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Friday, November 26, 2010

Feeling Crafty

 I made some Yule/Christmas floral arragements for around the house yesterday.  I am happy with how they turned out.


Being a thifty witch at times... I popped into my local Dollar store and got some great deals on greenery and seasonal decorations.

The first arrangement (on the upper left) was made to hang outside by my front door.  My husband, however, fell in love with the look of this one and swiped it to make his hottub room more "festive".

The arrangement on the right was purchased at Walmart... but I spiffed it up by adding the beading and some more pine greenery.

The last arrangement has got to be my favourite one. It is proudly displayed in the kitchen.

'Tis the season, Witches!!! Bring out Yule decor!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Deities: Freyja

Freyja is my matron Goddess.
I am drawn to her, I resonate with her.

She is the Norse Goddess of love, beauty, sexuality and fertility but also witchcraft/magick, war and death.  She is a patron of crops and birth.  Freyja is a symbol of sensuality.  She is similar to the Egyptian goddess Isis and the Greek goddess Aphrodite and you should call on her for matters of the heart.

It is said that Feyja taught magick to women and introduced Odin (the High God of Norse mythology - ruler of Asgard) to runes and shamanism.  She is often referred to as the Queen of the Witches.
Frejya is the owner of the necklace of BrĂ­singamen (meaning flaming or glowing).  It is said that when she wears this necklace skyclad, she is irrestable to all. She also posesses the Cloak of Falcon Feathers which she uses to shape-shift into a bird to travel.  She is also connected with damselflies (dragonflies).  She rides a chariot driven by two grey cats, and rides a boar into battle as does her brother, Freyr (Norse God associated with farming, weather and fertility).

Freyja resides in Folkvangr where half of the bravest warriors who died in battle are sent.  She is the queen of the Valkyrie (the women who decide who will be slain in battle and transport them to their afterlife).  The other half of slain warriors are sent to Odin in Valhalla.  Frejya is often called upon to comfort those who are dying and ease them into the transition.
Freyja is very independent, answering to no-one.  She was married to Od, who disappeared under unknown circumstances.  She continued to search for him, crying tears of gold. Od had been banished and lost at sea. When Freyja found him, he had become a sea monster (for reasons unknown). And dispite his ugliness, Freyja stayed by his side and offered comfort to him.
Eventually Od the sea monster was slain.  Freyja was enraged and threatened to take her revenge for the slaying the most noble of the gods.  Fortunately Od was admitted to Valhalla - even though he had not died in battle - and was allowed visits from Freyja so that the two were never separated by his death.

Friday is the day named in her honour, and the number 13 is associated with her.  Friday the 13th is especially lucky to followers of this Goddess.  The strawberry is her fruit and cowslip, daisy, mistletoe and primrose are her herbs.


KWW: Kitchen Blessing

Welcome to Edition One for Kitchen Witch Wednesday!!
I am looking forward to surfing around to see other Kitchen Witch Entries.


Every so often, it is necessary to bless your kitchen.  This will remove all negativity from the room as well as create a harmonious space to create meals and spend time with family.


Before beginning, make sure your kitchen is clean and clutter-free.
Display your elemental representations in the appropriate directions.


Blessed be this kitchen of mine,
By Air, Fire, Water and Earth,
Be Warmed by the Sacred Light of the Goddess.
May all that is created here
By means both magickal and mundane
Bring nourishment,
Healing sustanance,
And cause harm to none.
With love and peace,
With joy and magick,
Be now and always filled.
So Mote It Be!




Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kitchen Witch Wednesday -- Introduction

I thought this would be a fun idea... and I am hoping I get some of my readers to join in...

Every wednesday, I would like to post a "Kitchen Witchery" post...

If you are joining in, please feel free to grab the button below and leave your link in the comments section of the original KWW post.

Kitchen Witch Wednesday is simple... just make a post dealing with Kitchen Witchery... a recipe, a kitchen blessing... let your imagination run wild!!!

Get those spoons out ladies and I'll meet you in the kitchen!!




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Snow or Mourning Moon

The full moon in November is known as the Snow or Mourning Moon.  Some also refer to it as the Fog Moon.

This is a time of release... get rid of the excess baggage you have been carrying, and then you can experience the joy that the future holds. Rid yourself of your bad habits and toxic relationships so that you can focus on the new year.  This is an opportune time to strengthen your connection with your Deities.



Correspondences:
  • Colors: Gray, blues
  • Gemstones: Lapis lazuli, turquoise, topaz
  • Trees: Cypress, alder, hazel
  • Gods: Bastet, Isis, Kali, Hecate, Astarte
  • Herbs: Thistle, betony, verbena, fennel
  • Element: Water

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Wheel of the Year...

I love trying to find songs and rhymes to make understanding of Wicca easier for the kids.  I stumbled across this song not so long ago....


The Wheel Of The Year 
(sung to the tune of Wheels on a Bus) 
~Source Unknown
The Wheel of The Year goes round and round,
round and round, round and round.
The Wheel Of The Year goes round and round
Through the Spiral Dance.

Wheel of the Year
Samhain is the brand New Year,
Brand new Year, brand New Year.
Samhain is the brand New Year,

And the Wheel goes round and round.

Light returns in the dark of Yule,
Dark of Yule, dark of Yule.
Light returns in the dark of Yule,
And the Wheel goes round and round.

New Witches dance at Imbolc’s fire,
Imbolc’s fire, Imbolc’s fire.
New Witches dance at Imbolc’s fire,
And the Wheel goes round and round.

Ostara welcomes back the Spring,
back the Spring, back the Spring.
Ostara welcomes back the Spring,
And the Wheel goes round and round.

At Beltane dance to wake the Earth,
Wake the Earth, wake the Earth.
At Beltane dance to wake the Earth,
And the Wheel goes round and round.

At Solstice crown the Holly King,
Holly King, Holly King.
At Solstice crown the Holly King,
And the Wheel goes round and round.

At Lughnasadh give thanks for grain,
Thanks for grain, thanks for grain.
For
Lughnasadh give thanks for grain,
And the Wheel goes round and round.

At Mabon leaves turn red and gold,
red and gold, red and gold.
At Mabon leaves turn red and gold,
And the Wheel goes round and round.

The Wheel of The Year goes round and round,
round and round, round and round.
The Wheel Of The Year goes round and round,
Through the Spiral Dance.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Yule Ritual

If your family enjoys ritual, you can welcome back the sun at Yule with this simple winter ceremony. The first thing you'll need is a Yule Log. If you make it a week or two in advance, you can enjoy it as a centerpiece prior to burning it in the ceremony. You'll also need a fire, so if you can do this ritual outside, that's even better. As the Yule Log burns, all members of the family should surround it, forming a circle.

Difficulty: Average
Time Required: Varied
Here's How:
1.If you normally cast a circle, do so at this time.

This first section is for the adults – if there is more than one grownup, they can take turns saying the lines, or say them together:

The Wheel has turned once more, and
the earth has gone to sleep.
The leaves are gone, the crops have returned to the ground.
On this darkest of nights, we celebrate the light.
Tomorrow, the sun will return,
its journey continuing as it always does.
Welcome back, warmth.
Welcome back, light.
Welcome back, life.

2.The entire group now moves deosil – clockwise, or sunwise – around the fire. When each member has returned to his or her original position, it is time for the children to add their part. This section can be divided amongst the children, so that each gets a chance to speak.

Shadows go away, darkness is no more,
as the light of the sun comes back to us.
Warm the earth.
Warm the ground.
Warm the sky.
Warm our hearts.
Welcome back, sun.

3.Finally, each member of the group should take a moment to tell the others one thing that they are thankful for about their family – things like “I am happy that Mom cooks us such wonderful food,” or “I’m proud of Alex because he helps people who need it.”

When everyone has had a chance to speak, walk sunwise once more around the fire, and end the rite. If possible, save a bit of this year's Yule log to add to the fire for next year's ceremony.

What You Need:
•A Yule Log
•Family and friends to share the ceremony

Herbal Cauldron Splash


Lemon Balm Splash - Day 1
 The sight of a Witch with a cauldron set ablaze can be a magickal and mesmerizing thing.  And the best part is that they are very simple to create.

Ingredients:
  • Surgical Alcohol aka rubbing alcohol
  • Herbs of your choice
  • Sealed containers

    Procedure:

    Cauldron Splashes - Day 4
    Separate the leaves/flowers from the stems of the herbs and add them to your container.  For my splashes, I used Chocolate Mint, Lavendar, Rosemary and Lemon Balm (each in a separate container - not all together LOL).  Cover the herbs with the alcohol, filling the container as full as possible.  Seal and shake.  Place the jars in a location where they will not be disturbed.  Twice a day - every sun-rise and moon-rise - gently shake the jar to assist with the infusion.  Continue for 13 days.  Strain the herbs from the alcohol and add a drop of food colouring if desired.  Your splash is now ready for use.
    Ancestor Flame at Samhain



    To Use:

    Pour or place (using a pipette) some of the liquid into your cauldron.  Drop a lit match into the cauldron & your cauldron will dance with flames.







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    Tuesday, November 2, 2010

    Dill

    Let me be honest with you my Witchy friends... I dislike dill. I love dill pickles and dill pickles chips, and dill as a seasoning, but I secretly hate the plant.  My husband (thinking he was doing a good thing) brought home dill for my herb garden.  Since I had extra room, I planted it and tended to it.  As soon as it had matured, I harvested and plucked the plants from the ground, hoping that my mint would have a new place to grow this spring.  This however, is not the case... the dill keeps coming back!! In Canada, we've had frigids frosts already and the dill just keeps thriving!  It is growing just to spite me, I think, because it knows how badly I do not want it....


    Correspondences:
    Proper Name: Dill (Anethum Graveolens)
    Parts Used: Flower, leaf, stem, fruit, seeds, and essential oil
    Spell Work: protection, money, love and lust
    Aromatherapy Uses: (Oil) colic; constipation; dyspepsia; flatulence; headaches; indigestion; nervousness; amenorrhea

    Home Protection Spell:
    - 1 bowl
    - 1 glass jar
    - 1/2 to 1 cup sea salt
    - 3 cloves garlic
    - 9 bay leaves
    - 7 tsp. dried Basil
    - 4 tsp. dill seeds
    - 1 tsp sage
    - 1 tsp anise
    - 1 tsp black pepper
    - 1 tsp fennel

    This spell should ideally be done in the morning, on a bright sunny day.
    Place in the bowl and say: "Salt that protects, protect my home and all within."
    Add the cloves of garlic: "Garlic that protects, protect my home and all within."
    Crumble the Bay leaves and place in the bowl: "Bay that protects, protect my home and all within."
    Add the basil and say: "Basil that protects, protect my home and all within."
    Add the dill and say: "Dill that protects, protect my home and all within."
    Add the sage and say: "Sage that protects, protect my home and all within."
    Add the anise and say: "Anise that protects, protect my home and all within."
    Add the fennel and say: "Fennel that protects, protect my home and all within."
    Mix together the salt and the herbs with your hands, the movement of your hands and fingers lends energy to the potent protective items.  Visualize your home safe and as a shining secure place. Pour the mixture in the jar and cap tightly.
    Place it in your home with these words: "Salt and herbs, nine times nine; Guard now this home of mine"

    Four Thieves Vinegar

    According to legend (and documentation from herbalist Elizabeth Kastner) homes from the victims of the bubonic plague in France in the 1720's were being pilaged.  Originally there were no efforts made to capture the thieves as it was believed they would soon die of the plague themselves.  However, it became apparent that this was not the case when the raids continued.  Soon the thieves were wanted men - not because of their crimes - but because of their ability to survive the plague.  Inevitably, upon capture, they refused to speak until a bargain was made: their freedom for their secret.  The thieves stated that they drank and bathed in this concotion daily every few hours.

    Recipe:
    • lavendar
    • sage
    • thyme
    • lemon balm
    • mint
    • hyssop
    • garlic 
    • organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
    Instructions:
    1. Place equal amounts of the herbs into a jar and add a few cloves of garlic.
    2. Cover herbs with the vinegar.
    3. Cold infuse (allow to sit at room temperature) for 2-6 weeks (the time seems to vary from recipe to recipe).
    4. Strain off herbs and garlic and store in a labeled jar.
    Common Uses:
    Four Thieves Vinegar has been called a powerful germicide disinfectant - all the ingredients are remarkable antibacterials or antivirals.  It is commonly used by Witches for protection. You may take this potion orally... add a teaspoon to food - it is delightful on salads or added to a roast when cooking.  Add it to your bath water for a protection spell.  Also, spray topically on surfaces (including your skin) as a disinfectant.

    ~ Four Thieves Spell  ~
    During the Wanning Moon, place some of the Four Thieves Vinegar into a small bottle.  Write on a piece of parchment the habit, person or thing you would like to be rid of and add this to the bottle as well.  Seal the bottle with hot wax.  Toss the bottle into moving water (such as a river) and imagine your life being rid of what you wrote about as the bottle is carried away from you.
    (To personalize the spell, write a simple incantation as an additive to say either while you create the potion or as you are at the river's edge)


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    Monday, November 1, 2010

    Award Honours!

    I have been given some awards lately and I am ever so grateful!  I will have to pop back through my comments to get caught up on Award/Thank-you posts.

    Today I reieved this award from Loopy.  She has a wonderful blog, and you should definately check it out if you haven't already.  The only thing required of this award is to pass it on to 10 clucking good blogs...
    1. Can We Have a New Witch? Ours Melted
    2. Witchy Wisdom
    3. Mother Moon
    4. The Domestic Witch
    5. Bex's Hexes
    6. Ramblings of a Newbie Pagan
    7. Olde Baggs n Stuft Shirts
    8. Witch Blog
    9. Confessions of a Kitchen Witch
    10. Witch Mom

    The Day After...

    I hope everyone had a blessed Samhain!

    Ours went beautifully... our ritual was amazing.. it was so wonderful to share and connect with ancestors.

    Thirteen days ago, I began to create some Cauldron Splashes... we made an "Ancestor Flame" with them. It was so mesmerizing!  I will be posting the procedure for Cauldron Splashes later this week.

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