The need for More Than One Candle Holder and Why You Need Different Sizes

A little know fact about the misuse of the name candle holders. My mother was an avid collector of “candle holders” and did some reserched about them. Come to find out through her research that they proper name for them is “candle sticks” not “candle holders.”

If you would link to read a little history about this definition for candlesticks please click on this link: Candlestick

As Witches/Pagans, we use candles for a large variety of things. From holding our person candle and the element of Fire’s candle to those used for a specific purpose in a spell and/or ritual. We also use different sizes depending on how long we want or need the candle to burn for the spell thus the need for multiple candlesticks in different sizes.

You should have at least 2 candlesticks that a taper candle will fit into. 1-7 candlesticks for chime size candles. 1-2 for tea light or votive candles. Again I send you to look at garage or yard sales and thrift shops if you are like me and cannot afford to spend a lot on all the different holders.

Also, Magical Necessities carries a nice selection of candlesticks for all different size candles. They also offer candle snuggers. A candle snugger can be used to place a smaller candle in a larger holder and it will stay upright instead of leaning a little sideways. You may also want a candle snuffer for putting put your candle instead of blowing them out.

This link is for “Candle Accessories” from Magickal Necessities: Candle Accessories

This is a link to Magickal Necessities choices of candlesticks: Candle Holders

Look for my next article on how to use candles in magick for specific reasons. Also how to engrave, bless and empower a candle for a specific use. The controversy on whether you should snuff a candle rather than blowing it out and vise a versa

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A Place to Buy Essential Oils

 

I have been using Young Living Essential Oils for just over a year! These oils are life changing! I can say that we are the only essential oil company because we are the only brand to own our own farms and that distributes pure 100% therapeutic grade essential oils! There are no fillers, synthetics or toxins! It is so amazing to be able to say that I live a toxic free lifestyle! So thankful that Young Living was able to help me do that! Without taking away from science and western medicine, it’s so incredible to be able to have your first line of defense in your home to be a completely natural and nontoxic product! Read your labels and understand what you are putting in and on your body! That is your sanctuary!

Check out www.seedtoseal.com for more information and www.personalsanctuary.org for ordering information!

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I know this sales person personally and but all my essential oils from her. The smell of them is delicious, sorry I can not think of a better word. Becca spent days researching and mixing up with a headache and tense muscle reliever for me because I am allergic to Lavender which is typically used in the making of both of these items. They both work great. I have also bought the pure essential oil this company offers in all my years of buying essential oils for rituals, spellwork, and homeopathic medicines these are the best I have found.

Dangerous Herbs

Toxic and Poisonous Herbs

If you’re using herbs in your magical practice, as many of us do, it’s important to keep in mind that they may not all be safe to handle or ingest. Many herbs are fine for people, but toxic to household pets. Still other herbs can be used by anyone but pregnant women. Let’s look at some of the different herbs you may be using in magical practice, and how they can be dangerous if you’re not careful.

Do keep in mind that this is not – and is not intended to be – a list of every toxic or harmful herb. It is a list of some commonly used herbs that can be dangerous to pregnant women or household pets. If you’re using a particular plant and you’re not sure if it’s toxic or not, then do your homework and make sure it’s safe to use before you do anything with it.

HERBS DANGEROUS TO PREGNANT WOMEN

If you’re pregnant, attempting to become pregnant, or nursing, you’ll need to exercise extra caution when working with herbs. Many can cause miscarriage if ingested. Before taking any herbs internally – or, for that matter, handling them with bare hands – be sure to check with your healthcare professional to make sure they’re safe.

The following are just a few of the many herbs out there that can be harmful to pregnant women.

For the rest of this article by Patti Wiggins please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/toxic-and-poisonous-herbs-2562022?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170228&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Magical Aromatherapy

Ask any Pagan or Wiccan what they love most about working with herbs, and chances are good they’ll tell you how much they love the smell. Herbs contain small glands that hold their essential oils, and when these oils are extracted they release scent molecules. The science of aromatherapy takes advantage of this natural phenomenon and expands it just a bit — because olfactory sensation stimulates parts of the brain connected to memory and emotion.

ROMATHERAPY HISTORY

Although aromatherapy is a fairly new practice in the United States, herbal essential oils have been used for thousands of years in other parts of the world. The Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese have all used essential oils in cosmetics, for ritual oils, and even in cosmetics.

In the modern era, lavender oil and its healing properties was one of the first essential oils to be looked at from a medical perspective. A French chemist named René-Maurice Gattefossé experienced an explosion in his laboratory, during which he sustained a burn to the skin of his hand. He applied lavender oil, and discovered that its healing properties could be used in a number of ways; specifically, he studied its efficacy on war wounds such as gangrene and chemical burns.

It should be noted that not everyone sees aromatherapy as a true scientific discipline; many believe there is simply a placebo effect.

A 2008 study done at The Ohio State University found that “an investigation on how aromatherapy affects health failed to show any improvement in immune status, wound healing, or pain control among people exposed to two scents. But results of the randomized controlled trial… did show that lemon (considered to be a stimulant) appeared to enhance mood, while lavender (thought to be a relaxant) had no effect on mood.”

For the rest of this article by Patti Wiggins please click on this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/magical-aromatherapy-overview-2562017?utm_campaign=list_paganwiccan&utm_content=20170228&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_term=list_paganwiccan

Full Moon Oil

The other day I made up a list of all the items I would like to make today during the Super Full Moon.  Here is one I would like to share:

FULL MOON OIL

13 drops of sandalwood essential oil
9 drops of vanilla essential oil or extract
3 drops of jasmine essential oil
1 drop of rose essential oil

Mix prior to a full moon. Charge in a clear container or vial in the light of the full moon. Use to anoint candles or yourself for full moon rituals or just when you feel like you need the moons energy.

©11142016 Wolf Woman Ways

Mabon Correspondances

mabon-plate

The plate I painted for Mabon.

 

This is a recipe for Mabon Anointing Oil that I made a few years ago (I reference the Super Moon). I don’t recall where I found the ritual itself.  If you know please let me know so I may credit them properly.

Mabon Anointing Oil

I used Reiki on all ingredients before I started each step.

During the Super Moon in August, I put three small Tiger Eye stones in a crystal grid surrounded by 6 Carnelian stones with an Agate in the middle.  Tigers Eye to be used in bottle of oil for Mabon.

I mixed up a sacred smudging blend of sweetgrass braid, tobacco, juniper, and sage.  I put the blend in the sea shell that looks like the spiral of life.

Right before I started to blend the oil, I said the Full Moon ritual.

On this night of the Full Moon

I call on fire to set the mood

The perfect style and attitude

To serve my purpose and meet my goal

And cast me in the perfect role

On this night of the Full Moon

I call on air to set the pace

All obstacles shall it erase

Wafting in the perfect breeze

So I might play my role with ease

 

 

On this night of the Full Moon

I call on earth to set the scene

And ground me so I stay serene

No matter what might come my way

Supporting me through night and day

 

 

On this night of the Full Moon

I call on water to set me free

To be the best, most perfect me

Smoothly flowing through the hour

All aspects of my self empower

 

 

On this night of the Full Moon

For confidence and lack of stress

On this occasion let me shine

And touch me with a gift divine

 

So mote it be

 

Mabon Oil

Drop the three Tiger Eye stones in the bottle.

1 drop of Palo Santo-Top to middle

5 drops Black Spruce-Middle

1 drop Cajeput-Top

1 drop Mandarin-Top

2 drops Myrrh-Base

1 ½ t Grapeseed oil

The intention set was to allow the abundance of the season to flow and to feel the Love of the season.

©09212016 Wolf Woman Ways

Witches Bottles

With this Full Moon coming up I got to thinking: what kinds of witchy things would I like to do?  The Cosmic Cookie Trail steps in and starts drawing my attention to Witches Bottles!  At Yule a few years ago I made one with some friends but haven’t done so since.  Time to look over my inventory of herbs and start planning.  You can read the article The Cosmic Cookie Trail led me to at the following link:

http://www.earthwitchery.com/witch-bottle.html

©08172016 Wolf Woman Ways

Summer Solstice

 

Litha Altar and Litha Altar in a Cup

Summer Solstice plate 2016

Summer Solstice plate I painted

Summer Solstice Oil

Jojoba oil-fill to the shoulder of the bottle

2 drops Peppermint EO-Top

3 drops Orange EO-Top

5 drops Ginger EO-Middle

2 drops Vetiver EO-Base

3 Citrine chips

Stays fresh energetically

Add all in bottle, put on a photo of Oak leaf in the middle of Flower of Life grid, add Amber on top, and three Jade pieces to form the triangle shape within the grid.  Jade to balance the mind, body and spirit. Reiki and then activate the grid.

Magical Summer Solstice Tea

1 T organic Rose Petals, fresh or dried

1 t organic Spearmint, fresh or dried

1 t organic Lemongrass, fresh or dried

1 t organic Lemon Balm, fresh or dried

Combine all the herbs in a tea infuser or tea bag. Bring water to a boil and pour 2 cups over herbs and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain and serve. This makes enough for two cups of tea, but feel free to multiply for a larger pot or a pitcher of iced tea (for iced tea, brew and then let chill). Add a splash or two of bubbly, if desired and garnish with fresh herbs.

Rosewater for Litha

2 Cups damask rose (Rosa damascena) petals, picked early in the morning
1.5 cups distilled water and 1 cup vodka OR
1 cup distilled water and 1 cup distilled witch hazel

Place the petals in a clean jar with a lid. Cover with whichever liquid you’ve chosen to use. Seal tightly and store in a cool place away from light for two weeks. (It’s best to attach a label with the date and ingredients, because, if you’re anything like me, you’ll think you’ll remember, but you won’t!) At the end of two weeks, strain into pretty bottles and tie a red ribbon around the top, infusing it with loving intent. At your next ritual or for love magic, sprinkle some of this water on yourself and others.

Litha Oil

1 oz. Of light weight carrier oil such as grape seed

5 drops Lavender e.o.
5 drops Sandalwood e.o.
1 drop each peppermint and spearmint e.o.
2 drops Heliotrope e.o.

©06152016 Wolf Woman Ways

Simple Magick Series: What’s in a Witch’s Cupboard?

Are you starting your own witch’s cupboard or witch’s cabinet? Check out these awesome ideas for what to put in your witchy cupboard. Some are traditional, while others are not-so-traditional, but all are items that witches can keep in their cupboard for various magickal uses and needs.

This is the second installment to my Simple Magick Series, in which I give ideas on how to practice the craft in the simplest and funnest ways.

What do you imagine to be in a witch’s cupboard? Potions, voodoo dolls, skulls? Perhaps bottles of dead birds, dead man’s toes, eye of newt? Let’s find out what exactly is in a modern witch’s cupboard, and possibly what will go in yours!

To read the rest of this article please click on this link: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Simple-Witchcraft-Series-Whats-in-a-Witchs-Cupboard