W.Q.W – My Magickal Healing Chest-rub Recipe By The Silver Sage Witch

Time for my Magickal Healing Chest-rub Recipe!

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Travel Altars

Written for Coven Life

By Priestess Hypatia

On 03/05 2020

 

Travel Altars can be so much fun to put together.  The smaller the more challenging. This is where creativity meets imagination.

I have created a couple for various travel trips. The one here is what I take with me when I travel interstate. I use this on my actualy journey.

Here are a couple of tips I have found useful in starting one up.

A small container to put your alrar tools into. I have chosen a small tin that housed incense i picked up from my travels.

In the tin I have included my essentials to set up my sacred space.

It includes:

A miniture wand from primrose stalk with planetary and elemental symbols to represent air

A feather to represent air

A tiny jar of frankincense resin

A tiny bottle of sacred oil

A calcite crystal to represent earth

A shell to represent water

Candle to represent fire

A seraphinite egg for the Goddess

A lavander skull for the God

A Beatle wing

A compass for gauging direction

A charm bracelet with the Goddess, trinity, pentacle, heart and citrine stone.

An altar cloth

A tiny sage bundle

And an elemental invocation prayer.

Remember as this is an actual altar……

It’s important that you consecrate all your equipment to be used.

It can be a great deal of fun to challenge yourself and see how much you can fit in such a small space.  Be innovative, creative and versatile.  This is also a great idea if you need to keep your spiritual path ‘low’.

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One Way to Make Your Own Besom Using Branches and Sticks

I suggest gathering these under a full or waxing Moon phase as they will hold more helpful energy. Your Besom can also be used to sweep out the negativity in your sacred place and/or wherever you are going to cast a circle. Remember to ask the tree you get your branch and sticks from even if they are laying on the ground no longer attached to the tree. It is always better to take what you need from a tree or shrub off of the ground beneath it rather than cutting pieces off the tree or shrub. Get a branch about 3 to 4 inches little taller then you are. Gather good size bunch of unstift smaller branches, I have found getting the sticks from under a shrub or pine tree make the best sweeping part of the Besom, if possible the size difference in them should be no more the approximately 2 inches in size. After gathering the branch and sticks remember to thank the tree for the parts it has given you and to leave an offering such as some water out of a container you have drank from. You need a ball of natural thin twine or some type of undryed vine. Tie the twine or vine to the branch making sure it is tight and will not slip off (you may want to by an angular cut about 4 to 5 inch up from the bottom of the branch to slip this twine or vine when securing it. (The size you have at the bottom of your Besom made from the twigs is up to you. Usually doing 2 to 4 layers of sticks make a good size Besom. Lay your first stick against the branch pull the twine or vine around the stick as tightly as you can, continue doing this until you have made you first layer of sticks pull the twine or vine in the opposite direction the you have been placing the in a tightly as possible and tie it off but do not cut the twine or vine. For the next layer you will follow the same instruction except lay the sticks in the opposite direction from the first layer. The third layer will go in the same direction as the first layer and the fourth layer goes in the same direction as the second layer. To help ensure you sticks stay secure to the branch at the end of each layer of sticks pour white glue over the sticks and twine or vine and make sure it gets down to the branch. If you want you can even put glue on the branch as you lay each first layer stick. Let each layer of sticks dry for approximately 24 hours before adding the next layer. When you have done the last layer and have used glue to help hold it together let the entire Besom dry a minimum of 72 hours before using it.

Imbolc Charm Bags

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Written for Coven Life

On 03/02/2020

By Priestess Hypatia

 

Creating seasonal charms is one of my favorite types of spell work.  You can generally make them from things you may already have on hand, or easily pick up at your local craft and nursery stores. The best ingredients are from my random collectables I have gathered from Nature Herself.

Spells crafted at this time of the year focus new beginnings, fresh starts and new growth. Think of it as the New Moon Phase. Ostara is like the waxing moon where you take action and Beltane is the time you see the manifestation, so you can compare this to the Full moon phase.

Set Your Intention

So before we start crafting the Charm bag for Imbolc let’s set our intention-

You can either choose a specific project or goal you want to manifest or you can focus on general new beginnings. For a specific goal, I would recommend adding at least one or two elements to these ingredients to give the spell focus.

Ingredients

  • Small piece of clear quartz, preferably charged at the new moon
  • Pine needles- purification
  • Cinnamon sticks- power
  • Nettles- strength in overcoming obstacles
  • Daffodil petals- fertility
  • Dandelion puffs – making wishes come true
  • White muslin or sheer sachet to place the ingredients in

Method

  1. Light a couple of white candles, or one of your favorite scented candles
  2. Take the pine needles in your hands and rub them to release the scent. Sprinkle the pine needles in the bag and say: “I cleanse and bless this spell, home and hearth”. I also like to put a couple of drops of fir pine essential oil in.
  3. Place the cinnamon stick and quartz in bag and say: “To lend power to this spell”.
  4. Place the daffodil petals in the bag and say: “To create a fresh start and a fertile beginning”
  5. Sprinkle the Nettles and say: “ This is to overcome obstacles on my path to realization of manifesting my intentions”
  6. Now tie the bag and place somewhere such as your lingerie drawer or our car glove compartment.

The above ingredients is just a sample of the endless possibilities that are accessible to you. It depends on your intentions. Rose quarts for love and friendship, Ginger root for fire and power, violet for protection, you get the gist.  Remember to research your ingredients and understand that their energy represents your intention needed.

Continuation of the story ….

I met my girlfriend when she facebooked me and asked about the rumors of me being transgender. As we talked more and more she said she wouldnt mind dating a transgender  person if I was interested so we got to know one another and she invited me to Indy Pagan Day where her coven was putting on a ritual.  It sounded like a good time and I was exploring alternate religions so I went out and attended the event and also attended her ritual.  I enjoyed the pomp and circumstance of the ritual  coming from a Catholic background and it increased my interest in pagan holidays and esbats.  We talked later and I let her know I would be willing to attend another ritual as they did most of their rituals publicly if her.

The next open ritual that they had was Samain and I was hooked, we attended the ritual I enjoyed myself as far as the learning process went and enjoyed the other people in the group.  After this ritual though things started going south for me and the girlfriend and we broke up right before Yule and because of this I only attended one ritual with her coven.  At the time I was hoping to continue the process with her coven but as the timed passed I saw that this was not going to be possible because of the drama.

This caused me to explore other options for my spirituality and I found an online coven to belong to for my education and a guild in a different city for my socialization.  I still do almost nothing witchy in Indianapolis, Indiana because I do not want to run the chance of running into my ex girlfriend.

I have written before on the differences between a guild and a coven and would be more than willing to answer questions in either area.  I will also take question on my transgender journey.  Hope everyone has a wonderful day, sun has come out here, and it is fairly warm for the end of December

Dawn of the Day

Spring is on Its Way in the Southern Hemisphere

I sit here thinking I have no idea what any season is like below the equator so how am I going to write about spring before I share a family arts and craft project featuring stuff that goes with Ostara.

So instead I am going to ask those who reside in the Southern Hemisphere some questions and hopefully at least one person will share some answers. I doubt I am the only person who reads this website, not my own but other people’s posts, who would like to broaden their knowledge of the Southern Hemisphere. Priestess Hypatia lives down under but is on holiday/vacation until the first week in November so I cannot ask her to write something up.

Questions About the Southern Hemisphere

1) Besides AntArctica do you get snow there?

2) Are the big temperature changes from spring to summer to fall to winter?

Okay, I know this question isn’t about spring but I’ve always been curious. When you flush the toilet which direction does the water swirl clockwise or counterclockwise?

3) What direction does the Sun rise from?

4) I have read conflicting articles in which some said the Moon Phases there are opposite of ours up here and others that say they are the same. Can you please tell us which is right?

4) Is it a custom there to dye eggs?

5) How big are the rabbits there and can they have a lot of litters in the same year?

6)Are there any specific flowers that bloom early signaling spring is here? Here we have Tulips, Daffodils, and others.

All of you who take time out of your busy life to answer these questions I thank you and may bountiful blessings come your way. Now onto the art project.

Spring Placemats

What You Will Need

Clothes Iron set on Low no steam

2 old towels large enough that the Waxed Paper will not come into contact with the surface you ironing on

The above things are not need if using the clear contact paper. If using this you will need a 30.48 cm (12inch) ruler or any object that is flat and can be pulled along easily

1 of each item per person or per placemat

20.32 cm by 27.94 cm (8×111/2 inche Pastel or White card Stock or Very Heavy Construction Paper

2 Sheets of Waxed Paper Width of the roll by30 cm (13 inches) long OR Clear Contact Paper

1 to 2 Sheets of objects to color Spring

Time for Sharing

Box of Crayons or Markers

Scissors

Clear Glue Stick NOT Hot Glue

How to Make a Placemat

Give each person 1 or 2 sheets of the objects to color. When they are done coloring an adult should cut out the objects.

Have the person making the place mat lay the objects out on top of the card stock however they think it looks good.

Once they make there final arrangement lift the color objects 1 at a time put a few dots of glue around the edges and a larger one in the center. Than place it back in its spot rubbing it so it sticks. Repeat this process with each object.

After all the objects have been glued in place have the person write their name, runes, symbols, or whatever they want and the adult feels is appropriate in the open spaces on the place mat.

Leave the mats where they are or place them on another flat surface to let the glue completely dry. Which should take around 1 hour. (This is a good time to have everyone clean up the scraps of paper and put all the other stuff away.

Now the tricky part – Have an adult CAREFULLY place the artwork on the Waxed Paper making sure it is in the middle and straight.

IF USING CONTACT PAPER SKIP TO INSTRUCTIONS NUMBER 2

Wax paper should be 2 inches long than the construction paper

1) First put down a towel than a piece of the wax paper, next place card stock or construction paper  in the center of the wax paper and make sure it is straight, than place another piece of wax paper over the top of the artwork on the construction paper and place the other towel over the whole thing. Moving iron set on lowest setting with no steam constantly for about 3 minutes over the entire surface of the towel. Lift up the top towel if the two pieces of wax paper are melted together at the extra parts at the end. If the two ends of the wax paper are not fully melted cover the place mat and again using a constant motion ironing over the whole place mat rechecking the pieces of wax paper about every 30 seconds until they are melted together. Once they are melted together than lift the place mat off of the bottom towel and set the place mat on a flat surface for about 5 minutes or completely cooled to room temperature on both sides. You may need to flip the place mat over to cool the bottom side of it. Lastly trim the excess wax paper off leaving about 1/4 inch of each end of the place mat as this help hold it together and keep air bubbles from forming on the place mat itself.

2) You will need 2 pieces of contact paper for each place mat.Measure out a piece of contact paper about 1 inch longer the the construction paper peel off the backing of 1 sheet. Very carefully, because once the paper is down you will not be able to move it, lay the place mat in the center of the contact paper you might want to use a ruler or something the is flat and as long as the place mat a you are sure is in a straight line to help guide you to set the place mat properly. Next remove the backing of the other sheet of contact paper about 1 inch line the end up so the bottom and top layers of the contact paper are together now using the ruler or flat whatever while you slowly peel the backing of as you are doing this with one hand the other hand should move the flat thing right behind it this should prevent air bubbles. With the contact paper you only get one chance to make sure every thing is right.

DO NOT USE THESE PLACE MATS TO SET HOT PANS OR DISHES ON BECAUSE THE WAX PAPER WITH MELT ON TO ANY HOT SURFACE AND IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OFF. THESE ARE FOR USE FOR PLACE SETTINGS ONLY!!

Autumn is Coming Soon to the Northern Hemisphere

My husband and I were talking this morning about fall we live outside of Chicago, Illinois, USA so Northern Hemisphere, which reminded me that although the temperature is changing and in some places the Wood Nymphs are painting the leaves in beautiful reds, yellows, golds, and oranges it is actually Summer until September 21st this year. I’m looking forward to collecting beautiful leaves for my altar on the Mabon/Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and maybe a couple of colored eggs with special markings for the Ostara/Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

I would like our members, sisters, brothers, and guests to know our coven covers both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres Sabbats. Alternating the celebration date between the Southern’s Wheel of the Year calendar and the Northern one, as there is a small window when both hemispheres have the same date. I use Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (which is one day a head of us when it comes time to gather for an Esbat or Sabbat) for time and date in the Southern Hemisphere because that is the closest time to where our wonderful Priestess Hypatia lives. I use Chicago, Illinois for the time and date of the Northern Hemisphere because that is close to where I live.

I believe for a coven to truly be spiritual family we need to celebrate things we have in common as well as our differences. This will include starting in the new year, based on the Celtic calendar, on the day after Samhain (pronounced sow-en)  November 1, 2019 in the North. This is going to seem like my math is way off but for next new year day but our year is going to be 18 months long so we can celebrate the new year using the Southern Hemisphere’s Wheel of the Year and it’s Samhain is celebrated on May 1st. So after this new year our next one will be May,1,2020

Here’s are craft ideas to do with younger members of your family for both hemispheres

Northern Hemisphere Craft

Fall Place Mats

What You Will Need:

Clothes Iron set on LOW (WARNING Make sure there is an adult or someone over say 16 years doing the ironing and making sure the younger children do not get to close that they could tip the iron over or tip on the cord and get burned!)

A bunch of fall leaves (the amount depend on a few things how many place mats you want to make, the size of the place mats, and how many leaves you want in each place mat) If the leaves are damp place them one at time of medium or large or 2 at a time if they are small on apiece of paper towel than take another piece and lay it over the top of the leaf and gently press down all over the leaf until no more moisture comes off.

Orange, or Yellow, or Red Construction paper

Darker crayons to draw with or right a persons name on their specific place mat

Print out a copy of the pictures of the Runes, Ogham alphabet, Witchcraft symbols, or any of the many Ancient alphabets (may can be found on Coven Life. Just put the bane of the alphabet or symbols can be found on Coven Life or Witches of The Craft

Roll of Wax Paper or Clear Contact Paper (If you have excitable young children I suggest the Contact Paper because than you take the chance of anyone burning themselves away or if you do not own an iron) – Suggested length for the place mats is they not be over 18 inches

Collected different leaves that are not all dried out. You will different amounts depending on how big the place mats will be and how big or how many leaves you want to use for each

2 old towels large enough to cover and lay underneath the wax paper. So Wax does not get on what ever surface you are ironing on

How to Make the Place Mats

Depending on how many people are working on place mats – Place a large handful of leaves between every two people

Give each person 1 sheet of construction paper laid horizontally

Let each person pick up to 2 crayons (If two or more people want to use the same color this is a great time for a lesson in sharing)

Have each person lay leaves out on their piece of construction paper IMPORTANT – no leaves should over lap

After everyone has their leaves arranged using the crayons (MAKE SURE COLORS ARE PICKED BEFORE THE LEAVES ARE IN PLACE) let person put a person’s name on the place mat in whatever alphabet the want and/or write symbols on it. The writing should weave in a path among the leaves.

Now the tricky part – Have an adult CAREFULLY as to not to be jiggly with the place mat so you do not move thing to a different spot

IF USING CONTACT PAPER SKIP TO INSTRUCTIONS NUMBER 2

Wax paper should be 2 inches long than the construction paper

1) First put down a towel than a piece of the wax paper, next place construction paper  in the center of the wax paper and make sure it is straight, than place another piece of wax paper over the top of the leaves on the construction paper and place the other towel over the whole thing. Moving iron set on lowest setting with no steam constantly for about 3 minutes over the entire surface of the towel. Lift up the top towel if the two pieces of wax paper are melted together at the extra parts at the end. If the two ends of the wax paper are not fully melted cover the place mat and again using a constant motion ironing over the whole place mat rechecking the pieces of wax paper about every 30 seconds until they are melted together. Once they are melted together than lift the place mat off of the bottom towel and set the place mat on a flat surface for about 5 minutes or completely cooled to room temperature on both sides. You may need to flip the place mat over to cool the bottom side of it. Lastly trim the excess wax paper off leaving about 1/4 inch of each end of the place mat as this help hold it together and keep air bubbles from forming on the place mat itself.

2) You will need 2 pieces of contact paper for each place mat.Measure out a piece of contact paper about 1 inch longer the the construction paper peel off the backing of 1 sheet. Very carefully, because once the paper is down you will not be able to move it, lay the place mat in the center of the contact paper you might want to use a ruler or something the is flat and as long as the place mat a you are sure is in a straight line to help guide you to set the place mat properly. Next remove the backing of the other sheet of contact paper about 1 inch line the end up so the bottom and top layers of the contact paper are together now using the ruler or flat whatever while you slowly peel the backing of as you are doing this with one hand the other hand should move the flat thing right behind it this should prevent air bubbles. With the contact paper you only get one chance to make sure every thing is right.

DO NOT USE THESE PLACE MATS TO SET HOT PANS OR DISHES ON BECAUSE THE WAX PAPER WITH MELT ON TO ANY HOT SURFACE AND IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OFF. THESE ARE FOR USE FOR PLACE SETTINGS ONLY!!