Q & A Friday


Q: You posted about smudge sticks and using the right one. I want to smudge but I am allergic to the smoke of a smudge stick. Is there another way for me to smudge a room or person?

A: To be honest we have found that the smudge stick is not for everyone. Many do appear to have a hard time with the smoke. So you are not alone in this problem.

What we suggest to people that come to us with this situation is a spray. You can make or buy sage sprays that does the job just as well as burning a smudge stick.

You can make it with either sage oil or by making your own extract by soaking the sage in water inside of a spray bottle.

If you don’t feel comfortable with making your own there are some amazing sprays out there already made. Some of them also have some very good combinations for different types of smudging like healing, and balance.

Samhain Correspondences

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Planet: Moon

Moon Phase: New Moon

Colors: Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold, Red, Brown

Trees: Apple, Beech, Blackthorn, Locust, Pomegranate, Willow, Witch Hazel, Yew

Herb/Plants: Acorn, Arborvitae, Dittany of Crete, Bittersweet, Fumitory, Mullein, Angelica, Sage, Wormwood, Mugwort, Broom, Dandelion, Rue, Myrrh, Patchouli, Catnip, Reed, Heather, Yarrow, Bay, Allspice, Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake, Garlic and Straw.

Foods: Turnips, Apples, Gourds, Nuts, Mulled Wines, Cider, Pumpkin, Corn, Hazel Nuts, Herbal Teas, Beef, Pork, Poultry Apples, Hazelnuts, Corn, Gingerbread, Cranberries

Stones: Jet, Obsidian, Smoky Quartz, Hematite, Onyx, all Black Stones, Amber, Pyrite, Garnet, Clear Quartz, Marble, Sandstone, Carnelian, Diamond, Ruby

Metals: Gold, Iron, Steel, Brass

Animals/Magickal Creatures: Bat, Boar, Cat, Fairies, Cow, Dog

Symbols: Gourds, Apples, Black Cats, Jack-O-Lanterns, Besoms, Cauldron, Mask, Balefire, Waning Moon

Deities: Crone Goddesses, Badb, Banba, Belenus, Cailleach Bheur, Coyote, the Dagda, Durga, Hades, Hecate, Hel, Inanna, Ishtar, Kali, Loki, Macha, Odin, Pluto

Samhain Decorations: Harvest foods, photographs of your loved ones who have passed on, a statue or figurine of the Goddess in her Crone phase, pumpkins & Jack-o’-lanterns, balefires, besom, masks, cauldron, the Moon

Samhain spellwork: Spells for release, neutralizing harm, death, crossroads, protection spells, darkness, divination, spells that deal with the dead, visions, honoring the dead, strength spells, introspection, wisdom

* Note: Do not ingest any herb/plant without knowing how your body will react to said herb or plant!

Do not work with oils without knowing how your body will react to said oil!

Make sure to do research and consult a doctor or someone certified in herbology *

*Some of this information was taken from Llewellyn’s complete book of correspondences by Sandra Kynes*

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Samhain Activities


With Samhain also known in many Pagan traditions as the “witches new year” I like to do a releasing ritual with my family.

Typically it would be around a bond fire but at times we have done this ritual around a candle. So either will work.

What I do is I ask everyone to write or draw something that has ended or that they may want to let go of. An example of this would be a bad habit.

Then we fold the papers up. Empower each one with oils, or herbs and energy. The kids may say a chant or something that helps them focus on letting go. I then gather them together to burn in the fire or flame.

We then sit back with some yummy spiced apple cider and talk about the things we would like to have come to us in the year to come.

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Halloween too Commercialized?


Let’s face facts. Halloween has become a major commercialized holiday.

The things that have made this time of year special and the symbols we use have been turned into stereotypes. The images of a witch with the tall black hat, black cats, candles, spiders and broom are just that these days, images. They have little to no meaning to them anymore in the mainstream of things. People these days don’t even realize where they came from and what they mean.

Think for a moment about why we wear costumes and masks. Do you know why we wear these items to become someone other than ourselves? Did you know that in some cultures it was to hide among the spirits and walk with them for a day with out fear or harm? Not many people realize where the roots of such things come from.

So how do you find something meaningful to pull out of all the commercialism for your Sabbat? What do you do when most of the people around you don’t understand the ancient traditions they unconsciously carry on for generations?

My suggestion is to take a close look at the history behind the holiday. Pass on the facts and meaning to the generations to follow. Not rejecting the stereotype but educating yourself and family just why these practices exist in the first place. Create new traditions for your family to enjoy during this Sabbat.


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Newsletter Sneak Peek


This week we are going to talk about something very personal and very real. Living with and facing every day the struggle that is known as depression.

If you would like read more about what Lady Destiny has to say about this topic please go to the “Newsletter!” page here and sign up for our newsletter. We will be sending the newsletter out this evening.

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Color Correspondences Black



The color of Black is ideal for magickal work towards: Absorption & destruction of negative energy, fear, endings, divination, removing hexes, spirit contact, anger, truth, meditation rituals, fertility, uncrossing rituals, dream work,  banish evil, banish negativity, authority, grounding, transformation, to break up a blocked or “stand still” situation, uncrossing rituals, self-control, beginnings, restriction, depression, new changes, rebirth, wisdom, resilience, discipline, challenges, reversing, binding negative forces, enmity, releasing, removing confusion, creativity, defensive spells, crone magick, mourning a loss, envy, protection in spiritual warfare, knowledge, limitations, over-powering entities, binding, to stop gossip, patience, stability, neutralization, material gain, nightmares, protection, karma, manifestation, laws of society, limits, obstacles, tests, handwork, real estate, justice, transformation, acceptance, the afterlife, problems, security.

When the color Black is properly used, it can be one of the most
useful and powerful colors. That said, misused, it can cause great disaster. Make sure you are clear about your intentions and respect the power this color can lend your magickal workings.

When considering using Black as a correspondence color it is helpful to keep these things in mind.

Zodiac: Scorpio, Capricorn, Libra, Sagittarius, Virgo
Full Moons: December, February, October
Moon Phase: New
Direction: East, North
Chakras: Root
God/dess: Epona, Hecate, Kali, Morrigan
Planet:  Saturn, Earth, Pluto
Sabbats: Samhain
Day:  Saturday, Thursday
Energy: Feminine, Yin
Element: Air, water, fire, and Earth
Numbers: 6, 8, 13
Tarot: Death, threes, world, the queens
Animal: Bobcat, dragon, panther, raccoon, rhinoceros, groundhog, blackbird, lynx, bat, owl, jaguar, praying mantis, bear, dragon fly
Stones: Onyx, jet, obsidian, black quartz, black star sapphire, agate, tektite, pyrite, diamond, moonstone, galena, pumice.
Magickal Tool: Sword and wand
Essential oil: Holly, juniper, yew, myrrh, cypress, pine, apple, yarrrow, rowan, peppermint, basil
Herb/Plant: Comfrey, holly, ivy, horsetail, reeds, Solomons seal, mullein, clove, betony, fern, yarrow, cayenne, dragons blood, mandrake, flax.

* Note: Do not ingest any herb/plant without knowing how your body will react to said herb or plant!

Do not work with oils without knowing how your body will react to said oil!

Make sure to do research and consult a doctor or someone certified in herbology *

*Some of this information was taken from Llewellyn’s complete book of correspondences by Sandra Kynes*

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Samhain, also known as the Festival of the Dead or All Hallows’ Eve, is the time for us to release the spirits of those who have died during the previous year and for us to honor our ancestors. It is customary in some traditions to set an extra place at your supper table on Samhain in honor of the departed.

Samhain is not a scary time, like some religions or media would like people to believe. What this Sabbat is, is a time when the veil is thin and we can spend time with the spirits of those we loved. This is the time when we say good-bye to those who have left this physical plane. Though this is not a time of sadness, but a way to celebrate with the Dead.

Samhain also celebrates endings, and as such death. It honors the transition from light to dark. The growing time is over for this turn of the Wheel and the Earth begins it’s slumber.

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I have been gathering sage from my garden this week. Cutting and binding some, drying and then crushing the rest. It’s been a busy week for me as I get things harvested and stored.

Most Pagans/Wiccans/Witches are familiar with sage as the main herb you use for smudging. It is a rather common in the pagan community to envision sage bound in a wand for such a practice.

But did you know that not all Sage is created equal? It’s true. There are two common types of sage used when making wands, desert and white. The thing many people don’t know is they used for different types of clearings.

White Sage: can be used to lift/clear energy through out a space or around a person. Some people use it as an aura cleanser.

Desert Sage: can be used to help open new doors or opportunities in your life when you feel a bit at a stand still or stuck in a rut. It is good for grounding and is said to carry with it more of a “playful” energy.

Share with us your experiences when smudging with either of the sages.

~*Kitchen Witch Wicki*~

*Some of this information as found in Magickal Housekeeping by Tess Whitehurst*

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Mabon Activities


Honor the birds:

Much like us, bird’s and small animals in the wilderness are harvesting and gathering food for the colder days on their way.

Why not help them out a little? Make a bird feeder, some homemade treat or a simple offering to the animals around your home or near by park/wooded area.

We will be posting some great links to some very creative ideas all day on our facebook and google+ pages. Share with us some of your favorite ways to make a feeder.

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