spiritualism

Domestic Garden Witch: When Eggshells Grow

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!

Eggshells for the Garden Witch

The kitchen witch has eggshells piling up on the counter, dried and ready to be ground up for use in protection powders. The garden witch looks at these shells and thinks, “Oh! Fertilizer!”

But if you’re limited in space and have to keep your garden limited to your windowsill, you may find yourself looking at those eggshells and saying “Oh! New pottery!” Not only is creating an eggshell planter a very green practice, but it’s also creative and makes transplanting much easier if you end up having a larger garden later on!

The Container…

Simple enough, you just need mostly intact eggshells. In the picture above, the eggshells are kept in the carton, but I’ve seen eggshells set up decoratively, such as with this picture:

The core of this post is clearly the eggshells, but you can arrange them in whatever way saves space or is aesthetically pleasing!

Carefully fill the emptied eggshell with potting soil. Make an indent in the soil with your finger, and carefully add your seedling before adding a final layer of soil and watering. If you plan on keeping the plants in the eggshells instead of transplanting, you could also carefully poke holes in the bottom of the eggshells so that your plants don’t get over-watered.

How Can I Witch This?

Eggshells alone are extremely protective, and providing your plants with that energy is beneficial. Around Ostara, use died eggshells! Not only will the shells have protective energy, but you’ll be able to use color correspondences and whatever symbols you used for the rite.

Draw symbols or runes of growth, protection, and strength on the shells in order to encourage your plant’s growth!

Bonus points is if you grow protective herbs in the eggshells!

May your harvests always be fruitful!
Blessed Be! )O(

The Domestic Garden Witch: Gardening Without Plants!

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!

Sand and Meditation

Something that often does not cross an individual’s mind when they hear the word “garden” is the thought of a garden without plants, especially where witches are concerned. After all, witches are sometimes known for the sheer amount of herbs and plants they collect (hell, my boyfriend sometimes criticizes the quantity of herbs I have - not my practice, mind you, just the fact that I have over thirty varieties of herbs in large quantities in my witchy drawers). But gardens take all sorts of shapes and sizes, including that of the zen garden, Japanese rock garden, or meditation garden.

Unlike planted gardens, these are minimalist creations designed to help induce meditative thought and relaxation through the use of flowing patterns and stone placement which often are likened to mountains or islands rising up from the sea. They are generally designed as large features which are raked into different patterns each day, but are easily adaptable for the small amount of room our domestic garden witch might have!

Creating Your Garden

As with any indoor garden, perhaps the first thing to look into is the type of container in which you’d like to keep it. In this case, a dish that is wider than it is tall is recommended. Choose either rounded shapes or rectangular shaped dishes that are shallow yet deep enough to hold sand.

Fill this dish with sand - white is traditional, though colored sands can be found in local craft stores or dollar stores - until it is about half full. Select visually appealing stones and set them on the sand.

With a utensil, trace ripples into the sand - flowing lines reminiscent of water are traditional.

If you feel that you want a bit of plant life, small air plants are definitely helpful. Remember to design your garden based on simplicity. Use natural themes and variations in your design to provide an aesthetic that you find appealing.

Tools of the Rock Garden

Typically when you think of a desktop zen garden, you might envision one of the little kits that you can get as a novelty gift at Barnes and Noble. In these kits, there is of course a couple of little rakes - one for smoothing out the sand and one for providing the patterns.

We’re witches on a budget, though, so let’s take a different approach - one similar to what’s pictured above. While it is completely reasonable to use a fork or a pen to make the patterns, you can take bamboo skewers or chopsticks and turn them into rakes using wire. Using these, you can smooth out the sand and rake patterns into it each day or as often as the whim takes you.

How Can I Witch This?

Unlike all of the gardens I’ve written about thus far, this is a garden whose only maintenance depends upon what you need from a meditative standpoint. Its design is not only decorative, but spiritually functional. If you’re a witch who is still fairly closeted and can’t have an altar, gardens such as these make for excellent substitutions, as they can form a sort of sacred space in which you can meditate and focus your intent.

If you’re a crystal witch, these sand gardens are a dream come true! Instead of placing stones, arrange your grids in the sand and use the rake or skewer to draw patterns in the sand to help focus the energy of the stones in your grid!

Draw sigils in the sand based on your intent and either wipe them away with the rake, or incorporate those sigils into the design of the ripples!

Sands come in various colors and grades. Play around with options for your sand! For cleansing, use a fine black sand. For empowerment, use a fiery orange or red. For healing, use white or light blue! The possibilities are near endless!

Of course, I can’t leave out my fellow kitchen witches! Salt is a key feature of the kitchen witch’s lifestyle. So much so, in fact, that in some circles it is believed that it is bad luck to run out of salt. For this reason, you can replace the sand with salt! This has a couple of benefits: first, it’s inexpensive. Second, it acts as a constant cleanser - much like a quartz cluster or a rod of selenite. When the salt has become to crusty to rake into appealing patterns, it has done its work! Dispose of the old salt and replace it with a new batch! (Do not pour the salt outside! This is harmful to the environment! Instead, find a safer way to dispose of the salt - I usually use the salt to clean out my mortar and pestle, then dissolve it in the sink to drain away).

If you use salt in place of sand, you can take the crystal grid concept a step further! Place the crystals in your “salt garden” and rake as you would if it were sand. This provides a way to cleanse your crystals in a way that is also visually appealing!

Consider different ways to make this plant-less garden a magical addition to the dorm or coffee table!

And may your harvests always be bountiful!
Blessed Be! )O(

I’m not going to deny that the situation with South Korea’s President is a real mess, but it strikes me that the whole “pagan cult” thing is kind of a sideshow. When you come right down to it, that sort of thing really isn’t all that unusual. I mean, the White House had an astrologer on staff at one point. Canada has had multiple Prime Ministers who thought they could talk to ghosts. Sure, it makes for an eye-catching headline, but it doesn’t actually tell us anything.

A Man Asks:

“You think your cards can answer anything? Why should I believe this? Here: I’m 50 now, what will I have for breakfast when I turn 70?’

Three cards fall on the table:

The Hermit, Justice, The Sun.

‘You will have toast for breakfast, nicely burnt. You will get up in the morning, an old man, thinking: ’What’s the point?’ But then you realize: ‘Fuck, it;s my birthday. I have a responsibility. If only I didn’t, as I’m too tired for this. But here comes my wife to congratulate me. How she shines! Ah, that feels rather good!”

- The man I read these cards for turned to me and asked - his skepticism now vanished: ‘Does this mean that I won’t be alone?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He went home happy. 

- Page 98 to 99, from Camelia Elias’ Marseille Tarot: Towards the Art of Reading. Published by EyeCorner Press in UK and US, in January 2015. 

People are all about that “oh, Spiritualist mediums were cheating rubes out of their money when they were speaking in ‘trances’” narrative, but LOOK they were so much more than that. Women weren’t allowed to give lectures in many places in the US back then! And even fewer were allowed to speak in front of “promiscuous assemblies” – in other words, audiences that contained both men and women. You know who could speak in front of huge audiences? Trance lecturers. We are talking about women who were suffragettes and abolitionists who could get up on stage and talk about religious and spiritual matters in front of men because they believed they were channeling spirits. These weren’t women saying “hey, your dad dad is saying this beyond the grave”. These are women saying they are accessing a Greater Truth from somewhere in the ether, and they are talking about important subjects in front of enormous audiences because that Truth is making itself known through them.

The Spiritualists were a crazy-ass group of scientists, religious reformers, and political activists. I love them! They spoke out in favor of abolition and suffrage, and you’d even have women in the 19th century writing about the evils of marriage and how women don’t need no man. They had political journals and conferences and assemblies, and there was such a huge overlap with other groups like suffragists and abolitionists and religious reformers. This wasn’t just back room seances and ghost hunting, no matter what the horror movies want you to believe. This was women and POC fighting for their rights and the rights of others, amplifying voices that never had been before, and trying to understand the mysteries of the universe. Before you get on them about spirits and ectoplasm, please keep in mind that modern germ theory hadn’t even been invented yet and scientists still believed in miasmas and shit. And you know what? An awful lot of them really did believe in the things they were studying. An awful lot of women did gain financial and social independence by channeling spirits and giving seances. Real political change was effected by the proponents and adherents of Spiritualism.

I’M JUST SAYING, THE SPIRITUALISM MOVEMENT WAS REALLY COOL AND WAS PART OF THE HISTORY OF ABOLITION AND SUFFRAGE IN AMERICA. THAT’S RIGHT, Y’ALL. GO OUT AND VOTE TODAY, AND THANK A LIL GHOST WHEN YOU DO.