Make your own herb broom, salt jar or spell box. Learn how to witch your home. We hope to add many ideas here.
Make An Herb Broom
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Collect handfuls of plants to use such as:
Fruit tree sprigs
Oak tree sprigs
Birch or ash sprigs
Bundle plants together and tie, cut ends together. The bundle may be Tied to A Branch if a longer handle is desired. Use the broom to sweep away Negativity And to sweep your magic circle clean.
A SACRED SALT JAR
This is not only great to have for oneself, but it makes a nice gift to someone special if you happen to know what scents they like or stones they like. Since what you put into it is "yours", it is like giving a part of yourself, too. This mixture is excellent to charge stones in and to "simmer energies". I've had mine blended for years now and it has actually become quite powerful in itself. Once it has blended for a few months, a pinch can be added to rituals, etc., bath water or as a gift to Mother Earth. You can also make a "starter salt" as a gift for a friend. You can also give of your own sacred salt mixture to a special friend to help blend powers and energies when they make their own sacred salt mixture. The mixture should be made and kept in a covered stone or Earthen jar, but can be made and kept in a covered glass jar until you find one that is suitable. I actually discovered that I like the glass jar as I can see the stones and all in it every time I walk past it. There are thoughts on what kind of salt to use. Some use rock salt, some Earth salt and some sea salt, some even use normal table salt. I used sea salt in mine. Whatever salt you use, make sure that it is "natural" and not iodized. You blend the salt with chopped or ground herbs, tiny crystals, small stones, nuts seeds, jewelry, locks of hair, ground incense and a few drops of your favorite oils.....anything that you wish. Even rose petals and other flowers. It so happens that I saved a lock of my son's hair from his first haircut. A bit of that is in my sacred salt mixture also. When I have cleansed and charged stones and crystals by Sun and Moon, I place them in this mixture to store until I wish to use them or give them as gifts. Often, I will simply take the top off and inhale the fragrance and feel much the better for doing so. Of course, the larger the jar, the more things you can continue to add.
The purpose is to bring on inspiration. For creativity.
Items you will need:
1 mason jar
1 small crystal
dried orange peels, two thirds
dried mint, one third
2 drops orange oil
1 drop mint oil
a square piece of black cotton fabric
a rubber band
orange fabric paint or orange acrylic paint
***Note: The color orange is the color of creative energies. The shading of how dark or how light the orange is that you use will denote the level of creative energies you wish to channel. A dark orange will take you deep into the creative energies while a light orange is less intense.
Moon cycle: No moon cycle is selected for this spell because all phases of the Moon hold different levels of creative energies, including the dark Moon. If you follow Moon phases, choose the cycle that fits your purpose best.
Gather all items. With a clean and dry jar before you place the mint first and then the orange peels inside, filling it up about two thirds of the way. Add two drops of orange oil and one drop mint oil. More if you are using a large mason jar. Stir ingredients together. Take the small crystal in your hand and saying these words:
Come to me
In whispers and dreams
And visions that gleam.'
'So mote it be!'
Now, place the crystal inside the jar with the potpourri. For the lid, cover the opening of the jar with black fabric so that the side of the fabric hang down over the edges about 2 inches. With a pencil, mark the center top of the fabric. Take the fabric off the jar, lie it flat on a hard surface. Using orange paint, acrylic or fabric paint, paint on a spiral. While the paint is drying, cover the jar temporarily with a lid so that it does not get spilled.
***Spiral: The spiral is a symbol of the dance of life. It shows the continuous cycle of ourselves going
inward within ourselves and then going outward expressing ourselves.
***Black: The black fabric in this spell is used as an absorption color. Black absorbs all colors and all energies. By placing the orange spiral on this we are signifying just what those energies are that the black is absorbing, all creative energies.
Once the paint is dry, place the fabric on the jar once again. The spiral should now be on the centered top of the jar's mouth. Holding the fabric in place, wrap the rubber band around the sides to hold it in place. Next, tie the orange ribbon over top of the rubber band. Keep this inspiration jar in your work area, where you do your writing, painting, drawing, or keep it by your bed to bring on inspiring dreams. Source Unknown
Spells are cast by constructing a spell box, which are enclosed altars or tableaux. In general, a spell box is filled with power items necessary to achieve a goal, although you should follow directions given for specific spells. It may be a cumulative spell done in increments: items are gathered one by one and added to enhance the power of the box. Sometimes a special box lends itself to a magical or spiritual goal. The box itself can become an intrinsic part of the
Attach and incorporate the power items to the box itself, such as charms, beads, shells and feathers. Paint images on the outside or inside of the box to correspond with the spells goals. Embellish with sigils or other symbols using magic ink, henna or other natural dyes. From Hearth & Home Witchery
You will need:
heather, sage, pine, or cedar incense
white wrapping paper
a sprig of rue
a holly leaf
a tiger's eye bead
a piece of dragons blood resin
a pen with red ink
Light a stick of heather, sage, pine or cedar incense. Hold the box over the smoking incense to thoroughly saturate it with the scent.
Hold the herbs, bead, and resin in your hands. Charge them with energy, focusing on protection and safety for all who dwell within your household. Visualize a web of protective light encasing your home. Then put the ingredients into the box and close the lid. With the pen, draw protection runes on the box, and wrap it in the white wrapping paper. Hold over the smoking incense again and say:
Amidst the Autumn's darkest nights
Our home be bound by brilliant light
A web of hope and joy and peace
Be woven now, all danger cease
By watchful eye, by lock and key,
Protect our home, so mote it be.
Make Your Own Set of Worry Dolls
Worry dolls are commonly used in Central America by children, but this doesn't mean that adults can't use them too!The legend states that if you tell one of your worries to each of your worry dolls before you go to bed, then place the dolls under your pillow and continue to sleep with them there, then by the time you awake in the morning, the doll's will have taken your troubles away (or at least lessen them!).
To make worry dolls, you will need:
several colors of embroidery floss or yarn
small wads of paper
1. Wind embroidery floss or yarn, in the colors of your choosing, around the toothpicks. Do each arm and leg first. A touch of tacky glue or paste holds the ends of the embroidery floss in place.
2. A small wad of paper separates the legs and forms the base of the head.
3. Attach arms and legs to the body of the doll with some more twists of your thread.
4. Wind the yarn around the top of the wad of paper to make the heads. (you may want to create facial features, but this is up to you!) Add some loose pieces of yarn to the heads to make hair.
It is better to make an entire set of the dolls, each with different "costumes" , as it is likely that you'll have more than one worry! 5 or 6 of the little worry dolls should be sufficient! It is common practice to keep your worry dolls in a little straw box, but you may keep them in a bag or purse if you wish! Worry dolls also make a nice little gift for friends and family! author unknown
Witching your Home By Tirgereh
Hang a set of chimes outside your door or a bell. Ringing bells and chimes are said to ward off and dismiss negative energies.(Which is why we do so at the end of rituals, in some traditions) This will also dismiss any mischievous fairies, I'm told!
Place an upright (bristles up) broom near the entry to your home. Any Spirits intent on harm will have to pass through the bristles in order to get to you and yours.
Place a bowl of magnetic oil charged water in your room to soak up the negativity. Float candles in it to make it a little less obvious and use black stones or black glass marbles to purify.
Place a witch's bottle filled with tacks, broken glass and ceramic, etc, behind your door where nobody can really see it. You can use a ceramic or colored glass bottle to make it less conspicuous.
Place amethyst near your door, or use something decorative with a bit of amethyst on it. Hanging an amethyst ring or cluster on a wreath or similar seasonal item makes your home more festive and helps keep things focused and clear for you, as well.
Place a small guardian totem such as a dragon or gargoyle and explain it's duties. People will just think you like statues of animals, usually.
You can inscribe a rune of protection into your doorway, or place a rune somewhere behind something, if you want to be secretive. Talismans such as the SATOR Square work well for this.
Place a dream catcher in your window to catch bad dreams before they come to you. Also try a broom under your bed, if you can't find a dream catcher. An athame placed between your mattresses will 'cut' the ties between yourself and old bad dreams so they cannot come again.
If you can, buy a small goldfish bowl and a small fish. Fish are lucky in Asian mythology and bring wishes. It can never hurt to pamper a small animal for good karma!
Place a small element altar (make sure to use weather proof items) outside; a bowl to collect rain water for the birds, a chime to catch the breeze, a bird feeder and a candle to light in the evenings. (Catholic candles work well for this). An outdoor God or goddess statue will complete your altar.
Never allow a mirror to face or reflect a doorway or window. If yours does, move it if possible. If you cannot move it, use a SATOR square or similar protective talisman. Mirrors are doorways and should not be taken lightly in a witch's room.
Use this fairy water out in the garden as well as using it as an astringent and in the bath! Sprinkle a few drops here and there along with some glitter! If that doesn't make the wee ones want to visit
your yard, nothing will!
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup fresh red rose petals
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/8 cup sage leaves
1/2 cup rose water
Gently heat vinegar and pour over rose petals and mint and sage leaves. Place in a covered jar and let stand, shaking daily, for 2 weeks. Decant and strain the mixture. Add rose water to the vinegar.
Decant into decorative bottles.
NOTES: Vinegar-based floral waters make fine astringents for your face and also may be added to bath water. Use as a refreshing after bath splash, spirits for an air freshener, or uncover and let the
fragrance refresh a room. From Making Glorious Gifts from Your Garden by Marie Browning
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