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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Witch's Cabinet Recipe: Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Quiche

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Mabon is right around the corner and what better to celebrate the season than with some quiche? My beautiful hens are still producing an ample amount of eggs, and quiche is a great way to use some of those eggs up. This quiche recipe includes sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and goat cheese (or vegan cheese if you are avoiding dairy as I am), all perfect foods for this time of year. Magically, sun-dried tomatoes are associated with love and romance, but also are a common offering during the first two harvests. Spinach is associated with energy and strength, eggs with fertility and protection, and goat cheese with purity. Combined, this quiche is designed to help continue your prosperity through the winter months, inspire continues love as the nights grow dark, and honor the harvest deities for their wonderful bounty.

Ingredients:
     1 pie crust (store-bought or homemade)
     1/2 teaspoon olive oil
     2 cloves garlic, minced
     3 cups spinach
     4-6 eggs
     1 cup whole milk or creamy oat milk
     1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
     4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled, or vegan mozzarella
     salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. While the oven is preheating, carefully place the pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish. Pinch the dough to create a crust and seal the edges. Poke the bottom lightly with a fork.
  2. Line the pie crust with parchment paper or aluminum foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15-16 minutes. Remove from the oven and decrease the temperature to 350°F.
  3. Heat the oil in a pan and saute the garlic until fragrant. Add the spinach and cook until wilted.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until well combined. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, spinach, and cheese. Salt and pepper to taste and pour into baked pie crust.
  5. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until the center of the quiche has set. You may need to cover the edges of the crust with foil to prevent burning.
  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!
This makes between 4 and 8 servings depending on how to slice it. Honestly, I eat half of this thing in a sitting. I know, I know, but it's really that darn good!

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I hope you enjoy the recipe and have a fantastic fall and a lovely Mabon.



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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Apothecary At Home Box Review: September 2020

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So I missed writing an actual review for August's Apothecary At Home box, but I did do an unboxing video on my IG so if you missed the last box, head on over to Instagram and check out my live video. Over the weekend I finally got my mail sorted out and behold, my Apothecary At Home box arrived Saturday afternoon. It was sitting lovingly by my front door and I was so excited to see what this month held. Before I jump into the box though, I wanted to give you guys some more information about the company. First, Apothecary At Home is a small, witchy woman-owned business in Berkley, California. Their mission is to inspire, empower, and equip the next generation of herbalists by supplying an affordable monthly subscription box that brings the herbal classroom directly to you, no matter your herbal background. Each month brings a new theme and wellness topic complete with herbs and step-by-step instructions to create your own natural remedies.

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September's theme is Breath Easy, which is super timely considering the COVID-19 pandemic, cold and flu season on its way, the fall allergy season (at least here in the South). Needless to say, this month's box is extremely useful longterm. As always, there is a complete, sourced informational pamphlet, this time in booklet form, that explains lung health and disease, each of the herbs medicinal profiles, folklore, and magical uses, and recipes that feature the herbs. I love the time, care, and research put into the booklet and the fact that they suggest future reading, continued study resources, and cite their sources. I am slowly creating a materia medica using this information and the botanical prints. This month focuses on two herbs, catnip and thyme, with a bonus herb mullein. There are 2 ounces of each herb, which is WAY more than I will likely use in the near future, meaning I have plenty not only to restock my herbal cabinet but to use in my magical workings as well. I still can't believe they are able to pack so much into a single box every month for the price point!

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The one thing I absolutely love about this box is that it comes fully stocked with everything you need minus an ingredient or two, to make the herbal remedies. In previous months, this included salve tins, jars, brown dropper bottles, mullein bags, and beeswax or soy wax. This month is no different, except neither recipe is a salve so there is no beeswax or soy wax this month. Instead, we are making an oxymel and a chest rub, just like Vick's Vapor Rub. Having all the supplies on hand makes creating these remedies extremely easy and gives you no excuse not to get started right away. This is a major selling point for me and many others as the easier it is to create the remedies, the more likely we are to do it.

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To keep everything properly labeled, which is extremely important, they have included several beautiful labels so you can record the contents and date of the remedy or infusion. Currently, I have two tinctures and two oils infusing in my spare bedroom. I finally picked up the oils and alcohol needed to create these lovely concoctions and I cannot wait to show you guys the finished results!

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Apart from the supplies to make the remedies, the box also comes with seeds (catnip and thyme) so you can continue your herbalist adventure by expanding your garden. All of their seeds are sourced from Bentley Seeds Co, a small family-owned business in upstate New York. I love that each month Shannon, the creator and founder of Apothecary At Home, continues to support small businesses around the country. This is a major plus in my book and I am glad my money is going to help small businesses. Shannon's mother, Virgi, also created two lovely botanical prints this month of catnip and thyme that you can frame, glue into your Book of Shadows, or place in your materia medica. Starting last month, the prints are printed on much sturdier paper which I greatly appreciate. They are absolutely stunning and I am looking forward to adding more to my collection.

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Finally, the surprise bonus item this month is eucalyptus essential oil. Really this is needed in one of the recipes (the chest rub), but a bonus nonetheless. It smells absolutely glorious and I am looking forward to not only using it in the chest rub but in baths as well. Eucalyptus is a great stress reliever and a muscle relaxer, so it's perfect when you have had a long day at work or a difficult workout.

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I continue to be awed and delighted by this amazing box and strongly encourage my readers to pick up a subscription now. You can save 15% on your first box using code WILLOW15. It's a great way to support a small, witchy business and learn an amazing skill at the same time for a fraction of the cost of an herbalist course.


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I know that I included a pros and cons list in my original post, but I wanted to expand on some new features and new information I have received since the last box.

Pros:

  • The box is designed to teach, instead of just providing you with goodies. It includes everything you need to learn how to make herbal remedies and gets you started on the herbalist path.
  • The item quality is great. Every item is worth more than I paid and sometimes you even get some bonus items thrown in!
  • The information packet is informative and explains how to use each of the items in the box. The herb profiles are clearly outlines and recipes are easy to follow.
  • There are vegan and non-vegan options. They offer both beeswax and soy wax for salves, so if you are vegan there is an option available for you.
  • They survey you for allergies. When you sign up for the box, you begin with a survey where you can let them know if you are allergic to anything. I thought this is great because I am allergic to opiates and gogi berries, and while I don't think opiates will end up in the box, gogi berries have a strong possibility of showing up. I'm glad that they take this into account and won't put anything in my box that I am allergic to.
  • They are ecofriendly. The box is recyclable and you have the option to receive the information packets printed or digital. I love how much you can customize this box!
  • They support the BIPOC community. Right now, they are offering boxes to BIPOC who are interested in learning herbalism for free or heavily discounted. If you or someone you know is interested in the details, check out their website. You can also sponsor a box to help provide more boxes!
  • They support other small businesses such as The Loose Leaf and Bentley Seeds Co
  • All their seeds are non-GMO. While this isn't necessarily important to me, I know many people find non-GMO a plus, so I stuck it on the list. 
  • They have an online study group specifically designed to answer questions, share ideas, and have support, whether it's from other subscribers or Shannon herself!
  • A monthly/bi-monthly newsletter is sent out detailing important information, updates, savings, and more to help you use the remedies in your box and learn more about the herbs. I really appreciate the contact and support!
  • All of the supplies are reusable. The glass containers can be used over and over again, making it very ecofriendly.
  • There are more than enough herbs to create the remedies and restock your apothecary in the future. I know 2 ounces doesn't sound like a lot, but trust me...its a lot!
  • This box is available! They still have some spots available for next month's box, but you best hurry!

Cons:

  • The box is somewhat expensive. It's currently priced between $25 (not bad at all) and $40 plus $8 shipping within the US. However, if you were to compare this to an online course, this box is significantly cheaper and provides all the supplies needed for a fraction of the price.
  • There is some packaging that is not eco-friendly. The paper and cardboard box can be recycled, but the bubble wrap can not. I believe having eco-friendly packaging as much as possible is extremely important. I need to make a note here that the past two months have NOT contained bubble wrap. Instead, the containers were lovingly wrapped in tissue paper and nestled between herbs to prevent them from breaking. I REALLY appreciate this! August's box contained plastic containers to prevent breakage, so no bubble wrap was needed.
OVERALL: 5 out of 5 stars 

Interested in purchasing this box? Check out Apothecary At Home onlineUse code WILLOW15 to get 15% off your first order!




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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Sigils for Hedge Riding

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Sigils are a great way to pack powerful intentions into a spell using a design. Sigils use symbols and imagery to manifest a specific intent and are one of the most common forms of magic in the modern world. These three sigils are designed to help you hedge ride, protect you while in the Otherworld, and call your guides to you. Enjoy!

Sigil for Hedge Riding

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Sigil for Protection in the Otherworld

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Sigil to Summon Your Guides

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Herbarium: Magical and Medicinal Uses of Mint



Gender: Masculine
Planet: Mercury
Element: Air
Powers: Exorcism, Healing, Lust, Money, Prosperity, Protection, Travel
Magical Uses and History: Mint is a general term used to refer to several different plants within the same family. However, for this article, I am referring to those which belong to the genus Mentha which includes spearmint, peppermint, and watermint. While each holds slightly different magical properties, as a whole they share many common traits.

The genus Mentha gets its name from the Greek Mintha or Minthe, the nymph who attempted to seduce Hades. According to Oppian, "Mint (Mintha), men say, was once a maid beneath the earth, a Nymphe of Kokytos (Cocytus), and she lay in the bed of Aidoneus [Hades]; but when he kidnapped the maid Persephone from the Aitnaian hill [Mount Etna in Sicily], then she complained loudly with overweening words and raved foolishly for jealousy, and Demeter in anger trampled upon her with her feet and destroyed her. For she had said that she was nobler of form and more excellent in beauty than dark-eyed Persephone and she boasted that Aidoneus would return to her and banish the other from his halls: such infatuation leapt upon her tongue. And from the earth spray the weak herb that bears her name." Because of this, mint became strongly associated with Hades and was used in funerary rites, partly to cover up the smell of a body and partly to connect with the Underworld as an ingredient of an entheogenic drink made from mint and fermented barley. This, however, also associated mint with love and lust as Mintha(e) lusted after Hades. When Hades was unable to reverse the spell cast by Persephone, Hades made her smell sweet and fresh so that any time a man tread upon her, the air would be filled with her sweet aroma. As such, mint is often used in love spells. In Greece, soldiers were warned not to wear crowns of mint lest it increase lust while those not serving often wore it as a good luck charm for their relationship. Culpepper even noted mint's potent ability to increase "bodily lust."

In Rome, however, Pliny argued that mint was "contrary to procreation" and therefore should not be used by those seeking children. However, Pliny suggested that mint, with its strong aroma, was perfect for enhancing one's memory and refreshing the body. Crowns of mint were used to increase memory, soothe headaches, whitten teeth, and in baths to wash away impurities. Across Europe and the Middle East, mint was used to remove negative energies, keep away pests and pestilence, and mixed with marjoram and rosemary to asperge sacred space. Keep mint on your altar to invite helpful spirits and drive away negative ones, rub on your body to protect your person, keep in your shoes to protect you during travel, or use in floor washes to cleanse your home.

Due to its prolific nature, mint is also strongly associated with abundance. Its bright green leaves resemble money and can be placed in a wallet, purse, or cash register to bring abundance to one's life or used in prosperity sachets and spells to invite money.

Mint can be used in a number of spells including:
    Protection Spells
    Healing Magic
    Prosperity Magic
    Exorcisms
    Love Spells
    Travel Spells

Medicinal Uses: Apart from its magical properties, mint has long been used in healing rituals and for medicinal purposes throughout history. Peppermint specifically is one of the most carminative agents on the market, that is it is able to reduce gas and bloating and even cure colic in infants. It relaxes the digestive muscles, stimulates bile and stomach acid production, and has antiflatulent properties, allowing it to treat gas and other intestinal problems, including an upset stomach, by significantly reducing stomach and intestinal pain and aiding in digestion. Due to its diaphoretic properties, mint is able to reduce fevers caused by colds or the flu through sweating. Furthermore, it is able to temporarily treat nasal congestion, headaches/migraines, anxiety, and tension due to it's being nervine.

Preparation and Dosage: Mint is taken internally as an infusion or tincture. Pour one cup of boiling water over a heap of dried herbs and allow to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink as often as desired. As a tincture, take 1-2 milliliters up to three times a day. Externally, peppermint oil, once diluted in a carrier oil, can be applied to the temples to relieve headaches and migraines or rubbed on rashes to treat itchy skin. An infusion can be turned into a poultice to relieve skin rashes as well. Fresh or dried herbs or peppermint oil can be inhaled to relieve congestion and aid in memory and alertness or to settle one's stomach. 


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Sunday, August 30, 2020

September Corn Moon Worksheet

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September's Full Moon is known as the Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Wine Moon, and sometimes the Harvest Moon if it falls close enough to the Fall Equinox. Corn, barley, and grapes are the main plants being harvested this time of year, hence the name. Mabon, being the second harvest festival and a time of giving thanks, gives September or October the name Harvest Moon. As the wheel continues to turn, the days are growing shorter and the nights longer. The Corn Moon marks a time of abundance, thanksgiving, and most of all preparation. Spend this Full Moon giving thanks for the abundance in your life, giving to others, calling abundance to you, and planning ahead for the Winter months. Stockpile your witch's cabinet and meditate on what to keep and what to leave behind as we transition to Winter. 

This month's Full Moon worksheet contains the usuals of my past Full Moon worksheets, including a to release and cleanse section, a box for your intuition, and a tarot spread. Unlike past worksheets, however, this one can be used every September, as it is based on the correspondences of the moon itself and not other astrological events. The tarot spread for this month features 4 cards focusing on what you should harvest at this time and where you should go in the future.

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Book Review: Elemental Magic by Nigel Pennick

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Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. I was provided a copy of this book for an honest review.

Hey everyone! I am sorry for the long leave of absence. I needed to take a step back from the blogging world for a little while to get things sorted in my personal life and work on myself. It's been a long month and a half and if I am honest, things are not going very well. Despite this, I have definitely been missing blogging and connecting with my readers and enjoying the world of witchcraft. If I am completely honest, I took a step back from everything witchy the past month, except a little bit of light reading here and there. I'm glad I took the break as I simply couldn't handle another thing on my plate. Hopefully, the rest of the year will go a little bit smoother than they have recently, but I digress. I am back today to share a very short book review on Elemental Witchcraft: Traditional Practice for Working with the Energies of the Natural World by Nigel Pennick.

Honestly, this book was extremely disappointing. It is Wicca in disguise but doesn't cover anything in great detail. Furthermore, there were several statements that were judgemental or dismissive of those that are trying to perform witchcraft on a budget. For example, he says you can't use tap water because it's magically void, but there is nothing to substantiate this claim. I use tap water all the time for magical workings; it is not magically void and is the only source of affordable water for many witches. We have to recognize the privilege in claims like these and that not everyone has access to the same goods and services. To add insult to injury he misuses several common witchcraft terms, including fetch and familiar. A fetch is NOT an animal guide. A fetch is usually a human spirit, often a doppelganger, that assists in various things. A familiar, on the other hand, is not an animal that works with you such as your pet cat. Familiars are spirits that CAN take the form of an animal but are generally not your pet. This is the most common misconception in witchcraft and its disappointing to see this misinformation spread by such a prolific author. Finally, he calls snakes poisonous....they are not poisonous. They are venomous. This is the section book I have reviewed recently that lacks scientific accuracy. It's extremely disappointing that in this day and age we are still running into people claiming snakes are poisonous. 

 Despite the many, many issues I had with this book, the section on trees is good. I would have liked to see more herbs covered as it mostly covers mandrake, but it was still enjoyable to read and accurate, both magically and scientifically. I have never heard the year broken up into two halves known as The Flower Year and Harvest Year, but I am intrigued by their roots. Further research will give me a better idea of how accurate this information is. 

Overall, I was very disappointed in this book, especially by the title. I was hoping to learn more about the actual elements, not green Wicca. However, I recognize that this book may help others on their path, especially those looking for a brief introduction to the elements of witchcraft, not to be confused with the Elements (earth, air, fire, water, and spirit). Pennick's book, Elemental Witchcraft: Traditional Practice for Working with the Energies of the Natural World will be available on October 6, 2020, and can be preordered now.




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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

August Sturgeon Moon Worksheet

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August's Full Moon is known as Sturgeon Moon, Green Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon, or Grain Moon. Sturgeon Moon comes from the number of sturgeon present in the Great Lakes at this time, which was a staple food source of the Algonquin tribes in the Midwest. The other names, however, originate from the crops being harvested at this time. Corn, barley, fruits, and grain harvests begin at this time, providing food for the upcoming winter months. As such, this is a time to start preparing for the future, harvesting what you can now in preparation for what is to come. Check on your spiritual and physical health, getting rid of what you no longer need and cultivating what will bring you happiness and prosperity in the future. 

This month's Full Moon worksheet contains the usuals of my past Full Moon worksheets, including a to release and cleanse section, a box for your intuition, and a tarot spread. Unlike past worksheets, however, this one can be used every August, as it is based on the correspondences of the moon itself and not other astrological events. The tarot spread for this month features 5 cards focusing on what you should harvest at this time and where you should go in the future.

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Lammas Altar 2020

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Lammas or Lughnasadh is the first of the harvest festivals. Corn is quickly ripening in the field, fruits are being plucked at peak ripeness, and farmer's markets are bursting with colorful produce. This is one of my favorite times of year because there is plenty of locally-grown fresh produce just waiting to be enjoyed. Lammas is also a bread holiday, celebrating the harvesting of wheat to be made into bread or stored away for the upcoming winter months. Being the first of the harvest festivals, the Sun is still hanging brightly in the sky, bathing the crops in nourishing sunlight to help bring the harvest to fruition. As such, I have honored the harvest and the Sun in this altar by focusing on some of the major themes of the sabbat.


1. Corn Dolly- Corn dollies are a central theme in harvest folklore across Europe. Traditionally, they were made from the husks of the last corn harvest and remained in the home until the following year where they were plowed into the first furrow of the season. As such, the Spirit of the Harvest would be returned to the soil to ensure a bountiful crop the following year. While I am not planning on burying my corn dolly anytime soon, the sentiment remains and represents the Spirit of the Harvest or the Corn-Maiden. (Where did I get it: Subscription Box; Cost: $2)

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2. Candles in Holders-  The candles in their golden-hued holders represent the Sun who brings life to the harvest and helps ripen the fruits. Without the Sun, our crops would remain unfruitful. Furthermore, the candles act as sympathetic magic to encourage the Sun to remain strong until the last of the harvest has been brought it. (Where did I get it: Dollar Tree 2020; Cost: $3 for candle holders and white candles)

3. Wheat Stalks and Berries- Wheat is harvested and ground into flour to make breads, cakes, and other pastries. Flour was a crucial staple of our ancestors, as it could be easily stored and used throughout the winter months to provide nourishing food. The wheat stalks honor this tradition and encourage a bountiful harvest. Mixed with the wheat stalks are some berries, which are ripening quickly under the heat of the Sun. Blackberries, in particular, are prevalent at this time, providing a sugary treat for all who encounter them. (Where did I get it: Dollar Tree; Cost: $2, $1 each)

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4. Carnelian, Bloodstone, Quartz, and Citrine- The four crystals I picked correspond with the energy of the sabbat. Carnelian represents the Sun, strength, and vitality, the quartz amplifies the power of the altar and represents change, while the bloodstone represents health and vitality. Citrine, also a Sun crystal, represents the soothing, life-giving energies of the Sun that are beginning to wane. I placed them in a crystal grid pattern to give the Sun continued strength through the remainder of the growing season. (Where did I get it: Metaphysical Stores; Cost: ~8)

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5. Sunflowers- The sunflowers, which were also featured on my Litha altar, represent the Sun. Most sunflowers are blooming at this time, and when done, will produce hundreds of oily black seeds which provide valuable food for animals and humans alike. These unique flowers follow the Sun throughout the day, and are thought to lend Him strength. (Where did I get it: Dollar Tree; Cost: $1)

6. Silk Ivy and Grapes- The silk ivy represents wealth, abundance, and fertility while the grapes also represent fertility and abundance as well as gratitude and the harvest. Grapes are just ripening on the vine at Lammas and will later be turned into wines and jams to be enjoyed throughout the year.  (Where did I get it: Dollar Tree; Cost: $2, $1 each)

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TOTAL COST: ~$18


Like my other altars, most of the items I use are found, made, 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!

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Elemental Magic: Fire Spells and Rituals

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I apologize for taking some time to get this post out. My life has drastically changed in the past week and a half and I am still processing said changes. The good news is, this elemental series has seriously allowed me to cope with things better than I could have ever imagined. Such loss and heartbreak would have been met with anger, resentment, and a lot of scream crying, but I have been surprisingly calm and collected thanks to the healing energies of Water and the stable, loving embrace of Earth. However, Fire plays a key role in loss and new beginnings, so today I focus on spells and rituals that use Fire to start over, reignite your passion, and pave the way for a brighter future. 



Cord-cutting rituals are designed to help you cut ties with a person, place, or thing to help you move on with your life. While generally designed to help you separate from a relationship, usually a love interest, it can also be used to help you cut ties with a job or traumatic events. It's important to be specific in this ritual as well as prepared for the consequences. Once cords are cut, it will be extremely difficult to undo so make sure this is what you really want. This particular ritual uses Fire to burn the connection between you and the person, place, or thing you wish to part from. While Fire is destructive, remember it paves the way for new life.

What You'll Need

  • 9-inch black string
  • 1 Candle (white or black)
  • Candleholder
  • Picture of yourself and the other person/place/thing or paper to write names
  • Matches or lighter
  • Dried Yarrow flowers (optional) & anointing oil or olive oil (optional)

What to Do

Begin by dressing the candle with the oil and dried yarrow flowers if you please. Yarrow is not necessary for this spell but will enhance the effects as yarrow is deeply associated with cutting ties and soul bounds as well as setting boundaries. Next, roll up the pictures or the paper with names and tie one end of the string to each. Nine is the number of magic and power, which will enhance the power of the spell significantly. Light the candle and visualize yourself whole, well, and happy, your heart healed of past traumas. When ready, use the candle flame to cut the cord between the two objects, again visualizing yourself whole and happy. Take a deep breath and exhale any final feelings, emotions, or tension you may still have. Allow the candle to burn down while meditating on your future.



When it comes to getting things done, Fire is the element of passion and strength. This simple carnelian Sun charm is the perfect charm to give you the courage and strength needed to move forward, no matter what stands in your way.

What You'll Need

  • Carnelian
  • Jewelry wire

What to Do

When the Sun is highest (around Noon), cleanse and charge the carnelian using sunlight. Do not allow the carnelian to sit in direct sunlight for more than an hour as the stone will begin to fade. Once charged with the power of the Sun, wrap the carnelian in jewelry wire to create a pendant or keychain. As you do so, say "Carnelian, strong and proud, give me the strength to face the future with courage. Bring me the strength to face the unknown and the will to demand change. Help me remove all barriers to bring me happiness and good fortune." Wear or carry the carnelian on your person to bring you strength and courage.



Banishing spells are a great way to remove something or someone from your life that you absolutely do not want to return. Unlike cord-cutting, this removes the person completely, not just severs the tie between you. However, use with caution. Banishing spells are nearly impossible to undo and can backfire if not done properly. You must be absolutely clear in your intent and specific in your wording, otherwise, you could end up removing something you want. This spell uses a purple or black candle to banish an unwanted person or entity. 

What You'll Need

  • Purple or black candle
  • Paper & Pen

What to Do

Begin by writing the name of the person or entity you wish to remove from your life then write your name over their name, effectively crossing it out. You may need to write your name several times to completely obscure the first name. As you do so chant, "I cover you. I cross you. I remove you from my life. I command you; I compel you, get out of my life." Place the paper under the candle and light the candle. Allow it to burn down completely. Dispose of the spell ingredients away from your property, effectively removing them from your life.



Love spells are some of the most misunderstood spells in witchcraft. You cannot force someone to fall in love with you, but you can attract someone to you, usually by making yourself more desirable. This specific spell works to draw a person to you, whether it be romantically or completely plutonic. It can be used to attract a lover or a friendship. Heck, you could probably even use it to attract a new job!

What You'll Need

  • Two strips of paper
  • Pen
  • Fireproof bowl
  • Matches or Lighter
  • Orange Zest or Orange Blossoms
  • Spell bottle
  • Wax

What to Do

Begin by writing the goal of the spell on the first strip of paper. Make sure you are clear in your intent and use positive language. You shouldn't say you don't want something, instead, say what you want. This will be most effective if written as an "I" statement as if you already have the object of your desire. On the second strip of paper, write the object of your desire. You can be as specific or vague as you wish. If you want a specific person or job, use their name, but if you want to attract love or a job in general, write the characteristics of the person you are looking for or a job description. Next, write your name over the object of your desire, thus linking you to the object. Place both strips of paper and the orange zest or blossoms in a fire-safe bowl and burn. Place the ashes in a spell bottle and seal with wax. Place on your altar or store in a safe place. If you no longer desire the object, break the seal on the spell bottle and throw the ashes into the wind.



Sometimes we want to get things done, but something continues to hold us back whether it be fear, doubt, or frustrations. This unblocking spell will help remove those blocks using Fire to burn them away. This spell is best followed up with a bath to help wash away any residual energies.

What You'll Need

  • 1 white candle
  • Whole cloves

What to Do

Hold the white candle in your hands and envision all your fears, frustrations, and doubt transferring from you to the candle. Feel it warm between your hands as you do so. Next, dress the candle with the whole cloves and light the candle. As the candle burns, envision all those fears, frustrations, and doubts vanishing into the thin air, dissipating with the smoke. Finish the spell with a cleansing bath and change into clean clothes, symbolizing your new beginning. 



Many of us struggle with confidence issues, especially after a breakup or great loss. This spell is designed to help boost your self-confidence by focusing on what you are good at, using Fire to ignite that confidence through the use of an orange candle which is associated with confidence.

What You'll Need

  • Orange candle
  • Matches or lighter

What to Do

Light the orange candle and stare into the flames. As you do so, complete the following sentences:
I am proud of...
I am good at...
My greatest asset is...
I feel strong and capable when I...
People love me because I'm...

Complete these sentences using positive affirmations. Repeat them at least three times, feeling their power deep within your soul. Allow the candle to burn down or snuff out when ready.



Spell reversal is an important utility spell, especially for those wishing to reverse a spell cast upon themselves or a spell that has backfired that you didn't build an easy undoing into. There are dozens of ways to reverse spells, but Fire is able to burn away the magical energies of a spell quickly, leaving nothing behind. This particular spell is designed to reverse a spell cast against you by another witch. 

What You'll Need

  • White candle
  • Dried patchouli or oil
  • Dried vetiver or oil
  • Dressing oil (if using dried herbs)

What to Do

Cut the top off the white candle, forming a flat base then flip the candle over and carve the bottom until the wick is exposed. You are reversing the spell by reversing the candle. Dress the candle in patchouli, vetiver, and oil which will reflect the spell back to its source. If you know the source of the spell, carve their name into the candle as well. Light the candle and say, "Candle burning bright and warm; let the evil (or spell) done against me be reversed just as I have reversed you." 

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These spells are just some of the many uses of Fire, some of which you can find elsewhere on my blog. Again, I tried to include several spells to help us navigate the current social climate, but there are several spells that can be used whenever you need them. How do you use Fire in your practice? Share your spells and ideas in the comments below!

Interest in the rest of the series? Here's what's to come!

Elemental Magic Series

Introduction to the Elements
Water
Water Folklore & Correspondences
Connecting With Water Ritual
Tools of Water
Water Spells and Rituals
Earth
Earth Folklore & Correspondences
Connecting With Earth Ritual
Tools of Earth
Earth Spells and Rituals
Fire
Fire Folklore & Correspondences
Connecting With Fire Ritual
Tools of Fire
Fire Spells and Rituals
Air
Air Folklore & Correspondences
Connecting With Air Ritual
Tools of Air
Air Spells and Rituals
Spirit
Spirit Folklore & Correspondences
Connecting with Spirit Ritual
Tools of Spirit
Spirit Spells and Rituals
Putting It All Together

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Apothecary At Home Box Review: July 2020

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A couple of months ago I told you guys about a new subscription box that was coming out called Apothecary At Home. Well, their first box shipped July 1st, and I am so thrilled with it. I cannot believe how many amazing goodies they packed into this awesome box. If you missed my unboxing video on Instagram, you can check it out now. This is one of the coolest boxes I've ever received and totally up my ally. 

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The first box came with information (not pictured) on what to expect from the subscription box as a whole as well as a detailed pamphlet discussing each of the herbs, including their folklore, medicinal, and magical uses, much like my Herbarium posts, and a number of herbal remedy recipes to make with the herbs in the box. Furthermore, there is general information on making herbal remedies and how different herbs interact. This box is truly designed to help you learn how to make herbal remedies, not just give you random recipes to follow with context. The box comes with all the supplies to make your remedies and includes a number of bonus recipes for herbs you have leftover, which I absolutely loved. If you missed their first box or are interested in the reading material, you can purchase the study guide and welcome packet as digital downloads for $4.99 each on their website.

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This month's box was all about mental health, fitting considering the current pandemic has taken a toll on most people's mental health, mine included. As such, it contains chamomile, lemon balm, and passionflower, all of which are known to help ease depression and anxiety, while promoting calmness and joy. The box came with 4 ounces of both chamomile and lemon balm and about 1 ounce of passionflower. I couldn't believe how much of each herb they fit into the box. I still can't figure out how they got the box to close! With these herbs, you have all the ingredients to make a salve and a tincture, but there are a number of bonus recipes you can do with the leftover herbs. But that's not all.

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The box also comes with both lemon balm and chamomile seeds, along with growing instructions, and two beautiful art prints of said herbs created by the creator's mother. They are absolutely beautiful and would be perfect for your BOS or Grimoire, whether you cut them out and paste them or hole-punch them. This month they are printed on glossy paper, but next month I was informed that they would be printed on higher quality, matte paper. Furthermore, these prints and all future prints will be available for standalone purchase in a variety of sizes in the future. I love that they include not only a hefty amount of herbs, but seeds as well so you can continue to grow your practice. I am looking forward to starting my seeds soon and allowing them to take over in my garden. I love the overgrown look and lemon balm grows rapidly. 

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This month's box also came with a wonderful surprise: Stress Relief Tea from The Loose Leaf! I freaking love me some tea and was so excited to see tea in this box. This particular tea contains oatstraw, skullcap, kava kava root, ginkgo, ashwagandha, and cloves. It has an earthy, spicy taste that will warm your soul. It reminds me of Yule to be honest. Its warming and calming and leaves you feeling completely relaxed by the end of the cup. It's sure to delight your taste buds and enliven your spirits.

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Overall, I was super impressed with this box. It exceeded my expectations by far. 

Pros:

  • The box is designed to teach, instead of just providing you with goodies. It includes everything you need to learn how to make herbal remedies and gets you started on the herbalist path.
  • The item quality is great. Every item is worth more than I paid and sometimes you even get some bonus items thrown in!
  • The information packet is informative and explains how to use each of the items in the box. The herb profiles are clearly outlines and recipes are easy to follow.
  • There are vegan and non-vegan options. They offer both beeswax and soy wax for salves, so if you are vegan there is an option available for you.
  • They survey you for allergies. When you sign up for the box, you begin with a survey where you can let them know if you are allergic to anything. I thought this is great because I am allergic to opiates and gogi berries, and while I don't think opiates will end up in the box, gogi berries have a strong possibility of showing up. I'm glad that they take this into account and won't put anything in my box that I am allergic to.
  • They are ecofriendly. The box is recyclable and you have the option to receive the information packets printed or digital. I love how much you can customize this box!
  • They support the BIPOC community. Right now, they are offering boxes to BIPOC who are interested in learning herbalism for free or heavily discounted. If you or someone you know is interested in the details, check out their website. You can also sponsor a box to help provide more boxes!
  • This box is available! They still have some spots available for next month's box, but you best hurry!

Cons:

  • The box is somewhat expensive. It's currently priced at $39.99 plus $8 shipping within the US. However, if you were to compare this to an online course, this box is significantly cheaper and provides all the supplies needed for a fraction of the price.
  • There is some packaging that is not eco-friendly. The paper and cardboard box can be recycled, but the bubble wrap can not. I believe having eco-friendly packaging as much as possible is extremely important.
OVERALL: 5 out of 5 stars 

Interested in purchasing this box? Check out Apothecary At Home online. Use code WILLOW15 to get 15% off your first order!

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