BOS Withdrawls!

Today…. Today I left my BOS at home.

I carry it with me every day, everywhere I go. Most days, I don’t even open it. The spells I use most are well memorized and quickly recited. And, for the naysayers, you do not have to write a new spell each time. If it worked once, it will work again. Plus, there is something comforting about having familiar spells.

There is also a comfort in having your book handy. I often rewrite spells. The words I used initially don’t sound as good today, as they did. Sometimes I’ve Suess’ed it too much and need to rethink it. There are also times the spell didn’t work, or didn’t work as well as I expected it to. A rethink and edit never hurts.

Today, though, I do not have my book. I feel a bit lost. Sort of like the days I forget to put on my jewelry. I know there is supposed to be something there…and it’s not! And I keep reaching for it. And it keeps not being there. And….and….it drives you crazy!

I have to admit. When I first came to Witchcraft I didn’t think a BOS was important. I journaled. Why did I need another book?  As time passed…I figured it out. My journal contained the thoughts of my day. My BOS contained the beginning of thoughts, ideas, spells, and questions. Lots and lots of questions. I still have questions after all these years.

I can look back on my old books and see what worked, what didn’t, what I found answers for, what I’m still searching for answer for….I can see my whole path laid out before me. And it’s comforting. I know where I found strength, and where I faltered. Where the world was dark, and when I found the light.

I really miss my book!

If you are just starting out. I really hope you start a Book of Shadows (BOS). It will be one of the best things you do. You won’t regret it either. I’ve rediscovered old spells I wrote, and reworked them. Now, they’re my favorite. Old friends rediscovered.

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A Little Haunted Beltane

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So, I bought a haunted antique sewing box.

I’m always skeptical of items sold as ‘haunted.’ I always scoff at the listings and write them off as scams. This one I believed a bit. It did have an orb in the image which lent a little credibility. It still was not the deciding factor on my purchase. I bought it, because I really wanted it!

When I received the sewing box I didn’t feel any spirit connected with it. I was a tad disappointed. The optimist in me was hoping it was haunted. I have had it now for several months. Nothing out of the norm has happened. Well, that was until the past few weeks.

I blame Beltane. Beltane is mid-point of the year. The exact opposite of Samhain. It means the veil is thin. Not as thin as Samhain, but still thin. It means odd things happen, spirits come and go, and life gets a little interesting.

I have ‘spelled’ myself and my household to protect from Beltane’s antics. I didn’t this year. Oh, how I wish I would have!

My antique sewing basket spirit is running the house right now. She won’t give me her name, but has scared the crap out of me a couple of times now. My cat, Jinx, talks to her but, Nightmare isn’t a fan. He doesn’t like most people though. So, I don’t think she’s malevolent, just a touch mischievous. She’s welcome to stay with her sewing box.

I do think I will be spelling Beltane tonight though. The oddness is a bit much this week. I know there are only a few days left before the Beltane fires are lit. Still, a little peace would be a blessing.

The spell I use is simple. I add herbs, candles, etc. as the inspiration moves me. I don’t generally cast a circle or call the quarters with this one. It’s one of my ‘off the cuff’ spells. A little energy, a little focus, and a little intent. And a spell that goes like this:

“What’s amiss must now be mended
What’s unbalanced now be ended
Set free the strangeness from within
Until Beltane fires speak again”

 I love spirits wandering through my house. I love the new beginnings Beltane brings. The birth, the renewal, the spring. The beauty of it is awe inspiring. The gremlins which sometimes come with it though…not my favorite.

So, for tonight my friends. I wish you fires lit with inspiration and hope. Beauty never ending. And a future written of your dreams. This is a time of new beginnings, may yours be beautiful.

Goodnight my friends and Blessed Be.

Checking In

 We’ve been working to get a lot of our products actually placed online. Lots of taking pictures and writing and…work! We’re having a blast, but can’t wait until it is all listed. Take a look at a few of the items we have. The Cranberry Mandarin Carrot soap is fresh made last night and boy does it smell great!

Cranberry Mandarin Carrot Soap

Who can’t use a little Banishing Powder?

Our List of Natural Salves; handmade in our shop!

ADHD/Anxiety/PTSD Essential Oil Roll On for children and adults

Head it Off – Migraine Headache Essential Oil Roll On

Basically Achy – Tension Headache Essential Oil Roll On

Traditional Smudging Spray – for those places you can’t have smoke and fire

Cleansing Smudge Spray – for those stubborn places with excessive negativity

Can’t forget our Natural Home Cleaning Supplies

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Something Quick

Spell to find a home:

Items you can use:

  • Piece of paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Pick an Incense which makes you think of home/comfort/etc.
  • Choose an amulet – a key works well, rose quartz stone, pendant, citrine, amber, a sea shell, etc.
  • Candles in any of the following colors: white, royal blue, purple, rose, dark green, silver, and grey.

Light the incense and candles. Place the amulet in the center of your altar. Cast your circle. Call the quarters. Ask the Goddess Juno (also known as Hera), Goddess of the home, to join you.

Visualize finding the perfect space. Don’t forget to picture yourself in that space! Write a detailed description of it on a piece of paper, then place it under the amulet. Put your hands over the amulet and paper and repeat the following (7-9 times depending on what feels right to you):

Goddess Juno
Hear me well
Find a home
For my heart to Dwell
 
Spirit and soul
Body and mind
Hear me Juno
Goddess be kind
 

Continue to focus your energy, and visualization on finding the perfect dwelling. Then wrap the talisman in the paper and carry both with you at all times.

Release the quarters and your circle. Thank and release Juno. Let the candles burn themselves out (if they’re small ones).

Wilder Things

I have been working diligently to get my store up and going.

That means…I have spent a lot less time writing. My blogs remain silent…including this one. You see, I’m not the type to just post a quick blurb. You’ve likely noticed that by now.

I don’t know what it is about quick blurbs that drive me crazy. I like a little meat in what I read….and write. Give me a book…an extended rant…a chronological accounting of  your family history…give me something to sink my teeth into.

That may be why I’m struggling with the store. Writing product descriptions…About Me pages… I can write a spell for anything in minutes. I can write a blog post about most subjects…rants are my favorite, I know. Ask me to tell you about myself in a brief blurb…and you might as well have asked me to write a Pulitzer worthy novel.

What do I say? What is it a person wants to hear? Inspirational gobbledygook? A sob story? What the hell I was thinking when I started this venture?  The why, the how, the what-for? What do you want to hear?

I’m a little bit wicked. I’m a little bit nice. I’m obsessed with herbs and herbal solutions. I don’t believe doctors have all the answers, and hand out far to many prescription medications for our bodies. Doctors have their place, and they are necessary. I have an existing list of products, but it grows with each request. If you have a medical issue the doctors has been unable to help relieve; I may have an alternative solution. I have almost a cult following of local people who have nicknamed my remedies “The Wonder Stuff.”

What is it I say? What would entice you to ask questions, scroll through the small list of products I have listed? I would love some insight!

Take a look at the site: wilderthingsherbs.com
Follow the hashtag: #wilderthingsherbs

The Binding Continues

I have to admit, I am proud to be part of the pagan community.

We have suffered our share of set backs, and heartaches. We’ve always stepped up, instead of stepping back into the shadows. When it matters most we come together. This is just additional proof of our unending penchant for fighting the good fight.

The call continues to go out to bind Trump. This time with more details. I’m posting the spell below, but please, visit the original site here. The site has a good picture of Trump you’ll need for the spell.

A Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him (version 2.0)

To be performed at midnight on every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office. The first ritual takes place Friday evening, February 24th, at the stroke of midnight. This binding spell is open source, and may be modified to fit your preferred spiritual practice or magical system — the critical elements are the simultaneity of the working (midnight, EST—DC, Mar-a-Lago, and Trump Tower NYC time) and the mass energy of participants.

See below for the upcoming dates. Some lodges/covens are doing a variation of this as a group working, while a number of solitary practitioners are planning to connect and livestream via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

Components:

  • Unflattering photo of Trump (small); see below for one you can print
  • Tower tarot card (from any deck)
  • Tiny stub of an orange candle (cheap via Amazon)
  • Pin or small nail (to inscribe candle)
  • White candle (any size), representing the element of Fire
  • Small bowl of water, representing elemental Water
  • Small bowl of salt, representing elemental Earth
  • Feather (any), representing the element of Air
  • Matches or lighter
  • Ashtray or dish of sand

Optional:

  • Piece of pyrite (fool’s gold)
  • Sulfur
  • Black thread (for traditional binding variant)
  • Baby carrot (as substitute for orange candle stub)

Preparation:

  • Write “Donald J. Trump” on the orange candle stub with a pin or nail
  • Arrange other items in a pleasing circle in front of you
  • Lean the Tower card against something so that it’s standing up (vertically)
  • Say a prayer for protection and invoke blessing from your preferred spirit or deity. Reading the 23rd Psalm aloud is common in Hoodoo/Conjure/Rootwork traditions. Experienced magicians may perform an appropriate banishing ritual.

RITUAL

(v. 2.2)

(Light white candle)

Hear me, oh spirits
Of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air
Heavenly hosts
Demons of the infernal realms
And spirits of the ancestors

(Light inscribed orange candle stub)

I call upon you
To bind
Donald J. Trump
So that his malignant works may fail utterly
That he may do no harm
To any human soul
Nor any tree
Animal
Rock
Stream
or Sea

Bind him so that he shall not break our polity
Usurp our liberty
Or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair
And bind, too,
All those who enable his wickedness
And those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies

I beseech thee, spirits, bind all of them
As with chains of iron
Bind their malicious tongues
Strike down their towers of vanity

(Invert Tower tarot card)

I beseech thee in my name
(Say your full name)
In the name of all who walk
Crawl, swim, or fly
Of all the trees, the forests,
Streams, deserts,
Rivers and seas
In the name of Justice
And Liberty
And Love
And Equality
And Peace

Bind them in chains
Bind their tongues
Bind their works
Bind their wickedness

(Light the small photo of Trump from the flame of the orange candle stub and hold carefully above the ashtray)

(Speak the following loudly and with increasing passion as the photo burns to ashes)

So mote it be!
So mote it be!
So mote it be!

(Blow out orange candle, visualizing Trump blowing apart into dust or ash*)

(Pinch or snuff out the white candle, ending the ritual)


Grounding and Disposal

Afterward, ground yourself by having a good, hearty laugh, jumping up and down, clapping your hands, stomping your feet, and having a bite to eat. Grounding is very important—don’t neglect it. And remember—he hatespeople laughing at him.

Finally, bury the orange candle stub or discard it at a crossroads or in running water.

VARIANTS

Alternate Closing: After you’ve visualized Trump’s energy dissipating, gaze at the white candle flame for a few moments, close your eyes, and imagine a bright light emerging from the darkness and gradually being revealed as the flaming torch of the Statue of Liberty. The light from the torch then brightens intensely, expanding into infinity and burning away all darkness. After a few moments, open your eyes, ground yourself, and pinch or snuff out the white candle, closing the ritual. You can also leave it burning until it is fully extinguished.

Traditional Binding Variant: This variant was contributed by a rootworker, and incorporates a more traditional form of binding magic. In place of burning the photo, the magician ties the photo to the orange candle with black thread. As you are wrapping the thread around the photo and candle, say “I bind you” three times. You may also tie knots in the thread. Then the whole package is buried or, as the contributor suggested, “Leave it outside a Trump hotel.”

The Use-His-Pet-Phrase-Against-Him Variant: In place of “So mote it be,” instead say, “You’re fired!” with increasing vehemence. This should be particularly beautiful as the flames consume his image.

Baby Carrot Substitution: For those who can’t acquire an orange candle stub, Frater SHUF suggests using a baby carrot (and lighting the photo from the white candle).

Alternate Closing for Group Rituals: Many group rituals are done in a call-and-response style. The leader may end with:

“Our ritual has ended, brothers and sisters. May we go in peace, harming none, and continue our magical resistance under each waning crescent moon until Donald J. Trump is driven from office.”

To witch the participants reply (with emotion): “So mote it be!”

Waning Crescent Moon Ritual Dates:

February 24th (Midnight, Friday evening into Saturday morning); March 26th; April 24th; May 23rd; June 21st (especially important as it is the summer solstice); July 21st; August 19th; etc.

Pain Relief…Naturally

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They say back pain is the worst! I tend to agree with them.

I have been fighting back pain for the past month, month and a half. I say fighting it but, it is more like loudly grumbling with each movement. I have been miserable, grouchy, stubborn and unfriendly. Fighting tooth and nail to not go to the doctor.

Unfortunately, the pain which started in my lower back now radiates down my leg. Mornings are okay. Afternoons suck royally. Four letter words accompany evenings. I will be visiting my friendly, neighborhood Chiropractor later today.

Why do I bring this up? Well…

We all live with pain. It can be a back ache, tooth ache, headache, any kind of ache. It is miserable! Sucks all of the energy right out of you. When you go to the doctor they quickly hand out pills, and very large bills. Neither of which improves my mood.

So… I thought I’d share a couple of my ‘Go To’ solutions for aches and pains.

Pain Relief Ointment

  • 1 cup Beeswax
  • 4 Tbsp each of powdered Cayenne, Turmeric and Ginger
  • 3 cups Olive Oil
  • 4 oz of DMSO (optional – helps with absorption)

Combine the powdered Cayenne, Turmeric and Ginger. Put the 3 cups of Olive Oil in a pot, on low. Add the spices and heat on low for 20-30 minutes. Do not boil, or over heat. After 20-30 minutes, turn off the heat. Repeat, heating the spices 2-3 more times and let steep overnight. Strain spices out.

Heat beeswax in double boiler until melted. Add spice infused Olive Oil to melted beeswax. Remove from heat and add DMSO. Quickly pour into container. I use 4 oz metal tins, or 3 oz plastic ones. You’ll want a shallow container to make it easier to apply when needed.

*I’ve had some great results with this ointment. People with fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and diabetic pain rave about how well it works for them. It is my go to for any nerve related pain.

I love using Cayenne with all of its benefits. You just have to make sure you really wash your hands after use. Getting it in your eyes, or an open wound, will make you do a little dance.

Cayenne Salve

  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Cayenne
  • 2 Tbsp Beeswax

Infuse the Olive Oil with Cayenne. Once the olive oil has been infused, straining the cayenne powder. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler. Once melted, add the cayenne infused olive oil. Immediately pour the mixture into jars, or tins.

I make a large batch of the above infused oils. That way I can quickly mix up a tin when needed. Saves time, and when you’re in pain…the less time it takes, the better!

Neither of these recipes really has a scent. It is one of the things I like about them. I also use a cayenne with a higher Scoville rating. You can also use African Bird Pepper but people with sensitive skin cannot always handle the heat; tread carefully.

If you suffer from pain in your hands. Apply the ointment and put on gloves. Let the ointment soak in for an hour, or even over night. It is wonderful, and leaves your hands incredibly soft!

Next time we’ll talk headaches but…for now I’m off to the Chiropractor. Natural remedies are always my first choice, but following up with a doctor is still recommended.

Blessed Be All!