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Saturday, October 30, 2010

T'was Samhain Eve...


Twas the evening of Samhain, and all through the place
Were Pagans preparing the ritual space
The candles were set in the corners with care,
In hopes that the Watchtowers soon would be there
We all had our robes on, as is habitual
And had just settled down and were starting our ritual
When out on the porch there arose such a chorus
That we went to the door and waiting there for us
Were children in costumes of various kinds
With visions of chocolates bright in their minds.

In all of our working, we’d almost forgot,
But we had purchased candy, we’d purchased a Lot
And so, as they flocked from all over the street,
They all got some chocolate or something else sweet.
We didn’t think twice of delaying our rite
Kids just don’t have this much fun every night
For hours they came, with the time-honored schtick,
Of giving a choice: a treat or a trick.
As is proper, the parents were there for the games,
Watching the children and calling their names.
“on Vader, On Leia,
On Dexter and DeeDee,
On Xena, on Buffy,
On Casper and Tweety!
To the block of apartments on the neighboring road
You’ll get so much candy, you’ll have to be towed!

The volume of children eventually dropped,
And as it grew darker, it finally stopped.
But as we prepared to return to our rite
One child more stepped out of the night.
She wouldn’t have been more than twelve or thirteen.
Her hair was deep red, and her robe, forest green
With a simple gold cord tying off at the waist.
She’d a staff in her hand and a smile on her face.
No make-up, nor mask, or accompanying kitsch,
So we asked who she was; she replied, “A Witch”
And no, I don’t fly through the sky on my broom,
I only use that thing for cleaning my room.
My magical powers aren’t really that neat,
And I wont threaten tricks; I’ll just ask for a treat”.
We found it refreshing, so we gave incense cones,
A candle, a crystal, a few other stones.
And the rest of the candy which might fill a van.
She turned to her father, a man dressed as Pan
And laughed, “Yes, I know Dad, it’s past time for bed”,
And started to leave, but she first turned and said,
I’m sorry for further delaying your rite.
Blessed Samhain to all, and a magical night.
~Author Unknown



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kitchen Wand...

I have been wanting to make a Kitchen Wand for quite some time.  I bought a wood burning tool, and wooden spoons but I could just never find the inspiration time to actually make it.   Then last night it finally came to me... So here it is... my Autumn inspired Kitchen Wand...


A Year and a Day....

Holy black cats Batman!!!
Practical Magick is celebrating a year and a day!!!

Okay... please excuse the Batman reference - what can I say... I'm a fan!

But anyways, it's hard to believe that my website is celebrating it's Year and a Day anniversary!  I've put so much into my site and it's no where near being complete... as my journey in paganism grows, so does the site.  I'd also like to thank everyone that has joined and/or visits my site... it truely means a great deal to me.

So why is a year and a day important in Wicca?
In many Pagan circles a year and a day is considered the time in which one studies and practices before
a) reaching the spiritual decision to dedicate oneself to the Craft,
b) being formally initiated into a coven, or
c) passing through the various degree levels in a coven.

Not only is my site celebrating it's year and a day.... my sister and I are as well.  We plan on doing a self-dedication ritual shortly after Samhain.

Did you study for a year and day?  Are you in a coven or a solitary Witch? 

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ancestors for Tea

Nixie (my sister) and I decided to celebrate our Full Moon Teas with our ancestors.
We headed to the local cemetary with sage stick, candles and tea cups in hand.  It was a beautiful night to reconnect with those that had passed, and since our Nanny loved her teas, we knew this would the an opportune time to have a private tea party.

We lit the candles and sage stick to "purify" the area.  After removing the debris from the front of her stone, we sat and poured the tea.  We did a blessing and enjoyed the serenity of the night.  It was bewitching!

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Witchlets for Tea...


An autumn full moon... what a delightful time for a tea party!!

Of course we started our party by putting on our best witchy hats.
We then enjoyed a cup of Hot Chocolate "tea" and a crisp caramel apple... mmmmm, divine!

The Recipe:
12 Granny Smith (or Macintosh) apples
12 lollipop sticks
1 pound Caramel
Saran Wrap
Melted dark, white or milk chocolate
1/2 cup M&M’s or favorite candy topping (or more if you’re like me and can never have too much chocolate)
Waxed paper

The Instructions:
1. Insert lollipop sticks into core of apples.
2. Heat caramel until it becomes liquid (Use stove top or microwave). Once slightly cool, pour caramel onto one large piece of Saran Wrap and cover with another piece of the same size.
3. Roll out caramel in between the 2 pieces of plastic wrap to flatten. Cut caramel into long strips, about 4 inches long, to fit around apple.
4. Wrap caramel strips around apple. Stand upright on waxed paper and let set for 15 to 20 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, melt dark, white or milk chocolate (careful not to burn it! Burnt chocolate smells horrible, tastes worse, and ruins cookware!). Pour melted chocolate into a metal bowl. Dip apples into chocolate.
6. Sprinkle chocolate covered apple with nuts, M&M’s or your favorite topping (Personally, I love crumbled Skor bars...). Place decorated apples onto wax paper, standing upright. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.



Friday, October 22, 2010

Blood Or Hunter's Moon

The first full moon following the Harvest Moon is known as the Blood or Hunter's Moon. This moon takes place just prior to Samhain and you can often sense a change in the energies in the air, in addition to the crisp, cool weather.

At this time of year - as Samhain nears - the veil between worlds is the thinnest. Dedicate this time to spiritual growth and or divination. This is also an opportune time to connect with ancestors that have past; you could even hold a séance.



Correspondences:
  • Colors: Dark blue, black, purples
  • Gemstones: Obsidian, amethyst, tourmaline
  • Trees: Apples and yew
  • Gods: Herne, Apollo, Cernunnos, Mercury
  • Herbs: Apple blossom, pennyroyal, mint family, catnip, Sweet Annie
  • Element: Air

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pagan Child ABCs

I found a website with lots of great songs, poems and chants for Pagan Children...
I just had to share some of them here :)

A is Athame, the knife that we use. 
B
is for Beltaine, when partners we choose.
C
is for Circle where we all are one.
D
is for Deosil, path of the Sun.
E
is for Esbat, when we gather round.
F
is for Fire and its crackling sound.
G
is for the Goddess in beauty and love.
H
is the Horned One, our Father above.
I
is for Imbolc, candles light the way.
J is for June when it's Midsummer's Day.
K
is for Karma, the things that we do.
L
is for Lammas, harvest's almost through!
M
is for Moon, riding way up so high.
N is for Nighttime, which darkens the sky.
O
is for Ostara, when we hunt for eggs.
P is for Pan, with hairy goat legs.
Q
is the Quarters and there are just four.
R for the Rites when we open the Door.
S is for Samhain, end of the year.
T is for Tarot cards, futures to hear.
U is Undines from the watery West.
V is Vervain for protection and rest.
W
's Widdershins, the path of the moon.
X
is the sign that's the sign of the God.
Y
is for Yule and the sun's return,
Z
is the Zodiac, 12 signs to learn.


Copyright 1989, Breid Foxsong

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cooking Lessons?

How to tell if your sister needs cooking lessons:


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kooky Kitty: Wanna Play House?


Onyx loves playing in the Dora House with the girls....


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Kitchen Witchery: Apple Crumble

I love this time of year...
The colours in nature are amazing.
And apples are so plentiful!

Once a week, I will post a Kitchen Witchery entry; this week will be about apples - a recipe; specifically Apple Crumble. My witchlets love apples - we can hardly keep them in the house because as soon as they are bought, the kids have them eaten!

Apples should have a place in every cottage or kitchen witch's pantry... in addition to tasting delicious, they can be used in spell work. Apples can be used for love, healing and garden blessings. I always sprinkle a bit of (pure) apple juice on my gardens in the spring. And it helps to keep the Fae happy!

Onto the recipe....

Home-style Apple Crumble
Ingredients:
  • 6 medium sized apples - peeled/cored/sliced
  • 1/3 cup butter (room temp)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 oatmeal
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Grease a 9X9 baking dish.
Layer sliced apples in dish.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour and butter together... this should roughly resemble bread crumbs.
Thoroughly mix the rest of the ingredients into the flour/butter mixture.
Sprinkle on top of apples.
Bake for 30 mins or until apples are cooked and topping is golden.

Notes: I very rarely actually measure the ingredients, I just add as much or as little as I like :)


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kitties N Gerbils...


I strive to add magick to daily mundane routines not only to help to introduce the children to my path, but it also helps me feel more complete. Can you be a complete Wiccan if you only do so on the Sabbats? I dont think so... Afterall, Wicca is more than sporting pretty robes and dancing under the moon...


But today it has occured to me...
there is NOTHING magickal about cleaning kitty litter and gerbil cages.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cozi.... it's a good thing

What's with that title??
How very "Martha-Stewart-esque"

I thought I would share this site with you... I have been using it for about a year now.
COZI
I use it mainly for the family planning calender. With 3 witchlets this calendar feature just helps to organize things. It works for me... maybe it will work for you too!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

No Witches Allowed

Today, Witchlet #2 & #3 and I were walking up to the library. We stopped to look at the various halloween decorations that were displayed on the houses we pasted.

My five year old then shouted frantically, "Mama!!! Look at that house!"

Infront of the house was a light-up stop-sign-shaped decoration with a witch centered in it.

"Mama... you can't go there! No Witches allowed!"


Awwww, from the mouths of babes....

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I am a Witch! I am you...


I will be completely honest with you, my dear readers... I do not follow politics; Canadian or American. Until a few days ago I didn't even know who Christine O'Donell was. An although I am not American, like many other Witches, I was rather disgusted by the latest O'Donnell Ad. Many bloggers are taking a stand and joining the "I am You" Campaign initiated by Bex's Hexes. Pass the word, Witches are just like everyone else...


I am Witch.
I am you.
I am a stay at home mother to three;
who makes hand-made hair bows for her daughters;
who is married to the man I met in high school;
who gardens and tends to my herb garden with love and care;
who graduated from college with a legal degree;
who has loving, accepting Christian parents;
who's sister is her best friend;
who daydreams and wishes on stars.
I am a Witch... and I AM just like you.


EDIT: Bex's link fixed... she moved the page LOL


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Tea for Two...

My sister doesn't know it yet... but we are going to have tea for two... under the full moon.

Frosted Petunias Tea Party Under A Halloween Moon

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Witchy Tea... for Kids!


I fell in love with this idea as soon as I read about it, so I just had to jump in and participate. I am also going to participate on my other blog (Broom Closet Confessions); however this tea party will incorporate the kids (and obviously, will not be held under the full moon (unlike my BCC party).

Frosted Petunias Tea Party Under A Halloween Moon

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I'm sure my girls are going to love this! I can't wait to get out the mini tea cups and make some witchy treats! Cheers!

Cheers?! that's not exactly a tea party word now is it....

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My Mom's a Witch!

I decided to make a new blog... well, a blog in addition to this one.
I would love for you to come over and visit: Mom's a Witch.

I will use this blog for BOS, spells, and more "grown-up" Wiccan posts, while the new blog will be mostly family oriented - and a humourous look at raising Witchlets in a Christian community.

Pop over - take a peek... lemme know what you think :)

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My Mom's a Witch!

"Yea? Well, my Mom's a Witch!"

I often wonder what the teacher of my [then] six year old daughter thought when she blurted that out in class. To this day, I still do not know what made her bring it up, but in a way I am glad she did. I had taught my children that, although I am proud of who and what I am, some people do not accept Wicca so it's not something we generally talk about unless asked.

To my knowledge, there hasn't really been any negative backlash towards myself, family, or daughter. Although there will always be those disproving glances from the occassional neighbour.

I tried to keep my Wiccan path from a few VERY christian friends, which backfired when their daughter went home and told her parents what my daughter had said. Of course, at first there was the typical gasping and disbeilf ("Not my friend! She can't be Wiccan!"). But I am proud of my friend because he was mature enough to stop and think about the negativity he was portraying and do some research into Wicca. His comment to his wife always brings a smile to my face though, "Well, I guess Wicca is okay. She's not sacrificing goats in the backyard like I thought!".

Goats?!?! Oh my...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Countdown has begun!

Fall is here.
The leaves are changing.
October has arrived and Samhain is on our doorsteps!
All month long, I am planning on posting about Samhain - crafts, spells and preparations for this sacred time of year. As a Witch, Samhain holds a special place in our hearts and this time of year should be celebrated with joy and festivities...

If you have a blog and you are celebrating this time of year through it, please comment and let me know and I will be sure to pop over!

Many bloggers are holding Samhain festivities -- be sure to surf around and check them out.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Autumn Wreath

I was so happy with how this wreath turned out, I even scrapped about it!
Click the image to enlarge.

Isn't it amazing what an old wreath, some burlap and some hot glue will do!!



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