Helen, 26, Scotland. Sea witch, hedge witch, animal charmer, toad and selkie worker, medium, soothsayer, ink warrior, reiki practitioner, plant songster and tea lover.

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    Witch up the Road

    (Source: gypsykay)

    cottagewitch:

How to make waxed leaves!Make sure your leaves are completely dry. Melt some beeswax in a double-boiler. You can use new wax or old candle stubs (optional - add a few drops of cinnamon oil). When the wax is thoroughly melted, take the leaves by the stem and immerse them, one at a time, in the wax. Hold them over the pot to drip a bit, then lay them on waxed paper to dry.

    cottagewitch:

    How to make waxed leaves!

    Make sure your leaves are completely dry. Melt some beeswax in a double-boiler. You can use new wax or old candle stubs (optional - add a few drops of cinnamon oil). When the wax is thoroughly melted, take the leaves by the stem and immerse them, one at a time, in the wax. Hold them over the pot to drip a bit, then lay them on waxed paper to dry.

    geist-eule:

    Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart

    A source book of the world’s most deadly, dangerous and irritating plants. I originally bought it as a resource for story writing, I think this book would also serve well as a reference for any who use plants and herbs for curse work as well as what to look out for in your own garden. 

    Contains alternate names of plants, different categories of how dangerous each plant is with a mix of history. Also includes which plant is related to the other. I found this in the “Gardening” section of Chapters, but is probably easy to find in most book stores online and offline alike. 

    What to Research for Spell Writing and Creating Your Own Practice

    stormsorceress:

    I’m going to refer to my post, How to Write and Create Spells.

    A note on research:
    Learn to question everything and develop your critical thinking skills. Just because it is written in a book or on a website does not mean that it is true. Ask: Who? What? When? Where? Why? Check your resource’s sources. Go for the academic, scientific, and medical resources first.

    Resources to help you research:
    10 Steps Toward Better Research 
    How Proper Online Research Works

    When deciding what images, symbols, items, and words you want to use in a spell, you want to know why you’re using them. Understand what significance they have to your purpose. Can you perform a spell without using anything but your own energy? Absolutely! However, this post is meant to help you when you decide you want to use resources other than your own energy.

    Here are some topics, with some of my own examples, which might be useful in helping you to decide what to research to create spells, and even develop your own magic practice:

    Imagery and symbolism

    • Some questions to ask yourself: What do images commonly symbolize? Do I have my own symbolism for certain images? What are my dreams telling me?
    • e.g. Storms, being one focus of my craft, don’t always have to happen physically for me to work with them. I can imagine a wind storm around me for protection, to blow away unwanted energies.

    Psychology

    • Some questions to ask yourself: How does my own psychology affect my practice? How do I learn best (words, pictures, hands-on, etc.), and can I incorporate this into my spells? Can I recognize my thought processes, and do they hinder or help me in my magic practice?
    • e.g. I’m an artistic person, so some of my magic is visual. During the Spring months, I started having problems sleeping. I took a look around my room and discovered that I had a ton of bright, warm colors floating around. Reds and oranges, which many of us psychologically associate with anger and energy. Our face gets red with anger. We often color the sun orange or yellow, and it’s a source of energy. I decided to switch the color scheme in my room to cooler colors, mainly shades of blue. I associate blue with water, particularly the ocean, both of which are calming to me. A few days after I made these changes to my room, I began to notice changes in my behaviors and less problems sleeping.

    Geography

    • Some questions to ask yourself: What is the current geography in my local area? What was the geography in the past? Can I incorporate the surrounding geography in my practice?
    • e.g. I live in a river valley. I see the hills as a form of protection, and go to them when I want to see a situation more clearly.

    History

    • Some questions to ask yourself: What’s the history of the type of magic I plan to practice? What did practitioners of that magic do in the past?
    • e.g. I practice a lot of hearth witchcraft, and am often in the kitchen. Traditionally, the hearth was the center of the home, and center of the family. It kept the family warm, protected them from the cold, and provided nourishment. The kitchen is the place I do spell work for family and friends. Whether it’s brewing a tea for a cold, or protecting a friend from being harmed by jealousy, it’s done in the kitchen.

    Arts

    • Some questions to ask yourself: What arts do I identify with, and can I incorporate them into my practice? Can I use art that already exists, or do I want to create my own art? If creating my own art, how can I further develop my skills?
    • e.g. I identify with painting, music, writing, and dance. I’ve developed my own type of divination by reading paintings I create. I listen to different music for different types of spell work. I enjoy making certain spells poetic. I dance during celebrations.

    Philosophy

    • Some question to ask yourself: What set of ethics is right for me? Do I want to learn about different belief systems and religions? Can I recognize when someone’s information is off?
    • e.g. During my undergrad years, I received a minor in philosophy. I was particularly interested in ethics, North American belief systems, and Eastern belief systems. I wanted to get a more in-depth understanding of those topics so that I could really feel I had learned enough to formulate my own ethics and beliefs. I learned to critically think about what I read, instead of reading just a paragraph on a topic and deciding I sort of agreed with it for some unknown reason.

    Herbs, Plants, Trees

    • Some questions to ask yourself: Can I properly identify this plant? (Hint: If your answer is “no,” ask an expert.) What are the side-effects? Am I allergic? Is this poisonous? Are there laws regarding this plant?
    • e.g. Last Autumn, I noticed what appeared to be an elderberry plant growing in my back yard. I wasn’t 100% positive that it was an elderberry plant, although it had many similarities. With some research, I discovered it was probably a different plant, and potentially poisonous if consumed. I decided not to use it in spell work at all.

    Crystals

    • Some questions to ask yourself: Is this crystal potentially harmful? Can it be damaged by water or sun? If looking for your own crystals – are there laws against removing the crystals from their natural place?
    • e.g. If I cleanse crystals before use in spell work, I use a smoke cleansing, knowing that it is not going to harm the crystals. This prevents sun damage and water damage.

    Folk Magic

    • Some questions to ask yourself: Is this still useful today? If it’s a healing method, what does science say about this method?
    • e.g. In researching Pennsylvania folk magic, I found that certain things that have always been in my life, that I may not have related to magic, are considered to be folk magic. My grandma has had a hex sign hanging on her front porch since I was a baby, and hex signs are a form of folk magic. I incorporated this into the practice I am creating – Northeastern magic. Eventually, I plan to create my own hex signs for various purposes.

    Mythology, Folklore, Fairy Tales, Superstitions

    • Some questions to ask yourself: Am I going to be working with any spirits (deities, fae, angels, demons, deceased, etc.)? What does the mythology or folklore say about them?
    • e.g. Two of the deities I work with are Hecate and Aphrodite. I rarely ask for their assistance in spell work. However, if I do, it’s in relation to what they are associated with in mythology. Aphrodite can help with love spells, but I wouldn’t ask for her assistance in a crossroads spell. I’d ask Hecate.

    Spell Books

    • Some questions to ask yourself: Is the book based on a certain type of magic? What about a certain religion?
    • e.g. Since I am not Wiccan, I avoid Wiccan spell books, and go for those that are general witchcraft spells instead.
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    Harvesting snapdragons #flowers #plants #gardening #harvesting #nature #snapdragon

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