Simple Rose Water Recipe | 15-11-17

You’ll Need:

  • Dried or fresh rose petals (please make sure these are food grade! Unless explicity stated otherwise, florist’s roses are treated with pesticides and preservative chemicals).
  • A pan
  • Cheesecloth or muslin for straining,… or a small holed sieve.
  • Water
  • Dark coloured jar or bottle.

What to Do:

    1. Measure ¼ (59ml) cup of dried rose petals into your pan. Use ½ (118ml) to ¾ cup (177ml) if you are using fresh petals.
    2. Pour 1 ½ cups (357ml) water into your pan, on top of the rose petals.
    3. Cover with a lid and bring it to a boil.
    4. Reduce the temperature to the lowest setting that still allows the water to simmer.
    5. Let it simmer until the colour of the rose petals has faded. This may only take 5-10 minutes.
    6. Leave the lid on the pan and let it cool completely.
    7. Pour the water and petals through the muslin/cheesecloth or sieve and into a dark, clean bottle (you can use a funnel or strain into a measuring bowl with a pouringspout first, and then pour into your dark bottle).
    8. Store in the refrigerator for several weeks or on the counter for up to one (1) week.
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    Open to Love: A Poppet | 02-11-17

    This is something I’ve had in the works for a while because for some time now, I’ve been quite emotionally closed off and I didn’t want to be that way anymore. So, I’m sharing this with you guys!

    This is a poppet that you are making for yourself; the aim of this little guy is to have the effects of the poppets contents apply to you.

    You Will Need:

    • Some red or pink fabric so that you can cut out a basic human shape, as shown by my trusty illustration, here (Red and pink symbolise love in all of its forms; platonic, romantic, love of self. When you’re crafting your poppet, just keep the type of love you want to open yourself up to in mind).
    • Some stuffing (can be found here).
    • Rose Quartz chunks, crystal or chips.
    • Green Aventurine chunks, crystals or chips.
    • Lavender
    • Cinnamon
    • Dried strawberry
    • A kiss on a piece of paper – if you wear lip products use those, if you don’t, your kiss is still just as good.
    • White thread (for sewing your lil’ guy together).

    Instructions:

    1. Now, follow this guide on how to make a fabric poppet!
    2. *Optional Step: If you want to, you can take a pen in a colour that makes you happy and draw a happy face on the poppet. This sounds childish, but it will imbue a happy energy into it – symbols are powerful, kids!
    3. Once you’ve made your poppet, you should pop it under your pillow or in your bed at night (like a teddy bear!). This will allow it to work its magic (ba-dum! tss) on you passively as you are sleeping.

    A Samhain Special: Pumpkins! | 22-10-17

    It’s that time of year – pumpkins are being sold in droves in all of our local supermarkets and are readily available for carving, decorating and of course, for eating!

    But, once all is said and done, what can we use our pumpkins for besides the usual spooky Autumnal and Halloween based activities?

    Pumpkin & Pumpkin Seeds:

    Planet: Moon
    Element: Earth
    Astrological Sign: Virgo

    General associations: Protection, healing, divination.

    Pumpkins are indeed highly magickal and can be used in many, many magickal ways that may not actually spring to mind. As a vegetable of the harvest, they represent prosperity and abundance, as well as luck, for example! 

    *Pumpkin seeds can be used in a smaller scale spells and workings that correspond with the same intent as the pumpkin itself.

    A carved pumpkin (should you want to use to them as the original turnip Jack-o-lanterns were used) should have ghoulish, grinning faces to protect from the wandering spirits that may be surrounding you due to the liminality of Samhain.

    A lit pumpkin’s glow and scent may draw positive spirits and energy to your home, if you place it outside, by the door,

    Pumpkins are known to strengthen divining abilities, so if you wish to gain more insight into any readings you do during this period you may want to work with a pumpkin nearby, drink or eat something with pumpkin it in beforehand (and/or during) or have some seeds on your person – you can have them in a spell jar, your pocket or hell, even in your mouth!

    Some Recipes for Pumpkin Inclusive Foods (Kitchen Witchcraft!)
    All of these recipes are external links.

    1. Spice Pumpkin Bread
    2. Perfect Pumpkin Pie Recipe
    3. Pumpkin Soup
    4. Soft Pumpkin Cookies

    Mori Moon (Shop Update) | 19-09-17

    The bestselling item of Mori Moon (formerly known as Arcane Earth Magick) is back!

    Mini Witch’s Starter Kit!

    This kit features:

    • Amethyst (x1)
    • Clear Quartz (x1)
    • Smoky Quartz (x1)
    • Rose Quartz Pendulum Necklace
    • White tea light candle (x2)
    • 7ml corked jar of herbs (type may vary) (x1)

    All of this is set in a light wooden box with a gold coloured fastening mechanism that can be used to store an assortment of things!

    Click here, to go to the Etsy listing.

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    All That You Love Will Turn to Nothing – A Curse | 21-08-17

    This curse is the first one in almost 8 years of practising witchcraft that I have created. It has been a long time coming, and a long time in the making as I have used it once before, with success, and it is centred around,… personal trauma. It has come into being as the result of me being unable to feel any real closure or justice after being put through years of emotional abuse and sometimes violent outbursts.

    Please, feel free to use it. 

    Ingredients:

    • A jar you can securely seal.
    • Vinegar (banishing)
    • Chilli flakes or powder (adds oomph, represents fire (burning) and sends people away).
    • 3-6 Nails – rusted, preferably but not necessary. (destruction, decay).
    • A bodily fluid of yours (blood would be most potent, but if you’re not comfortable with that, spit or tears will work too).
    • Cemetery Dirt (feelings of emptiness, emotional distress).
    • Black pepper (banishing)
    • A small piece of paper.
    • Red pen.
    • This sigil.

    **If you choose to use blood in this spell, make sure you draw it using sterile equipment, such as a lancet (click here for more information on them).

    1. On the slip of paper you have, write the name of your target in big, bold writing. Make it scratchy, ugly; go over it 3, 4, 5 times. 
    2. On the other side, draw the sigil linked in the ingredients list above. Write the meaning of it too (”All that you love; all that brings you joy will bring you nothing but emptiness.”)
    3. Add your dry ingredients into the jar one at a time in this order:
    4. Cemetery Dirt, Black pepper, Chilli pepper. 
    5. As you do so, channel all of the pain and hatred the target has caused you; focus on it; draw from it, let yourself seethe.
    6. Add your paper now, on top of the dry ingredients.
    7. Take your nails, and push them down so that their points pierce the sigil and go down into the dry ingredients.
    8. Once you’ve done all of this, add your chosen bodily fluid. You will only need a very small amount – a single tear, a drop of blood, some spit, whatever you choose you needn’t force much out.
    9. The fluid will be imbued with the negativity that you were drawing on.
    10. You may now fill the rest of the jar with vinegar, but leave a little room at the top, because this jar can be left for a long time – the more putrid the better.
    11. The paper will dissolve quickly, this is normal and expected. 
    12. Leave the jar somewhere dark and quiet, where it will not be disturbed.

    Whenever you feel as though the power of this curse is waning, shake it vigorously, again drawing on the negative connotations and feelings you have for the target.

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    Curses vs. Hexes: What’s the Difference? | 21-08-17

    If you were to look up the definition of both of the words on a search engine (hello, Google!) they are defined as follows:

    1. Curse: (aside from meaning vulgar words) is “casting the evil eye or an evil spell upon someone.”
    2. Hex: to curse someone.

    Oh, dear sweet Google, you have tried your best but in this instance, every witch will tell you that you are wrong.

    The general consensus is that ultimately, curses are worse than hexes; the target tends to suffer more at the hands of a curse than they do at the hands of a hex.

    Curses:

    1. Usually more serious than hexes.
    2. Can live on through generations if that is what the caster intended.
    3. Tend to be long-term in nature.
    4. Usually, curses are borne of anger; of hatred and even a need for justice.
    5. They can usually be reversed or undone; reversals can be done by the caster, and undoings may be done by the caster, target or a third party.

    Hexes:

    1. Often cast as a “one-off” piece of magick.
    2. Their effects are apparent very quickly, but they are not long-term – seen sometimes as an instantaneous form of malevolent magick.
    3. Hexes are borne of revenge and/or annoyance, and they usually cause irritation and subsequent annoyance to the target – hexes are a way for the caster make their target feel what they have been made to feel for a short time.
    4. Due to their nature, hexes are usually over and done with quickly and do not require a reversal or undoing.

    Both of these forms of magick, are forms of malevolent magick that is used for many reasons.
    Some people curse their abusers, or people who have hurt them and some people hex their ex-partners, or someone who has brushed them up the wrong way. Like all magick, what you do is circumstantial and no one can tell you whether you should or should not perform magick of this kind (I am pro-curse and hex, but not everyone is).


    Common Cursing & Hexing Components:

    Taglocks:

    1. Bodily fluids (blood, spit, semen, menstrual blood, tears, urine, etc.)
    2. Fingernails.
    3. Hair.
    4. Photographs.
    5. Personal possessions.
    6. Poppets.
    7. Usernames/nicknames/names.

    Herbs/Plants:

    1. Cayenne Pepper
    2. Chilli
    3. Lemon
    4. Black Pepper
    5. Thistle
    6. Thorns
    7. Poppies
    8. Mold

    Other items:

    1. Nails (rusted for potency)
    2. Razor blades
    3. String/yarn/chord
    4. Cemetery Dirt
    5. War Water
    6. Needles
    7. Bones
    8. Vinegar
    9. Mirror (broken or whole)
    10. Broken glass
    11. Dead Wasps

    You’ll notice that I’ve bunched the common ingredients for curses and hexes in one list – that is because these two are simply lesser and greater forms of the same kind of magick, so you must bear in mind what your intent is when you choose your spell/ritual ingredients.

    Do you want to frustrate, annoy and irritate your target? Do you want to bring them bad luck? Do you want to bring them untold misery? Consider this carefully.

    Earth Magick/Deities? Let Me Help! | 19-08-17

    Tumblr user, “Klumzmonkey” asked: 

    Hi! I’ve been wanting to look into Earth/Nature magick and deities… Any ideas where I could start?

    Firstly, you may want to determine whether you want to within a certain pantheon or not, but I’m going to just hit you with some broad spectrum information which you can then choose to delve into or research more.

    *These lists will likely miss some deities out because I want to give you the basics, but further research will help if you would like to find out more.

    Aztec Nature/Earth Deities:

    • Xipe-Totec (god of force, lord of the seasons and rebirth, ruler of the East).
    • Tonacatecuhtli (god of sustenance).
    • Tonacacihuatl (goddess of sustenance).
    • Tlaltecuhtli (god of the earth).
    • Chicomecoatl (goddess of agriculture).
    • Centeotl (god of the maize).

    Celtic Nature/Earth Deities:

    • Abnoba (Gaulish – associated with forests and rivers).
    • Artio (Gaulish – bear goddess of the wilderness).
    • Arduinna (goddess of the Ardennes forest, portrayed as a huntress).
    • Cernunnos (god of male animals, produce and fertility).
    • Druantia (goddess of trees).
    • Nantosuelta (Gaulish – goddess of the earth, nature, fertility and fire).
    • Sucellus (god of agriculture, alcoholic beverages, and forests).
    • Viridos (god of vegetation, agriculture and rebirth).

    Egyptian Nature/Earth Deities:

    • Aker (god of the earth and the horizon).
    • Geb (god of earth).
    • Iah (god of the moon).
    • Nut (goddess of sky).
    • Renenutet (goddess of agriculture).
    • Shu (embodiment of wind/air).

    Greek Nature/Earth Deities:

    • Antheia (goddess of flowery wreaths).
    • Anthousai (flower nymphs).
    • Aristaeus (god of shepherds, cheesemaking, beekeeping, honey, honey-mead, olive growing, oil milling, medicinal herbs, hunting, and the Etesian winds).
    • Artemis (goddess of the hunt, the dark, the light, the moon, wild animals, nature, wilderness, childbirth, virginity, fertility, young girls, and health and plague in women and childhood).
    • Aurai (nymphs of the breezes).
    • Chloris (goddess of flowers).
    • Cybele (Phrygian goddess of the fertile earth and wild animals).
    • Demeter (goddess of the harvest, crops, the fertility of the earth, grains, and the seasons).
    • Dionysus (god of wine, vegetation, pleasure, and festivity. Roman equivalent is Bacchus).
    • Dryads (tree and forest nymphs).
    • Epimeliades (nymphs of highland pastures and protectors of sheep flocks).
    • Gaea (the goddess of the earth and its personification. She is also the primal mother goddess).
    • Hamadryades (oak tree dryades).
    • Hegemone (goddess of plants, specifically making them bloom and bear fruit as they were supposed to).
    • Horae (goddesses of the seasons and the natural portions of time).
    • Karmanor (god of reaping).
    • Meliae (nymphs of honey and the ash tree).
    • Nymphs (nature spirits).
    • Naiades (fresh water nymphs).
    • Nereids (salt-water nymphs).
    • Oceanides (fresh water nymphs).
    • Oreades (mountain nymphs).
    • Oxylus (god of forests & mountains).
    • Pan (god of shepherds, flocks, mountain wilds, and rustic music).
    • Persephone (Kore) (goddess of spring growth).
    • Physis (primeval goddess of nature).
    • Rhea (goddess of fertility, motherhood, and the mountain wilds).
    • Satyrs (rustic nature spirits).

    Slavic Nature/Earth Deities:

    • Berstuk (Wendish – god of the forest).
    • Jarilo (god of vegetation, fertility, spring, war and harvest).
    • Porewit (god of the woods, who protected lost voyagers and punished those who mistreated the forest).
    • Porvata (Polish – god of the woods).
    • Siliniez (Polish – god of the woods for whom moss was sacred).
    • Tawals (Polish – blessing-bringing god of the meadows and fields).
    • Veles (god of earth, waters and the underworld).

    Norse Nature/Earth Deities:

    • Idun or Ithunn (goddess of spring who guarded the apples that kept the gods eternally young; wife of the god Bragi).
    • Fjörgyn (female personification of the earth. She is also the mother of the goddess Frigg and, very rarely, mother of Thor).
    • Freyja (goddess of fertility, gold, death, love, beauty, war and magic).
    • Freyr (god of fertility, rain, sunlight, life and summer).
    • Skadi (goddess of mountains, skiing, winter, archery and hunting).

    Nature/Earth Magick:

    If you check Richtor’s tags [here] they have a tonne of resources to help you!

    Things You Just Don’t Say – Witch’s Edition (Story time!) | 16-08-17

    If you follow me on tumblr  [click here for my blog], you may have seen a post that asks those who wear pentagrams and pentacles to recount their weirdest and/or rudest encounters with fellow humans.

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    I reblogged it and added my own anecdote to the post, but I am going to post it here for non-tumblr users to see.
    Here it is:

    I live in a village that is an hour away from the closest city, a city that is very dear to me.
    In my village, everyone knows everyone else, whether the connection is direct or by varying degrees of separation, so I don’t tend to have any trouble with the people here.

    My city, however, is a vastly different story.

    Due to the size of the city, and its importance to my country, the population is huge and therefore, so is the cultural mix within it.
    However, you only really ever see Christian and Catholic preachers – they come in different forms: some have booths set up along the main shopping street; some wear sandwich boards and holler at you through megaphones, their words incomprehensible. Some have little booklets lined up on portables shelves, and others wonder in droves, targeting individuals like prey.

    Once upon a time, as I walked alone down the main hgihstreet with my earphones in, a man with a sandwich board and a megaphone stepped straight into my path. I stopped abruptly, muttered an apology and tried to pass him on the left.
    He stepped sideways and blocked me.

    Panic started to set in at this point, because I tend to avoid confrontational situations and this felt like it could turn into one of those.

    I took out my earphones and went to ask the man if he would would kindly step aside.
    Instead, as soon as my ears were devoid of music, he started talking. But, he wasn’t talking. His voice was raised – not yet a shout, but close – and he was reciting something.
    I don’t think it was a Biblical passage, but it went like this: “She is only a child; cleanse her soul and bring her forth to the kingdom of our Father. Lift her from condemnation!

    Naturally, I felt awful at this point because I was being singled out and shouted at/to in a street that lead off from a public square, was lined with shops and banks and eateries, and had a tram stop running down it. The place was absolutely brimming with people.
    I said that I was in a rush and had to go and (I will admit to being rude by doing this), I used my elbows to work my way around him and the other people passing by.

    As I squeezed past him, he reached out and touched the pentacle that hangs from my tattoo choker (if you look through my tumblr you’ll see the choker in photographs of me) whilst saying, “Condemned to Hell be those within whom Satan works.”

    I walked away as quickly as I could, red faced and angry. I was scared, and felt humiliated. I have always wondered why, if he thought I was a child (I was 20) he deemed it justifiable to subject me to that whole shit show.

    I never saw what was written on his sandwich board. Or I did see it, and have forgotten the minuscule details of the whole encounter.

    I would first like to say, that I am not being rude or trying to tarnish the reputation of Christians and their denominations. It just so happens that this whole debacle happened because a preacher of that faith approached me.
    Whilst I was in the city that day, I saw a booth that said “Islamic Literature”, and two or three groups of Mormon missionaries.

    There are two reasons why this whole thing has stayed with me since it happened.

    1. Although it is likely that the preacher did not mean to come across as aggressive, his blocking of my path, raised voice and eventual invasion of my personal space came across as such.
      This was exacerbated by the fact that I was alone, clearly had earphones in and have a lot of anxiety surrounding confrontation and sometimes, even just social interaction.
    2. You cannot make assumptions about people like that. You have no right to demonize and humiliate people simply because you want to make often radical assumptions about something you see.

    Assumptions can be damaging. Assumptions hurt. Assumptions spread false information if they’re shouted loud enough.

    There is nothing wrong with Satanic witches, traditional or LaVeyan, – let’s make that clear – but there is a lot wrong with condemning innocent people to Hell; with scaremongering and hateful comments.

    The lesson here, it to engage your brain before your mouth. Think about what you’re doing, and who can be hurt through what you say.