Thursday, May 18, 2017

Goal Affirmation Sachet

Goal Affirmation Sachet

During my Flower Moon full moon ritual I put together a goal affirmation sachet that I would like to share with you today. The Flower Moon is a time of blossoming and renewal. If you are looking to encourage self growth or seeking a new career, this is the moon to seek assistance and guidance. This wonderful little sachet is easy to make, takes very little time and prep, and can easily be incorporated into your Flower Moon ritual.

Goal Affirmation Sachet

What You Will Need: (be sure everything is cleansed and charged)
  • sachet (I used one left over from my Moon Box subscription)
  • tiger's eye for strength to complete goals or another crystal aligned with  your goal(s)
  • cinnamon to draw money
  • lavender for peace and love
  • rosemary to bind the spell
  • green paper
  • pen/pencil
Begin by assembling your items. On the green paper write your goals. As you do, say your goals aloud and reaffirm they are ones you wish to set. Once your goals are set, begin adding the items to the sachet while saying:

"With this tiger's eye I ask for strength and focus to complete my goals.
With this cinnamon I draw money to me.
With this lavender I ask for relaxation and protection.
I place my goals in this sachet and ask Mother Moon to bless it.
I bind this spell with rosemary so my goals may manifest with love.
As I will it, so mote it be."

Goal Affirmation Sachet

As you assemble these items envision the sachet filling with golden light and your goals manifesting. You can carry your sachet with you, or place in an area where you need assistance in complete these goals. For example if you are looking at increasing money, place it in your office or place of work. Looking to change your eating habits, place it in the kitchen. And that's it! I told you it was simple! Many of the items can easily be substituted to suit your affirmation/goal needs. My sachet focused on physical and mental health and money, so I picked herbs, colors, and crystals that aligned with these goals. For example, if you are looking at increasing self love, you may want to use red or pink paper instead of green and roses instead of cinnamon.

Goal Affirmation Sachet

 What do you use sachets for?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May Moon Box Review

May Moon Box Review

I was so excited to receive my Moon Box by Gaia Collective a couple of weeks ago. I am really enjoying this subscription box, much more than the Box of Shadows subscription. This month's box centered around the Flower Moon.

May Moon Box Review

Upon opening the box I was once again greeted by an envelope asking me to find a quiet spot to open the box. I really like this message because it encourages mindfulness. Half the time when I open mail I simply rip it open, briefly see what is inside and move on. This little note forces me to slow down and enjoy the process. Inside the envelope were three cards: directions, moon oracle card, and crystal cheat sheet. The directions includes not only how to use the products, but where they came from, what the ingredients are, and how to use the items in your full moon ritual. I really like the step-by-step guidance and explanation of each item. It makes the items more meaningful, especially when they come from small pagan businesses. The Flower Moon Oracle card explained this full moon is a time of blossoming, whether in your personal life or career. It is a time to reaffirm goals and set intentions for the future. The artwork is stunning and the information informative. The only issue with this month's oracle card is it says April at the bottom instead of May. I had to double check my calendar to make sure I wasn't an entire month off. Haha! Other than that, this is a card I will hang on to.

May Moon Box Review

Underneath the card was a small bag of Tropical Bath Soak by Malachite + Elephant. As you can see from the picture I used this product on the night of the full moon. I took gorgeous pictures of everything in this box the day I received it, but accidentally deleted them thinking I had already sent them to my computer. Boy was I wrong! These bath salts smell earthy and calming (scented with vetiver and lavender) and contains bentonite clay which is wonderful for the skin. I should have added the entire package to the bath, but half was enough for me to smell the aroma and have a relaxing soothing bath. As I soaked I felt the day wash away. The aroma helped clear my head and allowed me to focus on the ritual ahead.

May Moon Box Review

To go along with the bath salts was a rose hip see body scrub by From Molly With Love. The scent is subtle but luxurious. I think this was my favorite item in this month's box beside the tea. I love the smell of roses, especially in regards to beauty products. As you use it, the sugar slow dissolves, learning the oils behind to soothe the exfoliated skin. Using this with the bath salts left my skin refreshed and moisturized.

May Moon Box Review

Next was the crystals. This month's box contained red calcite from Mexico, Mangano calcite from Peru, and black tourmaline from Brazil. These crystals are gorgeous and were vibrating with strong energy. As per instructions, I meditated on each crystal. I first focused on the red calcite. It was cool to the touch, but as I meditated the crystal became warm around my thumb only. It glowed orange and made me feel alter and full of energy. This is the perfect crystal for strength, vitality, and stamina. Next was the Mangano calcite. It spoke of self love and calmness. As I meditated my guide, Fox, laid beside me, letting me know I am never alone and very loved. This will be a great crystal for when I doubt my own self worth. The black tourmaline, however, spoke the strongest to me, and I have been carrying it with me to help ground my emotions. While it is commonly used for banishing, it spoke more of power and protection to me. As I held this crystal I watched Fox nip at the heels of Fear and Doubt as they ran away. Things have been less than savory at home and despite the turmoil and the prospect of loneliness, the tourmaline has allowed me to feel more in control.

May Moon Box Review

Next I opened the essential oil and tea. I love that each month comes with a tea specifically blended for the full moon. I am a huge tea drinking and this one was wonderful. I did not drink it the night of my full moon, but later in the week to help calm my nerves. This tea, handcrafted by Fruits of the Roots, contained passion flower, rooibos, hawthorn, holy basil, cinnamon, burdock, and peppermint. The cinnamon was predominant, with the other flavors being subtle. The essential oil, blended by Cottage Traditions was a mix of blood orange, lavender, sweet marjoram, hyssop, black spruce, and peppermint. It is a unique and empowering combination, reminding me of Yule instead of the Flower Moon. However, I understand the connection with growth and personal revolution.

Finally, the day before the full moon, Gaia Collective sends out a guided meditation. I forgot to mention this in my last review as I forgot to listen to it prior to reviewing. This months was wonderful, focusing on inner self. These meditations can easily be incorporated into any ritual or used whenever the time feels right. This personal touch is not something found in many subscription boxes, thus setting it apart from many others.

May Moon Box Review

Overall another WONDERFUL box. I cannot wait to see what next month has in store for me! With next month's review, I will give a complete break down of the pros and cons of this subscription box, but let's just say, I don't have much to say against this subscription!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mastering Your Grimoire: Using Colors, Aromas, and Time

Mastering Your Grimoire: Using Colors, Aromas, and Time

We have come to the conclusion of the Mastering Your Grimoire series. At this point you should be well on your way to creating a comprehensive grimoire, but how can you add a little extra magic to your book? That's the topic of today's post. You can use colors, aromas, and time to infuse magic into the pages themselves along with unique inks, drawings, photographs, and pressed flowers.

Studies show that colors have a profound affect on our behaviors and emotions, so it should come as no surprise that colors hold magical properties. Color is often used to empower magic and add a symbolic, visual dimension to it. When transferring information into your book, be sure to take color into consideration to infuse the pages with magic. Think about the color of the paper, ink, drawings or photographs, and pressed flowers or herbs you are including on certain pages. Completing your page on Samhain? You may want to use black, orange, purple, and green. Writing a banishment spell? Use black. Describing dream work? Use blue or purple. For a full list of color correspondences, please refer to my post Correspondences: Colors. Remember, your personal experience with a color is more important than the correspondences listed in the table. If you associate blue with love, use blue for pages covering love magic and spells.

Mastering Your Grimoire: Using Colors, Aromas, and Time

Like colors, aromas also have an effect on our behaviors and emotions. Everyone knows certain smells bring us back to different points in our lives. You can use essential oils to create paper, inks, and paint and perfumes to scent your pages to symbolically accent different sections and pages of your grimoire. I do not suggest adding essential oils directly to the pages. You will leave an oil spot which will damage several pages. Below is a very brief list of correspondences for different essential oils. Remember, if you have a different impression of an aroma, go with your gut.
Cedar: courage, strength, purification
Chamomile: peace, tranquility, healing
Frankincense: spirituality, blessing
Geranium: balance, symmetry, harmony
Ginger: power, love, prosperity,
Jasmine: socialization, birth, purification, creativity
Lavender: peace, sleep, lifting despair, healing, love
Mint: prosperity
Myrrh: protection, meditation, purification, spirituality, understanding
Orange Bergamot: soothing anxiety
Pine: energy, happiness, healing, magic, prosperity, protection
Rose: love, beauty, harmony
Rosemary: healing, memory, love, invoke deity, protection
Sage: psychic, astral travel, purification, memory, prosperity, wisdom
Sandalwood: spirituality, psychic, calm, healing, protection
Vanilla: passion, energy, happiness, luck
Ylang Ylang: peace, love, marriage, sex
Ancient witches often used timing in their spell work to amplify their magic. Today, many witches still work on this same belief system, believing the position of the moon, sun, planets, stars, and the Earth influences all life on Earth. Mercury retrograde is an excellent example of this. I don't suggest working on your grimoire during this time, as Mercury retrograde hinders communication in all forms, written and verbal. However, I do suggest using the phases of the moon, the cycle of our Mother Earth, and the days of week to enhance your work on your grimoire. Below is a short list of different times you can work on certain aspects of your book.
September: emphasizes spirituality, especially in regards to development. This is a great time to work on your grimoire and expand your spiritual understanding.
December: emphasizes knowledge and understanding. Set out to improve your understanding of your own spirituality.
Moon in Libra: create a balanced book
Moon in Capricorn: allows you to truthfully see and express yourself and your spirituality
Moon in Sagittarius: goal oriented so if you need a kick in the butt to work on your book, this is the time.
Wednesday: creativity
Thursday: communication
Sunday: reading, researching, and reflecting
For a complete list of how the moon phases affect magic, please refer to my posts A Hedgewitch's Guide to Moon Magic Part 1 and Part 2: Monthly Magical Moons. For days of the week, read Magical Correspondences: Days of the Week. Wondering what time of day to work on your book? Read Magic All Day Long: What Time of Day Should I Perform Magic? These lists are fairly comprehensive and should give you a good idea of which to work on your grimoire and which sections you should be working on at which times.

Mastering Your Grimoire: Using Colors, Aromas, and Time

Colors, aromas, and the time when you work on different aspects of your grimoire can greatly increase the magic within the book and solidify your connection with your book. I strongly encourage you to take these aspects into considering as your continue to work on your grimoire. Now get out there and make sometime beautiful!

I would love to see your work if you are comfortable sharing. Post pictures in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Instagram using #masteringyourgrimoire.

Now get cracking creating a unique grimoire while growing your own spirituality.


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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mastering Your Grimoire: Researching

Mastering Your Grimoire: Researching

I apologize for not keeping up with this series as I had originally intended. There has just been so much going on and the last thing on my mind has been my grimoire. But here I am, back at it, attempting to finish up the last two posts of the series! If there is another topic in relation to the grimoire that you would like me to cover, please contact me in the comments, on Facebook, or via email. I haven't added working on more pages together, because, well, let's be honest, your grimoire is personal. All witches tend to have a dedication and blessing within the first couple of pages of their grimoire. What they do after that is entirely up to the witch. However, I would be happy to cover any topics you need assistance with regarding your grimoire if you need it. Just let me know. So, let's begin!

Now that you've dedicated yourself to your book and blessed it, it is time to begin filling it with information, spells, and charms. If you thought picking your medium was difficult, we are only just beginning. Assembling your grimoire takes serious thought and planning, even if you are making a digital one. Your book is a spiritual reflection of yourself, so it isn't something you just slap together as quickly as possible and move on. This is an extension of your spiritual being and magical practice, so you should take your time.

Where you find your information is completely up to you. Books, podcasts, blogs, internet resources, other witches, and your own intuition and experiences are great places to start. However, it is imperative you use a critical eye when gathering research and resources. There are many sources out there that contain inaccurate information or people's opinions, but that doesn't mean there isn't valid information underneath. You just have to find it! Be sure to use multiple sources and never take anyone's word as the only true way. Marietta over at Witchy Words wrote a wonderful article on critical reading, so I am not going to cover critical reading in any detail, since she already has. I strongly encourage you to read what she has to say.

When gathering information, it is also important for you to cite your sources. There are several reasons why you will want to do this, even in your grimoire or book of shadows. If you want to go back to the source later for clarification or more information, you'll know exactly where to go. Sometimes things make sense the when we first read them and transfer them to our grimoire, but somehow later down the road they no longer make sense. You may also want to share the information with someone else, write a blog post (or article) on the topic, or integrate the information into a public ritual. We have strict copy right and trade mark laws here in the United States. You need to adhere to them, especially in a public ritual.

Once you begin research, I strongly suggest beginning by taking some notes on the topic you are researching. Write up a draft on some scratch paper. Take notes from multiple sources and pull together what you feel is most important or what works best for you. Writing a rough draft not only allows you to plan your pages if you are creating a bound grimoire like I am, but also allows you to mull over the information. The more times you write it, the more likely you are to remember it as well. When researching and taking notes, think about the following questions to help guide you:
  1. What parts of the information speak to you? Which contain the most insight or are inspiring? This information should make it into your grimoire.
  2. What parts of the information do not speak to you? What can you do without? This information should be tossed or you can put it aside in a separate place to return to later. Nothing wrong with keeping all your notes in a separate location.
  3. What parts of the information are timeless, meaning they are unlikely to change anytime soon? If it meets the criteria for question 1, you should add it to your grimoire.
  4. What parts of the information do you think are going to become outdated soon? If they speak to you, but you know they will be outdated quickly, keep them separate from your grimoire. Tuck them in with other notes or make a special binder for them.
  5. What parts of the information do you need to personalize? What parts do you need to shorten or lengthen? Remember, your grimoire is very personal. Personalize rituals and spells as often as possible. They will be more powerful that way. Drafting before hand will allow you to perfect spells, rituals, and information before adding it to your grimoire. Play around with the information you have gathered until it feels right, but remember to keep the original meaning intact.
  6. How do you want to present the information? Poetry? Prose? Do you want to write it in a certain color to increase the magic? Add a specific aroma? Do you want to mix media? (I'll talk more about this in the last post of the series).
  7. What is the best way to organize the material? We went over this in Organizing Your Grimoire, but I need to mention it again here. It is important for your grimoire to be organized, that way you can easily find the information you are looking for. Carefully consider which section your research should go in. If it needs to be repeated else where, cross-reference it by writing on the page where the information is to be duplicated where you can find more information. For example, authors commonly do this by writing (See page 23 Sabbats for more information). You can do the exact same thing in your grimoire instead of repeating yourself ten thousand times.
By answering these questions you may notice that you may end up with multiple grimoires. Don't be surprised if you do. Keeping a binder or notebook for research is a given. During teacher appreciation week, my administration gave all the teachers a Rocket Book. This is by far an incredible gift. You use a special ink to write in it, categorize your information, then take a snap shot of it and it uploads a PDF to your designated location. It will keep everything in order. When the notebook is full, simply place it in the microwave with a mug of water and the pages erase. I have already started using mine to write some of my first rituals in years and notes for my grimoire. Anyway, back on topic. One book, your main grimoire, acts as the core of your spiritual journey. This will include information unlikely to change that speaks to you and your beliefs. The other books house your research, rough drafts, information that will change quickly, or information that does not pertain to your spirituality but that you might use later for comparative study.

So why bother with 2+ books? First of all, you put a lot of work into your grimoire, from picking it, to decorating it, to dedicating yourself to it, to blessing it. You don't want to be tearing out or deleting pages you put so much work into. Secondly, while a lot of the information you find may be helpful, it isn't always practical. Your grimoire should consist of information you will use often, such as correspondences and methods.

As you work, number your pages. Keep a table of contents and index in rough draft form until your book is full, then add this information. I left a page at the front of my grimoire for my table of contents. It will contain the main titles of each section, while my index will be a more complete representation of the book itself. The index will likely be a separate book that I can add to as the book grows. This is an ongoing process that you will never completely finish. For as long as your practice magic, you will find new ideas, new approaches, and alternative techniques that will speak to you. That is probably one of the most amazing things about witchcraft.

Now get out there are start researching and rough drafting! The final post of the series will cover using colors, aromas, and different times to aid you in infusing your grimoire with even more magic. Again, if there is a grimoire topic you would like to see me add to the series, do not hesitate to contact me!

Good luck!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Herbarium: Tulip

Magical and Medicinal Uses of Tulip

Gender: Feminine
Planet: Venus
Element: Earth
Powers: Divination, Love, Prosperity, Protection
Magical Uses and History: "April showers bring May flowers..." The tulip is often one of the first flowers to pop up in the spring, especially in April and May. They convey a message of hope and mark a fresh start. Because of their variety of colors and shape, tulips were probably one of the first flowers grown solely for their beauty. Tulip designs on pottery date back as far as 2200 to 1600 B.C. and have been found on fabric from the Byzantine century. There is little European history of the tulip until the early 1500's when European explorers and traders were introduced to the flower by the Turkish sultans. From then on, tulips spread across Europe, particularly Holland where they were prized and later became the national symbol, sometimes costing more than gems and gold. In the early 1700's the Turkish government outlawed the sale of tulip bulbs outside of the capital city to manage the outrageous and inflated costs of the bulbs across Europe. 

Tulips are most commonly referred to as the symbol of perfect love. The Turks used them in love potions or placed them on altars during love spells. They can be used to increase desire and build relationships, both new and old. Furthermore, tulips are also used in flower language. Red is a declaration of love, yellow hopeless love, and black meant a heart burning with love.

Apart from their association with love, tulips also project other positives energies such as prosperity and protection. They were often worn to safeguard against poverty and bad luck. Because of the wide variations in colors, tulips can be used in a variety of color magic, including prosperity and protection spells.

Tulip can be used in a number of spells including:
     Love Spells and Potions
     Luck Magic
     Protection Magic

Medicinal Uses: There is very little medicinal writings on the uses of the tulip, likely due to the cost of tulip bulbs for much of history. However, a poultice made of tulip flowers can treat and soothe rashes, stings, scratches, and minor burns. Tulip oil can also be used as a house freshener or added to baths and massage oils to uplift vibrations.

Preparation and Dosage: To create a poultice, warm 2-4 flowers in hot water. Dip a towel into hot water and place the petals within the towel. Lightly crush the petals and apply them to the affected area. Hold in place for 10 minutes using the warm towel. Petals can also be combined with castor oil, especially when treating burns and insect bites.

 

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Magical and Medicinal Uses of Tulip

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Beltane Altar 2017

Beltane Altar 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful May Day/Beltane. Unfortunately I spent the evening laying in the dark trying desperately to keep the contents of my stomach down as I continued to fight a migraine. Fun times! However, I did manage to spend some time at my Beltane altar, honoring the Wheel of the Year as we head quickly toward summer.

Beltane Altar 2017

Beltane is the sabbat celebrating fertility, fire, and abundance. I saw a wonderful meme this morning that basically summed up Beltane in one sentence: "Burn shit, make flower crowns, and suck a dick." Not going to lie, I laughed my fucking ass off this morning. This couldn't be a more accurate statement if there ever was one. It's also totally me; foul-mouthed and blunt. When designing my altar, I took these concepts into consideration.

Beltane Altar 2017

My altar is divided into the feminine and masculine. Red represents the divine feminine while white represents the divine masculine. I used both candles and colored silk flowers to distinguish the two sides. You'll also notice there is a chalice and a horn to represent both as well. The chalice represents the feminine, often times being attributed to the womb. Filling it with red wine or juice represents blood or the monthly cycle of the maiden, thus attaching it to the feminine as well. The horn is masculine because well... it looks like a dick, not to mention horns are often only found on male animals. Moving on!

Beltane Altar 2017

I placed lots of candles on my altar and two lanterns to represent fire and the coming of the Sun. We are quickly approaching the longest day of the year as the Sun continues to grow in power. The rose candles toward the middle also represent love and passion (pst...sex). Unfortunately I couldn't find a white, so pink had to do. The red roses represent the feminine as well as love and passion, while the white daisies represent the masculine and love. The ivy, safely tucked away from the flames, represents health and abundance, the often forgotten symbol of Beltane. The myrrh incense also represents the masculine as it is phallic in shape. Kind of a given again. The lovely maiden statue on the other side balances the feminine, putting the two sides in harmony with one another.

Beltane Altar 2017

In the middle I have three crystals: malachite, rose quartz, and amber. The malachite is for health and abundance, the rose quartz for love and passion, and the amber to represent the Sun. Did I forget anything? Ah, yes! You may notice there is no May Pole. I did not wish to include one this year. I felt its inclusion would have unbalanced the altar, not to mention I don't have one yet and honestly didn't feel like making one. Laziness is totally my game.

How did you celebrate Beltane? Put anything spiffy on your altar to honor the Wheel of the Year?