Thursday This is Your Spell – Midsummer Herb Charm

May 6, 2010 at 9:48 am (Animals, Herbs, Home, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, pagan, Protection, Spell, Thursday, Witch)

Midsummer Herb Charm
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You will need:

  • sprig of fresh rue
  • sprig of fresh St Johns Wort
  • sprig of Rowan

Tie all these together with red yarn. Of course, if these herbs cannot be found in bloom at this time in your area, assemble the dried version and fill a red pouch with them. These charms also work nicely hung over the doors of the home for general house protection. This is an old charm that was made and hung above the doors of stables. For modern use, consider making these and hanging over your pet’s sleeping quarters to bless and protect them.

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Thursday This Is Your Spell – Sweeping with Intent

April 22, 2010 at 10:09 am (Beltane, Broom, Cleaning, Home, Life, Magic, pagan, Peace, Spell, Witch)

Sweeping with Intent
From Global Psychics

At this time of year, every Witch gets out her broom for some inner travels, to make some magic. You too can create some magic with your own brooms by carefully sweeping every inch of your home and property – and doing it with the intent of clearing out the old stale energy and making room for some new life to enter your space.

Here’s how it works. Make a ritual of the exercise by planning it, setting aside a specific time to do the clearing work – you could also decide that this is a great time to make a family event of the work so you can also wash the walls, woodwork and floors, giving your entire home a real fall cleaning, but that’s up to you… Choose some upbeat music to play in the background while you work indoors, do everything you can to set the mood for your work. Begin by saying a private prayer (no one else needs to now what you’re really up to), giving thanks for your home and all that it represents to you… Light a candle, and keep it burning while you work…. then get started.

Room by room, sweep the ceiling and walls to clear any of the cobwebs that might have collected over the summer, then do the floors – be sure to sweep the corners, and to sweep every inch, moving everything out of the way to do under the beds and cupboards – regardless of whether you think it needs it or not. As you work, keep your mind focused first on your gratitude for everything that makes you feel safe and secure in your life, then on clearing away any old energy that might be interfering in your progress, and finally on what it is you wish to create in your life over the next months. If your home is carpeted, use a vacuum, but try to use a broom for the ceiling and walls and any tiled or wood surfaces.

Then be sure to dust everywhere, again, picking up and moving everything out of the way so you have cleared the dust completely from your home (even if it’s only for an hour… we live on a very busy street and the most we can ever hope for is a couple of hours dust-free…) Be especially careful to dust and scrub your phones, intercoms and all areas associated with communications from your home. This is a good time, too, to tend to anything living in your home. Clearing any dead leaves and twigs from your plants and giving them some extra food for the winter is an especially good ‘active meditation’ to include with this exercise.

Remembering your witchly intents of clearing out the old stale energy to make room for new life, it is important to be thorough with this particular exercise!!!
When you’ve swept and dusted every inch of your home, head outdoors. Rake the garden, sweep the deck, the patio, and with special care, sweep the entrances to your home, including the driveway and surrounding sidewalks. If you live in an apartment, sweep the hallways all the way to the elevators or whatever outer doors allow you entrance to your home. Even if this is the responsibility of a caretaker, this is one time when you want to do the job yourself. If anyone questions you, just laugh and tell them you’re in the mood for some serious spring cleaning and your own apartment just didn’t give you enough to do… They may think you’re a little nuts, but I doubt you’ll find anyone objecting to your giving the area an extra polish…

Keep in mind as you work that you are clearing the way, making it easy for everything and everyone you need in life to reach you easily… So be sure that you’ve swept around your mailbox too! When you’ve finished your work, take a moment to once more give thanks, now for all the blessings to unfold this summer. Now that your home is clear, you’ll be ready!

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Monday Make A – House Happy Charm

April 5, 2010 at 9:36 am (Beginnings, Beltane, Blessing, Crafts, Home, Life, Magic, Monday, pagan, Witch)

House Happy Charm
From Ravenhawk’s Academy of Magick & Mysticism

This is a small sachet pillow stuffed with good things, an excellent gift when people newly in love move in together. All the while you’re assembling it, focus on their hopes, dreams and your bright wishes for their hearth. Make a small pillow (5×5 square) from an interesting material. Leave one end open for stuffing.

Gather, mix and empower the following herbs:

  • Sage and Sandalwood for blessing and protection
  • Lavender for domestic tranquility
  • Rose petals to honor their love
  • Vervain for bright witchery
  • A couple drops of cinnamon oil.

Stuff the pillow and sew the open end shut. Decorate as desired In sacred space, dedicate it under the auspices of the Lord and the Lady. If you’re blessing your friends home for them, include the pillow in the ritual. If they’re doing their own home blessing, offer it as a house warming gift.

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Thursday This Is Your Spell – The Broom Purification

March 25, 2010 at 9:17 am (Banish, Broom, Cleaning, Cleansing, Home, Magic, pagan, Spell, Thursday, Witch)

The Broom Purification
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Before dawn, take a branch from any tree. Thank the tree for its gift and leave a coin or semi-precious stone at its base in payment. Next, obtain several brightly colored flowers on long stalks. Tie these flowers to the branch to fashion a sort of broom, then sweep the floor in every room of the house, visualizing the flowers of the broom absorbing negativity and "evil" as you work.
Then, still before sunrise, leave the broom at the crossroads. Traditionally this ritual is repeated at the first of each month.

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Wednesday What Herb – kinda – The Magick of Houseplants

February 17, 2010 at 10:41 am (Associations, Flowers, Garden, Herb, Home, Magic, Ostara, pagan, Plants, Wednesday, Witch)

The Magick of Houseplants
by
Elizabeth Farrell

Garden Witchery is a wonderful way for Pagans of any belief to connect with the element of earth. All plants have their own special energies and magickal influences, but this article will focus primarily on houseplants. Because space can be limited for many Pagans and Witches, keeping houseplants or a small indoor garden in the home can offer various types of assistance in daily spiritual work.

Besides being naturally connected with the element of earth, the energy of each plant is also connected to its own individual element, is ruled by one of the planets and has either feminine or masculine energy. For example, Lavender is a masculine plant ruled by Mercury and its element is Air. These connections, or correspondences, are the backbone of ritual and spell work but they are also handy to know about when it comes to strengthening or softening the energy in your home.

Different types of plants need different care, so it’s a good idea to do a little research into the proper care of a plant when you purchase it. Also keep in mind that some plants are toxic in nature and should be kept well out of the reach of children and pets. For instance, English Ivy is highly toxic in nature and is best not kept in a house with young children. If you are in doubt about a plant’s toxicity, call your local plant nursery to ask for information.

The following is a list of common plants that you may wish to keep in your home, their magickal correspondences and energies.

Aloe:

  • Gender- feminine
  • Planet-Moon
  • Element-water

The sap of the Aloe Vera plant is well known for its ability to soothe minor burns and insect bites but this plant also has properties that are magick in nature. It helps to ward off negativity and is good to work with in protective/healing rituals and spells. Aloe is also said to be of assistance in preventing household accidents and its energy is especially useful in the kitchen area.

Crocus:

  • Gender-feminine
  • Planet- Venus
  • Element- water

Helps to nurture love and peaceful visions. When placed next to your bed it can help promote peaceful and creative dreams.

Cacti:

  • Gender-masculine
  • Planet-Mars
  • Element- fire

All Cacti are protective in nature and can absorb negativity. They also help to protect against intrusions of any kind and burglaries.

Cyclamen:

  • Gender-feminine
  • Planet-Venus
  • Element-water

Cyclamen is good for use in love and fertility spells and helps to promote passion.

Fern:

  • Gender-masculine
  • Planet- Mercury
  • Element-air

Keeping potted ferns in your home or on your patio helps to encourage protection and health. The fern is a favorite of fairies and carrying or wearing a sprig of a fern frond is said to aid in finding treasure.

Ivy:

  • Gender-feminine
  • Planet-Saturn
  • Element-water

Ivy, in all its varieties, is a plant that brings protection, fertility and faithfulness. A sacred plant in Wicca, it is often associated with the Holly tree.

Orchid:

  • Gender-feminine
  • Planet-Venus
  • Element-water

Romantic in nature, the orchid is often used for love charms and spells. It can also help to enhance psychic powers and creative visions.

Venus Flytrap:

  • Gender-masculine
  • Planet- Mars
  • Element-fire

The Venus Flytrap is a good love attractant and can also be kept in the home for protection.

Lily:

  • Gender-feminine
  • Planet-Moon
  • Element-water

Protective in nature, the lily promotes happiness, love, harmony and peace. Can be very toxic so be sure to keep all lily plants away from children and pets.

Use your own intuition when it comes to finding the right plants for your home and how to arrange them. Also, by communicating with the plants you currently have in your home, you can find the kind of magick and energy that your plants have to offer you.

 

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Thursday This Is Your Spell – Solar Cross Home Protection Spell

January 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm (Brid, Bride, Brighid, Brigit, Home, Imbolc, Kids, Magic, pagan, Spell, Thursday, Witch, Witchlets)

Solar Cross Home Protection Spell
by ©Joelle Miller 1998-2001;
Joelle’s Sacred Grove

Create Solar Crosses from palm fronds, make enough to place one in each room of the house. Place a red pillar-style candle center to the front door; with palm crosses in hand, light the candle and open the door and say:

"We welcome in the Goddess and seek the turning of the wheel away from winter and into spring."

Close door; take up the candle and go to each room of the house and say:

"Great Lady enter with the sun and watch over this room!"

Leave a Solar Cross in the room and proceed thusly throughout the house.

This is great for the kids as you can divide up the tasks for each to do – one can hold the palms, another can open doors, another can carry the candle, and so forth. The last room should be the kitchen and here you say:

"Mother of the earth and sun,
Keep us safe and keep us warm,
As over our home you extend your blessings."

 

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Friday Form A Circle – Family Yule Ritual

November 6, 2009 at 9:39 am (Children, Christmas, Circle, Family, Friday, Fun, Home, Kids, Magic, pagan, Ritual, Witch, Yule)

Family Yule Ritual
by Wind*Dancer;
Excerpts from: A Wiccan Primer: Rituals for Children.
Copyright 1996 by Wind*Dancer.

This stuff is a combination of information gleaned from many sources. The
candle ritual is from Ceisiwr Serith’s The Pagan Family: Handing the Old Ways Down but I’ve been heavily influenced by Margie MCArthur’s Wiccacraft for Families and Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner, too. (Just so you don’t think I came up with all this

stuff. )

The way we set up our Family Book of Shadows was to start each section with a picture that represents the Sabbat. For instance Yule could be a Christmas tree decorated with candles and fruits, a Yule log in a fireplace or kids out caroling. Since I have four kids and they’re still young we only have one common BOS. Those of you with only one or two children (especially older ones) might want to let them create their own books, with their own art work and stories etc.

Our actual book is a 9X7 three ring binder. It fits very easily at the dinner table and pages can be added and taken out as your ideas change and grow (I’ve rewritten our rituals many times over the years trying to find the way that works best). These little note books are inexpensive and come in many colors. The refill pages are easy to get, as well as those colored tabs which can be used to separate the book into sections like Sabbats, Esbat, Prayers, Stories etc. Some of you might be tempted to buy a fancy bound book to make it extra special for your child but from experience I’d try to steer you away from that. They’re expensive and once you make a mistake you either have to scratch it out or tear it out.

Something else you might want to consider is creating a "floppy disk of Shadows" as Scott Cunningham calls it. I type all our rituals on the computer (which I happen to think is one of the niftiest pieces of magic around!) so they can be printed out nice and neat and easy for young readers to read. Plus if you want to change anything (or share it with your friends ) you just copy and paste and voila! ("Daytimer" makes pre-punched plain sheets to fit this size book so you can print your rituals right from the computer)

So anyway our book starts with a picture on the first, left handed page, then the right handed page lists the Sabbat, some information about it and what you’re going to need for supplies. I have the different sections underlined or starred to make them very easy to follow, but that stuff, unfortunately, doesn’t carry over to e-mail. Just remember that this stuff is all going to be new to your kids and if you want them to like it it has to be easy to read, easy to follow, short and most importantly, fun.

Oh, one more thing. These rituals are written with different parts for mom and dad. That’s in no way written in stone, just the way we like to do it. You might have to do some reworking to make it right for your family.

Yule (About December 21st)-Special Notes: The Winter Solstice. Solstice means "sun stands still". On Yule the sun stops its decline and for a few days rises and sets in about the same place. This is the crucial time, the cusp between events. The sun stands still and everyone waits for the turning. It is a time of darkness. Yule is the longest night of the year, but it also marks the return of the sun.

Extra Supplies:

  • Seasonal decorations
  • a bell
  • a large Sun candle (we use a 9-inch yellow pillar candle)
  • a small votive candle for each person at the table (it’s nice if your child can have their favorite color)
  • matches. (Actually I refer to matches but we use one of those Aim-n-Flame plastic automatic lighter things because, no matter how careful you are, matches are just too dangerous with kids).

Begin by turning off all the lights all over the house, to simulate the dark of the year. Start upstairs, make sure you leave a light on so they can find their way back down safely! And be sure to explain to younger kids why you’re doing, before you start, so they don’t get scared. The house should be in total darkness now, except for one small candle to read by. Dad says quietly:

For half the year, day by day
Slowly the world has gone dark.
For half the year, night by night,
Slowly the dark has grown longer.

Making sure the matches are right at hand, Dad blows out the last candle, plunging the room into darkness. Keep the little ones close to mom or dad so they don’t get scared because the house will be very dark and very quiet. Wait a minute for effect and then dad says:

But the darkness was never complete.
A spark was always waiting…

Light the match and let the drama of the moment have its effect. Then end with:

To return
And turn the dark to light once more.

Dad lights the Sun candle. Now Mom says:

Tonight the dark time ends.
It is Yule. The Solstice.
The Wheel has turned
Bringing our land back to the light.
And now the spark will grow
Greater and greater.
The light will come back,
The cold will go away
And soon we will celebrate Spring!

Dad lights his candle from the Sun candle and places it in the middle saying:

The wheel is turning
The light is returning!

Then each person at the table, starting with mom and proceeding to each child from the oldest, lights their candle from the sun candle and repeats:

The wheel is turning
The light is returning!

When everyone has had their turn, bask in the glow of the candle light. Now send the kids hurrying through the house turning on all the lights. Every light in every room (try to forget your electric bill ) should be turned on to drive away all the darkness and shadows. When everyone is back at the table mom says:

Winter is a time of darkness. We all have moments like that, When you feel lost or scared or unsure. The Earth understands us because it is alive, too. That is why the Earth teaches us that no matter how dark it gets the light always returns. The night will always end And a new day begin.

Now you can serve supper, leaving the candles burning. (We leave candles in the center of the table so little hands are tempted to play with them). While you eat, discuss the celebration of Solstice around the world. Midwinter is celebrated in remarkably similar ways in very different cultures. The most important part of the celebration is light. The Pagan Yule log, Christian Advent candles, Hebrew Menorah and African-American Kwanza candles all celebrate the light. (If you’re looking for a neat Christmas video pick up The Puzzle Place Christmas tape. It doesn’t actually say "pagan" but it handles the whole light thing very nicely) Its meaning varies from culture to culture, and even person to person. It can be magic to help the sun return, a sign of hope in the dark and cold, a symbol of the Unconquerable Sun to cheer us or an  xaggeration of the light needed in this dark time. But the common denominator is light.

Bring in the Pagan background of Yule by explaining that the Yule Log is an indoor bon- fire. All the same virtues were ascribed to it: fertility, purification, continuation of life, protection from evil and such. Much ritual and ceremony surrounded the bringing in of the Yule log. It was usually oak, ash or fruitwood, and it had to be cut from one’s own property, because purchasing it was considered bad luck. The Yule log was always kindled with a piece of last year’s Yule log, which was kept for just that purpose. Once lit, it was essential it burn steadily until it was time to extinguish it. Some customs say let it burn for 12 hours, others say for the full 12 days of Christmas. In any case The Yule Log was never allowed to burn completely away, that would forecast bad luck for the coming year. The leftover log was saved to kindle next year’s Yule fire.

The Christian celebration of Christmas mimics many of the Pagan traditions, oo. Explain how the new religion built their story of Jesus’ birth onto the Old Religion’s beliefs, to make it more acceptable to the Pagans. Gently point out the Sun/Son theme. (Be careful not to let any negative feelings you might have about Christianity creep into your words. Children are an open book and they’ll learn what you teach them, so be positive and loving.) You can tell them how Jesus was actually believed to have been born in the spring, when the sheep would have been out in the fields, like it says in all the songs. But the church decided to set his birth date to coincide with the ancient celebration of Winter Solstice, so the "birth" of the Son would match the ancient Pagan festival celebrating the rebirth of the Sun.

Talk about what other religions do at this time of year. Let them tell you what they know about Christmas and Hanukkah and Kwanza. And if they don’t know the stories, fill them in! Remember, this is a time of great celebration. The Goddess has given us a sign that it is the beginning of the end of the long, cold winter. The change won’t come over night of course, but the Wheel has turned and spring is on the way. Remember, Yule might be the longest night of the year, but it marks the return of the Sun. So celebrate!

When dinner is over make a show of putting out the Yule candles. Mom goes first and says:

May the light of the Yule candles
Burn in our hearts
All throughout the coming year.
Blessing of the Season on you all.

As each person extinguishes their candle (we made a long-handled candle snuffer for safe extinguishing) they can say:

Blessings of the season on you all.

The candle ritual might seem short. It was actually longer but we had to cut it down because the kids need things short and sweet to keep their attention. (The TV generation) The best part about this ritual though, is that the kids have such fun doing it. Now when we talk about getting ready for Yule they automatically know what it is, "Oh, goody! We get to turn off all the lights!" And although it’s all a game for them, they’re actually remembering that Yule is The Winter Solstice and what that means. And it’s establishing a family tradition I hope they’ll carry on with their own kids.

I know this ritual is heavily Pagan and you might want a more Wiccan influence for your rituals, but again, I thought this might give you a good jumping off point. In passing I have rituals on disk for all 8 Sabbats as well as Esbats (Full Moon anyway, we don’t do New Moon yet). Our rituals all center around mealtime (which is the easiest time to get everybody together in one place) and we do a simple Circle Casting that involves calling the quarters but we don’t seal the Circle since 1) we’re not raising energy for spell work and 2) mom and dad have to keep coming and going from the table to serve. Big Grin

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Monday Make A- Garlands For Kids to Make

November 2, 2009 at 10:42 am (Bird Feeder, Children, Christmas, Crafts, Decoration, Family, Fun, Garland, Home, Kids, Magic, Monday, pagan, Witch)

Garlands For Kids to Make
From by MamaWitch’s Pagan Parent site,

Construction Paper Garlands
Materials:

  • Construction paper
  • Glue or Stapler or Tape
  • Tape or Thumbtacks

Select the colors of construction paper you want to use. Cut all the paper into strips between 1 and 2 inches wide. Make the first loop: Fasten the ends together so that the strip forms a circle. If you use glue, let the glue dry a little bit before continuing. All other loops: Pass one end of the construction paper through the previous loop. Fasten the ends into the new loop. Continue until the garland is the length you desire. Attach to walls, shelves, doorways with tape or thumbtacks.

Popcorn Garlands
Materials:

  • Plain popped corn
  • berries
  • Dental floss (extra fine, unwaxed)
  • Large needle (it should be sharp enough to pierce berries and nuts) all the things you will put on the garland

***(Swampy’s note: Stale popcorn works better to string than does fresh. Freshly popped corn will split in pieces easier. Stale popcorn gets sort of mooshy so that it doesn’t shatter when you stick a needle into it) I like to use dental floss, because it is really hard to break.

Measure out a length of dental floss. 4 to 6 feet (an arm’s length) is good; any longer and you have potential knot problems. If you want a really long garland, tie several together. Thread the needle. Tie a big knot at the far end. An alternative is to leave a couple of inches at the end and tie a loop around the first thing you string on the garland. Pass the needle through the popcorn. If you children are too young to handle sharp needles, they can move the popcorn down the length of the floss to the knot. Continue stringing until the garland is full. Hang the garland inside or outside. Remember that popcorn tends to "melt" in the rain. Also, if it’s an outside garland, the creatures will probably eat everything in a couple of days, so if you put it out early, it won’t last… If you are planning the bird-food garland, consider hanging suet (animal fat) from the garland. Birds really like that when it’s cold outside. These can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to make sure the popcorn goes on the garland and not in your mouth!

***A variation: Add berries, popcorn, and seeds for an outdoor garland for the birds and small animals that share your space. Remember it’s winter for them and they will appreciate the treat!

You can make garlands out of Construction paper, Popcorn, Live or artificial evergreen branches, Holly, or any other material that can be strung.

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Monday Make A – Goblin Lights & Glowing Lawn Maggots

October 26, 2009 at 10:48 am (Children, Decoration, Halloween, Home, Kids, Magic, Monday, pagan, Samhain, Witch)

Goblin Lights
from Halloween Online

Needed:

  • 5 or 6 glow sticks
  • Helium balloons (preferably in a dark color) as many as you have glow sticks
  • Ball of string
  • Bricks to weight the balloons

Tie the balloon on a really long piece of string, about 5 feet under the balloon tie on a glow stick then let the balloon carry the stick high in to the air (do not let go of the string!). When you think it is high enough, tie the string to a brick. The lights float in the breeze and will glow for about 3 hours. The kids really love them and ask what they are… and you tell them they are Goblin Lights!

Glowing Lawn Maggots

Ingredients:

  • Rice
  • Woolite Laundry Liquid
  • Paper Towels
  • Black Light Bulb that fits your porch.

Cook rice. Lay cooked rice out on towels to dry in a thin layer (you get chunkier maggots this way <ewwww>). When rice is dry, put rice in a bowl a bit at a time, pour a little Woolite laundry soap over the rice and mix. Be gentle so you don’t squash or smush the rice. Spread the rice out on a towel in a thin layer and dry again. On the night of your party, sprinkle the rice maggots around on the lawn or on the porch. Put the black light bulb in your porch light and turn the light on. The rice maggots will now glow under the black light. You could also take old stuffed animals, rip holes in them and put the maggots on them….. plus I am sure that if you use your imagination, you can think of other gross things to do with the Woolite maggots….

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Monday Make A – Magical Scented Pine Cones

August 3, 2009 at 11:38 am (altar, Autum Equinox, Crafts, Decoration, Fun, Herbs, Home, Mabon, Magic, Monday, pagan, Pine Cones, Witch)

Magical Scented Pine Cones
From Yvonne Loveday

Create these talismans in a magical circle for use during the Mabon, Samhain, and Yule seasons. Frankincense and myrrh are particularly spiritual herbs which have been used in religious ceremonies for ages. When burned, frankincense releases powerful vibrations as well as banishes negativity and evil. It protects, consecrates, purifies, and exorcises. It is attributed to the Sun. Myrrh purifies, lifts vibrations, and creates peace. It is used to intensify the power of any incense to which it is added. Myrrh is attributed to the Moon. The fact that these two herbs are associated to the Sun and Moon is highly appropriate as we enter the Mabon season, a time of balance. And as we enter the dark half of the year, these herbs work together to push back our fears and anxieties. These pine cones are burned in the fireplace or cauldron.

Materials:

  • 2×2-inch pine cones (about 24)
  • Frankincense powder (1/4 cup, approximately 2 ounces)
  • Myrrh powder (1/2 cup, approximately 4 ounces)
  • Gold Glitter (1.4 cup)
  • White Crafts Glue
  • Cellophane bags (available from florist or crafts supply store)
  • Shallow container, such as a shoe box lid
  • Gold filigree ribbon
  • Newspapers

Directions:

Rinse pine cones with water. Lay cones on an old cookie sheet and place in 300 degrees oven for one hour. Spread cones out on layers of newspapers and set aside to complete drying. Blend frankincense, myrrh, and glitter in a shallow container. Dab glue on tips of pine cone petals and on the bottom of the cone. Roll cone in mixture of powder and glitter. Set cones aside to dry. Package a handful of dried cones in cellophane bags to give as gifts. Tie bag shut with gold filigree ribbon. Attach a label with a holiday greeting and instructions for using the pine cones: Enjoy the aromatic incense the cones release when burned. Toss a cone or two onto hot embers, and inhale the earthy fragrance. Or, set the cones in a dish for a more subtly fragrant decoration.

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