GOOD WITCH KEEPING SERIES

Merry Spring!

So, a new series came to mind while I started my Spring Cleaning. Every proper Witch always uses their magick while tending to their home. If you aren’t, then I highly recommend doing so. It is the perfect way of incorporating and practicing your craft every day. And who wouldn’t want their home sparkling with good vibes and surrounded in protection?

Therefore, I decided to list my own methods. Now, keep in mind, that every Witch has their own practices. This list is merely my own, and what has worked for my house. Either gather some ideas, or blend these practices with your own.

Now, the list is pretty explanatory. But I’ll go over them in detail if one wishes to understand how I came up with these.

New Moons are a time for starting a new cycle again. A complete cleanse from the previous energy, and to create a different sort of goals to take shape. A witch could see this as an opportune time to purify themselves, their ritual tools, altar, and homes. Hence, a good reason why I like to sweep and mop during this week of the New Moon. I love brewing together my own floorwashes and powders to use for this time. More on those recipes later.

Once the Moon begins to wax, energies are growing. Like a seed, goals begin as such. And by the time the Moon is within its first quarter, the energies are sparking. Therefore, this is a great time to burn any kind of drawing incense or simmering pots. In this case, drawing mixes that attracts fortune, luck, health, love, blessings, etc. Normally, I do these sort of drawing magicks for maintaining the positive flow in my home. To keep everyone healthy. Positive luck. Peace and creativity. Etc.

Now, it is no surprise when I write how any hearth/home magick can be done during the Full Moon. Because that is just so. The week leading up to the Full Moon is enhanced with energy. Any magick, whether it is fertility, protection, wealth, banishing, anything, is perfect for this time. So have at it!

Much like the New Moon, energies during the Last Quarter are low, but they are still humming. This is the time to put that power to rest and banish any unwanted energies that may have accumulated during the month. I like to vacuum and dust during this time. Dust bunnies and other nasty dirty particles are what is left of the old negative energies. They harbor and hold onto these remnants, so it’s important to be rid of these to prepare for the New Moon. Breaking Bad Habit spells are perfect during this chore.

I hope you enjoy the list. And keep on the look out, there will be more to the series on the way.

A Witch’s Home

I remember a time, when I was younger. Filled with wonder and adventure. With revived power and the desire to use it. I was constantly in motion. From the moment I could drive, I was on the road. Seeking wisdom and thrills, bundled together in youthful innocence. In that time, I honestly felt I had no home, and I was perfectly content to be one with the Air, in a whirlwind towards the unknowing.

It wasn’t until my twenty second year that I felt a stifling in my soul. To which I couldn’t understand why. Why was I feeling imprisoned, when I was free and roaming the land? Why did I feel lost, despite knowing where I was going? My power was waning, and I couldn’t fathom it. It wasn’t until mistakes were made, because of lack of sight, and no where to go to seek comfort, was when a vision came to me. It was nearing a Full Moon night. The pain in my heart ached, and in a pleading attempt, I called for the Moon’s aid. I asked Her to show me what was missing?

The answer was simple. I wasn’t wandering around aimlessly, or expressing my own freedom. The Great Moon had shown me that what I was really doing, was searching for my new home. It startled me at first. How could I be searching for a home, while I was living freely? While being my own person. The Moon answered.

Without purpose, there is no home to find. Without giving, there is no taking. And without balance, there is no power. Find where you belong, find where you are needed. That is your duty.

It was then, that it became clear to me. As witches, we live with the elements. Live by their example. We are born, with the flames of life in our souls. We flow through life, as water does. Travel like the wind, through land and fog. And then eventually, we sink our roots deep, to bloom and thrive. Just as the Earth shifted in place in time and in space, we too must shift to find our rightful home.

We must grow, travel, and seek the home that needs us, and that we deserve too. We must give our magick to help the land, and/or community. By giving, we will be gifted with magickal wonders. A witch’s purpose. A balance unlike anything else.

In the old days, villages had few and far in between, their own local “witch”. Who had set roots, and became the known healer, midwife, or adviser. Some had lived in these villages for generations, but most often the case was, that the witches moved in. Either through marriage, or travels. It was, I believe, a natural instinct within them, to move and travel to places where their power could thrive.

Just as our ancestors had done, we too must follow our instincts. It is our right and duty to search for fresh soil. To nurture our natural born power, at a home that calls to us. Even if that home eventually moves to another state, or country, if the call is heard, we must follow. Until our seeds are planted. Until our power feeds the land.

Honestly, the best song that comes to mind, is Simon and Garfunkel’s, America. Listen to it, and meditate. It’s inspiring.

Spring Equinox Magick

Hi! And welcome!

Rejoice! For Spring has come again! With it, renewal, and new beginnings!

This is a time of sparkling new paths, and time of action towards a fulfilling year. What this Tea Witch’s house has in store is a purifying magickal bath to prepare the mind and heart for a new season, and for whatever Spring has to offer us.

This spell I did under the recent new moon night, however, this spell is also perfect for a day such as the Spring Equinox.

Lately, I’ve been inspired by bath and water magick. I guess it’s the season that’s stirred it. The weather being extra rainy this time of year.

RENEWAL BATH POTION

1/4 palm size Sandalwood, White or Red
1/4 palm size Willow Bark, White
1/4 palm size Myrrh
1/4 palm size Hemp (medicinal cannabis optional 😉) * For this particular recipe, I’m going to use an oil base.

First I’m brewing the blend in boiling water, then will let it steep, and cool till I’m ready for my bath. I’m calling for prosperous, protective, and transcendent energies.

Then later, I plan on drawing the bath, and blessing it with sea salt. Then use the tea blend to manifest my spell.
I’m going to use this spell to shed away my late seasonal energy, and renew for a greater prosperous and loving season. That is why I chose the Red Sandalwood. Go for White Sandalwood if calling for more of a calm relaxed season.

This is especially a great spell to do now, or night of the Equinox. I’m also going to use the dry herb blend for the same spell. But this time, I will be burying portions of it at each corner of my homeland for the same outcome.

So looking forward for what this new Spring Season is going to bring!

May it also grant you best wishes and hearty joy!

Blessed Be

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May Day Magick

Happy Beltane, one and all!

And a very magical May day as well. 

Did you find yourselves out at dawn, rolling in the morning dew for a youth spell? Did you collect the blooming buds of flowers to weave beauty and charm into your life? Or alight the great Beltane fires and jumped over them to bring fortune for the rest of the year!

Beltane is one among the fire festivals of the seasons. The coming of two seasons, joining together for electric Spring and Summer passion. It’s after this holiday, that many could say notice a magical air within the weather. A cool and heated embrace.

Many witches love to cast their magicks during this time. The energies are charged. Wiccans associate this with the aftermath of the God and Goddess lovemaking. When magick is blessed by their joined power. Nevertheless, magick is especially potent; fertile, and is easily accessible at this time. 

Here are spells that are best done on Beltane, or anytime of this month. 

                    Hearth Flame Spell

Turn off all the lights of the home just before sunset. 

Outside, create a bonfire. Traditionally, 9 woods were casted into the fire to create a universal blessing. These woods are:

  • Birch
  • Rowan
  • Ash
  • Willow
  • Hawthorn
  • Alder 
  • Oak
  • Holly
  • Hazel

As the fire is ablaze, light a white candle and bring it into the home to rekindle the hearth fire. 

One can say a prayer or chant:

                     temporum beneficia
Season’s blessings. 

Allow the white candle to burn down for the rest of the night. And the spell is done.

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                Flame and Smoke Spell

For the coming summer, one has to cleanse and prepare. The summer season is time of change and activity, so this purification will help get you ready for the challenges to come. 

Gather 2 candles. Color code it to fit with the sort of cleansing you wish. 

  • White is universal cleanse
  • Yellow is mental cleanse
  • Blue is emotional cleanse
  • Green is body cleanse
  • Purple is spirit cleanse

Gather 2 incense. Again try to best fit with your cleanse. 

  • Frankincense is universal
  • Copal is mental
  • Myrrh is emotions
  • Sandalwood is body
  • Dragon’s Blood is spirit

Sit in between these candles and incense and allow it to purify all that is within. Meditate. The spell is done. 

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                    The Sun’s Blessing

The sun is fully awake at this time, and grows stronger as summer nears. Sing to the Sun at noon time, to call down his blessings for the coming summer. It doesn’t matter which song to sing, just as long as it comes from the heart. 

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                             May Rain

Any rain that falls during this month is especially potent with magical properties. Collect the rainwater in order to contribute to most any spells. From healing, to cleanses, to prosperity, and luck. To love, to happiness, to mental powers, and psychic. Rainwater can even be distilled in order to add to magical dishes and teas!

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This is but a few, and yet so much more can be done during this time of May. Be inspired, and feel the magick all around!

Blessed Be

Hair Magick

Welcome!

One wouldn’t think hair being anything but an accessory. However, hair has been used in countless centuries as special ingredients for spells. To personalize them, empower them, heal, hex, or command. In fact, witches often grow their hair long, because power stores within each and every strand. It is because of this, they often refuse to have a haircut. And even if they do get one, the hair is saved for future spells. 

A Witch’s Hair is so personal and powerful, that it is either a gift to have it, or a curse to hold on to. It is rare to have a witch willing to give you their hair. Often it is laced with suspicion, because of olden times. It was said that a witch could be commanded if one was to possess their hair and knew how to use it. Even the witch’s familiar’s hair could be used!
In these times, hair has been forgotten that it is one of the most powerful witch’s tools. Every color of hair is significant, to even the texture of hair. Here are a few ways that hair could be incorporated into spells. 

Boiling: To fetch the owner of the hair. Whether they be alive or dead. 
Braided: To control or bind power. Or to sacrifice, and/or to make a vow. 
Burning: To end an old life and start anew. Pain or death to the owner of the hair. 
Combing: To awaken magick and be used in manifesting spells. Can also summon weather/storms if called upon. 
Cut: Rejection of the world. Desires. Ambitions. To put an end to a goal. 
Disheveled: To leave raw power coursing through, unblocked. Uncontrolled. 
Loose: To keep an easy flow of regenerative energy and creativity. 
Dark Hair: Possesses seductive and sorcery-like power. 
Fair Hair: Possesses healing and positive power for helping others. 
Red Hair: Possesses unique and unpredictable power.
White/Grey Hair: Possesses wisdom and crone power.
Straight Hair: Money/Success, Healing, Purification Spells.
Wavy Hair: Luck, Lust/Love, Psychic Spells. 
Curly Hair: Protection, Hex-Breaking, Change Spells. 
Kinky Curly Hair: Vitality, Courage, Power Spells.

Long Hair: Long term spell. To happen in a specific time.

Short Hair: Short term spell. To quicken a spell. 

Enjoy!

Blessed Be 

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New Moon Spells

Merry meet and welcome!

With the recent New Moon in Pisces, many have asked what sort of spells are the best ones to do during this time. Here is a list of the best type of spells to do during a new moon. 

  • Defense Spells – This can be for any which way you feel attacked. Either physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Bindings are typically the best line of defense. But also enchanted powders can be used for building barriers of protection. 
  • Return to Sender Spells – These spells go hand in hand with defense spells. However it takes it one step forward. Not only do these spells protect you from any malicious energy, spells, or entities, but they also can send that very same energy back to the sender. 
  • Spirit Magick – Whether it be astral projection, spirit communication, or spiritual meditation, this is the time to practice and get deep. 
  • Ward Evil Spells – Just like defense spells but specifically against paranormal activity, with a kick. Ghosts. Poltergeist. And Demonic entities. 

    Here are a few simple yet strong spells that fall under a few of these categories. 
                          Hearth Fire Spell 

    Combine and ground together:

    • Angelica 
    • Bay leaves
    • Juniper
    • Mugwort
    • Wisteria 

    Burn herbs in the hearth to call upon powers of protection and warmth.
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                  Shadows of the Past Spell

    These herbs are specifically used to recall past life memories. 

    • Bay leaves
    • Honeysuckle Blossoms
    • Lilac Blossoms
    • Juniper

    Burn the powdered ingredients on lit charcoal before bedtime.
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                    Return to Sender Spell

     Use if it is felt or known that gossip, negativity, a hex, or otherwise is being thrown against you. 

    Gather powdered Clove and burn over charcoal. Smudge the incense all around you, and walk it out your front door. 
    If it is known who the sender is, return it back to them by placing a piece of paper with their name under the charcoal patty. And burn the clove. As it burns, say their name three times. Start as whisper, then louder, and lastly as a shout. 

    Leave the charcoal to burn the rest of the way outside your front porch. Don’t think of it till the next day.

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    Enjoy the spells and be sure to have a safe and magical New Moon. 

    Blessed Be!

    New Moon Sunset. Glorious evening!

    First New Moon 2017

    Merry meet,

    This new moon is a glorious awakening. Of mind, and of new sight. The moon is in Aquarius’s chamber this night. A night for reflection, and creating a new innovative path for the future. Keep in mind, for this, one should consider casting spells to bless one’s choices and protect their path. 

    A few simple spells to do under this new moon night. 

                      ~ New Moon Spells ~

    Burn a sprig of Rosemary. As it burns, meditate within and chant:

    “I honor myself during this new moon hour. The choices I make will be blessed with power.”

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    Create a hydrosol with Yellow or White Roses, and  Violets. Let it sit out under the New Moon sky. 
    Use as a mist spray that day forward, for luck and to manifest your goals.

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    With a green candle, sprinkle Nutmeg powder over it’s flame, and chant:

    “New Moon fire, cast my desire. The road before me shall be blessed.”

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    Gather a handful of Grains of Paradise. Find a special spot either outside your home, or open area, on the night of the New Moon. Or when you take a first step outside your home the day after a New Moon. Toss the Grains to each of the four directions, and make a wish.
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    Cast a circle of Bay Leaves, around a black candle. Light the candle and chant:

    “Circle of protection, I cast onto me. The barrier is forged. No harm by earth, sky, or sea.”

    Take care on this new moon night! Many blessings to you all.
    Blessed Be ~*~

    Ushering in the Winter Season

    Merry meet! 

    The winter season is here and a part of us now. However, before such time, we must help the Great Mother by ushering the season onto the land. 

    We welcome this season, by embracing the Sun’s hopeful rays, and projecting these rays into the cold winter weather. All the while, accepting the dark chill, and creating balance within and around ourselves. 

    Facing this seasonal balance, I then do morning prayers. It begins with my own winter incense blend. 

    Winter Incense

    Equal parts of:

    • Bay (or Bayberry)
    • Frankincense
    • Rosemary

      Then, I prepare a winter altar. As I light the winter candles, I burn the incense. Calling to the Goddess, I chant:

      We give honor and thanks to the Sun for it’s sustenance, warmth, and light

      *Ad Aurora*

      And as our blessed mother earth is rebirth in the spring
      So time is rebirth in the morning.

      *Ad Aurora*

      *Blessed be the Goddess*
      I open all windows, and let the winter season hear my call. We as one create a balance, and so comes the new year. 

      Blessed be. And happy holidays. 

      The 12 Days of Winter Solstice

      Merry meet! Welcome!

      The time of a new season is upon us, and once again celebration is in order! I prepared a list of activities to do for the 12 upcoming days until December 21st. And though I have a list, does not mean they can be copied. One thing is sure, that everyone creates their own traditions!

      Day 1: Decorations & Candle Light Ritual
      Day 2: Yule Tree
      Day 3: Wish Ornament
      Day 4: Full Moon Road Trip
      Day 5: Make a 12 Herb Sachet
      Day 6: Bake Winter Bread
      Day 7: Make a Yule Log
      Day 8: Holiday Gift Exchange To a Stranger
      Day 9: Honor the Spirits
      Day 10: Warm Tea & Rest
      Day 11: Give Gifts & Feast
      Day 12: Burn the Yule Log
      Though the list of activities may change, every year I always begin the 12 days with a candle lighting ceremony. 

      «First Day Towards the Winter Solstice»

      Candle Light Ritual
      Begins with turning off all lights in the home. Lighting one candle, walk through the house, beginning at the front door. Chant:

      ~ Within the dark, the candle shall light the way.
      For though winter is cold, it shall not reign.
      Within the dark, our hope shall not die.
      For soon the Sun will rise in the sky.
      Within the dark, there is no despair.
      For our shining souls will renew and repair.
      So sing songs into the Winter night,
      For soon the winds shall bring Spring light. ~
      This is a beautiful ceremony, that blesses the dark. You will notice a significant difference within the home. 

      Blessed be, brothers and sisters! Enjoy your winter activities!

      The Dark Moon Tea (Sept 30, 2016)

      Sisters and brothers, tonight is the new moon in Libra!  A powerful night for it is a rare Dark Moon. A wise night to preprare oneself for new changes, possibilities, and inspirations! So I have something here for you, my favorite time of the day.

      Tea Time!

                               Air Tea Spell

      This tea spell can be done any time when the moon is new, and preferably when it is in an air sign (Aquarius, Gemini, or Libra). It is to bring brilliant insight, a sense of great peace, and clarity. After casting the spell, be extra aware of your intuition, for it shall not fail to guide you. I will especially enjoy doing this before some divination work! Something to consider!

      Steep the following herbs in boiling water, and if possible, in a yellow tea pot. 

      • 1 tablespoon Fenugreek Seeds
      • 4 died Clover Blossoms
      • Pinch of dried Lavender

      After 5 minutes, sweeten with honey and either drink the mild tea OR mark the four directions and pour the tea on the ground outside, towards the East wind. 
      However you choose, you shall still pray:

      Winged Mercury, God of Air. I entreat you to bring me sight and true awareness. Like the Wind, speed my way, and make everything New. 

      Blessed be, everyone. And Dark Moon Blessings!