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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

44 Days of Witchery: Folklore

44 Days of Witchery: A myth or story from folklore.

Imbolc is getting close and it is time to celebrate the coming of spring and the Sun and to acknowledge Brigid.  Brigid is the Gaelic Goddess of poetry, healing and smithcraft.  She is associated with sacred flames and healing.  Purifying fires are an important part of Imbolc festivals.  The lighting of fires and candles represents the warmth and increasing powers of the returning Sun. 

On Imbolc Eve, Brigid is said to walk the Earth.  Before retiring to bed, all the members of the household should leave a strip of cloth outside for Brigid to bless.  The head of the household should also smother the fire and rake all the ashes smooth.  In the morning, the family will find a mark in the ashes as a sign that Brigid has passed.  The strips of blessed cloth are now believed to have healing and protective powers.

Friday, January 27, 2012

44 Days of Witchery: Background

Q: What is your Witchy background?

A: I am an Eclectic Solitary Wiccan - this simply means I incorporate both traditional and newer Wiccan practices into my beliefs.  My practices are solitary for the most part, although I do quite a bit of my spell work with mt sister.   I would also classify myself as a Kitchen/Domestic Witch.  This is a unique term in Wicca and focuses on honouring the mundane in life.

I was raised in a Christian path, but have had an intertest in Paganism since my mid teens.  I only fully adopted a Wiccan lifestyle about 3 years ago.  Parental and community thoughts and beliefs played a large roll in my hesitation.  Since embracing the Craft, I live a happier, more fulfilling life and I am one with nature.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kooky Kitty: All Grown Up...

Remember Onyx, my Kooky Kitty?
He's all grown up now - and apparently not too happy about modelling one of my crocheted sleeper caps!

44 Days of Witchery

I stumbled across this while visiting a readers blog... I think it could be fun!  Let me know if you join in (or if you already have).  I will begin posting my daily answers tomorrow.

1. What’s your witchy background?
2. A myth or story from folklore.
3. Witchy tools: athame.
4. Picture of nature (water element).
5. A favourite Goddess.
6. A favourite God.
7. Air element.
8. A photo of a magical place outdoors.
9. A favourite mythological animal.
10. Your sun sign.
11. Witchy tools: oils.
12. Picture of nature (air element).
13. What are some of the witchy books that influenced you?
14. A favourite pagan holiday that you celebrate.
15. Thoughts on the afterlife?
16. Favourite witchy website(s).
17. Picture of nature (fire element).
18. Have you had any paranormal experiences?
19. Fire element.
20. A picture of a tarot or oracle card, and its meaning.
21. A favourite scent.
22. Current moon phase.
23. A favourite candle.
24. Your moon sign.
25. How do your close ones feel about your witchy path? Do they know? Why or why not?
26. A witchy podcast.
27. Picture of nature (earth element).
28. A picture of a witchy I-Want-It-Now!
29. Water element.
30. Witchy tools: wand.
31. A favourite pagan/witchy movie.
32. A pagan/witchy artwork.
33. Faerie of your choice.
34. Rune of your choice.
35. Something that I think people who don’t know much about paganism/witchcraft should know.
36. Flower of your choice, and its magical properties.
38. A famous pagan/witch!
37. Witchy tools: cauldron.
39. Something that inspires you.
40. Your altar, if you have one!
41. A spell you’ve done.
42. A favourite nature spirit.
43. A magical recipe.
44. Witch’s choice!

Questions are from littlecitywitch.tumblr.com

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

KWW: Kitchen Witch's Creed

I have this posted in my information section, but I thought I would repost incase you've missed...
In this pot, I stir to the sun
an' follow the rule of harming none. 

Banishment of bane when goin' widdershins;
an' with water and salt negativity is cleansed. 

Household duties are more than chores.
Magick abounds when mopping floors. 

With this broom, I do sweep
to clean my house and safely keep. 

Marigold, Basil, Thyme, and Yarrow
my spell is cast for a better tomorrow. 

Lemons for joy and apples for health
the pow'r within brings great wealth. 

And, in this kitchen I do pray
To truly walk the Witches' Way.

Copyright 1998, 1999 E. Zeigler 
Image Copyright: © Brigid Ashwood 2012 www.brigidashwood.com

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Practical Magick Ezine Edition 4

Edition 4 of the ezine is now available for download!!

This is my Imbolc Issue.  There is a yummy recipe from Jarrid and an amzing Bewitching Buy from Moonlit Herbals.


{January 2012 Issue HERE}

Watch Your Step....

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Midnight Margaritas

Midnight Margaritas Incantation

Eye of newt, toe of frog, wing of bat, tongue of dog.
Adder’s fork and blind worm’s sting…
Barbados lime is just the thing.
Fragias salt, like a sailors stubble…
Flip the switch, and let the cauldron bubble!

Friday, January 13, 2012

13 Facts...

Today is Friday the 13th - let's talk about 13 facts, myths and beliefs associated with one of the most superstitious days of the year...

1.  It is considered bad luck to have a black cat cross your path on this day.  Due to the negativity linked to black cats, they are the harded to re-home in pet adoption facilities.

2.  Contrary to popular belief, there has never been a ship named the HMS Friday that left dock on Friday the 13th and was never seen from again.

3. This year, 2012, there are 3 Friday the 13ths - in January, April and July.

4.  If you find a horse shoe with the open end facing you, nail it over the door with the open end up so the good luck doesn't spill.

5.  Hospital admission as a result of a transportion accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent in some cities on this day.

6.  Paraskevidekatriaphobics is the irrational fear of Friday the 13th, and Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13.

7.  Most fears of this date are related to mythology and Christian ideology: 13 guests attended the last supper, which was followed by Jesus’ crucifixion, which by some accounts occurred on Friday the 13th. Additionally, Judas, Jesus’ betrayer, was the 13th guest.

8.  Many hospitals do not have a 13th room.  Hotels rarely have a 13th floor, and most airports omit gate 13.

9.  Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. A friend warned him not to go. "It was bad luck," Twain later told the friend. "They only had food for 12."

10.  Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.

11.  In Norse belief, Loki was the 13th god, and when he showed up at Baldur’s funeral (despite being Baldur’s killer) he was the 13th guest.

12.  Ancient Egyptians believe that life was a quest for spiritual ascension which unfolded in stages: 12 in this life and the 13th was the eternal afterlife.  Subsequent cultures readily associated 13 with the fear of death, rather than a reverence for the afterlife.

13.  Changing your bed linens on a friday is sure to bring bad dreams and restlessness to your slumber.

Are you superstitious??