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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.

 

 

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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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.