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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Letting Go of the Old

Brightest Blessing Witches!!

It has been a while since my last entry but I stumbled across a post on Facebook today that I wanted to share with you all.

PLEASE NOTE: this spell was posted on/by ONEPOT WITCHERY - its a wonderful facebook page and you really should check it out if you are not already a fan...

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FULL MOON SPELL FOR LETTING GO OF THE OLD SO YOU CAN BEGIN ANEW!
You will need: a large white, small black candle, angelica root if you have it and lavender, YOUR OWN OIL (you should just witch together what vibes to you)
 
THE SPELL:
 We all look back upon our dreams,
As some were meant not to be,
So Dear Goddess remove,
The desire of them from me!
As I have come so very far,
I realise the desire of them mars,
And keeps me from a brand new start!
I know dear Goddess you have a path for me,
I know this path I can't always see.
I will no longer get in your way,
So fill me with a new dream
And new desires this day!
Uplift me and help me see,
The path I am on is meant for me!
Help me reach out to those in need,
And fulfill my purpose with golden deeds!
Sometimes I look back and see,
Realizing why you didn't answer me,
From my path I stried to stray,
But it has got me where I am today!
So take away any leftover desire,
So my spirit my soar higher and higher,
And give to me a brand new dream,
A new purpose to be seen! )O(

THIS SPELL is best followed by a salt bath or shower. The putting on of something new, or the doing of something new (even if its trying new food) so that the intent is given. Open yourself up fresh like a newborn and be excited and expectant and the new year will turn your path in the most amazing directions, if you just let go!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

KWW: Simple Kitchen Blessing

The Kitchen is a high traffic area in many homes, and the home of a kitchen witch is no different.  It is always a good idea to bless your kitchen periodically.
Blessed be this Kitchen of Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Be warmed by the sacred light of the Goddess and the Horned One. May all that is created here by means both magical and mundane bring nourishment, healing, and sustenance and cause harm to none. With love and peace, with joy and magic, be now and always filled.  So mote it be!
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Missing the blogosphere...

I must say... I have missed blogging.  I may not be the best blogger online, but I have missed this.  There is something theraputic about blogging... and to be honest, being stuck in Small Town Christian Canada makes it hard to connect with other Pagans.  I have been keeping relatively quiet about what has been happening, but it has been about 6 months since my husband (of almost 10 years) decided that he didn't love me and no longer wanted a family.  Raising the Witchlets on my own has been extremely challenging.  But I am ready to get back to my blogging, and I hope that my witchy readers will join me again.  Pop back tomorrow for a brand new Kitchen Witch Wednesday!!







Sunday, August 5, 2012

Be Proud...



Saturday, July 7, 2012

Saturday Humour



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

KWW: The Cauldron

 The cauldron is a well-respected Wiccan tool.  It is a vessel for transformation, and represents the very essence of fertility and femininity.  Although it is a common tool, not all modern Witches own one, and many of the Witches that do, only have a small table-top cauldron.  The cauldron is where magickal transformations take place... brews are made, incense is burner.  There may be a variety of uses for a cauldron.

Wiccans view the cauldron as a powerful symbol of the Goddess, a manifestation of feminine fertility.  It is associated with the element of Water and the West, and also has connections with reincarnation and rebirth.

My cauldron (pictured) is small in size and has a triquetra on one side.  I use mine mainly for burning incense as it is too small for any other kind of spellwork.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Post-It Note Tuesday: Cleanse a Space




If you want to play along, I have made a button that you can grab (below).  Please make the post-its witchy related in some way - a spell, chant... herb wishlist... anything - Be creative!!  Don't forget to pop over HERE to make your sticky notes.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Self Love And Self Esteem

As some of you know, I have been having a difficult time as of lately.  My husband of ten years decided that he no longer wanted to be in our family dynamic and left the witchlets and I.  I had been having a very difficult time adjusting and that is why this blog had taken a back-burner.

One of the most important things I learned throughout this whole ordeal is the importance of self-love and self-esteem.  Love (for the self or otherwise) should not be dependant upon magick though, but at times a self-love/esteem spell is just a reminder to give yourself that extra boost you need to take on anything that the world throws your way.  Remember, love and self-esteem is something you generate within your own self and then it spreads out to others in the form of pure emotion.  It is a contagious feeling that others are sure to notice.


::: Self Love/Self Esteem Spell :::
(original arthor unknown/Modifications by Emberlyn Rayne)

You will need:
A Bath
7 Green Oak Leaves (Or Bay leaves if these are out of season)
Lavender Oil
A Purple or Yellow Candle (or check my candle colour correspondences HERE)
Purple Thread

Instructions :

Run the bath to a depth and temperature of your liking. Put the lavender oil and oak leaves into it, swish it around, then light the candles and climb into the bath. Close your eyes (be sure not to fall asleep). Begin to breathe deeply and slowly -- Visualize yourself breathing in a warming orange light of confidence, and breathing out murky coloured self-doubts.

Now imagine a warm yellow globe of light above your head, which slowly engulfs your body, touching all of you from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Continue to breathe in slowly through your nose and out through your mouth.

When you are ready, recite the following:
I love my body.
I love my mind.
I love my spirit.
I love myself.
Blessed be the Goddess within me.

Continue to repeat this incantation until you are satisfied.

Upon the completion of your bath, thread the oak leaves on the purple thread.  The oak leaves may be carried with you (in a small box or envelope) and when you feel your self-esteem slipping, handle the leaves and repeat your incantation
 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sleeping??

Have poppies put this witch to sleep??

No, not really... but I have needed sometime to work through some family issues right now.  I am hoping to be back soon.
In love and light...


Monday, April 30, 2012

Beltane Honey Bread

Beltane blessings to you all!
It is a rainy day here, but our gardens do need the moisture, so the rain is greatly appreciated.  I am getting ready to do some Beltane baking and wanted to share this recipe sent to me by my good friend and Kitchen Warlock extraordinaire: Jarrid.  You can also find this recipe in the Beltane issue of the Practical Magick Ezine.

 Honey Wheat Bread


Ingredients:
2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
5 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add honey, and stir well. Mix in whole wheat flour, salt, and vegetable oil. Work all-purpose flour in gradually. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for at least 10 to 15 minutes. When dough is smooth and elastic, place it in a well oiled bowl.  Turn it several times in the bowl to coat the surface of the dough, and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.  Punch down the dough. Shape into two loaves, and place into two well greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise until dough is 1 to 1 1/2 inches above pans.

Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes.

Honey Butter

Ingredients:
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup honey.
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)  

Directions:
- Soften the butter on the kitchen counter or in the microwave at 10 second intervals. If using the microwave, be sure the butter does not begin to melt.
- Place softened butter in a small mixing bowl. Add honey. 
- Use a hand mixer and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Then beat at highest speed until the butter is light, fluffy, and easily spreadable. This should only take a couple of minutes.
- Add vanilla and/or cinnamon if desired, and beat for another 15 to 30 seconds.

Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to use. The butter will stay soft and easy to spread right out of the refrigerator.






Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tea Time Tuesday: Kombucha


I love tea.  I drink it daily and often try a variety of herbal teas.  David's Tea is one of my favourite places to purchase loose-leaf teas.   Happy Kombucha is the Tea of the Month at David's Tea and is by far one of my most favourites!



In yester-years Kombucha was a concoction brewed in homes and drank for it's anecdotal health benefits.  Recently however, this tea has gone mainstrream and is found in many health food and organic stores.  Kombucha is made from the fermentation of a pancake-like culture of yeast and bacteria and then added to various tea leaves (green tea, black tea, and oolong tea, for example).

Although little is published documenting the health benefits, Kombucha is believed to detoxify the body and energize the mind.  It is also said to aid cancer recovery, increase energy, sharpen eyesight, aid joint recovery, improve skin elasticity, and aid in digestion.

If you have not given Kombucha a try, I strongly recommend it!


Friday, April 6, 2012

Seed or Wind Moon


April's full moon is known as the Seed or Wind Moon.  The unsettled weather of March is slowly dying and the Winds are now distrubuting seeds around the Earth.  This is a time of new beginnings and growth.  Plan and plant your herb garden (if the weather allows). Commune with and strengthen your relationship with the mother aspect of the Goddess.

Correspondences
Colors: Bright primary colors -- red, yellow, blue -- and their combinations
Animals: bear, wolf. Birds: hawk, magpie
Gemstones: ruby, garnet, sard, quartz, selenite, angelite
Trees: Hazel, forsythia, lilac, willow
Flowers: daisy, sweetpea
Herbs: Dandelion, milkweed, dogwood, fennel, dill
Element: Air 
Deities: Ishtar, Tawaret, Venus, Herne, Cernunnos
Nature Spirits: Plant Fairies


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

KWW: Witches Brew

Witches' Brew is a recipe found in Scott Cunninghams' book: the Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen.  I can't wait to try this one out!!  (P.S.  that is just a stock image that I liked - I'm pretty sure the actual recipe does not make a green brew!)

Ingredients:
3/4 ounce White Rum
3/4 ounce Dark Rum
1/4 ounce Orange Curacao
Sweet and Sour (I'm not sure exactly what this is... if you know, let me know in the comments!)
2 ounces Orange Juice
2 ounces Pineapple Juice
a "splash" of Gerenadine
Pineapple Slice and Maraschino Cherries to garnish
Crushed Ice

What to do:
Fill your glass with crushed ice.
Add other ingredients in order and garnish if desired.
Serve immediately.

Enjoy. -- and remember do not drink and fly drive!

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Monday, April 2, 2012

A Confession

Hello.  My name is Emberlyn and I am a chronic houseplant killer.
Seriously.  It's almost embarrassing to be a Witch that cannot keep a little houseplant alive.

You'd never know if from looking at my lush and adundant herb garden, but when it comes to house plants, for the life of me, I cannot get them to survive.  I am ashamed to admit that the majority of my houseplants are fake.  And to be honest, I cannot figure out what I do wrong - I water them and ensure they get sun light but eventually they all shrivel.

Meet the latest of my casualties...


Sunday, April 1, 2012

How to Write a Good Blog

Despite the title, this is not an entry about how to write  blog.  But I did come across and EXCELLENT article today that I wanted to share with you from the Pioneer Woman.  Go on -- take a peek at her blog, I will wait right here.

I really like the first point: Be yourself; write as if you are talking to your sister.  I'm going to do that from now on.  I also need to work on writing through my writers block, especially if I am going to continue the Kitten Capers section of the E-Zine.

So dear fans.... [insert drum roll here] I hope you are ready for the improved blogging styles of Emberlyn Rayne...


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Issue Five: Pampered Witch

It's finally here... The next issue of Practical Magick: the E-Zine!

This issue is all about pampering yourself!
There is also a new kids' section - I would love to here your thoughts about it!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW EZINE


Monday, March 26, 2012

44 Days of Witchery: Water Element

44 Days of Witchery....  Picture of nature (water element).

This is one of our favourite spots to visit...

 Night and day the river flows. If time is the mind of space, the River is the soul of the desert. 
-- Edward Abbey, The Hidden Canyon — A River Journey

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sunshine and Happiness

A friend of mine has been having a rough time lately.  Everything that could possibly go wrong has.  For example, both of the family vehicles had broke down and upon buying new ones, one of those broke down as well.  There has been alot of stress and she asked me to "create a spell to blow sunshine up her a$$".  While I found her choice of words humourous, I knew she was in need of happiness and a stress reliever.

Happiness Bath

Exact measurements are not used...  let your heart be your guide!

1. Make an infusion by pouring boiling water over parsley.
2. Stain out the parsley and while the liquid remains hot, add cinnamon and honey.
3.  Add the infusion to your bath water.

Note: Infusion should be used immediately, and is not recommended for pregnant women.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ostara 2012

Spring (and Ostara) just crept up on us this year -- did we even have a winter here?  It has been so mild here in south-western Ontario, Canada.

I want to take the time to tell you all that I am so blessed to have you reading my blog and sharing this journey with me... I have "met" so many wonderful people and it is truly an amazing feeling to be able to connect with you all!

Here are a few pictures of my suprize Ostara treat for the Witchlets.  I used a planter box to contain the treats so that they could use it for their seedlings later in the season.





Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring has arrived!

Even though it is only March - it looks like spring has arrived here in Ontario, Canada!  I love this time of year for renewing my spirituality.  It seems when nature is revived, I too, am revived.

To celebrate the season, my mother bought me this kitchen set... from Avon, no less!  I searched the website, but I believe it is no longer available - however, if you are interested be sure to contact your local Avon Rep.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Modern Witch Documentary

Like several other Witches in the blog-o-sphere, I have been approached  to appear in a documentary about the lifestyles of modern-day Witches.    On the surface the show seems to have a great premise, and the company states that they are wanting to shed positive light on Witches.

At first I was worried this was a scam, but from everything I have researched, this is a valid company and opportunity.

My husband thinks we should apply for a spot on the show and see where it takes us...  however, I am torn... would this be a good opportunity to let people see how we live?  Or would I be exposing my children to scorn from the community - We are out of the broom closet, but we don't really flaunt our "witchiness" either.