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A few years ago, I began experimenting with various methods of raising psychic shields or firewalls to keep my home (and everyone in it) safe  from physical harm, from negative energies and detrimental outside influences. It took a while to decide Read More
Don't you just love the look, feel, and smell of homemade soap? I do. Soap making can be an exacting process, though, and I'm naturally lazy. It can also be a bit expensive to buy the supplies needed to start making your own soap. I was pondering all Read More
  Herbs have long been used to enhance and magnify the magical properties of candles. I like to match the color of the candle with an herb that promotes a similar, or complimentary, effect. To make herbed candles, crush the chosen herbs with Read More
Have you ever found yourself bombarded by negative energy and been unsure how to repel the bad vibes? Here's a simple bit of magic that anyone can use to literally clear the air around themselves and banish negativity, malice, envy, etc. etc. All you Read More
I found this recipe and thought you might like to try it. It's Shakespeare's own recipe for herbal tea, as it appeared in Act 4 of "The Winter's Tale". Just got back from the health food store and they had everything I needed to make this tea....I'm drinking Read More
For some reason, I always have a hard time sleeping soundly this time of year. Maybe it's because it's so windy during the spring here on the coast, or maybe it's because the ocean sounds like it's in my backyard. In any case, I find that it helps to Read More
Many practitioners of candle magic equate  specific colors, and often,  a specific direction, with each of the four seasons. I use this method most of the time, however, I'm pretty flexible and change things according to what feels right Read More
Swords, the third suit of the Minor Arcana, is perhaps the most feared of four suits. It is associated with the direction East and represents the element of air. The air signs of the Zodiac - Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra are linked with this suit. The Read More
My daughter gave me a copy of Llewellyn's 2014 Magical Almanac for Christmas 3 years ago, and one of my favorite articles was by Diana Rajchel.   It's called '13 Meditations for the Short Attention Spans", and it instantly caught my eye because Read More
The form of magic I favor is all about attraction, rather than coercing someone else to do what you want them to do,  so the following table of candle colors and their magical uses leans in that direction. Since I'm basically a kitchen witch, Read More
The making and use of ink has been part of human history for at least two thousand years. It's certainly been a basic element of magic for a very long time. I like to make my own ink for use in spells that require writing.   It's very easy to do Read More
"All over the world and throughout history amulets have offered protection against negative forces. The power of amulets is based on the underlying, widespread belief that all things in the natural world have a spirit and a power that links them together. Read More
My husband and I moved to the seaside a few years ago and I've been pleasantly surprised at the abundance and variety of the wildflowers and herbs to be found everywhere.  So many new plants to learn...what a wonderful opportunity to expand my knowledge Read More
Bathing has always held an important place in the world of the kitchen witch. Not only is bathing soothing and relaxing, but it allows your entire body to soak in the magic you're creating for yourself. This particular bath magic is intended to help you Read More
If you're a night owl with an affinity for the moon, then a moon garden may be just the thing for you. My great-grandmother had one and I loved to sit outside with her at night and smell the flowers in her garden.  In fact, I've been planning Read More
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