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The Witch’s Jewerly

A Witch’s jewelry is probably one of the most personal magical tools; after all, we wear jewelry on our body within our energy field for long periods of time. When worn, certain metals, symbols, and stones can enhance your personal energy in different ways. A necklace, ring, or bracelet can be enchanted for many different magical purposes and worn daily. Some Witches wear jewelry with magical symbols or a particular god, goddess, or spirit guide in order to carry that energy with them. I love wearing pieces of magical jewelry to serve as a constant reminder of my commitment to my spiritual path. Some Witches have special jewelry they only wear during ritual, some even wear bejeweled headpieces, I know Witches who wear necklaces of traditional amber and jet either earned through the ranks of their covens or crafted themselves. One of my favorite forms of magical jewelry is a bracelet or anklet made from embroidery floss either macrame` or braided with stones and glass beads. I create these while focusing on my magical intention; I tie it on and wear it all the time.

Mickie Mueller – Lleweyelns Witches Datebook 2019

 

Thousands of Little-Known Plant Species Are at Risk of Extinction

When I copy and paste from this source it always looks messy for that I apologize but there is nothing I can do to change it. The reason I am posting this is it will have an impact not only on Mother Earth’s over all ecosystem but it will affect the types of esstenial oils, herbs, plants, and flowers we have available to use fo spells, rituals, homemade remedies, etc. Always keep in mind with anything that is affecting our pericous Mother Earth – one person CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE either in a positive or negative way. Let it be said about each of us that care for and nuture Mother Earth that our impact or in modren terms our carbon footprint was small and we did everything we possibly could and maybe to help rejunvanate her for the coming generations instead that we helped to helped to rape and defile her more.

 When researchers used machine learning to evaluate 150,000 plant species, they found that 10 percent were likely to qualify for the IUCN Red List

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The Georgia aster is one of many threatened plant species (Wikimedia Commons)

By Meilan Solly

SMITHSONIAN.COM
DECEMBER 4, 2018

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When it comes to endangered species, animals like the Asian elephantblack rhinoceros and Bornean orangutan tend to draw the most attention. But a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences places the spotlight on an entirely different—but equally at-risk—kingdom of life: plants.

There are nearly 400,000 known plant species spread out across the globe, but as Gregory Barber reports for Wired, less than 10 percent have been assessed by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In total, the plants actually included on the list constitute just five percent of all known species.


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A Candle and Suggestions to Help a Person Not Feel so Alone

Wanting to Connect with Others a Big Part of What Makes Us Humans

I was watching this video by The Bronze Witch and felt it was a good idea to share it with all of you. There are many illnesses, conditions, and disease that cannot be seen by others on the outside but that does not mean the person suffering through them does not have whatever it might be. As mentioned in the video the cold weather when we tend to stay home more can bring on a depression so it is important to reach out to your brothers and sisters in The Craft as well as other friends and family especially if they live alone just to chat for a few minutes.  This is not something you need to find time in your busy schedule daily but make an effort to communicate with an email, phone call, an online or paper card, short text or any way you want just to let someone know they are cared about and not forgotten at least once a week. Also in the United States from just before Thanksgiving until about the middle of January the suicide rate increased to It’s highest point throughout the entire year. If you can take a goodie or two to someone in a nursing home or rehab center once a month or every other. Many of our elderly have no family left to bring them joy. Check with your local senior center or town council on aging to ask if there is any type of an adopted a grandparent near you.

As a witch you have the capability to help people you know to feel better at least a little bit. How? Charm a candle in a bright color, like yellow, red, orange, to bring a person some joy and happiness.

How to Charm/Empower the Candle

Start with a large candle like the big jar ones with a kind in  one of the colors mentioned above or the person you are giving it to favorite color and/or scent IMPORTANT if the person cannot or should not be left alone with a burning candle for safety reasons you can substitute a battery power candle.

Engrave their name into the top of the Candle while saying this spell 3 times and after the 3rd time seal the spell by saying “So more it be” or however you seal your spells If using a battery type candle use a permanent market to write the person’s first name on the candle.Love

SPELL

 Artemis and Apollo infuse this candle with healing, love from my heart, happiness the Sun brings and the joy friends and family can bring.

I give this candle to (insert persons name) to help them remember there is light and joy in this the dark, cold time of year.

This is my wish for them. So mote is be.

If the person is in a nursing home, assisted living place, or rehabilitation center of some kind check the rules they may have about what a person can be gifted.

Wrap the Candle or place it in a gift bag. Maybe add a handwritten note and a word puzzle book or a light, happier style book they would enjoy it a gift card if they own an d-reader or a coupon or a few coupons (the coupons can be for anything like spending an hour or two with them, a household chores or two that might not be able to do themselves, hugs, an putting of some kind the only thing holding you back from making some coupons is your own imagination) tailored for the person you are giving them to, a few candies -sugar free of the person is diabetic, some home made goodies or even a couple of prepared meals that could frozen and the heated up or whatever else you want to add that would put a giant smile and warm the heart of the person you are giving the “Cold Weather Smile or Hoodie Bag” or whatever you want to call it Side note this was always my mom’s favorite gift from me and she looked forward to seeing the design I picked out for that years slippers I crocheted. Do not wait for a specific holiday to give it to the person do it as soon as you have it ready, I use to give my mom hers right after Samhain with Do Not Open Until and then picked the first date before Thanksgiving that popped into my head. Every year for the last 8 I had with her she’d call me on Samhain just to ask if she was getting her cold weather surprise goodie bag. Another side note of you know someone who is housebound for whatever reason you could make a candle and goodie bag for each season and give it to them. In my family we at times give small gifts for no reason what do ever and call them “I love you gift.”

 

A huge thank you to my dearest sister The Bronze Witch for making the video that reminded me of this made from the heart with love gift I use to give my mom. I can think of a couple people I can do it for this year.

Here is the link that set off the idea for this post: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kvtz2HH21G0

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

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