Monday Make A – Litha Blessing Besom

June 14, 2010 at 8:56 am (Besom, Broom, Crafts, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, Monday, pagan, Witch)

Litha Blessing Besom
From About.com

Litha is the time of the summer solstice, and it’s a season of great solar energy. A great project to put together is a blessing besom. Sweeping is, after all, one of the best ways of making a space sacred and clean. Make a blessing besom, and you can use it to physically cleanse your home, and then hang it up to keep positive energy flowing around you.

To make a blessing besom, you’ll need the following:

  • A broom – either make your own, or purchase one at a craft store
  • Ivy or vines
  • Flowers and herbs from your garden
  • Ribbons
  • Small bells

Wrap the ribbons and ivy around the handle of the broom. Don’t wrap them too tight, though, because you’ll want to be able to tuck sprigs of herbs and flowers into the ribbons. Once you’ve added all of these things, tie a few small bells onto the broom, so that it will jingle as you sweep. In many cultures, bells are used as noisemakers to frighten away evil spirits and negative energies.

If you like, you can consecrate your blessing besom as you would any other magical tool. Use it to sweep around your home, starting near a window or a door, and working in a deosil (clockwise) direction. As you do so, you may wish to chant something like this:

Sweeping, sweeping, ’round the room,
Blessings from this cleansing broom.
From floor to ceiling, and all between, 
May this space be fresh and clean.
Sweeping good energy here to me,
As I will, so it shall be.

You can find additional broom/besom info and blessings here

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Monday Make A – Gel Air Freshener

May 17, 2010 at 9:29 am (Crafts, Decoration, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, Monday, Oils, pagan, Witch)

Make Your Own Gel Air Freshener
by JadeHawk

You can make your own gel air fresheners, using liquid potpourri, or from scratch.

For one version, you will need:

  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • Essential oil / fragrance of your choice.
  • 4 packages of Knox gelatin
  • Food coloring (optional)

Heat 1 cup of water almost to a boil. Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat add another cup of distilled water, 10-20 drops of oil/fragrance, and food coloring if desired. You can place the jars in the refrigerator if you need them to set more quickly, but be aware that the smell will permeate the fridge. To use, place the jar on the stovetop (not directly on the burner!) while cooking, heat in a potpourri burner, or simply set out on a table and enjoy the aroma.

For the next version, you will need:

  • 1 c. concentrated liquid potpourri
  • 2 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
  • Empty jar

I have made my own gel fresheners by using the concentrated liquid potpourri (1 cup) instead of water and essential oils. I buy this at my at the local "dollar" store so the investment is small – and I don’t have any problems with mold growing. Heat potpourri until almost to a boil. Remove from heat and add 2 envelopes of gelatin. Stir to dissolve gelatin and pour into clean decorative jar. Place piece of plastic wrap over jar and secure with rubber band. Either place in refrigerator for quick set or leave out overnight on counter. Cover with piece of starched "lace" and wrap with ribbon to decorate. Before using, remove plastic wrap and recover jar with lace cover.

Tips: Having a problem with mold? Adding 2 tablespoons of salt to the mixture to inhibit the growth of mold. Or add a splash of vodka.
Note: This
is not the same as Gel candles!!

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Monday Make A – Plant an Elemental Garden

May 10, 2010 at 9:19 am (Air, Associations, Earth, Fire, Garden, Herbs, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, Monday, pagan, Plants, Spring, Water, Witch)

Plant an Elemental Garden
From About.com

If you’re a Pagan or Wiccan who’s into gardening, you might want to consider planting an elemental garden. The four classical elements are often associated with Pagan and Wiccan spirituality, so why not incorporate them into your gardening? Litha is a great time to work on your garden, so if you haven’t gotten out there digging in the dirt yet, now’s your chance! The sun is at its peak, the earth is nice and warm, and plants are growing all around. Move some of your existing plants (or put some new ones in) and create an elemental garden. By connecting different parts of your garden with the four elements, you can add a little bit of magic into your life each year. Here’s how to get started.

Before you plant anything, you’ll need to figure out how much space you have to work with. Ideally, you’ll want to make your elemental garden in a circle. To make a circle in your yard, figure out first where you want the center to be. Mark the center by driving a temporary stake into the ground. Next, figure out what diameter you want the circle to be. Using a piece of string tied to the top of the stake, walk around in a circle, marking the perimeter. You can do this with birdseed, a handful of dirt, or anything else you like. Once you’ve marked your circle, till up the soil. Although it’s good exercise to use a shovel, it’s also backbreaking work. If you’ve got a large space to cover, you may want to invest in a good rototiller.

Once you’ve tilled up the soil, figure out which way is north. You can do this easily with a compass, or if you know where the sun rises and sets, it shouldn’t be too hard to determine which way is east and which is west. After you’ve figured out your directions, divide your circle into quadrants, so that each direction has one quarter of the circle. Mark your spaces with stones. You can either use small ones, (don’t just throw away the ones you dig up!), or you can use large pavers

Each of the four directions is associated with an element. North is connected to Earth, East to Air, South to Fire and West to Water***. To plant your elemental garden, figure out which plants are connected with those particular elements – and this will vary depending on where you live. For example, Earth is associated with stability and security. Why not plant some herbs there that carry the same associations? Bryony, cinquefoil, honeysuckle, and pennyroyal * are all related to Earth.

For the East section of your garden, which is tied into the themes of Air, use plants connected with inspiration, wisdom and knowledge. Sage, marjoram, mugwort and members of the mint family are perfect for this quarter of the circle. In the South, select plants related to the passionate qualities of Fire, such as basil, betony, rosemary and rue. Finally, the West quadrant is where your Water-related plants should go – hyssop, yarrow, chamomile and ivy will do well in this section.

* Be cautious when selecting plants for your garden, and be sure to do your research. Some forms of pennyroyal are toxic and can cause miscarriage in pregnant women, and can be potentially fatal if ingested by small children.

As you dig a hole for each plant, you may wish to add a blessing. Get your hands in the dirt, dig in, and feel the soil. Thank the Earth for the gift it’s going to give you. As you place the plant or seeds in the hole, you might want to offer something like:

May the gods smile upon this plant,
bringing it strength and long life.

Or, you may prefer to offer a specific blessing for each quadrant – for the South section, offer a blessing of Fire, for the West, a blessing of Water, and so on. In some traditions, it’s popular to smudge the garden or perform some other purification rite after planting – after all, a garden is a sacred space.

If you’re going to spend any time in your elemental garden – and you’ll need to, if you don’t want your plants to die – it’s not a bad idea to add accessories that make you feel at home. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but you might want to consider some of the following:

  • Statues of the gods of your tradition
  • A gazing ball
  • A fountain or other water feature
  • A fire bowl
  • A small altar
  • A bench or chair for meditation
  • Wind chimes or bells
  • A prayer pole or decorative flag

To tie in the accessories to the elemental theme, consider a Water feature in the South corner, a small brazier to the West, a pile of stones in the North, or a decorative flag on the East portion. Any of these will be perfect for bringing you closer to the elements in your garden. Make your garden a place where you can sit and reflect, and it will indeed be a spiritual and magical place!

Do you live in an apartment or dorm room, or some other location with limited space? Don’t worry – you can still grow things! Container gardening makes it a breeze. Use flower pots, hanging baskets, or other items arranged in a group of four to create your elemental garden. You can even paint them with colors or symbols associated with the four cardinal directions. If you’re really strapped for space, use one container with four plants in it. For more ideas, be sure to visit our Container Gardening site at About.com.

***Note from Dawtch – I have said this numerous times, but just in case there’s a new reader out there, my PERSONAL associations are different – North is Air, East is Earth. For more of my views, you can go here.

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Monday Make A – Magical Staff

May 3, 2010 at 9:43 am (Associations, Crafts, Litha, Magic, Midsummer, Monday, pagan, Sacred Woods, Tools, Witch)

Magical Staff
From About.com

Many Pagans and Wiccans use a magical staff in rituals and ceremonies. While it’s not a required magical tool, it can come in handy. The staff is typically associated with power and authority, and in some traditions only the High Priestess or High Priest carries one. In other traditions, anyone may have one.

Much like the wand, the staff is considered symbolic of male energy, and usually is used to represent the element of Air (although in some traditions, it symbolizes Fire). Like other magical tools, the staff is something you can make yourself, with a little bit of effort. Here’s how.

If you get a chance to go on a hike, while you’re out there roaming around you should take the opportunity to look for a good piece of wood for a magical staff. Ideally, you’ll want to find a piece of wood that has already fallen from a tree – do not cut a piece of wood from a live tree just because you think it would make a nice staff.

A magical staff is typically long enough that you can hold it comfortably in your hand, vertically, and have it touch the ground. Your best bet is to find one that is between shoulder height and the top of your head. Hold the stick to see how it feels in your hand – if it’s too long, you can always trim it down. When it comes to diameter, you should be able to comfortably wrap your fingers around it. A one- to two-inch diameter is best for most people, but again, hold it and see how it feels.

Some people choose a specific type of wood based upon its magical properties. For example, if you wished to have a staff connected to power and strength, you might select oak. Another person might choose to use Ash instead, as it is strongly tied to magical workings and prophecy. There’s no hard and fast rule, however, that you have to use a certain type of wood – many people make a staff out of the stick that "felt right" to them. In some magical systems, it is believed that a tree limb felled by a storm is imbued with a great deal of magical power.

To remove the bark from your stick, you can use a knife (not your athame, but a regular knife) to strip the bark. This will also help you to shape the staff if there are small irregularities on it, or to remove excess bits of branches. With some varieties of wood, you may want to soak the staff so that the bark is wet, making it easier to strip off. Some types of wood, such as pine, are easy enough to strip the bark off by hand if you choose.

Use a piece of light-grained sandpaper, or steel wool, to sand the staff down until it is smooth.

Once you’ve got the staff shaped and sanded, you have a couple of options. You may want to drill a small hole at the top so you can insert a leather thong – this comes in handy when you’re waving your magical staff around in ritual, because you can put the thong around your wrist and reduce the chances of accidentally flinging your staff across a room. If you like, you can also decorate your magical staff by carving or burning symbols of your tradition into it, adding crystals or beads, feathers, or other charms into the wood.

It’s generally not considered necessary to use a polyurethane finish on the staff, and in many traditions it’s believed that to put a synthetic finish on a staff will block the magical energies. However, some people choose to oil their staff to give it a light shine – if you do this, use an oil that is plant-based, rather than petroleum-based.

After your staff is complete, consecrate it as you would any other magical tool.

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Monday Make A – Pressed Flowers Crafts

April 26, 2010 at 9:28 am (Beltane, Children, Crafts, Decoration, Flowers, Kids, Magic, Monday, pagan, Witch)

Pressed Flowers Crafts
From
Hearth & Home Witchery

With dried pressed flowers you can make placemats, note cards, bookmarks and more! To press flowers, be sure they are rid of any excess water. Lay between the pages of old phone books and cover with heavier books (or if you have big heavy books use two sheets of paper on each side of the flowers to prevent any damage to the book’s pages.) Make sure the book is covered with a few more books for added weight. Let sit untouched for two weeks, if flowers are not completely dry then let sit another week.

Needed:

  • various spring blooms and greenery, dry and pressed*
  • heavy card stock,poster board
  • contact paper
  • glue
  • scissors
  • markers
  • glitter, paint, other doodads for decorating

For the placemat: Cut posterboard to average placemat size (about 12"X 16"), glue flowers to poster board if you want (helps to keep them in place for later), let dry. Decorate as desired. Cut 2 equal lengths of contact paper that are slightly larger than the posterboard (so it overlaps about an inch on each side). Carefully unpeel a section of contact paper and with the help of a friend or parent, carefully center over the top and press onto decorated posterboard. Press out all air bubbles. then apply the second sheet to the back. Press out all air bubbles and seal the edges. Trim if needed.

For bookmark, follow the directions for placemat only cut your card stock or poster board bookmark sized (about 2"x 5").

For Notecards

Needed:

  • Tweezers
  • Flowers and Leaves (You can also use herbs)
  • White absorbent paper
  • Note Cards
  • Construction paper (Optional)
  • White Glue
  • Toothpick

Choose flowers that are a good size for your work. The best ones are simple flowers with few petals such as pansies, buttercups, Queen Anne’s lace. (This is especially true for beginners, until you get more confidence to try more elaborate blossoms and greenery.) Pick your flowers after the dew has dried, usually late morning. After you have selected your flowers and greenery and picked them, its time to press them. Remove all the stems from the flowers. Spread the blossoms and leaves in a single layer on a sheet of white absorbent paper. Place a second sheet of paper on top and place heavy objects such as books on top. Leave for about 2 weeks.

Now that your blooms and greenery are dried its time to get creative! Its a good idea to arrange your flowers and greens on paper before you glue. Be gentle though as some flowers or leaves can be brittle. Next, take a pair of tweezers and pick up a leaf that you want for the background. Using a toothpick dipped in white glue apply a small amount to the back of the leaf. Place on white note paper. Continue this process until you have placed all the leaves you want onto your card. Next, glue on all the major focal flowers. Glued the same way as the greenery. Once this is done, add all of the accent flowers.

Now that your pressed flower arrangement is completed you can write you quotes, poetry etc under the flowers, or you just leave blank for a simple but beautiful look. To protect your cards cover them with clear self-adhesive contact paper. Press contact paper down firmly to make sure it sticks to the flowers, greenery and card. For extra color glue finished card onto construction paper.

Editor’s Note:

 

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Monday Make A – Creating a Bee House

April 12, 2010 at 9:47 am (Beltane, Children, Crafts, Flowers, Garden, Kids, Monday, pagan, Witch, Witchlets)

Creating a Bee House
Found at Proud to be Pagan

Besides bees that nest in hives of thousands, some bees prefer to live alone. Bumble bees and carpenter bees are just two examples of bees which love to nest in holes. You can help these wonderful pollinating creatures by building an easy bee house.
You will need:

  • block of wood 6x6x6 inches
  • a drill with a 3/16 inch bit
  • an eye screw
  • some string

You will need an adult to help you with the drilling. Drill about 12 holes in random places on one side of the block 5 inches deep. These will be the individual bee houses. Be sure that the holes are drilled at just a slight upward angle to prevent the rain from coming in. Screw the eye screw into the very center of the top of the bee house and tie a piece of short heavy string to it. Hang your bee house in a tree where you think the bees would be safe from the elements. As the wood ages it will turn a nice gray color and blend in with the surroundings. Your bees will return again and again to visit your house and stay around to pollinate your gardens.

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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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Monday Make A – Wiccan (Pagan) Prayer Beads

March 29, 2010 at 9:57 am (Beltane, Crafts, Monday, pagan, Peace, Witch)

Wiccan Prayer Beads
Guest Author – Amelia Tucker
From Meetup.comWitches’ Learning Center and Calendar of Events

Using a mnemonic as a way to meditate has been used in spiritualism for eons. as far as we can tell, it began with knotted strings and over time evolved into the Chinese Abacus and then into prayer or meditation beads. By no means were the Catholics the inventor of this soothing ritual. No one knows for sure when man first started using devices to help recite ritual or numbers or to remember a sequence of items ,but prayer beads have a place in every Wiccan’s life.

First, let’s look at why you might use prayer beads. A string of beads is used to help you remember your place in a chant or ritual for example. You string the beads in an arrangement that corresponds to your intent. Then, as you say your prayer, chant, ritual etc., you move the beads through your fingers and they help you keep your place. They also help you meditate on a deeper level because your consciousness is able to relax and not actively work through the list of items you are reciting.

Here are some ideas for Prayer or meditation beads:

A child or beginning Wiccan could make one to represent the Wheel of the year. Each Sabbat could be represented by a bead or trinket that reminds the user of the meaning and this could also include Gods or Goddesses that are representative of your specific deities.

A specific ritual could be formed into a meditation or chanting string. This could include the colors, trinkets, runes that represent your intent. I find this is a meaningful way for me to not only perform my rituals but is a perfect way for me to continue to keep my intent forefront in my mind as I wear my beads. Often, they end up being a bracelet. During my pregnancy, I use a set of beads that I clipped to my keys of all things. This was a nice way for me to take a moment and settle my mind on my strength as a woman while trying to do too much or any other high stress moment. Working the beads was a nice way for me to relax myself and turn inward to reassure my baby that all was well.

A birth

A remembrance

A centering and stress relieving token for you to use when you need to take a moment and find that still place inside. I have a particular set that has runes in it representing my hopes and wishes for my children. I close my eyes and *feel* the section that represents each of them. I also have a part that represents my Uncles. Their strong and loving presence helps me to feel safe and able to handle whatever I feel overwhelmed. I wear this set for any high stress situation and work my way around it to soothe myself.

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Monday Make A – Green Man Wall Hanging

March 22, 2010 at 9:02 am (altar, Children, Crafts, Decoration, Fun, Greenman, Kids, Magic, Monday, pagan, Witch, Witchlets)

Green Man Wall Hanging
Found at PaganMoonbeams

The Green Man comes by many names and purposes. He has a place in most Pagan based religions and has for a very long time. He has become a well respected symbol in the Pagan populous. He is an example of nature and how people should live with it as well as individual or special religious symbolism. Having the Green Man nearby is a constant reminder of how we are to connect with as well as take care of nature. Make a Green Man wall hanging to go above your altar or in a place to constantly remind you of the things it stands for.

Take a walk to gather items needed for this project.

  • Tree Bark
  • Acorns or nuts
  • Anything unique thing you find on your walk!
  • Shells
  • Branches
  • Pine Needles
  • Small Rocks

No-Bake Clay

  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt together
  • 1/2 cup very warm tap water

Mix flour & salt well, then add the water. Knead for 5 minutes. It is now ready for use. Unused portions can be put in airtight containers for up to a week.

Supplies Needed:

  • Cardboard box (size you want the wall hanging)
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Various items from the woods that nature is not using
  • Clay or no-bake clay using recipe (may want to double, need enough to comfortably fit in the bottom of the box and be at least 1 1/2 in thick.
  • to hang your work with

Make your Wall Hanging

Put your clay into the bottom of your box, it is best to cover 1 1/2” to 2” of the box with your clay. Try and level out the top as much as possible and be sure that the sides aren’t bulging (this will make the hanging sideways). Use your items from your walk to make the whole square box into a Green Man imprint. Anything that you stick into the clay will be sticking out of your wall hanging. If sticking things in the clay make sure you pull them out with care so you don’t mess up your picture. Be careful not to stick things in so deep that you can’t get them out. When done double check to assure you didn’t leave anything in the clay and that the imprint looks like you want it to. Mix the Plaster of Paris following the directions on the package. Pour the Plaster of Paris over your clay work, you will need to have it evenly cover your imprint and have at least 1 1/2” to 2” over it. Tap all sides of the box one at a time. You will see small bubbles come to the top, these are air bubbles. Continue to tap the box until all the air bubbles are out in order for your wall hanging to be smooth and not have holes in it. Carefully sit your box in a well ventilated area so it can dry. It will need to dry as long as it says on the package. Please remember that when half that time is up you will need to carefully place the ends of a piece of wire (desired length) in the back pushed in at least a half inch. When totally dry pull off the box from both the Plaster of Paris and the clay. Next carefully (not to break off anything) remove the clay from the Plaster of Paris (if lots of small areas use an old toothbrush to remove the clay). You may want to paint your wall hanging before hanging it up.

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Monday Make a – Flea Repellents

March 15, 2010 at 9:25 am (Animals, Crafts, Herbs, Magic, Monday, Ostara, pagan, Pets, Recipe, Spring, Witch)

These aren’t "Ostara" specific, but Spring is nearing, and out furkids will soon be venturing out for longer periods of the day, and bringing back "friends"… Here I offering some ideas to cut down on unwanted visitors…

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Fleas – here are several natural remedies:
Herbal Bedding

Dried Ingredients:

  • peppermint
  • eucalyptus
  • bay leaf

Fresh Ingredients:

  • marjoram
  • eucalyptus
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • clove buds.

Dry mix the dried herbs, and crush the botanicals well. Fill a muslin bag with the herbs and put in the pet’s bed or if your pet has a cedar filled pillow, just add the botanicals to the cedar chip mixture.

Herbal Flea Collars
Ingredients
:

  • essential oil of eucalyptus
  • essential oil of citronella
  • essential oil of sage

Dip a heavy string into a combination of the essential oils, let dry, then securely wind the string around your pet’s collar.

 

Natural Flea and Tick Dip:

  • 2 cups, packed fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups, packed fresh peppermint
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 4 quarts warm water

Pour the just boiled water over the fresh herbs and let steep, covered, for 30 minutes. Strain and add the liquid to 4 quarts of warm water, saturate the animal and let it air dry.

 

Herbal Flea Spray

  • chamomile
  • valerian
  • licorice
  • witch hazel

Prepare an infusion using one tea bag of each herb, and when it’s cold, mix with witch hazel. Spray on pets

 

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