Dec 132011
 

xmasornaments Witch Ball Decoration and Protection Spell

Here is a fun crafting idea that would make a nice gift, decoration for the house, and a fun project to do with kids – a witch ball.  Full of swirling colors, witch balls in one form or another were hung in the windows for at least 600 years to protect the home and the occupants from evil spirits, negative energy, and ill fortune. The ones dating back to medieval times were not as polished and beautiful as later ones from the Victorian era.  They were also suspeneded from a cord and hung from rafters or the mantelpiece, and can be as large as 7 inches in diameter. They were usually made from glass, but some were made from wood, grass, or twigs. Variations of the witch ball can be found in many cultures (witches were considered a blessing and would “enchant” the balls to enhance the protection against evils). The traditional colors were blue and green and usually hung in the eastern part of the house. They were also decorated with enameled swirls and bright strips of various colors.  According to folk tales, witch balls would entice evil spirits with their bright colors; the strands inside the ball would then capture the spirit and prevent it from escaping.  The term “witch ball” may actually come fom the term “watch ball” because the ball was watching and guarding the home.

eHow to Make Witch Balls – Materials: clear glass or plastic Christmas ornaments, bottles of liquid gold and silver metallic craft paints (and any colors you like), clear drying craft glue, ribbon or fishing line. Remove the wire loop at the top of the ornament. Squeeze a small amount of metallic paint (approx. 1 tsp. onto the interior sides of the ornament, then swirl the ornament so the paint creates a swirled pattern, allow to dry a few minutes and repeat with another color or two until the interior is covered.  Set upside down in an empty egg carton so the excess paint drains out, then set upright and allow the paint to dry overnight. Herbs can be placed inside the ornament that compliment your magical intent:  for example: a crushed cinnamon stick for protection, dried lavender for happiness, dried rose petals for luck.  You can also add a drop or two of essential oils to the dried herbs.  Then fill the ball with silver tree tinsel that has been cut into various lengths (the reflective silver tinsel and paint reflects bad energy back to the sender and the strands of tinsel entangle evil spirits.)  Replace the wire loops at the top of the ornament (add a drop of glue to keep it secure) and charge the ornament with your magical intent.  Add a long loop of fishing line or ribbon. Hang the ornament where you like (i.e. window, doorway, garden, rafters, mantel) or place on top of a tall vase (with an opening that is the right size to securely hold the ornament but it doesn’t fall inside the vase).

To read more see Witch Ball Legends.

Next year if we rent a house again down the shore for Thanksgiving with the whole family, I plan on bringing materials to make these with the kids.  Some where in the house I have a huge box full of clear, plastic ornaments that would be perfect to use.

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

Nov 292011
 

 WitchonBroom 21 222x300 Vision of Witch Riding Across the Moon

Question: Hi…my name is Melissa and I have been want­ing to ask this for soooo very long. So, maybe you can help me. When I was little, it was Hal­loween night and my aunt and the rest of my fam­ily were get­ting ready to go to church, I went out­side and started jump­ing on the tram­po­line. I looked up at the moon like I always did and I saw a witch on her broom in the moon, I just kept on jump­ing and star­ing at the moon until my aunt called me, I didnt want to leave because I loved jump­ing on the tram­po­line at night and star­ing at the moon, trying to grab it along with the stars. Til this day I love the moon and stars and every Hal­loween nite I look at the moon to see if the witch on her broom is there, but she isn’t. I remem­ber that nite so clear and well and remem­ber every detail of that nite. I cross my heart that it was real, so very, very real.…can you please tell me what it meant or means? I thank you… and bless be.

Answer: Thank you, Melissa for sharing your wonderful childhood vision.  In my opinion visions and dreams are real, not in the usual physical world sense of reality, but real in that they create a response (emotionally, mentally, and chemically within the body) and they are also real in the realm of imagination and in the energetic spiritual levels of existence.  The best person to intrepret what it means is you.  I can offer a bit of guidance and suggestions, but the answer is within your heart and spirit. 

Children are much more open to allowing visions from the spiritual realm and imagination to be seen with the physical eyes.  Rhythmic motion and chanting are activities that can open one’s mind to visions and inspiration.  So the combination of being a young child and the repetitive jumping and sheer joy of the moment were  all factors that may have contributed to your seeing the witch fly across the moon. 

What do witches mean to you?  For me a witch is a healer, a wise one, a priestess of the Moon and Earth, a protector of the earth and all living things.  But what the symbology of a “witch” means will be different for each person.  She may have been the moon’s way of saying hello to you or perhaps a guardian spirit letting you know you are being watched over.  It could be your inner voice showing you a vision of what is within your heart.

Even though you may not see her with your phsyical eyes now, the power of the vision will always be there and you can tap into it’s meaning and energy.  Before going to sleep at night picture her in your mind and ask that her message be revealed to you.  Keep a pen and journal near the bed and write now any dreams or inspirations that may come during the night or in the morning when you wake up.  This may not happen right away, so just give it time – no rush, no worry.  If you feel she is a guardian spirit, you can also ask for her to let you know in other ways that she is present.  Even though you may not see her, you may be able to “feel” or otherwise sense her presense.   

I hope that this was helpful for you.  If you have more questions feel free to ask and keep me posted on what you discover about your vision.

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

Nov 222011
 

AskWitch 5 How Do I Become Wiccan?

CB asked: I’ve been doing some research and I found that the Wicca religion and the traditions that it hold are quite interesting, Would you mind telling me a little bit more about the religion and If I were to become Wiccan how I would go about doing so?

Wicca is a very broad subjet – and several traditions, so there is no one simple answer.  Deciding to follow Wicca as one’s spiritual path is a personal decision and I advise reading as much as possible.  Here is my brief introduction that I wrote Wicca 101 An Introduction.

Start out by reading some good books (not the fluffy new age stuff, i.e. Silver Ravenwolf) – Recommended Book List (Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft). Once you have decided if wicca is the path for you, explore what tradition you might be interested, or if you prefer a more eclectic approach.  You can decide whether to be solitary or try to find a group in your area. Do you want a path that leads to initiation or do you prefer self-dedication. Even if you can’t find a reputable circle that meets regularly in your area, there are many retreats and large group get togethers across the country so that you can interact with like minded folks  (they may not be just “wiccan” but a blend of many traditions – but they can be educational and fun). I attend Where Womyn Gather as often as I can (held beginning of June, in north PA area) and Circle of Trees Retreats (held every few months, in Milford, PA area),  There are retreats and gatherings all across the country.  Also Circle Sanctuary is a great place to start – Selena Fox is a well known wiccan leader and offers lots of resources and information.   Another quick references for resources is the list I put together of contemporary wiccan and pagan bloggers, resources, and elders:  Blog and Resource Links.

Being a witch means somthing different to every one – it can be observing the Sabbats (the 8 seasonal holiays) and the full moons, it can mean using herbs, spells, divination, etc. It can mean incorporating traditions and healing practices into your daily life and caring for your family and home.  It can be serving has a shaman or healer for the community – or any combination and more.  Many decide to not use the term “witch” or “wiccan” but decide on a path that is “pagan.”  Take the time to think about what does it mean to you to be a Witch or Wiccan and how do you want to express that in your life.  Is it your religion or spiritual path?  Are you seeking to serve your famly or the community as a spiritual leader?  Do you want to explore the “work of a witch” (self-discovery, personal spiritual growth and transformation; or are you interested in healing, studying herbs, and many other paths).  For myself, I have found the “work of a witch” can be found in many traditions and many cultures even though they do not use the same terminology.  I am Qi Gong healer. (Qi Gong for healing – traditions from China that are thousands of years old and incorporate mind-body-spirit practices.)  The training and practices are very compatible with my spiritual path of wicca and it is a wonderful way to serve as a healer.

In a nut shell Wicca, as a spiritual path, is about honoring the Great Spirit (the Divine) as a God and Goddess (or sometimes just as a Goddess depending on the tradition), respecting nature, growing in spirit (balancing mind-body-soul), harming none in thought, will or deed. For me personally, it also means striving to live my life as a wise woman (healthy, joyful, loving, evolving, empowered), manifesting the divine spirit (Goddess) in my daily life, caring for my family and home, and serving the community as a healer.

Feel free to contact me if there is anything I can help with.

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

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Nov 082011
 

askawitch 4 How and when did you realize that your calling was to be wiccan?

AC asked: How and when did you realize that your calling was to be wiccan?

I know when, but I’m a little fuzzy on the how.  I first started being interested in Wicca when I was about 12 or 13 – but I am not sure how I even came to know about it and I certainly did not understand at the time what exactly it was that I was interested in – I just remember “knowing” I wanted to be a witch.  My father was Seven Day Adventist, who put the church above everything else (including his faimly) and attended church every Saturday.  My mother who married him when she was only 14 (and had me when she was 16) was a Presbytrian but did not attend chruch very often.  Since my father’s church does not baptize any one until they are older, when my mom and dad divorced my mom has me baptized in her church when I was about 7 or 8 years old.  The minister of the church played an important role in my life later on so I’m glad he was there (but that is tale for another time).

I was placed in a state run Catholic School for girls by the state in the middle of 8th grade (part of the tale I mentioned earlier to be told another time).  I mentioned to my social worker at the school my interest in becoming a witch and she surprised me a few weeks later with my first book on wicca, Witchcraft Today How and when did you realize that your calling was to be wiccan? by Gerald Gardner.  I didn’t really talk about it much with any one, but I had trusted my social worker enough to mention it and I am glad I did because the book gave me something to hold on to and solidify my goal at the time which was when I  grew up I wanted to find a coven and become a witch.

I had only been exposed to organized Christian religion up to this point in life and it totally didn’t make sense to me.  According to his organized religion my father was going to go to heaven because he gave lots of money to the church and attended regularly, yet he was a child molester, neglected his family and even let us go hungry sometimes in order to give money to the church.  I was going to go to hell because I wore makeup and didn’t attend church.  The Presbytrian church seemed ok, but void of any depth or meaning for me and  still part of the same Christian-Bible belief system similar to my father’s.  The Catholic church’s ritual and worship was interesting and had a some depth of spirit to them, but the religion itself just didn’t make much sense to me.  Living at the Catholic school we all knew the “secrets” of the nuns and priest and knew where they went to secretly meet and engage in the natural behavior of what a man and woman do together.  I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it, other then they were being hypocrits – because the nuns and priest required we all attend church whether we were Catholic or not and insisted we were all going to go to hell if we ever did what they were doing “outside of marriage,” but yet they were “doing it” behind the trees, in the offices, and various other “secret” spots around the campus and they were going to go to heaven because all anyone had to do was ask forgiveness at the very last minute of life.

Another reason I think Wicca appealed to me then (and still does) was where I grew up.  The house I grew up in was along the Delaware River.  I spent hours and hours walking along the banks of the river and resting on the large rocks that were in a little hollow place surrounded by tall trees.  This was a place I felt at peace, safe, and nurtured and I would spend hours there just breathing in the fresh air and watching the river flow by.  I felt connected to the earth and the trees.  It made more sense to me that “God” was in nature and not in a church, that “God” was more an abstract force of nature and not a judging figure in a robe to be feared.  The concept of the Divine Spirit as a Goddess rang true for me, and it made more sense to me that the Divine would be both male and female in nature (two sides of same coin) and in Wicca that is how the Divine is portrayed.

I graduated high school at age 16, I skipped my junior year so I was able to leave the school early and return home.  A couple years later I found out one of the girls I attended the boarding school with lived near by and became friends.  She knew my interest in becoming a witch and told me about a woman who lived in Yardley, PA who had a small occult shop in a room in her house and who read tarot cards.  I was thrilled to get to meet this woman, Ellen, and signed up for her tarot classes and bought my first deck.  After she got to know me she invited me to an open circle Sabbat celebration and my I eventually joined her coven, I was about 19 at the time.  Along with open circles held on the Saturday closest to the Sabbat, her coven met at the “exact” time of the Sabbats (based on the planets and it could be 3:00 a.m. or noon time didn’t matter that is when we met) and we met every full moon too – there were no excuses and we were not allowed to miss.  I learned a great deal from her.

Through the years there have been many ups and downs, twists and turn along my spiritual path. I eventually started my own circle for a few years. For the past 18 yrs or so I’ve been a solitary wiccan, I also study qi gong healing, and my tarot cards collection has grown to almost a 100 decks so far.  I still consider myself a Witch (Wiccan), but I do not follow a particular tradition or path of wicca.

Thank you AC for asking.

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

Related Posts:
I Am A Witch.
Wicca 101: an intro­duc­tion

 

Ask A Witch is a reg­u­lar fea­ture here at Bliss­ful Moon. If you have a ques­tion or sug­ges­tion please feel free to leave a com­ment, con­tact me by email, or send me a mes­sage via my face­book profile.

Nov 032011
 

witchesteaparty1 300x194 13 Famous Witches in Folklore

Just for fun here are 13 witches from folklore (in no particular order).

13 Witches in Folklore and Legends:

  1. Mother Shipton a 15th Century Yorkshire witch. She was said to have powers of healing and spell-casting, and her prophecies about modern time such as those of airplanes and cars has come true. Also scientific inventions, new technology, wars and politics.
  2. Anne Boleyn 1507-1536, she was the second wife of King Henry VIII of England was beheaded and her reputation was smeared due to the fact she was unable to bear her husband a child so he claimed she was a witch. She had a sixth finger on one hand which was believed to be a sign that the young lady was a witch.
  3. The North Berwick Witches a group of men and women who were accused of witchcraft in Scotland in the 16th century. On minimal evidence they were condemned and tortured and burnt. They were supposed to have created a storm to the drown the King James 1.
  4. Tamsin Blight 1798-1856. Famous English witch healer and a person who is able to remove curses or spells from a person. She was also said to have put spells on those who did not please her. Also known as Tammy Blee and Tamson.
  5. Mary Butters late 18th century-early 19th century. She is known as the Carmoney Witch and narrowly escaped trial for the killing of a cow and three people. She claimed at her inquest she saw a black man who killed the three people and that she was knocked unconscious causing the ingredients to become toxic. The incident was made into a humorous ballad.
  6. Old Dorothy Clutterbuck 13 Famous Witches in Folklore 1880-1951. Clutterbuck was allegedly the high priestess of a coven of witches and was suppose to have initiated Gerald B. Gardner into witchcraft. It also said that Clutterbuck was actually not the high priestess but a protector of the high priestess that the real high priestess was a woman by the name of Dafo. She was a woman of high respect and wealth. When she died she left a hefty amount of money more than 60,000 pounds.
  7. Isobel Goldie ?-1662. It is said that she had wild sexual escapades with the devil who had initiated her into the art of witchcraft. She confessed this several times but many thought that it was just a story she had made up and that it was just a game that had gotten out of hand. There are no records as to what had happened to her or other people she confessed to being witches as well. In all likelihood they were all hung as her confessions were so obscene for the time.
  8. Margaret Jones ?-1648. The first witch to be executed in Massachusetts Bay Colony, she was accused of being a witch after patients under her care as their physician had gotten sicker. The reason why many patients got worse was because they refused to take medicines prescribed for them.
  9. Lady Alice Kyteler ?-1324. Lady Alice was a wealthy woman from Ireland who was accused of witchcraft as a result of the fact that her fourth husband and his family believed she had lured him into marrying her more money. These charges were dropped and later she moved to England were she lived in luxury until her death.
  10. Marie Laveau 1794?-1881 and 1827-1897. The most renowned voodoo queen in North America was actually a mother and daughter. Their appeal was their magical powers, control of one’s lovers and enemies, and sex. Marie I was a most powerful women who was told all the secrets by women and was able to use these to increase her powers. Marie II was feared more and inspired subservience
  11. Florence Newton mid 17th Century. A trial most famous in Ireland was that of Florence Newton also known as “the Witch of Youghal“. She was accused of bewitching people into fits and of killing them with these fits. Her trial unlike most trials involved no torture. One young lady who was bewitched by her went through fits of which many things were vomited up by her and many different things were thrown at her. If Florence Newton was left unhand cuffed the young lady would have fits and fall ill but if handcuffed would remain calm and have no fits.
  12. Dolly Pentreath 1692-1777. Was born in Cornwall, England. Never married but had a son. She was accredited with the knowledge of astrology and possessed magical powers which people would come and use her for. She was able to use her powers for good and bad.
  13. Elisabeth Sawyer ?-1621. Elisabeth Sawyer also Known as “Witch of Edmonton” was accused of bewitching her neighbors children and cattle because they refused to buy her brooms. When she was being harassed she finally confessed to being a witch. She was hanged for confessing to be a witch.

For contemporary well known Witches (authors, teachers, elders) I have compiled a list on my Blog Buttons, Links and

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