Why Doesn’t my Spell Work?

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

This is not a question relegated to baby witches.  As many of you know, the very first spell you create and perform could be a winner… many times it is, and it gets you well and truly hooked into witchcraft.  Whether you were 5 years old like me at the time or 50 years old, if you are beginning your road to spellbinding and sorcery, you were a baby witch at some point in time… and if the first spell worked, no doubt you felt you had the knack and it would all be plain sailing from there. Eh eh. No. Not always.

So, why is it that sometimes, subsequent spells fall flat?

Planning

  1. Divining for the “go ahead” from the Universe
  2. Aligning with the right day and time for a spell
  3. Moon Void-of-Course

Television makes it all look really simple… you watch old episodes of Charmed or watch films like The Craft and it seems all you need to do is cook up some potions to throw at a problem in your kitchen or just do a lot of blood-letting and trying to be good when there is always that “one”…. But good really does win the day, doesn’t it? Not always. So…

1. Divining for the “go ahead” from the Universe

If anyone is going to send you the help you desire, it will likely come from the Universe.  One thing I try to do before I commit myself to gathering up a lot of things – sometimes expensive things – to work up a fabulous spell is to “divine” for the seal of approval from the Universe.  You can draw tarot cards or cast runes, or even dowse with a pendulum if you prefer.  Ask the Universe if this desire of yours is necessary to your well-being. You are looking for a yes or a no but sometimes you also get the reasons why it is or is not for you.  Take it or leave it, it is up to you. But if it is not in your best interests, and the Universe does not agree, it could be a good reason why some spells fail.

2. Aligning with the right day and time for a spell

So easy yet so overlooked.  King Solomon devised the well-known Table now known to all as the “Table of Planetary Hours”, which is related to the working of the planetary Spirits.  These planetary relationships he codified in the forms of magical squares, which represented the consciousness of their respective planetary entities, as well as their tiny conscious representatives known as the planetary spirits, whom have been actively performing their evolutionary work in the solar universe since an uncountable long time. So, each planet has a numerical value.  It is why Neptune’s symbol looks like a 2, Jupiter’s number looks like a 4 but the rest do not look like numbers at all, although they are each assigned a numerical value. Mars’ number is 5, Saturn’s is 3, Uranus is 1, the Moon is 9, Venus is 7, Mercury is 8, and the Sun is 6. Yes, I could have put these in order.

I won’t go into explaining the formula for the magickal squares, but there are books such as The greater Key of Solomon : including a clear and precise exposition of King Solomon’s secret procedure, its mysteries and magic rites, by Lauron William De Laurence [it is also on Amazon.com – I checked!] and reference sites to learn more about how to choose the right day and hour to do a spell.  For instance, any spell to do with wealth is best done on the day of Jupiter [Thursday] during the hour of Jupiter. Unless you are doing a spell for Business for which you would do your spell during a Sunday and the hour for the Sun.  And there is a perfect website to help you to quickly choose the right time and planetary hour day and hour to perform a spell

3. Moon Void-of-Course

Haha… no, the Moon does not disappear like some have thought. She merely goes for a little rest sometimes which can be as little as a few minutes to a few hours.  I’m not going to tell you that no spell will ever work during a Moon Void-of-Course but many witches’ having gone before me have written they think it unwise to do so.  We always like to practise on the side of safety when we need a spell to work, therefore, here is how you can check this little phenomenon before you settle down to do the business.

Now, for a few little things you might have missed…

Enchanting

How do you enchant your herbs, spice, flowers, crystals, and any other items you may be planning to use in your spell jar, mojo bag, or witch bottle?  Maybe “How do you?” is not the right question but “Do you?” is more to the point.  In days gone by, back when many the witch or cunning person was Christian, everyone sang psalms or litanies as they harvested their herbs or flowers for a spell or healing work. Often, they might even place them on the local church altar and pray over them.  There were also times of the morning, day, or night at which they were to collect their needs. Even to collect water for making mead had to be collected during a very early hour of a morning or it would not be worth drinking. So, I am told.

Witches nowadays may or may not go to this trouble, I do not know.  My Nana probably did to some degree but never made a big show of it.  But here in the 21st century, most witches do “enchant” their herbs and such before using. Personally, I just hold whatever I need to enchant in my power hand – right handed, me, and say my enchantment [mainly consisting of what the herb, etc is known to do best] to it to strengthen its power.  I don’t want the herb to forget what it is there for after all. Seriously, you do want to call to the Spirit of anything you wish to empower for its use and help in your spell work.  I say my enchantment nine times.

To Circle or Not to Circle

I am not much of one to cast a circle to do spell work inside of.  I do not knock it for others, but it seems a bit more Wiccan to me than I identify with.  Not to say that I have not cast the odd circle to perform a spell but if I’m honest, the one or two spells I did cast in a circle did not work.  Does that mean casting a circle could be your problem? Not at all.  It could just have meant in my case that I put too much emphasis on the ritual than the intention of my spell.  But I learned from this.  All you can do is learn from each time. 

Intention, Intention, Intention

You can do all the above, my darlings, and still fall flat on your sweet witchy faces if your intention is not strong enough.  We each have our own ways of building intention and I do not think that talking about how I do so will help you.  Still, I think we may all agree that to strengthen your intention could benefit from some of the following:

  1. A strong desire for a certain outcome
  2. Writing down what you expect and want
  3. Meditating on what you need and or want
  4. Meditating and listening to the answer you receive from the Universe,
  5. Focus more intention into your spell than fancy ritual

And, if all falls into place, you may have yourself a winner. Still, if at any time you receive a message, a feeling, anything that makes you feel it is not a good thing to do, it is alright to walk away from the spell.  You DO have the power to make things work, however, some things might be better left alone.  Have the wisdom to accept that and the courage to walk away. 

I hope this has been of some help.  Blessed spellcasting to you and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

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The Wortcunners Cabinet – Moss [and a spell!]

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Oak Moss – isn’t it beautiful?!!

Never did I think as I began writing this blog that there were so many varieties of Moss!  For my own purposes and practise I use Oak Moss exclusively.  I am not a Moss for Dummies kind of girl, still, there is one hell of a lot of Moss in the world!  Over 12,000 species to be in close range!

As my favourite physician, Nicholas Culpeper said in his book, The Complete Herbal, “I shall not trouble the reader with a description of these, since my intent is to speak only of two kinds, as the most principal, viz. Ground Moss and Tree Moss, both of which are very well known”.

Although I plan on giving the magickal properties of Oak Moss, I feel I should mention most mosses will align magickally with Oak Moss and can be interchangeably, in case you are unable to procure Oak Moss.

Magickal

I have used Oak Moss extensively in spell work.  One other thing Nicholas Culpeper stated in his book is that with Tree Mosses, the Moss takes on the nature of the tree itself and his belief was that Oak was most binding.  Therefore, I have always felt most compelled to use Oak Moss in my practise.  He also stated that “most Mosses are under the dominion of Saturn”.  In that case, no matter which kind you prefer to use in your practise, the Correspondences below should be closely related.  As far as powers are concerned if you use a Moss from a different tree than Oak you should likely find the powers for that particular tree to align it properly with your spell work.

One of my favourite ways to use Oak Moss is in a spell jar.  As Oak Moss is intricately linked to the acquisition of money, here is my Extra Money / Business Spell Jar formula:

One medium sized jar with lid [I save curry sauce jars for this purpose!]

Green or gold cloth

Green or gold ribbon, two of each whichever colour you use]

Green or gold candle [a small spell candle will do]

A small piece of paper, parchment or other

Oak Moss, as much as you wish

A stick of Cedar or if unavailable, a Cinnamon stick

Patchouli herb

A pound coin or any denomination of money in your currency

A piece of Whitby Jet or a piece of Jet that is easily attainable where you live

On a Saturday for wealth, on a Sunday for business growth.  Saturday being the day for Saturn is wonderful for gaining extra money and you would use the green cloth, green ribbon, and green candle for that spell.  If you are wanting more money for your business, you would use the gold and do your spell on a Sunday as it is the day for Business spell work.  Keep those aside for the end.  Light your candle and say a prayer in your own words to your God, Goddess, the Divine Parents, the Universe [whomever you pray to] or just visualise money coming to you.  Enchant your Moss, Cedar or Cinnamon, Patchouli, money, and Jet, placing each into the jar in that order.  It will not matter if they get jostled about and rearranged later, it is only important that you put them in this order.  Once all items are in, write on your parchment paper the amount of money you need [don’t go too over the top… the Universe doesn’t do greedy] and tie it with one of your ribbons then put it inside your jar. Holding your jar in both hands then take a nice deep breath in thinking “poverty be gone” and slowly release your breath into the jar thinking “prosperity come home”, Do this three times then put the lid onto the jar and tighten.  Next, cut a square of the colour of cloth you are using that will fit over the lid of the jar, hanging over the top by a bit – enough where you can tie the ribbon round the jar neck tightly and as you tie the ribbon into a bow say “so mote it be”.

A protection spell jar ~ only an example if you are not familiar. Your spell jar won’t look like this one.

Leave your spell jar on your desk if for business or any safe place for extra money. It is important not to unseal it ever because your spell will not work and this is a lasting spell so you can charge in the light of the waxing moon to give it more power each month.  It is perfectly acceptable to keep it in a sunny place as well as the masculine power of the sun works well with the spell jar.  Only do be sure not to leave it where a child or a pet or roommate would potentially knock it over or open it.

I have also used Oak Moss in sachets for money that I can carry with me in my handbag and for luck.  For my Yule loose incense blend I add Oak Moss – did you know that Oak Moss is used in many perfumes? Any one of them with a woodsy scent likely have Oak Moss. It is no wonder that kind of perfume is my favourite.

There are plenty of other ways to use it in magick. Perhaps some of you know of ways you may want to share? Just leave a comment below!

Correspondences

Planetary: Saturn

Gender:  Masculine

Zodiac:  Capricorn, Aquarius [pre-discovery of Uranus]

Element: Earth

Chakra:  Base/Root

Powers:  Luck, Money, Prosperity

Deity:  Shiva, Kali [Hindu], Brahma, Yama [Vedic]

Health

Nicholas Cunningham had much to say about Moss as a curative… I am not certain if anybody these days would care to try them.  However, whether you would or not, I think you will at least find some amusement from these. As afore mentioned, he speaks only of Ground Moss and Tree Moss in late medieval England.

The Ground Moss is held to be singularly good to break the stone, and to expel and drive it forth by urine, being boiled in wine and drank The herb being bruised and boiled in water, and applied, eases all inflammations and pains coming from an hot cause; and it therefore used to ease the pains of the gout.

The Tree Mosses are cooling and binding, and partake of a digesting and mollifying quality withal, as Galen[1] saith, But each Moss partakes of the nature of the tree from whence it is taken; therefore that of the oak is more binding, and is of good effect to stay fluxes[2] in man or woman; as also to vomiting or bleeding, the powder thereof being taken in wine  The decoction thereof in wine is very good for women to be bathed in that are troubled with the overflowing of their courses[3].  The same being drank, stays the stomach that is trouble with casting, or hiccough; and, as Avicena [sic][4] saith, it comforts the heart.  The powder thereof taken in drink for some time together, is thought available for the dropsy. The oil that has had fresh Moss steeped therein for a time, and afterwards boiled and applied to the temples and forehead, marvellously eases the head-ache coming of a hot cause; as also the distillations of hot rheums[5] or humours[6] in the eyes, or other parts.  The ancients much used it in their ointments and other medicines against the lassitude, and to strengthen and comfort the sinews; for which, if it was good then, I know no reason but it may be found so still.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings upon all whom this way wander.  Please stay safe x

Sources

The Complete Herbal and English Physician, by Nicholas Culpeper

The Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham

Wikipedia.com

Experience

[1] Galen, Greek Galenos, Latin Galenus, (born 129 ce, Pergamum, Mysia, Anatolia [now Bergama, Turkey]

[2] A pathological flowing of blood (or humours, excretions, discharges) from any part of the body; ~ blod, ~ of blod, profuse bleeding; ~ of the womb, dysentery, diarrhoea, or lientery.

[3] A Tudor England term for a woman’s menses – “A woman’s monthly bleeding, otherwise known as “courses”, was believed to be the womb ridding itself of excess blood. If this did not happen the womb could become overrun with blood and could possibly drown the woman.” [hahaha, how silly!]

[4] Avicenna, an Iranian philosopher and physician of the tenth and eleventh centuries [4th and 5th century AH] His scientific fame and influence was not only spread in Iran and the Islamic world, but also extended to the whole world. According to some researches, the views of Avicenna in diagnosis and treatment of some diseases, such as asthma is more precise and effective than the findings of modern medicine, or in jaundice, biliary obstruction and liver indigestion, his prescribed medicines are in conformity with the findings of new researches

[5] Pronunciation /ruːm/ – A watery fluid that collects in or drips from the nose or eyes.

[6] Greek physician Hippocrates [ca. 460 BCE–370 BCE] is often credited with developing the theory of the four humours—blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm—and their influence on the body and its emotions.

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The Magickal Cinnamon Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Do Cinnamon trees grow in the UK? Yes!  But to my knowledge, not just anywhere but in Birmingham, West Mids at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, they do. The Cinnamon tree [Cinnamomum verum – which translates to “true Cinnamon] is native to Sri Lanka, however, in 2016, Indonesia and China produced 75% of the world’s supply of cinnamon. The aromatic spice was once one of the most expensive spices to procure in western countries.  Nowadays you can get a small jar of it for under a pound in some shops. 

Cinnamon Trees by beautifulnow.is

Many people love a sprinkle of Cinnamon over their porridge or toast of a morning. Of course, there are also many kinds of drinks, hot or cold, alcohol based or plain, which benefit from the flavour of a bit of Cinnamon.  And it is used in many kinds of curries and other favourite Indian and Middle Eastern foods we all enjoy. And that Cinnamon stick everyone enjoys in a hot Christmas / Yuletide toddy is the bark of the Cinnamon tree! 

According to the website for Birmingham Botanical Gardens:

To make cinnamon sticks or “quills” the stems have to processed soon after harvesting whilst the stems are still wet. Again, the outer bark is removed, then the stems is hammered evenly to loosen the inner bark, which can be separated into 1 metre long rolls, 0.5mm thick. These are dried in a well ventilated, warm area for 4 to 6 hours before being cut into 5 to 10 cm lengths for sale. The cultivated trees are coppiced or cut back to the ground to encourage new stems. This is done on a two-year cycle so that only two-year-old stems are used. Cinnamon can be used to flavour cakes, biscuits, and other deserts as well as curries, stews, soups, meats and pickles. It is also used in drinks like teas and mulled wine for Christmas.”

At first I had thought of writing about Cinnamon the spice in a Wortcunner’s Cabinet blog, however, the more I thought on it, it seems that is what everyone does, and in most instances leaving out the tree altogether.  We would not have the spice if not for the tree, therefore, the tree itself needs some attention.

So, what makes it magickal?

Magick

Burning the wood or the bark in an incense will bring about high vibrations and it is also a good ingredient to use to stimulate your psychic powers.  It is excellent in loose incense for money drawing purposes.  Carry a stick of Cinnamon bark with a piece of paper and an amount you need in your currency written on a piece of paper wrapped round it and then wrap a low denomination bank note around that and tie a piece of string round to hold it all together.  Keep this in your coin purse, wallet, or anywhere you keep money until you receive the money you need. [You can also do this with a piece of Cedar wood].  Cinnamon bark, wood, spice, or oil are all excellent to use for empowering yourself with healing, love, protection, psychic powers, and success.  They can be used in sachets, spell bags, incenses, and infusions.  I have read of some people anointing their currency with Cinnamon oil with great success. 

Correspondences

Planet:  Sun

Zodiac:  Leo

Gender:  Masculine

Element:  Fire

Powers:  Healing, Love, Lust, Protection, Power, Psychic Power, Spirituality, Success, Wealth

Sabbat[s]:  Imbolc, Litha, Yule

DeityEgyptian: Ra, Sekhmet, Greek: Hephaestus, Hestia, Hindu: Agneya, Agni, Celtic: Aed, Brigit, Norse: Glöð, Logi, Roman: Vesta, Vulcan,

Other Names:  Sweet Wood,

Health

In my home growing up, if you had a toothache [as too many did in those days!], if pure Clove oil weren’t around and you had some pure Cinnamon oil available, it would work nearly as well.  However, pure Cinnamon oil should not be used topically on one’s skin.  Generally speaking, I believe it would just be best to drink your Cinnamon and leave the oils to add to loose incenses or smearing on your bank notes. 

Cinnamon is proven to relieve upset tummies, however, if you are pregnant, it is best not to imbibe Cinnamon at all. Otherwise, Cinnamon tea after a meal is said to regulate your blood sugar and aid in digestion.  Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  It has shown hopeful signs in helping Diabetics by dramatically reducing insulin resistances well as those with heart disease by lowering high blood pressure.  There are studies in effect presently which are looking to prove that Cinnamon may have beneficial effects on neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

And Cinnamon is also being looked into as a possible candidate for slowing the growth of some cancers, and HIV. 

For a Bit of Fun!

I try not to be very “sell-y” in my blogs, although I do write the occasional blog flogging our wares.  As many of you know, my daughters and I make witchcraft supplies which we sell online but we also make a range of rustic Yule decorations as well. And, as several items are made from Cinnamon wood as well as Cinnamon bark, I would like to share them at this time, if anyone is interested.  You can click here to visit and see all the items we have to offer. Thank you for the indulgence 🙂

Many thanks for reading and to all whom this way wander x

Sources

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Wikapedia.com

The Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

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Blessed Mabon 2020

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Today we begin Mabon and celebrate in many ways. Let us not forget why we celebrate.  Which leads me to “Can we celebrate”?  Of course, I needed to find out.

One of the first shocking headlines in my quest was from The Guardian – UK facing worst wheat harvest since 1980s, says farmers’ unionNFU [National Farmer’s Union] predicts yields could be down by a third as extreme weather hits crops.  And this being down to consecutive seasons of tumultuous weather conditions, most likely – very likely, brought on by Climate Change. We have had storms, high temperatures, too much rain, not enough rain… oh, nothing new, I assure you.  It has been progressively getting worse since I can remember a summer in  1990 where I felt overly warm all the time and put it down to being peri menopausal.  It was not that at all, it was Climate Change which caused the hottest summer since 1911.  I somehow could not get my head around it at the time for to be fair, seasons and temperatures, for the most part,  were about as average as they seemed when I was a child until that year. Of course, I had to blame the change in how I felt on myself.  And for the record, it really was not the menopause creeping up. 

I don’t pretend it is the worst the UK has been through.  And I have been looking around at other countries and I see worse going on within their borders. No way can there be viable crops this year if you are a farmer in Northern California, Oregon, or Washington in the US.  Nor in some parts of the states of Louisiana or Texas. I have seen bits in the news about the mid-western farmers having a hard go of things as well.  Hurricanes and storms are everywhere.  If you want to venture down into South America, people can barely raise enough food to sustain their families in many cases, let alone raise enough to sell. I don’t like pointing fingers, but a certain President cut off their agricultural aid some time ago and now wonders why everyone is trying to get into North America… they are hungry is why!

I could bang on about every country in the world, but I will not.  Let me just say I know everybody is having a very hard go of things and of course the Pandemic does not help.  All I wish to do is to point out that we are all in this together and together we should act.  We must do all we can not only for ourselves, families, and friends  but our neighbours, both near and abroad as well.  If we can just all begin trying to see each other’s side of things it would be a fabulous start. To be kinder to everyone. Not to bully others. Learn about other people’s race, cultures, religions before tarring them all with the same brush.  Fear makes people hate.  When 3,000 plus people lost their lives during 9/11 in New York City, there became a hatred of Muslim people all over the world like I would never have imagined.  And although since it has been proven these were not your average Muslims [obviously!] but terrorists doing things in Allah’s name that in no way did Allah approve, many people are still wrong-headed about them.  Because they have cultivated this fear within themselves.  Many Conservatives in many countries have also fomented this fear and hatred against black people [and Jewish people, the Chinese, and others].  It is because they don’t understand, nor do they want to understand.  How can it be right that we privileged whites could bring a race of people to our countries just to enslave them to do our bidding and never try to understand? Worse still, to now blame them for everything wrong?  I do not speak to all white people on this for many are happy to learn about their black brothers and sisters… for we all are brothers and sisters… to learn about their cultures, their struggles, what makes them unique.  But sadly, there seems to be too many who do not care.

How did bringing in the harvest amount to all of this, you ask?  This is how my brain works.  Sorry if it makes no sense to you.  But my point is – we must all pull together and work together. We must learn about each other and care about each other.  We must begin to love each other and help each other.  And this is on all points of things that are  on the minds of everyone in this way we live now.  Whether it is Climate Change, racism, the pandemic, we must all work together and make things right. Because I promise you this, the Universe does not help those who do not try to work toward the kindest end.  You can believe all you want that things will improve just by your wishing and willing  for it to happen.  But it is not going to happen unless all of us put in the work for it to happen.  That is the magick we need.

If you stayed to the end, many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wanders. I truly hope everyone has much to be thankful for this Mabon and may your harvest of large or small be just what you need. x

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The Magick of Foxgloves

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Foxgloves can both ‘raise the dead and kill the living’. The Digitalis purpurea is, as you may suspect from the name, a common heart medication ingredient.  I can remember when many the elder folk in my family spoke of someone on “the digitalis”.  I did not know at the time that the beautiful Foxgloves my Nana raised right outside from where I was sat were the plants responsible for so many lives saved.  Not her personal plants, obviously, but you know…

Still, at the same time, I was cautioned never to touch the stunning flowers, do not pick them. Just “do not”.  For some children that would have been a dare but for me, it was enough.  Not that I was any sainted child, far from it!  But finding that they could kill me in the blink of an eye was quite enough to keep me from doing any more than observing as bumblebees from far and wide came buzzing round and enjoying the nectar.  That was my Nana’s predominant reasoning with me for not messing about with her Foxgloves… the bees!  She knew that despite having been stung once in a tender place – between my little toe and the next – that I loved bees as much as she did.  So, that was a good enough reason for me to leave the Foxgloves alone.

photo from woodlandtrust.org.uk

Foxglove is a well-known plant across the UK, which produces a spike of purple-pink flowers between June and September. It can grow up to 2m tall and is found in heathland, woodland edges, and gardens. Because of its height, I nearly called this a “magickal tree” but then decided it may be closer to wortcunning… then again, we do not ingest this flower in any way [without doctor’s orders]– upon pain of death, literally – so it is simply this… it is Foxglove, purely a treat for the eyes.

Not to be confused with common Comfrey [Symphytum officinale]. Comfrey could be mistaken for Foxglove when not in flower, as the leaves are similar. However, Comfrey leaves are untoothed, meaning they have smooth edges, and Foxglove leaves are toothed. Great Mullein [Verbascum Thapsus] is another plant Foxglove might be confused with when no flowers are present. However, Great Mullein leaves are untoothed and are hairier than those of foxglove.

Foxgloves can be grown in partial shade, shade, and full sun. I have read where those grown in partial shade do not have Digitalis, or at least to a much lesser degree, but the ones raised in full sun are exceedingly poisonous.  I would always wear gloves either way.

Magickal

Plant Foxglove to lure Faeries into your garden.  Dew collected from the blossoms is used in spells for communicating with fairies, though gloves must be worn when handling the plant as Digitalis can be toxic.  Foxglove grown in a garden around your home offers protection to you and your family.  Do not worry about planting Foxglove if you have animals.  They won’t eat it.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Venus

Zodiac:  Taurus

Gender:  Feminine

Element[s]:  Earth, Water

Powers:  Attracting Fae, Death, Healing, Life, Protection

Deity:  Juno, Flora

Other Names:  goblin gloves [Wales], witches’ gloves, dead men’s bells [Scotland], great herb [Ireland], folk’s gloves, foxesglew/fox’s music [Anglo-Saxon]

Health

We have not read the words of Dr Nicholas Culpeper in some time. As we do not endorse using Foxglove medicinally [unless prescribed by your doctor] due to its deadly nature, I shall still give you Culpeper’s take on the medicinal purposes for Foxglove of which he waxes glowingly… only do keep in mind these remedies were written without proper testing back in the 1650’s and earlier. Culpeper’s book was published in 1653.  Read only for amusement, please.

[Government and virtues] The plant is under dominion of Venus, being of a gentle, cleansing nature, and withal, very friendly to nature.  The herb is familiarly and frequently by the Italians to heal any fresh or green wound, the leaves being but bruised and bound thereon; and the juice thereof is also used on old sores, to cleanse, dry, and heal them.  The decoction hereof made up with some sugar or honey, is available to cleanse and purge the body, both upwards and downwards, sometimes of tough phlegm and clammy humours, and to open obstructions of the liver and spleen.  It has been found by experience to be available for the king’s evil [1], the herb bruised and applied or an ointment made with the juice thereof, and so used; and a decoction of two handfuls thereof, with four ounces of Polipody [2], in ale, has been found by late experience to cure divers, of the falling sickness that have been troubled with it above twenty years.  I am confident that an ointment of it is one of the best remedies for a scabby head that is.

I find it quite odd that he never mentions Foxglove as an aid to heart problems. Still, it was still early doors in medicine those days.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources

[1]  King’s Evil, scrofula https://www.britannica.com/science/kings-evil

[2] Likely referring to the Polypody fern https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/ferns-and-horsetails/common-polypody

Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham

The Complete Herbal and English Physician, by Nicholas Culpeper

Some little experience

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A Few Home Truths

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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Let’s forget about the numbers.  The numbers of infected around the world; the numbers of the dead.  They are just numbers.  Numbers do not affect the psyche of people.  It is a moot point.

What will it take, if not numbers? It will take compassion.  It will take empathy… and a whole lot of love. But again… this only seems to apply to some whilst others run amok and do what they please, never caring about themselves or their partner or child or parents or friends. Freedom they say.  Freedom from mask wearing. Freedom from social distancing. Freedom from having to work at home or lockdowns.  At what price, freedom? A costly, horrible price is their so-called freedom.

One does not help but hear news from around the world these days. Have you ever before seen such a proliferation of news from all countries?  This gives anybody who thinks beyond the tip of their noses the idea that we are all in this together, does it not?  But do we act like we are in this together? Hardly. 

One of the worst hit countries on the planet now, as of this writing, [keep in mind these numbers will have gone up by the time you read this] has 6,287,362 cases.  188,688 deaths.  282,919 new cases in the last seven days [1].  Did you also know that as of two hours ago a study came out called The Contagion Externality of a Superspreading Event: The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and COVID-19 [2].  It says nearly 267,000 new coronavirus cases in America between Aug. 2 and Sept. 2 can be traced to one “super-spreader” event –  Sturgis [3].  If you have not done the maths yet, here you go: 282, 919 minus 267,000 equals 15,919.  That is still a lot of new cases. But think how much less of a burden on the healthcare system it would have been compared to the new 267,000 case in addition? And why?  Freedom, apparently.

AP Photo/Stephen Groves

It is easy for me to sit here and hypothesise, theorise, and generally judge all people’s actions comparing them to my own or to others. But it is not only down to ‘my’ feelings.  I read entirely too many news articles; I am sure.  And I watch both BBC local and World News entirely too much.  For the most part I don’t feel overtly sad or anxious over any of what is happening because I know in my heart eventually, God and Goddess willing, we will get a proper handle on Covid and we may not go back to the life we once knew, but hopefully a more caring, generous, and helpful life than we once lived.

But….

In the meantime, I am appalled at the number of astonishingly STUPID things people are doing in the name of freedom.  How is going to a massively huge motorcycle rally ‘freedom’ in the middle of a pandemic? Especially when you can end up going home to share the wealth of illness with friends, co-workers, family, and people you don’t even know?  What about THEIR freedom?  Do you stop to think that maybe they would rather not end up in an Intensive Care ward hooked up to a respirator?  That maybe they wanted, when they died, to have family with them, and not an ICU nurse? Do you stop to think that the ICU nurse would rather be able to cuddle her children when she goes home at night rather than sleeping in a converted garage apartment so that she doesn’t risk infecting her family should she somehow have contracted the disease but is asymptomatic? Do you stop to think how many people could die because of your stupid decisions? Ah, your freedom has a price.  You probably will not pay for it, but someone else surely did. 

Am I being too harsh? I don’t think I am being harsh enough.  I don’t think people know how to govern themselves in ways that are conducive to everyone’s freedom, not just their own.  And of course, I know that not everyone is selfish to the core.  Thank the Universe for that, at least.

I am weary and sad from reading about people dying alone from this disease… from hearing stories from the frontline doctors and nurses, which, if they do not make you cry, you have a heart of stone; from worrying relentlessly about my family, far away and near, as well as for friends and acquaintances.  Now I know what my Nan meant when she said, “pray without ceasing”.  And one thing that goes round in my head most is, ‘dear Universe, please help us all learn to love one another and help one another’.  Because whether you believe in Wicca, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Sikh, or whatever you believe or do not… loving each other enough to be kind and help each other is not a bad thing.  It is the only way we have out of this mess.

Covid does not kill by itself. Let us not be accomplices. – Peruvian TV awareness advert

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander. By the way, I love you. #StaySafe

Sources

[1] https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#cases

[2] http://ftp.iza.org/dp13670.pdf

[3]  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8711129/Sturgis-Motorcycle-Rally-responsible-260-000-new-cases-coronavirus-costing-12-2-billion.html

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The Magickal Dragon Blood Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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The Dragon Blood tree is a very other-worldly looking tree, kind of like the Baobab tree or the Bodhi tree which all remind me of the kind of trees you might find back during the time dinosaurs roamed the earth. And so, they probably did.  This is a tree I adore for the fact that it produces, what many of us use in our practises, the wonderfully scented Dragon’s Blood resin. It is one of my favourites. 

Photo by Ken’s Nursery

Dracaena cinnabari, the Socotra Dragon tree or Dragon Blood tree, is a Dragon tree native to the Socotra archipelago, part of Yemen, located in the Arabian Sea.  There is a similar tree, the  Dracaena draco, which is found in the Canary Islands and found in nearby islands as well as  western Morocco.  It also produces the Dragon’s Blood resin but in early years was never  the main producer of the resin we all know and love until the cinnabari became threatened.  However, this has changed, as well. As of some time, both are endangered, sadly.

Both Dracaena cinnabari and Dracaena draco trees are quite slow growers.  It can take over 10 years for the former to reach one metre in height whilst the latter is not much faster.  They are now both called threatened species, meaning no more “real” Dragon’s Blood resin. It does not help that we have Global Heating [Climate Change] increasing arid environments and is predicted to cause a 45 percent reduction in the available habitat for Dracaena cinnabari  by the year 2080. What we are buying these days is most likely  from the Daemonorops draco.  You are not likely to find much in the way of real resin from this plant, however, the incenses produced from it are quite heavenly.  But I’m not fussed.  This plant is helping to stem the virtual demise of the Dracaena cinnabari and draco trees.  As they are endangered I would certainly rather “make do” with something else than to know both trees are no longer in this world.

So, purists as we may be with what we use, please, be happy with what we can have. And that is Daemonoprops draco for which our magickal correspondences will be given for.

Magickal

Dragon’s Blood, as we shall refer to it as from herein, is used with incredibly good results in protection magick.  Make a sachet with a clove of garlic and Dragon’s Blood and carry it with you, especially if your travels cause worry about your personal safety. Burning the incense regularly builds a protection aura in your home and I always like to burn it after a good cleansing incense of Frankincense – to get all the mucky puppies out first. 

Dragon’s Blood is also well-suited to love spell work. Mind, you musn’t do any kind of spell which will infringe upon anybody’s free will.

Bring back an estranged partner by burning Dragon’s Blood incense. Be sure to only do this with the intention that it is asked for by their true will.

It can also be used for clearing, cleansing, and hex breaking.  Use Dragon’s Blood incense for cleaning the ritual circle before a spell. Use the smoke of the incense to pass over yourself or someone else to break a hex.

And, if you can buy yourself any of the Dracaena’s to keep in your home or on your property, you will be well protected, indeed!

Correspondences

Planet:  Mars

Gender:  Male [Tess Whitehurst says Female, but the consensus of most is Male]

Zodiac:  Aries, Sagittarius

Element:  Spirit

Powers:  Manifestation, Intention, Protection, Love Drawing, Money Attraction, Healing Rituals, Emotional Strength, Heightening Ritual Energy, Banishing, Love, Protection, Healing, Increased Potency, Honouring the Gods, Goddesses, Spirits or Ancestors

Deity:  Ra, Sekhmet, Wadjet, Bridgid, Grannus, Aed, Hephaestus, Helios, Apollo, Agni, Mātariśvan, Ilā,

Sabbat[s]:  Imbolc and Beltane

Other Names:  Demon Cane [Daemonoprops draco]

Health

Dragon’s Blood has been used over time as an anti-diarrhoeal, anti-inflammatory, and for ulcers – the topical kind such as bed sores, not the internal kind as in your stomach.  Some suggest it is useful in preventing cancer as well as fending off viruses and bacteria in the body.  I would not know, if I’m honest.  I have never tried Dragon’s Blood for any health reasons.

The problem here is, the only studies I have found as of now are from 2011 and 2013.  Much of that information by now, over seven years later, are most likely proved or disproved but I would not know.  Therefore, please do more research before giving any of it a go. 

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander. X

Sources

Experience

The Magic of Trees, by Tess Whitehurst

Wikipedia

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I’m still here!

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

First of all… I’m not sure I can abide by the new WordPress publisher… it’s as good of a time as any for a learning experience, however, as this is just an off the cuff writing and not terribly important… apart from my apologies to all you lovely readers who come by looking for a new blog to read. I’m sorry for not writing sooner. How many times have us older folk written – on paper letters – to our family and friends that old line? I know I have on many the occasion. Still, I am truly sorry for not writing sooner. I have just been busy making as hard as I can go.

We have several new things in our shop thanks to all that busy-ness. If you don’t frequent our shop, let me tempt you with some new offerings!

I just hope I can figure out how to insert pictures in this new-fangled editor!

Witches Altar Besom, Corset Lacing, Pre-Ordering Available – cute, yes?
Dark Mother Rosary
Anubis Prayer Beads
Morrigan Invocation Incense
Cuchulainn Celtic dreamcatcher
Sea Witch Broom
Grandmother’s Witch Ladder
Athame Ritual Dagger, Ash Wood

This is not all, by any means… there is more. If you would like to visit and see all the new and old things we have to offer, just visit us on our Etsy shop. If you don’t see what you want, just send us a convo and we’ll do our best to make that special item just for you. It is pleasure to bring you the best in handmade wiccan and witchcraft supplies.

We’re also making a load of new [and past favourites] Yule decorations so keep eyes open for these as we shall be adding them soon.

Thank you for allowing me to toot our horn, so to speak. I do have magickal writings in the works for you and hopefully I can begin getting those out soon. I just hope this new blog editor won’t give me any gip! Not best pleased that the Preview button doesn’t seem to work… guess I’ll know when I post this blog if my photos are where I want them or not. Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

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Crystal of the Week – Black Phantom Lodolite Master Crystal

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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black phantom quartz garden

My Black Phantom with little “garden” lower left side ~ photo by i.macy

Of all the crystals I have, this is probably the most precious.  It is a Black Phantom Quartz crystal with literally everything going on within it.  It can be called a “Garden Quartz” or Lodolite Quartz because it has a small “garden” growing within it… just a small one, mind, and my phone camera doesn’t pick it up well, therefore, you must take my word for it.  But the thing that gives me the chills every time I look at it are the inclusions!  There are [which I’ve tried in vain to capture] two nearly fully grown Quartz point twins within it and a third one on the opposite side.  They are smoky with clear crystals about them and they are partitioned from each other by what is perceived to be a thin black slab… these would be phantom inclusions of carbon or manganese, often echoing within the body of the crystal showing the form of a termination point from an earlier stage of the crystal’s growth.  It’s stunning and I only wish I had a really good camera to show you.

black phantom quartz inclusions

You may be able to see the Quartz point leaning left inside the Phantom. There is another beside it to the right ~ Photo by i.macy

Phantom Quartz crystals show the clear delineation of another completed crystal inside the main crystal. Many times, you will notice several completed crystals inside one another. In geological terms, the first Quartz crystal stopped growing due to lack of a “mother”, or SiO2 feed. During this rest time, cave dust settled upon the original crystalline structure [i.e. Quartz crystal].  When the “mother” solution was reintroduced into the cave, rather than a new and separate crystal forming [the most common process], the mother solution reformed over the original crystal, trapping and enclosing the cave dust or dirt and giving the crystal a ghostly look, thus the name phantom.

black phantom quartz slab

The “divide” or slab in between ~ Photo by i.macy

Otherworldly and rare, phantom crystals can be composed of a wide variety of materials including sand, clay, chlorite, actinolite and mica or iron materials such as Goethite and Haematite. ​ Phantom Quartz crystals are considered as Master Crystals because of their unique ability to represent the separate and unique lifetimes of the one Quartz crystal and its regressive properties and the ability of life after death.

Magickal

black phantom quartz 1

She’s a keeper! ~ Photo by i.macy

As a business owner I have found that the magick of this crystal is strong toward helping me to push forward with ideas and the hard graft to realise those ideas as made objects for selling. If I’m stuck with no clear plan, this crystal helps me to focus and make a plan which will utilise ideas I may have had in the distant past but never “got around to”. The Black Phantom brings out my potential better than any other crystal in my crystals arsenal. All it need do is sit on my desk near me and I am remembering things I have thought of previously not to mention remembering things my grandparents made in their practise.  Black Phantom Quartz can enrich your life in many ways, both in learning from experience and in wealth.  It will not hurt to write what you wish for in terms of growth – spiritual, physical, or financial – and place the paper underneath the Black Phantom.

This may belong under “Healing”, but the Black Phantom allows you to rest and it also helps you to reboot from feelings of fatigue.  It can heal you in mind, body, and soul.

black phantom quartz point

To the point! ~ Photo by i.macy

For anyone who has experienced a broken past in any way, it will help heal you from your experiences like nothing else.  For those who are interested in their family genealogy, it helps to reconcile the differences and make peace with some things you may learn which causes you dismay.  If you are suffering because of a past life issue, please use the Black Phantom.  It will help you release your self-judgement.  Its emotional healing powers are unsurpassed in my books.   And it is all you need for grounding.

After using your Black Phantom, you can cleanse it by laying it in a dish of Quartz crystal pieces or passing it through the smoke of white Sage.  It is strengthened by either sunlight, moonlight, or both.

Correspondences

Planetary:  Pluto

Zodiac:  Capricorn

Gender: Neutral

Element[s]:  Storm

Powers:  Accessing Akashic Records, Business, Grounding, Mental Focus, Memory, Protection, Rejuvenation, Wealth

Deity:  The Divine God and Goddess

Other Names: None

Health

The Black Phantom Quartz is excellent for strengthening the muscular and skeletal systems. It can be used to counter osteoporosis, fragile bones and weakened muscles. This stone can assist in strengthening the heart and lungs and supports the nervous system and myelin neural sheaths. Black Phantom Quartz are powerful stones for grounding etheric energy into the body for the healing of physical disease. It helps strengthen the nervous system and the cardiopulmonary system.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources

Experience

The Book of Stones, by Robert Simmons

Wikipedia

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The Magickal Dogwood Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

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Dogwood cornus-florida-flowers-treesonline dot co dot uk

Cornus Florida ~ treesonline.co.uk

Yes! We do have Dogwood trees in the UK! But many of you probably know this already.  When I was quite young and my parents upped sticks and moved away from the big city life into the “country” – which isn’t so much “country” anymore – they bought a detached house on a good sized plot of land and my father, ever the Druid at heart, planted at least one, sometimes three or four, of every tree he could.  And he certainly did plant Dogwood trees.  As far as I can surmise, he planted Cornus Florida [from North America] based on the colour and size of the trees that I remember.  But is another which lives happily

dogwood - kousa - gardeningknowhow dot com

Cornus Kousa ~ gardeningknowhow.com

in UK weather called Cornus Kousa [from China] and it has pointier flowers. However, there is also a Dogwood [Cornus sanguinea]  shrub which you mustn’t confuse with the American or Chinese tree  because they are ornamentally placed around homes and businesses and the

Dogwood Cornus Sanguinea flowers woodlandtrust

Cornus sanguinea   ~ woodlandtrust.co.uk

Cornus sanguinea is typically found growing along woodland edges and in hedgerows of southern England. Mature trees can grow to 10 metres.

The Dogwood tree is said to live about 80 years under optimal circumstances.  I don’t know if Dad’s trees still exist as he moved away from this house a few years after my Mum died.  Truth be told, I haven’t been able to bring myself to go there again as I’m sure the changes may not please me.  But if they please the current owners that is all that matters, I suppose.  I’m not one to hang on to the past.

Magickal

The writer Tess Whitehurst, in her book The Magic of Trees, likens the Dogwood to – well, a dog! She says the Dogwood gives you protection from what you wish to exclude and, like a dog, helps you determine whom and what should be excluded from your life.  Rather than growling at someone or something as would a dog, the Dogwood wood gives you the feeling you should step away from the person or situation if you carry it as an amulet.  It is said that a Dogwood tree is excellent protection if planted around your home.  This is exactly what my father did… as a defence in front of our new home he planted three Dogwood trees… he clearly knew the power of three as we never had a time so bad we could not pull through it.

The origin of the name comes from the smooth, straight twigs [daggerwood] which were used to make butchers’ skewers. Skewers used to be called ‘dags’ or ‘dogs’, so the name means ‘skewer wood’.  Tess Whitehurst in her book kind of got the meaning wrong way round as she says the name came from using the wood for knife handles.  But the point is [see what I did there?] is that the Dogwood is thought to be as loyal as a dog and is said to help humans communicate with them.  It is also believed that using pieces of Dogwood bark and its flowers in the kennel of a convalescing dog will ensure its health will mend rapidly.  In the Victorian language of flowers, the Dogwood flower means endurance.  Another good reason to plant one the lovely species of tree in your garden.

The tree’s name “Dogwood” also carries associations with the Celtic Irish hero Cuchulainn, whose name meant “the dog of Cuchulainn” referring to his loyalty.  Uncertain about this as I have no way of knowing if the Dogwood existed in the early Pagan Celtic Ireland.

Sitting under a Dogwood, particularly if you’re feeling melancholy and having a good cry is thought to be very cathartic. It is believed that the Dogwood helps you to get your grief out more thoroughly.

Place the sap of the Dogwood onto a handkerchief on Midsummer Eve. This will grant any wish you have if you carry it faithfully. Dogwood leaves or wood can be placed in protective amulets.

Correspondences

Planet:  Saturn

Gender:  Masculine

Zodiac:  Capricorn

Element[s]:  Spirit

Powers:  Empathy, Love, Loyalty, Miracles, Protection, Secrets, Sympathy, Wishes

Deity:  Saturn, Jesus, Venus, Hecate

Other Names:  Dagwood, Bitter Redberry, Box Tree, Boxwood, Budwood, Cornejo Florido, Cornel, Cornelian Tree, Cornouiller Américain, Cornouiller d’Amérique, Cornouiller à Fleurs, Cornouiller à Fleurs d’Amérique, Cornouiller de Floride, Cornus, Cornus florida, Dog-Tree, Dogwood, False Box, Green Ozier, Osier, Rose Willow, Sanguiñuelo Florido, Silky Cornel, Swamp Dogwood.

Health

Historically, American Dogwood was sometimes used for treating malaria instead of the drug quinine. American Dogwood is still used today as medicine, but not very often. People use American Dogwood for headaches, fatigue, fever, and ongoing diarrhoea. It is also used to increase strength, to stimulate appetite, and as a tonic.  Some people apply American Dogwood directly to the skin for boils and wounds.

Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources

Experience

The Magic of Trees, by Tess Whitehurst

Wikipedia

Woodland Trust

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