I recently wrote an article about herbal substitutions, and though that is helpful for thecommon plants, but what about the rare ones?
Here is a chart for those substitutions. Follow them like so:
Enjoy and blessings ☆
I recently wrote an article about herbal substitutions, and though that is helpful for thecommon plants, but what about the rare ones?
Here is a chart for those substitutions. Follow them like so:
Enjoy and blessings ☆
As many herbal witches may know, our special recipes, whether passed down, or handcrafted, can require certain types of herbs. Many of these herbs are common kitchen ingredients, but there are some that do need special plants for the occasion.
However, there is always the issue that we may just never encounter such an herb, because of location, price, time of year. So, what do we do in such a situation? We substitute!
Below you will find a two part list of common herbs that have other herbs to use if you don’t have the necessary ingredient.
Just in case you’re uncertain, the first herb is the main ingredient. If you do not have it, follow the “>” symbol to the next herb. That is the herb to substitute with.
“M/” means to mix with.
“W/” means with.
Soon, I will write the list for rare herb substitutes. Be on the look out!
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.
August 24th marks the Festival of Hecate. Day and Night of the Dark Mother. Of Earth and Sky. Keeper of the crossroads. Seer of the unknown. Queen of the witches. She speaks, and all remains silent for Her. For those that are guided by Her wisdom, honor Her on this day, her ascension from the underworld, with offerings of Earth, Heart, and Soul.
Interestingly enough, the days for this festival can be concluded by who traditionally worships Hecate. Most who honor Hecate, begin to honor her on August 13th. Which aligns with the dark moon, and the perseids meteor shower. This time symbolizes her descent into the underworld and the harvests of the earth.
Fun fact, August 13th was also worshipped for the festival of Diana. Where her followers celebrated her in the groves at Nemi. This festival lasted for up to a week of festivities, food, and dance.
Now, back to Hecate.
Both of these festivals were and are very similar. Especially considering that both Diana and Hecate are triple goddesses, some associate them as one deity. Like I do. Diana to me, is the maiden form, and Hecate is the crone form. Now, on this day, Hecate has had already descended into the underworld, and now begins to rise again to the heavens from her wise journey. And as the Full moon grows full, so will she claim herself as Queen again. With new knowledge and mysteries from the underworld. So, we invoke her and honor her, in hopes for her protection for the coming season, and for her new found wisdom.
How do we honor this Great and Ancient Goddess?
Personally, I honor each of her crossroads. I leave offerings of earth, sky, flame, and sea at each pathway, to open the doors for Her guidance. Her offerings include:
Eggs, Lavender, Honey, Garlic, Baked Goods
Incense, Candles, Daggers, Keys
Having your dog familiar by your side
These are just to name a few. But follow your heart of which offerings would be best for you to give.
I love to leave her lavender honey tea, and burn my special blend of incense for her.
This is the blend I burn while invoking the Goddess Hecate. Add even portions of the ingredients shown, and/or add odd drops of the essential oils to the blend. Smells divine when burned, and uplifts the soul. While the smoke fills the air, call out to Hecate with your own heartfelt chant and await her guidance. If you decide to have your familiar close by, pay special attention to their reaction. Hecate always greets dogs, and reveals herself to them. Keep an eye out for signs, or listen soundly. Often, she comes in dreams in the dead of the night, and reveals her messages then.
I hope this night brings special moments for you, and Hecate grants you her wise guidance.
Oh, how the blessed Moon is glowing on this night. A night of power, the energy high, for tonight is a Blue Moon night! I have so much inspiration coming in, I figured to share a few spells and recipes!
Let’s start with what I plan to do this night. I felt it fitting to create my blue moon balm oil. I make this blend to keep on hand for when a dreary day takes over. It keeps for a month, and it helps to keep in the fridge.
Blue Moon Balm
What is needed:
4 ounces of unscented body lotion
2 ounces of olive oil
2 ounces of sweet almond oil.
In this case, I’m going to use almond oil, with a bit of vitamin E.
Then the oils:
2 drops Chamomile
2 drops Myrrh
8 drops Rosemary
8 drops Geranium
Considering Myrrh oil being pretty expensive, powder or resin form can be used instead. And strained later.
Prepare the room for which you will bless this oil.
Light 1 blue candle, and hum a joyful tune as you blend the oils. That part is important, for you want happy jolly energy instilled in the mix. Stir clockwise for 20 times.
After blending, place outside under the moonlight, and let it soak in for a good bit. But bring back before the sun rises. And then store in a cool dark place. Or even the fridge. Gives it a nice coolness for when you use it. Hmmm.
Afterwards, use this oil whenever your having a gloomy, dreary day.
And when you do, relight the same blue candle, and then apply the oil to your skin after a shower. All the while, humming the same lullaby.
Be sure to test this blend on a small surface of your skin to make sure you aren’t allergic.
And if you wish to create a large amount, double the recipe per batch. And double the amount of stirring clockwise.
A full Moon ritual isn’t complete without a tea recipe! And since I’ve been so inspired, I will write two of my favorites.
Full Moon in Libra
Per pot of tea:
1/4 tsp Mugwort
1/4 tsp Jasmine Flowers
1/4 tsp Spearmint
1/4 tsp Marjoram
This is based with dry herbs. If using fresh marjoram, double the amount.
Brew this tea when the hour strikes midnight. I enjoy this recipe to gain mental, emotional, and spirit balance. And with the marjoram added, it instills courage of heart, and happiness.
Use this recipe to connect with the elements and of the Moon. But if you need an extra surge of power, towards specific courage, then consider this next tea blend.
Lately, courage has been a great topic between everyone I’ve come to talk to. So, this recipe goes out to them!
Now the question is, courage or caution?
1 bag of your favorite kind of Tea (preferably green)
1/2 tsp Chamomile Flowers
1/2 tsp Thyme, dry
1/4 tsp Yarrow, dry
Mix in some warm honey milk, to sweeten the transition of courage into the heart.
Every process of this tea brew is important. First keep the herbs separated. When your ready to begin, take in a deep and focus breath. Then bring each herb up to your heart, one at a time. And then smell each one. Through your fingertips, let each herb fall into the tea cup.
Visualize the tea cup as a doorway into your heart. As each herb is blended, focus on each one being a key to opening your heart. When you pour the semi boiling water over the blend, see this as the flame of courage tunneling through into your heart.
Let it brew for 3-5 minutes. All the while, hold the cup close, and breathe in the invigorating aroma of the tea. Feel its strength. And when you sip on the tea, chant:
Fear is but a thing of the past.
Courage now rules,
For I am its keeper.
May your full Moon be filled with magick and witchery! I know I’m looking forward to it!
Blessed Be )○(
This ultimate purification ritual is a seven day-long devoted process. It is to heal and nurture the mind, body, and spirit. One must be prepared to dive deep and confront what needs to be healed and let go. Each purifying day will feel fulfilled and renewed, but keep going to the very end. Each day is significant for our soul, or chakras, what have you.
When you have the week ready, begin the night before with this special tea right before bed.
1 tbsp black tea
1 tsp chamomile
2 tsp fennel
2 tsp hyssop
1 tsp valerian
Make each day your own, but still follow along the same lines.
Find a place of the Earth. Whether that be a park, a forest, or even the backyard. Anoint your pulse points with oil of Sandalwood and Patchouli, blended in jojoba oil. Lay out on the ground, barefoot, and hands faced down. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Find the center of your energy and match to that of the Earth. When you feel the connection, start to meditate on all that you fear. If you’ve experienced abandonment, neglect, major illnesses or surgeries, physical abuse, or inherited traumas, this is the time to meditate on these fears. Understand this and be honest with yourself; in no way allow these fears to torment you. Don’t hang onto them. Pour the negative energy out from you, into the ground beneath it. Visualize the fears being buried. Do this for however long you like, till you no longer feel the heavy weight. And notice a significant lightness, or renewed energy. Rise.
Brew a cup of Jasmine tea. Then either prepare a bath, or go to the beach, lake, pond. Placing your feet into the water, drink the Jasmine tea, and then fill the cup with the water at your feet. Gaze deep into the cup of water. And feel its pull. Once you feel entranced, pour the cup of water over you. Feel yourself becoming one with the energies of water. Then submerge your whole body. As you soak, begin to meditate on all the guilt brewing in your belly. This is the time to release any guilt due to emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Neglect. Alcohol or drug addictions, etc. Again, don’t let this stick on your insides. Let it stir in a whirlpool of energy. When you’ve finished swirling the guilt through you, pour it into the water. Feel the water’s cleansing energy flow and replace the negative. When you have absorbed enough, feel the tingling cool rush of power in you, step out of the bath, beach, pond, or lake. Air dry.
Write down all that you are ashamed of, be honest with yourself. The burning burdens that way you down. Focus on what you wish released. Then either build a pyre, or a fire pit, or in a fire place. Create a fire. Sit and stare into the light. Feel its warmth, smell its burning flame. Be a part of the fire. Get lost in its essence. When ready, toss the page into the fire, not losing your concentration. And as the paper is burning, speak out loud all that was written. Watch it burn into nothing, and yet be purified. If you feel capable, and remaining safe without causing yourself harm, be brave and place your hand near the flame. Absorb the fire’s strength and courage. Allow it to renew you, to embolden your spirit. Either stay to watch the fire burn out on its own, or carry on as it’s burning, but always remember that the courage of Fire will never die.
One would hope that it is a breezy/semi windy day for this. However, if it so happens to be windy on another day then do this, rather than another. But if there is absolutely no wind on any of these days, then you can create your own, by using a fan. Or you can take yourself to higher ground, where there certain to be wind. Have blended Sandalwood and Rose. Burn the incense and call to the wind. When the wind blows, feel its smooth and uplifting caress. Feel it course through you. Placing your hands over the incense, speak or meditate on all that you grieve for. What weighs down on your heart. When ready, and if the wind picks up, lift your hands and touch your heart. Begin to pull your hands away from your heart slowly. Visualize all your grief being removed from you, and drifting off into the wind. When you feel relieved of this, focus back onto the air. Breathe in each breeze that caresses you. Let it fill in the hole that was left behind. When you feel light and tingly, rise up, and turn to go. Releasing one final breathe.
Find a comfortable area that permits no light. It can be a simple dark room. But it must be one that you feel absolutely safe and secure in. Prepare a spot where you will be either laying or sitting at. Gather moonstones, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, or turquoise stones, and lay them out in a large circle around you. Have meditation/calming music playing in the background. Get comfortable in the darken room, and relax. In the beginning, focus on nothing but the dark. Do not think of anything else. Adrift with the sounds of the music. Free your mind, until it feels balanced. When ready, begin to ponder all the lies that have plagued you. That others have told you, what you have told yourself. Face them. Confront them. But don’t be angered, or upset by them. Approach these lies with the truth. Your truth. And accept this, recognize and secure this truth. Believe in it, and let it soak into your being. When you are done, rise, and walk back into the light, with your new found truth.
On a sunny day, go outside. Bring with you two crystals of either amethyst, or fluorite. As well as oil of rosemary, or lavender. For those with sensitive skin, be sure to wear SPF protection. Find a favorite spot, preferably at a place where you have been before. Sit comfortably, and relax. When ready, anoint your forehead with oil. Place the two crystals on both palms facing up. Begin to meditate, clearing your mind. Explore all that you feel is a illusion in your life. All that you thought was real, but had not been, or that continues to be. This is the hardest challenge because how does one see an illusion when they are blinded to it? You must open your third eye to see. To face the reality that is in front of you, and the delusion that others place on you, or what you place on yourself. This may take time. If you feel your mind begin to wonder, return it back by repeating “ham-ksham”, and refocusing on the question, what is an illusion in your life? Most do not wish to face this, but once it is understood, the soul is nearly purified. Once this is done, and the challenges faced, raise your face to the Sun and let the light shine into your soul. The light of certainty.
This is it. The full completion of your purification. The end of your pilgrimage towards spiritual wellbeing, and self love. Go to a place that incorporates all the elements from the past week. Such as a park near water, with candles of white or purple, and incense of Jasmine and Frankincense. Where one could feel the breeze, hear the birds or music, see the light of the Sun, and sit in the shade under a tree. Or in your own home, with all these elements gathered around you. Begin your meditation. Clear thought, relax. Focus on all the elements around you. When ready, start to reflect on all that you had worked on, the strength and grips that you let go. Feel accomplished. Begin to speak words of love to yourself. Compliment yourself. Express how much you love yourself. How much you mean to this world. What you deserve, and have conquered. Don’t sell yourself short, don’t hold back. Give it your all. Then, relax once more. No thought. Only sense. Reach out and connect to all of your senses. To the energies all around you. Lay back. Rest. And if you fall asleep, let it be so. Be free. Awaken anew.
Blessed Be ~*~
(All pictures found on Pinterest)
I had dear friends and sisters inspire me to write about the tremendous power that comes from Storm Magicks, and how to embrace this craft. Worked on it for 3 days straight, trying to pick out all the knowledge I had learned over the years. Well I’m proud to say I finished. So for your enjoyment and magical knowledge, I give to you…
Storm magick is both thrilling and terrifying power to harness. And I use harness lightly. Connecting to this form of power is exactly like working with the elements and weather magick. It is using the energies of the storm to manifest your will. It’s just like when using the elements to connect your power to the source of all magick.
However, storms are also on a different level. A witch can look at a storm as a form of a battery. The energy that creates a storm charges the air all around you, to the very ground you stand on. To the wind that blows, and to the rain that falls, are all empowered. A storm carries all the elements a witch holds dear. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Even Spirit, for a storm empowers people as well.
So as a battery, a witch can learn to connect with the storm. They infuse his/her energy with it, and channel their magick to manifest their desire. All who have done it will say that it is certainly a rush of power coursing through the veins. Storm magick is so potent, that once familiar on how to wield its power, one doesn’t need any tools or ritual. Although I would recommend anti-lightening charms.
It is important to remember however, that storm magick is wild. Wild and neutral. It carries both positive and negative energies. It can both bless and destroy the land. Because of this, storm magick must be respected. Do not think that you can control the storm. Your merely working with it. If you ever do think you are master of the storm, watch your magick falter, ego has gotten in the way. And that can even turn against you.
One must approach the storm with an even temper, and a focused will before attempting to connect with its power. This is because a storm can absorb the energies you feed it, just like it feeds you. Believe me, once I hadn’t gotten over being very upset before connecting with a storm that was supposed to last for a day, it stormed for a week! Nasty one, it caused a power outage in my neighborhood. And trees were blown over.
Connecting to a storm for the first time
For a beginner who has never once connected to a storm, I feel it best that they meditate during one for their first try. They must meditate for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Inside, windows open so that they could listen to the rain, feel the wind, and connect to the thunder and lightning. Meditate with no thoughts other than the storm. Use your senses to feel the way it lives. Breathe in its power and release it. Do this for however long you feel it’s best. You will know when you are connected. There is no doubt, there is a surge of energy you can feel radiating through you. The energy feels different for some; it can be chills shivering up and down the body, warm heat filling the belly, or cool energy streaming up the spine. Feel how it effects you. Personally I get cool chills throughout the body with heat flowing through my core.
If meditation is not for you, there are many other methods to get into that meditative state. I know of others who do yoga, sacred dance, or like the native Americans do it, a drum circle gathering. However way helps you connect to the energies around you, go for it! All these meditation techniques can also be used for weather magick.
When you feel connected, test it. Call for a rise in wind, rain, thunder, or for a flash of lightening. Wait for 10mins or less, if nothing happens, you need to continue to meditate and become familiar with the flow of energy coursing through you. If what you call forth happens, good for you! You are connected. Your flow of energy is in sync with the storm. But don’t get too excited or carried away, you can either lose focus, or make the storm worse!
Generally once you become familiar with how the energy feels and you can connect to it instantly, one can skip the meditation in the beginning. As one continues practicing storm magick, they can become so in tune with this craft, that they can even begin to sense when a storm is coming. You can feel the energy in the air, much like a sailor can smell the rain of one brewing.
Now that you have practiced connecting to the storm, the next step is harnessing this energy in order to manifest your intent. Because storm magick has both positive and negative energies, any spell can be casted. Often when beginning in storm magick, witches set up their altars to perform their spells. This should feel familiar, because you are casting a spell. The only difference, it is highly charged with the storm’s power. The tools and altars help the witch to remain focus on their intent. Which is essential in practicing with storm magick. The thought and desire must be clear, the clearer the picture the quicker it will manifest. The same can be said if your thoughts are jumbled. Overall, like the ole saying goes, be careful what you wish for, because the storm will cast it far into the winds. After a few storm spell practices, you may be able to do without the tools and altars. You’ll simply be able to connect to the storm, and project your spell through your energy.
All this is for thunderstorms, but of course there are many other kinds of weather storms. And each have their own special spells and rituals that can be done.
Tips for working with storm magick
The list can go on and on, because that is how widespread storm magick can be. Go out there and try it and see what new knowledge you will discover and learn, and pass on!
Great Stormy Blessings, everyone!
Great Full Moon Blessings!
Tonight is the great Scorpion Moon. An enchanting night filled with mystery and magick. One may feel a lot more susceptible to emotional imbalances and energy draining. This is because the great full moon in Scorpios chamber influences you to ooze your energy and power. On the other hand, this aligning can also make you feel the opposite. You could be feeling extra powerful, and filled with self reflection and love.
Here are the types of spells and magick to consider doing on this full moon.
Here are also a few personal spells to delight in.
Here are a few other ideas for spells to do this Full Moon. Two water based spells to pay homage to the water element of Scorpio.
SELF CONFIDENCE BATH
The following magical bath enhances self-confidence and personal magnetism, and increases chances of success. Take the bath either just prior to an important event, an interview or the like, the night before. Remember to allow yourself to air dry and leave the Botanicals in the infusion for up most power if at all possible.
And good luck! For it’s going to be powerful!
FRIENDSHIP RENEWAL POWDER
This powder is intended to soften an angry friend’s heart or an ex-lover. It helps prevent them from becoming an enemy. Grind and powder the following ingredients together:
Sprinkle the powder on your friend’s shoulder, if possible. If not, then close to their surroundings. If this is even not possible, one can use a human figure candle and surround the base with this powder as the candle is lit.
CLEANSING AND ENERGY BATH
This Botanical bath is to cleanse the aura, as well as balance yin and yang Energies.
Stir well. I like to use a wooden spoon to make sure the water is well-blended.
Happy Full Moon Blessings to you all!
Blessed Be ~*~
Hello to all!
March’s Sap Moon is a time to herald the death of winter and embrace the rebirth of nature. The Earth feels alive again, at least here in California. The birds and animals know that Spring is around the corner. Neither is the cold bite of winter winds or nights, but rather a refreshing breeze and warming Sun. The land is vibrant with energy.
The Moon in Virgo, the virgin maiden, is a time to celebrate the wild freedom that is within all of us. To once again feel that innocent joy and run with it. Virgo reminds us that we need to know who we are and what passions we seek. To perfect our craft and get creating!
March’s moon and Virgo’s chamber hovering over us, is a powerhouse to get magick done. Any spells for luck, wealth, finances, healing, manifesting are ripe to do on this night.
Here are a few simple but potent spells.
Patchouli (herb or oil)
Brew the herb as a tea and let it sit for 10 minutes. As it steeps, chant over it:
Pat my pockets, Chou my money, but Li shall always return back to me.
Strain the tea, and mix with half of Spring water. Or add 7, 10, or 11 drops of patchouli oil to a full bottle of Spring water. And place it in a spray bottle. Lay out all your money, credit/debit cards, taxes, etc and give it a good spritz. Not too much, wouldn’t want to soak your money! And repeat the chant from above.
Anything you spend, shall return back to you.
Blue Moon Balm
Blend this oil during the full moon. Combine the following oils with either 4 ounces of unscented body lotion, or 2 ounces of olive oil, or sweet almond oil.
Shake the oils together and place in a corked jar. Sit quietly in a room lit only by 1 blue candle and rub the balm gently into your skin after a bath.
Work thy spell to heal and nurse. Blessed balm, banish my pain. Harm to none, and health to all.
Use this balm if ever a dreary day arises, or if a dark mood is present. It heals both body and mind.
San Cipriano Oil
This oil is universal. It is said that when blended true to your Spirit, it can create miracles. But it must be blended with pure intentions and not for selfish needs.
Grind the herbs to a very fine powder and blend. Cover them with olive, sunflower, and/or jojoba oil. Add the oils as the last step.
As it is being created, one must be a state of meditation. Your soul shall lead you in creating this miracle blend.
Enjoy and be blessed!
Tonight marks the first quarter moon, and with it almost endless possible spells that can be done at this time. From psychic work, attraction spells, personal growth, luck, new opportunities, to love! The Moon in its waxing first quarter is filled with positive power. It is a matter of connecting your own energy with the moon’s energy.
Here are a few spells that can be done on this night.
Astral Travel Spell
Write the following onto parchment, preferably using Raven’s feather ink:
R O L O R
O B U F O
L U A U L
O F U B O
R O L O R
Pin this paper to your chest. Close your eyes, relax, and see whether you fly.
Business Success Spell
Add in either sunflower, olive, or jojoba oil.
Use this oil on charms, baths, perfumes, lotions, candles, stones, store register, money, floor washes, etc.
Success in all things business, career, advancements, promotions, financial benefits. As well as finding jobs, landing them, and retaining a job.
Gather an object that represents what needs binding. Whether that be a picture, a piece of clothing, a flammable object of addiction, etc.
With a knotweed, wrap around the object, focusing all your wish bound.
When done, burn.
There are much more spells that could be done, and many more I will post on each phase of the moon.
For now, may it be a good moon and lovely weekend!
Blessed Be ~*~