House Cleansings Gone Wrong and How to Avoid Them

I’ve done it. You’ve probably done it, or asked someone to do it for you.

You moved into a new house, apartment, dorm room, or office. Or you were getting ready to move in. Or something was bothering you in your current space. So you broke out the sage1 and salt water, the bell and chime, the incense, and your favorite prayers.

House cleansing and blessing is Wicca 101 stuff. It comes very early in the OBOD lessons. It’s not even restricted to Pagans – Christians and Buddhists do it too. It’s a good and effective way to make your living space clean and safe. It’s a way to make it yours.

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Making or Purchasing Altar Clothes

Over the years I have made altar clothes out of many different things from plain material to washcloths sown together. There is nothing saying you have to use a premade cloth with pagan designs or they have to be one solid color. Your altar cloth can be made from whatever you want it to be and look however you want it to be it plain or with a design.

My newest altar cloth for Samhain is a dishtowel I just bought with a black cat in a witches hat sitting on a pumpkin. Now some may say this is disrespectful because of the importance this Sabbat has with honoring our ancestors but most of my ancestors that I knew in this lifetime had a great sense of humor so with this cloth I feel I am honoring that part of them.

I also have a piece of dark blue with a small white flower design on it that I use on my mother’s birthday. This piece of cloth is a leftover from a dress she mad herself. So it helps me to concentrate on the spell I wrote to talk with all of my ancestor going back to pre-historic time.

I have a piece of chocolate brown material I use when I am doing spell work that Earth will make it stronger. I use it anytime I am working with protection spells or rituals.

Another one of my altar clothes is made from sewing 5 wash clothes together. Yellow for Air, Green for Earth, Red for Fire, Blue for Water and White for Spirit. How I made it is I cut all of them in half diagonally then stitched one have of each together to form a pentagram. This was when I was just starting out on my witchy path and did not have a lot of money.

A good way to get material for an altar cloth without it costing too much is to go to a fabric store or hobby store that carries material and look in the remnants bin. Almost all of these types of stores have one. Or you can buy a dish or hand towel plain or with a design you like and use it. While at the store you can look for fabric paints, patches, sequins, embroidery floss, yarn used in making baby clothes as it is usually very thin or even cotton like used to make doilies.

I also have 2 beautiful altar clothes one I bought and one was a monthly give away from Magical necessities. Here is the link so you can look at the altar clothes offered on there: https://www.witchesofthecrafts.net/altar-cloths

In other words, make as many altar cloths in whatever style suits you the most when using your altar. The only limitation on altar clothes is your imagination! This is also a project you can do with your children by letting them make their own altar cloth for use for when they get older and do make their own altar or honor their creativity by using it during a family ritual.

Copyright 2018 Lady Beltane

24 Hours in a Day Can be More Then Enough to Find ME TIME Daily

Most of us live busy lives work, household chores, laundry, maybe a significant other and/or children. Along with maybe book clubs, arts and crafts alone or with others and handworks like sewing, crocheting, or knitting, building things etc. Besides some of us be adults students with homework to fit in. Anyway I could go on and on with this list but I am sure you all get what I am saying, “There’s often there is not enough time in 24 hours” to accomplish everything and still have time to relax, meditate, sleep, etc and don’t forget unexpected things like traffic problems, or an emergency can pop up out of nowhere to throw your daily schedule completely off. While we cannot plan every day down to the last minute most days are basically the same in most of our lives. Below are a couple ideas I have started using that you may find helpful too. Finding ways to prioritize helps you to keep a balance in your life thus making it less stressful and this, in turn, brings more positive energy to you in many different ways. Whereas when you are stressed you bring more negative energy and other nasty things towards you.

For spells and rituals, I have a section in my BOS where they stay until I have the entire thing finished. This includes the day and Moon phase that is best to do the spell and/or ritual on for what I’m doing, items needed for the spell and/or ritual, the entire spell and/or ritual and most importantly how I want it to manifest in my life or whoever I am doing it for. A small reminder here when writing a spell and/or ritual keep the outcome you want from it in your mind while you are writing it.

I have 2 special notebooks I use. One is a 3-ring binder, so I can add pages as needed and wrote “PROJECTS” on the front. With a project, I write what I need to do for the project by writing down each different step 1st, 2nd, etc how long I want to spend on each step with the last step being finished. I put a line through the step and then rip out the page when the project is completed.

For my 2nd notebook for my day to day responsibilities, such as making sure there is something new on CL and student or other people emails are check and responded to, most days I have what’s for dinner on it, I use calendar page made using a spreadsheet that I print off from my computer leaving a space at the very bottom where I can write in by hand last minute things that I may pop up that I need to do that month. (See example at the bottom) I have these sheets in a pocket folder all start the pages start on the right side and get moved to the left on the last day of the month. I take each month and put it on the wall next to my spot where I use my laptop the most, so I can easily check it out either before bed or in the morning with while having my first cup of coffee. I have typed in all the regular things I do day to day and month to month I have to do down along the first column that I make wider than the rest of them and write the month and dates for that month along the top.  Here again, I write down a certain amount of time I want to spend on each responsibly next to that responsibility in the second column. When I finish something I make a check mark in its column under the corresponding date. Even if it a one-time thing for that month, like a doctor appointment or a class I am attending that month I write them in at the bottom of the everyday list. My doctor and other appointment type things I also put into the calendar on my cell phone with reminders set to go off the day before and then a second reminder with extra time for getting to where I have to be.

Another thing I have started doing to save time when grocery shopping is looking at my calendar to see what’s on the menu for that week, then check my pantry and freezer to make sure I have everything in the house to make it. I then use a tip my younger daughter gave me, I make a shopping list on my cell phone so as I think of things we are running low on or something special I want like ice cream I can just add it right away and not forget about it.

It may seem silly to some people that I use different notebooks beside my BOS but this is what works for me. The day to day one is really important for me because I have Fibromyalgia and with it come memory problems. I have found all of this helps me to prioritize what I have to do so I can have some me time every day for meditation or reading or nice hot bubble bath or whatever I want to do for me time.

Example of my monthly calendar (I purposely left the time I assign to each thing out so it would fit right on here):

NAME OF MONTH 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
CL Posting
Answer Emails
Walk & Feed Girls
Shower
Work 11 A – 2 P
House Chores
Work on Book
Cooking
Baking
Laundry

Copyright 2018 Lady Beltane

What Is Conjure/Hoodoo?

The working side of Conjure was greatly influenced by the religious beliefs of the Congo region. They were one of its primary roots. The idea that spirits reside in the trees, the leaves, the roots, and the earth, and that they hold power to facilitate change became an important staple in the fabric of what we know as Conjure today.

The meaning of change, as used here, is an appearance of one realm or world into the other. We do work to create a new reality. The reality that you need a job or healing, for example, is apparent in the physical but perhaps not yet seen in the spirit. The spirits of the roots work between both worlds so the reflection is seen on both sides. In this case, the healing you are looking for or the job you need is not only open to you, but also the fruit of the work you have done to acquire these things is made known in this world by the physical evidence. When the spirit and physical worlds are mirroring one another, you get the job and the sickness you had is no longer plaguing you. Simply put, it is the outward manifestation of the inner work as well as the inner manifestation of the outward work. The balance of both sides, both worlds, and both realities.

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Some Images of Brigid or Brighid and Links to More Information

These images come from bing.com. To see more images of the goddess Brigid or Brighid please click on this link: Brigid Triple Goddess  Irish Goddess Brigid

This images com from bing.com to see more symbols related to Brigid please click on this link: Brigid Symbols

 

To learn how to make Brigid/Brighid cross please click on this link: How to Make a Brigid/Brighid Cross

To read other articles about Brigid/Brighid please click on any of these links: Brigid/Brighid and Sabbat Imbolc  Celtic Goddess Brigid/Brighid  Celtic Goddess and Catholic Saint

On the Sabbat Imbolc (Celebrated on February 2nd in the Northern Hemisphere and on August 1st in the Southern Hemisphere) also called Candlemas the Goddess Brigid is celebrated by many by making candles for home and magical usage. Here is a link to a general search for Imbolc: Imbolc a.k.a. Candlemas

If you are interested in learning some ways to make your own candles please put the word “Candle” in the search box on our Homepage. You will probably have to scroll through and click on “Older Posts” to find the information you want. Also here is a link of a general search for different ways of candle making: Candle Making at Home

Youtube videos on candle making: Candle Making Videos

WARNING: Candle making can be very dangerous. Please pick a time you will not be disturbed by anyone in the kitchen while working with the very hot wax. I recommend children under the age of 12 years old do not help with the candle making in any way as a safety precaution.

 

Altar and Magickal Tools

I have always been of the firm belief that to create one’s own tools of the craft is to imbibe them with one’s own personal “magick”.It all begins with the seeking process and ends with an item that will be treasured always.I myself have found that holding the intent that one wishes to do this is always the best place to start…and often what you are seeking will FIND you first!By sending out our request to the universe we are setting in motion the magick that will make this happen.Thus…I did just this to find my own tools throughout the 30 years[on and off]that I have been practicing my craft and have acquired quite a collection now.Those that are pictured are only some of the many…and are perhaps the ones I use the most.The very first tool I ever created was a Willow Wand, which unfortunately I no longer have..for reasons I can’t quite remember,but since then I have made several others.

The Wand pictured is crafted from Apple wood and has an Amethyst crystal point in the tip.Living in the suburbs[at that time],I had no access to an apple tree, so I decided to call up an apple orchard farmer and told him I was in need of an apple branch, for a “craft” project[I wasn’t lying!]He was very obliging and so I traveled the one and a half hour drive to seek my wand out.I found it in a pile of off-cuts he had and I knew there and then it was the “one”.Of course,I had previously put out the call that I was searching for one…and just “Knew”, when I had found it !I had intended initially to use this wand for Faery Witchcraft,but over time it became my favorite and therefore,multi-purpose.The crafting process entailed firstly sanding all the bark from it and then varnishing it.During this whole project,I held it’s purpose firmly in my mind, thereby giving it a reason for it’s beingness.Next,I glued green felt around the handle part and then dug a hole in the tip,in order to insert and glue in place, the Amethyst point.I mixed a little of my own blood with some red paint and daubed it around the tip first.Lastly, I decorated it to my desire-I wrote my craft name in Ogham[using a permanent marker] and a sigil that I had devised and then it was all  ready for cleansing and consecrating!

My Athame was constructed from a bought Kitchen knife that was initially single bladed and I had to file the other other side down , in order to make it double-bladed.I wrapped the handle with black leather  and inserted a Quartz point[which I entwined the leather around]I had to use a little bit of glue in this process, but tried to keep it as minimal as possible[as I didn’t want anything coming between the crystal and the wooden handle]and  decorated it to my desire.My Goddess and God statues were made from craft clay.I could never find a statue that I really liked, that I could afford!The best ones are always costly…and so I decided to make my own.It took some moulding and shaping, but eventually I achieved the look that I desired.My Goddess represents Danu[in her guise as Moon mother] and Cernunnos[in the guise of green- man] and the hours I spent forming them were instilled with much energy…of which I am sure they would have been proud!I painted them with regular acrylic paint and decorated them as was fitting.I initially had my “Green-man” naked, but my husband suggested putting an oak leaf over his privates and I thought this was a fabulous idea…so I did!My Danu wears a plastic crescent moon head-piece [care of the craft store] and until I find a silver one…it will suffice.They are not the most beautiful Godform statues, but they are my time and energy[ and love] and hence…they serve me well!I have a store-bought pentacle [in the picture]which I use mostly, at present, but I possess several others that I have also crafted myself.I have a pentacle to suit all purposes and needs-one for Moon rites, one for solar rites, one for Green witchcraft and also one crafted from clay.The Faery star is a substitute “pentacle”, that I use for Faery witchcraft.For this, I used a 10 inch wooden disc, which I bought from the craft store.I found a suitable Faery Star on pinterest, which I then printed, cut out and glued on to the wooden disc.It was originally uncolored…so I painted it with acrylic paint and made it my own.Again, the time and energy put into this act made it uniquely mine and utterly con-joined to my energy….thereby making it more powerful[and I know the Faeries like it!].Lastly, my Book of Shadows….ofcourse I HAD to make this my own…and thus, it is crafted from a plain and simple ring binder, which I covered with black leather and glued in place.The Triple Goddess sigil is also from leather[white] and has a wooden pentacle in the circle[Full Moon]and amethyst crystals surrounding it[which are glued in to place.I then used some silver paint to add the border touches and finally, I made a BOS Protection pouch bookmark[my own idea][.I stitched a length of black satin ribbon on to a black velvet pouch that I had made and filled the pouch with protective herbs and crystals, and a lock of my hair.I also stitched a silver bell on the outside of the pouch[to add more protective qualities] and lastly,I anointed it with a drop of my blood.I then  charged the end product with my intent and  it was done!My offering bowl, and salt and water bowls are store bought,but I intend constructing my own of versions of  these one day also…perhaps from earthen clay or such like….it is in the cards.The  satisfaction from knowing that you have made it yourself [in my mind] far outweighs the bought items and I believe that …not only do your own creations retain a substantial amount of your own energy…but they also develop an energy of their very own, that increases with time and use.When I created each and every one of my tools, I infact gave them “life”, and just as a mother to her child…I gave them birth.

By Susan member of Coven Life’s Coven

Magical Herb Correspondences

Herbs have been used for thousands of years, both medicinally and ritually. Every herb has its own unique characteristics, and these properties are what makes the plant special. Subsequently, many Pagans use herbs as part of their regular ritual practice. Whether it’s for money and prosperity, protection, healing and wellness, love and lust, there is almost always an herb associated with your purposes.

So, now you’ve decided you’re ready to do a magical working… but you’re not sure which herbs are the best ones to use. Use this list as a reference point to determine which herbs, plants and flowers are the best choices for your magical intent.

Money, Prosperity and Jobs…

For the rest of this article please click on this link or copy and paste this link into your browser: Magickal Herb Usage

Magickal tools and your spiritual journey

Written for Coven Life

On: 9/04/2018

By: Hypatia Of Alexandrea

Scrying

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Lesson 3

Lessons 1 and 2 in the previous posts covered making tools with sacred wood that included wands and runes. It often takes time to prepare such tools in order for one to imbue their magical energies though the object. At times the object will change as the practitioner progresses through their spiritual journey. Remember that nothing is static, where there is energy there is movement, vibration and frequency, this includes all inanimate objects as well.

Lesson 3 will introduce one of the many methods of scrying, divining.

Scrying tools are used to develop ones clairvoyance skills. It assists one to see the past in order to understand the present and give some kind of direction for mastering the future.

Scrying requires concentration and of course an object to focus your mind.

Before you prepare your tool for scrying you may like to make your own scrying incense. Setting the mood by stimulating your senses that also includes your olfactory is important. This all helps to stimulate the penal gland or 3rd eye in order to reach a state of focus, trance or meditation call it what you will.

 

Scrying incense:

1 part Mugwort

1 part Wormwood

 

You may even wish to make your own bowl and decorate the bowl with motifs and symbols that correlate to your own belief system. Let your creativity run wild. Just remember that every step of creating whether it is the bowl the incense or the scrying liquid to imbued your own personal energy in it. Take your time in choosing and making your item and allow yourself to connect what it is that you are creating!!

 

In the next step we will be making the divining liquid.

This should be made during the full moon to give time for the liquid to infuse sufficiently to be used in the 1st quarter.

Please use the reference of the ephemeris of the moon as a guide.

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Moon phases for all magical use is important. Please take the time to learn the energies that she gives. A simple and wonderful book to have on hand is “Mansions of the Moon for the Green Witch”. I’ll write a little book review of this at a later stage.

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During the Full Moon-

You will need:

Dried herbs that include rose petals, jasmine and hyssop.

Sea salt

A medium clear bottle or jar

Water

Small bowl (not scrying bowl)

 

Method:

In the small bowl mix the herbs

Add 1 part herb mix to 4 parts water

Stir 3 table spoons of sea salt

Pour the mixture into a jar, cover, in a sunny spot.

 

Leave it as undisturbed as both the moon and the sunrays energy are hitting it until the last quarter.

During the Last quarter-

During the time of the last quarter, strain the herbs and store the liquid in a jar until ready for use in the 1st quarter.

Effectively just remember the most powerful time to divine is Seven Days after the New Moon which is the first quarter!!!!!

 

During the First Quarter-

This is the time you use the liquid. It is seven days after the new moon which falls on the first quarter of the moon. I know it doesn’t give you much window to divine, however this is just a guide that has been used by the oracle in ancient times.

Create your mood, place your mind in a space of divining. Use your imagination, wear your favorite gown, jewellery, anoint yourself with your favorite essential oil, jasmine is mine. Divining is a scared time, don’t just use it Willie Nillie.

NOTE:

Who or what is assisting you with allowing you to see and giving you the messages.

Accessing beyond the veil needs preparation, such as placing protection around you, ensuring your mind and surroundings are cleared of clutter and most importantly just like anything become familiar what energy it is that you are drawing this from! Are you calling in the elements, the Gods and Goddesses, other earth spirits, Totems, ancestors, spirits beyond this earth or simply Mother Earth her self?

 

Remember that the energy around you is something that you allow in, nothing comes if it is not called or conjured! If you are not familiar with personal protection, please do a quick Coven Life or general web search on such methods and choose what you resonate with.

Yes, this does all sound time consuming, however everything has a time and place. Learning timing and patience is part of understanding your magical practice. Revering the seasons and following the earth’s rhythms is essential for any spiritual practice and finally learning to protect yourself even if it is just using divination.

Once again use your intuition and allow yourself to connect as you please. There is no right or wrong. You choose as you please and what makes you most comfortable!

The timing of this suggested method of scrying was taken from an academic extract called “Portrait of a Priestess” by Connelly, that described actual events and practices of the ancient priests and priestess in antiquity namely in the temple of Delphi used by the Pythia.  A wonderful academic read, well researched and accredited throughout the epistemological arena it offers an insight of how humans throughout history have moved with the earth’s rhythms.

Entrench yourself in the energy and see what you yourself discover. You may even find a better method that suits you. Just remember to be in the flow of that energy around you. Learn how to navigate the sky, read the seasons and feel the pulse of the earth and her energy meridians. This is how humanity has always done and will continue to do it. Why? BECAUSE IT WORKS!