards the psychic boundaries of its worker and provides safe haven from evil magic spells cast by others.

You will need:

A smooth, black stone
A beeswax candle
A small plastic bag
Approximately 1/2 cup of soil
A piece of twine

In your home, on the setting of the sun, on the morning of a Thursday, light your beeswax candle and place it on a flat surface, preferably a tabletop.

Form a small pile of soil and lay your stone on top of it on the tabletop, not too near the candle. Next, speak aloud the following words:

Earth of birth,
Breath of death,
Guard the holder,
Of this stone.

Next, place the stone and the soil in the plastic bag and tie it closed with the twine. Then extinguish the candle.

Hide the bag of soil with the stone in it in a safe place for three days, Then remove the stone from the bag and dump the soil onto the ground outdoors. Carry the stone with you as a guard stone.

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A Thought for Today

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Please remember while you are out and about to pick up trash others so carelessly used Mother Earth as a garbage can for. When my youngest granddaughter was about 3 1/2 years old she suggested we start taking a small plastic bag with us when we walk Cleo to pick up as she called “the yuck on Mom”. I had been picking up garbage along my walks anywhere I might be, even a store parking lot, and depositing it where it should go and never realized she or my children when they were young picked up on it. I am proud to say in my family we have a strong tradition of leaving most anywhere outside we might go in better shape than we found it.

If children can see the need and bend to pick up trash are not we as adults should see the need also and follow through on that need? We only get one Mother we can all help care for, love and cherish.

Blessed be

The Witches Magick for October 25th – Kiss It Goodbye Spell

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Kiss It Goodbye Spell

To let go of baggage.

Items You Will Need:

Black candle
Empty paper bag
Envelope
Paper
Pen

Write down your baggage on a piece of paper, and put it in the bag/envelope. After you say the spell, bury the bag or burn it in a bonfire or fireplace. As you write the words and say the spell, concentrate on your willingness to let go. You can even visualize a little creature packing bags and walking out the door and down the road.

Baggage can be anything that is weighing down your life: old memories, bad habits, etc. But keep in mind that if you are doing this spell to get rid of a person, they will probably get gone and stay gone. Be absolutely sure that this is what you want before casting.

Best to do this spell on the New Moon.

“Pack your bags and get you gone
Your time with me is finished now
Once you worked but now you’re wrong
And you can’t stay–no way, no how.”
 
“Without your baggage I’ll move on
I’ll get myself out of this rut
So pack your bags and get you gone
Don’t let the door hit ya in the butt.”
 
So Mote It Be!

 

10 Ways to Get Plastic Out of Your Kitchen

10 Ways to Get Plastic Out of Your Kitchen

  • Becky Striepe

Earth day is right around the corner–what better time to take a hard look at your plastic consumption?

Plastics seem to invade every aspect of our lives, and the kitchen is no exception. From cooking to storage to packing food for on the go, there are places that we can ditch the plastic in favor of safer, more Earth-friendly materials. This Earth Day, take some time to inventory the plastic in your kitchen and see if your kitchen can go plastic free. What a great way to make your Earth day action last the whole year!

Plastic is no good for the planet, and it’s no good for people, either. Plastic pollution is a serious environmental problem. It pollutes our waterways, causing ocean dead zones and killing countless numbers of aquatic life. You don’t want plastic coming in contact with your food, either, especially hot or acidic foods. Plastic cooking utensils and food storage containers can leach toxins into the food that it touches. No, thank you!

Luckily, there are lots of simple ways to get plastic out of your cooking processes. One word of caution: if you’re getting rid of plastic that you already have, like ladels or tupperware, see if you can come up with crafty or creative ways to reuse them elsewhere, rather than sending them to the landfill. That plastic still exists, even if it’s not in your home!

Ready to ditch the plastic in your kitchen? Here are 10 tips to get you going!

1. Store your food in glass or metal. Instead of plastic Tupperware containers, chose metal or glass food storage. Glass Mason jars are great for storing bulk items like beans, grains, and nuts. You can also check retailers like The Container Store. I’ve seen some great glass and metal food storage options there.

2. No more baggies! When you’re packing lunch, choose reusable glass or metal containers instead of plastic baggies or plastic Tupperware containers.

3. Choose reusable. You don’t need plastic forks and spoons in your lunchbox! Grab metal utensils from your own utensil drawer instead.

4. Get rid of plastic cooking utensils. Ditch the plastic tools like spatulas and serving spoons in favor of metal ones.

5. Skip the processed food and produce in plastic bags. Processed food almost always means disposable plastic packaging, so choose whole foods wherever you can. When you’re hitting the produce section, don’t buy fruits and veggies in plastic wrap or those plastic mesh bags.

6. Forget bottled water. Chances are you already don’t buy bottled water, but just in case there are any hold outs out there, this is a no-brainer. Bottled water is expensive and the plastic bottles are unhealthy. Choose filtered tap water in a reusable glass or BPA free metal bottle instead.

7. Bring your own bag to the grocery store. You probably also already have reusable grocery bags, but what about when you’re in the bulk or produce aisle? Skip the single-use plastic bags in favor of reusable produce bags instead.

8. Buy dishwasher detergent that comes in a cardboard box. Dishwasher detergent often comes in a plastic container. Skip the plastic and opt for the powdered stuff in a cardboard box. Even better? Make your own dishwasher detergent!

9. Make your own dish soap. No need to buy dish soap in a plastic bottle, either. You can make your own dish soap at home! I know, the Dr. Bronner’s in this recipe comes in a plastic bottle, but many co-ops offer bulk refills of Dr. Bronner’s, so at least you only have to buy the one bottle. If anyone has suggestions for getting around this one, I’d love to hear them!

10. Skip the nonstick. Did you know that the nonstick coating on pots and pans is actually plastic? Instead of nonstick, choose cast iron or stainless steel so you can cook plastic free!

A Super-Simple Way to Grow Food: Start a Bag Garden

A Super-Simple Way to Grow Food: Start a Bag Garden

  • Shelley Stonebrook

I’m all for planting in well-worked, well-maintained garden beds, but because of busy schedules and limited growing space, that isn’t an option for everyone. If you’ve been thinking of taking the plunge into the joy of growing your own food and want to start with an easy method, a bag garden might be for you.

To plant a bag garden, you simply purchase a few bags of topsoil from your local garden center (buy more than a few if you have the space and want to grow even more). Lay the bags anywhere that gets full sun and has dirt below—most people just lay them on the edge of a yard in the grass (note: the bags will kill the lawn directly below them, but that’s OK because this has transformed into garden space).

Next, use a utility knife to cut out a large, rectangular window on the upper surface of each bag. Leave the sides and 2 inches of each top edge intact, resembling a picture frame (see illustration above). The 2-inch rim of plastic will keep the soil from spilling and help retain moisture. Lightly dust the surface of the soil inside the bags with organic fertilizer and mix it in with a trowel. (Skip this if the bag’s label says fertilizer has already been added.)

After that, stab each bag through at least a dozen times with a screwdriver or a big knife to create plenty of drainage holes in the bottom. Plant roots will eventually use these holes to grow down into the soil below the bags.

Next, it’s time to plant your seeds! Consider trying easy-to-grow spring crops such as lettuce and spinach. Then, sit back, watch your veggies grow, and before you know it you’ll be enjoying a fresh salad you grew yourself!

Crystal of the Day for August 11th – Jasper

Jasper ia a type of quartz coloured by a variety of impurities. Haematite makes jaspers red, limonite makes them brown or yellow and chlorite makes them green.

Jasper has a long history, having been used to make amulets and ornaments for many centuries. Its modern name is thought to derive from the ancient Assyrian word for the stone, ashpu. Not only was it often red, the revered colour of life, but the endless variety of tone and pattern, and the fact that jasper forms in massive, carvable blocks, made it a valuable commodity.

Identification and care

  • Red jasper is very common. When broken and recrystallized with more quartz solution it resembles a mosaic.

  • Many varieties of jasper have been given their own names – for example, there is bloodstone or heliotrope, which is green with red spots, and there is orbicular jasper or “ocean jasper”, which features green, blue and yellow concentric patterns.

Magick

  • Traditionally was believed to protect from the effects of snake bites and other poisons

  • Provides unique solutions to practical problems

Healing functions

  • Gently grounds (especially the red and brown varieties)

  • Helps to focus on the practicalities of life

  • Encourages enthusiasm and drive

  • Acts as a steadying anchor when psychic work is undertaken

  • Nurtures any damaged areas of the body, aiding recovery and repair.

Practical ideas

  • To experience the healing qualities of jasper: place on yellow jasper at the center of the forehead, one yellow jasper between the heart and throat; one red jasper by each ear; one red jasper at the heart; and one green jasper in each hand.