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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Weekly Pinterest Round-up

Welcome Witchy Friends to my *new* Weekly Pinterest Round-up.
These are items I have pinned over the week

Please note...  the shops and or blogs have NOT reimburst me or encourage me to post their items.  I simply saw them and thought they were worth sharing.  Some items MAY be sold already.  They are linked to my PINS on Pinterest which is, in turn, linked to the original post/shop entry.

#1 -- Bewitching Buy: Love Potion.
#2 --  Book of Shadows: Colour Correspondences
#3 -- Kitchen Witchery: Litha Cocktail
#4 -- Bewitching Blog: Catch A Falling Star
#5 -- Gardens & Herbs: Witchy Birdhouse

All images are © to their respective owners.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blown Away...

 Each year, the weather here in Southwestern Ontario Canada seems to be getting more and more extreme.  I was monitoring the Ontario Tornado Watch FB page this afternoon and new updates were posted constantly.  The sky grew dark and the wind become progressively stronger.

I am a constant worrier - I seem to inherited that "awesome" quaility from my Nanny.  So of course I continued to ponder the "what if a tornado strikes" scenerio.

Each year, the kids and I put together a tornado kit to store in the basement incase we need to retreat there to seek shelter from extreme weather.  My basement is a glorfied crawl space, so my kit will likely contain several things that many deem unneccesary, but this is MY kit and I will construct it as I see fit so that my family is taken care of and possibly entertained during an emergency.

I use 2 large Rubbermaid containers.

The first is filled with blankets and one change of clothing for each of us.  I also stuff some batteries in this container and a dog leash.  It is my eldest daughter's job to grab the dog in the event of bad weather and I do not want her worrying about finding his leash.  There is also a few thin books, colouring books and a package of crayons. Now, I can hear you asking what about the cats -- while I do love my feline familiars, I have faith that they will survive on their own.  Have you ever tried to grab a cat during bad weather?!  Mine are NOWHERE to be found!!

Box number 2 is the important one.  A first aid kit and working flashlight is added; as well as an inhaler (my daughter and I both have asthma - any prescription medications should also be added). Copies of important papers and documents should be included.  In conjuction to the documents, I add a USB drive of family pictures.  My house was struck by lightning shortly after my first daughter was born and I lost all the pictures from the first 3 months of her life.  I swore that would never happen again. Besides, USB drives do not take up much room.  Of course, food (don't forget that can opener!!).  My children each pack some canned food and packaged foods that will not spoil - remember the food for the pets!!  Water is essential - one gallon per person per day is recommended and you should store enough for 3 - 4 days.  A small amount of cash and/or a debit card is wise as well.  Candles and matches are added next.

Many survival experts also recommend that you learn how to shut off the water/gas/power to your house in case you are instructed to do so by authorities.  You may want to include written instructions in your kit.  On the shelf next to my kit is a working battery-operated radio.

The witchlets and I also include some witchy magic bottles: a protection bottle, a strength bottle and a sweet dreams bottle (the later one is my youngest daughter's contribution - to help her sleep).

There are many sites - including governement ones - to assist you in assembling your emergency kit.  No one wants to think of disasters happening to them, but everyone should be prepared.  Do you have an emergency kit ready??

Great links for you...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Magickal Herb Friday: Cinnamon Basil

On my stroll through the local garden center, I came across Cinnamon Basil.  I have never seen this herb before, but the scent was intoxicating, so I purchased the plant immediately.

This herb is native to Southeast Asia.  When planted near tomatoes, it discourages bugs from nibbing on the leaves; while also enhancing the growth of asparagus and roses, at the same time protecting them from insects.  If you rub the cinnamon basil leavs on your skin, the oils transfered repell mosquitos.  Fresh springs of this herb will also prevent flies from joining your picnic.

Cinnamon Basil is also the simplest of basil species to grow, taking a mere 5 -7 day to sprout from seeds.  It can grow up to 3 feet tall, and if you "pinch back the leaves", it will spread to approximately 3 feet wide.

I have been unable to find correspondences relating specifically to Cinnamon Basil, but basil in general, has the following qualities:

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Main Magickal Uses: Consecration, divination (esp. about love), exorcism, fertility, fidelity, good luck, happiness, harmony, love, money, passion, peace, prosperity, protection, psychic development, psychic protection, purification, strength, success, tranquility

Secondary Magickal Uses: Clairvoyance, commanding, courage, dragons, grieving, hatred, honesty, initiation, inspiration, invokation, prevents theft, rituals for the dead, spell-breaking 

Animals: Attractive to dragons, salamanders, and other fire-oriented creatures.

Special Days:  Imbolc

Deities: Sacred to the Hindu god Vishnu and his avatar, Krishna.

Medicinal Uses: Calming the stomach, aid in the recvoery from cough and colds, a steam treatment using basil leaves is said to aleviate headaches, has antibiotic properties and will aid with insect bites and stings.  Basil essential oil relieves ear aches.  Strong basil leaf tea helps with stress reduction.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kooky Kitty in a Window

"Ohh!! There you are!!  You didn't want this window blind, right?!  It was totally blocking my view of the neighbour's pine tree.  Did you know there are some tasty looking birds living in it?!  Maybe you could just open this screen for me too....??"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

KWW: Simple Blessing

This was originally published in the Practical Magick Ezine.

Before beginning, make sure your kitchen is clean and clutter-free.  You may want to use a sage stick to cleanse and purify your kitchen before you begin as well.

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 sustenance,
And cause harm to none.
With love and peace,
With joy and magick,
Be now and always filled.
So Mote It Be!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Post-It Tuesday: Creativity

We all need a little help from our Muses everyonce in a while... 
Why not call them forth with this little chant?

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.  And be sure to comment below so I can visit your blog!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Discovering Deities: Lakshmi

I have been reading The Thrist by Christopher Pike (originallly The Last Vampire series)... I had first read this series when I was in my senior year of high school and since there has been talk of this series being picked up as the next "big vampire movie", I thought I would refresh my memory.  It certianly is an easy read, as it is meant for teenagers, but the books have inspired me to learn more about Hindu deities.

 I have chosen Lakshmi as the first Hindu Goddess to study.  She is the Goddess of wealth, love, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty.  She is said to bring luck and protect her followers from money related troubles.  She is said to be a source of engery to even Vishnu (her consort and the Supreme Hindu God).

Lakshmi is portrayed as a young beautiful woman with a golden complexion.  She is often shown with four hands which represent the four ends of human life: "dharma" (righteousness), "kama" (karma), "artha" (wealth), and "moksha" (liberation from the cycle of birth and death).  Her connection to lotus flowers, elephants and water represent her faith in the fertility and abundance available to all.

This goddess is worshipped daily in many Hindu homes and the festivals of Diwali and Kojagiri Purnima are celebrated in her honour.

Lakshmi's Message:
 Take a moment to quiet your mind from worries and fears.  Everything will be fine.  You and your loved ones will be proctected and cared for.  Refuse to think of anything other than your bright future, and I promise it to be so.