Monday, March 29, 2010

Witch Black Cauldron




The Witch Cauldron

A cauldron or caldron (from Latin caldarium, hot bath) is a large metal pot (kettle) for cooking and/or boiling over an open fire, with a large mouth and frequently with an arc-shaped hanger. It is a symbol of the womb of the Goddess and rebirth as it was in ancient British Celtic religion and is sacred to the Goddess.* (Wiki)*

Cauldrons have been around for a very long time, since days of old. You see a cauldron and what comes to mind but witches & magick. A witch and a cauldron go hand in hand. Every Witch needs a cauldron in her home...whether it be a small one or a large one.

The most popular cauldrons are made of black cast iron & will last a very long time, which makes them a good investment or purchase. Some cauldrons may be used in cooking. In days of old people always cooked in cast iron pots over a fire. Picture a long simmering beef stew cooking in a cauldron.

Cauldrons come in a few diffrent styles. Some with small/short legs and others that are flat bottom and no legs. Some have covers & handles, others with no covers just handles.

The cauldron is essential for petition magick, scrying, burning incense or even to hold candles. Most witches keep one near their altar and one in the kitchen to either cook in or keep other items or use as a decorative item with a potted plant.

Mystic Rock Boutique has an adorable small black cast iron 4 inch cauldron that would make a nice addition to any magical person's home. Check out The Witch Cauldron .

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Celebrate the Goddess Ritual






Celebrate the Goddess Ritual


Some ancient calendars regarded this date as the Spring Equinox. By some accounts this is the day Attis, the lover of the Mother Goddess, was resurrected. Therefore, on this day of rebirth and feminine power, you should use the following ritual to energize yourself for spring and connect you with the Goddess. On your altar, place spring flowers and light a cream-colored candle. Before these place a small dish of soil, and say:

Caring Earth Mother, guardian of house and home;
I honor you as Maiden, Mother, and Crone,
As the Earth is plowed and life begins anew.
I ask for your blessing in all that I do.

Then, toast the Goddess with sweet white wine or grape juice.

Source: ADAilyTarotYahooGroup

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Steampunk






Steampunk

What is Steampunk you ask? Different people have different opinions on what it really is. Here are some takes on it:

Steampunk simply embodies a time and a place. The time... the late 19th century. The place... a steam powered world, where air travel by fantastical dirigibles is as common as traveling by train or boat (or submarine). A place where national interests are vastly different than our own version of history. A place where the elegant and refined are as likely to get pulled into a grand adventure, as the workers, ruffians, and lower classes. A place where the idea of space travel is not so far fetched. A place where lost civilizations are found and lost again. A place where anything is possible, and science can be twisted to meet ones own ends. That to me is the essence of Steampunk. It can have political overtones and commentary, or it can be straight escapist fiction. Either way, if it meets these criteria. It is Steampunk.

-Joshua A. Pfeiffer a.k.a. Vernian Process


The word Steampunk refers to a particular genre, aesthetic and even a reality that "might have been". For some people, it's an evolved fantasy/ reality that might have been had internal combustion engines never taken hold or even been invented. Steampunk for me is a reality that "aims to be rather than to seem". Indeed, it's an aesthetic that is heavily versed in a climate of invention and innovation. The construction and methods of operation, the kinetics of the piece are exposed and on the surface, as opposed to boxed in and hidden behind a false casing. The wonderful thing about a steam engine is that you can follow the path of power generation and function beginning with the fire box and boiler, follow the plumbing, valves, gauges, gears, d-valves, pistons, eccentric shafts, and fly-wheels all the way from the source of power to the final outcome of kinetic potential.

Within this architectural aesthetic, there are no false walls, drop ceilings, prefab decorative elements or the mundane presence of modern conveniences. Theatre is wonderful, but theatre is false in its constructions. There is nothing false or "out of the box" when talking about the Steampunk aesthetic. You'll find that there is an incredible compliment between a variety of disparate materials that can usually be found in any Steampunk conceived of device... wood, brass, rivets, gears, lenses, cast iron, etc... Steampunk is an honour to an era when people thought big, and worked hard to make things that last. It is not like the disposable culture of commodity that we have today. Care, artisanship and craftsmanship was put into everything that was created.

-Sean Orlando Kineticsteamworks.org



Its roots laying in a Victorian/ Edwardian industrial aesthetic with a ‘do it yourself’ ethos. It is one of eclectic design and influence, flexible and adaptable. Perhaps this is why so many are adopting it as their own?

The genre shouts out for those who take part to be creative, to become artisans. This ethos manifests itself whole heartedly in its fashion, as eclectic as the genre, so are the clothes. Body modification in the forms of tattoos and piercings, the creation of hand made goggles, belt buckles and jewellery, to produce items from found, 2nd hand or reclaimed objects that will become more than a sum of their parts. Victoriana and the Edwardian are blended with a non exclusive mix of Goth, Cyber and Punk. Not limited to the wear of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the combination of Cyber hair pieces, gas masks and bondage clothing reflect it’s whimsical and some times edgy, rebellious nature. Aside from this a more fanciful and less everyday approach comes from the Cosplay community, focusing on costume rather than fashion with individuals developing personas alongside their outfits.

SciFiPedia Definition:
Steampunk is set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.







(All I know is I find the genre facinating because of all the mixed elements in it. It being a subculture makes it that much cooler to me. That it's based on science fiction, 19th century Victorian era where things were powered by steam with a fantasy twist to it, what's not to like. For a person like me that likes fantasy this is a new thing to spark my interest. Can you imagine a world that could have been had internal combustion engines never taken hold or even been invented? Don't get me wrong I love all modern conveniences but there is something about this Steampunk stuff that is calling to me to come explore and create! If you look around you will see that Steampunk is everywhere!)

Here is a great article/blog on more Steampunk! http://blog.dawnsrise.com/2010/01/what-is-steampunk.html

source: http://etheremporium.pbworks.com/What-is-Steampunk

Juniper Berry Healing Amulet & Ritual Candles For Healing

Juniper Berry Healing Amulet

You will need:

Juniper Berries
Copper beads
Green thread
Sewing needle

On a Sunday with the Moon on a wax, gather your items for
this healing amulet (necklace) Prepare your green thread
as ready to darn, use about 18 inches of thread, start threading
your Juniper berries by pressing the needle on the non stem end,
you will find it works best this way.

String nine Juniper berries than 3 copper beads (seed beads work best)
as you work visualize healing energy for you or the person you are
making the amulet for. Chant the incantation below as you work:

"Juniper berries & copper beads
Bring to me the health I need.
I enchant you now, as I sew.
Good health again I want to know."

Tie off your amulet and wear, hang or hold for healing magic.


To give your spell that extra boost use our ritually charged candles for healing while working your magick. Ritual Candle for healing at Mystic Rock Boutique

Garlic Apricot Chicken Wings/Hot Sub Sandwiches

Garlic Apricot Chicken Wings


12 whole chicken wings (about 2 pounds) or 24 divided wing pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup apricot preserves

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Mix together minced garlic and apricot preserves.
Barbecue, bake or broil wings until almost cooked. Brush with the apricot/garlic mixture and continue cooking until tender.


Make Ahead Notes:
Bake the wings earlier in the day, then brush with the sauce just before you need them and pop them into the oven again to finish up.

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HOT SUB SANDWICHES

INGREDIENTS:
12 round Kaiser rolls (spring for the good stuff)
1 pound deli ham lunchmeat
1 pound hard salami lunchmeat
1 pound turkey breast lunchmeat
1 pound sliced mozzarella cheese
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Italian Dressing
Oregano (or Italian seasoning)
12 sheets aluminum

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice Kaiser rolls and lightly
brush 1 teaspoon of dressing over each side. Divide the meat
among 12 rolls and stack on bottom half of each roll using at
least a few slices of salami per roll. Add a few onions on top
of the meat, then 2 slices of cheese per roll. Sprinkle lightly
with oregano or seasoning and add top of roll. Wrap each in
aluminum foil making 12 flying-saucer looking wraps and pop in
oven for 15 minutes. Serve warm right out of the foil.

Yield: 12 Sandwiches

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Ball/Caramel Apple Dip

CHOCOLATE CHIP CHEESECAKE BALL

INGREDIENTS:
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:
In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter
until smooth. Mix in confectioners sugar, brown sugar and
vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover, and chill in the
refrigerator for 2 hours. Shape chilled cream cheese mixture
into a ball. Wrap with plastic, and chill in the refrigerator
for 1 hour or overnight. Roll the cheese ball in finely
chopped pecans before serving. Serve with chocolate graham
crackers.

Source: thedailyrecipe.com

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Caramel Apple Dip

1 bag Kraft caramels
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 stick butter or margarine
1 bag apples

Unwrap caramels. Combine caramels, butter and milk. Melt together in
microwave. Stir occasionally while melting. Slice apples. Dip into warm
caramel. Keeps well in refrigerator and just needs to be heated again
when serving.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Growing Your Favorite Herbs





Growing Your Favorite Herbs


(Now that spring is here you get that urge to plant things and watch them grow, so growing herbs is a great way to start this new season. Herbs are quite easy to grow and are great for cooking or for magickal workings. I have already started growing Basil from seed last weekend and they have already begun their life. Baby seedlings peaking out of the moist soil and reaching for the sun. Even if you don't have a green thumb planting seeds and watching them sprout is a joy. Get some seeds and sow some love today!)


One of the most pleasant and rewarding gardening hobbies is growing herbs. Most herbs are really easy to grow, and since many are relatively small, you can plant a thriving herb garden in a pot, barrel, or small bed and still come up with a bounty of tasty herbs to use in all your recipes.

Some of the easiest and most versatile herbs to grow in your home garden include:

1. Basil - This spicy staple of most kitchens is surprisingly easy to grow in the home garden. You can grow it from seed or buy a small, starter plant, and it comes in several different varieties, with large or small leaves. Remember, basil won't withstand cold temperatures, so you'll have to plant a new crop every spring in cold climates.

2. Chives - These small relative s of the onion family are quite easy to grow, and they come back in the garden year after year, stronger than ever. You can sow from seed, but small starter plants will give you an instant start in the garden. Try garlic chives for a mix of garlicy onion goodness.

3. Dill - Dill is a beautiful, lacy plant to grow in the herb garden. It grows at least three-feet high, so plant it toward the back of your garden. It's very easy to grow from seed, just make sure you plant it after all danger of frost has passed. Dill is another annual herb, which means you'll have to plant a new crop each spring if you live in a cold climate.

4. Oregano - This is a great Italian herb, but you can use it for all kinds of recipes, from compound butters to bread and spaghetti sauce. Oregano is easy to grow from seed, and it will spread out to make a rather large bush if you don't trim it often, so plant it in an area that gives it some room to grow. Trim it often too, to encourage new growth. This herb is relatively hardy, and should come back each spring as long as temperatures don't get really low during the winter.

5. Parsley - Everyone interested in growing herbs should try parsley. It's a very pretty plant in the garden, and it's called for in so many recipes, it's almost indispensable in the kitchen. It's very easy to grow from seed or a starter plant, and it may come back every spring in some gardens, but in many you'll have to start a new crop each spring.

6. Rosemary - Rosemary is a wonderful, woody, and highly-scented herb that grows into a lovely bush two to three-feet tall. It's so fragrant; you can smell it in the garden on a warm summer day. Growing rosemary from seed is hard, so buy a plant and add it to your garden, or get a cutting from a friend. Once planted, it should grace your garden for years to come.

7. Sage - Growing herbs would not be the same without a patch of sage in the garden. This herb is easy to grow from seed or a starter plant, and it will come back year after year after it's established. It can grow bigger and bushier than rosemary, so give it some room and trim it often for the best results.

8. Thyme - Once you plant thyme, you'll wonder how you got along without this versatile herb. Plant the creeping or upright variety from seed, or start from small plants. Thyme will spread in the garden, so give it room to grow. You can use it in everything from soups and sauces to roasting chicken, so plant a lot and harvest it often.

Growing herbs is so rewarding, especially when you use those newly picked herbs in your kitchen. Nothing matches the satisfaction and freshness of an herb that you pick five minutes before you cook with it, so get growing your favorite herbs today!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ostara Ritual

Welcome Spring and Ostara with this ritual.



Ostara Ritual

1. For this ritual, you'll want to decorate your altarwith symbols of the season. Think about all the colors you see in nature at this time of year -- bright daffodils, crocuses, plump tulips, green shoots -- and incorporate them into your altar. This is also a time of fertility in the natural world -- the eggis the perfect representation of this aspect of the season. Symbols of young animals such as lambs, chicks, and calves are also great altar adornments for Ostara.


2. In addition, you'll need the following:
* Three candles -- one yellow, one green, and one purple
* A bowl of milk
* A small bowl of honey or sugar
Perform this ritual outside if at all possible, in the early morning as the sun rises. It's spring, so it may be a bit chilly, but it's a good time to reconnect with the earth. If your tradition normally requires you to cast a circle, do so now.


3. Begin by taking a moment to focus on the air around you. Inhale deeply, and see if you can smell the change in the seasons. Depending on where you live, the air may have an earthy aroma, or a rainy one, or even smell like green grass. Sense the shift in energy as the Wheel of the Yearhas turned. Light the green candle, to symbolize the blossoming earth. As you light it, say:The Wheel of the Year turns once more,
and the vernal equinox arrives.
Light and dark are equal,
and the soil begins to change.
The earth awakes from its slumber,
and new life springs forth once more.


4. Next, light the yellow candle, representing the sun. As you do so, say:The sun draws ever closer to us,
greeting the earth with its welcoming rays.
Light and dark are equal,
and the sky fills with light and warmth.
The sun warms the land beneath our feet,
and gives life to all in its path.


5. Finally, light the purple candle. This one represents the Divine in our lives -- whether you call it a god or a goddess, whether you identify it by name or simply as a universal life force, this is the candle which stands for all the things we do not know, all those things we cannot understand, but that are the sacred in our daily lives. As you light this candle, focus on the Divine around and within you. Say:


6. Spring has come! For this, we are thankful!
The Divine is present all around,
in the cool fall of a rain storm,
in the tiny buds of a flower,
in the down of a newborn chick,
in the fertile fields waiting to be planted,
in the sky above us,
and in the earth below us.
We thank the universe* for all it has to offer us,
and are so blessed to be alive on this day.
Welcome, life! Welcome, light! Welcome, spring


1. Take a moment and meditate on the three flames before you and what they symbolize. Consider your own place within these three things -- the earth, the sun, and the Divine. How do you fit into the grand scheme of things? How do you find balance between light and dark in your own life?


2. Finally, blend the milk and honey together, mixing gently. Pour it onto the ground around your altar space as an offering to the earth**. As you do, you may wish to say something like:


3. I make this offering to the earth,
As thanks for the many blessings I have received,
And those I shall some day receive.


4. Once you have made your offering, stand for a minute facing your altar. Feel the cool earth beneath your feet, and the sun on your face. Take in every sensation of this moment, and know that you are in a perfect place of balance between light and dark, winter and summer, warmth and cold -- a time of polarity and harmony.
When you are ready, end the ritual.


Tips:

1. * Instead of "the Universe", feel free to insert the name of your patron deity or the gods of your tradition here.

2. ** If you're doing this rite indoors, take your bowl of milk and honey and pour it in your garden, or around your yard.
What You Need:

* Three candles - yellow, green and purple
* A bowl of milk
* A small bowl of honey or sugar
* Seasonal decorations for your altar


Source: ADailyTarot

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St Patrick's Day Quotes


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St patrick's Day Quotes


Happy St. Patrick's Day...This day always makes me feel delightful and magickal full of brightness and good cheer. Wishing all a great day. Here are some quotes I like for today.



St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic. ~Adrienne Cook


May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~Irish Blessing


A best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. ~Author Unknown


When after the Winter alarmin',
The Spring steps in so charmin',
So fresh and arch
In the middle of March,
Wid her hand St. Patrick's arm on...
~Alfred Percival Graves



Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don't want to press your luck. ~Author Unknown




When Irish eyes are smiling,
'Tis like a morn in spring.
With a lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
~Author Unknown


If you hold a four-leaf shamrock in your left hand at dawn on St. Patrick's Day you get what you want very much but haven't wished for. ~Patricia Lynch



For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
~Author Unknown



May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing



Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter
Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes.
~Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Banish Trouble Bubble Spell/ Affirmation

Banish Trouble Bubble Spell


To banish trouble, get some bubble mixture and a bubble wand (a big bubble wand if you can find one). Blow bubbles for a little while without thinking about it. Try to relax a little. Then, blow a few bubbles more deliberately, and give each bubble a name relating to things that are going wrong in your life—debts, arguments and conflicts, various lackings. Be sure you name things you want to disappear. Do not name people, but rather name your problems. For example, do not name a bubble with your boss's name, but rather, name your boss's refusal to give you a raise. Watch the bubbles until they pop—they always do—and imagine that problem disappearing with the bubble.


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Affirmation

Charge yourself magically in the morning with this affirmation. Upon rising, stand in a darkened room facing east. Visualize a white candle burning very steadily, and say:

Divine power,
power of perfect protection,
protect my family, home, car, and myself.
Protect us from accident and illness.
Assure that we will return home safely tonight.
And help us solve any problem that may arise,
calmly, quickly, and for the good of all.

So mote it be.

Thank the divine power for listening to you and for the power you raised. Open the curtains and let the morning light in. If you feel threatened during the day, remember the words you spoke. You'll be surprised at how much easier you will be able to deal with stress.

Source: ADailyTarotYahoo

Homemade Corned Beef Hash

Ahh the luck of the Irish be with you on St. Patrick's Day...so what to do with your left over boiled dinner, mainly the corned beef & potatoes. Make it a nice corned beef hash, that's the ticket :) Make use of your cast iron skillet too!


HOMEMADE CORNED BEEF HASH

INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cooked potatoes, chopped
1 1 1/2 lbs cooked corned beef, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Heat cast iron skillet over medium heat, add butter to
coat. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft. Add
potatoes and corned beef, mix and allow to heat through.
Spread mixture in an even layer over bottom of skillet.
Cook for about 10 minutes. Flip the hash mixture in sections
and cook another 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Apple Tree Symbolism




Apple Tree Symbolism

Do you love apples and apple trees like I do? I've always loved apple trees the way they look so beautiful in the spring with all their blossoms and then in the summer their leaves making a nice canopy, then when they start to set fruit and you see the apples growing. Then in the fall when you get to pick apples. Brings back memories of summers gone by as a kid the apple trees in our yard.

We planted our first ornamental apple tree this past fall, so we're waiting to see it bloom for the first time :) Won't be long now as Spring is only days away and soon everything will wake up and start to grow. Here is some information on apples & apple trees and what they symbolize.

Apple trees symbolize magic, youth, beauty and happiness. The apple has long been associated with the symbolism of immortality. The mystical Isle of Avalon, famed place of eternal rest for Celtic heroes including King Arthur, is literally "the apple land" or "apple island." In Scandinavia, the North-European gods and goddesses were fed an apple every evening by Iduna, the goddess of spring who nurtures an apple orchard in Asgard.


Apples As Symbols of Love and Youth
When you are looking for appropriate nature symbolism for your home or office, remember that apples and apple blossoms are ideal symbols of love, youth, beauty and happiness. The apple blossom is the state flower for Arkansas, once a top apple-producing state in the United States. Apple blossoms are pink and white with leaves of medium green.


Apple Blossom Symbolism
Pink, which is a modified red, encourages action, motion, courage and passion. Pink is a more sophisticated color than pure red and is sometimes more appealing to adults. Pink is also gentler and more appropriate for healing. Pink can be used to relieve depression. As the color of warmth and love, pink offers comfort while encouraging motion and an outward orientation.


Apple Blossoms and the Wood Element
In the eastern five element system, all types of plant life are primarily categorized as the wood element. The wood element is a stimulus for new projects and adventures. The energy of apple blossoms bursting forth in spring encourages us to take on new challenges and renews our strength.


Apple Symbolism and the Fire Element
The secondary symbolism of apple blossoms is the fire energy associated with the pink color. Fire connotes warmth, passion and relationships. Fire creates enthusiasm. Images with fire symbolism are appropriate for supporting romance and idealistic endeavors.


History of the Apple in America
The apple itself has a venerable history. There are over 1,000 varieties of apples cultivated in the United States, all of which are descended from the wild crab apple. The apple tree is originally a native of Europe and has adapted well to the North American continent. The apple tree is the state tree of Washington, know for its prolific apple orchards. Apple trees flower from April to June.


Apple Symbolism and Immortality
The apple has long been associated with immortality, as exemplified by its role in the tempting of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The mystical Isle of Avalon, famed place of eternal rest for Celtic heroes including King Arthur, is literally "the apple land" or "apple island." In Scandinavian legends, the North-European gods and goddesses were fed an apple every evening by Iduna, the goddess of spring and youth who nurtures an apple orchard in Asgard.


Apple Symbolism and Johnny Appleseed
As far as modern myths go, Johnny Appleseed is the most prominent American legend associated with apples. Born John Chapman in 1774, he lived for about 12 years near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In his mid-twenties, Johnny began his journey westward with an eye for providing settlers with apple trees and saplings.

There was a law at the time that required settlers to plant 50 apple trees in their first year on newly acquired land. This law was aimed at preventing starvation among the settlers. Although Johnny wandered far and wide planting trees, he also owned and leased considerable areas of land for his apple orchards.

Johnny was a devout Christian who was influenced by the ideas of Emmanuel Swedenborg. Swedenborg valued love and joy above all other virtues. Compared to many of the repressive philosophies then in vogue, his approach to the spiritual life was a breath of fresh air for the settlers with whom Johnny shared his religious tracts and Biblical interpretations.

Johnny Appleseed spent nearly 50 years traversing the wilderness planting apple trees and tending to his own orchards. Johnny dreamed of a landscape beautified by apple blossoms and a country where no one would go hungry. Johnny believed that apples are among "the finest things on earth."


Modern Apple Symbolism
Today the American apple industry today is worth billions of dollars. And thanks to Johnny Appleseed, the symbolism of apples has been given a much more positive spin. And nothing is more symbolically American than apple pie!

http://www.livingartsoriginals.com/infoappleblossoms.htm

Revive Your Magickal Powers/Lost Things Spell

Revive Your Magickal Powers
~author unknown

On the night of the full moon, anoint a purple candle with vanilla
oil. While annointing, raise energy and focus it into the candle. See
it glow with magick. Light the candle and go outside (if possible) or
near a window where you can see the moon. Place the candle on the
ground or windowsill. Reach your arms out to the moon and say:

I ask for your power on this night,
By the powers of the stars above me,
So shall it be

Visualize your arms and hands soaking up the powers of the moon and
into your body. Put out the candle and leave it on your altar
overnight. The next morning, repeat the spell with this chant.

Oh dear Lord of sky and sea,
Lead your magick unto me,
By soil, wind, flame, and sea,
This is my will, so mote it be.

Soak up the powers of the sun. Go to your altar and light the purple
candle from the night before and meditate on it until it burns out.


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Lost Things Spell


Take a gold ring or circle of golden coloured metal and pass through
it a piece of paper on which you have written what was lost.
Do this three times while chanting:

"Ring of gold
Magic circle round
Let that which was lost
Now be found!"

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

What's Brewing @ Mystic Rock

Look What's Brewing At Mystic Rock!

Just finished doing this vid/slide show to showcase what's brewing in our magick department at Mystic Rock!



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Monday, March 08, 2010

Witch Ingredients/Herbs Roots & Flowers

Witch Ingredients/Herbs Roots & Flowers

List of witchy names along with it's common names for some herbs, roots and flowers used in witchcraft.


A Bone of an Ibis: Buckthorn
Adders Tongue: Dogstooth Violet
A Titan's Blood: Wild Lettuce
A Lion's Hairs: Tongue of a Turnip (the leaves of the taproot)
A Man's Bile: Turnip Sap
A Pig's Tail: Leopard's Bane
A Hawk's Heart: Heart of Wormwood
An Eagle: Wild Garlic
Ass's Foot or Bull's Foot: Coltsfoot
Blood: Elder sap or another tree sap
Blood of Hephaistos: Wormwood
Burning Bush: White Dittany
Bread and Cheese Tree: Hawthorne
Blood from a Head: Lupine
Bird's Eye: Germander Speedwell
Blood of Ares: Purslane
Blood of a Goose: Mulberry Tree's Milk
Bloodwort: Yarrow
Blood of Hestia: Chamomile
Blood of an Eye: Tamarisk Gall
Blood from a Shoulder: Bear's Breach
Bat's Wings: Holly
Black Sampson: Echinacea
Bull's Blood or Seed of Horus: Horehound
Bear's Foot: Lady's Mantle
Calf's Snout: Snapdragon
Cat's Foot: Canada Snake Root and/or Ground Ivy
Candelmas Maiden: Snowdrop
Capon's Tail: Valerian
Christ's Ladder: Centaury
Cheeses: Marsh Mallow
Chocolate Flower: Wild Geranium
Christ's Eye: Vervain Sage
Clear-eye: Clary Sage
Click: Goosegrass
Cucumber Tree: Magnolia
Clot: Great Mullein
Corpse Plant: Indian Pipe
Crowdy Kit: Figwort
Cuddy's Lungs: Great Mullein
Crow Foot: Cranesbill
Cuckoo's Bread: Common Plantain
Clear Eye: Clary Sage
Crow's Foot: Wild Geranium
Devils Dung: Asafoetida
Dragon's Blood: Calamus
Dog's Mouth: Snap Dragon
Daphne: Laurel/Bay
Devil's Plaything: Yarrow
Dove's Foot: Wild Geranium
Dew of the Sea: Rosemary
Dragon Wort: Bistort
Earth Smoke: Fumitory
Eye of Christ: Germander Speedwell
Elf's Wort: Elecampane
Enchanter's Plant: Vervain
Englishman's Foot: Common Plantain
Erba Santa Maria: Spearmint
Everlasting Friendship: Goosegrass
Eye of the Day: Common Daisy
Eye of the Star: Horehound
Eye Root: Goldenseal
Eyes: Aster, Daisy, Eyebright
Frog's Foot: Bulbous Buttercup
From the Loins: Chamomile
Fat from a Head: Spurge
Fairy Smoke: Indian Pipe
Felon Herb: Mugwort
From the Belly: Earth-apple
From the Foot: Houseleek
Five Fingers: Cinquefoil
Fox's Clote: Burdock
Graveyard Dust: Mullein
Goat's Foot: Ash Weed
God's Hair: Hart's Tongue Fern
Golden Star: Avens
Gosling Wing: Goosegrass
Graveyard Dust: Mullein
Great Ox-eye: Ox-eye Daisy
Hairs of a Hamadryas Baboon: Dill Seed
Hair of Venus: Maidenhair Fern
Hag's Taper: Great Mullein
Hagthorn: Hawthorn
Hare's Beard: Great Mullein
Herb of Grace: Vervain
Hind's Tongue: Hart's Tongue Fern
Holy Herb: Yerba Santa
Holy Rope: Hemp Agrimony
Hook and Arn: Yerba Santa
Horse Tongue: Hart's Tongue Fern
Horse Hoof: Coltsfoot
Hundred Eyes: Periwinkle
Innocense: Bluets
Jacob's Staff: Great Mullein
Joy of the Mountain: Marjoram
Jupiter's Staff: Great Mullein
King's Crown: Black Haw
Knight's Milfoil: Yarrow
Kronos' Blood: sap of Cedar
Lady's Glove: Foxglove
Lion's Tooth: Dandelion
Lad's Love: Southernwood
Lamb's Ears: Betony
Little Dragon: Tarragon
Love in Idleness: Pansy
Love Leaves: Burdock
Love Lies Bleeding: Amaranth/Anemone
Love Man: Goosegrass
Love Parsley: Lovage
Love Root: Orris Root
Man's Health: Ginseng
Maiden's Ruin: Southernwood
Master of the Woods: Woodruff
May: Black Haw
May Lily: Lily of the Valley
May Rose: Black Haw
Maypops: Passion Flower
Mistress of the Night: Tuberose
Mutton Chops: Goosegrass
Nose Bleed: Yarrow
Old-Maid's-Nightcap: Wild Geranium
Old Man's Flannel: Great Mullein
Old Man's Pepper: Yarrow
Oliver: Olive
Password: Primrose
Pucha-pat: Patchouli
Peter's Staff: Great Mullein
Priest's Crown: Dandelion leaves
Poor Man's Treacle: Garlic
Queen of the Night: Vanilla Cactus
Queen of the Meadow: Meadowsweet
Queen of the Meadow Root: Gravelroot
Ram's Head: American Valerian
Red Cockscomb: Amaranth
Ring-o-bells: Bluebells
Robin-run-in-the-grass: Goosegrass
Semen of Helios: White Hellebore
Semen of Herakles: Mustard-rocket
Semen of Hermes: Dill
Semen of Hephaistos: Fleabane
Semen of Ammon: Houseleek
Semen of Ares: Clover
Seed of Horus: Horehound
Sparrow's Tongue: Knotweed
Soapwort: Comfrey or Daisy
Shepherd's Heart: Shepherd's Purse
Swine's Snout: Dandelion leaves
Shameface: Wild Geranium
See Bright: Clary Sage
Scaldhead: Blackberry
Seven Year's Love: Yarrow
Silver Bells: Black Haw
Sorcerer's Violet: Periwinkle
St. John's Herb: Hemp Agrimony
St. John's Plant: Mugwort
Star Flower: Borage
Star of the Earth: Avens
Starweed: Chickweed
Sweethearts: Goosegrass
Tarragon: Mugwort
Tartar Root: Ginseng
Thousand Weed: Yarrow
Thunder Plant: House Leek
Tanner's Bark: Toadflax
Torches: Great Mullein
Tongue of dog: Houndstongue
Tears of a Hamadryas Baboon: Dill Juice
Unicorn Root: Ague Root
Unicorn's Horn: False Unicorn
Unicorn Horn: True Unicorn Root
Wax Dolls: Fumitory
Weazel Snout: Yellow Archangel
White: Ox-eye Daisy
White Wood: White Cinnamon
Witch's Asprin: White Willow Bark
Witch's Brier: Brier Hips
Weasel Snout: Yellow Archangel
Wolf Foot: Bugle Weed
Wolf Claw: Club Moss
Wolf's Milk: Euphorbia
Weed: Ox-Eye Daisy
White Man's Foot: Common Plantain

Witches Brew Ingredients






Ingredients of the Witches Brew

The three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth, who fell under the protection of Hecate, prepared a "charmed cauldron" whose ingredients are precisely listed (act 4, scene1). In the kettle, which is surrounded by elf spirits, the first witch placed the first ingredient, a toad. (129) The second witch added more ingredients :

Fillet of a fenny snake
In the cauldron boil and bake :
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing *
The third witch had even more to offer :

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravined salt-sea shark,
Root of the hemlock, digged i'th' dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew,
Slivered in the moon's eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe,
Ditch-delivered by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab,

For the finale, Pavian's blood is added. Unfortunately, Shakespeare does not reveal how the witches' gruel is used.

"Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble..."

William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I

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Here is an easy witches brew that you can consume safely :)


HALLOWEEN WITCHES BREW

Orange sherbet
Ginger ale

Place a scoop of orange sherbet in a tall glass. Pour ginger ale slowly over the sherbet. Serve with a curly straw and spoon.



A witchy snack (party mix)


GOOD WITCHES BREW


Wheat Chex - "Snake skin"
Rice Chex - "Toads feet"
Pretzel rings - "Owl eyes"
Chocolate chips - "Witch warts"
Candy corn - "Vampire fangs"
Alphabet cereal - "Spell binders"
Gummy spiders - "Black widows"

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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Balm for Abundance

A Balm for Abundance

To make a useful balm, blend a small jar of cold cream together with
the following:

2 drops of green food coloring,
2 teaspoons rose water,
1 teaspoon almond extract,
1/4 teaspoon powdered clove,
1 teaspoon mint extract
1 tablespoon of honey.

Beat the ingredients until well incorporated, always stirring clockwise for
growing, positive energy.

Chant while you stir, "I leave my life no more to chance, I evoke the power of abundance!"

Visualize your needs being met.

Make a label for the preparation that states its
purpose "Bounteous Balm," for example.

Use this cream on pulse points or areas of dry skin to bring revitalization physically, spiritually, and financially.

If you can't find rose water, substitute dried, powdered rose petals or scented oil.

General Uses :
Improving finances. Increasing ideas or creativity. Spiritual growth.
Flourishing magical gardens.

Source: ADAilyTarotYahoo

Friday, March 05, 2010

Tiger's Eye/Stimulating Mist





Tiger's Eye or Cat's Eye

TIGER'S EYE

RULER: Sun

TYPE: Mineral

MAGICKAL FORM: Cut, polished

Use it to dispel illusions and deception. Tiger's eye
protects and strengthens the will of the wearer. It keeps false friends away.


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Stimulating Mist

This sense-stimulating mist is a superb post-shower, after you've toweled
off but skin is still a bit damp. In spray bottle place 5 ounces distilled
water, 1 tsp olive oil, 6 drops rosemary essential oil and 1 sprig fresh
rosemary. Shake well to mix -- spritz on as desired.

Source: ADailyTarotYahooGroups

The Willow Tree





The Willow Tree


Besides an Apple tree I must say that I love Weeping Willow trees. Something about how they sway in the breeze and look a bit witchy/gothic. That inspires that part of me that wants to write and be poetic at times. Oh to be blessed with having one of these trees in my own backyard on a sunny day, just sitting near it would inspire the imagination. Alas I do not have a Willow currently in my yard and don't think I have the space needed for such a tree. I find that I don't see many around lately and when you do see one you have to take in the view and beauty of it.
I do however have an ornamental Apple tree and can't wait to see it blossom this Spring.


The Willow

The Willow is the tree most associated with the moon, water, the Goddess and all that is feminine. It is the tree of dreaming, intuition and deep emotions. Symbolically it belongs to the beginning of spring, when all of life is stirring in the depths and begins to shoot outwards once again. In the ogham alphabet, the willow is Saille which became anglicised to "sally" which means a sudden outburst of emotions, action or expression (to "sally forth"). The Old French "saille" also means to rush out suddenly and the Latin "salire" means to leap. This is the underlying energy of the willow, and the key to understanding the powerful spirit of this beautiful tree.

Source: http://www.whitedragon.org.uk/articles/willow.htm


Willow Tree Symbolism:

Willow tree meanings includes magic, healing, inner vision and dreams. The leaves and bark of the willow tree have been mentioned in ancient texts from Assyria, Sumer and Egypt as a remedy for aches and fever. Native Americans across the continent relied on it as a staple of their medical treatments. This is because they contain acetylsalicylic acid, also known as aspirin. The willow grows in hardiness zones 2-9.

The willow is a famous subject in many East Asian nations' cultures, and the image has been employed in a variety of Korean poetry. The willow was also part of mourning pieces created in the 19th century (and earlier) by women to commemorate the death of a loved one. These pieces always included one or more mourners in dark dresses bent over a burial vault, tombstone or urn with a willow tree--a symbol of death, tears, mourning, and reflection. Perhaps this is the origin of the term "weeping willow".

Source: http://www.livingartsoriginals.com/infoforests.htm


Willow Tree

Willows, sallows, and osiers form the genus Salix, around 400 species of deciduous trees and shrubs, found primarily on moist soils in cold and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Most species are known as willow, but some narrow-leaved shrub species are called osier, and some broader-leaved species are referred to as sallow (derived from the Latin word salix, willow). Some willows (particularly arctic and alpine species) are low-growing or creeping shrubs; for example the Dwarf Willow (Salix herbacea) rarely exceeds 6 cm (2 in) in height, though spreading widely across the ground.

Willows are very cross-fertile, and numerous hybrids occur, both naturally and in cultivation. A well-known ornamental example is the Weeping Willow (Salix × sepulcralis), which is a hybrid of Peking Willow (Salix babylonica) from China and White Willow (Salix alba) from Europe.


Description

Willows all have abundant watery bark, sap which is heavily charged with salicylic acid, soft, usually pliant, tough wood, slender branches, and large, fibrous, often stoloniferous roots. The roots are remarkable for their toughness, size, and tenacity to life, and roots readily grow from aerial parts of the plant.

The leaves are typically elongated but may also be round to oval, frequently with a serrated margin. Most species are deciduous; semi-evergreen willows with coriaceous leaves are rare, e.g. Salix micans and S. australior in the eastern Mediterranean. All the buds are lateral; no absolutely terminal bud is ever formed. The buds are covered by a single scale, enclosing at its base two minute opposite buds, alternately arranged, with two small, opposite, scale-like leaves. This first pair soon fall, and the later leaves are alternately arranged. The leaves are simple, feather-veined, and typically linear-lanceolate. Usually they are serrate, rounded at base, acute or acuminate. The leaf petioles are short, the stipules often very conspicuous, looking like tiny round leaves and sometimes remaining for half the summer. On some species, however, they are small, inconspicuous, and fugacious (soon falling). In color the leaves show a great variety of greens, ranging from yellowish to bluish.

Flowers

Willows are dioecious with male and female flowers appearing as catkins on different plants; the catkins are produced early in the spring, often before the leaves, or as the new leaves open.

The staminate (male) flowers are without either calyx or corolla; they consist simply of stamens, varying in number from two to ten, accompanied by a nectariferous gland and inserted on the base of a scale which is itself borne on the rachis of a drooping raceme called a catkin, or ament. This scale is oval and entire and very hairy. The anthers are rose colored in the bud but orange or purple after the flower opens, they are two-celled and the cells open longitudinally. The filaments are threadlike, usually pale yellow, and often hairy.

The pistillate (female) flowers are also without calyx or corolla; and consist of a single ovary accompanied by a small flat nectar gland and inserted on the base of a scale which is likewise borne on the rachis of a catkin. The ovary is one-celled, the style two-lobed, and the ovules numerous.

Fruit

Open capsules of Salix cinerea with seeds and hairsThe fruit is a small, one-celled, two-valved, cylindrical beaked capsule containing numerous tiny (0.1 mm) seeds. The seeds are furnished with long, silky, white hairs, which allow the fruit to be widely dispersed by the wind.

Cultivation

Almost all willows take root very readily from cuttings or where broken branches lie on the ground. There are a few exceptions, including the Goat Willow (Salix caprea) and Peachleaf Willow (Salix amygdaloides). One famous example of such growth from cuttings involves the poet Alexander Pope, who begged a twig from a parcel tied with twigs sent from Spain to Lady Suffolk. This twig was planted and thrived, and legend has it that all of England's weeping willows are descended from this first one.

Willows are often planted on the borders of streams so that their interlacing roots may protect the bank against the action of the water. Frequently the roots are much larger than the stem which grows from them.

Source: WIKI



Poems inspired by Willow trees:


Weeping Willow Tree
by Monika Arnett

Friday, June 28, 2002

In the midst of an enchanted, crystal forest
lies my soul,
beneath a weeping willow
tree.
On the shadowed side of this
mystical haven,
heart beats as thunder warns of a
raging storm!
Yesterday went well in deeds, but
silence
fell upon me...
words could not express these
lonesome thoughts.
I closed my eyes to shut the doors of reality.
Must you always need to understand me;
shan't I keep a bit of mystery for my sake?
These eyes plead,
as I look up to you
for such moments of
peace and tranquility.
Tears have fallen to the earth--
drops that glisten on blades of grass,
even in the dark of night;
stars shine brighter in my sight!
Today, I remember sharing my life
with you;
Vows of love and friendship, forever
spoken;
and now,
I lie alone beneath a
weeping willow tree.
Tommorrow, I shall walk alongside a
never-ending creek.

c.2003 by Monika Arnett

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The Willow Tree

I am a Willow Tree, that sways gently in the wind
I am a Willow Tree, who has no limits.

I am a Willow Tree, who has long and beautiful branches
I am a Willow Tree, who provides shade and comfort.

I am a Willow Tree, who can be placed anywhere
I am a Willow Tree, I whisper in the wind.

I am a Willow Tree, you think I'm very free
I am a Willow Tree, don't ever want to be me.

Lucy Gocher

The Witches Knot





The Witches Knot

“The Witches’ Knot” is also known as the Magic Knot and the witch charm.
The Witches’ Knot is made from the practitioner’s sacred cord.
It has become a symbol of protection against malevolent witchcraft.

History tells us the witches used knotted cords to “tie up” the weather,
to create circles of protection, and to bind things magically.

Men of the Middle Ages believed women
could immobilize their sexual functioning using female knot magic.

Gypsy women untied knots in the clothing of women in childbirth,
and unbraided their hair, so as not to “tie-up” delivery.

The Witches’ Knot design is made up of four inter-laced vesica piscis.
The vesica piscis is a world-wide symbol for the yoni,
the feminine creative force that gave birth to the universe.
The interlacement represents the feminine control of the forces of nature.

It is said that witches are able to control the winds, raise storms,
and infuence the weather by tying knots in cords, or even in their own hair.

The circle is one of the primary female symbols
representing the sacred or consecrated space.

The spirals form the sign of the serpent.
The serpent is the oldest symbol of female energy,
the embodiment of enlightenment and wisdom.

This combination of cogent symbols
makes the “Witches’ Knot”
an awe-inspiring representation of female might and power!

Mystic Rock Boutique







Mystic Rock Boutique

Besides classic rock tees & rock n roll merchandise Mystic Rock Boutique carries Mystical & Gothic wares. Here is a sample of what you can find at our boutique.


Mystical & Magical Items:

We carry a variety of Mystical & Gothic type items, some are hand made, hand crafted items for your home decor and personal magick space. Divination tools, Witchy gifts, Mystical tapestrys, Wiccan, Pagan ritual supplys like empowered ritual candles, scented votives, pillar candles, oils, perfume oil, incense, incense burners, tarot cards, amulets, talismans, Goddess dolls, mystic bath soaps, travel portable altar boxes, witchy signs and plaques, fantasy whimsical signs, pentagram tricket boxes, tarot bags, fairys, mermaids, dragons, pagan stickers, witchy buttons/pins, Goddess patches & stickers, Celtic altar tarot cloths, Witch hats, fairy magnets, Celestial chimes, Book of Shadows, journals, pendulums, crystals, cauldrons, decorative Witch brooms, Witch spell bottles, Wish bottles, Pagan Wiccan jewelry, witchy gothic socks, fairy cosmetic bags, Greenman bags, tote bags and more!


Visit our website and see what's brewing! Mystic Rock Boutique

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Soy Honey Chicken

This is a very good & easy recipe to make. Honey being very good for you and tasty. Enjoy it with a wholesome salad and some pototoes.


Soy Honey Chicken (makes 4 servings)


1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup dry sherry or water
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root*
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2-1/2 to 3 lbs. chicken

Combine honey, soy sauce, sherry, ginger root and garlic in small bowl.

Place chicken in plastic food storage bag or large glass baking dish.
Pour honey marinade over chicken, turning chicken to coat. Close bag or
cover dish with plastic wrap. Marinate in refrigerator at least 6
hours, turning two or three times.

Remove chicken from marinade;
reserve marinade. Arrange chicken on rack over roasting pan. Cover
chicken with foil.

Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Bring reserved
marinade to boil in small saucepan over medium hear; boil 3 minutes and
set aside.

Uncover chicken; brush with marinade. Bake, uncovered, 30 to
45 minutes longer or until juices run clear and chicken is no longer
pink, brushing occasionally with marinade.

* If desired, substitute 2 teaspoons ground ginger for fresh ginger
root.

National Honey Board

Lemon/Lavender Bath Sachet - Magically Delightful Mystic Soaps

Lemon and Lavender Bath Sachet

Materials:
Muslin
Fresh Lavender
Fresh Lemon Verbena
Ground Oatmeal
Muslin
String

Directions:Place herbs and oatmeal in the center of a piece of muslin. Fold the sides up and tie with string. Hang from the faucet as you fill your bath tub.


What a lovely way to relax. Anytime you take the extra time to take a bath instead of a shower you benefit by nourishing your soul as well as pampering yourself. At Mystic Rock Boutique we have magically delightful mystic scented soaps, a perfect gift (no sizing involved) for anytime you want to show you care about the person you are giving the gift to. Luxury at a nice price.

A Basil Blessing





A Basil Blessing


Wash 3 stems of basil and tie them together. This will be your 'wand'.
Face the east while holding the basil in your power hand, and gently
shake it as you move clockwise around your kitchen. As you do so,
speak this charm:

'Bless the pantry and every pot
Bless the oven that cooks my food and keeps it hot
Bless each appliance, cupboard and drawer.
Bless this kitchen forever more.'

Hang the basil to dry and use as needed in recipes to bless your food.



Basil Info:

Basil of the family Lamiaceae (mints), is a tender low-growing herb. Basil is a culinary herb prominently featured in Italian cuisine, and also plays a major role in the Southeast Asian cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The plant tastes somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, sweet smell.

There are many varieties of basil. That which is used in Italian food is typically called sweet basil, as opposed to Thai basil, lemon basil and holy basil, which are used in Asia. While most common varieties of basil are treated as annuals, some are perennial in warm, tropical climates, including African Blue and Holy Thai basil.
Source: Wiki

To Be A Witch





TO BE A WITCH.....


To be a witch is to love and be loved.
To be a witch is to know everything, and nothing at all.
To be a witch is to move amongst the stars while staying on earth.
To be a witch is to change the world around you, and yourself.
To be a witch is to share and give, while receiving all the while.
To be a witch is to dance and sing, and hold hands with the universe.
To be a witch is to honor the gods, and yourself.
To be a witch is to Be Magick, not just perform it.
To be a witch is to be honorable, or nothing at all.
To be a witch is to accept others who are not.
To be a witch is to know what you feel is right and good.
To be a witch is to harm none.
To be a witch is to know the ways of old.
To be a witch is to see beyond the barriers.
To be a witch is to follow the moon.
To be a witch is to be one with the gods.
To be a witch is to study and to learn.
To be a witch is to be the teacher and the student.
To be a witch is to acknowledge the truth.
To be a witch is to live with the earth, not just on it.
To be a witch is to be truly free!


~author unknown

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