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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Celebrate with the Fae!

Today is my nephew's third birthday party... I can't believe it's been three years since he was born!  My sister and I wrote this cute little blessing for his birthday:

Faery children come and play!!
Celebrate this birth today!
You are turing 3 - Hurray!!!
Brightest blessings with the Fae!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Magickal Herb Friday: Angelica

I've decided to start a new feature here... Fantastic Herb Friday!!  Hopefully every Friday, I will teach you about a new herb.  Each entry will either have a recipe and/or a spell/blessing using said herb.
Now on to this week's herb: ANGELICA!

This versatile herb has many uses.  Medicinally speaking, it has an antibacterial component, preventing the growth of various bacteria in the body.  When used as a facial wash infusion, it can prevent acne.And a powder made from the dried root can assist with athlete's foot as well as an insecticide and pesticide.  It may relieve tension headache, diuretic, beneficial to the stomach and digestion.  It should be noted, large doses can negatively affect blood pressure, heart, and respiration due to it's effect on the menses, if you are pregnant, it can cause miscarriage.

"Medicinal" Angelica Tea: To 1 tsp. dried Angelica root add 1 cup boiling water steep 15 to 20 min. take throughout the day and at bedtime.

Angelica is a masculine herb, associated with the sun and the element of fire.  It is ruled by the planet Venus and id associated with Beltane.  The incense may be used in spells of protection and exorcism.  Carrying the root is also used for protective talisman.  When used for divination purposes, smoking the leaves may induce visions.  This herb works by both creating a barrier against negative energy, and by filling it's user with positive energy.  This herb can also be used for removing curses and hexes.


Peaceful Home Spell Bag

• One hair from each member of the household
• Blue thread or fine string
• A piece of angelica root
• Chamomile oil
• Balm of Gilead buds
• Lavender blossoms
• Chamomile blossoms
• Small blue fabric bag

  1. Twist and braid the hairs together with the blue thread, then tie them around the piece of angelica root. Rub a small drop of chamomile oil over the bundle.
  2. Put the tied root along with the Balm of Gilead, chamomile and lavender into the bag and tie it (or sew it) closed. Place it in a central spot in the house, like the kitchen or living room. It will help diffuse any tensions and negative energy flowing in the house.


Remember to always consult a doctor before using any herbal remedies.



Creative Combination...

I think... I will be combining my two witchy blogs together... I'm just not entirely sure which address I am going to go with...
Which do you like better: Mom's a Witch or Broom Closet Confessions??


EDIT: After talking with a few people, I think I will be leaving both blogs separate for now :) 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

KWW: Immune Booster Juice

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On my non-Wiccan blog this morning, I featured a breakfast smoothie recipe, so I thought I would carry that theme over here.  This is another recipe for those winter months... this will help your immune system to ward off colds.  Don't be frightened by these ingredients - the parsley takes care of the garlic odor, and the apple sweetens the juice.



:: Immune System Booster Juice ::

What You Need:
4-5 large carrots
Small handful of parsley
1 clove garlic
1 apple, cored

What You Do:
Run ingredients through juicer.
Strain.
Enjoy!

Don't forget to join in the Kitchen Witch Wednesday fun!!!  Just leave a comment on this post and I will pop over to your blog too.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

KWW: A Shout Out and a Spell

For today's Kitchen Witch Wednesday, I want to give a shout out to a new podcast I discovered this morning.Cooking by Moonlight from Jennifer (Confessions of a Kitchen Witch).  This podcast discusses making meals magickal... it's definately worth a listen.

Now on to the spell for today.

Everyone wants a happy home.  Why not promote happiness with this simple potion.


Simmer together a handful of rose petals, lavender, mint and a pinch of sea salt.  Keep an eye on the water leave so that you do not burn your pot.  Stir your mixture (clockwise) with a wooden spoon.  As the lovely aroma fills your home say the following:
By the powers of fire and air, I cleanse this space, and banish all negativity from this home.
By the powers of water and earth, I consecrate this space, and invite the energies of prosperity, health and harmony into this home.
This mixture can also be heated in a potourri simmerer, but obviously, you will not be able to use your wooden spoon.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Herbal Remedy: Fever

The flu bug has hit our house hard this year and seems to just keep travelling from one family member to the next.

As a mother, it is always hard to see your child ill or with a fever.
As a Witch, you often want to try natural remedies to ease the pain of fever.

PLEASE REMEMBER... check with a doctor before trying herbal remedies on yoursefl or your children!!

Catnip is often used as a fever remedy because it can promote sweating which will reduce the temperature.  However it is important to note that exessive sweating will speed up the dehydration process.

An echinacea tincture or tea will often help to break a fever as well.  Echinacea will also support immune functions during times of illness.


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Echinacea Tincture:
When taken internally,  this tincture will help the body for fight off infection.  Or alternatively, it may be used externally as a body wash.

Please note, this recipe takes 2 weeks to steep.

  1. Fill a quart jar 2/3 full of echinacea flowers.
  2. Pour 80 proof alcohol over flowers, filling jar.
  3. Cover jar tightly and label.
  4. Steep herb for at least 2 weeks, shaking jar every day.
  5. After 2 weeks, tincture can be strained if desired. The finished tincture will keep indefinitely.
  6. Repeat process using Echinacea roots. Combine these two finished tinctures to create a more powerful synergistic blend.

Tips:

  1. Store tincture in a darkened area.Store in colored glass if possible.
  2. Strain tincture through fine cheesecloth, if desired.
  3. Do not use anything but glass to make your tinctures.
Recipe from: LINK

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Finding Your Totem Animal Guide

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 Finding your animal guide or totem is a personal journey that many Pagans are interested in.  Use your gut instinct, take notice of what animal you are drawn to, or what seems to come to you in your dreams. meditations and nature walks.


Spell for Finding your Animal Guide:
On a piece of parchment paper or notebook paper write this incantation down and after saying the incantation place it under your pillow before retiring to bed.

Guardians of the dream world,
I call you to my side.
Reveal my animal, my protector and my guide.
Show me the beauty and grace in the radiant eyes of my guardian's face.


A guided meditation may also be helpful in discovering your animal guide.  Try to find a partner to assist you while you meditate.  Have your partner say the following while you meditate and focus on their words **:

You are standing in the middle of a lush, healthy forest. You can feel moist earth, bits of branch and bark, and small stones underneath your bare feet, and your hands rest on the rough mossy surface of a tall oak tree. You can smell the water after the morning rain all around you, leaving the forest misty and cool, glistening on the leaves and in tiny pools on the ground. The forest smells of pine and oak, birch and cedar, wet bark and damp earth, and fresh wind and rain.

Look above you to the canopy of the trees; the sky is brilliant blue through the gaps in the leaves, wispy white clouds draping the heights. The Sun shines full and bright upon the forest, turning the leaves above into dappled stained-glass of different shades of green. You reach down into a small pool and touch your lips with clear, fresh rainwater, tasting its cool pureness. The wind comes through the leaves, whispering off of branch and bush, singing its own song. The birds are singing that song as well, cheerfully filling the forest with their calls, accented by the occasional frog's note. Look at the forest around you. Touch it, smell it, taste it, and hear it. Now feel the forest, inside and out. Feel all the elements, the wind and water, the earth and the sun, and the love of the Gods all around you. Become part of that forest.

See yourself walking down a path - the path will look as you see it, and feel it. The path is your walk with your spirituality, your learning....it is the path that we all walk in different ways. Follow the path until it leads you to a grove of birch trees, tall and slender and glowing white in the sunshine. The outside of the circle is lined with beautiful wildflowers; a pool of deep, clear water stands in the middle and nine stones enclose the circle round. The sun shines bright and full overhead, and the sky moves quickly as the wind brushes its ever-moving veil of clouds along. Stand at the entrance for a moment, using all of your senses to feel the grove. When it feels right, move to wherever is calling you - the rocks, the water, the flowers..... whatever one you feel is the best for you, and is where you belong.

Close your eyes in the meditation and feel the warm sun on your face, the cool breeze through your hair, the dew on your feet and the rock beneath you. Sit and listen to all the sounds the forest makes, especially the animals. Think about how much you would like for your animal guide to come and speak to you in such a beautiful and meaningful place. Don't speak, but just listen to the forest and its creatures; hear the trees speaking, and the wind, and the animals. If you wait long enough, you may hear footsteps through the brush into the grove. Your guide will stand before you from whichever direction it emerged. Thank it for coming, and then talk to it for as long as it is willing to stay.
Be sure to ground yourself after the meditation.  Good luck!

** guided meditation from: http://www.witchscauldron.net

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What's the difference?

I'm sure I am not alone in wondering...
What is the difference between FAIRY and FAERY?
Why do some people spell it one way, and others spell it another??

Here is what I have discovered - and this is how I explain it to my children.


A FAIRY is often a cute fantastical winged creature - think Disney Fairy here.  I associate this type of fairy with my kids mostly.  They are happy-go-lucky, helpful beings.  At times mischevious - but nothing to be frightened of.  I remeber reading somewhere that a fairy is the Victorian era's attemp tp "prettify" the more wicked faery.

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A FAERY is more of an "adult" creature.  These beings may not be all sweet, playful and helpful.  At times they may even be considered dangerous as they are unpredictable and sometimes cruel.  They are the legendary Fae with origins in ancient times. 

Regardless of which fae you associate with, treat them with kindness - leave treats (seeds, berries, sugar, corn meal) in the garden - worst-case senario (if you don't believe in the fae), you've left a yummy treat for the birds :)

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KWW: Fairy Berries

Time to get back into the swing of things with Kitchen Witch Wednesdays -- boy have I slacked off!

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Today I have a really simple recipe that any little girl will love.
Both of my girlie witchlets love dressing up in fairy costumes...  so why not have a Fairy Tea Party...
The perfect snack for your little fairies is: FAIRY BERRIES

What You Need:
  • Large strawberries with stems
  • White chocolate (such as Nestle Premier White Morsels or Wilton White Candy Melts; 1 cup of pieces will coat about 12 strawberries)
  • Red food coloring
  • Decorating sugar (sprinkles also work well)
How to Make It: 
 
RINSE the berries, then pat them dry with paper towels. 
PLACE the white chocolate in a bowl and melt it in the microwave according to the package instructions. 
STIR in red food coloring until the chocolate is tinted pink (we used 5 drops for 1 cup of chocolate).
POUR the sugar onto a plate. Holding each berry by the stem, dunk it into the chocolate, then roll it immediately in the sugar. 
PLACE the berries on a sheet of waxed paper and let the coating harden.



Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Kooky Kitty -- Doing Laundry



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Witch Craft (Book)

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While surfing across the web for something to blog about here, I stumbed upon this book: Witch Craft: Wicked Accessories, Creepy-Cute Toys, Magical Treats, and More!

The blurb from Amazon reads:
Double, double, toil and trouble! The instructions in Witch Craft will help you conjure up more than 25 totally wicked treasures for Halloween--everything from vampire bite necklaces to graveyard cupcakes. You'll also find tips and tricks for transforming found objects and everyday items into wonderfully witchy treats. 

This book is definately going on my wish list!!

Torn Between Two Blogs

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pod-fading

It's been ages since I've added a podcast. I did not intend on "pod-fading".
I feel badly about that - I really enjoy doing the podcasts - and I enjoyed sharing them with my sister.

However since she has moved (even though it's only 10 minutes away), we are finding it difficult to get together and find the time to podcast.
I am unsure if I can do this podcast alone though - part of what makes our podcast is the sibling bantering.

So readers - what do you think? Should I attempt the podcast alone?  Find someone else to join me?  If I do this alone, what should I talk about??

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blessed Imbolc

Blessings my witchy friends!
And a happy imbolc to you all!

On the "groundhog" side of things...both Wiarton Willie and Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see thier shadows.. what does that mean - Spring is on the way!

However, being Wiccan, we know that Imbolc is a Sabbat for the promise of spring.  And in the spirit of Kitchen Witch Wednesday, here are a few recipes to aid in your celebrations.



Candlemas Cresent Cakes
  • 1 1/4 cups Flour
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Finely Ground Almonds
  • 3 drops Almond Extract
  • 1/2 cup Butter or Margarine, softened
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Egg Yolk

In a large mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Add the butter, honey and egg yolk and mix
together well. Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and then chill for 1 1/2 to 2 hours in the refrigerator.

When ready, pinch off pieces of the dough (about the size of plums) and shape them into crescents.

Place the crescents on a well-greased cookie sheet and bake in a 325-degree preheated oven for
approximately 20 minutes. (This recipe yields about one dozen Candlemas Crescent Cakes.)


(The above recipe for Candlemas Crescent Cakes is directly quoted from Gerina Dunwich's
book: The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch's Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes, page 166,
A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995.)




Returning Sun Spice Bread



  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 cup poppyseeds
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup raisins, plain or golden
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter/margarine
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup Karo golden corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tbs. milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. mixed spices**

**Equal parts of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Sift the flour, soda, and baking powder into a non-metal bowl. Add the mixed spice and ginger. Next add the brown sugar and raisins. Mix. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and the syrup over a low heat, then pour liquid into the well in the middle of the flour mixture. Add the beaten egg and the milk, and mix very well. Pour into a well greased 2-lb loaf pan and bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for 40-50 minutes. This bread can be made the night before as it improves with age. Makes 8-10 servings. 


Potato Soup


  • 2 oz butter/margarine
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium onions, peeled
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled
  • 1 sprig thyme, bay leaf, and bunch parsley
  • 2 pints milk
  • Chopped chives to garnish

Melt butter in a large pan and add thinly sliced potatoes and onions. Toss well in the butter. Put a lid on the pan and allow the vegetables to simmer over a low heat for about 10 minutes. Don't let the vegetables turn brown. Add the milk and all other ingredients, except for the chives, and simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove thyme, bay leaf, and parsley. Pour soup into food processor or blender (on chop) for about 1 minute. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with chives. Makes 6 servings. 



Blessed Imbolc

 Wishing you all a blessed Imbolc!!

Imbolc Candle Ritual for Solitary Wiccans

  1. First, set up your altar in a way that makes you happy, and brings to mind the themes of Imbolc. You'll also want to have on hand the following:
    • Seven candles, in red and white (tealights are perfect for this)
    • Something to light your candles with
    • A large bowl or cauldron big enough to hold the candles
    • Sand or salt to fill the bottom of the bowl/cauldron
    Prior to beginning your ritual, take a warm, cleansing bath. While soaking, meditate on the concept of purification. Once you're done, dress in your ritual attire, and begin the rite.
  2. If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now.
    Pour the sand or salt into the bowl or cauldron. Place the seven candles into the sand so they won't slide around. Light the first candle. As you do so, say:
    Although it is now dark, I come seeking light.
    In the chill of winter, I come seeking life.

    Light the second candle, saying:
    I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.
    I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.
    I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

  3. Light the third candle. Say:
    This light is a boundary, between positive and negative.
    That which is outside, shall stay without.
    That which is inside, shall stay within.

    Light the fourth candle. Say:
    I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.
    I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.
    I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

  4. Light the fifth candle, saying:
    Like fire, light and love will always grow.
    Like fire, wisdom and inspiration will always grow.

    Light the sixth candle, and say:
    I call upon fire, that melts the snow and warms the hearth.
    I call upon fire, that brings the light and makes new life.
    I call upon fire to purify me with your flames.

    Finally, light the last candle. As you do so, visualize the seven flames coming together as one. As the light builds, see the energy growing in a purifying glow.
    Fire of the hearth, blaze of the sun,
    cover me in your shining light.
    I am awash in your glow, and tonight I am
    made pure.
  5. Take a few momemnts and meditate on the light of your candles. Think about this Sabbat, a time of healing and inspiration and purification. Do you have something damaged that needs to be healed? Are you feeling stagnant, for lack of inspiration? Is there some part of your life that feels toxic or tainted? Visualize the light as a warm, enveloping energy that wraps itself around you, healing your ailments, igniting the spark of creativity, and purifying that which is damanged.
    When you are ready, end the ritual. You may choose to follow up with healing magic, or with a Cakes and Ale ceremony.


>> Ritual found HERE


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