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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Blessed Yule

It's getting close to that time!!
With only a few days until Yule, I will not be around to post on the blog this week.
That being said, I have alot of changes in mind for the following weeks and I hope you all will like them!  Now that I no longer have my practical magick domain, it occured to me that I really don't need two blogs - so I will be combining all of the information that was formerally on PracticalMagick.net to this blog... lots of info coming and all in one neat, tidy place!!  Also, in the new year, I will get back into my regular postings: Kitchen Witch Wednesday, Magickal Herb Friday and so on.

I wish you and yours a bountiful and safe Yule!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

'Tis the Season?

© Jennifer Singleton
It seems like everyone is having trouble getting into the spirit of the season this year.  I'm just not feeling it...  the warmth and joy that is normally present just hasn't been expressed yet.  I haven't even gotten our Yule Tree or decorations up. I think it has alot to do with the sadness I am feeling about the commercialization of this holiday, the greed of everyone.

Have you gotten into the spirit of the season yet?


Friday, December 9, 2011

KWW: On a Friday?!

I had every intention of posting a KWW on Wednesday... but time just slipped away from me.  So here is my Kitchen Witch Wednesday... on Friday!!

I love this simple Alphabet - I have it posted on Practicalmagick.net...  Enjoy :)

Kitchen Witch's Alphabet



Always stir in a clockwise motion
Before you chop veggies, offer thanks
Cut mindfully, gratefully
Do all preparations in a loving spirit
Energize food with good thoughts
Feast gratefully
Give and share what you can spare
Home and hearth are sacred
Invoke blessings of Goddess on all food
Join hands with friends often
Kindness shows in serving food
Love goes into every dish
Mindfully gather ingredients
No wasting - recycle, compost, feed animals
Open your senses, enjoy your surroundings
Play as well as work
Quench thirst, thinking of clear clean rivers
Resolve to be grateful & waste not
Salivate as you smell fragrance & anticipate flavors
Thank the Universe & Goddess for health
Use utensils carefully, then clean up
Value time spent with loved ones
When possible grow & harvest your food
eXtra food is for creative recombining
Yearly rituals & feasts build traditions
Zestful living in every area is our goal.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Without Witches...

Can You Imagine?
(For the Child in All of Us)
by Robert F. Potts


Can you imagine a world without witches,
A world with all people the same?
Where the only known dragons are hiding in books,
And children are terribly tame?
A world without magic would be sad indeed.
I cannot imagine the pain
Of having a world where there's no Santa Claus,
Where wizards are searched for in vain.

Can you imagine a world without spells,
That science and businesses run?
And think of the sadness a unicorn feels
When he no longer plays in the sun
Can you imagine a world without witches,
No elves, and no magical pools?
And can you imagine how dull it would be
If all that we had were the schools?

I cannot imagine a world without witches,
A world with no magical wand.
A world without beauty, or even a dream,
Or a wood sprite of whom to be fond
They say I should grow up and be more mature,
Like a normal adult ought to do.
But I'd rather, at night, go to dance with a witch,
And I'll bet that you feel that way, too. 



Wednesday, November 30, 2011

KWW: Witch Bottles

Witches have used Witch Bottles for hundreds of years to "capture" negative energies, spirits and other evils that may be near.  A Kitchen Witch Bottle is generally used to prevent food contamination. The magick from the bottle is considered "active" as long as the bottle remains hidden or unbroken.


Place three new needles, three new pins, and three new nails in a glass jar. 
Fill with salt and shake vigorously nine times. 
Seal with white wax.

I make my Kitchen Witch Bottles in 1/2 dram glass vials and hide them in my seasonal bowl of herbal potpourri.  This may not be a traditional hiding spot, but it is somewhere that does not get disturbed.



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It's snowing!

Our first snowfall of the season!!

Now where did I put my boots?!?!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

KWW: Cold and Flu Herbal Sachet

It's that time of year when several contagions are in our midst.  These simple sachets can be given as gifts, or kept around your home (haning by entrance ways or above your bed).  The herbs included will help to repell colds and the flu.

4 parts lavendar
2 parts cinnamon
1 part sandalwood
1 part ginger
1 part cayenne pepper
4 whole cloves
1 whole nutmeg (split into pieces)

Place all herbs into a BLACK sachet.  Black will help repell negativity and evil - and in my books, colds and the flu are pretty evil! ;)

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A New Layout!!

Look at that!!!
Mom's a Witch has a new layout!!
There's still a bit of work to do -- I need to add some images below the top banner; I just can't decide what to add.

So, what do you think of the new look??

Saturday, November 19, 2011

From the Witchlets....

Witchlet: "Mama.... what do the Christines believe?"

Me: "Hunnie... I don't know who Christine is"

Witchlet: "Yes you do!! They believe in Jesus!"

Me: "Aww, Sweetie... I think you mean the 'Christians'."

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Songs for Pagan Children

We Give Thanks (sung to “Ring Around The Rosie”)

Goddess in the Heavens
Goddess in the fields
Thank you, thank you
For all that Gaia yields!

Mighty God of Forests
Creating Nature’s wealth
Thank you, thank you
For our strength and health!



The Hocus Pocus (sung to “Hokey Pokey”)

With smoke and oil we bless, and leave behind distress, and in our ritual dress, our kinship we profess.
Now standing in the circle, we are waiting begin
Bringing the magic in!

To the directions call, we must include them all, to build a circle wall, and hold a magic ball.
We build a Cone of Power, used to make a spell come true
Power from me and you!

We take a candlestick, call to the Goddess quick, and then we light the wick, that oughta do the trick.
We put our Magic in it and we aim it really well
That’s how to cast a spell!

The Cakes and Ale we share, the Witches present there, the wealth the Goddess sends, and then the circle ends
Into the Hocus Pocus thought and energy we put
THEN MAGIC IS AFOOT!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bedtime Prayers and Blessings

Now I lay down in my bed,
And pull the covers up to my head.
I'll dream of dragons and fairies bright,
And pixies and wizards and elves tonight.
I'll dream of some sort of magical place, and
wake in the morning with a smile on my face.

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O golden light,
O silver light,
Please, weave your web around me
And protect me through the night.
My day is done, my night begun,
With dreams before me found.
I shall sleep in peace and light,
My protective circle bound.


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Day is done, it's time for bed
Goddess bless my sleepy head
Earth and Water, Air and Fire
Bring gentle dreams as I retire
When the morning sun does rise
The God will bless my open eyes


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The sun has set, it's time for bed.
Goddess bless your sleepy head,
By Earth, Air, Wind and Fire,
Bring good dreams as you retire,
And when the sun decides to rise,
God please bless your open eyes. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pssstttt......

The Samhain Issue of Practical Magick E-zine is now available!!
http://practicalmagick.net



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kitchen Witch Wednesday: Autumn Butter

I plan on making this for the next Full Moon Circle that I attend.

Autumn Butter
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup softened butter

Mix together in medium bowl.
Serve on hot biscuits or pound cake.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

First Full Moon Circle

I attended my first Full Moon Circle this month.
I really enjoyed it.  As a solitary Witch, it's not often that I get to experience things with others of similar beliefs.  I feel this circle was unique because I don't believe we were all Wiccan, but we were "spiritual".  By this I simply mean, the other women were not dedicated to a Wiccan faith, but are Pagan in some form.
I am looking forward to next month!!

September's Full Moon is known as the Harvest Moon.  You can read more about the Harvest Moon HERE.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

 Again, I'd like to apologize to my readers for my seemly absence.
Things have been crazy busy here. but I am hoping to have more time now to devote to my blogging once again.  For those of you that read my e-zine, a special Mabon edition will be released shortly.

Blessings!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Edition Two

Issue TWO of the Practical Magick Ezine is now available for download and/or online viewing at http://practicalmagick.net.

Hope you enjoy the new issue!!
Pop over to my Facebook page and let me know your thoughts.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The wait is over!!

The wait is over!!
The first issue of my Practical Magick: Ezine is now available and ready for download!!
http://practicalmagick.net

Hope you like it!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Beat the Heat While Being Green

Here in Canada it has been insanely hot lately.  And this Witch - as much as she loves her air conditioning sometimes - is always trying to find green ways to keep cool.  I hope this list is helpful for you as well!

A simple way that my husband is always promoting is to shut the curtains.  If you have thick curtains, this will help to block out the sun which will prevent the room from heating up.  But if you are anything like me, you may find it hard to block out those beautiful rays!!

Avoid using your oven and dryer.  Hang your clothes out to dry.  the warm rays of the sun will dry your clothes in no time and this method will extend the life of your clothes.  Use a BBQ or a toaster oven for cooking, this will reduce the amount of heat energy released into your home - and it saves on money too!

Let your hair air dry, or try out a short style for the summer.  When you are outside, wear light-weight fabrics... and be sure to use sunscreen on those exposed areas!

Spice it up... by eating spicy foods, your body will sweat more.  When the sweat evaporates, you will feel cooler.

Have fun with water... in addition to drinking substantial amounts of water to prevent dehydration, you could take cool showers, hop into a pool or share a sprinkler with the kids.  Cold showers also have health benefits as they help increase blood circulation and close pores.


Stay cool, Witches!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Post-It Note Tuesdays: Edition 6



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Monday, June 27, 2011

A new Pagan Ezine

After much thought, I have decided to start a Pagan Ezine.
I am hoping to get the first issue out soon, followed with bi-weekly editions (assuming that the feedback is good).
If you would like to submit anything for this ezine, please let me know.
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Things you may submit: poety, "letters to editor", art work, book reviews etc -- I am pretty much open to ANY content at this point.

I am also looking for "ads".  If you would like to submit an ad for your blog, store, or podcast, please do so.  For now, all ads will be FREE to submit.  Ads must be in PNG or JPEG format.

Please email me at emberlynrayneAThotmail.ca with questions or submissions.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

KWW: Witches' Kitchen

As a Kitchen Witch, I strongly recommend The Real Witches' Kitchen by Kate West.  Although this book isn't as "witchy" as some of the others in my library, it is a very practical manual for healthy and natural living.  There are crafts and recipes and many other informative sections - including a section on each Sabbat.

If you haven't read it.. please check it out :)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Kooky Kitty - Exercising!

It's been a while since I've posted about Onyx -- he is growing up to be a HUGE kitty.  Here he is trying to shed a few pounds by "working out" on my treadmill. Please ignore the mess in the background....


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wicca 101: Types of Wicca


Every so often, it is important to look back to the basics.  Since I have yet to discuss types of Wicca on this blog, I figured it was high time I did so.  So grab a drink, kick back and rediscover the basics of Wicca with me.

There are several different types of Wiccan Traditions (Wiccans use the word tradition as opposed to denomination).  Some types of Traditions are very secretive and are unknown to the general public.  This compliation may not be complete.


The "Oldest" Traditions
Gardnerian Wicca - founded by Gerald B Gardner: Gardner is known as the father of modern Wicca/Witchcraft as this was the first tradition to step out publically.  This tradition requires initiation and works with a degree system.  Much of their information is oathbound, and cannot be shared with anyone outside of their path.  There is much debate in the Wiccan community as to whether this is the only "true" Wiccan path.  This system places an emphasis on the Goddess/female over the God/male.

Alexandrian Wicca - founded by Alex Sanders: Although heavily influenced by Gardnerian Wicca, Alexandrian Wicca focuses on the equality between the Goddess and God and has a heavy emphasis on cerimonial magick during Esbats and Sabbats.  These covens also use initiation and a degree system.

Seax Wicca - founded by Raymond Buckland: Although this sect has a Saxon basis, it is a Tradition of Wicca.  The main difference with this Tradition is that it has open public rituals (many of which are published).  This path does not require initiation into a lineage group - members can self-decicate themselves into this tradition.  This path allows for both covens and solitary practices.  Priests and Priestesses are encouraged to add to or modify the rituals and practices of the tradition as they see fit as there is no one set of regulations for this tradition.  Seax Wicca deals mainly with Germanic Deitiess and Runes for divination.

Other Wiccan Traditions:
Dianic Wicca: This Tradition was born from the Feminist Movement and although it appears to contain a variety of aspects of other traditions, it focuses solely on the Goddess and all things feminine.  This tradition became known as a "lesbian" group, but Dianic Wicca is meant for all women regardless of sexual orientation; it also now allows for mixed covens, female covens, and solo practitioners  This Tradition honours the Sabbats although there may not be a lot of continuity in rituals.  It incourages female leadership and insists that a Preistess be present to open a circle.

Blue Star Witchcraft:  Although modeled from Gardnerian Traditions, these members reject the term Wicca and refer to Witchcraft and Witches only.  This Tradition also uses initiation and a degree system, however, unlike other 3 degree systems, Blue Star Witchcraft uses a 5 level system.

Georgian Wicca: This is a very eclectic form of Wicca.  It incorporates both Gardnerian and Alexandrian Traditions.  Although it is a God and Goddess system, it leans strongly toward the Goddess.  Members are encouraged to learn and study through all resourses available.
 
British Traditional Wicca:  This is a term used mainly by Americans to describe various British Traditions (Gardnerian and Alexandrian may fall under this category).  It is believed that BTW predates other Wiccan Traditions.  British Traditional Wiccans must be initiated by a lineaged member and must maintain a certain level of training and practices.  It should be noted that this tradition is not solely found in Britian.

Celtic Wicca:  This path combines Druid and Gardnerian Wicca.  There is a large emphasis on the elements, nature and the Ancient Ones.

Eclectic Wicca:  This is often referred to Neowiccan Tradition (please note - this is not a derogatory or insulting term, it simply refers to one who practices a newer form of Wicca).  This is a combination of several types of traditions to form a new tradition.  Eclectic Wiccans can be either solitary or part of a coven.


As mentioned before, this is not a complete list as the types of Wiccan Traditions is so vast, but hopefully it is enough for you to figure out what type of Wicca you belong to.