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New Class – Making Magick with Culinary Herbs

Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. We’ve all used them for cooking, but did you know you can use them for magick as well?

Welcome to Making Magick with Culinary Herbs! This fun, hands-on class will provide you with information on 9 culinary herbs, their magickal properties, uses, as well as a bit of history and lore. We will then go on to create one of three (your choice) charm/spell bags using these wonderful herbs.

Class will be held on:

June 12, 2022, 1 pm

June 16, 2022, 6:30 pm

at the Triune Moon studio – 51636 Huntington Rd Ste 2, La Pine, Oregon

Price is $20 per person and includes a detailed handout and all herbs, etc. for the hands-on portion.

Click on the link below to reserve your spot!

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Making Magick with Culinary Herbs
(Image by Steve Buisinne from Pixabay)

Note: This class will be available for purchase online early in July.

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How to Use Spell Powders

Long before I met my first Craft mentor I had no idea where to start when it came to spell work. My first teachers were the books I could purchase by nearly clandestine practices from my local book store (I was WAY in the closet at that time). I tried candle magicks, small spells, and then I found, what for me, was an article – I don’t recall who wrote it, on how to use spell powders. It was quite the eye opener and it changed everything.

Spell powders are created by grinding dried herbs, resins, and stones/crystals into as fine a powder as possible. The completed powder is then charged with your intentions and used in a manner that is most beneficial to your outcome. These seemingly simple ingredients combined with your intentions create a powerfully concentrated magickal experience that will enhance any spell or working you choose.

How to Use Your Spell Powder

Spell powders are very easy to use. You can sprinkle them on doorsteps, windowsills, or pathways (this works fabulous for powders for protection, money drawing or to move a nasty neighbor on their way.) Add your powder to your wallet or inside a coin purse to attract money. Dress a candle with oil and roll in or sprinkle the candle with the powder to charge up your candle magick. Use the powder to create your ritual circle. Place the powder in mojo or spell bags to carry with you. Ring your candles or other spell items with your powder. You can even add the powders to a potion or brew.

Don’t limit yourself to these suggestions. Your Craft is your own and the many uses of spell powders is only limited by your need and imagination.

Note: Remember that powders are never, ever to be ingested or used as an incense. They are for external use only, and may contain ingredients that could be harmful to you if eaten or inhaled through smoke and ash.

Creating Your Own Spell Powder

Creating your own spell powder is not as complicated as it seems, but it is time consuming. To create your own you will need some basic ingredients and tools. Below I’ve given you ideas and instructions in creating your own spell powders.

How to Choose Spell Powder Ingredients

In order to choose the ingredients you must first have a clear idea of what you would like to use your powders for. Are you looking to find love? Is prosperity or money on your mind? Do you have a neighbor that is harassing you or your family and you need them to move on? The variations are endless. However, as in any spell work, you must focus on the exact issue or need and choose your ingredients from there.

Once you have your focus you can begin to determine what herbs, resins, or stones and crystals would work best. You can use a guide to correspondences such as Holland’s Grimoire of Magickal Correspondence: A Ritual Handbook or you can let your intuition guide you. Use as many as you are guided to use. I personally like to use 3, 7 or 9 ingredients but that is not a hard or fast rule.

Use high quality ingredients, if at all possible. Organic herbs have an energy that mass grown and produced do not. Better yet use herbs you have grown yourself to add extra power to your work.

The same goes with resins and stones. Purchase these from reliable and ethical stores, online or your local metaphysical shop. The better the quality, the more responsibly harvested and sourced, the better the finished product.

Creating Your Spell Powder

Creating a Spell Powder

Now that you have gathered your ingredients it’s time to create your powders. Don’t forget to have pen and paper next to you so you can record what you are using and how much. Relying on your memory can be tricky when you want to recreate any magickal powder, potion, etc.

Be precise and accurate in your measurements. Use a scale if possible or, if you’d like, use the old methods of “one palm full”, or a “pinch. Just keep it consistent for each ingredient.

Take your measured ingredient and place it into a mortar or pestle. If you are making large amounts, like I do, use a dedicated electric coffee or herb grinder. As you place the ingredients into the mortar (bowl) or grinder focus on the intention of the powder. If it is for prosperity, for example, you can say “For Prosperity” as you place it into the bowl. Grind the ingredient to as fine a powder as possible. This may take quite a while, especially with roots and barks.

A note of caution when using an electric grinder. Resins may gum up the grinder so a mortar and pestle is preferred. Stones and crystals may dull the blades of the appliance as well, so use caution.

Grind all ingredients well and place in a ceramic bowl or a clean cauldron. Hold you hands over the bowl and charge (empower) your powder for its intended purpose. If the powder is for love you could say something such as “Let this power aid me in drawing love, in all its forms, to me.” or I charge these herbs to seek out and find my true love, whomever that may be.” When you feel you have poured as much energy and focus into the powder it is now ready to use.

Using The Moon and Planetary Timing When Creating Your Spell Powder

I wanted to add just a quick note about using moon phases and a planetary hours and astrological correspondences when creating your powders. If you create your powders with the most auspicious timing, be it by the moon or planets, it will add an extra punch of energy and efficacy to your powders. That being said, our needs don’t always happen during the correct phases. If you need money fast and it’s a waning moon don’t worry. Create that powder anyways. As an example, instead of asking for an increase of funds you can ask to banish debts instead. Better yet, you can add a “disclaimer” to your workings. You can say something like “May all the correct astrological, planetary and lunar correspondences favor this powder.” Just remember, need outweighs “correctness”. It is our will that makes it work. The Universe will listen.

Don’t have time to Make Your Own – No Worries.

How to Use Spell Powders - Triune Moon Luck be With You Powder
Spell Powder -from the Triune Moon Etsy Store

Making your own spell powders can be labor intensive. If you, like many others, are super busy or perhaps just don’t have access to the herbs, stones or resins required, not to worry. You can check out my Etsy Store at TriuneMoon. I have several powders and spell candles there for purchase. I can also create custom spell powders for your particular needs.

Whatever you decide, creating your own or using a purchased spell powder, you can be certain that your spell work will pack on extra punch when you use these powdery powerhouses.

May all your intentions be made manifest and your spell work be fruitful.

Blessed Be.

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The Basics of Candle Magick

One of the first things I learned as a fledgling witch were the basics of Candle Magick. Candle Magick can be one of the simplest, and highly effective, forms of magick to learn and practice.  Candle Magick has been used by nearly every religion, Eastern or Western. It is widely practiced, even by the mundane population. Blowing out the candles on your birthday cake is a form of candle magick (you make a wish, don’t you?)  We have all lit a candle for a recently departed relative, seen Catholics light candles for prayers, watched (or participated) in a candlelight vigil to offer support and best wishes for the return of an abducted child.  All of this, and more, is candle magick.

In learning about candle magick you will find you can make it as simple or as complicated as you wish. During this process you will be working to imbue a candle or candles with your intentions, then lighting and burning the candle while focusing (visualizing) your goal as manifest. The spells is completed when the candle (or candles) is spent. This can be done with one candle or many, with or without spells, props or other aids, performed one time or many.  Remember, you are the magick. The candle is there to assist you in your focus and aid you in your workings.

Basics of Candle Magick – Instructions

Below are basic instructions for practicing your own candle magick.  I have listed them in basic order of operation – kind of a candle magick “recipe” if you will.  As with all good recipes, try it out then add or subtract what does or doesn’t work for you. 

  1. Write down your intention:  As with any spell or ritual you need to have a plan of what you intend to do.  Do you want a spell for love, to find money to pay your bills? Maybe you wish to discover your inner child?  Write it down!  Review it several times to make sure that a) You really need this; b) You will not infringe on anyone’s free will       (especially in regards to love spells); c) You really need this.
  2. Write your candle magick “recipe”:  Now is the time to decide how you wish to proceed.  Will it be simple with a single candle or will you need several for different aspects of the spell?  Do you want to add additional correspondences to aid the spell?  How many times should you perform the spell? What color candle should you use?  What type? Will you repeat a chant, meditate, sing or use some other method to focus your intention?  Have fun, write it down, and then gather the ingredients required.
  3. Cleanse and consecrate:  Always cleanse and consecrate all     candles, oils, herbs, etc. before beginning. Candles can be cleansed       and consecrated using most of the usual methods.
  4. Get your ingredients together:  Gather your ingredients, anoint your candles (see instructions below), then add your catalysts (herbs, tokens, etc.). Grab your Book of Shadows handy or at least your written spell, ground, center, and….
  5. Get Cooking:  Now you are ready to practice your candle magick!  Imbue your candles and catalysts with the required energies and intention. Take a deep breath, focus, light your candle(s) and perform that spell!

Now that you have the basic “recipe” lets discuss how to pick the best ingredients to add to the strength of your candle magick.

Choosing Candles

When discussing the basics of candle magick, choosing the right candle (or candles) for your spell is important. As you try to decide on your candles, keep the following in mind:

  1. Pick a color to match with your intention: Choose a color from your color correspondence tables to best work with your intention.  For example; green for a money spell, pink for a love spell, blue for a healing spell.  White is a great all-purpose color and can be used for any type of spell.
  2. Size your candle to match your spell: The size of the candle can differ depending on the time and type of spell. I prefer to use four-inch candles. However, birthday candles are great if you are short on time. If you are going to be performing the spell for consecutive days you can burn a new candle each day. Or perhaps buy one of those cool 7-knob candles. Alternately you may use a taper candle or small pillar and mark a line on the candle to separate it into sections for each day. Then you can burn it down to the line and snuff it out till the next day.
  3. To scent or not to scent: Some Witches like to use store-bought scented candles to add to the ambiance and impact of the spell. However, most are heavily scented and the aroma that corresponds best to your spell may make you sneeze.  Sticking to essential oils, or a simple, imbued, carrier oil, is usually best for those with allergies or sensitivities.

Adding the Spice to your Candle Magick

Using and choosing an oil: I feel that the use of oils for anointing candles is essential for my spell work. As you anoint your candle with your chosen oil you are adding your intention as well as giving the spell direction.  What do we mean by direction? Rubbing the oil into the candle in specific manner indicates whether you are drawing something to you or pushing it away (banishing).  To pull something towards, you anoint your candle from the top down to the center, then from the bottom to the center. To push away or banish, start from the center and rub the oils upward towards the wick, then from the center to the bottom. 

“Spices” for your recipe:   Your “spices”, or catalysts (correspondences), for a candle magick spell are the herbs, tokens, stones, etc. that are used to, a) focus your intention; and, b) add to the energy and/or vibrations require.  For example, when doing a spell to heal someone (always with their permission), you may include a picture or drawing of that person. Add in a personal item of theirs, stones and healing herbs and a healing oil to anoint your candle.  Use what has meaning and energy to you.

Imbuing with purpose and energy: Now is the time to get personal with your ingredients and imbue them with your energy and intent.  Place your candle in your hand or your hands over the candle and let your energy flow into the candle.  Tell the candle what you would like it to do, such as “As you burn you will open my mind and heart to aid me in finding my true spiritual path.” Be specific and don’t be stingy with the energy.  Remember, the candle is acting as your focus and as it burns so your intention is made manifest.

Spell repetition: Deciding on the repetition of a spell can be, for some, the most difficult step.  How much is too much and what is not enough?  There is no set time to cook your spell – the use of trial and error is your guidepost. To assist you, try using the sacred numbers of three, five, seven or nine.  Three is a good starting point for less intense spells and seven repetitions are perfect for longer and more focused spells (thus the seven knob candles).  As always, use your intuition and decide what’s best for you.

Basics of Candle Magick - A single candle flame

A Word on Candle Safety

A discussion on the basics of candle magick would not be complete without a few words on candle safety. Please, whenever you are burning candles, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.  If you know you may have to step out of the room, place the candle inside a cauldron or on a fireproof surface such as a cookie sheet. Better yet, make it portable and place the candle in the bathtub to continue burning.
  • Make sure that nothing flammable will come in contact with the flame.  Always place in a non-combustible candle-holder and keep any flammable herbs, tokens, papers, etc. out of the reach of the flames.
  • Keep pets out of the way of the candles.  Pets, especially cats, are curious about the pretty flames.  They can hurt themselves or knock the candle over and start a fire.

Now you are ready!  It’s time to put all this information on the basics of candle magick to good use.  You will find below a simple candle magick spell to help bring peace and love to the Universe.  Have fun!

Candle Magick Spell for Universal Peace and Love

Items required:

  • 1 white candle – marked with a line to separate it into three fairly equal sections or 3 tea lights
  • Oil for peace and love such as gardenia, lavender, peppermint, vanilla

Anoint your candle with the oil.  Imbue with your energy and your intention to bring peace and love to all that inhabit this Universe.  When ready, light your candle and say:

May peace and love embrace each being that dwells within this Universe divine,

May the peace of the God fill your essence

May the radiant love of the Goddess upon you shine.

Repeat the chant three times visualizing a Universe of peace and love. 

Burn your candle to the first line (or let your tea light burn completely). Repeat for two more consecutive days. 

Blessed Be!

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Art as Magick (No Talent Required)

During the last week I have been in a creative groove. Writing, crocheting, and then, painting. Now I’m not what any one could conceive of as a true “artist” but then again, I don’t really care. I don’t create for anyone else but me. And when I do create it is with but one purpose. I use my art as magick.

I can hear the skeptics already. “I’m not artistic.” “But I can’t even draw a straight line let alone paint.” I have no talent at all.” No worries and no excuses. Neither am I. But art as magick isn’t all about talent and how fabulous it is going to look when you are done. It is about connection with spirit, connecting with the forces all around you. It is about fun and letting our visions find form. Magickal art is, well, magick first and foremost. Aesthetics are secondary.

The most significant difference between art for art’s sake and art as magick is the intention, the focus behind it. Before I begin a project I make a conscious decision on the subject of my creation. Will I be using the object in ritual? As a focal point for contemplation and meditation? Perhaps I am creating something that will make my home more attractive while infusing it with peace and love. Take my latest two projects for example. I painted four separate pieces for my book on the Elements. The other is several crochet pillow covers for my home. Each of these has a different feel, and are for a very different purpose. Yet each is filled with intention and magick.

AIR - by Terry Lynn Pellegrini
“AIR” by Terry Lynn Pellegrini

Art as Magick – Making Intuitive Choices

Once I’ve decided on how my art shall be used, I gather my supplies. No matter the medium, be it needlework, sculpting, drawing, or painting, as you choose your supplies focus on your goal. You may even wish to infuse your paints, clay, or yarn with the energy you wish to create, making magick even before you even begin your work. Place your hands over your supplies and envision them filling with the energies required for the task at hand. Blowing on them with your breathe- giving them your energy – also connects you with your chosen medium. Then, each brush stroke, each stitch, each line drawn is infused with focus, with purpose, with energy and magick.

Using your intuition, choose the colors, the style, the shape of your creation. Focus on your magickal end result. What colors feel right for a painting to be used in meditation? Blue? Green? Your favorite aunt has requested your assistance in healing her thyroid issues. Knitting a scarf by choosing a soft yarn in a healing color would be perfect for that goal. Allow you goal to shape itself in your mind then, reach for that paint brush, those knitting needles, that clay, and begin.

Art as Magick - An owl sitting on a log, a rose at its side
One of my creations. An Owl with a rose – Love and Wisdom

Using Your Magickal Art

Once you’ve finished your creation, it’s time to put it to good use. Hang your new painting in your meditation space where you will be able to see it often. Place a warm, peace infused afghan over your husband’s chair providing him with that energy each time he drapes it over his lap. Your new sculpture (however lop-sided or squishy – you should see mine!) will look perfect on the mantle, especially since it was created to act as a guardian for your home.

As you place each piece in its new location, speak to it, remind it of what it was designed for. Touch it, then the wall, the mantle or shelf it is being placed on and let it know that this is now “home”. By doing so you are creating an additional magickal bond with the item, guiding it towards its purpose. Magick is alive people, and the things we create with it are our
responsibility. Make sure each item knows what it was designed for and what your expectations are.

All that is left to do is enjoy your art! Share your creations with friends and family. Show them off, no matter the level of artistic talent you may have. Share the joy of making magick, of creating art, and changing the world for the better one “masterpiece” at a time. May you find joy in those things your heart, mind, and hands fashion.

Blessed Be!

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Discovering Your Magickal Niche

When we are fledgling witches and magicians we tend to start out on our path trying everything. Kitchen Witchery, Spellcasting, Elemental work, Alchemy, Herbalism. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Some of these paths never resonate and others make our soul sing. In time we may decide that we want to specialize, gain mastery (comprehensive knowledge or skill in a subject or accomplishment), or become an adept (skilled, expert, highly proficient), at one facet of our magickal repertoire. You feel you have grown as far as you can with your old approach to magick. Now you are being called towards discovering your magickal niche.

Before we move on, let me say that not everyone wants or needs to find a magickal niche, a magickal specialty. You may not want to become an adept or master just one style, and that’s okay. We all need to do what works best for us. I love being an Eclectic Witch, but I am also adept at Energy work and Spellcasting. Do you have to be to be an Adept or Master to feel validated as a Witch or magickal practitioner? Hell no! In witchcraft we do what feels right to us – period. There is no need for fancy titles or labels. However, some of us yearn to push ourselves further, hone and mold our craft to a fine point. This is the call to mastery, to adeptness. But first, we need to decide what part of our craft we wish to focus our time and work on.

The Search for Your Magickal Niche

Let’s face it, discovering your magickal niche, your specialty, isn’t quite as easy as it sounds. There are so many fascinating practices out there to delve into. So how do we look for “the one”, the practice that calls us to go deeper, further into its core? Where do we begin our search for our magickal niche?

For me it started with a tingle, a knowing. Many, many, moons ago when I began my Craft, I was like the majority of you. I read, researched, and experimented with many different forms. Yet two things kept pulling me deeper in. Two things which felt good, right, and dang it, I was good at them. Energy work – directing, molding and transforming it in ritual, spells and healing work- and Spellcasting. No matter what other type of magick or work I went on to learn, they kept calling me back.

How about you? Do you have a part of your practice or Craft that keeps calling to you? Perhaps it is stones and crystals that you are consistently working with. Or perhaps herbs and plants tend to have your focus. Are you always casting spells with kitchen tools and stirring your food with specific intentions in mind? Then perhaps Kitchen Witchery is your niche.

Take a few moments, right now, to write down what you mostly work on and with when you are doing magick. What is always on your mind when you begin to formulate a ritual, a spell, or casting? Allow your hand to just write. Let the words flow. Then look at what you’ve written. Was it one thing? Two or more? If more than one, meditate on them for a few moments. Which dominates your thoughts? This path, this thought, is your niche, your focus, your one “thing”.

Finding Your Magickal Niche  - the Magician from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck
The epitome of Mastery and Adeptness – The Magician card.

Working With Your Niche

Now comes the fun part, working with your new-found niche. Okay, it is also the hard part. Mastery and adeptness is work – lots of it. It is study, research, and practice, practice, practice. You will find yourself learning and re-learning your Craft, adding and subtracting techniques and changing how you’ve always done things. In a sense, mastery and adeptness is about reinventing yourself, your Craft, and your life. You will be seeing everything with a new set of eyes, the eyes of the knowing, of the Master.

Each and every day you will be doing something to strengthen your skills, even if it is just a few minutes at a time. You will flex your magickal muscles, grab your notebooks and the latest volume filled with words of wisdom, and break out the magickal tools. Spells, castings, and rituals- oh, my. Your life becomes magick, YOU become the magick.

Then comes the day when you feel that you’ve finally reached “it”. Mastery of your given path. But no resting on your laurels when there is Adepthood waiting in the wings. So you work some more, maybe for years until not only you, but your peers, realize that you have indeed become adept at your magick, your work. Pop the cork, get out the balloons and celebrate your accomplishments.

Adept Witch Conjuring
Picture from Public Domain records

When the Witch becomes the Adept

Once the party is over, guess what? The learning and re-learning begins. Yep, Adepthood comes with a “forever” stamp. You buy it at one price but the actual cost keeps going up over the years. The price of being an adept (or a Master on the way to Adepthood) is that the worth, the end point of your goal keeps changing. New discoveries, new mysteries appear that want to charge us more in time and knowledge. Your goalpost keeps moving, shifting with the times. The work never ends. But do we really want it to?

As I noted earlier, this wasn’t going to be easy. Nor is it a “one and done” operation. Adepthood is a life of purpose, of constant revelations, and a call to duty. Like the college student who has finally received their PhD, there are certain obligations that the Adept must fulfill. The Adept is often called to write, to teach, to share what they have learned with future generations of practitioners. Whether one-on-one or when leading a public ritual, the Adept shares their knowledge willingly, leads by example and helps pave the way for the next new Master or Adept.

The true Adept has wisdom, not just knowledge, for they know they will always have more to learn. They have learned that “truths” are fluid. They understand that what is unseen and unknowable teaches us more than any book can. An Adept wears their new mantle with confidence while striving to not be boastful or act like a “know-it-all.” But, we are all human so don’t expect perfection from them. Just because they’ve reached a level of knowledge that you do not currently possess does not mean they are infallible. Learn from them, grow with them, but always trust your inner light to guide you.

Becoming a Master or an Adept is not for everyone, but as a magickal practitioner it is a goal worth pursuing. With time, perseverance, practice and knowledge, you too can gain Mastery in your Craft, become the next generation of Adepts. May your quest towards Adepthood be fulfilling and brimming with purpose and joy!

Blessed Be!

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There Is No Such Thing As “Safe” Witchcraft

Not long ago I had a new student ask me if witchcraft and magick were “safe”. My first impulse was to launch into a long diatribe regarding intent, precautions, yada yada. Instead, I giggled, or maybe more accurately cackled, (not entirely certain if it was out loud or in my head). After I’d composed myself, I sat her down, took her hand, and proceeded to explain that there is no such thing as “safe” witchcraft. Ever.

Merely by using the words witchcraft, witch and magick, you’ve launched yourself completely out of any and all “safe” zones. These words are loaded with mystery, superstition and fear. Hell, just giving yourself the moniker “witch” is dangerous enough. But telling someone you are a witch or studying the Craft? Danger, danger, Will Robinson! Be prepared to answer questions, defend yourself, or beat feet out of a sticky, and perhaps volatile, situation.

As for the practice itself – safe has never been a word I’ve used for it. Face it. We didn’t start practicing Witchcraft to be safe. It called to us, grabbed us and held on. That in itself was a scary prospect, answering a call into the unknown, into the mysteries that are the Craft. Do you recall your first ritual? Your first spell? Can you still feel the apprehension, the suspense, the fear and the anticipation? I recall the chills that ran down my spine, the sweat on my brow and the utter joy to finally connect with the magick, the whole, everything. Cue the goosebumps. No, safe has never been a part of the Craft and it never will be.

"Safe" Witchcraft - A picture of an altar during a ritual

Magick Isn’t “Safe”

Then there is the magick itself. Magick isn’t safe. It is messy, explosive, emotional, powerful, and many times, freaking scary. To be a witch is to push and break boundaries – not at all a safe prospect. We work with the dead, the Gods, and the “Others” of this dimension and the next, and the next. By its very nature, magick is dangerous. So many things can go wrong if our hearts, mind, and intentions are not in sync. Even when everything is aligned and our spells manifest exactly the way we desired them to, there is always a cost. Magick costs us personal energy, time and often, a piece of ourselves. Nothing is free so we must always cast wisely.

Should we be scared of doing magick? No, but we do need to give it the respect and caution it deserves. Magick is not for the faint of heart, the dabbler, the skeptic, the weak of mind and spirit. Well-trained practitioners understand this and treat magick and its energies with reverence, and act in consideration for all of its actions. They are mindful in their castings, always heeding the laws of magick and that of their guides and chosen deities. In contrast, those that do the most harm, who are the most dangerous, are those that treat magick as a “thing”. They treat it as a toy, a plaything, abusing its energy without understanding it. When there is no consideration of possible harm, no cognizance of where magick comes from, how to channel it, then magickal backlash and chaos can, and does, occur.

Witches and Wiccans and Wizards, Oh My

Another seemingly harmless yet inherently dangerous part of our craft is what the “muggles”, the “regulars”, think of it all. Others may perceive our Craft, our magick, our work, even ourselves, as frightening, creepy, otherworldly, and “evil”. A lack of understanding about what we do can lead to threats, animosity and, at times, violence. Our neighbors hear us chanting in the back yard, talking to plants and animals, and drumming in the Full Moon. They see our pentacles, brooms, and protection sigils and become alarmed. Out of fear they label us “weirdos”,# scary” and “delusional”. Perhaps they hang an extra crucifix or two around their property, cross themselves when they see us or just shake their heads as if we were wayward children. If we are lucky, that’s as far as it goes. It’s when they decide to “cleanse” or “protect” the neighborhood that things get scary and dicey.

Opening dialogues with the neighbors can ease some of this tension, but don’t count on it. I’m lucky that one of my neighbors is cool with it, may not fully understand, but remains open to what I may share with her. The others? They are more of the “cross themselves” variety. But it’s all good. Just keep doing what you’re doing, bang that drum, stir that cauldron, and cackle maniacally any chance you get. A tiny bit of fear will keep them from asking you to their next boring Tupperware party.

“Safe” is a Four-Letter Word

Is Witchcraft Safe? No. Is it scary? Yep. But it is worth every shiver, every goosebump, every daunting and disquieting moment. “Safe” is a four-letter word, an expletive, one to be uttered only in company of the “regulars”. Leave the magickless, the “muggles” and the uninspired to the likes of “safe”. Remember, we ARE the magick and we will not hesitate to cast, stir, and conjure, safe or not. Because it is who we are. It is our life, our blood, bones, and being. We will not be quieted. We will not be stopped and we will not be frightened back into a “normal” life. Safe is for the uninspired, the non-magickal, the muggle. Practice your magick with prudence coupled with fearlessness, knowledge mingled with power, and strength joined with daring. Together, we are the Witches, the Wiccans, the Wizards, Sorcerers, and Magicians, the future, the magick and the danger.

Blessed Be!

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Create Your Own Money Drawing Talismans

Money Drawing Talismans

Having issues drawing money to you? Need a few more dollars in your bank account? In this week’s Magickal Moment we will learn how to create your own Money Drawing Talismans.

Money Drawing Talismans - a completed talisman
A completed money drawing talisman

According to the Free Dictionary a talisman is: 1. An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.2. Something that apparently has magic power. Our money drawing talismans shall be created in order to : 1) Increase prosperity; 2)draw much needed funds towards us and; 3) Increase our wealth in all areas.

Please note: As in all magick, there are no guarantees. Intention, focus and will are required in order to garner results. The author takes no responsibility as to the efficacy of, or the degree of results produced by these talismans.

To create our talismans you will need the following supplies:

  • Clay: The talisman shown was created with air dry clay. You may use any type of clay you like.
  • 1 teaspoon of each of the following ground herbs: Allspice, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg
  • A small spray bottle filled with water; or a bowl with water
  • A toothpick or other small, pointed object to inscribe on the wet clay.
  • A small biscuit cutter or sharp knife to cut clay into discs
  • A plastic plate to place your clay on. (optional)

Creating Your Money Drawing Talismans

Directions: Place your clay onto a flat surface. I prefer to place mine onto a large plastic plate as it makes moving the clay on and off easier.

Mix all of your ground herbs together and set aside. Take a hunk of clay large enough to create the number of talismans you wish to make. Form the clay into a hollow basin then place the herbs into the center.

Herbs placed into clay basin

Begin mixing the herbs into the clay with your hands. The herbs will dry out the clay so you will need to spray it with water or dip your fingers into a bowl of water and sprinkle the clay. Keep mixing the clay until the herbs are completely incorporated. As you are mixing in the herbs, envision them activating the clay with money drawing powers.

Money Drawing Talismans - mixing herbs into clay by hand
Mixing the herbs into the clay

When the herbs have been completely incorporated, begin rolling out and flattening the clay to create disks. I do this by hand but feel free to use a marble or stone rolling pin that has been sprinkled with water (to keep the clay from sticking). I flattened mine out to a 1/2 inch thickness because I am going to use them in mojo bags and as a necklace. Make them thinner or thicker according to your needs.

Money Drawing Talismans - cutting clay disks with biscuit cutter
Cutting the clay into disks

Next, cut your clay into disks. I used a small biscuit cutter but a sharp knife, cookie cutter or clay tool will work as well. Mine are about 1 inch in circumference but again, make them into the size needed for your particular application.

Inscribing Your Talismans

Once the disks have been cut, carefully remove the remaining clay from around the disks. Set aside to use later. Remove the disk(s) from the table or plate. If they are stuck, use a piece of thread or fishing line and carefully run it between the disk and plate or table. Don’t worry if they come off a little lop-sided or squished. Just use a bit of water on your fingertips to smooth out and reshape your disk.

Place your disk(s) back onto the plate or table. Using the toothpick or another sharp instrument, inscribe your talisman with a money drawing or prosperity symbol. The symbol I used was the dollar sign because it automatically makes me think of money. Feel free to use any symbol which does the same for you. Note: If you are using the disks for a necklace, poke a hole near the top that is large enough to run a cord or chain through.

Inscribing the talismans with the dollar sign
Talismans inscribed with dollar sign

After inscribing the disks, you will need to activate the talismans. To do so hold your hands over the talismans. Picture clearly in your mind’s eye large sums of money been drawn towards you. Visualize images of whatever prosperity and wealth means to you, seeing it clearly and vividly. Keep that image in your mind for as long as possible. Now push that image and the feeling of wealth, prosperity and monetary gain, through your hands and into the talismans. Continue pushing the energy into the talismans until you feel that they have been filled to the brim. Release the energy by clapping your hands or saying “It is done.”

Using Your Talismans

Now that the talismans have been activated, you will need to let them dry completely before using. Optionally, give them a spray with a clear sealer to help keep any moisture out.

Use your talismans by:

  • Wearing them as a piece of sacred jewelry, drawing money to you as you wear it.
  • Adding to a mojo or charm bag. Carry the bag in your pocket or tie it to a cord to wear around your neck.
  • Placing the disk on your altar where you can see it everyday, triggering thoughts of wealth and prosperity.
  • Put the disk into your cash register or cash drawer at your place of business to increase cash flow.
  • Hanging the talisman in a window or tack it over your front door.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Magickal Moment. May your talismans be potent, powerful and create the prosperity you desire.

Blessed Be!

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Awakening Abundance with Blossom Magick

Almond blossoms on the tree

California’s Central Valley overflows with agriculture of all kinds. From nut orchards to fields of tomatoes, beans and veggies, abundance is all around us. As the weather begins to warm the valley in the early spring, the nut and fruit trees begin to come alive. Blossoms are everywhere, heralding the awakening abundance of the Valley. It is truly a magickal time of year.

Almond orchard in bloom
Almond Orchard in Bloom

We can begin awakening abundance of our own by adding some Blossom Magick to our magickal repertoire.

To perform your own spell for awakening abundance you will need:

  • 13 newly opened blossoms – (I have used Almond, Flowering Pear and Flowering Plum in the example but use what is native to your area)
  • A clear bowl
  • Filtered or spring water
Awakening Abundance - blossoms on a black background
Left: Almond, Top: Flowering Pear, Right: Plum

First, fill your bowl with the spring water. Begin gently placing the blossoms on the water, allowing them to float freely. As you place the blossoms onto the surface, name each blossom for a type of abundance you wish to make manifest. It could be an abundance of money, creativity, good health – whatever you desire.

Awakening Abundance - a crystal bowl filled with water, blossoms on top
Crystal bowl filled with spring water, blossoms floating on the surface

Place your hands over the bowl and begin visualizing the blossoms changing from blossom to leaf to fruit (or nut). See them awakening, blooming, transitioning to the abundance of leaf, nut and fruit.

Keep visualizing this as you repeat the following chant 9 times:

“As the blossom becomes the leaf, as the blossom becomes the fruit, so shall my abundance awaken and grow.”

Now visualize the blossoms having changed to their abundant state, fully ripe and ready to pick. These ripened fruits are your abundance made manifest. Hold that visualization as long as you possibly can. When done say:

“As these blossoms have grown and ripened, so has my abundance. All that I desire has awakened and is ready to harvest. So Mote it Be.”

Remove the blossoms from the water and place the water into a jar with a tight seal. You can then use this water anytime you need a little extra abundance to come your way.

May your abundance blossom this Spring. Blessed Be!

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Making and Using Black Salt for Spell Work

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Need a “go to” for protection, cleansing negative energies and banishing? Then black salt should be added to your magickal cupboard. When made and used properly, this mineral becomes a powerful ally for your spells, potions and powders. Making and using black salt isn’t difficult, but it can be a bit time consuming. To begin, let’s discuss its various uses as the purpose of the salt can determine the ingredients that go into its preparation.

Safety Note: Do not confuse the black salt we are making here with
black lava salt or kala namak salts used in fine cuisine. This salt should never ingested. It is for ritual purposes only.

Uses of Black Salt

Also known as Witch’s Salt, Drive Away Salt, Sal Negro and Indio Salt, black salt has a long history of use in the magickal community. While salt has always been seen as protective, when the color black is added it takes on some very different energies. Anything colored black, when used in magick and ritual, traditionally corresponds to:

  • Protection
  • Absorbing or removing negativity
  • Banishing
  • Releasing
  • Reversing
  • Hexing
  • Cursing

The change from white to black, transmutes the salt’s energies, allowing those energies to move from the realm of light into the shadows, into the dark. When we add additional herbs to the darkened mineral we change its powers even further.

Making and Using Black Salt - cauldron, sea salt black pepper and charcoal
Ingredients for Black Salt
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Basic Recipe for Black Salt

Black salt can be created in two ways – with the list of ingredients below or with food coloring. While many people feel the salt blackened with food coloring is just as potent, I believe the extra time and effort it takes to mix in the corresponding ingredients adds a power that you just can’t recreate with food coloring. However, use what works best you.

To create a basic black salt you will need the following:

  • 2 parts sea salt – course or fine
  • 1 part scrapings from a cast iron cauldron, pot or skillet
  • 2 parts fine ash from your fire pit or hearth fire (Using ash from a ritual fire works great as long as the ritual corresponds with the use of the salt.)
  • Optional – Black Pepper (replace one part ash with the pepper)

I prefer to use coarse sea salt as it is easily strewn in a circle or across walkways or steps. If I want to use it in powders I grind it up a bit with my mortar and pestle.

Iron scrapings are traditional in most recipes but don’t worry if you do not have any cast iron. Just replace the scrapings with additional ash. If you do use scrapings from your cauldron, wipe out the cauldron first to clear out any residue from previous spell work. You wouldn’t want to mix ash or oil from a healing ritual with a black salt for banishing.

The ash can be gathered out of the family fire pit, fireplace or from your cauldron. A ritual fire or a fire burned exclusively to create your salt will add even more power to the working.

Below are some of the many herbs and woods you may want to add to your fire, increasing the potency of the ash. The list is arranged by the energies you may wish to incorporate:

Magickal Properties

  • Protection:  Oak, Ash, Birch, Rosemary, Garlic, Graveyard dirt
  • Cleansing negative energies:  Cedar, White Sage, Basil, Eucalyptus
  • Banishing: Alder, Black Pepper, Rue, Cayenne pepper
  • To Rid yourself of enemies:  Red Pepper, rose thorns

Be cautious! Some of these herbs may give off caustic smoke. Do not purposefully breathe in the fumes.

Gather up your ash once it has cooled completely. I’ve used both the fine ash and small charcoal bits in my salts.

Scrape the bottom of your cauldron and add to the salt and ash in the jar.

Place all of the ingredients in a large glass jar. Shake until the salt has turned completely black. Let it sit for at least three days then remove any large pieces of charcoal. Your salt is now ready to use.

Using your Black Salt

There are several traditional uses for black salt. However, don’t feel limited by these methods. Use your salt in any way that works for you.

Getting an enemy to leave: Mix red pepper with black salt and toss it where an enemy walks so that he or she will leave. Alternately you can sprinkle some in your enemies shoes.

Protections: Use black salt, either alone or created with ash from protective herbs, and sprinkle it around your home or ritual circle. This creates a protective barrier that allows no harm to enter.

Absorbing and removing unwanted and negative energies: In any area that has unwanted or negative energies place a bowl of, or create a ring with, your black salt. Allow the salt to sit for at least 9 to 24 hour while It pulls in all of the energies. Using gloves so you don’t come into contact with the salt, clean up all of the salt. Dispose of it off your property if possible or wrap it securely in black paper and place in your garbage can.

Binding and Hexing: Add black salt to poppets and spell bags.

The time and effort you take in making and using black salt will pay off in more powerful and focused spell work. So get busy and mix up a batch for your magickal cupboard today.

Blessed Be!

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Creating and Using Poppets

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Creating and using poppets is an amazing way to add to your magickal repertoire. Poppets are an old, time-tested form of sympathetic magick. Sympathetic magick works on the principle that like affects like. When you create a poppet you are making a visual representation of a person. This representation then becomes a focus device. You are able to “see” and interact with the individual you are working for by using their image, the poppet, you’ve created.

Poppets can be as simple or elaborate as you like. The basic rule is that it should be easily recognizable as who you are working for, with or against. If it is a person it should have two arms, two legs, a head and body. The exception to this rule would be a working for a differently-abled person. I use a gingerbread man cookie cutter to give me a basic shape. I am not very artistic so this works well for me. Feel free to create your own pattern or draw free-hand if you like.

Next, add features, hair, clothes, anything that would identify the poppet as the individual it is to be. Try using yarn, markers, paint, embroidery and other embellishments to achieve the look you desire. Don’t worry if you are not an artist, if you can visualize who it is, then even the crudest poppet will work.

Below are simple instructions on creating and using poppets. I’ve also included a simple chant to charge your poppet for its intended purpose.

Creating your poppet. Cookie cutter, material, scissors, thread, needle, markers
A few simple materials are all that is required in making poppets.

Creating your Poppet

Before creating your poppet you should have a firm idea of why you are creating it. Are you doing healing work for someone? Are you trying to banish someone out of your life and social circle? Perhaps it is something for yourself that you are working. Keep whatever the intended goal is for the poppet in your mind as you go about creating and using your poppets

There are only a few simple materials required for creating your poppet. Most can be found quite inexpensively at your local craft store. Below is a list of items to complete the “shell” of the poppet.

  • Cotton material – I used white but you may use any color that suits your purpose or the individual you are working for. It needs to be large enough for the cookie cutter, cut double.
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutter – large
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil to trace around the cookie cutter.

Place the cookie cutter on the material. Be sure that the material is doubled. Trace around the cookie cutter, then cut along the pen/pencil line. Sew the poppet close to the edge with small stiches, leaving a large enough opening for stuffing your poppet. Alternately you could use a sewing machine, but I like to place magick and intention in each stitch. Once you have stitched the poppet you will need to fill it.

Tracing a gingerbreadman cookie cutter to make a poppet

Filling and Personalizing Your Poppet

You will want to fill your poppet with not only something to give it shape but to add to the magick you are creating. Herbs, stones, and crystals that correspond to your working are beneficial. Adding something personal from the individual will bring an even bigger boost to your work. Hair, fingernail clippings, a scrap of material from something they’ve worn are all items that are easily added to your poppet.

Six jars filled with herbs
Use herbs that will aid you in bringing the desired results.

Below are items I used for the poppet pictured. This was a personal healing poppet so I am using herbs for healing the stomach and sinus issues. Please, use items that best fit your intent. Note: I also used hair from my head to add some of “me” to the poppet.

  • Fiberfill – this is used for all poppets. It can be made of cotton or synthetic materials.
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger
  • Feverfew
  • Mullein
  • White Willow bark
  • Marshmallow root
  • Slippery Elm Bark

I did not include any stones or crystals in this poppet because I did not feel called to do so. Use your intuition and magickal senses to choose each item so that it will aid in achieving your final goal.

Fill up the legs and arms of the poppet. You may need to use the end of a long-handled spoon or some other long, thin device to push the fiberfill into the corners. Place a small amount of fiberfill in the body then add in your herbs, stone, etc. Finish filling the poppet then sew up the opening.

Now you can personalize your poppet. Add on facial features, hair, clothing, etc.. You may even want to place a picture of the person where the face is. Use your intuition to create a connection between you and the individual.

Poppet next to a candle
Poppet Ready to Charge

Charging your Poppet

While you were creating your poppet you were keeping your intentions in the forefront of your mind. Now, it is time to reinforce that intention and charge your poppet.

Place your poppet on your altar or a table. Holding your hands over the poppet visualize its intended purpose. While keeping that purpose in your mind, “see” the poppet as the individual that it represents. Focusing on both the person and the intention say the following (or something similar that has meaning to you):

“The poppet I see before me is a part of (insert name of individual) and as such all that I do with the poppet I do for (name). I send (insert what you are working for here) into this poppet which is (name). May (name) be (healed, banished, etc).” Continue to send your desires into the poppet until you feel that the work is completed. 

End the charge with “As I will it, so shall it be.” or something else to signal that you have completed your work. Place the poppet in a safe place.

Releasing the Poppet Energies

You will want to keep the poppet until such time as you feel the magick has manifested. After that you will need to release the individual’s energy from the poppet and dismantle it. Below is a simple “de-programming” verse you can use.

“I separate the energy of (name if individual) from this poppet. What was once connected is now separated.” Repeat this until you feel that the energies have been disconnected. Then remove all the stitching, take out the stuffing and otherwise dismantle the poppet. Dispose of all the parts by burning, burying or throwing away. Caution: Do not dispose of the poppet without first disconnecting the individual from the poppet. This may cause undo harm to the individual.

Poppets are a simple, creative, and highly effective way to work powerful magicks. No matter how cute they may seem, they should always be treated with the respect you would give to any magickal working. May you find working magick with poppets as rewarding as I have.

Blessed Be!