Saturday, April 22, 2017

Book Review: The Witch in Every Woman by Laurie Cabot

 Book Review: The Witch in Every Woman by Laurie Cabot

A couple of weeks ago (read right before the computer crash), I finished reading Laurie Cabot's book The Witch in Every Woman. I really enjoyed this book simply because it was very empowering. Cabot mentions wishing to write this book for quiet some time, and she does a fantastic job encouraging women to reawaken their "magical nature of the feminine to heal, protect, create, and empower." She does this using a series of short stories about Celtic goddesses to inspire women to take back their magical rights and walk between the worlds once more. While the book is slightly dated, it is still a great read for women who are on the fence about witchcraft or who feel as though they are lost. If you guys haven't figured out, I am a feminist. I strongly believe men and women are equal, and that women should be treated as such. This book is very empowering for women readers. However, it is very hetero-normative, but if you look at when it was written (1997), the idea of sharing our womanhood with transgender women was unheard of, not because we weren't inclusive, but simply because we were not aware we needed to include them. Despite what some other reviewers have stated, I do not believe the book to be exclusive to transgender women. Everything Cabot mentions can be easily tailored to fit into the life of a transgender woman.
Book Review: The Witch in Every Woman by Laurie Cabot
The short stories were captivating. I read some tales I had never heard before and gained new perspective into myself. It encouraged me take back parts of me I had lost because of my relationships, particularly my marriage. No, my marriage isn't terrible, but I have a habit of losing myself to others, a trait of many Libras share. Cabot addresses many issues women face on a daily basis, pulling examples from her life and those of her friends to explain how women, over the ages, have been pushed from their rightful place as spiritual healers and protectors. Again, some of the content is dated and a little forceful, but still applicable today, especially to women outside of the United States and other free countries. After the short stories, Cabot shares some legends she created as a teaching tool. The reader is supposed to use these legends to work through different aspects of feminine power. Some of the lessons were fun and engaging, others I simply read and moved on with.

Overall, the book was good. I wouldn't suggest every witch read this book, but if you are a woman struggling with doubts, oppression, regret, fatigue, or anything else that stands in the way of you being the best possible woman and spiritual healer you can be, I strongly encourage you to read this book. It is reaffirming, letting you know you are strong, powerful, smart, loving, and gifted. I give this book 3 stars, not because it isn't great, but because it is not a book that will appeal to everyone. As stated, some of the material is dated and the language is strong. Not everyone needs this book, but those of you that do, don't delay.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mastering Your Grimoire: My Grimoire's Book Blessing

Mastering Your Grimoire: My Grimoire Book Blessing

Writing your Grimoire/BOS book blessing and carrying out the blessing ritual is magical to say the least. The dedication bound you to the book; the blessing infuses the book with your magic. These are extremely important steps. Without them, your book is not magical bound to you. For my book blessing, I pulled inspiration from many sources. I work closely with Mother Earth and the elements, so I wanted to make sure I included them again. The blessing begin by presenting the book bless to Mother Earth and the Elements, calling upon them to witness the ritual and to provide their blessing while protecting the book from "eyes that pry and look." Below you will find my complete book blessing:
"By Mother Earth not yet forlorn,
and the howling wing that proceeds the storm.
By the Water that cleanses the soul,
and Fire that burns through ages untold.
By the gentle Earth from which we come,
This bless shan't be undone.
This precious Grimoire I do bless,
as the four elements will attest.
This blessing shall protect this book,
from curious eyes that pry and look.
Keep it safe from things that harm,
while I fill this book with knowledge and charms.
In the realm of magic this book shall reside,
no one but the chosen shall see what's inside.
By my will this I do wish,
as I seal it with a kiss.
For those of the Craft can truly see,
By my will so mote it be."

Mastering Your Grimoire: My Grimoire Book Blessing

While writing this blessing I burned some white sage, a couple of candles, and had some quartz crystals sitting on the desk to aid in my blessing. I wrote the blessing into my book on the last full moon, a great time to bless and cleanse magical objects. I decorated the corners with peonies, one of my favorite flowers using acrylic paint. I am thrilled with how they turned out.

Mastering Your Grimoire: My Grimoire Book Blessing

I'd love to see what you guys have produced for your blessing. Feel free to share in a comment below, on Facebook, or Instagram using #masteringyourgrimoire. I apologize again for being so far behind. Everything should be back to normal soon. Trying my best to catch up!

Monday, April 17, 2017

April Moon Box Review

April Moon Box Review

Well, I finally managed to transfer all my files from the old computer to the new one! Yes, there was quiet a few files to move, especially files relating to the blog. You'd be surprised how much you accumulate in three years of blogging! I figured what better way to come back than with a subscription box review! Everyone loves subscription boxes. This time I decided to try out the Moon Box by Gaia Collective. It costs $30 a month and comes with 3 handpicked crystals, dried herbs or tea, an essential oil blend, a moon oracle card, a featured artist item, and ritual supplies. It is similar to the Box of Shadows, which I really enjoyed. Furthermore, for every Moon Box purchased, they make a donation to Trees for the Future, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing degraded lands through educational programs for farmers and planting trees to create new forests around the world. The box and packing supplies are environmentally friendly, so when you are done, it can be reused, recycled, or returned to the earth.

April Moon Box Review April Moon Box Review

April's box came with some delightful surprises. Upon opening is a letter that says, "Before you open me, find a quiet place to be." I settled down at my altar, shut the door, and opened a window to let the music of the birds outside bring peace and harmony to my room. The envelop contained a card on how to use the box, a Pink Moon oracle card, a crystal information card, and a little booklet about Moon Box and Gaia Collective. The oracle card spoke of spring and new beginnings, saying to listen to your heart instead of your ego. It encouraged to reclaim and reaffirm your values and virtues, and take a step back to recenter if need be.

April Moon Box Review

April Moon Box Review: Cards Front  April Moon Box Review: Cards Back

April Moon Box Review: Crystals

Underneath the envelope was some beautifully and sustainability packaged goodies! The first items I pulled out were the crystals. The little bag contained rose quartz, 3 Kyanite wands, and moonstone. I adore moonstone, and was thrilled to add it to my collection. Per the instructions, I decided to meditate on these crystals. I placed them in my left hand, closed my eyes, and let them speak to me. First was the moon stone. It glowed gold and spoke of balance and peace, especially between work and personal life. It told me to stop worrying about the work I have to do, and spend additional time doing when I love, specifically in regards to my spiritual path. Next was the rose quartz. It was cool to the touch and spoke of self-love as it glowed bright pink. It let me know I needed to seek balance in my life and stop putting my love of others before the love of myself. It told me to hold my head high, even when faced with opposition. It spoke of not letting others, specifically my significant other, rule my emotions and view of my self-worth. Finally was the kyanite wands. They were hot to the touch, almost burning. They glowed dark red then purple. They spoke of power, specifically power over my fear and doubts. They encouraged me to put those aside and go forth with confidence, both in my personal and spiritual life. They also spoke of power in my relationship, telling me that I am strong enough to walk alone and not to fear loneliness. They also spoke of balance is speech and emotion, to listen more and control my emotions, specifically sadness, fear, and doubt. I guess it is time for some change. The kyanite was very clear in its intentions. I will be sure to carry them with me for the next couple of weeks to see how they aid me. I've never had a crystal feel so hot to the touch before. They all affirmed what the oracle card stated I should do this month: reaffirm and reclaim my values of strength, perseverance, love, and courage; to stop letting others rule my actions and emotions.

April Moon Box Review: Tea April Moon Box Review: Tea

Next I opened and steeped the tea which was hand-crafted by Fruits of the Roots. This blend contains elderberry, nettle, hibiscus, rose, Chanca Piedra, wild cherry bark, and Goji berries and comes with a re-usable muslin tea bag. I am allergic to Goji berries, but it appeared there were only 2 in the tea which is not enough to bring on a reaction. The tea brewed into a brilliantly pink hue, sticking with the theme of the Pink Moon. It smells of and tastes of roses. The flowers lend a delightful sweet undertone without the need of added sweetener.

April Moon Box Review: Essential Oil

I then opened the Full Moon Essential Oil Elixir blended by Cottage Traditions. It contains Clary sage, Egyptian geranium, fir balsam, Bulgarian lavender, and vanilla. I spread some on my wrists and and breathed in the aroma. It is relaxing and reaffirming with the smell of vanilla uniting all of the scents.

April Moon Box Review: Candle

Next up was the candle. The candled is a hand-poured candle from Soy Much Brighter. It is called 'Full Moon Remedy' and has a very subtle scent of sandalwood, tangerine, and patchouli.  I struck a match and lit it, igniting my intentions to follow the advice of the crystals. I stared into the flame and imagined my intentions coming to fruition.

April Moon Box Review: Body Butter

Finally I opened the Whipped Shea Butter by Body Brewed. It has a very subtle sweet orange and Clary sage scent, and is delicately thick. I rubbed some on my feet in an act of self-love and care. It absorbed quickly and left my feet feeling refreshed and moisturized. They have been aching all week from running and long days on my feet, so it felt wonderful to spend some time rubbing them and thanking them for carrying me through the week.

April Moon Box Review

I ended my box opening ritual with a short meditation. I imagined myself walking through a old forest. I could smell the moss and damp earth and feel it between my bare feet. As I walked I begin to hear water and suddenly arrived at a clear, deep blue lake. I felt the sudden urge to swim and entered the cold water. I lay floating on my back, staring at the sky for some time before diving deep beneath the surface to explore the depths below. When I came up for air I felt refreshed and renewed. I walked to the shore and patted myself off with a towel sitting on a new by rock. I heard a twig crack and looked up to see a white stag standing across the lake from me. As I looked into its eyes I felt a sense of peace and strength and suddenly the meditation was over.

I really look forward to the box that will arrive in May. Unlike the Box of Shadows, this box has an opening ritual which I found divine. The day before the full moon they send out a a recording guided meditation for the full moon. Unfortunately I missed it this time, but look forward to participating next month.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Update

I just wanted to let everyone know that my computer crashed last weekend, and I have to purchase a new one. I am still in the process of attempting to move files to my new computer. Until I manage to do that (and back everything up online), planned posts are going to be delayed. Please hang with me while I make the transition. The good news is, I have the newest edition of Photoshop! At least something good came out of it! Haha! I am going to try to get everything done by the end of this week and get those posts ready to go. I have a book review, Gaia Box review, tulip herbarium, and some Mastering Your Grimoire posts coming ASAP!

Hope to see you before the week is out!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mastering Your Gimoire: Book Blessing

Mastering Your Gimoire: Book Blessing

We've made it to the book blessing! The last 2 weeks we spent time working on our book dedication pages. Yesterday I posted pictures of my book dedication and shared what I wrote. Now that we have dedicated ourselves to working on our grimoires/Books of Shadows, it is time to bless the book.

The book blessing acts as both a blessing and a protection spell. You want to clear it of all energies but your own, ask Mother Earth, the elements, or whatever deity you follow the bless the pages, and ask them them to protect the book from harm. Use your answers to your questions in Mapping Your Magical Path to help you decide what to include in your book blessing and the style you want it to be written in. I picked poetry of course, but prose works just as well. Looking for inspiration? Try my Book of Shadows Pinterest board.

Writing the book blessing is only part of the process. Think of this as a ritual or spell. After you have decided what to write, the act of actually writing it in your grimoire is the ritual/spell itself. If you follow a path with structure, i.e. Wicca, cast a magical circle, call quarters, and ask the God and Goddess to join you as you bless your book. If you are less structured, like myself, sit in a quiet spot, in or outside, and complete your book blessing. Candles and representations of the elements are great items to incorporate into your ritual/spell. Pick colored candles that fit your ritual/spell needs. White, yellow, or purple candles would be perfect for such occasion. Herbs and incense to use would be bay, elder, myrrh, St. John's Wort, willow, and sage. Want to use some crystals? Try amber, amethyst, quartz, or citrine.

For a simpler ritual, light a white candle and some myrrh incense and sprinkle salt on the page of the book blessing and write your blessing, reading it aloud as your write. When you are finished, read it aloud one more time, imagine the book being filled with white protective light, and you're done!

Once you have written your book blessing and transcribed the blessing into you book, it is time to decorate the pages. Use your answers to Mapping Your Magical Path to help guide you in your decorations. It can be as ornate or as simple as you want.

Spend the next week working on this page. We have a new moon coming up on March 28th. This would be the PERFECT time to bless the book. I know most people prefer the full moon, but the new moon is perfect for starting new things. You are embarking on a new journey to complete one of the greatest tools a witch can have! Use it!

I would love to see your progress on your grimoires and BOS's if you guys would like to share them. Feel free to post below, on our Facebook page, or on Instagram using #masteringyourgrimoire.




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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mastering Your Grimoire: My Grimoire's Book Dedication Page

My Grimoire's Book Dedication Page

Over the past two weeks I have been working on my Grimoire's book dedication page. This dedication is a commitment to complete my Grimoire and to continue to grow as a witch. I read several other book dedications before I sat down to write my own. Because I don't believe in any deities, I focused on the elements and Mother Earth to give me the strength and guidance needed to complete my grimoire.

My Grimoire's Book Dedication Page

Grimoire Book Dedication
May Air give me the wisdom to assemble these pages,
Fire the inspiration to write in honor of the Craft,
Water the ability to do the Craft justice,
and Earth the patience to complete the task.
I dedicate this book to Mother Earth,
in hopes I may further my Craft.
May the pages be filled with magic and splendor.
I placed the dedication in a box and surrounded it with a floral design. I absolutely love flowers and the life they breathe into any work. I used paint to complete the page, and pen to outline the box. MY hand it not steady enough to paint straight lines. I am quite proud of the way this page turned out.

My Grimoire's Book Dedication Page

What did you end up doing for your dedication page(s)? I would love to see pictures. Feel free to comment below, post on Facebook, or use the hashtag #masteringyourgrimoire on Instagram to share!



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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Spring Equinox Altar 2017

Spring Equinox Altar 2017

Ta-da! For the first time since I was in high school I have an altar. It has actually been quite the experience and I am very happy to have sacred space again, in a room where I can shut the world out. I am very happy to share my Spring Equinox/Ostara altar with everyone today.

Spring Equinox Altar 2017

You may notice it is very simple. I don't like clutter so a simpler altar is perfect for me. I placed a statue I picked up from Goodwill several years ago to represent the Maiden or a young Mother Earth. Again, I don't believe in any deities, but I think a little personification of our Earth is great. I adore this statue of a young woman in a flowing dress dancing with her tambourine. She is the epitome of new life.

Spring Equinox Altar 2017

I picked two cream colored candles in crystal holders to represent rebirth and the birth of the Sun. Cream and other pastel colors are commonly used this time of year and I felt the cream also matched my decor better than green or white. In between my candles is a milk glass vase full of silk flowers. I picked creamy pink flowers to represent renewal, rebirth, and new life. Plus I like the color pink, especially which this table.

Spring Equinox Altar 2017

In front of the candle and vase of silk flowers are two speckled eggs. My mother actually made these eggs out of clay before I was born. I am so thankful to have them and use them on my altar to show new life. Eggs are one of the most famous icons of the Spring Equinox and Easter. It is around this time of year that many birds begin building nests and laying eggs which is why I also have a nest, bird, and marble egg on my altar. Again representing new life, renewal, rebirth, and fertility. On the far right is a new terrarium I bought for my altar that is currently filled with eggs as well. You really can't have too many eggs, I swear.

Spring Equinox Altar 2017

There is a white rabbit representing fertility and new life. Rabbits, like the eggs, are famously used at this time of year as well. Rabbits are notorious for breeding rapidly, often producing several litters in a breeding season, hence the phrase "Breeding like rabbits." My favorite rabbit joke actually comes from Zootopia when Officer Judy Hops tells Nick Wilde her family is good at multiplication.

Spring Equinox Altar 2017

Placed right in the middle are three beautiful crystals: amethyst, rose quartz, and clear quartz. These are for peace, love, and protection. Plus their beautiful pastel hues compliment the arrangement nicely.

And there you have it! My 2017 Spring Equinox altar!

Do you have an altar? How do you decorate it for Ostara? I would love to see what you have set up!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mastering Your Grimoire: Writing Your Dedication

Mastering Your Grimoire: Writing Your Dedication

Over the past week we spent time laying out our grimoires and developing a rough draft for our table of contents. There are several really great resources out there to help you figure out how to organize your grimoire. Upon doing some research, I decided to use LaPulia's Book of Shadows as a guide. Now this is a Wiccan book and therefore many sections or pages wouldn't be included in my book, but it is a really great, comprehensive table of contents. Their Traditional Witchcraft Grimoire also has some really great ideas that I will be using as well. Another great resource for organizing your grimoire is The Dance at Alder Cove's table of contents. This list is pretty comprehensive as well, providing you with some ideas if you aren't sure where to start.

Mastering Your Grimoire: Writing Your Dedication

Right now I have only organized and planned a couple sections. The reason for this is that planning too far in advance and jumping around while working could come back to bite you in the butt if you are working with a bound book where you can't easily move pages. This is what I am working with and as I work on a little bit at a time I have already found myself moving things around. The current sections I have planned are listed in order below:
Title Page
Table of Content
The Craft (section title)
     Dedication
     Blessing
     Pentagram
     Witch's Creed
     What is a Hedgewitch?
     13 Goals of a Witch
     Self Dedication (to the craft)
Basics of Magic (section title)
     What is Magic?
     Magical Theory and Technique
     Grounding and Centering
     Energy
     How to Direct Energy
     Meditation
     Pathwalking
     Hedge Riding
     How to Hedge Ride
     Ways to Reach Altered State of Consciousness
     Three Realms of Otherworld
     Hedge Riding Prep and Etiquette
     Animal and Spirit Guides
     My Guides
The Elements (section title)
     Earth Intro
     Tools of Earth and How to Use with Other Elements
     Earth Correspondences
     Air Intro
     Tools of Air and How to Use with Other Elements
     Air Correspondences
     Fire Intro
     Tools of Fire and How to Use with Other Elements
     Fire Correspondences
     Water Intro
     Tools of Water and How to Use with Other Elements
     Water Correspondences
     Spirit
Sabbats (section title)
     Wheel of the Year (picture)
     About the Wheel of the Year
     Samhain Introduction
     Samhain History and Lore
     Samhain Traditions
     Samhain Correspondences
     Samhain Plants
     Samhain Recipes
     Samhain Crafts
*I have not finished my Sabbat planning because I am not sure how many recipes and crafts I would like to include at this time.
As I mentioned in Organizing Your Grimoire, you should have made room in the first couple pages for a dedication and a blessing, which you can see I did. One of the first things to put in your book is your dedication. Now this isn't a dedication to the craft, but a dedication to working on your grimoire and continuing to learn. Your Self Dedication will be your dedication to the craft. The dedication featured within the first page or two is basically a promise to yourself, the deities you believe in, and your grimoire that you will continue to learn and grow as a witch.

During the next two weeks write your dedication and decorate the page(s). Begin your rough draft on a separate sheet of paper. If you are working with a digital format, work right in your book. Spend time reflecting on what you want to say. It can be in the form of poetry or prose; whatever speaks to you. I prefer poetry so my dedication is written in such a format. Are you going to ask the elements for guidance in the creation of your grimoire? Air is associated with wisdom, fire with inspiration, water with justice, and earth with patience. What about any deities? Apollo, Euterpe, Bragi, Kvasir, Brigid, Sarasawti, Tir, Seshat, Al-Kutbay, Nabu, and Nidaba are all gods and goddesses of writing and poetry from various traditions. Requesting their aid in the assembly of your grimoire would be wise if you follow their tradition. Are you going to dedicate the grimoire to one of these deities or just Mother Earth? What would you like the pages to be filled with? Why do you want to complete your grimoire? Remember to refer back to your Mapping Your Magical Path for guidance in the creation of your dedication.

Once you have written your dedication and are happy with it, transfer it to your book in your best handwriting (or type, print, and paste it). Then proceed to decorate the page. Feel free to use symbols associated with inspiration and writing such as the rune Ansuz or the sun. Prefer more natural symbols? Draw Begonias to encourage deep thoughts, Black-Eye Susans for encouragement, Irises for inspiration, or Hazel and Maple for wisdom. Be sure to fill this page with your energy. As you work, envision your energy filling the pages. The color of your energy is entirely dependent on your personality. Mine tends to be green and gold and occasionally pink, yellow, or gray. Funny how these are the same colors I have used to decorate my entire home and my grimoire.

How did you end up organizing your grimoire? Share below in the comments, email, or through Facebook. And good luck writing your dedications!



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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hedgewitch vs Kitchen Witch

This is one of the most common misconceptions regarding hedgewitches. Most people believe a hedgewitch is the same a kitchen witch or green witch. Not true. While they have many things in common, they are not the same thing. Hedgewitches are also not solitary Wiccans as many books express. We are a unique breed of witches characterized by hedge riding, astral travel, and divination work. Enjoy witches!
Hedgewitch vs Kitchen Witch

Monday, March 6, 2017

Herbarium: Rose

Magical and Medicinal uses of Rose. Free BOS page!

Gender: Feminine
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Powers: Divination, Healing, Love, Luck, Protection, Psychic Powers
Magical Uses and History: "...That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet." -Juliet, Romeo and Juliet.

The rose has a long and rich history throughout much of the world. Because of its bitter-sweet paradox of thorns and sweet smelling blooms, the rose earned its romantic associations. Love is both bitter and sweet, making the rose a perfect representation of it. The Greeks believed red roses were dyed by the blood of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, after she cut her foot while running to attend the wounds of Adonis. Other myths suggest Cupid, God of Love, splashed white roses with his nectar thus turning them red. Either way, red too has strong associations with love and romance. Roses are commonly worn or used to during love spells to increase the power of the spell. Rose water and petals can be added to love baths to attract love and romance, while rose hips can be strung into a necklace to attract love. Want to find your true love? Drink rose tea prior to bed to induce prophetic dreams. You can also take three (or more) green rose leaves and write the name of your lovers on each. The one that stays the green the longest is said to be the one.

Rose is also a plant of valor and protection. During the War of the Roses, both houses, Lancaster and York, adopted red and white roses to represent their houses. The red rose ended up later becoming the emblem of England. Rose petals and hips can be carried as a personal protective charms. In fact, they were often included in posies to ward off the Black plague. Rose petals around the home can calm personal stress and soothe household problems as well.

Want to attract faeries? Plant roses in your garden. Some believe roses grow best when stolen, but I wouldn't support such a thing.

Rose can be used in a number of spells including:
     Love Divination
     Healing Spells
     Luck Magic
     Protection Magic
    
Medicinal Uses: Rose is a natural anti-inflammatory and astringent. Rose water is most commonly used as a skin toner and can be used to heal burns, mouth ulcers, chapped hands, and puffy eyes. Rose hips, the fruit of the rose, can be used as a mild laxative to ease constipation and milk gallbladder, kidney, and bladder issues. Furthermore, rose hips are one of the best natural sources of vitamin C, helping the body's defense against infections such as colds.

Preparation and Dosage: Rose petals are commonly used to make rose water while rose hips are brewed to make teas and syrups.  Externally- For minor burns, ulcers, and chapped skin, and puffy eyes apply rose water liberally with a cotton ball. Internally- Rose hips can be brewed into a tea, syrup, or tincture. To brew rose hip tea, put 2 1/2 teaspoons of cut hips into one cup of water. Bring the water to a boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Drink as needed. Like rose hip tea, rose hip syrup can be taken as needed. For tincture, take 2-4 milliliters up to three times a day.

 

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Magical and Medicinal uses of Rose. Free BOS page!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mastering Your Grimoire: Organizing Your Grimoire

Mastering Your Grimoire: Organizing Your Grimoire

Last week I challenged you to find a place to work on your grimoire. To work on my grimoire, I went out a bought a desk...finally. I have been looking for a desk for my bedroom to use as an altar/magical space for months. Originally I wanted to find an old antique one and paint it and stain the top, but after searching for several months for something in my price range, I didn't find a piece I liked very much. I sent out a request to the universe to help me find a desk and low and behold, Aldi's ad featured a desk for just $50...and it wasn't bad looking either! I picked it up this morning and spent the afternoon putting it together. Then my lazy butt took a nap. Ha ha!


Its a nice little space with some storage and a nice place to work on my grimoire privately. Where did you pick to work on your grimoire?

Now that you have your book, you have decorated it, and found a place to work on it, it is time to start organizing it. Yes, I know we still haven't blessed it. Trust me, that is coming all in due time.

Over the next week spend some time thinking about how you want to set up and organize your grimoire. Use questions 3-8 on Mapping Your Magical Path to help guide your creation of your Table of Contents. I suggest working on a separate sheet of paper and jotting down the sections you believe your grimoire should have. You are going to want your title page, dedication, and book blessing to be in the first couple of pages. Most witches, especially hedge, green, and kitchen, are going to want a section for herbs. Kitchen witches will also want a section for kitchen magic and recipes. Wiccans will want a section for ritual tools, ritual structure, and circle casting. Other general sections you may want to include are the sabbats, the elements, correspondence charts, and a brief introduction to your path or magic.

After you have picked some sections, begin ordering them. For example, an introduction to the craft and your magical path should probably be in the beginning. Spells will need to be toward the end, as in most books. This will also be a section that grows as you grow, so having it toward the end with pages you can still work with allows you to accommodate growth.

After you have picked out a rough outline for the order of your grimoire, begin labeling pages, if you have a bound book that is. You don't want to work too far in advance in though. Plan out just the first couple of sections. I suggest the use of sticky notes. Simply write down on the sticky notes what you want your page to be and stick it in the book! I suggest planning out at least the first three sections. The reason you shouldn't plan further is in case you make a mistake or want to change something as you begin to work. The sticky notes allow you to easily move pages around and rework information as you work on your grimoire.

Planning out your grimoire should take a bit of time and it will likely change as you begin working. That's okay. Work on a rough craft this week so we can begin our pages next week!



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Monday, February 27, 2017

Mastering Your Grimoire: Picking Your Space

Mastering Your Grimoire: Picking a Space

I apologize for not getting this posted yesterday, but I was still working on decorating my own grimoire and wanted to make sure I could show you pictures. I am looking to add a clasp of some sort to "lock" it, but I have figured out what I want to do yet. It is as complete as it can be at this time.





I would really, really love to see what you guys have created over the past week. Please share your grimoires in the comment section, on my Facebook page, or on Instagram using #masteringyourgrimoire.

Now that you have decorated your grimoire and hopefully connected with it on some level, its time to find a place where you are going to work on it all the time from here on out. This can be a desk, kitchen table, the floor, or within your sacred space. Work wherever you feel most comfortable. Many people believe that you need to work on your grimoire only in sacred space, preferably inside of a magical circle. The reasoning behind this is that while you work on your grimoire, you generate and emit energy. This energy is usually very potent and can attract unwanted guests. I never cast a circle when I perform magic, but that's just me. However, I have set up a protective ward around my house which acts as a permanent magical circle that I redo/improve every couple of months. I believe this is enough protection for me, but I am also not very ritualistic or into high magic. If you are more ritualistic, then you'll want to cast a circle every time you work on your book from here on out and you are going to need a space where you can write, paint, type, or whatever you need to do to complete your grimoire.

There are several things you should consider when picking out a space to work on your grimoire. It needs to be an area where you have a surface to work on, an plenty of it if you are getting crafty. It needs to be private so you can work in piece and infuse your book with ONLY your energy. You may also want a space with a window or that is well ventilated if you are working with certain chemicals. Make sure this space can also accommodate not only your craft items, if you are crafting your grimoire, but also incense and candles. Incense and candles help set the mood and help to infuse your book with magical energy. If you are turning this into a ritual, you'll want an alter space as well to place images of your deities and the elements.

This week attempt to find the perfect place to work on your grimoire. You may need to try several locations before one feels right. Bring your grimoire and sit in the space and meditate. Mentally record any feelings you have while in that space. If it just doesn't feel right, try another location. You may be surprised where you end up. No matter how much you may want to work on it in your office, your book may tell you your living room is a better space. Listen to it. We are trying to build a book on our craft that we have a deep connection with. You cannot do that if you do not listen. Reflect back on your questions for Mapping Your Magical Path. Use them to help guide you in your decision making. If you need to work outside, do it!

Remember, share those grimoire pictures! I would love to see them and I am sure others would appreciate the inspiration as well!