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Theres a little witch in every woman… ~ Practical Magic


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Making Moon Water

The Full Moon Brings Out My Wild Side

It’s a full moon tonight, and while some are out doing wild and crazy things like howling at the moon and stuff, I’m tucked safe and sound inside my house, peering out the window at my beautiful bowl of moon water that will be ready for me to bottle up in the morning and use for any type of water crafting or cleansing. I know!  Crazy right?

How I Made My Moon Water Tonight…

There are a bazillion variations of ways to make moon water which you can see all over the internet, but what’s most important is the moon, the water and the intent, so freestyle it! If all you have is a glass jar, some tap water and the moon – with a little blessing, that will do!

I added a little Himalayan pink salt, sagebrush and white rosepetals/buds to my water before I set it out for the night, because I was feeling them and I had them handy, but you could add about anything natural, even crystals.

That reminds me…  I need to put my crystals in the window sill tonight for charging!

Full Moon Notes:

  • If you plan to ingest your moon water, make sure you use food safe additives!  I personally don’t drink my moon water, but some do!
  • Charge your tools by the light of the moon.
  • Make sure your bird baths are full so the moon can shine her blessings upon them too.
  • Avoid conflict or angry situations – too much emotion goes on during the full moon.
  • Let go of things that are no longer serving you and move forward.

 

 


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Sagebrush… Tons of Sagebrush!

Prairie Sage is a pretty important staple for spellcrafting and smudging, and I am super lucky that very near my house is a vast coulee filled with sagebrush!  My daughter and I have been out twice now this season to harvest and will probably go once more again before the end of the summer.  We should have plenty until next year! Incidentally, my daughter sings the plants “thank you sage plant songs” lol.  Now I am sure you are imagining that she is around 5 or 6, but in fact – she is turning 20 next week lol.  It was very entertaining, and I am sure the plants enjoyed it too.

About Sagebrush…

Sagebrush, an aromatic shrub -native to the North American west,  is the common name of several woody and herbaceous species of plants in the genus Artemisia. There are a ton of them, and honestly, I am not sure which variety exactly I have near me as some of them look very similar.  It’s leaves are a silvery greenish blue – velvety and aromatic.

Garden Sage Is Not Sagebrush!

Don’t be confused by garden sage.  Sagebrush or prairie sage is not even related to garden sage. Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis) is in the mint family and Sagebrush (Artemisia) is part of the Daisy and Ragweed family.  These are two very different herbs, despite their similar name.

Get You Some Sagebrush:

  1.  Make sure you have found the correct plant!
  2. Cut one or two pieces from each plant – never pull by the roots!
  3. Leave an offering if you can.
  4. Thank the plants for their gift.

Note:  Try to collect sage that is not too seedy.  Near the end of July it tends to get seedier.  It will still smudge fine – but it’s better without all the seeds!

What to do with it after you have harvested?

I am sure there are a gazillion natural uses for sagebrush, however as I am not very familiar with it’s internal safety use or how safe it is on skin in salves and such so I personally only use it for smudging, in spell bottles, or incense.

  • Use it for spellwork
  • Cleanse the air, yourself or your tools via smudging


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Take Along Safe Travels Spell Bottle

On The Road Again…

My family and I are headed out for a summer R&R trip to BC soon, so I have put together a spell for safe travel that I can take along with me.   I have included sea salt, orange peel, lavender petals, sage powder and white rose petals – all pretty common, readily available witches cupboard herbs.

Forgetting The Ginger

Sage was included to banish negativity, sea salt for protection to and fro, lavender for a relaxing and harmonious trip and orange peel for happiness.  Now I almost used ginger in this spell to add a little adventure, but then had second thoughts about what I was wishing for…  Our family vacation adventures can be adventurous in unwelcome ways, such as vehicle breakdowns, having our watercraft stolen or reservation mishaps, so on this trip I thought a nice predictable happy and relaxing trip was what we were really intending!  The added white rose petals at the top will represent each of the journey participants.

What You’ll Need:

  • A jar or bottle with a lid
  • Blue candle
  • Sea Salt
  • Orange Peel
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • White Rose Petals
  • (optional) paper and pen to write, ribbon or string

Safe Travel Spell Instructions:

  1. Collect all of your ingredients.
  2. Light a blue candle.
  3. Cleanse your jar over the flame.
  4. As you pour each layer, recite a line.
  5. Add the rose petals to the top.
  6. Seal with blue wax from your candle.
  7. Keep with you as you travel and enjoy your trip.
  8. (optional) Write out the incantation and attach it to the jar with a ribbon or string or put it in the jar before your ingredients (that’s what I do).

Jar Ingredients Layered:

  • Sea Salt – protection
  • Orange Peel – happiness
  • Lavender – harmony & relaxation
  • Sage – to banish negativity
  • White Rose Petal for each traveller

Incantation:

By the shining light of lady moon

I reach my destination soon

The trip shall safe and merry be

For all concerned as well as me

SMIB

ETA:  Put it in a baggie if you are going to a hot location because the wax seal will melt…  everywhere.


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Holy Henbane

In my last blog entry regarding spells requiring Henbane and the note that I hadn’t seen any locally I got to thinking that I should find out what it is that I am missing out on, so I did a little investigating and learned that Henbane is nothing to mess with and in fact can be very dangerous!

It is found here in Medicine Hat apparently, but is known as a dangerous noxious weed that is not only capable of causing illness and death when ingested by animals or humans, but is also a contact irritant so you don’t want to be handling it without gloves either.

It makes a name for itself alright

Henbane is known by several names but it’s three most commonly used names are:

  1. Black Henbane
  2. Devil’s-eye
  3. Stinking Nightshade

Seriously… with names like that, one should know to take heed!

You don’t have to take it from me…

The video below by Shaw TV explains its dangers, and gives a really nice visual example of what to look for (and avoid!!) in your garden.

 

This video is a big reminder to be very careful when working with herbs and plants you are unfamiliar with.


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Hmmph… The Storm Went Around Us

Well, the storm went around us, so all that excitement over storm water was all for not *sighs*, but at least it inspired me to learn more about the use of rain water and I’ll be ready next time.

I have read that there are some spells you can do to call upon the rain, however I’m not sure I believe one can change the weather with a wish.  I suppose if you are really desperate you could give it a try and well.. it beats sitting around tapping your fingernails waiting for it.

Calling Upon The Rain

In past times, witches were said to invoke rain by the following practices:

  • Casting flint stones behind their backs towards the west.
  • Stirring water with their fingers in ground holes.
  • Tossing sand into the air.

A Herbal Calling

There are tons and tons of different ways to call the rain, however I tend to lean towards the use of herbs and oils, so these ones appealed to me.

  1.  Burning heather with fern outdoors. (and henbane…  if you can find it? I haven’t seen any).
  2.  Making a tea with heather and fern, using the tea to water the ground outside.

I’m off to collect some fern from my garden!  It’s so exciting when I learn I can add a new ingredient to my cupboard, especially if it’s right here in my very own yard!

I NEED A JAR!

Useful Articles on the subject:

Traditional Weather Witching By Otherworld Apothecary – Very informative.

Make it Rain Spell by Sherunjhaye – I thought this was a nice spell.