It’s funny (metaphorically speaking) how something seems to become a well-worn pattern in your life that you can never fully escape. For me, that is the “Promiser”.
“I promise to…” does not necessarily need to be spoken. When I am told (repeatedly by someone I think I have reason to trust) that said person will do something, I believe it. It’s my one weakness.
My friend, Diane, from day one of school. We got on like a house on fire in every way and were best mates for many years…until. You see, Diane was one of those who would make grand statments and then forget…or never really mean to fulfill those “promises”. During August when almost everybody went on holiday (apart from mine..we did occasional day trips instead) Diane’s family would pack up and off to somewhere nice. Diane always promised to “bring me back something”. I didn’t expect it, and my manners would have never allowed me to ask for anything, if it had occurred to me.
So, of course, when you’re seven, this seems quite intoxicating to know you might be getting a trifle from such exotic places as Blackpool..or..oh, dare I hope, Brighton? You have to know I didn’t really get out much. So, the first several times Diane came back empty handed, I didn’t fret, just went on our way being best mates. I would have been chuffed with a shell or a handfull of beach sand.
Sadly, not even that would be the case because, quite plainly, Diane FORGOT! Yes, every time, she would come back having forgotten not just my “gift” but ME! Here I sat for 2 weeks and nothing to do because I didn’t want to have too much fun without Diane around to share it with…but hey! She was having the time of her life wherever she was and had the audacity to “forget” ME! Not sparing a thought for her very best friend…whilst I pined away for her. That finally occurred to me one day when we were about 13. That’s when she said, “We’re going on our holibobs next week! I’ll bring you something back!” Oh, no she didn’t!
Drawing a deep positivity breath and exhaling the negative, I simply put to her, “Diane, don’t tell me this anymore. It never happens. It has gotten to where it hurts my feelings. Just go and have fun. You can tell me all about your trip when you get back.” I could have as well had slapped her face by the look on it. This is when she turned on me and calling me a selfish so and so, stormed off, out of my life, and out of our friendship. Just like that. Oh and how she could blank me after she returned to school! This went on til…well, it has never ended.
Lesson learned. If you tell someone you’ll do something, move the heavens and earth to do so or just keep your lip zipped in first place. And, try harder to catch on to the “promisers” early days before you fall for their “grand statements” enough to let yourself be hurt. I suppose it’s something I’ve never really gotten past. And, with it happening again so recently I just had to finally write about it. As The Who put it “We won’t be fooled again!”
Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x
In his book The White Goddess, the author Robert Graves proposed that the mythological figure of the Holly King represents one half of the year, while the other is personified by his counterpart and adversary the Oak King: the two battle endlessly as the seasons turn. At Midsummer the Oak King is at the height of his strength, whilst the Holly King is at his weakest. The Holly King begins to regain his power, and at the Autumn Equinox, the tables finally turn in the Holly King’s favour; his strength peaks at Midwinter. They are both vegetation Gods/Deities, connected to fertility and the seasons. They battle each other year after year to reign supreme.
Holly is the tree of the 8th month of Celtic Tree calendar, July 8th – August 4th and the 8th consonant of the Ogham alphabet, Tinne or Tiene. Deities are Lugh, Tannus, and Thor. Ruling planets are Mars and Saturn and its element is Fire. The powers of Holly include protection, anti-lightning, luck, and dream magick.
“Holly reminds us of the need to calm our emotions, if we are to reach wise decisions about our situation. The often painful consequences of our actions are brought to the surface for examination, and calm acceptance of our responsibility is required. We are reminded of the need to view ourselves, as well as others, in the light of compassion and unconditional love. Like the Hanged Man of the Tarot, holly represents personal sacrifice in order to gain something of greater value.” – The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford
“Holly wood was used by the ancients in the construction of spear shafts, and as the spiny leaves show, it is well prepared for battle. A symbol of firmness and masculine energy, the holly endows those born under its sign with an equally well-prepared nature. You have a strong connection to the earth, amazing physical strength, and the ability to direct your energy in a balanced even flow. This stability gives you a generosity of spirit ad a very matter-of-fact solidness that others will respect, admire, and rely on. Before you engage in any battle, look inside for understanding and respect for your opponents.” – Written by Kim Rogers-Gallagher, and Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2000
The Holly wand pictured above has been sold a while back. Sometimes it is difficult for me to get Holly branches, however, we have a bit left and do make some other things with it such as amulets and talismans. Please check by often to see if we have a Holly charm that would be helpful to you.
The 14th of February is nearing; love is in the air…new beginnings are beckoning. Imbolc has arrived with the promise of Spring soon-to-come and not only are little seedlings stirring in the Earth, awaiting their birth into a sunny World, but the stirrings of passion in our hearts is making many folk – at least those who aren’t in relationships – want to take action. Is it any wonder that at this time of year I get more requests for love spells than at any other time of the year?
Before we go any further, I don’t do love spells. I don’t recommend them at all. I really burned myself several years ago by doing a love spell for myself (and I don’t mean that I burned myself on a candle!). I really, really thought he was THE one and I would do anything, within reason, to ensure he wanted to be with me as well. So…a simple little candle spell done and 7 years later, I was still trying to get AWAY from him. Oh yes, the candle spell worked a treat. In fact, too well! Problem was, I couldn’t end it when it was physically necessary to do so. I have always known that every spell needs a “get out” clause, but in candle magick I rarely think to do so. I’ve only just finished scrapping the rot from that relationship from my boots and it’s been over 10 years gone. But..you really want love and I’m here to help .
I’m not going to put a spell into anyone’s hands that is intended for the attraction/love of one specific person only. It would be tantamount to handing a suicidal person a noose. Either way, someone is going to be hurt badly. My recommendation is to anyone wishing to find love and needing a bit of a hand with that from the Universe is this:
1. Make a list – list all the qualities you feel you want most from a future partner. Not just how you would like the partner to treat you, but be so specific that you choose the colour of his or her eyes, if you like. Take your time writing this list, add to it, take away from it, but before you go any further with your spellwork, be absolutely certain that everything on your list is complete and to your liking. DO NOT give this person a name. You are NOT wishing for a certain person, only the sort of person you want to attract. However, being dead specific is the only way the Universe is to know exactly what you want in your future partner.
2. Sleep with this list under your pillow for a week along with a small pouch filled with dried or fresh rose buds, lavender, and vervain. All 3 herbs are coincidentally for love, however, all 3 offer protection, healing, and luck. Rose and lavender have the power to give you a psychic edge as well..this can help you know when Mr or Mrs Right comes into your life.
3. Buy a supply of small pink candles – a week’s worth – and burn one each day during the Venus hour(s)** of each day or night, at your convenience, focusing upon your intent to bring love into your life. Also have on hand a small bottle of rose or lavender oil to annoint yourself & your candle with. Whilst burning the candle, please do not think of a specific person, only think about the qualities you’ve written down. Small chime/spell candles are usually only about 50p each, perhaps more depending upon where you buy them and it normally takes about an hour for one to burn completely down. And by all means, carve hearts onto them with a pin if you like. As your candle burns, visualise yourself being loved, cared for, treated with respect, adored. Let the love you could feel for another flow throughout your body and allow yourself to feel it as though you have already found your new love.
For a full week, your main intention is to bring love into your life. You may carry the herbal pouch with you throughout your day if you choose to. Do try and keep your mind upon whatever work you must do, still, on your own time, allow the feeling of love and intention rise within you as much as possible.
You will need to keep your mind and eyes open at all times…just because he or she is not the spitting image of the person you have in your mind’s eye, don’t discount those whom aren’t…sometimes the most unlikely on the face of it all is the most likely to be just right.
And please remember – do not do any of this specifically for a certain person’s love. As the herbalist & writer, Scott Cunningham, once said, “Capturing a person with love magic of this sort is little short of psychic rape”. Here’s hoping you’ll meet the kindest, gentlest, and most loving partner this month you could ever wish for and may you both be happy ever-after.
Happy Valentine’s Day and Blessed be )O(
** you can find the Planetary hours table here: http://www.lunarium.co.uk/planets/hours.jsp to find what time the Venus hour(s) are for each day. If you find it inconvenient to burn your daily candle during the Venus hour each day, simply carve the Venus planetary symbol onto your candle with a pin.
I’ve been tearing around like a blue-arsed fly for the last few months, trying so hard to kick-start a fledgling business, be a Mum and a Nana, sort out and organise things, worrying that Yule-tide would catch me in the usual state of panic. Things continually kept going awry, I began to become uncustomarily impatient, worry set in, and one day recently I snapped. It had to happen.
No, I didn’t do anything untoward, really…just had myself a right row with myself and felt as though I could not, perhaps even should not, cope with what I’ve been trying to achieve. However, it became quite clear that, I really SHOULD do what I’m doing, just at a slower, more relaxed pace. And please for the love of all things good and true…just allow Divine Spirit take over for a change! Take the time out to do what I was created to do….create! Enjoy my life, create, and love what I do. I’ve had quite enough of shoving it down everyone’s neck. I just want to make things, let my artistic self run amok, and not give a monkey’s if I’m not in Google’s top ten sites. I will be someday. Just believe.
So, I’m letting go. I’m not really giving up. I’m not planning on going anywhere. Just going to allow the Universe to guide me again. Take the time to write, make jewellery, paint, draw, create things. Love.
It is time to let go and believe. Things will fall into place
I was gifted the Shadowscapes Tarot deck for Yule by my lovely eldest daughter and since, I have taken anywhere from one to 6 or 7 cards per week to meditate over and to simply try and “feel” their meaning before I start filling my head with all the “book learning”. Recently, whilst working with The High Priestess (also, keep in mind that I hold my thumb over the names of each card so I won’t know what it is – Shadowscapes is very different from most tarot decks I’ve used) and she spoke to me:
“I can see your deepest secrets, dear I know your fondest desires, it’s true. I know how to make them appear, The only ingredient is you”
This deck had called to me prior to receiving it as a gift. It filled me with absolute peace and knowing just by holding the package. I think the High Priestess was calling out to me as she is a favourite now and so very helpful! Just thought I’d share. Do you have a deck that does this to you? I think everyone does in their lives….funny it took me all these years to find mine! Or, did it find me? hmm…..
Right. So, this is the month of Love and I’ve written how to (hopefully) meet the man or woman of your dreams. I probably wouldn’t be writing at this time concerning money spells if I had not been asked. When one person asks, you tell them alone. But, when three or more ask, you blog about it
You really don’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool generational Witch to perform a spell. And, if you EVER pay a “Witch” to perform a spell for you, then shame on her/ him /them. You will definitely get what you pay for – in some form or another. And, it may not be what you want. No self-respecting Witch will ask for money these days for his or her spellwork. Oh yes, the “cunning women” of old did do. Seamen paid many an old dear for safe journeys by sea once upon a time. You can bet that she did her job right, or there would be a very angry sailor come a-calling when he returned [if he returned]! Nowadays, if you Paypal your dosh to someone for a spell, you can’t very well go looking for the hag what took your money and did nothing for you, can you? So, lesson Number one: Don’t pay for spells.
I’ll tell you what works, for nothing. If it doesn’t work for you, then the one thing you may be lacking is Intention. No matter if you’re doing a full-blown, cast a circle, banging drums and ringing bells spell or just lighting a candle and chanting, it is only with the strongest of Intention that anything will work. You really, really have to want and believe in something to have it. Lesson Number two: Faith.
So, you see…wishes really do work, if you wish them hard enough
I will assume that whomever is reading this blog is not favourable toward casting a circle and doing the entire Witch bit. That’s alright. I’ve had as many non-circle spells work as the ones with all the bells and whistles. You may need to purchase a few items locally in order to perform your spell, the main ones being:
For money spells: either a large green candle that can burn for an hour over 7 or 8 days, or 7 or 8 green small spell/chime candles which can burn for an hour each
For business spell: small gold chime/spell candle
herbs: cedar wood, dried orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, bay leaf, cloves, maple bark, ash bark, galangel root (all have money & success drawing attributes, choose any 3 for your talisman)
oils: Patchouli, Orange, Ginger, Bergamot, Clove
crystals: green aventurine, pyrite (pyrite is good for sitting near ones computer for business)
And, rest assured, you don’t need to purchase everything I list here. After you have read this entire blog, you can make your choices according to which spell you prefer to use, then buy what you need accordingly. I don’t want you spending a shedload of money to try to receive a shedload of money
Simple things you can do:
1. Carry a piece of cedar wood or ginger in your wallet, money purse, or pocket to draw wealth 2. Keep a small jar of alfalfa in your food cupboard and you’ll never be without food 3. Rub Patchouli oil on your money, sprinkle it in your handbag or pockets
An easy little money spell anyone can do is to take a handfull of coins and place on the floor (not where dogs, young children, or people thinking they’ve found spare change to use at the laundrette can pick them up) whilst chanting (at least three times) “Money on the floor brings money in the door”.
This one takes a bit more work:
This must be done on the proper Day and Hour of Jupiter**. I will explain more in a bit. You will need a Green Candle and a White Candle. The Green candle represents the money, and the white candle represents you. You may draw/carve money symbols on the green candle (£ or $ or whatever you use in your country) and then annoint the candles with a money-drawing oil, such as Orange, Patchouli, Clove, Bergamot, or Ginger, thinking of your desire for money to come to you. Set the candles on your altar or table 8 inches apart. After doing this, say…(saying it 3 times or more is best)
“Money, money come to me In abundance three times three May I be enriched in the best of ways Harming none on its way This I accept, so mote it be Bring me money three times three!”
You need to start this Spell on a Thursday which is the Day of Jupiter and at the proper hour of Jupiter for your Latitude and Longitude. Repeat this for 8 days. Each day move the White Candle one inch closer to the Green Candle. Allow the candles to burn for one hour before extinguishing and during this time, visualise money coming into your life. When the Candles touch on the eighth day, your spell is finished. This will end the Spell on a Thursday as well.
Each day you should find the proper Planetary Hour of Jupiter and do the Spell at that time. This will give it much more power. Jupiter is associated with money. Be sure you visualise the money pouring in from the Universe, but make sure you imagine a source of where that money will come from… and don’t ask for the Lotto…. it’s not going happen.
I may as well give you a list of which days and their corresponding planet:
Monday – Moon (voyages, travel, anything to do with water) Tuesday – Mars (to acquire courage, overthrow enemies) Wednesday – Mercury (answers about the future, divination) Thursday – Jupiter (money) Friday – Venus (love) Saturday – Saturn (to acquire learning) Sunday – Sun (business)
Keep these in a convenient place or memorise them as they will be used again.
Business Spells –
Firstly, whilst Jupiter (Thursday) is the best day for doing a money spell, funnily enough, Sunday is the best day for business spells. As you may have come to expect by now, the Planetary hours are a huge part of this plan. See the link above for the Planetary hour of the Sun for the Sunday on which you plan to do your Business spell. They do change daily as the days hours are always adjusting by minutes. If you get too confused, just ask, I’ll try to explain.
When you have chosen the Sunday and the Planetary hour of the Sun during which to do this spell, collect beforehand these items:
A small pouch A coin – a 50p piece or a quarter or whatever you use in your country Patchouli oil small green aventurine crystal herbs: any 3 of the above-mentioned herbs gold spell candle patchouli incense a tiny bowl of water a tiny bowl of salt
Place the herbs, green aventurine, and coin into the pouch and drop 3 drops of Patchouli oil over the items inside. Draw the pouch closed and tie it. This is never to be opened again. Pass the pouch (now a talisman) over the bowl of salt and say, “Element of Earth, cleanse this talisman”
Pass the talisman over the the incense and say, “Element of Air, cleanse this talisman” Pass it over the burning candle and say, “Element of Fire, cleanse this talisman” Pass it over the bowl of water and say, “Element of Water, cleanse this talisman”
Blow on the talisman three times, draw in the air an equal-armed cross over the talisman and say, “Thou art cleansed, consecrated, and empowered in the name of (God, the Divine Source, the goddess – if you have a favoured one, or just say the Universe, if none of the others suit). This magick is sealed. So mote it be.”
Spend a few moments bringing up within yourself the desire to see your business succeed. Visualise it being successful, making all the money you could ever need. See yourself as the most successful businesswoman or man you’ve ever known. Bring up every ounce of belief within you that your business will be successful not just now, but always. See yourself always making the right business decisions in order to make it successful. Get really excited about your success. Own it! When you feel you are ready, say:
“Slow business be gone I (we) need business success and money to come Business was weak Now business is strong Bring customers in need of my (our) services (or goods) agreed Let money & success come fast And let money & success last Let our success harm none But to help all who come!” So mote it be!
Allow your gold candle to burn for an hour before extinguishing (or if it’s a small spell candle, until it burns out on its own). Keep your talisman on your desk by the computer if that is where you do your business or in the till at your shop, or under the telephone if that is where your business is done. NEVER allow the talisman to be opened and always leave it where business is done.
I know this spell works as I did it for a company I once worked for that was in over-draught when I did the spell and within a very few days, we had business like never before and money pouring in. This did go on for a few months until one night after I had left, some twit took the talisman from underneath my phone and emptied it! Business went down the swanee after that and I was made redundant about a year later due to lack of money. Ah well…
So my best wishes go with you as you endeavour to make a little extra money for the bills or to bring your business to success! Lesson Number 3? See Lesson Number 2 again Good Luck and Blessed be )O(
How many times have you heard a friend say, or have even said it yourself, “I never dream”. You must simply change the wording of your statement to “I never remember dreams” as it has been proven scientifically that everybody dreams. Dreams have been documented for centuries. Whether you have read the Bible or not, you will have heard stories of how angels visited prophets and others in their dreams. Nothing has changed, really.
There are almost as many theories as to why we dream as there are dreams themselves. The boffins (scientists) would have us all believe that dreams are just brainwaves and synapses and such, just firing away in our heads, putting forth all manner of gibberish. I never believed that for a minute. Dreams are much too important for us to excuse them so lightly. Please do not take me as knowledgeable about the Bible, nor that I believe everything written in it. It is a book written mainly by mere men, recounting the history of the World at that time and religious phenomena, family histories, stories, etc that have been told and re-told so often through so many different accounts that it really makes me wonder at times did much of any of it happen the way it is told. Especially since King James I got his paws on it. As many know, King James, back in 1600’s England was responsible for re-writing some of the original history of the bible as well as adding his select passages about not suffering a witch to live, etc. I rest my case.
Ah, well, I’m not writing this about King James, nor the Bible per se. I’m writing about dreams and why they happen. Many agree that we live on one plane of existance — the Earthly plane. There is, above us, the Elemental Plane, then the Astral Plane There are actually many planes of existance that quantum physics boffins are still investigating and proving, but I’m not a quantum physics expert, so let’s for the sake of our purposes, stick to the Earthly/Elemental/Astral planes. Most people will agree that we each have a soul, or spirit within us that, in spite of our brains appearing to do all the thinking, the spirit is what wills us to carry on. A saying I heard a long time ago describes us best, I think: “We are spiritual beings having a human experience”. In other words, I think we’ve been around a lot longer than the present, and will be around much longer than the bodies we inhabit now. Which brings me closer to the subject at hand…dreams.
Our bodies which we now inhabit on the Earthly plane are not able to keep pace with our Spirits, nor were ever intended to. Some believe that we were gods at one point in time and the Divine Spirit, or God [or God and Goddess as I believe], put us on Earth to learn. We kept our Spirits, our true selves, but are having to live out a human existance. Punishment? I don’t know. But, that is not the point, either. There are too many beliefs as to why we’re here to debate. I just want to give you the reason, to my belief, as to why we dream – and what they mean.
When our bodies sleep, our Spirits do not. It may be as well that some folk do not remember their dreams as there may be no telling what our Spirits get up to whilst they are free of “us”. In the Elemental Plane above the Earthly plane, it is believed that our Earthly, human thoughts print a pattern of what is real, but also imagined. If you think about how, for instance, anime artists, cartoonists, sci-fi writers and the like came up with mechanised armour for characters years ago and now those things are being built for actual use, perhaps you can see how the pattern for things is created in the mind of a person, then printed on the Elemental Plane and thus comes into being. I think it is a good case for the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for”! As Witches, you are all aware of how manifestation works, I am sure, therefore we won’t go into it here as that is a whole other blog in itself.
As you may be able to begin seeing, our Spirits are able to travel through the Elemental Plane and onto the Astral Plane. Those planes of existence do not merely waft around in some far-off dimension doing nothing. There is just as much happening there as here, perhaps so much more so. We can not only visit the Elemental Plane in our “sleep” but our Spirits are able to visit the Astral Plane as well. So, as you “dream”, you may find yourself in one World one moment, and another completely different World the next! You may visit another time, as well. Time has been proven not to be in a straight line as we might well believe (it looks that way, doesn’t it?), and I can attest that I have been in many different eras myself!
I think the most important thing to do, if you want to remember your dreams, is to write them down upon waking. I know you’ve heard it before, still, if you want someone who is able to help you sort out your dream, all the details you can remember are very important. Colours, numbers, writing, were there men and/or women in your dream? Was it day or night? Was it colourful and pleasing or was it dark and dreary? Were there animals, birds? What sounds did you hear? Even if you were having a drink in a pub or smoking a cigarette…it is all important!
Many people I’ve helped in reading their dreams tell me they had a “nightmare”. No, your Spirit had a scary experience possibly and scary experiences are not always (in fact hardly ever) harbingers of gloomy prophesy. Dreaming of death, seeing yourself in your own coffin…not to worry, it isn’t bad news. There are also certain days of each month when whatever you dreamed is not to be entertained according to those who follow Avesta, Globa, Vronsky, and Veda (I’ll explain those another time). And, in some rare cases, what you ate/watched/read shortly before retiring can influence some pretty strange things in your psyche during the night!
So, if you’ve had a dream that has you wondering whether you should pay attention to it or not, and would like to know what it means, feel free to email me at email@example.com. Or, if you know someone whom you trust and has read dreams for you before, contact that person. Thank you for reading and if this has helped, please give it a “like”, Tweet to your friends, or share it on Facebook!
Looking around the interwebs, I have found a lot of good and useful bits of advice. Some are a bit advanced, however, for those of you just beginning your practise/path. As a matter of fact, I find them too advanced for myself and I’ve been a Witch all of my life. We need not discuss how many years that has been
By “too advanced”, I do not mean to say that you nor myself would be capable of using these ideas, just that – if I’m honest – I find unnecessary. However, as I do want everyone to have every idea and possibility to add to their Book of Shadows (BOS) as they feel they should, then later on in this series, we’ll have a look at everything, necessary or not.
My first piece of advice to the Witch on his or her new path is “less is more”. I’m not saying you need do nothing and it will all magick its way upon you, simply that, don’t try to do or have everything at once. There is nothing worse than buying shedloads of “tools”, herbs, oils, and the like, then finding that you really didn’t need all of those things. There are plenty of websites as well as Etsy and Ebay with sellers happy to sell you huge “Witch-y kits”, repleat with altar patens, altar clothes, wands, bolines, athames, candles, herbs, etc. for loads of money. Just add water and you’re an instant Witch. No. The way to begin is the way you mean to carry on. Start with the basics, don’t worry that you don’t have “everything” that some other Witches may have, and you will find, along the way, what you truly “need”.
The basics – what are they? I believe a journal or a simple notebook is plenty good enough for the new Witch. I bought a very nice leather-bound BOS some years ago, and to be honest, it only has a very few pages with entries. The reason is, is that I only want what I feel is 100% effective in my BOS. No spell, no oil blend, no information of any kind is written into my BOS until I have proved it to be effective myself. You could have the most gorgeous BOS on the market, but if it is filled with a lot of useless spells and recipes, what is the point?
This is why I recommend a simple journal or notebook. Oh, you can tart it up, if you like…use acrylic paints to paint sigils, etc on the outside cover, or stickers. But here is where you can write whatever you wish to your heart’s content – take notes from the books you read that mean something to you, write up recipes of your own for oil blends or herbal blends, draw pictures of the herbs that you’re studying, clip photos and paste in…whatever you like. In fact, you can fill lots of notebooks over a course of years with all you’ve learned BEFORE you choose what you have found to be effective. Then, when you have found what truly works for you, make or purchase the BOS of your dreams and write in it all that you’ve learned. You won’t have to rely on memory…you’ll have notebooks full of memories! This final BOS with nice parchment paper pages (and in some cases, Witches will have more than one of these) is the one that is your legacy, the one you’ll hand down to your children or a new Witch whom you have been teaching over a period of time.
Next time, I’ll tell you more about what is in my own BOS, just to give you a starting point – it is NOT the only way to do a BOS, yours will be the way you want it to be. Thanks for reading and if you find this helpful in anyway, please like and share! Blessed Be )O(
Note from author – I am cleaning up old blogs and ran across this one. I promised a series but left it, I’m afraid. Perhaps soon I shall do Part 2. Thank you for your patience x
The Yule and Christmas season is coming closely upon us…yes, I know, let’s celebrate Samhain/Halloween first! I’m sure you have all noticed everywhere from department stores to supermarkets are already clearing away the Halloween goodies and quickly placing Christmas and Yule-tide cheer everywhere. Don’t feel too badly for Halloween…in no time, long before you can say “Happy New Year!”, Christmas will be swept under the rug and out will come , of all the silly things, Valentine’s Day gear. How am I to feel good about purchasing chocolates for a loved one when I know that they have been sitting on a shop shelf for nearly 3 months in advance? Sometimes, I am wary of “sell-by dates”. I have been the unhappy recipient of dodgy choccies before..you know the ones with sketchy looking white-ish places on them?
As Pagans/Wiccans/Witches, most of us feel more in-tune with seasons. It is, after all, one of the many things we closely follow and attune to. There is a time for all seasons and this one is NOT Yule. However, we do understand why retailers do this. It is because they must stay on top of the current market and make sure they are first out the gate with all the latest and greatest for the Christmas season. And then on to the next. As an online seller, I have to admit that I feel the “itch” a bit myself…I really have this yen to start marking down prices, rotating adverts on Twitter constantly, and harking my wares to all whom will listen…or read, as it were. And then I say “no”.
Don’t expect great gushing adverts in the next few weeks from Wytchencrafts. Of course, we’ll plie our wares on Twitter, just not in that constant rush of them most of us have become used to from retailers and online sellers. Not to say that we won’t as it more closely nears Christmas, just not now. We’re too busy celebrating Samhain!
The answer is NO!! You do not “need” a thing, apart from a strong desire to learn, a few good books, and a shed-load of intention. The tools of Witchcraft are important, but you do not need them, per se.
However, many young Witches (does not necessarily mean young in age, just young in the Craft) do feel a need to have certain tools to help them, at the very least in the beginning of their Path, to direct their intention more strongly…or as a bit of a “help” in their Magickal workings. I’m no longer a “young” witch (in either sense of the meaning!), still, I will, nearly every time I work Magick, use my wand, altar paten, cauldron, Book of Shadows (Grimoire), and incense burner. I have an athame, but rarely ever use it. I don’t always use my wand, only when I am doing something very, very serious and want all the help I can get. I made my wand with a load of intention and it was, yes, a bit of hard work. You see, I’m a bit of a “luddite” when it comes to making items…I just can’t get the hang of power tools so the knife works well for me. Still, my wand works so well for me…because it is a part of me.
The handle of my Yew wand with my handmade crow fetish
No, I didn’t use any body parts in the making of my wand, just my will and intention, some herbs in the tip and a powerful crystal. The same way I make bespoke wands for our customers. Of course, one would think that since I make their wand, all my intention will be in their wand and none of theirs. Not true. When I make a bespoke wand, if the customer asks for herbs in the tip, I will send the herbs and the crystal they order to go into the tip so that the Witch his or herself can enchant the herbs they choose, enchant their crystal and put their intention into their own wand. And of course, one almost always cleanses, consecrates, and empowers their tools before using as I would expect many would do with one of our wands. Your wand will well and truly be your own.
Of course, we also make pre-made wands as well, again, the Witch who buys the pre-made wand can certainly put his or her intention into it after cleansing, consecrating, and empowering. Many Witches (including myself when I was young) buy pre-made wands all the time and have great success with them, love them and wouldn’t use anything else. That tells me that they must work,
So, no, you don’t need our wands, or any wand for that matter. Although, if you feel you do, please see what we can do for you as you will no doubt look at many websites for pricing, etc. and please keep us in mind.