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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring Equinox Altar 2019

Spring Equinox Altar 2019

The Spring Equinox is the first day of spring, represented by fertility, new life, and new beginnings. The Sun is growing in strength and Mother Earth is waking up after a long slumber. Life is returning and with it comes flowers, bees, rabbits, birds, eggs, and eventually fruits. With these themes in mind, I designed a much simpler altar, using items I already had around my home.

Spring Equinox Altar 2019


1. Silk Flowers- The flowers flanking the altar represent the first flowers of spring and thus new life. The pinks and purple symbolize love and harmony, as the equinox is characterized by equal day and night. I would have liked to include fresh flowers this year, but the daffodils are done blooming at this point in Georgia, another symbol of spring. (Where did I get it: Dollar Tree 2017; Cost: $1 each)

Spring Equinox Altar 2019

2. Ceramic and Marble Eggs- Eggs are predominate symbols of Ostara and the Spring Equinox. They represent fertility, new life, and new beginnings, again characteristics of spring. These particular eggs have been on my altar each year. My mother made the ceramic eggs and my grandmother passed the marble egg down to me. She used to collect eggs. The greens, pinks, and blues are also associated with spring, adding to the overall spring theme.  (Where did I get it: Free; a gift from my family. These could easily be replaced with plastic eggs for $1; Egg holder: Target 2018; $1)

Spring Equinox Altar 2019

3. Tree Agate, Quartz, and Rose Quartz- The tree agate, one of my new crystals, symbolized new life. It gets its name from the tree life pattern that forms across the surface, making it associated with plants, gardening, and abundance. The rose quartz represents love and patience which leads to new life. The quartz simply amplifies the magic of the altar. (Where did I get it: Purchased at various metaphysical stores; Cost: $5) 

Spring Equinox Altar 2019

4. Ceramic Rabbit- This rabbit has shown up on my altar every year as well. I absolutely love him! Rabbits, due to their rapid breeding, are strongly associated with fertility, new life, and new beginnings. They are also one of the first animals to appear in the spring, making them considered the harbingers of spring. (Where did I get it: Hobby Lobby 2017; Cost: $3)

TOTAL COST: ~$10

Spring Equinox Altar 2019

Like my other altars, most of the items I use are found or purchased for around $1, although if the items must be purchased by you, then the cost will be higher. I hope you find this sort of break down helpful, especially those of you looking to create Instagram perfect altars on a budget!

How did you celebrate the Spring Equinox/Ostara this year?

Monday, March 18, 2019

March 2019 Full Moon Worksheet

March 2019 Full Moon Worksheet

This month's full moon is on the 20th, which just so happens to also be Ostara! This months worksheet centers around both the full moon and Ostara, making it the perfect companion to conduct your very own short sabbat/full moon ritual. It includs an introduction to what this moon is bringing, sections to write down what you intend to release and cleanse, a tarot spread with a place for your notes, and any thoughts or intuition you receive while communing with the moon through meditation or hedge riding! This worksheet is completely free and can be easily printing and added to your Book of Shadows!

March 2019 Full Moon Worksheet

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Egg Prosperity Spell

Egg Prosperity Spell

With Ostara right around the corner, what better ingredient to use than an egg in spell work? Eggs have been associated with creation, new life, and rebirth for as long as humans have recorded history. This makes sense if you think about what an egg actually is. It is a large cell that, if fertilized, will turn into a genetically unique offspring. The largest egg in the world is an ostrich egg. Yes, that entire ostrich egg is a single cell. My high school students are always blown away when I tell them this. How can something so large be a single cell?! But I digress. The point is, an egg is a new life or at least will give way to new life under the right conditions. Spring is when many organisms, plant and animal alike, begin reproducing. Combine this with life coming back after a long nap, and the association of eggs with new beginnings and rebirth is a given.

This spell, however, is designed to bring you prosperity, whether it be financial or otherwise, by working with the magical properties of the egg. It is a rather simple spell and can easily be performed with children on Ostara.

Egg Prosperity Spell

What You'll Need

  • An egg or eggs if making more than one
  • biodegradable sachet
  • pyrite
  • mint
  • marker, dye, and other tools to decorate the egg

What to Do

Begin by cleansing, charging, and/or blessing your items. Whatever method you chose is up to you. Personally, my go-to is sage, because I have a ton of it, or blowing on an object and imagining all the residual energy blowing away with it. After the items are ready to go, write, draw, or otherwise decorate your egg with your intent: prosperity. I chose to draw a rune in gold on my egg to represent prosperity, as seen below. Other color choices are green, orange, or violet. You can dye the egg a solid color, draw sigils or money symbols, or even decorate the egg with stickers representing prosperity. Whatever you chose will work as long as the intent is there.

Egg Prosperity Spell


After the egg is decorated, place it along with the pyrite and mint into the biodegradable sachet. The sachet I am using is one that commonly comes in my Tamed Wild subscription box (formally known as House of Rituals). This is a great way to reuse packaging and be environmentally friendly. When all the items are placed in the sachet, hold it in both hands and imagine it filling with gold and green light. Say,
"With egg for new beginnings adorned all in gold [you can insert your own color here, but it may not ryhme]
With pyrite for wealth and mint for fortunes untold, 

I open myself to wealth beyond measure,
And accept the Universe's treasure."
Once the spell is done, find a safe place in your garden, preferably by a plant also associated with prosperity and abundance, and bury the sachet. While the pyrite will remain, the other items will biodegrade, the egg providing food for the plants nearby. Be sure to watch the plant throughout the growing season. Prolific growth and flowering is a sign your magic is working. If the plant withers, dies, or otherwise fails to thrive, there may be something blocking the magic from working. You should revisit the spell after determining the roadblocks.

Why You Did It

For this spell, while simple, there are a couple key ingredients and steps. Why the egg? I mentioned in the introduction that eggs are representative of new beginnings, rebirth, and creation. This opens the pathway for new opportunities that were abundant in nature to enter your life. Decorating the egg filled the egg with the type of new beginning you were seeking. Gold and green especially are the colors of money, while violet is commonly associated with wealth because it was a difficult color to produce in fabrics, thus only the wealthy, more specifically royalty, wore the colors, giving it its association with abundance.

Pyrite and mint are also strongly associated with abundance and prosperity, pyrite for being gold and mint because it's prolific in nature. If you have ever grown mint you know it will take over your garden, yard, and the entire neighborhood if you let it, thus earning its association with abundance.

Egg Prosperity Spell

Charging the completed sachet with gold and green light, again colors of prosperity, and a short incantation stating clearly your intent infuse the magical object even further. By burying it in the garden you can observe the magic at work using the nearby plants as a guide. This is a pretty long-standing tradition for these types of spells.

If you wish to end the spell or break it, simply dig the sachet up and thank the Universe for all your received. Declare the spell complete and dispose of the items. You can keep the pyrite, but be sure to cleanse the object to release its original charge.

As always, remember to record your spell in your Book of Shadows or use my spell/ritual worksheet to keep track of the spell, especially where the sachet is buried.

How do you bring prosperity and abundance to your life? If you tried this spell, let me know how it worked in the comments below!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Spirit Work for Ostara

Spirit Work for Ostara

Ostara falls on March 20th this year, marking the first day of Spring. I can't wait! I hope with it comes sunnier days, moderate temperatures, and less rain. I am so over the rain, as is most of North Georgia due to flooding. Ostara is by far a fertility Sabbat, focusing on new life and Spring begins and the Wheel of the Year turns once more. Eggs, rabbits, and seed sowing are characteristic symbols of this Sabbat. With these symbols and themes in mind, here are three ways to communicate with spirits on or around Ostara.

1. Perform egg divination. 


Egg divination is commonly referred to as oomancy, and since Ostara's main symbol is the egg, what better way to commune with spirits during Ostara than using an egg to predict future events? My favorite oomancy tradition comes from Nordic traditions where only the egg white is used. Focus on your question and once the question is firmly in your mind, carefully pierce a fresh egg and blow the egg white into a clean glass of water. If you don't know how to blow an egg, simply crack the egg and separate the yolk and white before pouring the white into the glass of water. Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed for until the following day. The egg white will have formed patterns in the water that can be interpreted.

2. Build a relationship with a plant spirit.


If you have ever tried to grow plants, you may have noticed you are really good at growing certain plants, but not so much others. For example, I can grow rosemary, lavender, sage, tomatoes, and salvia without problems, but basil and larkspur?....Basil and larkspur hate my guts. I don't know why! I've done everything to grow them, but nothing works. I have tried communicating spiritually, tending to them, singing, leaving them alone completely, trimming them, not trimming them, planting them with companion plants, watering them, not watering them...Nothing works and I have yet to truly figure out why. They aren't my plants I guess. But the others I have a very strong relationship with. Spring is planting time, so why not get to know the plants in your garden or try to figure out which plant is your plant ally?

Spirit Work for Ostara

With a journal or you BOS in hand, sit near the plant you wish you communicate with. Ground and center then close your eyes and reach your energy out toward the plant. See if you can feel it's energy. Make note of any sensations you feel and images or colors you may see. Continuing with your eyes closed, say the plant's name three times. This is essentially like knocking on the plant's door and letting it know you want to communicate. Then introduce yourself and state your purpose. After you have gotten the plants attention and introduced yourself, you can begin trying to communicate with it. Here are some examples of questions you may wish to ask to open up a line of communication easily:
  • How are you?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What do you need to be healthier? Do you need more or less water? What is your favorite type of nourishment?
  • Are you receiving too much or too little sunlight?
  • Do you have any pests? If so, what can I do to get rid of them?
  • Do you like music? If so, what kind of music do you like?
  • Is there anything else you would like to tell me?
Be sure to ask one question at a time and be patient when waiting for a response. The plant may answer by speaking to you in your mind, showing you images or colors, or through feelings. Continue speaking with the plant until the conversation ends normally. Give the plant thanks for speaking with you. Ask if there is an offering it would like for the time it has spent working with you and close the door. If it asks for an offering, be sure to give it what it asked for to the best of your ability. Usually, they are for water or maybe even a precious stone. You never know! Continue to communicate with the plant regularly to build a strong relationship with it. Not only will you benefit by having a happy plant in your garden, but you will likely gain a powerful plant ally, willing to protect or assist you in magical workings.

3. Connect with the Earth through earthing.


Earthing has become increasingly common in the witch community. There is a lot of confusion as to exactly what it is, but simply put, earthing is connecting with Mother Earth. Grounding is centering and balancing your energy as in bringing it back to Earth. It is not a direct form of communication with her. Earthing will help ground you, but the purpose isn't just to ground, but also open a line of communication between you and our Mother Earth, whether it be to receive healing energy or ask questions. Furthermore, grounding can occur anywhere, whether you are in contact with Earth (soil, grass, rock, etc) or not. Earthing, however, can only occur if the person is directly touching the Earth, as in the soil or grass outside. Spring is a great time to get outside and reconnect with our Mother Earth after a long winter indoors. Find a safe place to walk barefoot and spend time feeling Her energy flow into you. I honestly prefer somewhere muddy. I like my feet to sink into Her as I concentrate on soaking in Her loving energy. If you can't find a safe place outdoors to go barefoot, untreated topsoil works just as well.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Book Review: Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland by Lisa Schneidau

Book Review: Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland by Lisa Schneidau

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If you are just starting out on your witchcraft journey, you should always read as much as you can, especially when it comes to folk tales. Much of modern magic is based on folklore that has been passed down for generations, allowing you to garner a better understanding of current practices and correspondences. If you are looking for a book to start with on plants, look no further.

In Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland by Lisa Schneidau, you will find 39 folk tales regarding the plants and herbs of Britain and Ireland that she tracked down from locals, history books, and folklore archives. The tales are centered around the Wheel of the Year, beginning with Mid-Winter and ending with Fall, so it focuses on plants that are active during those times of the year, making it easy to determine which plants you can work with during the different sabbats. Each tale is beautifully written, easy to read, and based off many sources according to Schneidau. Unlike some other folk tale authors, Schneidau lets the reader know when the story is her interpretation or a combination of tales, allowing you to judge the writing critically through knowledgeable eyes. These tales can easily be read as a bedtime story to children or used to help you develop your correspondence and plant histories for your grimoire. At the end of the book, she includes a wonderful list of further readings, giving you the opportunity to continue your studies should you wish.

Book Review: Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland by Lisa Schneidau

If I am honest, there is nothing I can really complain about regarding this book. It is exactly what I expected, with a bit of witchcraft used as the framework. My only complaint is I wish she would have included sources for the tales. I am assuming some of them came from books she suggests her readers look into, but I am not 100% sure. For a hedgewitch like myself, whose tradition is largely based on folklore, I highly recommend this book. While it isn't "local" witchcraft, it's important to recognize the role of these tales on American culture. For European-Americans, which includes myself, this explains many of the stories I heard growing up, giving context to what I already know about plant folklore. Even if you are not  British, Irish, or European-American, it will still be beneficial for you to read, as many modern witchcraft practices are largely based upon European traditions. Overall, I give the book 4.5 stars. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!