Sunday, December 20, 2009

Goddess Pendulum


ד' בטבת תש"ע
Grael 6

A Yule gift to myself - this handcrafted 15" Goddess pendulum charged with nine hematite beads. Unique and very witchy!

Witching Hour Altar Candles


ג' בטבת תש"ע
Grael 5

Totally delicious! - these handcrafted 2" by 9" slightly tapered Witching Hour black altar candles come highly scented with protective Dragon's Blood and are perfect for that special ritual! Yummy! This etsy artisan's candles are always top of the line and never disappointing!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

One Yule Light

כ"ו בכסלו תש"ע
Shamash 28

This is the handcrafted candle I am lighting for Yule. "Scented with traditional Yule fragrances of Pine, Cedar, Oak and the warm essence of Cinnamon, the fragrance is completed with a a bit of smoke from the fire. The smokey, woodsy and traditional fragrance of this Yule Log Candle will fill my sacred place with a very Yule illumination. Each candle is adorned with a silver Holly charm and tied with festive red and green ribbons."

Yule - Lighting The Coel Coeth

כ"ו בכסלו תש"ע
Shamash 28

The Lesser Sabbat of the winter solstice (namely Yule, Geul, Giuli, Meán Geimhridh, Lá an Dreoilín, Modranicht, Alban Arthan, ...) in the northern hemisphere of the earth (my location) falls after sunset on the evening of December 21. This date is the seventh of Grael in the witches' calendar and the fifth of Tevet in the Jewish calendar; both dates fall within the month of the Elder Moon in the Celtic tree calendar.

On Yule and its connection to the magic circle of the witch, Mike Nichols writes:

"Ultimately, of course, the holiday is rooted deeply in the cycle of the year. It is the Winter Solstice that is being celebrated, seed-time of the year, the longest night and shortest day. It is the birthday of the new Sun King, the Son of God -- by whatever name you choose to call him. On this darkest of nights, the Goddess becomes the Great Mother and once again gives birth. And it makes perfect poetic sense that on the longest night of the winter, 'the dark night of our souls', there springs the new spark of hope, the Sacred Fire, the Light of the World, the Coel Coeth." At the Winter Solstice, the Circle is not yet a Circle; it is a Point. Specifically, it is the point at which spiritual energy manifests itself into the physical world. It is the divine spark, the sacred seed, the single cell, the incarnation, the universe in a mustard seed. In some ways, the Point is more inclusive than the Circle, since the Circle always implies a boundary, and a separation of that which is outside from that which is inside. The Point, however, can symbolize the All. At the Winter Solstice, we bless and purify this tiny dust-mote of Being, this Birth of the Circle, which is also All That Is. The Circle Is A Point.

Thus, Yule is the perfect sabbat in which to ground and from which to cast a magic circle in and with sacred time. Blessed be our circles this Yuletide, every one, with the amazing sacred power and joy of Yule -

- the Hebrew word for the redemption of humankind's collective consciousness is called Geulah (גאולה). The Germanic and Northern European words for Yule - Geul and Giuli - would be spelled in Hebrew גאול and גאולי. The Hebrew shoresh (three letter root) of all these words is גול (gule, yule) meaning rejoice! and express joy!

Have a blessed and deeply joyful Yuletide season! So mote it be! אמן

Related entry - The Seed

Related video - The One Light Of Chanukah (This evening we light the third/three Chanukah candle(s). The Hebrew letter gimel - ג - has a gematria of three and is the single letter root of the root word גול as discussed above.)

Festivals Of Fire In Time

כ"ו בכסלו תש"ע
Shamash 28

In follow-up to Through the Fires of Time (as posted on my blog Walking on Fire), there are four festivals of fire in stellar time. These are the Greater Sabbats, the High Holy Days, of traditional Celtic witchcraft.

The four Fire Festivals can occur anywhere between 29-59 days following the preceding solstice or equinox. Apices of feminine power in time, these sabbatot are Imbolc (between Yule and Ostara), Beltane (between Ostara and Litha), Lughnasadh (between Litha and Mabon) and Samhain (between Mabon and Yule).

The Lesser Sabbats of the solstices and equinoxes (namely - Mabon, Yule, Ostara and Litha) are yearly lunar power points linked to the earthly feminine biological cycle. While times of imbalance in the solar cycle, they are times of power for the feminine Earth.

The Lesser Sabbats ground us with the full feminine power of the Earth Mother. The Greater Sabbats, the cyclical Fire Festivals in the wheel of the pagan year, expands our consciousness into the otherworlds of the heavens, and fill us with the full power of Goddess.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Fresh Mistletoe

י"ח בכסלו תש"ע
Shamash 20

Fresh Oregon mistletoe for Yule can be found at Zoo Loo Naturals. Mine arrived today.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gold Pentacle Ring Box

י"ג בכסלו תש"ע
Shamash 15
This handcrafted 40mm diameter hand-pyrographed pentacle ring box is perfect to protect my onyx witch ring when I'm not wearing it. The natural finish birch wood is accented with gold highlights, a small ivy leaf pattern, and power points for the Four Directions & Four Elements rim the outer edge. It's so cute!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lemurian Inner Earth Mystery

כ"ח ברמחשון תש"ע
Phasma Priscus 29

In follow-up to my entry In The Cauldron Of Inner Tradition on my blog Walking On Fire, an interesting synchronicity of note - also Wednesday of this week I received my Lemurian seed crystal pendent. On the ancient Lemurian race of occult legend:

It is believed that these Lemurian Seed Crystals were left by the Lemurians, an ancient race that seeded our planet eons ago; who departed from earth when conditions became too inhospitable and life could no longer be sustained. The legend goes that the vast majority of Lemurians left planet earth for other star systems while others elected to remain and continue to dwell in other dimensions of our "inner" earth's system, acting as guardians and protectors for the seed of our human race. It is these "inner" earth dwellers who are thought to be responsible for the discovery of these Lemurian Seed Crystals at this time. It is also thought that the Lemurian dwellers of "inner" earth continue to maintain a clear and conscious telepathic connection with their fellow Lemurians who traveled eons ago to other star systems through the crystals.

Read more about the Lemurian race in Cosmic Memory: Prehistory of Earth and Man

Monday, October 12, 2009

How To Make Offering Stones

כ"ה בתשרי תש"ע
Blodlessing 26



Base Recipe 1:

2 cups organic flour
2 cups warm spring water
1 cup sea salt
2 T organic oil (extra virgin olive oil)
1 T cream of tartar

Combine and mix in non-stick pan, cooking on low heat until mixture stops sticking to walls of the pan as wet ingredients evaporate and mixture becomes a clay-like dough (approximately 5 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool. Add creative magical ingredients (herbs, glitter, food coloring, etc.)

Base Recipe 2:

2 cups organic flour
1/2 cup corn meal
2 cups warm spring water
1 cup sea salt
2 T organic oil (extra virgin olive oil)
1 T cream of tartar

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Vintage Witch Art Tags

כ"ג בתשרי תש"ע
Blodlessing 24

I've ordered some really cool limited-supply vintage witch digitally collaged art tags to adorn custom-crafted spell potions and brews for WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu. These are just awesome!





Sunday, October 04, 2009

Divine Paradox Spell Pouch

י'ו בתשרי תש"ע
Blodlessing 17

My new exquisitely handcrafted Divine Paradox dark goddess spell pouch was acquired under the powerful blessing of the full harvest moon. It's a truly magnificient treasure which has found me.

Measuring 5 inches wide by 9.5 inches long, this bag is made from black dupioni silk shirred at the top and the bottom. The inside is fully lined with a mystically magical cotton cabbage rose print of red and black. There is a very Victorian frill of black lace with spider webs and bats along the top. The bag is tied with a deep, blood red velvet ribbon. The seams are stitched and serged, adding a beautifully endurable strength to the bold loveliness of the pouch.





Sunday, September 27, 2009

Black Mirror Charged In The Light Of Union

ט' בתשרי תש"ע
Blodlessing 10

On this day preceding Yom Kippur, during the High Holy Days, in advance preparation for Samhain, in follow-up to Heikhalot, The Nine-Tenths Gate, my mystically magical dream including the rite of water skrying and the full moon through which my art is divinely charged (and divinely blessed through the the black skrying bowl ever filled with fresh spring water on the southern corner of my altar), is my expertly handcrafted skrying mirror consecrated in the light of our otherworldly union. My stunning spiral Goddess skrying mirror is kept safely tucked away within my altar space within a beautifully handcrafted crocheted deep black pouch specifically designed for the mirror.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Moonlight Mystery Smudging Feather


ד' בתשרי תש"ע
Blodlessing 5

Words fail to describe the stunning elegance of my new one of-a-kind handcrafted Moonlight Mystery smudging feather.

Measuring 13.5 inches long and made in honor of the Great Spirit, "this smudging feather includes the energies of the Spanish Turkey, the Guinea Hen, and the Gray Peacock Pheasant (feathers in fan), the Rabbit (trim), the Cow (handle), the Deer (lacing), the Tree of Knowledge (handle—Cocobolo wood), the Guinea Hen and the Gray Peacock Pheasant (dangles), and Black Onyx gemstone (dangle—relieves fear of unknown and increases confidence, facilitates happiness, enhances emotional balance and self control), and Amethyst gemstone (dangles—attracts love, and affection, helps assimilate new ideas, and promotes calm, peacefulness and contentment)."

Simply wow!

Handcrafted Pentacle Spell Locket


ד' בתשרי תש"ע
Blodlessing 5

This exquisite handcrafted pentacle spell locket is among my newest ritual treasures. The silver pentacle is mounted upon an ornate antiqued silver engraved locket and measures approximately 1.25 inches. A silver sparrow adorns the 18" chain made from a vintage inspired rosary connector. It's simply gorgeous!

Power Of Life And Death

ג' בתשרי תש"ע
Blodlessing 4

We all have heard the cliche - the greater the power, the greater the responsibility. So it is among witches as well. With greater magical power, comes greater magical responsibility. To remain ever mindful of this obligation and to create a sense of magical alertness, I have added a wolfsbane talisman to my collection of sacred altar tools. The glass vial containing the baneful herb is fully sealed.

Sacred to witches, wolfsbane is a classic witch's garden herb. It is also deadly poisonous - and a medicine. Medicines derived from it come under Table 1 of the poison schedule.

Wolfsbane is used to reverse shapeshifting spells and for powerful focused protection. One scratch from a magically created elf-bolt is fatal to an enemy.

Though extremely poisonous, wolfsbane has controlled medicinal uses as a diuretic, diaphoretic and pain reliever. Medicines derived from it are used to treat heart failure, high fever and to relieve pain associated with neuralgia, rheumatism, pleurisy and aneurism. It has also been used to treat acute tonsilitis in children.

In wolfsbane is both the power to heal and the power to destroy contained.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mother Of Manifest Blessing

ג' בתשרי תש"ע
Blodlessing 4

In follow-up to earlier entries (Times of Judgment And Blessing and She Who Named Him Adam), complementing the Fehu rune and the three Hebrew triplets inscribed on my Rosh Hashanah-Mabon ritual candle as previously described, I also inscribed the mother of manifestation rune, namely, Uruz (pronounced ooo-rooze, like the 'oo' as in boo!). Uruz, with the phonetic values of 'u' and 'v', means drizzle, rain and horns of blessing. It is a force which patterns and formulates reality, natural order and tradition.

It rained here today.

Related entries:

Runes 1-3: Transmission of a Sacred Secret
Rune 4: The Wholiness Code
Rune 5: Mysteries of the Staircase
Rune 6: The Ship of Safe Passage
Rune 7: The Ætheling
Rune 8: Communication
Rune 9: The Nature Of My Work
Runes 10-11: Wyrd Shema
Rune 12: The View From My Room
Rune 13: Thurisaz On The Falling Man
Rune 14: Power To Do It
Rune 15: Wyrd Preparation

Season's Blessings!

The Witch's Herb

ב' בתשרי תש"ע
Blodlessing 3

Basil, also know as American dittany, is commonly called the witch's herb. Dark opal basil is a spectacular variety of basil with dramatic deep purple, sometimes mottled leaves. A ancient member of the mint family, there are over 150 species of basil. I have a small stock of this gorgeous deep purple variety of the witch's herb!

In the late 1600's, in Salem Massechusetts, basil was planted as a protection against witchcraft. In ancient Greece it was believed that basil could prosper in chaos, especially when it was aligned with misfortune, poverty and hate. Magically, basil has also been planted on graves, used in love potions and flying ointments, and to banish harm, soothe tempers and attract abundant prosperity. It is a classic multifunctional protection, prosperity and love herb.

"Where Basil grows, no evil goes!" and "Where Basil is, no evil lives," the old adages go.

Dark opal basil makes a beautiful pink-purpley vinegar. To make it:

In a glass jar with one quart of white vinegar, add one tightly packed cup of leaves and stems for an infusion - more herb will strengthen the taste, but not the color. If the jar has a screw top, put waxed paper between the jar and the lid. To hasten the infusion, place the jar in a sunny window. Watching the vinegar turn color is fun. The acid in vinegar breaks down the plant material and it will begin to look unsightly. After about a month, strain out and dispose of the basil. A dwarf form of purple basil makes a lovely low border.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Times Of Judgment And Blessing

כ'ג באלול תשס״ט
Belz 24

This year, astrological Mabon in my location falls on September 22, a day which actually begins the evening before on September 21 according to the Celtic reckoning of time. At Mabon, the sun enters Libra, the zodiac sign represented by the Scales of Justice. Just as the Jewish observance of Rosh Hashanah (September 19-20 this year) is a time of judgment, so too is the Celtic observance of Mabon a time of judgment.

Unity and multiplicity in balanced harmony. My handpoured autumn equinox apple candle is thickly scented with traditional Mabon essences including apple blossom, cinnamon and other woodsy Mabon spices. Inscribed with the Fehu rune (a directing expansive force with which to facilitate projection and distribution of magical power person to person among one's soul family) and three Hebrew triplets (for prosperity, success, healing, health, and protection from the evil eye), my Mabon-Rosh Hashanah ritual candle will be anointed with cinnamon bark oil and sprinkled with basil.

May the scales of justice this wholy season find us balanced and fit for abundant blessing. So mote it be, אמן.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Like A Walk Through A Witch's Garden


י'ו באלול תשס״ט
Belz 17

Wonderfully and exquisitely wicked is the newest addition to my witchy wardrobe - this skirt reminds me of a quiet walk through a witch's garden. I simply adore it! Now, I need to find the perfect vintage Victorian or Edwardian lace blouse to go with it.

Yummy!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Fire ... And Ice Water


י׳א באלול תשס״ט
Belz 12

Last night before bed I drew the rune isa - the rune of ice, stillness, concentration and rest. Interestingly, earlier in the evening, I had just purchased a handcrafted pentacle ritual bowl to complement my fehu gold fire pentacle ritual bowl.

My newest pentacle ritual bowl gleams with the irridescent colors of teal and green with copper. It's gorgeous and perfectly complements the gold fire fehu bowl.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Mystery Of Gold


י׳ באלול תשס״ט
Belz 11

The mystery of gold, fehu, is a force which flows like fire. Shown above is my newest ritual acquisition - a handcrafted fire pentacle of gold ritual bowl. I received it just a few days ago.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mystical Witch Jewelry

ב' באלול תשס״ט
Belz 3

To celebrate my recent pay raise and in timely anticipation of both Celtic and Jewish New Year observances (Samhain and Rosh Hashanah, respectively), I've purchased two pieces of wholy stunning fine mystical jewelry, an onyx witch's ring and an onyx-pentacle skrying pendant.

The two-toned ring features a large jet-black onyx crafted with a gleaming sterling silver band. Around the deep depths of gemstone shimmers 14-karat gold rope detailing. The oval onyx measures 17.5 mm long x 13 mm wide.



The onyx-pentacle pendant is crafted with sterling silver and a half-sphere (nearly 1/2 inch thick) of jet-black onyx with a silver pentacle on the back face. The beautifully exquisite cabochon, surrounded by a silver vine design, measures about 20 mm and the entire pendant measures about 1 3/8 inches in diameter.



Goddess! these are so beauuuuutiful!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Quietly Beneath The Apple Tree

י"ט באב תשס״ט
Lughnasadh 20

The traditional home of the unicorn is known to be beneath the apple tree. Legend teaches that if a pure woman sits quietly beneath the apple tree, the unicorn will come, lay his head in her lap and allow her to fed him apples.

In follow-up to my entry on Walking on Fire, Still Alive In Me, and in honor of my Celtic-Germanic ancestors, I now own a handcrafted stunning set of magical runes made in the traditional way from a single continuous length of wood from a fruit-bearing apple tree. My set also includes a (blank) wyrd rune. Each rune has the bark still attached and was sawn and sanded by hand, without the use of power tools. Each rune symbol was pyrographed into the wood (also without the use of an electric pyrography tool) by heating in a flame various metal straight lines of different lengths before applying them to the bare wood.

When the time is right - perhaps around Samhain - each rune will be traditionally consecrated and stained with drops of my own blood mixed with red ochre on a white cloth (which will be ritually burned after the runes dry).

I am making my rune bag in the traditional way as well - sewn by my own hand and fashioned from an article of my own clothing.

I invite all my ancestors to attend the ritual preparation and consecration of my mystically magical runes. We are alive. May we all be a blessing and be blessed.



Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dark Star New Moon Rose Oil

כ"ט בתמוז תשס״ט
Lughnasadh 1

Capture the great Dark Star Goddess power of the New Moon and the longest Total Solar Eclipse of the 21st century!

Made this evening of the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, during the New Moon of the month of Lughnasadh, and under the planetary hour of the moon, Dark Star New Moon Rose Oil is a rare one-of-a-kind concoction of certified organic red rose petals, patchouli, myrrh and sandalwood essential oil in a safflower base oil. The entire oil concoction is charged with 5 onyx gemstones. Sealed with black wax, the 1 ounce corked potion bottle is hung with a pentacle charm by handdyed Sunset Sparkle ribbon made with a vibrant color mix of crimson red, maroon, brown, dark purple and mustard gold with an iridescent sparkle black edge.

The totality of the unique eclipse this night lasts 6 minutes and 39 seconds.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Awesome Goddess Tree Oil

כ"ז בתמוז תשס״ט
Faunus 28

Be lifted to the Awesome Goddess Tree which inhabits the Profound Mystery higher and deeper than either the Tree of Knowledge or the Tree of Life.

This ritual oil is intended for deeply joyful spellcrafting only. It evokes the Great Power of Awesome Ice הקרח הנורא.

Awesome Goddess Tree Oil was handcrafted during the planetary hour of Mercury with the waning crescent moon 90% dark (*Devil Tzadi). This intensely Divine magic is brought forth from the Earth with frangipani (plumeria) flowers, frangipani (plumeria) essential oil and amber oil in a certified organic premium quality pomegranate seed base oil, charged with (Dark Ice) 5 black onyx gemstones, (Light Ice) 5 clear quartz crystal gemstones and scarlet (אודם כשני) shimmer (נצנוץ).

The 3 ml corked spell bottle is sealed with plum wax, and hung with a goldtone spiral Goddess charm using a copper jumpring by a beautifully handdyed black-edge ribbon with colors that swirl from soft cherry pink into light, milk chocolatey brown. Stunning!

Comes to you elegantly wrapped in black tulle.

*Note - "Devil" literally means "She Is" [The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries, Z. Budapest].

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Banishing / Uncrossing Spell Bottle

כ"ו בתמוז תשס״ט
Faunus 27

Handcrafted during the planetary hour of Saturn with the waning crescent moon 85% dark, this Banishing and Uncrossing Spell Bottle contains a triple botanical blend of dragon's blood, blue vervain and anise seed. Tucked inside the mix is a small specimen of red coral (almogim, אלמוגים). Evoke the power of the triple spiral Goddess to remove baneful circumstances from your life, cast out ill-being, open up blocked pathways, reverse malevolent magic, and guard yourself and your loved ones.

Burn as incense, use as a witch bottle, add to a mojo bag, or employ as a protective talisman.

The 3ml corked spell bottle is sealed with 3 waxes - red, black and gold - and hung with a copper Priestess Pentacle charm by black ribbon. Comes to you in a black organza bag.

Dream Magic

כ"ו בתמוז תשס״ט
Faunus 27

An experienced dreamer may go beyond merely interpreting her dreams. Once the dreamer validates that she is correctly interpreting her dreams through evidential alignments in her life path, improvements in character traits and dream progression, the witch is prepared to consciously direct her dreams.

An excerpt from The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries by Z. Budapest:

The experienced user of dreams is aware that dreams can be consciously directed to resolve conflicts. In a variation of this, something that bothers the dreamer is identified. The dreamer then directs that particular dream to come to a growth conclusion constructed by the conscious mind.

A dream is a link into the deeper threads of reality. The experienced witch may weave them as she wills.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Traditional Samhain Barmbrack

Photo by Podchef

כ' בתמוז תשס״ט
Faunus 21

I will personally begin gathering up my supplies and loading up my ritual intent to make my first loaf of Samhain barmbrack with the New Moon of the witches' month of Lughnasadh, which falls on July 21st this year.

Irish barmbrack (báirín breac), similar to Welsh bara brith, is a traditional yeasted tea bread prepared by witches for Samhain divinatory rituals. The authentic traditional Irish recipe below comes from Mike Lewis.

Barmbrack is usually baked in a round cake tin. I use a 20 cm (8 in) tin with a loose base, but the recipe works just as well with a rectangular loaf tin. The quantities given here will make one large loaf.

* 2 tea bags, or 3 tsp. loose tea (a strong black blend works best)
* 3½ cups (12 oz, 350 g) mixed dried fruit (raisins, golden raisins/sultanas, currants, candied peel)
* 1 cup (8 fl oz, 240 ml) milk
* 1 tsp. sugar
* 2 tsp. dried active yeast (not instant yeast)
* 3 cups (1 lb, 450 g) strong bread flour (I usually use white flour but you can also use a mixture of white and wheat meal)
* 1 tsp. salt
* ¼ cup (1 oz, 25 g) brown sugar
* 1/3 cup (3 oz, 75 g) butter or margarine
* 1 beaten egg
* 1 tsp. mixed spice (equal parts of ground cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and mace, for example)

Oven: Pre-heat to 350F (180C).

Start by making two cups (16 fl oz, 480 ml) of strong black tea. Remove the tea bags, or strain the tea to remove the leaves. Soak the dried fruit in the tea. Ideally, the fruit should soak for several hours or even overnight, but if this is not possible, don't worry - just leave it soaking for as long as you can.

Warm the milk until it is hand-hot (you can do this in the microwave). Stir in the teaspoon of sugar and the yeast, and leave in a warm place for about 15 minutes or until it becomes frothy.

Mix the flour, salt and brown sugar in a large bowl. Rub in the butter or margarine. Add the frothy yeast, the beaten egg and the spice. Drain any remaining liquid from the fruit, then add the fruit to the mixture. Mix well to make a smooth dough (add extra flour if the mixture is too wet).

Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead it thoroughly. Place it in an oiled tin, cover with a cloth, and leave in a warm place to rise for 45 - 60 minutes; the dough should have doubled in size.

Place the tin in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the loaf from the tin, turn it upside down and put it back in the tin or directly on the oven shelf. Bake for another 20 minutes or so. The loaf will be ready when it sounds hollow when you tap (atap tap tap) on each of the sides. Cool the loaf on a wire rack before serving.

Recipe for Barmbrack (August 2005)

For Samhain observance, before the final rise of the bread, place meaningful parchment or greaseproof paper wrapped charms in equal intervals throughout the bread mixture. Some traditional charms include a bean, a coin, a thimble or pea, a button, a matchstick, a gold ring and a snippet of cloth. Here are the meanings this wycked witch has attached to the charms for my divinations:

fava bean - contact with the Ancestors
silver pentacle dime - protected success and prosperity
thimble or pea - steadfast fidelity and connection to one's core truth
celtic knot button - open map to pathways in the soul
matchstick - a warm home and cozy hearth
gold ring - clear path to the heart
snippet of linen cloth - weaving together destiny

Samhain barmbrack is in opposite harmony with Pesach matzot. It is magically important that Samhain barmbrack be prepared as a yeasted bread - don't be tempted to use self-raising flour, baking soda or other chemical rising agents.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Full Horn Moon Success & Prosperity Spell

י"ד בתמוז תשס״ט
Faunus 15

I've performed my first spell on behalf of someone else. My daughter asked me to perform a success and prosperity spell for her, so I did on this evening of the Full Horn Moon, beginning during the planetary hour of Mars (ג) and concluding during the planetary hour of the Sun (ד, malchut).

The ritual oil, incense and candle dressings were taken from the master stock supplies (see third photo on the linked page) I made for the Remedy For Livelihood Spell Kit. I used a handcrafted hand-dipped green taper inscribed specifically for my daughter. Vetivert essential oil and flax seeds were burned directly on silver hookah charcoal, along with the incense. Onto a pumice stone was loaded all the pain of my daughter and her children. Then the pumice stone was wrapped with paper, smashed with a hammer into dust and the dust blown into the wind - all the pain of the is past blown away by all the good things coming her way, so mote it be!

Then, during the Full Horn Moon, I crafted a unique Seed of Success Magical Manna spell bottle for my daughter, placed it into a black organza sachet bag tied with a beautiful silver Celtic knot charm, and placed the package into a silver Witchy Care Bag. Lined with black tissue paper and adorned with black tulle, the silver bag also contains other selected magical goodies every woman-girlie would love - a silver skeleton key to success tied with handdyed vintage looking ribbon along with other charms and beads, lavender scented potpourri, a handcrafted burgundy votive scented with oils to attract all good, handmade sage and cedarwood primitive soap, good dreams herbal mix with dream pillow sachet bag, blessings perfume oil, and witches brew incense sticks in a lovely lavender fabric incense bag. This is such a cool little witchy care bag. I am so anxious to give it to my daughter. She'll love it. It was surely made with perfect love and perfect trust.

I loved that she asked me to do this for her. I am so happy!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Grocery Store Magic List

Passing it on for those of us on a budget:

Grocery Store Magick List

For when you can't find that eye of frog!

African Violet - spirituality & protection
Alfalfa - prosperity, anti-hunger, money
Allspice - money, luck, healing
Almond - money, prosperity, wisdom
Aloe - protection & luck
Apple - love, healing, garden magic, immortality
Apricot - love
Avacado - love & beauty
Banana - fertility, potency, prosperity
Basil - love, exorcism, flying in aeroplanes, protection, sympathy, wealth
Bay - protection, psychic powers, healing, purification, strength
Bean - protection, exorcism, wart charming, reconciliations, potency, love
Blackberry - healing, money, protection
Blueberry - protection
Brazil Nut - love
Cabbage - luck
Cactus - protection & chastity
Caraway - protection, lust, health, anti-theft, mental powers
Carnation - protection, strength, healing
Carob - protection & health
Carrot - fertility & lust
Cashew - money & communication
Catnip - cat magic, love, beauty, happiness
Ceder - healing, purification, money, protection, stopping sexual harassment
Celery - mental powers, lust, psychic powers
Chamomile - money, sleep, love, purification
Cherry - love, divination, victory
Chestnut - love
Cinnamon - spirituality, success, healing, power, psychic powers, protection, love
Clove - protection, exorcism, love, money
Coconut - water, purification, protection, chastity
Coloured Pencils - colour magic
Coriander - love, health, healing
Corn - protection, luck, divination, money
Cotton Balls - luck, healing, protection, rain, fishing magic, communication
Compact Mirror - banish negativity
Crayons - colour magic
Cucumber - chastity, healing, fertility
Cumin - anti-theft
Curry - protection
Dill - protection, money, lust, love
Eggs - healing, removing negativity, fertility
Endive - lust & love
Eucalyptus - healing & protection
Fennel - protection, healing, purification
Fenugreek - money
Fern - rain-making, protection, luck, riches, external youth, health, exorcism
Fig - divination, fertility, love
Garlic - protection, healing, exorcism, lust, anti-theft, relief from nightmares
Ginger - love, money, success, power
Ginseng - love, wishes, healing, beauty, protection, lust
Gourd - protection
Grain - protection
Grape - fertility, garden magic, mental powers, money
Holly - protection, anti-lightning, luck, dream magic
Horseradish - purification & exorcism
Lavender - love, protection, sleep, chastity, longevity, purification, happiness, peace
Leek - love, protection, exorcism
Lemon - longevity, purification, love, friendship
Lettuce - chastity, protection, divinations of love, sleep
Licorice - love, lust, fidelity
Lime - healing, love, protection
Maple - love, longevity, money
Marshmallows - healing & friendship
Marjoram - protection, love, happiness, health, money
Mayonnaise - prosperity & cleansing
Mint - money, lust, healing, travel, exorcism, protection
Mistletoe - protection, love, hunting, fertility, health, exorcism of negativity
Mothballs - stop sexual harrassment
Mustard - fetility, protection, mental powers
Nutmeg - luck, money, health, fidelity, relief form nightmares (mixed) Nuts - fertility, prosperity, love, luck, communication
Oats - money
Olive - healing, peace, fertility, potency, protection
Onion - protection, exorcism, healing, money, prophetic dreams
Orange - love, divination, luck, money
Palm/Date - fertility & potency
Papaya - love & protection
Parsley - lust, protection, purification
Pea - money & love
Peach - love, exorcism of negativity, longevity, fertility, wishes
Pear - love
Pecan - money & employment
Pepper - protection & exorcism of negativity
Peppermint - purification, sleep, love, healing, psychic powers
Persimmon - healing & luck
Pimento - love
Pineapple - luck, money, chastity
Pistachio - breaking love spells
Plum - love & protection
Pomegranate - divination, luck, wishes, wealth, fertility
Popcorn - wishes, luck, prosperity
Potato - image magic, healing, seperation
Pretzels (knotted) - success & protection
Radish - protection
Raspberry - protection & love
Rhubarb - protection & fertility
Rice - protection, rain, money, fertility
Rose - love, psychic powers, healing, love divination, luck, protection
Rosemary - protection, love, lust, menatl powers, exorcism, purification, healing, sleep, youth
Rye - love & fidelity
Sarsaparilla - love & money
Sassafras - health & money
Savory/Summer - mental powers
Safety Pins - protection
Sesame - money & lust
Shoelaces - cord & knot spells
Spearmint - healing, love, mental powers
Strawberry - love & luck
Sugar Cane - love, lust, sympathy
Sunflower - fertility, wishes, health, wisdom
Tea - riches, courage, strength, health
Thyme - health, healing, sleep, psychic powers, love, purification, courage
Tobacco - healing & purification
Tomato - prosperity, protection, love
Tuna - prosperity & abundance
Turnip - protection & ending relationships
Vanilla - love, lust, mental powers
Walnut - health, menatl powers, infertility, wishes
Wheat - fertility & money
Wintergreen - protection & healing
Witch Hazel - protection & chastity

May each day find you safe, healthy and your Heart content.

~unknown

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Making Herbal Ointments And Salves

כ"ט אייר תשס"ט
Annwn 30

To make an herbal ointment or salve, you will need:

  • Selected herbs. Use 1-2 ounces dried or 2-4 ounces fresh herbs.
  • Base fatty substance such as purified liquid anhydrous lanolin, almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, safflower oil, cocoa butter, wheat germ, vitamin E, or pork lard. Use approximately 1 pint oil base or 8 ounces solid base. Use oils singly or in combination with one another.
  • Thickener such as lanolin, shea butter, cocoa butter, glycerin, honey, liguis lecithin, powdered gum or resin (agar-agar or Irish moss), acid fruit pectin (from green apples, for example) as desired.
  • Hardener such as beeswax (use approximately 2-4 tablespoons or 1-2 ounces) alone or beeswax in combination with paraffin.

Procedure:

  1. Heat herbs and base together until the normal color of the plant is lost (the healing essence having been absorbed by the base at this point).
  2. Strain the plant material out of the base with a filter cloth or strainer, transferring the heated/melted ointment into a storage container in the process.
  3. Add (melted, if necessary) thickener. Mix well.
  4. Add (melted, if necessary) hardener. Mix well.
  5. Allow to set.
  6. Store herbal ointment in tightly closed labeled container.

Making Herbal Tinctures

כ"ט אייר תשס"ט
Annwn 30

To make an herbal tincture:

  1. Grind selected herbs with mortar and pestle.
  2. Cover completely ground plant material with high quality vodka, grain alcohol or whiskey.
  3. Let mixture stand loosely covered for 3 weeks.
  4. Add glycerin (optional preservative) in the ratio: 2 tablespoons for every pint of mixture.
  5. Dilute with distilled or spring water in the ratio: 90% water, 10% herb-alcohol-glycerin mixture.
  6. Strain with filter paper or filter cloth (cheesecloth) into seal-able amber or cobalt blue bottle.

For a stronger tincture, ground herbs may be placed in a cone-shaped piece of parchment paper. Pass the alcohol repeatedly through the herbs in the parchment, catching the slow drippings in a jar. The greater the number of passes, the stronger the tincture.

To dilute or make a water tincture, evaporate the alcohol and add 20-40 drops of the remaining tincture to 1 cup of distilled or spring water.

Making Herb Infused Oils

כ"ט אייר תשס"ט
Annwn 30

Helpful Tips

  1. Use dried herbs and botanicals. The water in fresh plants may allow bacteria to grow and spoil the oil.
  2. The longer the shelf life of the carrier oil, the longer the shelf life of the herb infused oil.
  3. Refrigerate finished oil infusion to retard oxidation, slow rancidity and prolong shelf life.
  4. Infused oils may be re-infused to make double and triple strength brews.

Hot Infusion Method

Hot Method #1. Fill a jar with selected dried herbs. Cover herbs with carrier oil. Place the jar in a saucepan of water up to the neck of the jar. Simmer for up to 3 hours on low-medium temperature (no higher than 120-130 degrees F, frequently monitor the water level in the saucepan).

Hot Method #2. Alternatively, place herbs in a crock pot, covering herbs with carrier oil. Stir gently. Simmer for up to 12 hours on the lowest setting (no higher than 120-130 degrees F), monitoring and gently stirring frequently so that the herbs do not scorch on the bottom of the pot. If the temperature control of the crock pot is not reliable, let simmer for an hour, then let cool, then simmer again, and repeat until desired infusion strength is complete.

When simmering is complete, cool a bit but not completely before straining. Strain cooled brew through a filter paper or filter cloth (cheesecloth) into a seal-able amber or cobalt blue glass bottle. Use a rubber band to secure the filter over the opening of the jar.

Note - Hot methods lose some of the natural perfume fragrance and if overheated during the infusion process, some of the volatile medicinal properties of the herbs are lost.

Cold Infusion Method

Place dried herbs in a jar. Cover herbs to approximately 1-2 inches above the plant material with a lightly warmed carrier oil. Cover jar tightly with lid and place in a sunny spot for 24-48 hours (up to a week). After the infusion time is complete, strain sun brew through a filter paper or filter cloth (cheesecloth) into a seal-able amber or cobalt blue glass bottle. Use a rubber band to secure the filter over the opening of the jar.

Note - When using the cold method, make sure the herbs are covered completely with carrier oil and that there is as little air space as possible in the top of the jar to prevent the plant material from molding.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Walking With Benevolence

כ"ב אייר תשס"ט
Annwn 23
Gevurah sheb'Yesod

My newest creation for WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu - Sacred Altar Oil.

Purify, consecrate, bless, call companion spirits to your ritual altar, and open and close candle rituals with Sacred Altar Oil, handcrafted during the sacred seventh day during the planetary hour of Mars. In magic kabbalistic tradition, Mars represents the action of bringing benevolence forth into the physical world through the strength of understanding. Through the magical Hebrew letter gimel corresponding to Mars comes the blessing of 'walking with benevolence.'


Sacred Altar Oil is a potent blend of frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood and bergamot in a certified organic safflower base oil, charged with a purple amethyst gemstone. Look closely (second photo) and see the thick concentration of myrrh (protection, spirituality, healing) which walks with the amethyst (happiness, peace, prophetic wisdom) in the bottom of the bottle.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Midsummer Balefire Liquid Light

י"ח אייר תשס"ט
Annwn 19

This exquisite ritual oil for Midsummer Litha Sabbat celebrations is a blend of Damask Rose and Sandalwood essential oils in a certified organic Safflower base oil. Handcrafted during the planetary hour of Saturn, Midsummer Balefire Liquid Light is charged with the energies of a dark blue Lapis Lazuli gemstone, Red Rose petals and Chamomile flowers (both flowers are certified organic botanicals). You can easily see the Lapis Lazuli gemstone in the bottle in the third photo (at WITCHCRAFTS).

This unique blend (embraced by the arms of the Fae and by the awesome spirit of this tree-bush) brilliantly comes together to form liquid light, revealed like a splendid rainbow weave of crystal colors in the bottle. Truly beautiful!

The two oils (Damask Rose and Sandalwood) and the two flowers (Red Rose and Chamomile) each magically correspond to elemental water, while the Sun is the planetary correspondence of the Chamomile flowers. In Midsummer Balefire Liquid Light Ritual Oil, fire (understanding) in the form of liquid light (conscious awareness) is born through water (wisdom) with the power of the Sun waxing toward the summer solstice.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

About Ten

ט' אייר תשס"ט
Annwn 10

My newest treasure handcrafted for WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu - Woodland Wytch Bath Salts.

An extraordinary, sensually relaxing delight for body and soul. Handcrafted during the planetary hour of the Sun, Woodland Wytch Bath Salts are made with premium quality Sea Salt harvested from the Mediterranean Sea on Spain's Costa Blanca, therapeutic grade Epsom Salt and over 20 drops! of pure essential oils, including sandalwood, patchouli, clary sage and amber.

Soothing, deep earth, woodsy aroma. Very grounding, soft and gentle, naturally exotic. Transform your bath into a magical experience.

Good for about 10 baths. Salts are blended in a half-half ratio.

Sage Witch Wand

ט' אייר תשס"ט
Annwn 10

I've acquired a new wand. In addition to my wand of the epiphany (made from wood of the lilac bush right outside my childhood bedroom window), I now possess this sage witch wand made from the wood of an Elder tree in the UK.

The Elder tree is known as the witch's tree. A home for the Elder Mother, wise and powerful matriarch of hedgerows, woods and semi-wild places, the Elder tree corresponds to the Ogham letter Ruis and to the mystery of the Unhewn Dolmen (the secret doorway to the mysteries). Elder is a highly charged and magical threshold tree, guarding and guiding through portals to the hidden realms.

This stunning knobby knotted wand is perfect for my initiation into mystical maturity. Its patterns and colors are simply wonderful, whispering of spectacular depths and inner glory. It called my name as soon as I saw it, and I answered its call. This is real magic.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wytche Blessings Perfume Oil

ב' אייר תשס"ט
Annwn 3

In perfect love and perfect trust. Give wings to your spells and prayers, invoke the highest form of love, bring blessings down from the stars, and call up inspiration from the earth.

Wytche Blessings Perfume Oil is an intoxicating blend of frangipani, sandalwood and 3 types of wildharvested handpicked wildflowers from my yard, in a certified organic safflower oil base. Charged with a peridot gemstone, Wytche Blessings Perfume Oil was handcrafted during the planetary hour of Saturn (corresponding to reish, the magical letter of serenity) with the waxing crescent moon 5% full.

Naturally magical, powerfully enchanting, simply divine, the mother of all perfumes. A flower from the Pagoda tree (revered in India as the Tree of Life), frangipani epitomizes Sacred Perfection, its mesmerizing scent stimulates the unobstructed flow of benevolence, mercy and goodness into one's life, to shower blessings upon the soul. Peridot brings joy, health, wealth and happiness.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Awen Ancestor Conjure Incense

ל' ניסן תשס"ט
Annwn 1

Open a magical door to the ancestral spirits of the Otherworld. Awen Ancestor Conjure Incense is a sacred brew derived from a traditional Celtic Faery Witchcraft recipe for pathworking with the Ancestors. A blend of certified organic dittany of Crete, whole star anise with seeds, marshmallow leaf, acacia leaf, myrrh and patchouli with cedarwood essential oil, the botanicals were ground using a natural olive wood mortar and pestle, and called with three breaths of Awen to awaken as a bridge to the Ancestors under the erev shabbat New Moon of Annwn during the planetary hour of Jupiter.

The 4 dram corked vial is sealed with black wax, pentacle stamped and hung with a silver key bearing the letter "E", the fifth letter of the alphabet. "E" is the English descendant of the ancient proto-Sinaitic letter "hei" (from which is also derived the modern Hebrew letter ה). In Jewish Kabbalah, it is taught that the letter "hei" gave birth and ever continues to give birth to all the magical letters of the Hebrew alphabet (as is Awen the origin of all the magical Ogham of the Coel Bren).

Ogham staves:

Ruis - Elder (unhewn dolmen, r, reish ר)
Ailm - Fir/Pine (wonder, a, aleph א)
Huath - Hawthorne (awe, h, hei ה)

ראה - perceive, see, investigate, examine, understand, determine

Made under the Dark Moon of Annwn, use under the evocative power of the Full Moon. Caution - Ancestor work is not to be undertaken lightly or as a hobby.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

EMail Address Change

כ'ט ניסן תשס"ט
Raven 29

I've cancelled my paid email account and will not renew it. My public free email is linked near the masthead. I won't be sending out any email announcements regarding my email address change.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Remedy For Livelihood Spell Kit

י"ח ניסן תשס"ט
Raven 18

The Remedy For Livelihood Spell Kit is now available at WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu.

In Jewish kabbalistic tradition a "remedy for livelihood" is called a "segulah for parnassa". My Remedy For Livelihood Spell Kit comes to you born from my own experience with a spell I created and performed for myself when I was unemployed. Importantly, after SEVERAL YEARS of unemployment and underemployment, LESS THAN A MONTH after performing my own segulah for parnassa, I became employed in a full-time well-waged position more commensurate with my skills, ability and education, with weekends and my "alternative holidays" off. May this Remedy For Livelihood Spell Kit bring to whomever acquires it equal success in her/his search for suitable employment and for overall wellbeing. So mote it be!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Ground, Fly, Touch

י' ניסן תשס"ט
Raven 10

Three new enchantments are now available at WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu:

Dew Of The Forest Floor ritual perfume oil. A truly exquisite, mesmerizing ritual perfume oil with the deeply penetrating scent liminally reminiscent of dew from an ancient forest floor. A potent potion of oakmoss absolute, labdanum absolute, wildcrafted guaiacwood, vanilla musk, juniper berry and vetiver in a safflower oil base, Dew Of The Forest Floor is full of pure pleasure and mystical magic. Deep, dark, moist, earthy, grounding. A hedgewitch's dream. Charged with a small natural amethyst crystal inside.

Witch's Flight Smudge is a shamanic blend of certified organic and wild harvested white ceremonial sage, black sage (artemesia vulgaris, also called mugwort and croneswort), uva ursi, pinon pine resin (pinus edulis), myrrh resin, frankincense resin, and premium white sandalwood with drops of hyssop pure essential oil.

Faery Finger Ritual Tea is my unique blend of Chinese foxglove (nonpoisonous rehmannia root), Ancient Forest black tea (from ancient tea plants 500 to 2,700 years old), white peony root, mullein flower, sweet cinnamon, elder flower, ginger root and licorice root. Enchanting, powerful, magical - this is a bold, dark, deeply penetrating, inviting tea.

I'm still using my mother's auto-focus digital camera, but my photography skills are already starting to improve dramatically, I think. Fewer blurs, more focus. I'm having fun with creating artistic perspective, and adding some visual magic into the mystical mix. Yay!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Herbs & Spices With Antioxidant Properties

ד' ניסן תשס"ט
Raven 4

Certain herbs and spices like cloves, rosemary, oregano, sage, vanilla, peppermint, allspice, garden thyme and lemon balm have natural antioxidant properties, which sometimes can be quite strong. Adding these herbs and spices to magical recipes may naturally work to extend the shelf life of your preparation.

From the Publication: Journal of Nutrition. 2003 May;133(5):1286-90 :

Herbs are usually considered as plant with aromatic properties and are mainly used spice foods and for preparation of herbal teas. Herbs also contain many phytochemicals including antioxidants. The aim of this study was to determine the daily intake of antioxidants present in culinary and medicinal herbs. To determine the level of antioxidants in herbs use was made of the FRAP (Ferric Reducing Ability of Plasma) method. The results show that there are large differences in antioxidant levels: the herb with the highest level of antioxidants contains 1000 times more antioxidants than the herb with the lowest level. The herbs with the highest levels of antioxidants are oregano, sage, peppermint, lemon balm, clove, cinnamon, Cinnamomi cortex and Scutellariae radix.

The levels of antioxidants found in culinary herbs were influenced by crop year and season of harvesting. These are some levels of antioxidants in common culinary herbs grown and harvested in Norway, (expressed as mmol/100g):

Oregano 138
Sage 102
Peppermint 79
Thyme 75
Lemon Balm 75
Marjoram 56
Hyssop 38
Tansy, leaves 37
Purple Coneflower, flowers 23
Roseroot, stem 18
Chamomile 18
Angelica, leaves and stem 15
Roseroot, root and leaves 6
Angelica, root 5
Coriander 3

These are antioxidants levels found in dried commercial herbs (expressed as mmol/100g):

Clove 465
Allspice 102
Cinnamon 98
Rosemary 67
Thyme 64
Marjoram 54
Bayberry leaves 24
Ginger 22
Nutmeg 20
Mustard 10
Cayenne 6
Garlic 2
Coriander 2

The researchers also tested some medicinal herbs, mainly Chinese and Japanese herbs. These were the levels of antioxidants found (expressed as mmol/100g):

Cinnamomi Cortex 120
Scutellariae Radix 112
Cimicifugae Rhizoma 64
Paeonaiae Radix 55
Glycyrrhizae Radix 12
Angelicae Radix 3

The researchers concluded that the intake of herbs contribute significant to the overall daily intake of antioxidants. Intake of 1 g of culinary herbs may contain 1 mmol antioxidants. Culinary herbs are even a better source of antioxidants than other foods such as fruit, vegetables and cereals.

Autors of the article: Dragland S, Senoo H, Wake K, Holte K, Blomhoff R

Research Institute: The Norwegian Crop Research Institute, Apelsvold Research Station Div. Kise, Nes (Norway)

More information:

Herbs And Spices And Their Antioxidant Properties
Antioxidants Isolated from Herbal Spices
Antioxidant Properties Of Several Culinary & Medicinal Herbs
Antioxidant Activity Of Traditonal Chinese Herbs
Nature's Gift, The Goji Berry (Wolfberry)
European Bilberry
Rosemary, The Herb Of Remembrance
Bloodroot Medicinal Properties
Hawthorne Medicinal Properties
Antioxidant Blackthorn

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sabbath Light Blessing Candle

ד' ניסן תשס"ט
Raven 4

Now available at WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu - the Sabbath Light Blessing candle.




ברוך אתה יהוה אלהנו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו להדליק נר של שבת

Blessed are You, Great Ancestor of All, Who communicates to us the Teaching which brings forth the Sabbath Light.

So mote it be.

Simply amazing magic.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Beltane Fire Ritual Oil

א' ניסן תשס"ט
Raven 1

Coming March 29th to WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu - Beltane Fire Ritual Oil, a blend of rue, cinnamon bark, blood root, dragon's blood, cedarwood, juniper berry, frankincense and blackthorn berry oils in a pomegranate seed base oil, all prepared under the blessing of the Dark Moon. Each vial charged with a garnet gemstone inside.

So mote it be!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Draw Down The Moon With Red Thread Witch Tea

י'ט אדר א' תשס"ט
Keolwulf 20

I've made the first blends of Red Thread Witch Tea. The first one is for my own use and is the one I used to perfect the exquisitely delicate recipe. The second one will be available for purchase March 29 at WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu.

All of the ingredients of Red Thread Witch Tea are 100% certified organically grown and include: red saffron threads (stamens), cloves, cardamon pods, coriander seed, sweet cinnamon, stevia leaf and ancient forest black tea. The completed blend was burgundy wax-sealed during the planetary hour of the Moon in a 100 mL clear corked wide mouthed port jar, stamped with a gold brocade ink-highlighted pentacle, and adorned with a pewter spiral charm, a bronze 'shalshelet' charm, black tulle and red threads. Pictures of the finished product can be seen when it is listed for purchase at my etsy shoppe.

From the first blend (my own personal experimental blend), I earlier today had made myself a cup of Red Thread Witch Tea (using a black infuser tea cup, of course). Hours later, not knowing of the mad mysteries going on in my laboratory, my mother walked into the house exclaiming, "what is that smell!" She absolutely loved it and designated it excellent.

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Gift For The Land

י'ח אדר א' תשס"ט
Keolwulf 19

The first master batch of Black Goddess Underworld Initiation Ritual Concoction has begun its first step of preparation.

The herbs were blended with the waning gibbous moon 90% full, on this auspicious Friday the 13th, during the planetary hour of Mars, with the Sun in the 22nd degree of the sign Pisces and in the 1st degree of the constellation Pisces. Kabbalistically, Pisces links to mysteries of the hidden world, brings forth into reality the 'sweet miracle' of laughter, and supports "expropriation of Divine lifeforce by the material realm" [ק].

Basic herb Master Batch recipe:

1 oz. blackthorn berries*
1 oz. hawthorne leaf/flower
1 oz. bloodroot pieces
1/2 oz. sweet cinnamon pieces

The next step (to be done on the Dark Moon on the 26th of March) will consist of soaking the herbal mixture in heated pomegranate seed oil to make an herbal infusion, and then allowing it to cool naturally. After cooling, portions of the master batch will be placed into smaller containers along with a naughty touch of lampblack. The container will then be sealed for purchase.

As a Black Goddess Underworld Initiation Ritual concoction, the liquid 'extract' of the concoction can be decocted by the purchaser for use as a ritual oil, while the remaining herbal material can be used as a gift to the Land during a Black Goddess Underworld Initiation ritual.

My concoction contains blackthorn berries which have a large very hard woody seed inside. Purchasers of the concoction may wish to harvest some of the whole seeds for other ritual uses.

Black Goddess Underworld Initiation Ritual Concoction will be ready for purchase March 29 at WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu.

*This hard to find ingredient, imported from the UK, was not sold to me as a certified organic product. All other ingredients are certified organic.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Passover Protection Ritual Oil

י'ב אדר א' תשס"ט
Keolwulf 13

Limited edition item to be added to my opening line-up of products for WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu - Passover Protection Ritual Oil.

The Lost Passover Herb. Passover Protection Ritual Oil is a blend of Hyssop (hyssopus officinalis) essential oil and premium Gold Seal Dragon's Blood (daemonorops draco) in wildharvested certified organic through CCPB extra virgin olive oil, sold in a 2 mL (0.5 drams) corked spell bottle with a star of David charm, charged with a rainbow moonstone inside.

"... take a bunch of hyssop, and immerse it in the blood from a liminal place .."
Shemot 12:22

On the threshold! Coming soon! to WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu, witchcraft on the edge and beyond the hedge.

Passover 2009 begins with the first seder (ritual meal) the evening of April 8 and continues through April 16.

WITCHCRAFTS opens for business March 29.

Faery Finger Tea

י'ב אדר א' תשס"ט
Keolwulf 13

Another new product I'll be adding to my opening lineup of items for WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu - Faery Finger Tea.

Deeply penetrating faery magic! Faery Finger Tea is my unique blend of certified organic Chinese Foxglove (nonpoisonous Rehmannia Root), certified organic and fair trade Ancient Forest black tea (made exclusively from stands of protected ancient growth tea plants in the Yunnan province of China, all of which range in age from 500 to 2,700 years old) and other secret ingredients. Exclusively from WITCHCRAFTS, you won't find this unique blend anywhere else.

Rehmannia Root (also known as Chinese Foxglove and Sheng Di Huang) is a nonpoisonous version of Foxglove (faery fingers, witches' bells) and a traditional herb of Chinese medicine, where it has been used for thousands of years to replenish the vital force, treat autoimmune diseases, increase potency, balance blood sugar, promote healthy blood and circulation, relieve fever, and counter the effects of aging. It is also a mild diuretic.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Red Thread Witch Tea

ח' אדר א' תשס"ט
Keolwulf 9

Another new unique creation for my etsy shoppe WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu - Red Thread Witch Tea. Until it's debut, it's magical ingredients are a secret! Oh, but it's so incredibly and powerfully witchy, both the tea and the 'red thread' running through it (you can't guess, it's so cool!)- I am giddy with excitement!

I am having so much fun doing this! I've ordered shipping materials, figured out how to take photos on my cell phone and how to get them onto my computer for editing, and am ordering all kinds of supplies. I've got so many witchy ideas for more unique products. I'm so in total love with being a witch right now!

My certified organic pomegranate seed oil won't arrive until the end of this month, near my shoppe's opening date, but I've decided not go for anything less than certified organic pomegranate seed oil or another kind of oil. My products are going to be of superb quality, even if I have to wait a few more days to bring some items online for purchase.

I am also going to to write a kabbalistic profile of the point in time each small batch of big magic was prepared, and other things to 'tell the story' of each product's enchantment. So much to do ... and I'm loving every moment of it!

Goddess is smiling with me!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Black Goddess Underworld Initiation Ritual Concoction

ו' אדר א' תשס"ט
Keolwulf 7

The third item I am planning to add to my line of magical enchantments for WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu is Black Goddess Underworld Initiation Ritual Concoction. It is my own unique blend of blackthorn berries, hawthorne leaf, bloodroot and other secret ingredients concocted into pomegranate seed oil, and charged with a small onyx gemstone.

My etsy shoppe opens March 29.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

True Petrified Amber & Dragon's Blood In Pomegranate Seed Oils

כ"ח שבט תשס"ט
Imbolgen 28

I've just purchased some supplies for items I will be carrying in my new etsy store WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu. My first two creations will be true Dragon's Blood-Pomegranate Seed oil and true Petrified Amber-Pomegranate Seed oil. These oil infusions are going to be made with premium ingredients - not the cheap stuff you can buy anywhere at one of a million metaphysical shoppes.

The dragon's blood (daemonorops draco) resin I've purchased is select Gold Seal Dragon's Blood from Sumatra. This is the best on the market.

Most amber oils and incense on the market are not made from real petrified or semi-petrified amber resin at all, but rather are blends of benzoin, styrax or copal resins only. My amber oil will be made with true petrified amber (succinum sp.) from Russia and true semi-petrified amber (succinum sp.) from China, touched with a naughty bit of extra dark India amber (a combination of liquid benzoin or styrax resin with a touch of vanilla and chocolate notes in a beeswax base).

Both my dragon's blood oil and amber oil will be infused into a pomegranate seed (punica granatum) carrier oil. This is a very exquisite premium ingredient - four ounces of it can cost $30-$50 or more. The pomegranate seed oil I am using is certified organic through OTCO, cold pressed and originates from Turkey in the Mediterranean. Pomegranate seed oil from the Mediterranean region is considered to be the most desirable of the pomegranate seed oils on the market because it contains higher concentrations of antioxidants and other beneficial properties acquired due to the climate, soil and traditional farming methods of the Mediterranean. The pomegranate oil I'll be using is a soft amber color, virtually odorless (unlike most carrier oils), and has a shelf life of 14-16 months.

My handcrafted premium oil infusions will be sold in 4 dram (0.5 ounces) amber vials, sealed with professional burgundy (dragon's blood) or black (amber) wine-bottle sealing wax, wax-stamped on the top with either a pentacle (dragon's blood) or a star of David (amber) with inset areas highlighted with gold brocade metallic ink, and hung with a red or black ribboned charm and other unique beautifications (such as beads, ragged fabric threads, etc.). Charms to choose from at this point include a welsh dragon, celtic knot, star of David or a key. All charms are made of copper. Before each vial is sealed, a very small natural clear quartz crystal will be intentionally introduced into it, to magnify the magic each oil infusion contains.

This is only the beginning of WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu. Opens March 29, 2009.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dark Forest Divination

כ"א שבט תשס"ט
Imbolgen 21

In further development of my hedgecraft in the manner of a witch of the wild wood, I've added another piece into the atmosphere of my magical practice - this stunningly handmade Dark Forest tarot pouch.

So exquisitely earthy, it's knitted from handspun animal friendly and environmentally sustainable fibres, has an embroidered felty leaf, a lavender jewel and laced sides. It's perfect!

deep within the winter forest
among the snowdrift wide
you can find a magic place
where all the faeries hide


I absolutely adore handmade things.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Hedgecraft

כ"א שבט תשס"ט
Imbolgen 21

This recently acquired pendant is made from the wood of an elder tree, the witch tree. Elder symbolizes the Elder Mother, Crone and Matriarch of hedgerows and the wild wood. She guards liminal places and blesses with powerful sweetness handfastings and magic rituals.

Sweet Wicked Witch Of The Wild Wood

כ' שבט תשס"ט
Imbolgen 20

I've added nine (ט) wicked blackthorne spikes to my magical curios collection. Extremely strong and very sharp, blackthorne spikes provide strong protection against malevolent magic.

Blackthorne blossoms, usually white with red-tipped stamens, have toothed edges (ש) and cluster in star-shapes.

The dark blue-black berries (sloe berries) of the blackthorne tree are used to make ink, a strong red dye, sloe gin and jam. Medicinally, blue-black red-producing blackthorne berry cleanses the blood and has both astringent and diuretic properties. Sloe berry sweetens after the first frost of winter, magically representing the essence of sweetness brought forth from the experience of adversity. I've acquired 100g of these charmingly holy berries.

Sweet! Like the sloeberry jelly soon to be on my biscuit.

Esoterically, the blackthorne tree is known as the Mother of the Woods and Dark Crone of the Woods.