pagan crafting

Yesterday I had a friend tell me how one of her close friends has a whole bunch of succulents, and she has given each one the name of her close friends. She nurses them, takes care of them, talks to them, and if one ever starts to get sick or not grow well, she talks to the friend in question and something is almost always bothering them.

And if that isn’t one of the cutest examples of subtle green witchcraft I don’t know what is.

🌛IMPORTANT WITCH TIP🌜

In old recipes and spells, strange ingredients are often called for such as “Eye of Dog” or “Bone of a Dead man.” Through research (of Cunnigham and my Grandma) I found out what’s REALLY being requested.😊 .

Examples:

Eyes: Eyebright or Daisy
Blood: Sap
Fingers: Cinquefoil
Hair: Maidenhair Fern
Skin of a Man: Fern
Piss: Dandelion
Bloody Fingers: Foxglove
Unicorn Horn: Unicorn Root

So when these animals are asked for, use this herb instead:

Sheep: Dandelion
Dog: Couchgrass
Lamb: Lamb’s Lettuce
Cat: Catnip
Rat: Valerian
Weasel: Rue
Nightingale: Hop
Cuckoo: Plantain
Hawk: Hawkweed
Linnets: Eyebright
Woodpeckers: Peony
Snake: Fennel or Bistort
Frog: Cinquefoil
Toad: Sage
Lizard: Calamint.

FUN FACT: When a sacrifice is called for, it means you should bury an egg, NEVER does it mean to kill any living thing!!!

HERBAL CODE:
The part called for in a recipe means the part of the herb to be used, as follows;

Head: the flower
Paw, foot, leg, scale: leaf
Tooth: leaf, seed pod
Guts: root or stalk
Tail: stem
Tongue: petal
Privates: seeds
Hair: the dried version of the herb
Eye: the inner blossom
The heart: the bud or a big seed.

A lot of plants like Crowfoot or Cat’s Tail are usually found in old recipes, do not mistake them for actual animal parts! Practice safely and have a Blessed Evening! 🌛🌝🌜

Spell Writing Tips for Beginners

Hello Lovelies!

So you’ve decided to write a spell, great! Everyone has the capacity and capability to write a working spell. This is a list of some beginner tips for new spell writers, or for experienced writers who feel they need to go back to the basics.

1. Don’t be afraid of your own style.

Some spells are super flowery with long words and Shakespearian phrases. Some spells require 18 ingredients and 3 days to cast them. Some spells require specific times to cast them and the perfect astrological conditions. Some spells are simple, consisting of a single phrase.
Don’t be afraid of your own individual style. A spell written by you, for you, should be a personal experience. Just because your spell doesn’t flow a certain way doesn’t mean it’s “wrong” or won’t work. Spell writing is a form of self expression and each spell will be as individual and unique as the person writing it.

2. Don’t think too much.

Spell writing (for me anyway) is more of a spiritual experience than an intellectual one. I usually sit down with my pen and paper. Then I meditate for a minute thinking about what I want to achieve. Then I just let the words flow out onto the paper, without thinking about what it all means. You can always read it after and make adjustments. If you just sit down and let it happen, you may be surprised by what you come up with!

3. Make your own associations.

Don’t feel like you have to research the meaning of every ingredient or color that you use. I may think red is a color for lust while you see it as a color for anger. Both associations are right. If something doesn’t feel right to you, or you personally feel different about something. It’s ok to use an ingredient in a different way than what is “traditional”.

4 Do research on any ingredients you use.

This may seem contradictory to my last tip, but this time I’m talking about physical properties. Will your gemstone dissolve in water? Is that herb you want to use toxic? Could you have an allergy to that essential oil? It’s important to do your research because some of the ingredients used in spell craft can be very potent.

5. Have fun!

If spell writing is stressing you out, try taking a break and coming back to it later. Whatever energy you have while writing your spell is going to show up in the casting of your spell. If you’re angry while writing a healing spell, it probably won’t work as well as you wanted it to. Don’t get frustrated with yourself. You’re new at this it will take some time. Just have patience with yourself.

I hope these tips are helpful for any new spell writers!
Happy writing!
-Liz

Craft and Creations: Magical Herb Wreath for Yule (Christmas)

Sailing passed Samhain, we have now entered the word of insistent Christmas music and Christmas decorations. However, since their isn’t an official Wiccan/Pagan holiday for Thanksgiving, celebrating it is a personal choice. I have put up an altar decoration post for Thanksgiving called the “Gratitude Ritual.” Just a few suggestion on what you may place on an altar for this time of month. 

This do it yourself craft is simple, and if you use herbs for magical purposes (as many of us do) a welcome addition to any Yule altar or grace your doors.

What You’ll Need:

  • Freshly cut herbs (if not available dried/fake herbs should be fine)
  • Wreath Wire Frame (available at most art and craft stores)
  • Optional: Florist Wire, Ribbon, Hot Glue Gun

Directions:

Use the wired frame as a base, and the florist wire (If you choose to use it) to anchor your herbs into place. Finish it off with a bit of ribbon and any other piece of magical item you wish.

Types of Herbs Used in Specific Wreaths:

Healing: apple blossom, lavender, barley, comfrey, eucalyptus, fennel, chamomile, golden-seal, borage, fever-few, horehound, lady’s mantel, allspice, olive, rosemary, rue, sandalwood, wintergreen, or peppermint.

Protection: aloe vera, hysson, asofetida, mandrake, heather, holly, mugwort, onion, wood betony, valerian, sandalwood, snapdragon, fleabane, mustard, garlic, foxglove, dill, or mistletoe. 

Prosperity: bay leaf, basil, chamomile, clover, cinquefoil, tonka bean, buckeye, myrtle, apple, sunflower, or pennyroyal.

Love: allspice, apple blossom, bleeding heart, catnip, lavender, periwinkle, peppermint, tulip, violet, daffodil, clove, yarrow, marjoram, basil, fig, valerian, or endive. 

Originally posted by butteryplanet

Blessed Yule

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Loitsu is the Finnish word for a spell, an incantation. Loitsu Crafts is the shop of my incredibly talented friend Renée, and how fitting it is - she came to Finland from the other side of the world, yet all of her creations sing the songs of ancient Northern magic.
And right now, her shop needs your support. Please visit LOITSU CRAFTS to help my dear witch friend.

My DIY Book of Shadows~

Hello everyone! I’d like to share with you how I made my most recent BOS. My first one was totally handcrafted - big, daunting, parchment paper-y and majestic. It was beautiful and it was everything I thought a BOS should be, but honestly it was so much of a book that I didn’t even want to write in it! So this time I’ve created something smaller, whimsical, and more fun. It’s something I can actually use and grow with. It was also super simple to make, cost almost nothing and I love how it turned out! 

Materials:
>A cheap journal
>Mod Podge and paper towels
>Scrapbook paper
>A craft brush
>Decorations! Stickers, beads, etc.
>The usual craft stuff: scissors, a pencil and a ruler

Happy crafting!

1. Assemble those materials!

Can we just talk about this succulent scrapbook paper for a minute?! It’s fabulous. I want to Mod Podge EVERYTHING with this paper! Speaking of Mod Podge… this is something every witchy or crafty person should have on hand. You can Mod Podge your altar furniture, your plant containers, your tarot box.. anything! All of these pieces of paper are standard letter size, 8.5 x 11. This journal was less than $5 and sat on my bookshelf unused. Grab any notebook or journal you may have! Finally, I’ll be using an old makeup brush to apply the Mod Podge because, you know, resourcefulness.

2. Measure and cut your paper

You don’t want to have too much excess paper when you’re applying the Mod Podge so just eyeball it (or measure if you’re a perfectionist!) and cut all but about ½ inch. We’ll be folding that ½ inch in to glue on the inside of the cover. Do this around all sides of the book and cut! Use this piece you’ve cut to trace on another piece of scrapbook paper and cut that to the same size. Now you’ve got two pieces of paper - one piece to cover the front of the book and one to cover the back. I left the spine of my journal alone but you could definitely cover it if you wanted to! :)

3. MOD PODGE

A little goes a long way with Mod Podge. Just apply a thin layer on the cover of the book and it will be enough, I promise! Press the first piece of paper that you cut on to the front. Fold the excess down and glue on the inside as well. We’ll be covering the inside as well so it doesn’t have to be perfect! Repeat on the back of the book. Press down firmly to get the wrinkles out and let the outside pieces dry. Have paper towels handy to wipe away any Mod Podge that seeps out!

4. Cover the inside!

This 8.5x11 paper fit almost perfectly in the inside of this journal, but I did have to trim it a bit. I recommend pre-folding this paper with the shape of the journal to ensure a snug fit. After you’ve trimmed and folded, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge and press it all down! Let this dry and make sure the Mod Podge doesn’t seep out too much and stick your pages together. Repeat on the inside front of the book and the inside back of the book. This is the paper I chose for the inside of the back:

5. (Optional) Cover the first page

Okay so… I had an extra piece of paper and I really wanted a pretty front page to put a dedication/book blessing on. Just use the same trimming, folding, and gluing method as you did with the inside cover piece! Let everything dry overnight. Tip: Save your brush with warm, soapy water :)

6. The fun part - Decorating! 

Use stickers, markers, paint, whatever you want to make the book uniquely yours! This is your BOS and it should reflect your personality. Make it pretty, witchy, weird, artsy, simple, whatever! If your book came with a ribbon bookmark like mine, you could put beads or charms on it. Have fun!

I LOVE how this turned out and I can’t wait to start using it! Craft away witches~

Witch Tip

It’s okay to use the same three herbs in all your spells. It’s okay to have a simple altar. It’s okay to give the store brand as offerings. It’s okay to modify spells, chants, recipes to fit you and your practice. Being a witch doesn’t have to be expensive. 

Daily Correspondence

Sunday- Ruled by the Sun. Rules spells and rituals dealing with power, prosperity, health, banishing evil and exorcism.

Monday- Ruled by the Moon. Rules spells and rituals dealing with intuition, dreams, psychic ability, female fertility, and the Goddess.

Tuesday- Ruled by Mars. Rules spells and rituals dealing with courage, energy, physical strength, and banishing negativity.

Wednesday- Ruled by Mercury. Rules spells and rituals dealing with divination, communications, knowledge, wisdom, and study.

Thursday- Ruled by Jupiter. Rules spells and rituals dealing with luck, wealth, healing, male fertility, and legal matters.

Friday- Ruled by Venus. Rules spells and rituals dealing with love, sex, marriage, fertility and friendship.

Saturday- Ruled by Saturn. Rules spells and rituals dealing with psychic ability, meditation, and communication with spirits.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE WITCHES:

QUICK REMINDER THAT WITCHES FROM THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE ARE BEING GIVEN THE WRONG DIRECTIONS WHEN NORTHERN HEMISPHERE WITCHES PREACH “clockwise and anticlockwise”
IF YOU LIVE ANYWHERE THAT ISNT THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE DON’T LISTEN. They should be using desoil or widdershins, which is the direction in which the sun travels (the sun travels ANTI-CLOCKWISE in the Southern Hemisphere, which might explain why stirring clockwise only works for decreasing here)
Tldr; if you’re a Southern Hemisphere witch, stir in the opposite direction to what an American or European has written