Spirit House

I have always been plagued with misplacing items, things like keys and shiny pens, change, metal objects. Growing up my family attributed missing items to gnomes, fairies,  leprechauns, and just being plain forgetful. I started looking into ways to help curb this mightly annoying aspect of my life after I misplaced an iPod classic and my Blackberry Curve.  I tried having a designated place for things with some success. Using an everyday carry bag. That option had more success. I also tried minimizing stuff.

One day someone suggested that I should make a shrine to the Faerie Queen. So I did, I figured what the hell, right? What is this going to hurt? After a while of providing offering and thanks,  I began to misplaced fewer things less frequently. This also included using a combination of methods that have shown some success. Another outcome from the practice of honoring and showing thanks was sensing a request of me. I was to build a spirit house or Faerie house if you would like. I spent a few days looking at different materials located around my home and thinking about what design to build.  I had everything already except some moss. I bought a bag of moss from a craft store.

The base was leftover from a framing project, a small chunk of 2×4.The walls were harvest from a dead pine tree. The door frame and roof are made from bark found on the ground. The roof tiles are made of shells and tourmaline. Some shells were from a necklace, others were picked off the coast of Washington state, very kindly donated by my partner. The tourmaline is from my collection. I place one shell upside down to hold cone style incense to give the look of a working chimney.

 

Once it was built, I hung it in it’s home to be. It hangs in a nice bay window. Here it does not get disturbed by every day going on off the household, or the new kitten. Furniture is in the works.

Until Next time, May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.

Spell Bottle

Hail everyone,

Today I would like to talk about making a Spell bottle, for this is a good time to buy containers. Classic style calls for glass or earthenware containers, those are my preference. However, I am adaptable when I need to be, which lead me to this discovery a while back.  While out doing basic needs shopping I spotted these empty Christmas balls that are made to be filled. Satori! Here sits the modern spell bottle. Maybe I was just in a dark corner where the Internet did not reach me with this wonderous announcement, or the email spam guard kicked the memo into the trash box. Until that moment I was ignorantly in the dark about these wondrous new inventions. So I gathered up a small number of them.

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When I got I home I rounded up all the different ingredients I might need to make my first one.  At this time in my life, I was having a creative block. So I wanted to create a spell bottle that removed the block or brought inspiration into my home. I had already made a traditional witches bottle previously.

I set aside some rosemary, allspice, bay leaf, and some stones that called out to be included. I also put some random decorative items in as well, they are for camouflage. Once I filled the bottles, I used some hot glue to seal the top.  When it was ready to be hung, I chanted over it, to it,  and through it.

You may also paint the outside with sigils, prayers, or pictures. The ability to direct a spell at a particular person is also inherent in with these containers. Just place a photo of the person you wish to direct your spell towards. A reminder, any time you practice magick there is always a give and a take. Make sure you understand and are willing to accept that. With that said, the possibilities are as endless as your mind and your needs. Imagine a Yule tree or Christmas tree all decorated with these for a specific intent!

Until Next time, May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.

 

 

 

 

Prayer Beads

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Growing up in America, specifically a Roman Catholic dominated area, I was exposed to rosaries. I still have the one gifted to me for my first holy communion. It is still in the white purse with the never opened prayer book and a saint card, sitting in the attic of my childhood home. My parents where paper Catholics as adults and they attempted to pass Catholicism onto myself and my sister.  I never took to it, though I do use some of the practices, like candle burning, incense, and now prayer beads.  Yes, I know these are all common to a lot of religions not just the domain of Catholicism.

It took many years to be comfortable with prayer beads. I always associated it with being Catholic, not pagan. After reading and learning about history and different religions I came to understand that it is another practice widely used in many religions.

Why would a Pagan, or a Witch use prayer beads? My answer is to create the right atmosphere for your mind to practice magik, receive messages, or to calm your mind. Using a set of prayer beads to put your mind on magik is easy. Before you do any work, grab your prayer beads get comfortable. Stat with holding a bead, then thank each deity, spirit, entity that you work with. If you only have one that you work with, start by thanking that diety. you can then move on to naming all the epithets they may have, listing accomplishments they have, or thank them for the gifts they have given you.

If you have several ingredients in a spell, you may also use your prayer beads to focus on the aspect of each of the ingredients needed for your work. For example, a love spell is what you are going to do today and you are using red candles, rose petals, jasmine incense. You may use just four beads of your prayer beads to focus on each ingredient. Pray to each ingredient, seeing each, feeling each becoming that ingredient for the time period spent holding a bead.  Some people may find this redundant, as they do this already when they do their work. That is ok. Others may find this as a useful key to unlocking greater efficacy of personal work.

How does one make prayer beads? The method is easy.

1. Decide on the number of beads in a set.

2. Decide on the number of sets.

3. Acquire beads and material to string them together.

The colors and types of beads may also be a consideration. In the picture at the beginning of this article is my homemade prayer beads. I chose to keep the traditional number of 5 sets for a rosary, however, I use seven beads and not ten normally used.  The skulls where a bead I liked and I found hematite separator beads to go in between the sets of skull beads. I could not find a suitable metal pendant and had to make my own using a bottle cap. The Santa Muerte pendant was ordered from Frater Setnakh.
Prayer bead may be as simple as a strand of beads, they do not need to emulate any other template. The most important thing is to make it work for you.

Until Next Time,

May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to turn anything into what you need…

Ok, maybe not everything into everything you need but by the end of this article I hope you have picked up some tips on how to see something’s potential. As a child, I would use whatever I could to do whatever my crazy child mind thought of, just like most young children. One of my all-time favorites as a child was to use a broom handle to open the kitchen cupboard and again use that handle to get a mug. I did that instead of hauling around a heavy kitchen chair for a child. It had a side effect of freaking out my parents because they could not imagine how as a child I was able to move the kitchen chairs so quietly.

I still use this thinking process daily, because it still serves me to do so. A more recent example is using this electricians pouch at work.  DPP_5978.JPG

My work requires a variety of highlighters, a marker, and pen. I also carry a notebook because the to-do list never ends and the priorities shift at a moment’s notice.  In addition to pretty standard items for workplaces, I also am required to use rolls of various labels, a portable printer, a handheld device, and various types of frames for the labels. My work is not stationary I am walking all the time. My work does not provide adequate solutions for hauling all of these things around in an organized fashion.  So I went outside the box and came up with my own solution. I have also replaced my non-work bags with using this pouch to carry my things around.

How does this translate into my spiritual path? Simple, I use what I have and what I can reasonably acquire for my spells, rituals, offerings. On the biggest obstacles to most beginners is being stuck in the mindset of using exactly what the author, suggests. I am not going to talk about deviating from what a teacher of a path teachers you.  A teacher has reasons for what they teach you, and if you deviate you may miss out on the important concept behind the details.  That aside, when you are doing your own research, and learning, adaptation is key to understanding your inner self.

I am not the first to discuss this, but I am very passionate about it. I have found that following traditional offerings for certain deities I work with do not work as well as if I had used what was available to me at the time instead of waiting and purchasing the listed type of offering. Using glass spheres for divination and spirit work vs. costly crystal spheres is another substitution that provides great results.

How often do you come across crystal spheres in nature anyway?  Nature provides what you need. You may not live in the locale of the author and therefore not have access to the herbs that they have available.  You can then spend money, or spend your time learn what is a local alternative.

Another scenario might be that you have inherited a home from an ancestor that was not Pagan but had a workshop full of tools, large shop style toolboxes, and work tables. Would you sell them or convert the workshop to a temple and just move the tools elsewhere? I would. Look at this toolbox.

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You have a solid altar space on top, and loads of storage for herbs, potions, tools, rocks, you name it, and it locks. Why not use whats available?

Until Next Time,

May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.

 

Crafting Rune Sets

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Hail Visitor!

Today I am discussing how to make a rune set out of materials that are not traditional materials.  I have a love of runes that runs deep into my spiritual path. Ever since I first picked up that Big Blue Book 20 years ago, those magick sigils have not left me. I have experimented with store-bought sets, both rock and wood types. I have attempted to created wooden ones( wood crafter I am not).  I have made clay ones, pictured above. Although the most striking set I have made, they clay set did not hold up to repeated use.

Why should you make your own set? Why aren’t purchased sets good? Will a gifted set work? These are all great questions with answers that are different to each person and their set of circumstances. For me creating my own brings me closer to their mystery. That may not be answer suited to your life. You have different priorities than I that do not leave you with time to craft. You may actually dislike crafting. That is fine, it is your path you are walking, own it! Spend time deciding why you want to make your own set versus acquiring a set through the various means available.

Making your own set lets birth yourself into them in ways different than a purchased or gifted set. Those different ways maybe exactly what you need in your life at that time.

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My preferred material of recent years are glass gems. They are available in many colors and sizes. You may buy them box stores to craft stores, to thrift stores, and yard sales. You may find on the sides of streets. They are ubiquitous.

I use acrylic paint to put the runes on each gem. It takes a few coats, and some practice to get the desired result. I also paint the bottom to prevent seeing what rune is on the face. In some readings I do I lay them face down and run my finger over them, other times I pull some out of the cloth, and others times I throw them.

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The one on the right was a new experiment, I tried using mod podge to seal the paint. It did not turn out very well. I use a clear polyurethane spray to seal them.  Once they are dry, I prepare them for use. The preparation is different for each person. The most important thing to remember is, Do what comes naturally from your intuition!

You maybe wondering what to keep them in once they are crafted. I keep mine in a fat quarter.

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It takes me about a day to finish the set, that is with dry time, and final preparation.

Until Next Time,

May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.

 

 

 

 

How to clean glass jars and bottles for repurposing

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I like to use glass jars and bottles for everything possible. My friends can attest to witnessing all sorts of bottles, and jars in stages of being decorated, undecorated, to be actually functional.  To get the clean pristine glass to a lot of experimenting with different cleaning techniques, and cleaning products.

Peanut butter turned out to be the most effective technique for myself. A side benefit of my technique is finding out if your home has mice. The steps I  take to have a clean and sticky-free jar/bottle are as follows :

  • Clean inside of jar and lids with hot soapy water, and let air dry.
  • Remove top layer of label either through peeling or scrapping.
  • Apply a generous layer of peanut butter to the entire area of the label.
  • Let the peanut butter sit so that the oils may work on breaking down the adhesive.  ( The length of time varies. I usually let sit overnight. I have had success with a 30 minute soak time)
  • When the appropriate time has passed, prepare a bowl of hot soapy water.
  • Wipe of peanut butter, and with a scrub brush ( i use an old toothbrush), scrub the label off. It is a relatively easy and quick process.
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    You Should now have a clean glass jar. If there is still a smell from whatever used to inside the jar, let it sit outside for a week. You may need to repeat this process a few times. Salsa jars have taken up to a month to be smell free.DPP_5944.JPG