We did a Podcast!!

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Hello Witches! Long time, no posts! But in truth it’s just been quiet on the blog front, we’ve been fairly active over on our instagram and even sometimes on tumblr. And we’ve definitely been busy behind the scenes, planning, plotting, charming. Today is the big reveal on a project we’ve talked about since Michelle visited me in September, it took us until just a few days before Halloween to finally sit down and get it down, and it’s taken until today, the Winter Solstice, to bring it to the table.

But we are so very happy and elated to be bringing you the fruits of our labour, a Podcast!

Let me tell you, the learning curves has been STEEP, but oh, so fulfilling. It may have taken us months, and our first episode revolves around Fall and here was are on the official first day of Winter, but we offer this to you as a humble Yuletide gift!

Forgive us our rambles and clumsiness. We’re new and still ironing things out, so you can almost think of this as a pilot, in that respect, a rookie venture into something new. The sound quality is not at it best, and we meander off course more than our fair share, but we hope you enjoy what we have made!

Our idea and hopes for this podcast where to feel like an extension of our regular video chats when we start talking magic, our craft, practices and musings. I wouldn’t call this so much a learning tool as more a chance to bring you into our conversation.

So please, grab a cuppa tea, snuggle up and give us a listen!

 

we promise to get this uploaded to iTunes and Google play soon as we figure it out!

Until then, Stay in your Magic!

~Margot

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How to DIY Yourself a Coven

Okay, perhaps that title is a bit of a stretch. What can I say? I am prone to being hyperbolic.

Most of us are solitary witches. Some from choice, some from necessity. I, myself, am generally happy to be solitary. I can create my own rituals and don’t have to deal with any of the politics or lady drama of a typical coven. Particularly with me not being Wiccan, finding a “coven” was nearly impossible.

Or was it….?

It occurred to me some months ago that everyone meets their romantic partners online. So why couldn’t I meet my witch sisters online as well? The internet is full of wonderful resources for us witchy folks; blogs, hubs, hashtags and even Pinterest has some witch-tastic stuff on there. What there isn’t, however, is a Match.com type equivalent for meeting one’s soul sister. Hell, there’s not even a Tinder equivalent! I had tried in the past, with only one success story, to find other witches on Craigslist. Hey, don’t you judge me! That yielded mostly creepy guys looking for a kinky girl. GROSS! Or else I would up basically giving witchcraft one on one lessons via email. Suffice is to say it was disheartening and draining.

Then one day I thought about a website I’d visited in the past, but never really used. MeetUp.com.

So for $14.99 a month I set a witch’s group I named “We the Wild Women” (because that’s my personal hashtag for all things powerful woman related) and put out an open call to all local witches of any and all beliefs to gather in what I termed “an open circle”. And then I held my breath and refreshed my screen over and over for about an hour. It took no longer than a week for 50 women to join the group! I’ll be honest, it was overwhelming at first. What I did not know about MeetUp.com is that people join lots of groups and rarely interact with all of them. So thanks to that, I would up with about 15 women who truly were looking for community, too. witch circle

We held our first gathering on a Sunday morning in the park, under a beautiful canopy of trees. I made it a potluck because food can really lubricate social awkwardness and I’m already awkward enough. We sat and introduced ourselves, snacked, and basically tested out each other’s vibes. Now I’ll be honest, not everyone was a great fit. In fact, I made the choice to ask one Negative Nancy to not rejoin our group. That, my friends, was some drama. In fact, I think she tried to curse me, as a lot of shit went sideways in my word just after that. Not to worry, the (possible) hex has been broken and all is well again in my life. I mention this only because I think you have to be aware that meeting strangers is often weird & lonely people can often be a little crazy. Safety first!

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It’s now been about three months since our group first started. We have gotten together as a whole about three times, with our fourth coming up in a few days. We are not a coven. We are a circle of witches who gather together to support, share with and feel community with each other. There is no “leader”, no roles, no dogma. Just sisterhood. We are a varied group, I’ll tell you that. In fact, that is such a blessing; as I think we learn the most from people who we differ from.

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We gathered recently for Lammas, where we snacked and drank, laughed and meditated, and were lead by one of our sisters through a truly beautiful ritual. I am so grateful for this circle of real life witches to share with. It has been the thing most missing from my life. I had meditated and prayed for this to happen over the last year and now it has manifested. If you are feeling a lack of witchy community I wholeheartedly encourage you create your own. Websites and hashtags are wonderful, but nothing can compare to real life gathering (and that’s coming from an anxious introvert!).

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Summer Solstice | what is a modern witch to do?

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I’m currently sitting in my quiet home. It’s June 20th, tonight is a Full Moon and it is also the Summer Solstice.

What does this all mean? It means that today is a special day for many reasons, but to witches, it’s an excitedly anticipated magical day charged with oodles of extra magic and energy. The Full Moon doesn’t often coincide with the Summer Solstice, the celebration that marks the longest day and welcomes to us the baking hot, sun drenched season that is known to us as Summer. Actually I read somewhere that this particular event hasn’t happened since 1986 and won’t happen again until 2062! { ok, I haven’t fact checked that, but if that’s true, how fabulous is that?! } Which kinda means the energy from both the long day of sun charging will be greeted by an equally powerful charge with the moon rays once evening falls.

It all sounds kinda special and like all witches should be out and about preforming any and all rituals they can on this particular day, doesn’t it?

But what if you don’t follow any set of rules, what if you don’t own crystals to charge or tarots to read? What if you have preexisting plans to huddle in a friends house and catch up on the last two episodes of Game of Thrones?

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It doesn’t make you any less of a witch to not have anything special planned for such a monumental day. Instead what I recommend if you just don’t have the time to get any of your witch shit together is do this: enjoy your day. Reflect on things you would like to accomplish in the coming months. Let the sun kiss your skin, even if for just a few minutes. Let yourself feel at peace while you soak in the suns rays and feel appreciative for the bounty the Earth gives. If you have the chance, write down a few intentions on a scrape of paper, tie it up with some ribbon or a wax seal, or hell, fold it up and give it a kiss; it doesn’t have to be fancy! Place it in a special spot or somewhere where your gaze may fall upon it somewhat regularly to remind you of your intentions and hopes. And tonight, if the sky is clear, take a step outside into the cool evening and take a gander at the Moon in all her glory. Breathe in and out and take in the evening smells.

If you have ritual pieces, feel free to charge them as you see fit, if you want to make moon water, place some fresh water in a chalice or jug and leave it out overnight for future uses. But don’t feel bad if you don’t think you’re being witchy enough. Witches do not have to subscribe to any set of rules, we worship by our emotions and what works for us. And sometimes that means squeezing in small moments of appreciation in between socializing, work and anything else that may be in our busy schedules.

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Today, I made sure I gave some extra snuggles to my aging cat, who I’m beginning to worry about. I made her, her comfort and companionship a priority. I’m enjoying some quiet in my home today and since I am fortunate to work from home, I’m able to put off a bit of work to just let myself be at peace. Soon, I’m going to turn some music on that moves my soul and I’ll take a beverage out into my back garden and enjoy the gentle breeze. Tonight, on my walk home from my friends, the Full Moon should be high up in the sky, I’ll walk home, arm in arm with my Love and gaze up at the Moon’s pale, silvery glory. I may even partake in some halfling leaf on that walk, or I may wait until I’m home and I can stand outside in my yard by myself to get high and think some deep, appreciative thoughts.

Happy Summer Solstice to you all! I will have you all in my heart and thoughts.

~Margot

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Moon Magic to Banish Depression

I love the moon. I feel drawn to it. I take comfort in it. I look to it for guidance. So when I found myself in a deep winter funk (aka seasonal depression) I knew she’d be the one to turn to for help.

When you are using the moon’s power for magic and/or manifesting (whatever term you’re most comfortable with) it is important to make sure the moon is in the proper phase for what you want to accomplish. I could go on and on about this topic, but here’s a brief explanation. When the moon is dark it is a good time for the removal of binding spells and bringing justice; the new moon just after is a perfect time to start new ventures. As the moon grows (or waxes) you’ll want to work magic that is constructive (think of this a drawing things to you). When the moon is finally in her full glory it is a very powerful time; any and all magic is stronger on the full moon (though I usually just meditate on the moon when she’s full). And finally, as the moon wanes (gets smaller) this is when you do banishing spells, break habits, etc… For the purposes of banishing, I like to work at (or just after) the full moon.

On the  full moon, I set my intention to heal my soul. In a conversation with a friend, the idea came to me to place a jug of water under them moon and set my intent upon it. My thoughts being that between my own personal power and that of the moon I could manifest some real healing power. It turns out, this is not an uncommon practice, but I had not heard or read about it before.

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Being the practical Kitchen Witch that I am, I didn’t use a fancy vessel or anything. I just grabbed a large, clear jug and got to work. I set my jug, filled with purified water, in the full moon’s light, surrounded by candles (any old candles will do here) to represent the four directions. Then, I sat myself in a comfortable chair nearby and set my intention with meditation. It was during this time that the chant I used came to me. Feeling the time was right, I placed my hands on the jar and chanted to the moon.

The next morning I brought the jug inside and drank my first glass or magic. I drank one glass each day during the moon’s waning phase (always honoring the moon and her healing each time), finishing unexpectedly on the day before the new moon. I could feel the magic in it, giving strength to my will to heal myself.

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It should go without saying that this post is not meant to replace any current therapies or medications you may be on.

As a side note, I feel confidant this practice could be implemented in many ways, depending on your needs and the phase of the moon.

My Simple Beltane Plans

I love Beltane. Like… LOVE.

Maybe it’s because of the fire association. Maybe it’s the lusty aspect. Or maybe it’s because that’s the day Claire first went through the stones in Outlander. (BTW, are you guys watching this new season??? So good!)

I digress.

This post is really just my ideas on simple celebration for Beltane. If you are interested in some of the history or traditions around Beltane (or if you just want to see how I was feeling about it last year) check out this.

As a solitary and eclectic witch, it can be really hard to find people to celebrate with. I have pretty much resigned myself to keeping it low key. Although, truth be told, I would love to be camped out in the wild & surrounded by a loving coven while we danced with fire and twirled beneath a may pole. But, we have to work with what we have, right? And I have a loving family, a BBQ in the backyard and a shitload of magical intention.

So for tomorrow here’s the plan:

  • set out a bowl tonight to collect dew
  • wash my face with said dew in the morning
  • meditate/set my intentions for the day
  • place flowers throughout my home
  • have a normal Sunday afternoon
  • BBQ a delicious feast for my family to enjoy al fresco
  • burn the remains of any non relevant magic from the past year
  • meditate/give gratitude to the universe

That’s it! Simple, simple, simple.

How will you be celebrating tomorrow?

How to Make Eggshell Candles for Ostara / Spring Equinox / Easter

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Ostara is such a pretty word, but I find I struggle with using it. It’s a new term to me, something that I’m positive I’ve heard before, but never stuck. For me growing up, this time of year was heralded in my house simply as Spring Equinox and as much as I love the magic that surrounds the word Ostara, { I keep italicizing it because It’s pretty and makes it look more magical, it’s working right? right?! } I still find myself comfortable in thinking of this day, or Sabbath if you’re jiggy with it, as Equinox; either way, it is the time of year that officially marks an equilibrium between day light hours and night time darkness.

When I was younger, we would go out to a friend of my moms and we would walk around a medicine wheel and celebrate with a huge potluck of yummy food and bask in the sun. But as I grew up and went out into the world on my own, I found I never did much celebrating. I would always acknowledge the day, and I’d have a little pep in my step, but I never exactly shared why with anyone. But with the birth of this blog and a solid friendship formed with Michelle, I decided I would do something fun this year, I would do something magical to welcome Spring to the world again!

This winter, I took up candle making as a hobby, actually I started last winter, but I REALLY got into it this year with sourcing out the best place to get soy wax locally and non lead wicks and learning the difference between pillar soy wax and regular soy wax and, well, I went balls deep! { I also got into making bath bombs, lip balms, mustache wax, massage bars and more, I found most of the supplies at the same store, so as I said, I went balls deep! } Since I may had gone a little over board, I still have plenty of supplies, which is awesome for when the creative spark fans into flame and I have the proper supplies to get into it all nitty gritty.

So when an idea came across my tumblr dash of fun easy ways to celebrate Ostara, I was struck with this adorable idea, making candles in eggshells! Ostara/Spring/Easter are all heavy symbolized by bunnies and eggs, you know, fertility things! Now, If you are like me and you wanna run to the hills when fertility is mentioned because , no, no babies for me please, have no fear!! I like to think more of fertility of the soil. It’s time for life to be breathed into this grey dreary planet again! So I wanna make it clear, if you are wanting to dabble in this, don’t worry about it making you an automatic baby making factory… unless that is what you want!

I chose to keep it simple. The only spell that would be placed on my specific candles were that of prosperity and hope for a lovely Spring. I didn’t chant, or write anything down, I just thought loving thoughts and hummed to myself as I made these candles and I felt calm, centered and felt, I dunno, right as I made them.

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What you’ll need for Eggshell Candles for Ostara / Spring Equinox / Easter:

  • Soy Wax & bees wax.
  • crush dried rose petals
  • dried lavender
  • fresh sage
  • eggs shells, carefully cracked so just the tops are removed.
  • wicks, I chose string wax dipped wicks this time, as I think wood wicks would be too large.
  • 2 pots, one large filled with water, one smaller for your wax
  • chop stick or stirring stick that you don’t care will be ruined by wax

Of course I’m terrible and didn’t measure or weigh my wax, but I filled my wax pot with a ratio of 1 part bees wax to 10 parts soy wax approximately. And then I placed my wax pot into a pot with water I already had heating on the on the stove top. Make sure the water is hot, but not a t a boil, but slightly and gently bubbling or moving is purrfect! The reason you are essentially using a double boiler is to not scorch your wax and discolour it. I also threw some dried lavender in with the wax in hopes that it might infuse it with a bit of it’s perfume and it looked pretty.

As I let my wax melt down I got to setting up my eggs. For the eggs, you can use a sharp knife or kitchen scissors to make them a little more even, though I kind of liked the rustic edges on mine  I had already cleaned them out and peeled out the membrane and let them dry a few days in advance. Basically I just collected the shells as I cooked throughout the week. Waste not, want not, right?!

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I placed my eggs in an egg carton I rescued from my recycling bin so I had a nice sturdy place to stand them up and commenced with placing the wicks in each one and then I sprinkled dried lavender in them from my pantry, crushed and dried rose petals from a bouquet I had elected to dry and turn most of into a garland { oh, I really need to take photos of that! Its super purdy! } and then I placed two fresh sage leaves in each cup from my my garden.

I chose these ingredients as lavender is really good for cleansing, attracting good luck, healing and fertility. Rose petals are fantastic for attracting beauty, more good luck empowering yourself and divination. Lastly, sage is kind of a staple in most witches pantries or gardens, it’s perfect for purification, healing cleansing and acquiring wisdom. Plus the combo smells dreamy! I also chose to add the beeswax to my candle mix more for sending out some love and protection for the bees, more than for the wax composition.

I then carefully and slowly poured my wax into each egg cup. This is very tricky as the opening is so small, so I was extra appreciative of having a specific wax pot for pouring! It helps HEAPS! I usually set the wicks straight with a chopstick brace along the top, but since these little guys were fragile and uneven, I elected to let them stay as they were. If I noticed them drooping, I’d make sure to grab the wick out quickly, let it cool for a second and straighten it out before placing back in.


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I ended up having extra melted wax, so I made a larger candle in a mason jar and filled it with all the same goodies and loving intentions. Once everything was poured I placed a box over the set up. One, to avoid an accidental knock over and two this helps the wax to cool at an even temperature and avoid and uneven top of your candle or those little sink holes you may have gotten around your wicks before. It’s a handy trick passed to me from my local candle supply making man! { does that make him a candlestick maker?!! }

BOOM! An hour later and everything was cooled and set, I was able to move my egg candles to my alter, where I displayed them in a mix of little silver port glasses and tiny tea cups!

Have you ever tried your hand at candle making before? or do you have a Spring time tradition that you hold dear? Let us know in the comments as we would LOVE to hear! 

 

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