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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

Herbalicious Lammas Loaf Biscuits: Celebrating The Tradition of Common Ground

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Saving this recipe for the next Lammas Day!

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This herbaceous and cheesy biscuit loaf is my tribute to the traditional start of the harvest calendar, Lammas Day or Lughnasa. And it features the cornucopia of savoury and aromatic herbs growing right now in the heart of Victoria’s neighbourhood “common ground” gardens.

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Lammas Day means “loaf-mass” and on August 1st, (or roundabout) bread made from the season’s first grains were taken to the church to be blessed. Afterwards, it was also used in a little old world food magic to ensure a prosperous harvest. A book of Anglo-Saxon Charms advises the Lammas bread should be broken into four bits placed at the four corners of the barn, to protect the grain.

But Lammas Day served another forgotten function, it marked the occasion when “Lamas Rights” were granted. This allowed “commoners” the right to hunt, pasture and forage on crown land, church or other lands they did not have legal rights to. This…

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Happy Lughnasadh / Lammas – 2017

Happy Lammas!

It’s August 1st!  This day marks the end of those long hot summer days and the coming of autumn with days beginning to give way to longer nights.

Lammas is the first of the three Harvest Festivals in the Wheel of the Year, with the other two being Mabon, and Samhain.

Today’s Focus:  To give thanks and be grateful for our blessings, to share your blessings with others (people you know, strangers, animals, or the earth).

Everyone celebrates this day differently, of course but here are some easily adaptable ways to incorporate celebration this Harvest Festival.

Celebrate:

  • Bake bread and enjoy it.
  • Cut up the leftover bread to leave out the birds.
  • Enjoy local crops in season (berry pies, apple crisp, corn on the cob!).
  • Give a neighbor or elderly baked goods.
  • Beer & wine (fruit juice or cider if you must) – Hey it’s grains and fruit too!
  • Light a candle of harvest colours (yellows, oranges, browns, purples).
  • Take a handful of wildflower seeds and give them to the wind – fate will decide where they go.
  • Offer a handful of grains / oats to the earth.


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Netflix Documentary: Witches: A Century of Murder

Witches: A Century of Murder

My daughter and I were flipping through Netflix last night and came across an interesting witchy two part documentary series called Witches: A Century of Murder, where Dr Suzannah Lipscomb (who has the most fantastic hair!) goes on a quest for root knowledge of the mass witch hunts that infested the British Isles four centuries ago.

It didn’t start in Salem?

I was surprised to learn that the horrifying and unjust witch hunts actually began in Denmark and Scotland long before the more known “Salem Witch Trials”.

Here’s a trailer to tempt you!  It was very informative!


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The Near Witch

A Quick Witchy Read

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab is a great little witchy book that came out in 2011.  I had picked up a hardcover copy of this book a couple years back in a used book store in Penticton, but hadn’t picked it up to read until my recent summer trip to BC.  It is probably geared towards teens, but sometimes on vacation when I am looking for a light read, it’s my go-to section for a great selection of supernatural fiction.  I flew through the quick read, enjoying the story revolving around witches in the small town of Near.

FREE Prequel Novella

As a little bonus, there is a free prequel novella written to celebrate the paperback release of The Near Witch called “The Ash-Born Boy” which you can find [HERE].  I haven’t had a chance to read the free prequel yet (or anything else written by Victoria Schwab), but I am looking forward to it!