Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blue Turquoise Magnesite Donut Necklace


Blue Turquoise Magnesite Donut Necklace by Vamp

Blue Turquoise Magnesite Donut Necklace - This beautiful handmade blue turquoise donut shape magnesite corded necklace is 28 inches long. The Magnesite donut is 40mm wide, roughly 1 & 3/4 wide

Strung on a silk black cord you can tie this turquoise necklace and wear it where ever you like, as a choker length or nice and long and mixed with other necklaces.

You will love the beautiful turquoise blue coloring on this gem donut.

Makes a nice gift for December birthdays or for the holidays. Affordable and fun to wear.

Available at my Vamp's Boutique on Ecrater

Banishing Nightmares Spell Using Hag Stone




Banishing Nightmares Spell

Take a naturally holed stone
and place over the bedroom
door/window or even the bed
itself. Such 'hag' stones
have been used for centuries
to ward of the night hag that
would ride horses at night
and cause troubled sleep
'night mares'.
As you hang the stone chant:

"Let waves of dreams bless
Let dreams not you stress,
Let the wings of night enfold
Let peaceful sleep you hold."

Adder Stone

Adder stone is a type of stone, usually glassy, with a naturally occurring hole through it[citation needed]. Such stones have been discovered by archaeologists in both Britain and Egypt.

In Britain they are also called hag stones, witch stones, serpent's eggs, snake's eggs, or glain neidyr in Wales, milpreve in Cornwall, adderstanes in the south of Scotland and Gloine nan Druidh ("Druids' glass" in Scottish Gaelic) in the north. In Egypt they are called aggry or aggri.

Adder stones were believed to have magical powers such as protection against eye diseases or evil charms, preventing nightmares, curing whooping cough, and of course recovery from snakebite. According to popular conception, a true adder stone will float in water.

Source WIKI

Friday, October 28, 2011

Glass Witch Balls



I got this article from my Almanac Companion newsletter in my inbox and wanted to share with you. I have witch balls that I bought long ago from Salem, MA and that was the first thing I ever bought that was in the magical realm and I still have them along with a set of old gypsy reading cards. Through the years I've collected lots of nice magical things to decorate my home and to use.

Bewitching Glass Creations
by Jim Therriault

For many of us (including me), Halloween is a favorite holiday.

Rich in history and folklore, Halloween has roots that trace back to the ancient Celts, who celebrated the new year on November 1. They believed that the souls of the dead returned to Earth the night before (Samhain). Later, Irish immigrants brought over customs and superstitions such as carved vegetables with a demon's face to frighten away the spirits. Among other long-held beliefs and symbols from the 1700s and 1800s is the witch ball.

Witch Ball Legend
A witch ball is a hollow sphere of plain or colored glass with glass inclusions (webs) inside the balls. Originating in 18th-century England, witch balls were believed to ward off evil spirits, witches' spells, or ill fortune. (Some historians disagree, saying that the witch's ball actually originated among cultures where witches were considered a blessing. These good witches would "enchant" the balls to enhance their potency against evil.)

History
When witch balls found their way across "the pond" to the American colonies, they were quickly adopted by superstitious folks who reasoned that evil spirits were attracted to the colored glass spheres. The spirits were drawn inside and captured in the glass web within the ball, preventing their escape and protecting the home from harm.

Legend has it that fishermen on Cape Cod placed witch balls in their nets to avoid evil spirits on the high seas. It is also claimed that Christmas ornament balls descended from the witch ball. The ball was allegedly placed on the Christmas tree to dispel a visitor's envy at the presents beneath the tree.

Buy Witch Balls here

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Herbal Woman - David Harrison Video by Vamp

A video I created for a good friend of mine, the multi talented David Harrison. This song 'Herbal Woman' comes from his 'Hum' CD album, which I might add is an amazing record and is available on itunes.





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Hum Album available at itunes

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Samhain or Halloween




Samhain or Halloween

Samhain: October 31. An ancient Celtic festival which celebrates the beginning of winter, marked by death, and the beginning of the Celtic New Year. Samhain means "end of summer." Samhain is a sabbat universally observed, which is included among the Greater sabbats observed by neo-Pagans. The Druids, in ancient Ireland, once sacrificed to their deities by burning victims in wickerwork gages. All other fires were to be extinguished and lighted again from the sacrificial fire. This custom still continues in Ireland and Scotland, all fires in homes are extinguished and lighted again from bonfires, but without sacrificial victims.

Samhain marks the third harvests and the storage of provisions for winter. The veil between the worlds of the living and dead is the thinnest during this time making communications easier. Souls of the dead can come into the land of the living.

Samhain is a time for eliminating weaknesses, when pagan once slaughtered weak animals that were thought not to be able to survive the winter. This custom resulted in the modern practice by some who wanted to get rid of their weaknesses of writing them on a piece of paper and dropping them into a fire. Some baked cakes to be offered for the souls of the dead.

Samhain was Christianized into All Hallow's Eve or Halloween. The modern custom or trick-and-treating may have originated from an old Irish peasant custom of going door-to-door to collect money, breadcake, cheese, eggs, butter, nuts, apples and other foods in preparation for the festival of St. Columb Kill. Apples are included in many rites, especially as ingredients in brews. Dunking for apples may have been a divinatory practice.


Source: ADailyTarotYahoo




Samhain - by: Yvonne Aburrow


Samhain

As night draws its veil over the land,
And autumn draws on her cloak of leaves,
The other world draws nearer to our own,
And the dead gather in the place of shadows.

The dark mother stands revealed
In her terrible naked glory.
The heartstopping beauty of Autumn
Is like a spear roaring for blood.

Even as the Sun recedes from us
To journey over the dark dreaming river
Into the country of death -
So we seek within ourselves the seed of life.

The seed of life: Demeter's mystery,
Kernel within the dark husk,
The Child of Light turning within the womb,
Reflected in the burnished gold of autumn leaves.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Simmering Potpourris




Simmering Potpourris

Another way to infuse a little magick in your home is to simmer some potpourri.
Toss some herbs in a pot along with a few drops of fragrant oil and water and slowly simmer. As the properties
of the herbs and oils released throughout the house, the atmosphere changes. Always keep watch of your simmering pot to make sure you still have liquid in it.


Simmering Peace: vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon balm, apple
slices and/or apple oil or simply use apple juice or cider in place of
the water you would simmer the herbs in. Toss in a bit of clove or
cinnamon as a catalyst to kick the whole thing off.


Simmering Prosperity: chamomile flowers, lemon slices, basil, bay leaves, pine needles, ginger


Simmering Love: pink rose petals, rose oil, cardamom.


Simmering Romance: red rose petals, coriander seeds, patchouli, and red wine to simmer it in.


Simmering Creativity: yellow rose petals, star anise, orange slices, peel or oil, instant coffee.


Simmering Protection: 3 bay leaves, peppermint, rosemary, elder flowers, hyssop, lavender oil.

Herb Bundles for the Fireplace



Herb Bundles for the Fireplace

Now that the cooler weather is here you will have more fires going on in your fireplace or even your outdoor camp fire pit. This tip for using dried bundles of herb stems and such is a great idea. Not only does it fragrant your home, but it also adds a bit of magic to your space. I especially love Lavender.

Tip:
Through Summer and Autumn when you harvest & dry bunches of herbs from your garden – jar up the leaves but also save the stems! Lavender,Sage, Lemon Verbena, Bay, Oregano – the whole lot. Then tie them in bundles with raffia or ribbon and keep in a basket next to the fireplace. They make wonderful, fragrant fire starters.

Candied Honey Apples/Honey Caramel Corn



Here are some fun and yummy recipes that you can make this time of year with the children that are both fun and healthy for you. A great way to spend some quality time with your children, hubby or your boyfriend :)


Candied Honey Apples

Makes 6 servings
•1 cup packed brown sugar
•1/2 cup butter or margarine
•1/2 cup honey
•1/4 cup heavy cream
•1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•6 small (4 to 6 oz. each) apples with sticks
•1/3 cup chopped nuts

Combine all ingredients except apples and nuts in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat to 265°F; stir constantly. Remove from heat. Cool 5 minutes. Holding apple by stick, roll in hot honey mixture to coat; roll bottom of apple in nuts if desired. Place on waxed paper squares to cool. Repeat with remaining apples. Makes 6 apples.

National Honey Board


Honey Caramel Corn

Makes 6 servings
•1/2 cup honey
•1/2 cup butter or margarine
•1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• salt
•1 teaspoon grated orange peel
•1/4 teaspoon baking soda
•3 quarts popped popcorn

Melt butter in large saucepan; stir in sugar, honey and salt. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; boil without stirring about three minutes to 265°F. Remove from heat; stir in orange peel and soda. Place popcorn in large oven-safe bowl; slowly pour syrup over popcorn while stirring. Turn onto greased 15-1/4x10-1/4x1/4-inch baking pan. Bake at 250°F for 45 minutes; stir every 15 minutes. Cool. Break into serving-sized pieces. Store in airtight container. Makes three quarts (six servings of two cups each).

National Honey Board

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's Apple Season :) Recipes Apple Cinnamon Cake



I just love this early part of Fall, when the days are shorter and you can burn candles early in the evening. The air has an Autumn scent about it. Living near the ocean you get a lot of that rolling sea fog anytime of the day, spooky, haunting and so gothic :)

Another reason Fall is so much fun is apple season, apple picking and just baking things with apples. Here is a recipe I got from BettyCrocker.Com for an Apple Cinnamon Cake, just yummy and so easy to make!

Apple-Cinnamon Cake


1box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® spice cake mix
1can (21 oz) apple pie filling
3 eggs
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Frozen whipped topping, thawed, if desired

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease or spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan.

In large bowl, beat dry cake mix, pie filling and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 2 minutes. Batter will be thick. Spread half of the batter in pan. Mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle half of the mixture over batter in pan. Spread remaining batter in pan; sprinkle with remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture.

Bake 32 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely. Serve with whipped topping. Store loosely covered.

BettyCrocker.Com

Here are a few more apple recipes from Yankee Magazine that might tempt you...those Apple Cider Donuts look so delicious!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Attract Love Spell




Attract Love Spell

For this spell you need a sachet bag containing sage, rosemary, and thyme which is kept in a drawer or under a pillow, or even worn against the skin. The bag must be moistened every seven days with seven drops of bergamot oil to be truly effective in enabling your heart's desire.

(Remember never to enchant any specific person, this spell is to bring love into your life, not a specific person.)

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Multi Tasking

This is me multi tasking on the computer, sending emails, trying to blog, going to forums, tweeter, facebook and updating my website and selling venues :)




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