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Candle Care

Just a little guide for candle care tips

It is so important to maintain correct candle care and know how to burn candles safely. This way, you can get the longest burn time and the full intend of out of your candles. Usually, Sorcerous Sundries candles will not have written warnings about keeping candles away from light, pets and children or away from anything flammable as it should be common knowledge. Unfortunately after a few emails about not removing labels and having a 30 cm fire tower on the candle, and burning votives leaving liquid wax everywhere has lead to this being written.

Candle care tips to get the most out of your Candles

The first time you light your candle, whether a plain or spell candle, you MUST let it burn for at least 2 hours! The idea is to create a wax pool that reaches the sides of the candle to achieve an even burn every time it is lit. Burning a candle for less time creates a small pool of wax that will create a tunnel, this will lead to your candle putting itself out constantly and essentially rendering the candle useless.

Place candles in flameproof jars or cups to double the burn time, this also prevents liquid wax from going everywhere. A votive that burns for around 8 hours will burn for 16 hours if placed into a proper votive cup.

Always trim the wick before burning. Even if you’re relighting a candle, trim the wick to 1/4 inch. When the wick is too long it will burn uneven and create soot/smoke, making your walls black and dirty. A long wick also creates a higher flame, this is because the wick is actually burning and not the wax.

Keep candles away from direct sunlight. No matter if the candle has UV protective additives or none, candles in direct sunlight WILL lose their colour and no one wants that.

If you must, and really really want to increase the candles life, you can place your candle in the freezer for 2 to 4 hours and then light it. Freezing the candle increases the burn time but Sorcerous Sundries does not recommend this. This can lead to the candle cracking, loosing it’s colour or deforming in other ways.

Candle Safety

Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.

Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.

Always use a candle holder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting.

Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.

Place burning candles at least 6 cm apart from one another. This helps ensure they don’t melt each other, or create their own drafts that cause improper burning.

Witchcraft, candle snuffer, spell candle, australian witchcraftUse a snuffer to extinguish a candle. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters. Or place your hand behind the candle flame and blow the candle out slowly. Always snuff out your spell candles as blowing them out (using the element Air) will undo all your hard work.

Never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and can cause glass containers to break.

Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn’t burning properly. Cool, trim the wick to 1/4 inch, then check for drafts before relighting.

Never use an open candle as a night light. Make sure it is away from windows, materials, sleeping area, pets and is enclosed in a night lantern.

Special care should be taken when burning spell candles that contain herbs or resins. Always remove any labels, ribbons, adornments, make sure the candles not near burnable material and dust off any herbs/resins around the wick of the candle before lighting.

And most importantly, NEVER leave candles unattended!

Hopefully this candle care guide helps you get the most out of your Sorcerous Sundries candles and keep you (and your home) safe!
Enjoy!

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What is Mabon

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A Wiccan witch holiday!

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Just an off topic fact I find hilarious, Pumpkins back in the 1600’s were called Pumpions. The earliest recipe for Pumpkin Pie is a document from 1670 called Pumpion Pie that had raisins and “Currans”. Yes, you read that right, Currans! Why did we ever start to add random letters to words that were fine as they were. Just thought I’d add in this little bit so you don’t think I’m too crazy when it comes to spelling some words out later on in this post. Anyhoo, back to the topic of what Mabon is!

What is Mabon?

Mabon is a Wiccan holiday and is seen as the Wiccan Thanks Giving. It is the Second Harvest on the Wiccan (or neo pagan) Wheel of the Year and also a time for acknowledging the Gods “dying” for the up coming dark half of the year. It’s a time of profound change within oneself and the earth, a time of perfect balance as the day is as long as the night before the days start to become shorter.

As I said before, im not Wiccan so I don’t know the lore/myth around this holiday but what I can say is I know many people believe that Mabon is ancient pagan holiday celebrated by the Celts. It’s not. The name Mabon was giving to the wheel from a story of “Mabon ap Modron”, meaning the “Son of the Mother”, by a Wiccan man named Aidan Kelly. Also remember that Wiccan was born in the 1930/1940s so no, it’s not ancient.

The Celts may have celebrated the Autumn equinox but there is no real hard proof if they did, what it was called and how it would’ve been celebrated. The only hard recoding’s of ancient “Celtic pagan” festivals we have is of the four Fire Festivals, Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasa.

So when is Mabon?

Since Mabon lands around Autumn Equinox, it lands around the 20th to the 23st of March in the Southern Hemisphere. And if you’re like me, and celebrate the true equinox, there are plenty of timers on google that will show you when the equinox actually is. If you’re not interested in that, the “traditional” date for Mabon in the Southern Hemisphere is the 21st of March.

These times are different in the Northern Hemisphere with Mabon landing on the 19th-22nd of September. Some still see these dates as being the “true traditional” timings, but each to their own, I say!

What to do on Mabon

  • Bake a Pumpion “pumpkin” pie
  • Cook up a feast
  • Watch the leaves change and fall
  • Start to plant up Garlic, Onions and winter foods
  • Clean up around the garden home
  • Give thanks
  • Collect leaves and fallen branches to decorate your home

Mabon Associations

Many of things listed are a combination of magical northern hemisphere associations with some Australian associations.

Crystals and Gemstones

Colours

  • Brown
  • Orange
  • Burgundy
  • Olive Green
  • Yellow

Herbs, Fruits and Spices:

  • Maple
  • Apple
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Tabaco
  • Myrrh
  • Ivy
  • Elm
  • Oak
  • Pumpkin
  • Watermelon
  • Mints
  • Sage
  • Bay
  • Lilly Pilly

Watch the change!

Though I don’t personally celebrate “Mabon”, I celebrate the Equinox. I watch the Elms and fruit tree leaves slowly change colour and start to drop, and the air start to chill. I finish up preserving all the foods from the Harvest at Lughnasa and yell at the birds to stay away from the Lilly Pillies! The day before the Equinox, it’s a great time to pick any fruits to create jams and stews for cakes and creams, and cook up a hearty soup or stew. Then, on the night of the Equinox, invite friends and family over for a feast, have a laugh around a bonfire (assuming there’s no fire restrictions) and say good bye and thank you to the sun.

During this time, I’m usually filled with anxiety as I know the cold winter is coming, so burning some vanilla and calming herbs on the bonfire is a great way to calm these energies down and focus on slowing down. I also end up cooking a heap of roasts instead of pumpkin pies as I found that the pumpkin pie everything is really a Northern Hemisphere thing and I just don’t feel it. Scones packed with Lilly Pilly jam, cream and butter, with cups of tea, soups, stews, roast veg and meat starts to slow my energy down in a relaxing way. A way that allows me to understand that it’s ok to slow down.

Just keep in mind that the earth is slowing down, getting ready to rest up and so should you!

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Apricot Magic

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What is Lughnasadh

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The start of the harvest!

What is Lughnasadh, australian witchcraft supplies, adelaide witchcraft store, witchcraft blog, witchcraft shop, pagan supplies, australian pagan, witchcraft store, witchcraft supplesExplaining what Lughnasadh is will be a little easier but a whole lot to take in. This is a festival that is often confused with another festival even though there is more than enough evidence to differentiate the two. So in this post I’m going to try and get all the tiny bits of history loaded in and hopefully explain the differences with the names, actives and what you can do during this wonderful festive month!

But just before we begin, the way to pronounce Lughnasadh/Lughnasa/Lúnasa is LOO-nuss-uh.

First up, Lughnasadh, Lughnasa or Lúnasa?

Any three of these words is fine (well, to me anyway) but there are some differences, nothing major though or at least nothing that has been recorded of history. Only one thing is for certain, Lammas is NOT lughnasadh. To use Lammas and any of the variations of Lughnasa as if they mean the same thing is kind of insulting and just plain ol culture appropriation, in my opinion. I wont get into it here as I’ve written a post on what Lammas is already and it’s quiet lengthy. Like all of my posts are turning out to be, but I do think it’s important to know where things originated from and make your mind up from there. So, anyway, what is the difference between Lughnasa names?

What is Lughnasadh

Lughnasadh marked the beginning of the harvest season, the ripening of first fruits. Traditionally it’s time of community gatherings, market festivals, sport activies, and reunions with distant family and friends. In Irish mythology, the Lughnasadh festival is said to have been begun by the god Lugh as a funeral feast and athletic competition in commemoration of his mother (or foster-mother) Tailtiu. She was said to have died of exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture. The funeral games in her honour were called the Óenach Tailten or Áenach Tailten and were held at Tailtin (now County Meath).

Other recorded activities were trial marriages. There were conducted whereby young couples joined hands through a hole in a wooden door. The trial marriage lasted a year and a day, at which time the marriage could be made permanent or broken without consequences. I wish modern hand fasting’s were this easy!

There’s also the cutting for the first “corn”. Corn in this case means anything to do with grain harvests, not actual corn. The first cutting would be an offering made to the deity by taking it to a high place and burying it. A meal of the new food (breads, stews, meats) and bilberries (European Blueberries) would be eaten by everyone. A bull or some other animal was sacrificed too, with everyone feasting from it and the hide was kept. There was dancing, plays of the god Lugh and his triumphs all month long.

What is Lughnasa, then?

It’s the same thing just a more modern name , but not too modern as Lúnasa (1900s) is the modern, modern name for Lughnasa but I personally don’t use it. I like Lughnasa as even though it’s a later name than Lughnasadh, it feels a little less tainted to me. Neopagans, Wiccans and other groups tend not to use the spelling and it’s how my family spells it, so why not keep it? I know my cousins do use the more modern spelling, Lúnasa, but it doesn’t really work for me down here in the southern hemisphere, why? Well keep on reading, hopefully this isn’t too confusing.

and Lúnasa?

Again, it’s the same festival to the witchcraft community, in the northern hemisphere. While all 3 words are pronounced the same, this word has a different meaning, it means August in modern Irish. So while the northern witches are celebrating Lughnasa during the month of August, it makes sense for them to say Lúnasa. However, those of you that are celebrating Lughnasa during February due to the season, it doesn’t really make much sense as it’s not August.

I’m not very good at explaining this point, but bottom line is, Lúnasa means August in modern Irish. Use it, don’t use it, it’s up to you in the end.

What’s Bilberry Sunday?

This one is kind of a modern variation of Lughnasa? Well, it’s associated with it, like Lammas and other festivals around this time. The name Bilberry Sunday comes from a tradition of gathering Bilberries at this time. If the bilberries were bountiful, the crops would be also. This is also the feast of the first grain harvest. Though the exact date of the festival varies, traditionally it was held anywhere from August 1 to August 14. Often, it began at sundown of the previous evening, or July 31, since the Celts measure their days from sundown to sundown and before the Georgian system (in 1700s) was introduced.

What’s with the variations

It really comes down to the time period. Lughnasadh is the eldest, sort of. “Lug” is the old spelling for the gods name “Lugh”, with Lugh being the more modern version. Then there’s “-nasadh,” part which back in the day translated to “commemorative assembly” or “funeral feast” but that’s no longer in use, at all and there’s new Irish words for both of those translations… So then everything was dropped over time and…
You can see where I’m going with this.

And due to the change of language over time, you won’t find Lughnasa in modern Irish dictionaries, it will only be Lughnasadh with the neopagan connotations attached to it and Lúnasa which will be a mash of all harvest festivals (this includes Lammas).

So when is Lughnasa?

Traditionally, Lughnasa is around the 1st of August in the Northern Hemisphere and ending in the end of August. However, down here in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s around the 1st of February and lasts till the end of February.

This festival lasted longer than a day due to the endurance activates, feasting and various trade, merchant and wedding agreements made.

What to do on Lughnasa

Since I’m an Australian and most of the readers here are Australian too, some activities are going to be a bit of a hit and miss due to fire restrictions or it’s just too darn hot!

  • Bake a berry pie
  • Take a walk up a hill or mountain
  • Make a wish in a well (if you find one/know of one)
  • Giving thanks and showing gratitude
  • Preserving foods from your harvest
  • Baking everything
  • Sports, endurance and hard work

Lughnasadh Associations

Many of things listed are a combination of magical northern hemisphere associations and Australian associations.

Crystals and Gemstones

Colours

  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Brown
  • Green
  • Gold

Herbs, Fruits and Spices:

  • All Berries
  • Poppy
  • Allspice
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Cornflower
  • Garlic
  • Bay
  • Stone Fruits
  • Sunflower
  • Mints
  • Salt
  • Apples
  • All Australian Wild Flowers

Harvest! Bake! Walk! Dance! Feast!

This is the busiest time of year for witches, pagans, farmers, animals and all walks of life. Your spirit knows that the warmer months are coming to an end and that the sun with it’s wonderful (sometimes) fiery energy is saying good bye. Crops are being harvested, foods being preserved and the scent of delicious baked goods cannot be ignored! Around the 3 week mark of Lughnasa, I try to get the family to go on a picnic to the forest and eat all the foods we have gathered and preserved over the last few weeks. It’s always kind of a sad moment as we realise the cold months are ahead and there’s no more fruit to be had. For us, it’s almost a funeral for the sun and an acknowledgement that our hard work and perseverance has paid off over the year.

I hope you all have a wonderful Lughnasa!

By all means, this isn’t everything on Lughnasa/Lughnasadh/Lúnasa. I try to keep the information neutral and fun for everyone to make their own decisions. Please keep in mind that when you read information on the “Celts”, that it is not just one people. This Fire festival is still celebrated in many parts of Ireland, it just has it’s little sprinkle of Christianity in it and some just celebrate Lammas outright.

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What is Lammas

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It’s not Lughnasadh, that’s for sure!

I know I say this every blog but seriously, you’re in for a long ride into what Lammas is. Having access to historical texts and teachings has greatly deepened my appreciation for ceremonies, religions and history. But anyway!

what is lammas, australian witchcraft blog, adelaide witchcraft store, witchcraft shop, witchcraft supplies, wholesale witchcraft, free witchcraft spells, lammas, lammas bread, lammas spellsSomewhere along the line, the history of Lammas become the history of Lughnasadh. Historical texts have been ignored and meshed together and somehow Christian Anglo-Saxons became Irish, and so did the Scottish. And somehow one cultures festival of importance became the a harvest festival of the world?

As always, I will try my best to create a clear understanding of the origins of things. However, this is probably not the article you’re looking for if you’re wanting magic. And on top of that, most historical recordings are lost, somewhat translated or simply missing.

Let’s start with the where!

Where did Lammas come from?

The name Lammas comes from Old English, hlaf ‘loaf’ and mæsse, ‘mass’. With the last part being specially tied to religion. The word mæsse is an Old English borrowed word from Latin and is only used to refer to Christian or Jewish festivals. This is why you will see some other festivals as like ‘Hallowmas’ and ‘Candlemas’, reaffirming Christian roots. Just think, festival that has ‘mas’ in it is of Christian origin.

As for worldly origins, this festival is first seen in Anglo-Saxon England, not Ireland where Lughnasadh originates. To the point where in some English towns, you’ll still find some fields and meadows called “Lammas land”. These were areas of common land where people could pasture their animals for a time, from Lammas till spring.

So what is Lammas?

In short, Lammas is another harvest festival. More specifically, it’s the beginning of the harvest and the blessing of bread. Why the blessing of bread? Well, a lot of texts before the late 9th century show this day as ‘hlafsenunga’, the blessing of bread. This time, the word senung, related to segnian, ‘to make the sign of the cross’, is another borrowing word from Latin. This keeps the idea that Lammas is very much a Christian festival. I’m starting to get hot-cross buns vibes!

As a side note, for a long time before the 9th century, Lammas is believed to be another name for August 1st before becoming the well love named for the festival. This is and always has been an important time of the year. Festivals, fairs and local feasts happened, and still do! The 1st of August was also one of the popular dates to pay off debts, make contracts and hire labourers. Due to being associated with such payments/debts, ‘latter Lammas’ became a term and humorous phrase for ‘a day which is indefinitely delayed’.

When is Lammas?

This day is traditionally held on the 1st of August in the Northern Hemisphere and is celebrated down here in the Southern Hemisphere by the church at the same time.

While yes, the the core aspect of this Christian holy day is seasonal I am unsure if the date can be changed. Many Christian holy days are set in stone and don’t seem to budge when it comes to the Southern Hemisphere.

If you are looking for the pre-Christian holiday, Lughnasadh (LOO-nuss-uh) would be your day of celebration. Even then, most of the rituals and understanding of how this festival went was never recorded. Most of the Irish, and those considered Celtic, did everything by word of mouth.

The Lammas Spell

You may have also seen a blessing of bread spell for protection. This “spell” is again, a Christian blessing for protection of ones crops stored in a barn. It’s probably the only thing I will ever write about in a way that says “yes, you are wrong.”. The “spell” has explicitly Christian symbols and practices – the cross, the Pater Noster, and the consecrated bread. Through out the entire text, it cannot possibly mistaken for pagan or anything remotely pre-Christian. Yet, somehow writers and the internet has decided to take this Christian ritual and claim it as an “ancient witchcraft spell”.

In case you don’t know what I am referring to, the ritual is to take your blessed Lammas loaf, break it into four pieces and then crumble those pieces at the four corners of the barn while reciting a pray. This ritual has always been Christian. The manuscript from which this ritual comes from- British Library, Cotton Vitellius E xviii, is a psalter, written in a monastery at Winchester in the middle decades of the 11th century.

Why is Lammas said to be Lughnasadh then?

Media, Wicca, neopaganism, 20th century anything has a huge part to play in this. Since every culture has a harvest festival, everyone wanted to lump it all together and claim it to be “pagan”, which I find it to be hypocritical. Some like to go with “evil church conspiracies”, some don’t know any better as its written in a book but really it’s just comes down to skipping massive parts of history or ignoring things that don’t fit with the picture someone’s trying to paint. This is why I get a little annoyed when it comes to seasonal festivals, paganism, witchcraft and the lot. When someone uses Lammas and Lughnasadh interchangeably, as if they’re the same thing, it’s a massive oversimplification and is culturally tone deaf.

Even if both festivals are about the start of a harvest, again, both the Irish and the English festivals are different, with different meanings, duration of celebration, cultural context and history.

Do I celebrate Lammas?

I personally don’t celebrate Lammas as I try to get as close to my blood roots as possible (being Irish & Scottish). There is no definitive proof that Lammas and Lughnasadh are not the same thing, but heavy evidence in historical texts show Lammas to be a Christian Anglo-Saxon event, not an Irish Pre-Christian one. And hopefully you can see how many others relate the two festivals and use the names interchangeably. The only differences I have found between the two is how they were celebrated (what is recorded anyway), the start date, the duration of the festival and what god was worshipped.

When it comes to festivals of old, there is no black and white answer as we just do not have the proof! However, what is recorded, is recorded and it shouldn’t be twisted to fit someone’s fantasy world. We can only do our best with the knowledge we are given. So, I don’t want to be seeing anyone rip into anyone about how they’re celebrating their season incorrectly. Find your best sources, head to libraries, go to uni/collage/tafe and read up on history (not new age books). Let someone know that things are simple and then allow them to decide what is best for them.

Ultimately, Lammas is a harvest festival and is celebrated as such. Blessings are giving out, people come together and a feast of seasonal food is had. We honour all what we need, the fruits of our Mother Earth and our daily bread with a heaping pile of butter!

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Black Tourmaline Magic

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Black Tourmaline for Protection and Deflection!

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Black Tourmaline is instrumental for protection and grounding magic. Unlike Obsidian’s absorbing power, this crystal has the power to reflect all spells, not just the negative ones directed at you!

Think of Black Tourmaline as the ultimate magic shield of protection. Reflect everything unwanted back to where it came from and know that this wonderful crystal is protecting you, allowing you to stay clear headed and well grounded. Definitely a crystal you want to keep on you at all times and never leave the house without it!

Just a quick titbit of history; during the Victorian period, this stone was used on rings and necklaces as a form of mourning jewellery.

Properties and Associations

Magical Properties: Protection, Grounding, Stabilising, Reflecting & Banishing Negativity
Chakra: Root
Element: Earth
Planet: Saturn

Care and Cleansing

Once you’re done using your crystal, or using a crystal for the first time, it’s best to cleanse if of any energy. There are many ways to cleanse a crystal but the best way to cleanse a crystal is to leave out during the Full Moon. Sound or smoke from burning incense are also excellent for resetting your crystals energy! And for a simple method, bury the crystal under salt or earth for three days.

I find that since this crystal is more of a shield than a crystal of absorption, I like to boost the crystals protection power by letting it sit within a quartz crystal protection grid while burning herbs and oils of protection under the Full Moon. But for daily use, I do a quick smoke cleanse after a long day and then boost it’s protection magic by placing it in the middle of four burning white chime candles and letting them burn out.

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What is Beltane

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The Summer of Love!

what is beltane, australian witchcraft supplies, witchcraft blog, australian witchcraft blog, witchcraft shop, beltaine, bealtaine, wheel of the year, witchcraft store, adelaide witchcraft store, spell boxOut of all the Fire festivals and the Wheel of the Year, answering what Beltane is, isn’t simple.

Beltaine, like Lughnasa (Lughnasadh), doesn’t have many historical recordings as to what exactly happened during this time. But, what is known from archaeological finds, is that Beltane is based off the Irish festival Beltaine (modern Irish) / Bealtaine (old Irish) and it was predominantly a festival of Fire, animal sacrifice, purifying, blessing and protecting. Bealtaine celebrated the end of the dark half of the year and the coming of the light half of the year, as well as the start of the harvesting season. And that when you think of Fire festivals, this one is all about Fire. Even the name Bel Taine translates into ‘bright fire’!

You might want to grab a cuppa or something as this one is a long, and hopefully not too confusing as I do tend wander off.

First up, What is Beltane?

Beltane come about from the neopagan movement, and was kinda stolen from Scotland, the name anyway. It’s comprised of festivals from around the world of a simular theme of Love. You have the May Bush but more commonly, the Maypole. There’s weddings and Handfastings and a bonfire to jump over for courage, strength and to increase fertility. May Babies, boys and girls, and so many other little actives from around all cultures to do with love!  Beltane is more for all things to do with Love and less to do with the land, protection and purification.

Think of “Beltane” as a big cauldron full of Love from all cultures and paths from around the world!

Going to be honest, it’s not my favourite term as I’m not a fan of the cultural erasure and origins of this festival. The modern “Beltane” is very much buried under a bunch of New Age crap saying that it’s all one of the same.

What is Bealtaine?

Bealtaine is the original Fire festival of Ireland. It echoed Samhain and like Samhain, the veil is thin and the fires are lit and relit over three days. On May Eve (the night before the 1st of May), two bonfires  are made from hard woods and the bones of animals from farms. Both people and cattle would walk around the bonfire or between two bonfires, sometimes even jumping over flames, to gain protection, health and wealth. Springs of Rowan and Hawthorn, as well as cloth and bits of yellow were placed around the home and on the horns of cows to protect them from enchantments and to keep the cows producing milk. Yellow is and was a symbol of the Sun, the Fire and the Lights return from the horrible winter.

Another important custom, was to avoid strangers and refuse requests or offers to share anything. These strangers were deem as Fair Folk (Faeries) or Otherworld Folk that would know what fortunes you had and would ruin any chance of prosperity for the year. To not share wasn’t a normal thing as as a community you thrived on helping others but during both Samhain and Bealtaine, you never knew what walked beyond the threshold into our world.

Whatever happened on Bealtaine was taken as an indication of people’s fortunes for the rest of the year.

So when is Beltaine?

Traditionally, Bealtaine is from the 30th of April to the 3nd of May in the Northern Hemisphere, with the actual “day” being the 1st of May. However, down here in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s from the 31st of October to the 2nd of November, with the actual “day” being the 1st of November.

Technically, all forms of this festival are on, or around, the same date. It just depends on the path you’re walking and what fits best for you!

so What is Beltaine then?

Beltaine is modern Irish. It is a little more non traditional and seems to mix in Scottish and Isle of Man traditions into festival. Like the rest, there are bonfires, dancing, feasting, weddings and more. But my favourite part about the non traditional way is that the May Bush still keeps away the Otherworldly and Fae Folk. Some even have a May Bush and dance a around a Maypole.

Then what do I call this festival?

It’s really up to you! Modern Wicca and the Neopagan movement say Beltane which is an amalgamation of Love festivals, that are simular to the original (Bealtaine), from all over the world. It’s accepted and a really great way to put your own little touches onto a festival without appropriating the Irish culture. After all, being in Australia, there are a lot of things that can’t be done during this time due to the weather and fire restrictions.

I personally say Beltaine and try to celebrate this festival as close to my roots as possible and whatever teachings my nan left me. And, for the rest of this blog, I will be referring to the Beltane as Beltaine.

What to do on Beltaine

Since I’m an Australian and most of the readers here are Australian too, some activities are going to be a bit of a hit and miss due to fire restrictions.

  • Create a bonfire from scared and special woods for Blessing and Purifying
  • Thread together flower chains
  • Divination spells and reads of your true love
  • Handfastings/Weddings
  • If you have a May Bush, decorate it with ripped yellow and red cloth to keep away the mischievous Fae Folk
  • Create a May Pole
  • Brew up some refreshing bubbly drinks
  • All forms of sex and fertility magic

Beltaine Associations

Many of things listed are a combination of traditional northern hemisphere associations and Australian associations.

Crystals and Gemstones

Colours

  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Purple
  • Green
  • Pink

Herbs, Fruits and Spices:

  • Rose
  • Damiana
  • Rosella
  • Marjoram
  • Hawthorn
  • Calendula
  • Violets
  • Cirtus
  • Fig
  • Berries
  • Mints
  • Thyme
  • All Australian Wild Flowers

Feel the Warmth and the Love!

As I said before, a lot of the traditional activities are a bit of a hit and miss with fire restrictions. Before looking into throwing a party, I also check out if fire restrictions are in place and if there’re not, I create a bonfire in the back! Before creating a bonfire in your yard, please also check with your local council with bonfire restrictions. Some inner suburbs can only have a bonfire going if they’re cooking food or using it for personal warmth in a 1sqm radius.

Since I personally do not celebrate with jumping over the fire, I use the fire for it’s old purpose, purification and blessings. My family and I write down all the negative things that we acclimated over the last 3 months (from Imbolc) and burn them in the fire along with some enchanting herbs. If you can’t have a bonfire, a little fire in a cauldron is just as magical! Surround it with flowers, loving fresh foods and herbal cold teas!

This festival is a celebration of happiness, love and joy! Perfect for all weddings, finding new love, fertility and bringing the family together!

By all means, this isn’t everything on Beltane/Bealtaine/Beltaine. I try to keep the information neutral and fun for everyone to make their own decisions. Please keep in mind that when you read information on the “Celts”, that it is not just one people. This Fire festival was and still is apart of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Britton and other European countries, it may just be under a different cultural name.

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Rose Love Tea

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Hot Cross Buns Recipe

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What is Ostara

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The Spring Equinox!

what is ostara, australian witchcraft blog, australian witchcraft supplies, adelaide witchcraft store, free witchcraft spells, witchcraft blog, wholesale witchcraft, spellbox, sabbats, witchcraft shopOstara (pronounced o-STAH-ruh), also known as Vernal Equinox or Eostre’s Day, is the Spring Equinox celebration. It is of Germanic (Norse) origin and is a celebration of life, fertility and the end of the non Celtic winter (Imbolc being the Celtic end). This festival gets its name from Eostre, the Germanic goddess of fertility. And yes, another festival taken by the Christians and changed to their suiting.

Why did the Christians take it and change it to Easter? Well, there are records that show Persian kings, known as Achaemenians, celebrated the spring equinox with a festival known as Nowruz, which means new day. Noruz is (or was) a celebration of hope and renewal, and much like the Christian myth of Jesus, earlier versions of the festival had the Roman god, Mithras, resurrect at this time. So you can kinda see why it was adapted by the Christian religion to gain favour of another group of people.

You may now be thinking, what does a Roman god have to do with Persians, it’s another complicated thing but myths are deeply rooted in the path of Mithrasim that you’ll need to read about because thats whoooooole other story. Now, since I’ve already gone off track, lets go off track a little further and look into some of the well known symbols of Ostara/Easter. Then ill get back on track!

So why the rabbit and why the egg?

Let’s start with the egg! “Easter” Eggs, which are universally regarded as a symbol for new life, originate from Persia’s Noruz festival. For thousands of years, eggs have been painted as part of the celebration and placed on the dinner table. As a part of this tradition, the mother of the family eats one egg for each child she has.

And now, the Rabbit. The European March hare became the symbol of spring and fertility due to their spring behaviour. This species of rabbit is largely nocturnal, but during Spring in Europe, their mating season begins, and they can be seen all day long. In fact, the females can be pregnant with more than one litter at a time, making them extremely abundant during this period of time, hence abundance magic!

So where does the Easter bunny come from? Surely that isn’t a Christian thing? Well, the Easter bunny first appeared in 16th-century German writings stating that well-behaved children would be visited by a rabbit who would give them coloured eggs on Easter. This tradition was picked up in the 1900’s, in America, with the settlement of German immigrants. However, as normal, it gets a bit messy with the rabbit having an egg. Rabbits create a nest or form on the ground that is abandon once the babies are grown. Over there, Plover birds will take over the nest as their own and lay eggs. So now you have eggs in a rabbits home!

So when is Ostara?

Traditionally, Ostara is from the 19th to the 22nd of March in the Northern Hemisphere. However, down here in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s from the 20th to the 23rd of September.

This is when we get to see all the beautiful flowers, animals and trees start to reawaken from their winter slumber! This festival is basically the Norse version of the Celtic Imbolc.

What to do on Ostara

Since I’m an Australian and most of the readers here are Australian too, if you think of Ostara as Easter, then you already know what to do! But just in case you have no idea what I am talking about or have never gone in depth into Easter celebrations, here is a good list to start your Ostara celebrations off.

  • Hot Cross Buns! Yes, this is an Ostara thing before they made it the “Christian Cross”
  • Dye or paint eggs
  • Collect flowers for your altar or make flower chains
  • Make honey cakes and all sorts of sweet baked goods
  • Colour in or draw pictures of Rabbits (Bilby for us Aussies)

During this time, anything that brings together family fun, colour and uplifting aromas is best. And of course since this is a Germanic festival dedicated to the fertility goddess, Eostre, this is an excellent time to start planing those dates or big romantic events for Beltaine!

Ostara Associations

Many of things listed are a combination of traditional northern hemisphere associations and Australian associations.

Crystals and Gemstones

Colours

  • Red
  • Green
  • Pale Purple
  • Yellow
  • Pink

Herbs, Fruits and Spices:

  • Jacaranda
  • Rose
  • Hibiscus
  • Jasmine
  • Daffodil
  • Marjoram
  • Violets
  • Borage
  • Wattle
  • Calendula
  • Lemon Myrtle
  • Bottlebrush
  • All Australian Wild Flowers

Get Creative!

The weather is warming up, your seeds should have sprung and the magic within Springs is truly one of creativity and fun! This time is perfect for learning new skills, look for new jobs and start your journey of manifestation from Imbolc. To me, this time awakens a creative Green magic within. During this time I go outside and frolic within the garden, yell at the nasty bugs eating my little plant babies and creative odd foods from colourful flowers and weeds! So keep an eye out for a few recipe post over the month of September.

Just remember, always go outside, feel the energy, see the changes and make your own mind up about the seasonal celebrations.

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Labradorite Magic

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Magical Properties of Lavender

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What is a Corn Dolly?

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It’s a representation of Brigid

I always get asked what is a corn dolly and is it made from corn? Simply put, it is a representational doll and no, it is not always corn. Corn Dollies are a versatile and environmentally friendly way for using sympathetic and representational magic. I love making these dolls with my family during the fire festivals as it’s a great way to get arts and crafts time in and a little magic for me.

I will try my best to explain the traditional use and the modern use for these dolls.

So what is a corn dolly?

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I mean sure, dollies made from corn husks do an excellent job and make terrific skirts for the dolly. That and the fact that almost every country now can grow plants from all over the world given the right conditions. But I am someone that likes to slightly stick to my roots and ancestry. So during Lughnasadh I create the dolly from whatever I harvest and I have always failed at corn crops. So since oats grow wild around my home, I use them for the Harvest period. During Imbolc however, I use lemongrass and palm leaves to create the doll as that is what is growing in abundance.

Traditional Corn Dolly Uses

Traditionally, these dollies represent Brigid and her blessings of warmth, light and abundance. These are put around windows to bless the home, bedrooms to keep away nightmares, on top of the hearth for warmth, by entrances for protection and lastly, placed outside to look over the fields.

In another tradition, corn dollies are used to represent the Crone aspect of Brigid during the Harvest period, Lughnasadh. However, these dolls are also made during Imbolc to represent the Maiden aspect of Brigid. Sometimes the dolls made during Lughnasadh are stored over the winter months and brought back out during Imbolc to represent the Crone transforming into the Maiden. In this tradition, during the time of Imbolc, the Biddy (corn doll) is placed into a little bed along with a symbol of male fertility. Which makes sense as Imbolc is the time of planing and planting seeds, so to speak.

Modern Corn Dollies Uses

These dollies now represent any being that fits your vision. Use it for a goddess or god, helper, a friend or loved one or even yourself. Have the dolly as a protector, helper, healer, magic weaver or beacon of magic.
I personally use the female version as a way to represent myself or my elders who have passed. It’s almost like a magical assistant helping with spells and rituals as I have it watching over my altar. Usually, I will make two of these dolls. One is for Lughnasadh and the other is for Imbolc.  After the celebration period, these will go back into the earth at the end of their time and will give thanks for their magic.

Can i make one?

You sure can! Corn dollies are fun, easy and a little messy to make but they’re well worth it. Best part is, it all goes back into the earth once it decomposes. So please make sure to throw the left over grass/husks/sheafs into the compost or your green waste bin.

If you would like to know how to create one, I have a little blog post called “how to make a corn dolly” under witchcraft guides, or you can click the title!

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What is Imbolc

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The reawakening of self and the Earth!

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Traditionally, Imbolc being of Irish origin, was to celebrate the Goddess Brigid. A Goddess of the Eternal Flame, the Hearth, the Anvil and so many other family and survival things!

Imbolc has many names; Imbolg, Oimelc, Bridgid’s Day and the Christian’s day of the Feast of St. Bridget. Now why didn’t I add in Candlemas? Because Candlemas is a different day with different Mythology and completely different meanings behind it.

Is Imbolc Candlemas?

Short answer, no. Somewhere in the ever growing pile of newage crap, when it comes to witchcraft, someone decided that Imbolc and Candlemas are one of the same when they’re not. Candlemas is the day after Imbolc. You can sit there and go “oh but Christians took Brigid, made her Saint Bridget and gave her two days!”, yes they made her a Saint, no they didn’t give her an extra day. Candlemas just happens around the time of Imbolc and is actually about the Virgin Mary and how “St. Bridget” helped her.

To be totally honest, Candlemas is a whole other story as there is argument as to why the Christian Imbolc starts on the 1st of February and ends on the 3rd. But bottom line is, Candlemas has always been a Christian add on and was/is always about Mary with St. Bridget as the midwife.

So when is it?

Traditionally, Imbolc lands on the 1st of February in the Northern Hemisphere. However, down here in the Southern Hemisphere, it lands on the 1st of August.

Now, this is perfect for sowing seeds for the upcoming spring and summer as they will be ready for transplanting into the ground in 6 weeks time! Giving all your crops or flowers a head start for the season.

What to do on Imbolc

As I said before, this festival is a little more complicated but I’ll try my best to cover as much as I can!

Traditional:

Most of us don’t have farms, but at this time livestock started to have newborns, growing the farms production. It is at this time that livestock start producing milk in abundance. Hence the name Oimelc (Ewes-milk).

One old tradition was to drag a decorated plough around the fields followed by the villagers dropping seeds, pieces of cheese and bread into the newly turned furrows as offerings to the nature spirits. at this time, tools for agriculture would be blessed so crops would grow in abundance.

“Brigid Crosses”; These are woven from leftover oat or wheat stalks for blessings and protection from the Goddess Brigid. You would exchange these with friends, family or neighbours in hopes they would be protected and blessed by the Goddess for a great year.

We then have “Brigid Dollies”. Same thing as the crosses, you make them from left over oat or wheat stalks and then dress them up in female clothes. A bed is also made to lay the dolly in. Some say this would be for fertility purposes and will place a something that symbolises male fertility next to the bed.

On the eve of Imbolc all the home fires would have been put out, cleaned out, and re-lit symbolic of the returning light of the Sun.

Sweep out the old and welcome in the new! A broom made from Ash, Birch and Willow was placed by the front door.

When it came to feasting, a very very large candle was lit and placed on the table where the gathered for food. Everyone would share their plans and promises for the year. Planting their seeds, so to speak!

It was also customary at Sunset to ritually light a candle in each room of the home in honour of the Sun’s return. I would not recommend doing this unless the candle is in a flameproof container. You don’t want to burn the house down.

Modern:

You’ve been cooped up inside all winter so now is a good time to start opening up the windows, letting the fresh air to cleanse out that stagnant energy and air inside! Once all the windows are open, burn your favourite creative or cleansing incense and let it dance throughout the home.

Go outside and look around your garden, does anything need weeding? Of course it does! Get out there and remove those weeds, dig up the soil to give it some air and remove some into a pot to start off your seeds. Starting your seeds now, especially tomatoes and basil, is an excellent way to start their production early and keep them producing in abundance till Samhain! I also like to go outside and pick any bright coloured flowers I can see to place upon the altar and brighten up the house.

Later on during the day, if you have a fire place, light a fire because soon it will be the last one when fire restrictions kick in. And if you don’t have a fire place, light a candle to represent the returning energy of the sun! One thing i like to get the family to do, is write their wish on leaf and throw it into the fire, releasing their wish into the universe.

Start creating your Imbolc feast full of dried fruits, nuts, meats, cheeses, baked goods and anything that has been pickled or fermented. I like to create a rustic cheese board with deli meats, nuts, fruits and warm milk that has a pinch of cinnamon, vanilla and honey for the family.

Once the curtains are closed, the house all warm from the fire and your belly is settling down from the food, it’s time for games! Games are an excellent way to spend time with the family and get those creative vibes flowing. This is also a good time for some divination, even if your family doesn’t believe in such thing, they just see it as a game.

Imbolc Associations

Many of things listed are a combination of traditional northern hemisphere associations and Australian associations.

Crystals and Gemstones

  • Moss Agate
  • Amethyst
  • Garnet
  • Moonstone
  • Ruby
  • Turquoise
  • Peridot

Colours

  • Green
  • Brown
  • White
  • Red
  • Yellow

Herbs, Fruits and Spices:

Cleanse and Sow Your Seeds!

This is honestly one of my favourite holidays and I know I say that about all the Fire festivals but it really is! This is the time of the year where you plant seeds for your year, whether that’s figuratively or literally. I love seeing the bees, flowers and birds all returning with joy and I find that people, in general, are so much happier full of so much creativity.

After writing this I realised that I couldn’t cover everything I wanted and have it make sense, and i’m sure i’ll get the “that’s not right, I read this in blah blah”. This is just a guide, this is what I personally follow without getting into too much personal detail.

Like I always suggest, go outside, look around, do what feels right for you as a lot of what you read in books will not apply to those of us in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Carnelian Magic

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Carnelian for motivation, force and fiery passion magic!

A stone of Fire, passion, energy and fortitude, the magic of Carnelian is for all humans, not just witches. It helps you to move forward in life after stressful or traumatic situations. This much needed push forward in life gives you the courage and strength to stand up for yourself and set firm boundaries. These firm boundaries and new found strength lead to a world of confidence, increasing your passion, creativity and happiness.

Its analytical capabilities allow you to block all racing thoughts out and focus that one thought. This in turn will aid greatly in meditation by allowing a deeper concentration, opening up thought gate ways for your creativity and new projects. It keeps your mind on the here and now and not the past, making it a great stone to take with you to school.

If you are not wanting Carnelian for its creativity and will power magic, this stone is the powerhouse for sexual energy and fertility. And if you look closely at the stone, some pieces resemble an embryo. Places small pieces around the bedroom to enhance sexual energy.

Properties and Associations

Magical Properties: Creativity, Confidence, Sexuality, Strength, Passion, Energy
Chakra: Sacral
Element: Fire
Planet: Mars

Care and Cleansing

Like all crystals, it’s best to clean Carnelian after every use to remove the energy. This can be done with various herbs of purification or incense. Burning these herbs releases purifying magic from the smoke that you then move your crystal through. The best way to cleanse this crystal is to leave it out in the Full Moon light or move it over a heat source. This heat source can simply be a lit candle.

Personally, there are many ways to cleanse a crystal but I find that each crystals reigning element may take offence if cleansed by another element. Like using water to clean a Fire stone.

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What is Yule?

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The shortest day of the year in Australia!

what is yule, australian witchcraft supplies, adelaide witchcraft store, free witchcraft spells, witchcraft blog, spellbox, tarot online, witchcraft shop, wholesale witchcraftYou may be thinking “is Yule Christmas“ and if not, what the bloody hell is Yule then? Yule (pronounced Yool), is of Germanic origins and is the Winter Solstice celebration. This marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It is a time for hibernation, conserving energy, giving thanks, healing, communication and death. Now you may read that last part and think that’s a bit harsh, but like the great balance of life, there is Litha – life.

Before we go any further, I’m going to try and clear some things up.
Yes there is gift giving during the time of Yule, however, Yule is not Christmas and Christmas is not Yule.
Christmas is a Christian celebration of those particular days in December and not reliant on the season. On the other hand, Yule is a seasonal celebration that lands in Winter. So you’re more than welcome to say Merry Yule during the Australian winter months, but don’t say it during the time of Christmas, it’s Litha at that time.

So when is it?

Traditionally, it’s from the 19th to the 22nd of December, in the Northern Hemisphere. In the South however, it lands during our winter, from the 20th to the 23rd of June.

There are specific times and dates that Midwinter lands on if you’re someone that likes to do things on the dot. I won’t write a time or day as it changes from year to year but a quick google search will give you the timings you’re after.

What to do on Yule

Since it is a time of rest, ideally you’d want to grab a cosy blanket, a hot cuppa and rug up next to the fire. But some of us have jobs, families or kids to tend to and so we can’t just be the cosiest melted blob in front of the warm fire that we want to be.

If resting is not an option, make a warm alcoholic drink, sweet tea or some spiced fruit!
Decorate your home like it is Christmas! Make wreathes out of native flora and fauna!
Create a massive feast for friends and family of warm hearty foods!
Decorate pine cones that can be later thrown into a fire!
Create wonderful gifts for anyone and everyone!

Other things to do:
Donate to charities
Decorate your home in the colours of Yule
Perform spells of protection
Deep healing magic
And most importantly, rest. I repeat, REST!

Yule Associations

Many of things listed are a combination of traditional northern hemisphere associations and Australian associations.

Crystals and Gemstones

Colours

  • Green
  • Red
  • White
  • Silver
  • Gold

Herbs, Fruits and Spices:

  • Lemon Myrtle
  • Orange
  • Cranberries
  • Mistletoe
  • Bay
  • Pine
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Valerian
  • Eucalyptus
  • Mushrooms
  • Oak

Get warm and cosy!

So the majority of parts around Australia don’t get snow, we don’t have a heap of traditional mistletoe and our main tree isn’t an Oak or Yule tree but that doesn’t mean we cannot celebrate a seasonal celebration. Go outside and take a look around, what trees always around, what’s happening with the wild life and what inside chores can be done? How much resting and healing can I do? These are the things that make Yule, Yule!

Please remember that most councils have rules against cutting down Eucalyptus trees, even on your own property. If you want to chop down a hardwood tree for your fire, please contact your local council before hand!

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Witch’s Mulled Wine

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Smokey Quartz Magic

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Smokey Quartz for clarity and transformation magic!

smokey quartz magic, australian witchcraft supplies, free witchcraft spells, adelaide witchcraft store, witchcraft blog, spellbox, adelaide tarot reader, online tarot, wholesale witchcraft, witchcraft shopThe thing I love most about the magic of Smokey Quartz is it’s ability to transform negative emotions. This transforming of emotions also continues on to your dream state, protecting you from nightmares. Making it a great crystal so keep within your child’s room, or even your own, under the bed. Alternatively, pop a piece of smokey Quartz by your front door for protection magic. It will absorb any negative emotion coming through, just remember to cleanse it daily!

Smokey quartz is a powerful stone of grounding energy. It is soul soothing, relaxing and makes a great focal point for all mediation. Meditating with this wonderful crystal calms down racing thoughts, making room for optimism and increasing clarity. This clarity aids in opening up new pathways of communication between friends, family and lovers. So if you find yourself having communication issues with your partner, place a piece of Smokey Quartz on each point of the bed. This should ease tensions and make it easier to achieve a peaceful conversation. It also has the power to balance out sexual energy, so a piece should be in everyone’s room!

Due to the shadowy nature of this crystal, it’s wonderful to use during the time of Samhain or to honour the darker gods and goddesses.

Properties and Associations

Magical Properties: Grounding, Mental Clarity, Banishes Negative Emotion, Protection
Chakra: Root
Element: Earth
Planet: Saturn

Care and Cleansing

Like all crystals it’s best to clean Smokey Quartz after every use to remove the negative energy. This can be done with various purification herbs or incense. Burning these herbs releases purifying energies from the smoke that you then move your crystal through.
Another great way to cleanse this crystal is to leave out in the moonlight or to rinse it salt water. Remember, this crystal absorbs a great amount of negativity and should never be used without cleansing it first.

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Reversing Candle Magic

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Return Magic Back to Sender!

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Reversing candle magic isn’t just for sending negativity back to its sender, depending on the colour, they can remove debt, emotional pain or anything you desire!

So what is a Reversing Candle?

Most Reversing candles are generally a black candle with a colour tip. What you’ll find is that the inner layer is red, while the outer layer is black. However, it has become quiet common to have a two colour candle where the colour top will drown the black bottom.

When burned, the red wax melts down on the black wax symbolically overcoming the negative. If the inside of the candle is green, it will drown out debt. However, if you find the candle pink, it will aid in removing emotional trauma.

These candles come in a variety of shapes and sizes including Tapers, Jumbo Candles, Vigil Lights, and Human Figure Candles.

How to Perform Reversing Candle Magic

To use the Reversing Candle found within the store, you’ll need:

  • A sharp knife
  • Reversing candle
  • Spell paper or photo
  • Mirror
  • Reversing spell oil
  • Reversing spell powder

First, take a sharp knife and carve the name of the sender on the candle in reverse. Like when you try to write on your body in front of a mirror and the words come out backwards, exactly like that. We are literally reversing everything, a mirror of deflection, to send the harm back.

Anoint the candle with a reversing spell oil and/or powder/herbs. Remember, we want all the powerful help we can get to send the negativity back.

Take your spell paper and write your intention for the reverse spell and place it face down on the mirror. If you have a photo of the sender, even better! Take the photo and write your intention on the back, making sure to place the words towards the mirror. The words need to face the mirror in order to reflect the negativity back to the sender.

Now, set the candle in a holder and place it on top of the paper/photo on the mirror.

Finally, light the candle and with strong intention, send everything negative back the sender.

After the candle has ran its course, i like to read the wax for signs. This helps to see what kind of outcome is coming, or if the work needs to repeated.

After The Spell

Once the candle has burnt down and covered your spell components, dispose of them by placing them in a bag and burying them away from home. Best practice is to bury the remains at a crossroads or closer to the direction of the sender.

I am a strong believer in returning the negative back to a sender, there’s no need to go out of my way to curse, hex or jinx then!

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Green Aventurine Magic

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Green Aventurine for a life adventure And magic!

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Sometimes called “Indian Jade” or the “stone of heaven,” Green Aventurine is like the “good luck shamrock of the mineral kingdom”. Due to the powerful magic of good luck, pop this stone into your charm/spell bags or near your money to draw in good fortune and money.
This wonderful crystal is a good source of Earth energy, try to incorporate it when calling upon the element of Earth. Due to the strong connection with Earth energy, hold a piece of green Aventurine in the opposite hand when divining with a pendulum.

Alternatively, this crystal makes a great offering to leave for all entities of Nature! Bury next to a great old tree or leave it within the garden to appease the Fae. If you really wanted to, leave the crystal within a park or somewhere green for another person to experience its wonderful magic.

Properties and Associations

Magical Properties: Healing, Abundance, Luck, Opportunity and Harmony
Chakra: Heart
Element: Earth
Planet: Mercury

This stone is also an anniversary crystal for the 8th year of marriage!

Care and Cleansing

Like all crystals it’s best to clean Green Aventurine after every use, to keep the luck And good fortune going. This can be done with various purification herbs or incense. Another great way to cleanse this crystal is to leave it in the garden next to a Bay tree.

I hope this little snippet of info changes your mind about Green Aventurine and how truly wonderful it is.

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The Magic of Days

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What is Litha Southern Hemisphere

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The best celebration time in Australia!

You may be thinking is Litha Christmas or is it a New Year celebration? This is probably the best time to use the great Aussie phrase of “yeh nah”. Litha is neither Christmas/Yule or the new year, it just happens to land around that time and not because of it being a Southern Hemisphere thing.

Litha (pronounced Lith-Ah) is the Summer Solstice celebration. This marks the longest day of the year and is a time of great joy and strength. It is a powerful time when both Mother Nature and the Sun are at their fullest.

Before we go any further, I’m going to try and clear some things up.
Christmas is not Yule and Yule is not Christmas. Christmas is a Christian celebration of those particular days and not reliant on the season. On the other hand, Yule is a seasonal celebration that lands in Winter, which works fine for those in the Northern Hemisphere but not for those of us down south. So to say merry Yule to an Aussie when it’s summer, it just doesn’t work, just say happy holidays or Blessed Litha to you.

So when is it?

Traditionally, it’s from the 19th to the 22nd of June, in the Northern Hemisphere. In the South, however, lands around Christmas time, around the 20th to the 23rd of December.

Some might see this as a bad thing, but I personally see it as a good thing. It’s public holidays galore, everyone is merry and celebrating with family. And the best part? If you haven’t come out of the “broom closet” yet, you can celebrate Litha under the guise of all the Christmas parties and New Year celebrations. A good ol invisibility spell never hurt anyone!

As an Australian Pagan, from the mid of December till the New Year, it’s one massive party, and clean up. Both kids and adults run amok, eating and drinking merrily whilst trying to stay cool in our blistering summer heat.

What to do on Litha

Traditionally, bonfires were lit and leapt over for prosperity and most everyone stayed awake for the short night. Mead was drunk, flower crowns made, candles lit and tables full of food for consumption. We can do almost all of the traditional festivities besides anything fire related. For starters, there’s always a complete fire ban and then there’s blistering heat!

Instead of burning candles, bonfires and cauldrons full of soups, and assuming there’s no water restrictions in place, I found having everyone jump over the sprinkler in their bathers to be just as uplifting. Drinking juice, refreshing alcoholic drinks and tables covered in foods that can be eaten cold!

Other things to do:
Make some flower crowns
Decorate your home in colours of white, green and red
All forms of love magic
Start collecting your herbs to dry out

Litha Associations

Many of things listed are a combination of traditional northern hemisphere associations and Australian associations. Your country may not have things like Ruby Salt bush growing at this time.

Crystals and Gemstones

  • Green Aventurine
  • Emerald
  • Jade
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Tiger’s Eye
  • Diamond

Colours

  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Bright Blue
  • Green
  • White

Herbs, Fruits and Spices:

  • Rose
  • Pine
  • Sturt Desert Pea
  • Calendula
  • Lavender
  • Thyme
  • Verbena
  • Fennel
  • Elder
  • Lemon Balm
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fig
  • Citrus of all kinds
  • Salt Bush

Get your party on!

Yeh, the Australian Litha is a little different with what we have growing, Christmas and what’s associated with the time, but the magic is still the same. So we don’t get fires and candles to burn because its 40+ degrees Celsius, dry (or wet if you’re up top of Australia) and restrictions are in place, but it’s still the summer solstice! Go down to the beach for some powerful water magic, wake up at the crack of dawn to listen to the many Kookaburras and Magpies singing away! Celebrate the next couple of days with friends and family, stay cool and nurture all that need it.

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Moon Phase Meanings

The Moon Moves Us The Moon is something that all witches and spiritual workers know of and deal with, but did you know that each phase has many meanings and uses? Some Moon phases are perfect for growing and starting a new project. Some phases are great for banishing all which no longer serves the […]
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Types of Magic Candles

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The candle makes a difference

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This post is all about the different sizes, styles and purposes of each candle and a little about what intention they bring. The colours of candle magic have already been spoken about in a previous blog and won’t be discussed here.

Just remember, when it comes to performing candle magic, you don’t NEED to have a certain shaped candle. As long as the candle hasn’t been used, it’s perfect!

Also keep in mind that candle magic will not bring instantaneous results. Like all things magic, it takes time for strong desires to manifest.

The Types of Magic Candles

Figure or Adam and Eve Candles:

These candles are the nude form of either a male or female. Most of the time, these candles are for love or relationship type spells. However, these candles are also great for representative magic. Use them for healing oneself or another, push away someone unwanted or draw in abundance.

Altar, Pillar or Jumbo candles:

These are my favourite type of candle to make my altar look magical. They’re tall and thick, the largest candles you’ll probably ever use. Since these candles are so large in size, they are great for representing and honouring deities/powers with which you wish to communicate with. These candles are the first to be lit and the last to be extinguished! Once lit, I use the flame from this candle to light the rest of the candles.

Zodiac or Astral Candles:

These candles don’t really come in any specific shape or size, it’s just a name you may hear from time to time. This candle represents the zodiac of or someone else by its colour.

Chime Candles:

By far, these candles are a favourite amongst all spell casters. Tiny in size, yet they pack a punch and come in many colours. These little candles are usually drip-less and burn for about 2 hours, the perfect amount of time for a decent ritual or spell

Cat Candles:

Pretty self explanatory with what it looks like, a cat and usually black. These candles are for protection, banishing hexes and bringing in good luck. If you find a cat candle in green, this is an excellent candle to use for healing pet magic.

Devotional or Novena Candles:

These candles are thin and long and come in its own glass jar. On the glass of the jar, there’s usually a picture of a saint or deity and its burnt when asking for a petition. Due to the size and glass jar, these candles will burn for seven to nine days and a pretty difficult to find within Australia.

Reversing or Double Action Candles:

Don’t be fooled by two colour candles, a proper reversing candle is a solid colour candle dipped in another colour. The idea of these candles is that the solid colour is your intention and that the dipped colour, is the energy hanging on to or blocking the true intention. These candles are usually dipped in black as it is usually some form of negativity that you want removed from your true intention.

Separation Candles:

Another type of dipped candle except, this solid red candle is dipped entirely in black wax. Use extreme care when burning this candle and only after much consideration since the purpose of this candle is to separate a person from another’s enthralment.

Mummy Candles:

Not common in Australia, but these candles come in the shape of a mummy in a coffin. It’s purpose is to ward off illness, death and other dangerous situations. Almost like the skull candle.

Skull Candles:

These candles tend to pop up during the time of Halloween but did you know they have a place in magic? Skull candles, of course, are the shape of a skull and are used in powerful magics of healing serious, deadly or terminal illnesses. However, some do use these for darker purposes like hexes and curses.

Satan or Devil be Gone Candles:

This candle is the image of the Christian devil and not many pagans will use this candle. Burn this candle in the same way you would a deity candle for worship of the Christian Devil or to remove horrible spirits from within your home.

Seven Knob Candles:

The idea of these candles is that you burn a knob each day to build up what your desire. This works even better when you time it with the planetary hour of your intent. Since it takes seven days to complete the spell, these candles are extremely powerful and are perfect for when you want to manifest something long term.

Manifest Your Intentions

To make the best of a candle spell, it is always a good practice to have the right colour. Not only does it looks great, but it helps draw in the energy what you’re trying to manifest.

Not all spells need to be elaborate. A simple coloured candle, burnt with intention, is enough to start shifting the energies needed to manifest your true hearts desire. Carve your intention, cover it in magical oils specific to your intention, all things big or small help your spell to be successful!

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Full Moon Release Spell

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A powerful spell for a magical night

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This simple spell is going to be just that, visualise, burn and release! Release yourself of that heavy emotional burden!

Remember, before performing any form of magic or ritual, you should always cleanse yourself. This can be done with various smoke cleansing techniques or a simple bath ritual.

(NOTE: I am NOT a Wiccan, so this spell is not preformed as a Wiccan ritual. You’re more than welcome to change this spell to fit your beliefs)

Performing the Full Moon Release spell

Once you have cleansed yourself of the energy you picked up during the day, it’s time to gather the components for the spell.

You’ll need:

  • 1 White Candle (or one prepared for Moon spells)
  • Magical Paper (normal paper will be fine too)
  • Your Quill (a normal pen or dedicated magical pen are fine too)
  • A Fire Proof Vessel

The Spell in simple steps:

  1. Light the white candle (or one enchanted for the Full Moon)
  2. Write down on a piece of paper everything you wish to release and banish from your life
  3. Light the piece of paper on fire with the candle
  4. Let the paper burn out in your cauldron
  5. Bury the ashes far away from your home or release the ashes to the wind, making sure they don’t blow back on to you

Things of note:
Like with all candle magic, it is good practice to charge your candle before weaving your magic. If you have a premade spell candle; these contain energies, herbs and oils specific to the intention, and you can still charge it with your own magic.

Everything you do within a spell is done with clear thought and intent. Visualise the outcome, know that it is done and already coming to fruition!

Please be safe and use your cauldron to place the burning piece of paper once lit. Always use caution when working with fire.

Don’t forget to Ground yourself!

Like with all spells, it is a good idea to ground yourself after weaving your magic. This helps to bring your energy back down, allows you to reflect on your spell and the next plan of action.

Since this is a Full Moon spell, grounding gives you the perfect opportunity to look upon a moon lit sight. Eat some Moon Biscuits or Full Moon Cupcakes, drink some of last Full Moons Moon Water mixed with a dash of lemon! Just because you’re done with your spell, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the rest of the Full Moons night.

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Full Moon Cupcake Recipe

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What is Grounding Energy

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So what exactly is Grounding Energy?

Grounding energy has many names but what it is exactly, is a process of becoming aware of out physical body and it’s connection with the Earth. It is, and should be, a daily meditative practice to help improve your mental and emotional health. And as part of most magical practices, it assists us in direction and flow of energy.

The act of Grounding allows us to siphon the limitless energy from the Earth and release our excess energy back to the Earth. This has the effect of settling the mind and body allowing one to be centred, or Grounded, giving you better focus.

This blog post won’t tell you how to ground as there is a post already explaining some of the various methods.

The Many Terms of Grounding

As I stated before, Grounding has many names but they all mean the same thing. Some of these names are old and come from the older practices. Some of these names are new and come from the New Age/Spiritual movement.
Regardless, the following names all mean the same thing;

  • Earthing
  • Centre/Centred
  • Grounded/Grounding

What these above terms actually mean is that you focus, present, confident and practical. That your state of mind is present, in the physical world and not scattered about with a million thoughts. Grounded is being conscious of every breath you take, the way you move, the thought of every action you’re about to do.

Most of the time, our minds are not in tune with our body, we don’t know, we just do. So when you’re ungrounded, you maybe moody, unable to focus, become easily distracted or feel disconnected. Think of being ungrounded as the term “air head” and grounded say the term “feet firmly on the ground”!

Now, when you hear or read that herbs, crystals, scents and other things can ground you, it simple means that these sundries help achieve a grounded state. This is because it helps us by focusing on the element of Earth, or the physical part of ourselves, by improving our focus, leaving behind the scattered state of mind. If you’re like me, objects and scents are a great way to help achieve or maintain a grounded state if you have difficulty!

In all, there a many ways to Ground yourself by using herbs, meditation, visualisation or implementing the original Chakra system. All of these things help and when combined with aids, like herbs, the better the outcome. But since we are witches let’s explore what Grounding means in magic!

Why Ground in Magic?

Since the Earth has a limitless energy supply, this supply allows spell weavers to “tap” into this energy and use it without depleting themselves during spell work. This doesn’t have to be just for spell work, this applies to divination and healing work. Casting spells and looking into ones possible future can leave you exhausted, physically and mentally and feeling disconnected.

Try grounding before casting a spell or ritual to improve your focus and reduce the likelihood of being distracted. Distractions cause the spell to fail and will often leave you exhausted, feeling fatigued and spacey.

This is when grounding after a spell or ritual is important. It helps you to return to a state of focus and to the “Real world” state, allowing you to figure out if you need to stop the current spell and cast at another time. Grounding after a successful spell or ritual allows you to focus on the real world and preform task with clear thought, like driving home or helping out around the home.

Centring or Grounding yourself serves as both a preventative and a remedy for chaotic energy.

Get Grounding!

Grounding may sound odd and feel a little odd at first, but it should become a daily practice, especially after those long days at work. It helps you to release those horrible emotions of stress and anxiety, and allows you to calm down and relax.

And after performing a ritual or spell, who wouldn’t want to eat delicious food and drink afterwards? Allow yourself to replenish your energy and remind yourself that you’re on the physical plane.

Once you’ve learnt how to Ground yourself, you will wonder why you never had never done it before!

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Incense Magic

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There’s Magic within the Power of Scent

Almost everyone burns incense within their home to release the beautiful aromatic scent. But did you know that there’s magic behind the scent of incense? They all contain magic; this goes for stick, cone and power incense. It just boils down to what resonates with you and what purpose you have or wish to manifest.

Since you have to burn incense and it releases a magical dance of smoke, it holds the Element of Air within it. Many use incense during their spell workings to invoke the element of Air to help carry their spell out into the universe. It is this element of Air that helps the caster have a greater focus during their work.

Now, in this blog I’ll write out a small list of the magical properties I associate with each magical incense. I’m not Wiccan, this is based off of what is in my family and what I’ve personally learnt through ritual over he years.

The Magic of Incense

This list will be one of magical properties first, followed by the various incenses associated with it.

Release: Clove, Vervain, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Rose, Sage
Change: Peppermint, Dragon’s Blood, Copal
Creativity: Lotus, Rose, Vervain, Honeysuckle
Courage: Dragon’s Blood, Musk, Allspice, Myrrh
Divination: Mugwort, Wormwood, Thyme, Yarrow, Rose, Lavender
Power & Strength: Amber, Dragon’s Blood, pine, rosemary, ginger, lotus, musk, bay
Banish: Juniper, Sage, Dragon’s Blood, White Sage, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Myrrh
Fortune: Basil, Honeysuckle, Mint, Violet, Cedar, Orange
Love: Amber, Rose, Frangipani, Gardenia, Patchouli, Vanilla, Strawberry, Ylang-Ylang,

These are just a few of the common various scents with their listed magical property. I can’t give away all my secrets!

Shift the Energy within a Room Fast

Incense doesn’t always have to be burnt with a magical purpose. By simply lighting some incense to release the aroma is enough to shift the energies within a room. This aids in creating a calm, feel good atmosphere. And let’s not kid ourselves, sometimes it’s just great to remove bad smells.

This simple act is just another great and fun way to add that extra kick of magic to your spell! Watch the plumes of smoke rise up and free your mind, allowing creativity and thoughts to flow.

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Moon Biscuit Recipe

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Obsidian Magic

Obsidian Magic is for those who dare to see

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Known as the teacher stone, Black Obsidian is the most powerful of all the Obsidians. Its magic exposes the darkened areas of the subconscious and forces one to face their truth. This then aids in examining unresolved issues and harmful attitudes that inhibits one’s personal and spiritual growth.

Once you feel like you are free and growing more spiritually, carry Obsidian on you.  This protective shield helps to block negative thoughts and energy, and emotional hooks and cords, making Obsidian an excellent stone for self control.

Properties and Associations

Magical Properties: Divination, Grounding, Protection
Chakra: Root
Sabbat: Samhain

Care and Cleansing

Since Obsidian absorbs quite a bit of negative energy, its best to clean it after every use. This can be done with various purification herbs or incense. Another great way is to bury Obsidian under fresh earth, letting the energy from the earth absorb the energy within the crystal. Just remember to place a marker by the place your buried your crystal!

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How To Ground Energy

Do I Have to ground energy?

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Grounding can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like it. I see it as a form of meditation, one that helps you to focus your thoughts, calms your heightened energy down and balances your spirit back out. Balance is very important in magic, not just life.

Let’s jump into the many ways of how to ground your energy!

Some quick ways of how to ground energy

There are many ways of grounding your energy, I suggest you try a variety of methods and find the one that is most effective and comfortable for you!

Rooting Yourself
No, this isn’t self pleasure, this is a form of getting Mother Earth to help out.
For this method to work, stand barefoot in either the grass or dirt
Imagine your energy extending down through your legs and sinking into the earth, becoming roots
Feel the earth’s energy flow up into your body, all the way to your head and then back down and out through your roots
Continue this cycle until you feel calm and comfortable

This energy will cycle through you and clear away any excess energy as well as solving any energy blockages you might have.

Food
If you’re like me and fast before spell work, eating is an excellent way of helping your body get in tune with your spirit. Nourishing your body can help to reconnect you to your physical self and refuel depleted energy. Sit down for a hearty, healthy meal and give it your full attention. Think about the colour, the smell, how many bites you take. This helps to pull you back into your body fully after intense spiritual experiences or spell work and gives you a moment to relax.

Stones and Crystals
Certain stones and crystals can be grounding. Hematite is particularly good for this purpose. Other crystals include; Fire Agate, Red Jasper, Moss Agate, Shungite, Smokey Quartz Crystals, Black Diopside and Turquoise. All excellent for spiritual and emotional grounding.

Meditation
Simply focusing on your breath can encourage your energy to equalise on its own. Lay or sit down somewhere comfortable and visualise yourself in third person.

Grounding To Relax

Grounding doesn’t have to be exclusive to spell or spiritual work. It is an excellent to centre your emotions after a long day and perfect for banishing away fiery emotions of anger, before or after a fight! Take your high emotional energy and turn it into a calm state of mind, body and spirit.

Try practising a simple grounding technique after your spell or spiritual work, see how you feel over the next few days. When you practice something with repetition, it becomes habit and this is one healthy habit for your magical needs!

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Full Moon Magic

The Moon Moves Us

full moon magic, Australian witchcraft supplies, Adelaide witchcraft store, free witchcraft spells, witchcraft blog, witchcraft shop, witchcraft suppliesWorking with the Full Moon has long been a powerful source of magic for all witches. For when the Moon is full, her magic is strong and powerful. Allowing us to weave powerful spells of manifestation, to recharge our drained energy and to look upon something beautiful in the night sky.

Moon magic is a comfortable step to take when first getting into witchcraft. Never feel like you MUST know everything before you take your first step into witchcraft, a full moon is a perfect way to cast your first spell and weave your magic into the realms.

Allow yourself or your family to make a wish upon the Full moon, your spell has been spun!

Full Moon Magic

Since the Moons energy is at her peak, this is a prime time for weaving protection magic and divination of any sort. This energy can also be applied to spells that need a little bit of extra energy. Spells like, finding a new job, love, legal matters, money, healing, really any spell that requires a helping hand can have the Full Moon energy applied to it.

This powerful energy can be harnessed three days before the Full Moon, during the Full Moon and 3 days after the Full Moon. But if you’re time specific like me, the time best for Full Moon magic, is when the moon is at her absolute peak!

How to use the moons energy

The energy of the Full Moon can be harvested and weaved in many ways. Here are just a few common ways that we can all harvest the magic of the Full Moon.

  • Cleanse and recharge your crystals in a full moon bath. Place them in view of the full moon, either outside or inside.
  • Recharge your own energy. Draw the Moon Mother down to you, bathe in the ethereal light on a walk or in by Moon tanning.
  • Create Moon Water. Add a pinch of salt to a silver or crystal bowl with spring or collected rain water in sight of the Full Moon.
  • Perform powerful spells for manifestation when the Moon is at her peak.
  • Gardening. Look to your local almanac for days and timings.
  • Cutting Cords spell or Release Rituals are powerful at this time, especially if they were started from the Dark Moon.

There are, of course, many other ways to harness the moons energy and incorporate into your magic. These are just a simple few that seem to be everyone’s favourite magical staples!

Do You Feel Different?

Working with and honouring the energy of the Full Moon allows you to connect to your inner goddess. She recharges, energises and empowers us with great power. It is at this time you should feel complete, feel whole and full of energy.

At this time the Moon will show you the success or failure of your spells. If the spell you cast on the last Full Moon fails, this is the prime time to re examine your direction and action plan. Never be afraid to recast your failed spells!

Sometimes the energy can be so beautiful, so powerful that you end up crying from being beautifully overwhelmed. And that’s ok! I personally use those tears as a thank you gift, one of pure love. So, however the moon makes you feel and whatever you wish to do with the her energies, always give thanks for the things you receive and weave the most powerful of magic.

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Beef & Vegetable Stew

Another Stew? Yes, another stew, but it’s winter and nothing beats a nice beef and vegetable stew! Except maybe the beef and mushroom stew, you’ll have to try both and let your taste buds decide. My family cannot get enough of stews during the winter time and this one is so easy to throw together, […]
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How To Infuse Oils

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When it comes to knowing how to infuse oils, you may want to know what it is as it’s not as complicated as some will lead you to believe. In fact, an infused oil is simply an oil that has had plant matter resting inside a jar for 6 to 12 weeks, depending on the plant matter.

What Is Needed

Infusing oils is really simple that you only need three things!

  • Dried herbs or Fresh herbs
  • Oil of your choice (NO Olive oil)
  • A jar that you can fill to the top with herbs

The reason I say not to use Olive Oil is because it has the tendency to go rancid, especially when it comes to using fresh herbs. If you’re looking for an oil that you can consume that has a long shelf life, use MCT coconut oil.

How to Infuse Oils

This is the easy part!

  1. Simply fill your jar all the way to the top with your herb or herbs of choice
  2. Then, fill the jar that’s full of herbs with oil
  3. Put it in a dark, warm spot and wait

Done!

Make sure none of the herbs are sticking out of the oil, it will go rancid, even if you’re using dried herbs. Waiting times will vary, with dried herbs you want to wait between 6 to 12 weeks for a nice, proper infusion. When it comes to fresh herbs, never ever go over 6 weeks waiting. Your fresh plant matter is decaying and will rot in your oil causing it to go rancid.

Best way to use an infused oil is for a hair mask or to add to balms for skin medicine. Infused oils can be used for almost anything and added to everything! Infuse an oil with garlic for cooking or infuse an oil for your skin, the possibilities are endless.

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Moon Water

What is Moon Water?

Simply put, Moon water is water that is charged by the energy of the moon. Preferably a Full Moon or Super Moon, where the energy is heightened. Now, since the Moon is the ruler of everyone’s emotions, we are all influenced by her energy, whether you know it or not.

So why should you make it? Because it is easy to make and since it has an abundant amount of uses, it should be apart of everyone’s practice.

What is Needed

  • A glass jar, bowl or large jug (must be glass) or a sliver bowl
  • Purified, spring or distilled water, or freshly collected rain water

Glass is important since plastic is man made and massive hazard to our beautiful environment. Plastic can also seep out chemicals and that’s something that I wouldn’t want to be drinking or using in spell work. Remember, you will be keeping this water within it’s vessel for awhile and you wouldn’t want it tainted by something unknown.

How To Collect Moon Water

This is almost too easy that I didn’t want to write a step by step process, but here we go!

  1. Fill your chosen container with your water of choice
  2. Place the vessel of water in a spot that will have the Full Moon within sight all night
  3. Bless your vessel and the water within with incarnations and intentions
  4. Leave the vessel there all night and collect it just before dawn

You want to collect your vessel before the Sun hits it. After all, it is Moons energy we are after, not the Suns.

You want your water to soak up as much of the Moons energy as possible. If you’re planning on having the vessel outside, you might want to find something that has a lid or some sort of cover so the bugs don’t get in.

Uses

Cleanse and Recharge your crystals: Place your crystals in a jar with some of the water to cleanse and empower them.

Cleanse yourself with a Moon bath: Fill the tub with warm water. Add your favourite bath ritual salt mix. Then add a few cups of moons water to the bath.moon water, witchcraft, australian witchcraft, witchcraft blog, witchcraft shop, withcraft store, free witchcraft spells

Drink it: Take a sip or two everyday to empower yourself with the energy of the moon. Make sure you use purified, spring or distilled water if you are going to ingest it.

Create an Aura Cleanse mist: Put it in a nice misting bottle and simply spray around your aura before leaving home and when returning.

Use it as an Offering: Place a cup on your altar or spell crafting area to amplify your intentions. Do remember to change out the water for every new spell.

Add it to your oil burner/diffuser: Add your moon water to your diffuser/burner with the spell oil of your choice. This way you’ll have the energy of the full moon plus the energy from your spell oil shifting the energy within a room.

Get creative! There are so many ways to utilise this amazing gift from the celestial mother. Make your own rituals and allow the energy of the full moon to support you through out your journey.

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Beeswax Wrap Recipe

So a beeswax wrap is not magic

But it can bee, as this beeswax wrap is reusable and requires you to put your energy into it! These little babies help to replace plastic, are full of nature and help to reduce throw away rubbish that ends up in land fill. Use them to wrap sandwiches and rolls, cover plates and bowls, leftover and much more!

Not only will these help you to reduce the use of plastic, but they will be made with love and the intent of healing the earth!

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Hearty Beef & Mushroom Stew

Winter is here! Which means its the perfect time for hearty stews, like this beef and mushroom one! Nothing warms a families heart more than a hearty stew cooked by love. It’s thick and full of flavour without being overly rich and will have you wanting more! My family absolutely loves this recipe and I […]
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Uses For Crystals

How do you use your crystals?

There a many uses for crystals, some you may not even think about. Do you crush your crystals into powder or do you leave them on your altar? Ill try to list the many ways i use crystals throughout my craft and where some crystals are hiding in my offerings!

The many uses for crystals

It may seem like a waste but crushing your crystals to a powder and adding it to your spell powders and candles is an amazing way to empower items with the crystals properties.

As mentioned in Programming Crystals, you can program/charge your stone with intent and carry it with you. That way you’re carrying not only the stones amazing magic, but your own magic stored within the stone!

Another easy way to carry the magic held within a crystal is to wear jewellery. This way you’ll be carrying the magic around in style, with the added magic of the metal its attached to or bound by.

Everyone loves oils, why not add your crystals to oil. Further empower your spell oils or essential oils by adding the magic of your crystal!
*Always make sure the crystal is safe for moisture, as some crystals can be destroyed or serdamaged by moisture.

Ritual bath salts are a great way to empower ones self before weaving their magic, why not further empower your bath by adding the biggest of your magical crystals to the water! Add obelisk crystal pillars around the outside of your bath or lock in the energy

Add your crystals to dream pillows, spell and mojo bags. Charge your crystal and herbs you wish to use and conjure up one powerful sachet!

Make crystal elixirs by adding a type of crystal or many crystals to magical water under a full moon. These can then be drunk to be empower internally. Alternatively, you can add these elixirs to your oil burner, bath water or floor wash

Use a single stone related to a chakra for healing. Lay down with the crystal on top of the chakra to align and balance

Crystals hidden around the garden and home

Bury crystals charged with your magic when potting a new plant. Not only are you returning earths gift back to the earth, but you’ve empowered the plant or tree that was planted

Place sun loving crystals near your window to energies and recharge them whilst drawing prosperity and wealth into your home

Having trouble sleeping or need protection from nightmares? Place loving and calming crystals under your bed or on the bed head board.under the bed they’re hidden yet they draw the bad energies away from you. Just remember to cleanse and recharge them!

Place a big clear quartz next to plants you want to heal or grow stronger

Hide crystals of protection around door ways, under stairs and each corner of your home. Once again, remember to cleanse and recharage these stones.

Please DO NOT place crytsals in your car or motorbike. This is extremely dangerous!

Crystals are earths precious bounty

Always treat your crystals with care and remember that these precious stones come from the earth. There’s no harm in ever returning a crystal back to the earth. And always take a good look at the supplier, are they ethically harvesting earths bounty? Or has the crystal be ripped out in the name of greed?

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Advanced Pendulum Magic

So you have mastered the basic yes and no answers Let’s take a dive into Advanced Pendulum Magic to obtain a clearer, more specific answer from your pendulum. I will try my best to explain to you a few fun and interesting methods of using your magical witchcraft pendulum. This is for advanced pendulum magic, […]
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Witchcraft Pendulum Magic

Witchcraft Pendulums are great for simple, everyday divination.

The magic of a Witchcraft pendulum is the most simplest of them all. To the point where non witches will use it to figure out the sex of an unborn child. They are used to find a quick answer or to unblock Chakras and other psychic blocks.

Witchcraft Pendulums do not have to be fancy, or expensive, just something you can put your true intent into. You can make your own pendulum, if buying one isn’t an option for you. It can be a simple as a ring or rock on a piece of thread. As long as it hangs still and centred, you have a pendulum ready for magic. Though, try to make the pendulum as natural as possible to be in tune with all energies.

Using A Witchcraft Pendulum

Many people like to have just one special Witchcraft pendulum to aid in their magic for all uses. However, if it resonates with you, you can have multiple pendulums to serve different needs. These purposes could be as simple as finding a lost item, job hunting, looking for love or choosing what to eat for dinner.

A simple way to familiarise yourself with your pendulum, is to become acquainted with it. Hold it in your hand, study it, feel the energy vibrating from it. Become as familiar with the surfaces, the sounds it makes when it moves, the shadows it casts. Once you feel comfortable with it, it’s time to get started.

  • Take a seat at a table or somewhere with a sturdy flat surface
  • Sit comfortably and with correct posture
  • Rest your elbow on the table (especially if you have a tremor like myself), and hold the pendulum by the end of the chain
  • Place your other hand flat on the table, palm facing up
  • Speak clearly to your pendulum, say “Show me yes”, it will begin swing, that is the sign for “yes”
  • Once you are familiar with ‘yes’ stop your pendulum with your free hand
  • Speaking clearly again, say “Show me no”, it will show you what ‘no’ looks like
  • Once it tells you ‘yes’ and ‘no’, stick to them

Pendulum Charts

You may have seen pendulum mats or charts, these are to make things easier. You can buy or make a chart to use with your pendulum. Making one is simple, draw a circle, and put “yes” and “no” on opposite sides. You can choose to include ‘maybe’ and ‘rephrase’, Days of the week, Zodiacs or a complete set of numbers and letters. These extra things aren’t necessary until you become more comfortable with your pendulum. Your pendulum will gravitate towards the answer to give you a clear message.

For a more in-depth guide on how to use your pendulum for specific questions, head over to the Advance Pendulum Magic Post.

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Smoke Cleansing

Smoke Cleansing is a powerful and ancient practice used by all weavers of magic.

The act of smoke cleansing, the burning of herbs, is performed before rituals or spell casting to call upon the magical spirits of our sacred plants. These spirits aid one in cleansing out stagnant or negative energies from people, crystals, rooms and other objects. However, burning specific herbs can assist in the creating or releasing of different energies and intentions. Example, clearing out the anger from an argument and bringing in love to balance out the family home.

Why smoke cleanse?

Smoke Cleansing awakens our senses, giving us a heightened state of awareness. The aromas of the herbs burning, brings our sense of smell to a pleasant place. It encourages and assists all of our senses to open up, to be receptive to the divine spirit.

One powerful habit to grow is daily smoke cleansing. As more often than not, you are unwittingly picking up energy from others and from your own experiences in your day to day life. And if you happen to be someone who is hyper sensitive to the energies around you, as many witches tend to be, cleansing and purifying with smoke is extremely beneficial. So, whether you are new to witchcraft or experienced, every household should own a Cleansing Stick or two!

Must I always use smoke?

In life, there are situations where the burning of herbs is not an option. These can be moments such as being a guest in someone else’s home, renting or travelling. One cannot simply break out some herbs and begin burning! So I created smokeless Mist Potion Sprays which contain true plant hydrols (distilled flower water from creating essential oils) and some essential oils.
True, you are not burning herbs as is the nature with smoke cleansing. However, spraying the air and your body with one of these Mist Potion Sprays is still very powerful. The essence of sacred plants are present and they never fail to cleanse, balance and bless with their magical properties!

Check out the array of incense and cleansing smoke blends HERE!

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Witches Spell Salt

Traditionally, Witches Spell Salt is a mixture of salt and charcoal.

Mixed together with herbs, ash and pepper, a witches spell salt makes for the perfect ingredient in any and all spell work.

Some witches will use salt to represent the element of earth, since it is a mineral, or some will use it to represent water, as salt comes from the sea. Some magic users will use ritual salt as an offering to their gods and goddesses.

Salt Superstitions

If someone spills the salt at dinner, it means a violent family quarrel is on the way.

In parts of northern England and Scotland it was bad luck to lend salt, as the person borrowing it can use it as a magical link to curse you.

There is also a tale that bewitched cattle will not touch salt.

If you spill salt you must throw it over your shoulder to bring you good luck and to keep evil at bay.

Common Salt Types

Pink Himalayan Salt: Used in spells to release from attachment. It has gentle, but strong grounding and centring energies and brings prosperity and abundance into a home. Promotes love, happiness, and friendship.

Black Salt: Absorbs and contains any negativity. It drives away evil and protects your home and belongings.  Hexing, Cursing, undoings, uncrossings, binding work, journeying to the afterlife, honouring the crone, and many other workings use black salt. Mix black salt with sulphur for cursing or herbs of banishing to rid the area of negativity.

Sea Salt: Sacred to water deities and used often in Sea Witchcraft. Make herbal salt scrubs. Used to consecrate. Commonly used to make magic circles. Used for protection as well as, purity, protection, purification, and blessings.

What to Use Spell/Ritual Salt for

There are many ways to use ritual or spell salts. Hide a small pouch of black salt within a room to absorb negativity. Cast protection circles with white salt or protection salt. Add a spoon of your spell salt to your floor wash for cleansing unwanted energy out. Do a salt cleanse to absorb and purify all negativity from a room. Create magical pouches with herbs and crystals to manifest your intent, like a love pouch with love ritual salt. You can even use spell salts to charge and cleanse some crystals and other magical items.

Remember!! Whatever herbs you add to the spell salt enhances the salts the intentions!

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What is Samhain

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Samhain brings the darker half of the year

Many people will ask “what is Samhain?”, “is it Halloween?”, “Is Samhain celebrated down in the Southern Hemisphere?”. Let’s dive in to what it’s all about and how it works down in the southern hemisphere.

Samhain is directly opposite to Beltaine on the Celtic and Neo Pagan/Wicca Wheel of the Year. Think of it as Beltaine’s dark twin. Pronounced “sah-win” (depending on dialect), Samhain marks the beginning of the darker half of the year and the first of the Fire Festivals of the Traditional Celtic New Year.

So what is Samhain?

A three day celebration of death and rebirth, Samhain is a time of endings, reflection of mortality, and releasing that which no longer serves in the mundane world. It’s a time of rest, releasing, honouring those that have passed and setting our intentions to focus in a refreshed and renewed destiny.

During the season of Samhain, the veil between the world of the dead and the living is at its thinnest. Meaning, communication between worlds comes a lot easier. However, remember to always use protection magic before, and banishing magic after as you don’t want any entities hanging around.

Now, you maybe still wondering is Samhain is Halloween and the answer is… yes, and no (I’ll talk about Halloween later on). Unfortunately those of us here in the Southern Hemisphere tend to get a little confused, even more so when we have children. Australian pagan festivals like Samhain use the traditional date of Halloween (Christian Festival) and those dates do not coincide with the seasons down here. Going Trick or Treating isn’t as spooky during October for the kids due to the sun not setting till 9.30pm. Yet, getting them to dress up and go door knocking for candy in April is just unheard of and confusing for the kids.

Because of the traditional dates and the difference in seasons, some witches will celebrate both. Samhain being for what it is, spiritual and apart of their craft and Halloween (Christian) as a commercial holiday for kids and trick or treating. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, never let another tell you otherwise.

So when is it?

Traditionally, Samhain lands on the 31st of October, in the Northern Hemisphere. Samhain in the Southern Hemisphere, however, the veil is at its thinnest between April 30th and May 1st. During this time, divination, scrying and communicating with our ancestors is at its highest point.

With the veil now at it’s thinnest, we divine answers, making contact with our ancestral spirits, embracing our heritage in celebration with those who have crossed over into the spirit world. Here, in Australia, Samhain lands very close to Australia’s and New Zealand’s Day of Remembrance for our fallen in war, ANZAC Day on April 25.

What to do on Samhain

An old ancient rite tells of writing a message to our departed loved ones on a piece of paper and casting it into the cauldron’s fire. As the paper burns, your message is released and will be acknowledged by the recipient. You can also write your intentions for change, renewal and release in this same fashion.

One of the most simplest ways to communicate with those who have crossed over to the otherworld, our family and friends, is by using a pendulum or a Ouija Board. To learn more about pendulums and how to use them, head over to the Pendulum Magic page.

Other magical and enchanting things to do during this time include, craving faces into Pumpions (see what is Mabon) “pumpkins” to create lanterns or decorating your altar with apples, pomegranates and other things to call in spirits of those that have passed.

Samhain Associations

Crystals and Gemstones

Colours

  • Black
  • Orange
  • Scarlet
  • Brown
  • Gold

Herbs, Fruits and Spices:

Best time of the year!

So when it comes to Samhain, whether it be from the North or the South Hemisphere, open your minds eye to the otherworld and journey beyond the veil’s edge. Burn some candles, write what you want released from your life, honour your ancestors and seek answers. Have people around for a feast, create a bon fire, there are so many things you can do by yourself or with others to make this festival magical for all!

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Cleansing with White Sage

Bring balance back into your home

Cleansing with White Sage has become a popular way to shift the energy within an area or person, and remove the negative energy. If you do not have any white sage, don’t worry! Traditional witchcraft uses many herbs for smoke cleansing rituals. But this isn’t a post of the lore of White Sage, this is how to conduct a cleansing with White Sage, so lets move on!

Remember to be respectful of other cultural practices. The practice of Smudging belongs to Native Americans. So when using White Sage as your herb of choice to cleanse, you are simply doing a smoke cleanse, not smudging.

Before cleansing with White Sage

I recommend you open up your house for a few minutes before cleansing with white sage. This will allow the air to flow through your home before and during your smoke cleansing. The ventilation not only prevents smoke alarms going off, but allows for the shift in energy and unwanted guests to exit from your space.

If you leave the house or room closed up, how will anything leave?

You’ll need a few items

  • White Sage (wand, loose incense or stick/cone incense)
  • For this you’ll need a heat safe burning vessel such as an cast iron cauldron or ceramic pot. Always place a bit of sand on the bottom of ceramic vessels to protect the bottom.
  • Matches or a lighter

Now, down here in the Southern Hemisphere everything is the opposite of what you’ll find in books (unless written by someone in the southern hemisphere). So for banishing negative energy move clockwise and for bringing in good positive energy move counterclockwise. Remember this. For you are working with the energies that surround you, not against.

So let’s start with a self cleanse! I’ll be going through different cleanses using the popular White Sage wand.

Self Cleansing with smudge sticks, bundles or White Sage

  • Light the end of your sage wand and gently blow out the flame. This will cause the sage to smoulder
  • Focus your energy on the smoke
  • Use your hand or a  fan to direct the smoke over your body moving from your feet up to your head, then back down to the feet
  • Stay focused and concentrate on your breathing
  • Visualise the smoke vanquishing all negative energies from the body

You may also incorporate a cleansing chant throughout this process. Anything you feel is needed can be incorporated when going through a smoke cleanse.

Cleansing your home with White Sage

  • Light the sage wand and begin in the eastern corner of your house
  • Cleanse each corner of your home moving in a clockwise direction
  • Focus on the corners of your home as they accumulate the most stagnant energy
  • Continue to use your hand or a fan to move the smoke around

Don’t forget about closed spaces, closets, cabinets, rooms, basements, garages, laundry rooms, etc.

At each entryway, chant your intentions of clearing negative energy and outline the doorway with the smoke
As you pass through each doorway, visualise the room protected and sealed of all negative energy
Pass the sage smoke over the edges of each window and each door as you continue to work throughout your space.
Once you have cleansed your entire home, place the sage wand in your heat resistant vessel and allow it to burn out on its own
Like candles, never put a sage wand out my force, always allow the smudge stick to extinguish on its own
You may also choose to bury the wand(s) in your garden to complete the ritual.

Get into a regular cleansing routine

It’s a good habit to cleanse your space at the beginning of every season. This doesn’t mean you can’t cleanse more often. Cleanse yourself and space weekly, monthly, after an argument, when the family leaves the home or whenever you feel a build up of negativity. Hell, cleanse yourself after you’ve finished work for the day. We absorb so much energy in our daily lives from other people, that it is so easy to become unbalanced, a good cleanse helps bring the balance back.

So, whenever you feel a sense of unbalance or negativity, its time to hold ritual, smoke cleanse, and release that which no longer serves.

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Programming Crystals

You can program crystals?

As tools for the higher consciousness, programming crystals is particularly effective. Programmed crystals vibrate in harmony with human energy, becoming powerful aids for manifesting desires. However, some refer to this process as “dedication” or “empowering”.

You can program crystals for almost anything. Such as, increasing your intuitive powers, healing, love or increasing wealth. You can even program some crystals into helping you achieve a specific goal, such as getting a new job, home or starting a family.

Think of programmed crystals as beautiful little power houses of contained magic!

Programming Crystals

Programming a crystal requires you to concentrate your own thoughts into the crystal. The energy is then directed along with your own to help you manifest your intentions. So, before programming any crystal, it is important to cleanse each crystal for your intended goal.

Then, hold the crystal in your right hand and place that hand into your left. Concentrate and visualise your intended goal, imagine it being projected into the crystal. Whisper or speak your intention on to the crystal, as the spoken word is another powerful tool. During this part, remember to to include as many details as possible. Like the date, time, year, location, names of lovers, friends or family and how much you want this goal to happen.

When you’ve completed programming your crystals, put the crystals in a pouch, purse or your pocket and keep it close by. Keeping the crystal close by, it will allow the constant vibrating energies of your goal to constantly remain active until cleansed.

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Crystal Types

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Does it really make that much of a difference?

When it comes to crystal types, yes it does! When you start looking at all the crystal types you may think that their shape has no meaning, no purpose and that’s where you’ll be wrong! the type of crystal plays a big role in the outcome of energy you’re looking for. Let’s jump into it!

Crystal Types

Single Terminators

The most common type of natural crystal point there is! The crystal naturally grows into a point, generally with six sides, and acts as a focus for the crystals energy. Because of this, it’s perfect for healing and amplifying energy towards a target.

Double Terminated

These are the type of crystal that have points on both ends. Naturally, much rarer than the single point crystals. Although, it’s fairly common to find double terminated crystals that have been shaped by man. Both types of crystals, natural and made, project energy from both ends, creating a unified energy field.

Clusters

These are stunningly beautiful groups of varied sized crystals sharing s common base. Clusters help to create Balance and Harmony, especially in group situations, making them great for a family room or office. These are ideal for cleansing and recharging other crystals. Simply place the crystal on top of the cluster for five or more hours.

Polished Generators

These crystals are enhanced by skilful polishing and shaping of the point to create a better focus of energy flow. These crystals respond well to programming and make great focus points for crystal grids.

Pyramid

This type of crystal is a powerful geometric form. The crystals energy is focused on the apex, making it ideal for mediation rooms and crystal healing rooms.

Crystal Balls

Gazing into or meditating with a crystal ball helps you to recall and release the past, and perhaps see the future. Small crystal balls are great for healing massages.

Crystal Wands

Crystal wands are smooth on all sides, allowing for gentle massage and energy focus over a particular area.

So there IS something to the various types!

There most certainly is! As you can see, crystal types play a big role in energy focus. Clusters for recharging and cleansing, points and pyramids for focusing, and crystal balls to gaze in for past and future!
And if you’re looking for more crystals to add to your collection, head over to the Crystals page!

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Citrine Magic

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Use the power of Citrine to increase your success!

Citrine Magic is a must for any business owner as the crystal itself has the ability to attract wealth, success and abundance. Because it has such magical properties attached to it, some call it the “Merchants Stone” and works best for those who are generous with their good fortune. Try adding a Citrine crystal or two to money spells or business divination readings to gain a financial advantage!

When it comes to Citrine Magic, it is strong in bringing positive and uplifting energy to a person. And since it is full of light and warm energy, it helps with banishing any negativity and balancing out ones emotions. Because Citrine is so full of positive energy, you will find the positive energy dispels any stagnant energy that may attach self to it. Which means, no cleansing needed! however, to be on the safe side,  it is still always a good idea to cleanse any crystals before using them.

Associations

Angel: Raphael
Gods/Goddesses: Mercury, Demeter, Persephone, Sekhmet
Chakra: Solar Plexus
Element: Fire
Astrological Sign: Cancer, Leo
Planet:: Mercury
Sabbat: Lammas
Tarot: Sun

Citrine Magic

Solar Plexus, Prosperity, Abundance, Wealth, Success, Joy, Energy, Calming, Self-Esteem

Care and Cleansing

Keep out of direct sunlight as sunlight will fade it’s rich golden colour.
Always cleanse your crystals before any form of spell casting. This can be done with various purification herbs or incense.
Once the Citrine Crystal has been cleansed, recharge it by placing outside or on a window ledge where it can greet the rising sun.

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Rose Quartz Magic

A must have for any empath!

The magic of Rose Quartz is one of love, compassion and nurturing making it a must have for any empath. This powerful and high vibrational stone promotes pure love, purifying and opening to the heart to all levels of love, friendship and deep emotional healing.

Simply holding Rose Quartz can have a calming effect on the mind, spirit and body. This will allow the holder to feel at peace, leaving them happy and full of joy. With this in mind, Rose Quartz can be an excellent gift for someone who is grieving, allowing the loving energies to dispel the negativity and replace it with all that is loving and comforting.

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Angel: Ashmodiel
Gods/Goddesses: Venus, Isis, Aphrodite, Adonis
Chakra: heart
Element: water
Astrological Sign: Libra, Taurus
Planet:: Venus
Sabbat: Ostara
Tarot: Lovers

Rose Quartz Magic

Promoting Independence, Promoting Responsibility, Unconditional Love, Heart Chakra, Love in the Family, Romance, Friendship, Peace, Calming, Positive Self-Affirmations, Nurturing, Heals Emotional Wounds, Balance Emotions, Beauty, Joy and Heart Chakra.

Care and Cleansing

Keep out of direct sunlight as sunlight will fade it’s beautiful pink colour.
Always cleanse your crystals before any form of spell casting. This can be done with various purification herbs or incense.
Once your Rose Quartz has been cleansed, recharge it by placing it under the Full Moon or burying it in Earth and then rinsing with Rose Water several times.

I personally coat mine in Draw Love spell powder, place it on top of some sea salt and then place it in Rose Water at the Full Moon.

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Spell Anointing Oils Guide

Magical Oils are a witch’s best friend.

Anointing oils and their use in magic dates back centuries as they play an important role when working with a particular intent. We use these oils in sacred ritual, ceremony, initiations and to anoint almost any object to keep the magic flowing.

Most spell or anoiting oils will contain plant material, as their spirits are powerful. In magic, we are calling upon the spirits of these sacred plants to aid us in our magical workings. Use them wisely and with respect.

What to look for

Perfume oils are no good for magic as they contain synthetic substances. Synthetics contain no magic as they are not from the earth. For magic, use oils that contain natural herbs, flowers, roots, or pure essential oils and absolutes. This isn’t to say perfume oils are bad, they’re just not what you want for manifesting your intention.

The goal is to seek out the most powerful all natural oils you can find from a reputable practitioner or witchcraft supply store you trust. If you’re up to it, you can try your hand at crafting your own oils from all natural ingredients and a strong intention.

Other uses for Anointing Oils

Other objects that can be anointed are door knobs, telephones, talismans and charms, money, vehicles, the list is endless. Be creative, after all, it is your magic.

Ritual Tools can also be anointed with a spell anointing oils to heighten their power and effectiveness. You may wish to anoint the corners of your altar or dab a pentagram for protection.

Crystals are added to spell oils to create an extra boost in power. It is very important to know the structure of your crystals before using oils them. Some crystals should never come into contact with water or oil. Selenite is one of these gems!

Jewelry is a the perfect and fashionable way to carry the magic with you. Enhance the magic contained within earth’s precious minerals by anointing your gemstone jewelry and harnessing the magical energy within.

Oil Burners are a great way to allow the magical vibrations encompass your sacred space or home. Get a tealight oil burner or electric diffuser, add a few drops of your spell anointing oils or essential oils and enjoy!

Carry the magic with you!

Use an Anoiting oil to anoint the body during magical workings or ware as a perfume. When working with a specific intent its not unusual to want to carry the magic and continue manifesting your intent. Some spells and other workings take time to come to fruition. This is where you need to cast for a period of days, weeks or even months to manifest the final result.

Always test a bit on your wrist first as pure essential oils can cause a reaction on sensitive skin. This includes oils that say they’re safe!

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Performing Candle Magic

Candle magic can be the most fulfilling experience when it comes to witchcraft

Performing candle magic can be as simple as making a wish and blowing out the candle.

So believe it or not, but nearly all of us have performed our first act of candle magic by making a wish and blowing out the candles with one strong blow. This birthday custom is based on the three magical principals of visualisation (end result), concentration (focus on blowing out the candles) and willpower (believing the wish comes true).

All spells begin with an intent to manifest something into being

Always cleanse your area before performing any sort of spell. Once you have cleansed your space, you’re one step closer to performing your spell.

For the basics you will need to perform candle magic are a coloured candle and a magical oil. To give an added boost, try carving magical symbols or names into the candle, as it can greatly improve the power of your intention. Other items such as incenses, loose herbs, ritual salts and crystals are placed upon your spell casting area to help magnify the power of your spell.

When performing candle magic, make sure the candles you are using are virgin, unused. Never use a candle that has already been burnt for another purpose as it will contain vibrations from the pervious work. This can create a negative outcome for your spell. Weather it fails or comes back at you in another way, it is not something you want to risk. This doesn’t mean you can’t use the same candle for the same intention. Many spells require a candle to be burnt for so many days, in this case, the same candle can be used.

Candle magic begins with colour

All colours contain their own magical properties and harnessing the correct properties is imperative for spell work. Having the correct colour invokes that colour energy into the spell which helps to amplify your intentions to the universe. For instance, incorporate pink or red candles for love work or green for money and luck.

Once you have the appropriate colour chosen, the next step is to anoint the candle with a corresponding spell oil. The purpose of anointing a candle is to establish a psychic link between the candle and you. By physically touching the candle, it starts to be charged with your own personal vibration. This helps to concentrate the desire of your magical intent into the candle making the spell powerful. Think of the candle as an extension of your mental power and energy.

How to anoint a candle

When you are anointing a candle for magical use, try to imagine that it is a psychic magnet with a north and a south pole. Start with one hand at the top of the candle and rub the oil downwards stopping in the middle. At the same time with your other hand, rub the oil from the bottom and stop in the middle. This motion draws energy in and is great for love and prosperity spells. To release or banish energy, start from the middle of the candle and rub outwards; middle to top and middle to bottom.
Always rub in the same direction, never back and forth, as you are directing your personal energy into the candle ready for the universe.

Adding herbs into the candle spell

Like colours, herbs have their own magical properties that can aid you greatly when it comes to spell work.
Once you have anointed the candle with a spell oil, roll the candle in magically corresponding herbs or powders to give an added boost. Be careful, if you have added oil and herbs, the candle can become a fire hazard. Make sure your spell work area is fire safe and that your candles are placed on a fire proof surface, free of flammable objects.

As always, make sure to use safe practices when preforming candle magic. Never leave a candle unattended or near anything flammable.

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Candle Magic Colours

Colour Magic is a powerful tool for candle magic

Colours play a big role when it comes to candle magic. The colours of a candle help focus the spellweavers magic and attract the magical energy of that intent.

Example, you want to attract more money into your life. You think of $100 notes which is the colour green, you use a green candle. However, you may also think of bars of gold, which in turn, requires a gold coloured candle. These little thoughts are what help focus the spellcaster and concentrate on their spell.

The colour of a candle is important to a spell, however, if you don’t have the right coloured candle, use a white candle as it contains all colours.

This guide doesn’t follow the wiccan traditions. These are the colours that resonate with me and what my family has practiced for generations, with some changes (sorry Nan!).

Like all guides, it is just that, a guide! You do not have to follow the this, or any other guide. Find what colour rings true to your purpose, focus on that and weave the greatest of magic.

Candle Magic Colours

These are the quick magical properties of each coloured candle!

WHITE: All Purpose, Purity, Truth, Cleansing, Protection (deflective), Sincerity, Full Moon Magic and Blessings

RED: Strength, Health, Vigour, Lust, Sex, Passion, Courage, Male Fertility, Element Fire and Independence

BLACK: Binding, Night magic, Reverse magic, Scrying, Banishing, Absorbing and Destroying Negativity, Removes Discord, Confusion, Hexes, Curses and Addictions

GREY: Balance, Psychic Power and Neutrality

BROWN: Animal Magic, Home, Earth, Grounding, Stability, Construction and Material Goods

PINK: Love, Honour, Friendship, Nurture, Compassion, Protection of Children, Partnership and Self Emotional Healing

PURPLE: Insight, Royalty, Communication, Psychic Ability, Ancient Wisdom, Divine Power, Spiritual Awareness, Meditation and Intuition

GREEN: Finances, Money, Fertility, Prosperity, Growth, Luck, Employment, Rejuvenation, Element Earth and Abundance

YELLOW: Intellect, Attraction, Study, Persuasion, Confidence, Memory, Sun, Concentration, Joy and Element Air

ORANGE: Adaptability, Stimulation, Fast Change, Creativity, Inspiration, Legal Matters, Focus, Opportunity and Will Power

BLUE: Healing, Tranquillity, Happiness, Patience, Element Water, Change, Flexibility, Subconscious Mind, Comfort and Dreaming

GOLD: Male Energy, Sun, Great Fortune, Luxury, Fast Luck, Conscious Mind and Achievement

SILVER: Female Energy, Moon, Unconscious Mind, Values, Clairvoyance and Astral Travel

Candle Colours for Days of the Week

Monday: WHITE
Tuesday: RED
Wednesday: PURPLE
Thursday: BLUE
Friday: GREEN
Saturday: BLACK
Sunday: YELLOW

Astral Candle Colours

Aquarius: BLUE (primary), Green (secondary)
Pisces: WHITE (primary), Green (secondary)
Aries: RED (primary), Pink (secondary)
Taurus: GREEN (primary), Yellow (secondary)
Gemini: YELLOW (primary), Blue (secondary)
Cancer: WHITE (primary), Brown (secondary)
Leo: GOLD (primary), Orange (secondary)
Virgo: GREY (primary), Black (secondary)
Libra: BLUE (primary), Black (secondary)
Scorpio: BLACK (primary), BROWN (secondary)
Sagittarius: BLUE (primary), Red (secondary)
Capricorn: RED (primary), Brown (secondary)

For a candle spell to be effective, choosing the right colour plays a big role combined with your own magic. And remember, a spell is only as powerful as your own intent!

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