A spell for protection for all your animal friends and familiars in your life.
What You’ll Need:
- Sage (White Sage is endangered so I used a sage scented candle as to not further the harm)
- A sprig of Juniper large enough to lay across a candle (if you pick this fresh, be sure to thank the tree for aiding you)
- A green candle (if you didn’t substitute one in earlier. White also works)
Step One: Gather as many of your animals together in one area as possible. For those not able to be present you can take the blessing to them at a later point.
Step Two: Lay the sprig of Juniper (and the sage if you have it natural) across the candle top near the wick but not smothering it. Light the candle and let the flame reach up and burn away at the juniper.
Step Three: Walk a circle around the area with your candle and chant the following:
Juniper protect them from ills inside and out
From matters of heart to matters of doubt
May their days be long as your branches are tall
And may my love for them protect them from any and all
Burn on, burn bright, let my magick cast its spell
Against every harm let this enchantment repell
Let them be happy
Let them be healthy
Let their lives be filled with fun
And now with this fervent wish
Let this spell for them be done
Step Four: For any animals not present at the circle, this is the time to take a blessing to them. Hold your hand above the candle and let it soak in the energies of the smoke from the burning juniper. Then press your hand (finger if it’s a smaller friend) to the head of the animal and say I protect thee.
Step Five: Let the candle burn itself out naturally and the spell is done.
Vamp Attack Halloween Cake
I made a red velvet cake figuring the deep red colour is nice and vampy and perfect for Halloween. The filling added to the look in all its raspberry deliciousness oozy gruesomeness. But the best part about the vamp attack cake? Its pretty simple to decorate.
The vampire bites were made easy thanks a set of plastic costume teeth, you know the ones that make you look like your wearing a mouth guard rather than having fangs. Who knew they’d have other uses than looking dorky, pressing the fake fangs into the outer fondant layer of the cake leaves a prefect bite mark. A bit of red makes the bites stand out against the stark white of the cake, giving you a yummy Halloween centrepiece.
Vamp Attack Cake
- 600 grams white fondant
- plastic vampire fangs
- 2 cup fresh or thawed raspberries
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 3 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
To make the filling-
- Combine the raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Cook, until the raspberries begin to break apart and lose their juices.
- Press the mixture through a fine sieve to remove the majority of the pips, return the strained mixture to the pan, Stir, and cook until the filling boils and thickens (about 5 minutes). Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. While the filling is cooling make the cakes.
- Put 2 tablespoons of the filling aside to make the fake blood for the outside of the cake.
Red Velvet Cake
- 3 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
- 170 grams butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 6 tablespoons red food colouring
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
To make the cake-
- Preheat your oven to 180°C. Grease and lightly flour two 8 inch cake pans, line the bottoms with baking paper circles and lightly flour the sides.
- Add the butter and sugar to your mixer bowl, beat on medium until very light and fluffy, it will take a few minutes.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time, beat well after each addition.
- Stir the red food colouring, cocoa, and vanilla in a small bowl to form a paste . Add the red paste to the batter and mix well, evenly dispersing the colour.
- Mix the salt into the buttermilk. Add a third of the buttermilk and a third of the flour to the batter, beat until just incorporated (do not over beat). Repeat with the remaining thirds.
- Stir the vinegar and baking soda in a small bowl. Add to the batter and mix well.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl making sure all the ingredients are evenly mixed and the batter is smooth.
- Divide the batter evenly between the two cake tins. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 1 hour. Gently remove the cakes from the tins and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. While the cakes are cooling make the vanilla frosting.
Fluffy Vanilla Frosting
- 200 grams unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of milk (if necessary)
To make the frosting-
- Beat butter with mixer on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Switch the speed to low-medium so you don’t end up in a cloud of sugar.
- Add the confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the side with a spatula.
- Add the vanilla and beat frosting on high for about 3 minutes, it will get very pale and be light and airy. If the frosting is too thick beat in a little milk.
Raspberry Chocolate ‘Blood’ Sauce
- 2 tablespoons raspberry filling
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 1 teaspoon red food colouring
- 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup
To make the fake blood-
- Strain the raspberry filling to make sure there are not leftover seeds. Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix well . The Chocolate syrup will give the fake blood a bit more realistic colour.
To Assemble the cake-
- Trim the raised tops off each of the cakes. Cut each of the cakes into 2 even layers. ( I finally bought a cake cutting wire, its the best thing ever people! If you don’t have one I’d really recommend it, even layers every time!)
- Spoon roughly 1/2 of a cup of the vanilla frosting into a piping bag. Place bottom layer of cake onto plate. Pipe a ring of frosting around the edge of the cake to stop the raspberry filling escaping.
- Spoon in a third for the raspberry frosting and smooth over. Top with the next layer of cake and repeat the piping and filling, finishing with the top layer of cake.
- Spread a thin crumb coat of vanilla frosting over the entire cake.
- Spoon on the remaining frosting and spread in a thicker smooth layer over the entire cake.
- Dust your work surface (I use a silicone mat) with a little cornflour and roll out the fondant to roughly 7mm thickness.
- Drape the rolled fondant over the cake. Smooth the fondant over the cake, starting at the top then working down the sides. Pull the fondant away from the cake sides as necessary to avoid creases forming.
- Run the fondant smoothers over the top and around the sides to get a nice flat Finish.
- Trim the excess fondant from the base of the cake with a sharp knife.
- Now for the fun part. Press fang marks all over the cake using the plastic teeth.
- Spoon some of the raspberry chocolate ‘blood’ into a small squeesy bottle. Fill each of the teeth marks with a little fake blood. Add drips and puddles where you like.
- To make the spray splatter look, start by placing the cake on top of newspaper to ensure you do not make a mess. Make sure you cover the wall behind too.
- Empty most of the remaining raspberry chocolate sauce from the squeezy bottle.The little bit of sauce left the the bottle should squeeze out in a splatter. The less sauce in the bottle the finer the spray with be. Go crazy and cover the cake as much as you like.
Materials: jar (with tight lid), glitter (silver and purple), dried lavender, olive or veggie oil, warm water, confetti stars (white and purple), dash of purple food coloring, clear glue.
Purpose: To not only promote a sense of calm and control, but to give you an item to actively shake to boost the spell’s effectiveness.
Procedures: Place the glitter and stars in the clean jar first, then add the lavender. Pour just enough oil, glue and coloring in to cover the ingredients in the bottom. Fill the rest with water. Seal the lid up tight, say anything you might want to add to the spell. Shake the jar once sealed, and from then on shake it daily or whenever you need a calming boost.
Colors have many associations and uses in witchcraft. Colored candles are often used as tools in spells, but for a sea witch a candle may not always be the tool they would prefer using. When you need a color association in a spell, try using some colored sand to replace a candle or other item.
If you’re like me, you’ll prefer using items you’ve collected yourself, so buying the brightly colored sand from the craft store may not be best. Here are 3 methods to try out for coloring the sand you’ve collected yourself.
Method 1: Tempera Paint Powder
- Place sand in a suitable container
- Add 1 teaspoon of powder per cup of sand
- Mix thoroughly
- Add more powder if the color isn’t to your liking
Method 2: Food Coloring
- Put sand in a container that will not easily stain
- Add just enough water to cover the sand. If too much is added it will dilute the color and you will have to add more food coloring than necessary.
- Put 1-2 drops of food coloring in the sand and water mixture.
- Gently mix the contents, making sure not to spill any
- Add more food coloring or water to get the desired color
- Strain all of the water from the sand. Try using a cheesecloth over a strainer or sieve to prevent any sand from falling out.
- Spread the sand out evenly on a suitable surface and allow to dry completely.
- Store in a sealed container that will not leak or spill. It’s important the sand is completely dry before storing.
Method 3: Alcohol Based Ink
- Place sand in a sealable container (something like a ziplock bag). Be sure there’s enough leftover room for the sand to move around in the bag or jar.
- Use 1-2 drops of ink
- Seal container tightly, making sure there’s no chance it will open while mixing
- Shake and knead the sand
- Add more ink as needed and repeat step 4 until the desired color is reached.
- Store in a sealed container that will not leak or spill.
There is also a chalk method listed on the source site, but I’ve decided not to include it here. [x]
Although I am not a sea witch, I have lived at the beach for 21 years, so I thought I might have some advice to share for those who are drawn to the practice but have limited access to the water.
This is a big post under the cut. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I worked very hard on this, please keep links and reblog, instead of reposting.
I’ve been having terrible insomnia lately so a few nights a ago I threw this blend together with what I had on hand. So far it tastes great and has been knocking me out. Great for helping get into a relaxing mode for sleeping.
Materials needed, Mix equal parts of
- Lemon balm
- Cat mint
- Raspberry leaf
Boil then steep for 10 minutes, drink before bed
Purpose: Sometimes, people come into our lives and cause problems, fill us with misery, and are just all-around negative people. This is a spell to make them stop — and, for those who follow the rule, this spell harms none.
Materials: A white candle; a handmirror; oil made of nettle leaves that have been steeped in olive oil for a week.
This spell should be done…: On a Monday.
Anoint the white candle and the back of the mirror with the nettle oil. Next, charge up the candle and mirror with positive light (the original spell says white light, but it can be any colour you’d like).
Cast a circle and call the quarters if desired. Ground and centre if needed.
Hold up the mirror, reflective side away from you. Shut your eyes and visualize the person sending that negative energy at you. See yourself holding up the mirror, and visualize the energy bouncing off the surface of the mirror. The energy suddenly turns to gray light. See it bounce back towards the person. When you feel ready, light the candle and chant the following as many times as you see fit:
"Fiendish storm unleashed my way,
Captured, bound, and held at bay.
Stripped of hatred, turned to gray
Reflected back unto its source
And bound about them to block the force.”
Let the candle burn out. Release the quarters and close the circle if desired.
Bury the burned-out candle and the mirror in the ground (preferably off your property). If you can’t bury them, take a bag of dirt taken from off your property and place them inside it. Shut it tight and keep it in a safe place.
Spell written by: Michael Furie
Spell found in: Llewellyn’s 2014 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
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The Hermetic Museum
This is the main index for Arthur Edward Waite’s Hermetic Museum. This is one of the largest collections of Alchemical tracts, first published in Latin in 1678. Waite translated it into English and issued it in two volumes in 1893. It appears in its entirety here on the Internet for the first time. Full bibliographic information can be found via either one of the volume index pages, (here, and here).VOLUME I
- Title Page
- Preface to the English Edition
- Preface to Latin Original
- Contents of Volume I
- The Golden Tract Concerning the Stone of the Philosophers
- The Golden Age Restored
- The Sophic Hydrolith
- A Demonstration of Nature
- A Short Tract or Philosophical Summary
- The Only True Way
- The Glory of the World; or, Table of Paradise
- A Tract of Great Price
- The Book of Alze
- The Book of Lambspring
- The Golden Tripod
The Three Treatises of Philalethes
- Title Page
- Table of Contents
- Believe-Me, or The Ordinal of Alchemy
- The Testament of Cremer
- The New Chemical Light
- New Chemical Light
- An Open Entrance to the Closed Palace of the King
- A Subtle Allegory Concerning the Secrets of Alchemy
- Title and Contents
- I. The Metamorphosis of Metals
- II. A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby
- III. The Fount of Chemical Truth
A simple spell to bring what you want towards you, be it a job, financial stability, a person, etc.
- A tarot deck
- Paper and pen
- Optional: incense
Step one: Take your tarot deck and find your significator, and a few cards that describe what you want to attract to you. I wanted to attract a new job, so I chose my significator, The Sun, and the Ace of Pentacles, to symbolize new growth (The Sun) through a new opportunity (Ace).
Step two: Write what you want on your paper, focusing intently on your desires. Visualize your wants flowing from the pen into the ink, soaking the page with your intent. Put it away in a safe place once finished.
Step three: Light the match (in a safe place) and focus on the tarot cards you’ve chosen.
Chant these words:
As I burn this matchstick,
and as my cards decree
Make it that what I desire
Makes its way to me.
If you have incense, light the incense and let the smoke symbolize the start of something new, while you leave the old (physical incense) behind. If not, simply put out the match safely and do the same with its smoke.
Purpose: If you’re ever feeling down about yourself, mist yourself with this Self-Love Spray.
Materials: A spray bottle (alternatively, you can use a regular bottle and simply dab the mixture on yourself); 12 fresh rose petals; lavender essential oil; a lemon; a pot/cauldron; a stove, fire, or kettle; 4 cups water.
This spell is best done…: During a waning moon.
Cast circle and call quarters if desired. Ground and centre if needed.
Concentrate on driving away negative feelings. Visualize what pain, anxiety, and self-hate look like. What colours are they? What do they feel like? For me, negative feelings are dark brown and feel gritty like wet sand or dirt. Next, visualize what good feelings look and feel like. Imagine these good feelings replacing the bad. Say:
"I bless this work with self-love."
Pour 4 cups water into the pot. If you don’t have a stove or fire, boil the water in a kettle before you add it. To the water, add 12 drops lavender essential oil. As you add the oil, say:
"I banish anxiety. I bring peace."
Add 12 rose petals, saying:
"I banish pain. I bring love."
Add the juice of a fresh lemon, saying:
"I banish negativity. I bring happiness."
Pour all the good energy you can into the mixture. I like holding my hands over the pot and picturing myself literally pouring bright light into the pot as if it’s water running from my fingers. Say:
"Darkness is banished and light comes to me. So mote it be." *
Bring the water to a boil and let sit, uncovered, for about 20 minutes (or, it kettle was used, let sit for 20 minutes). Strain the mixture into a bottle and discard the petals and any other leftover materials in the water (i.e. lemon seeds).
Carry the bottle with you, spraying yourself whenever you feel the need to. I like halving the mixture; keep a bottle put away, and carry a tiny mister with you.
*You can replace “So mote it be” with any statement you wish.
Spell written by: Deborah Lipp
Spell from: Llewellyn’s 2014 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
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