Happy Samhain and Samhain Blessings to All

Samhain is upon us and I wish everyone a lovely one!

I have posted a new Samhain blog on our new blog site and it is Beannachdan na Samhna dha na h-uile. Don’t be alarmed, the blog is not written in Scottish Gaellic 🙂

Please do follow me on the new blog site for uninterrupted blogs, new and old. Once I am finished shifting the best of our blogs from here, this site will close. But! The information goes on on our new site! Be sure to bookmark the page!

Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

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Happy Mabon 2021

Wytchencrafts logo

Hello! A new Mabon blog awaits everyone on our new blog site. Just click —->HERE<—- to read it 🙂 And, whilst you’re there, please follow me so you can keep up with my latest musings and witchcraft information as I will not be posting new blogs here any longer. I am putting everything together under our recently newly branded name, Wytchencrafts.

Don’t worry! All the old blogs will be there as well! I have been told they are a source of study for many so I would never take a source for higher learning away! But don’t forget to give me a follow whilst you’re there so you won’t miss out! If you have any questions I’m never far away at isabella@wytchencrafts.org.uk

Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

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Happy Lughnasadh 2021

As you may know we have rebranded under the name WytchenCrafts so everything from our social medias, Etsy shop, and blog are under the new name. We thought it more fitting as we do not only make wands.

Please visit our new site to read my latest blog! And please give us a follow there because new blogs will rarely, if ever be posted on this site in future.

I hope you enjoy the blog site and I will do my best to keep the good witchy content flowing!

Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

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The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

My friend, Liss, asked me if I were going to write about the England – Italy game from last night, aka Euro2020 Final.  Funny she should ask because I think sometimes, she knows my mind better than I do.  I had not thought seriously about it but here I am now… writing .

Gareth Southgate, England manager at the beginning of a long evening Photo by i.macy

Obviously the footy is not magickal.  Then again, it may be because I have always been a rugby fan but last night, I was transformed into a new football fan.  I see now why it is called the Beautiful Game. Of course, I grew up with footy matches on the telly all in various shades of grey on our black and white box.  Did not seem much to see to my eyes.  But when England took the cup in 1966, it was a sight to behold on every street and every pub in the nation.  England brought it home! But this time, the Beautiful Game turned a bit ugly… and more ugliness ensued.

We have not seen the likes of it since.  Last night was 55 years in the making.  One goal each and gone into extra time, then penalty shots finalised the outcome – Italy is taking the cup home, not England.  My son and I had a good cry but there were other things bothering me about the entire game.

Late into the extra time, a young, Black, England player, Bukayo Saka, 19 years of age, a left-back for Arsenal, was walking down the pitch when an Italian player came up behind him, grabbed him by his shirt collar and chucked him onto the floor.  Please explain to me why this was necessary? I do not believe it was under any circumstances.  I looked at my son and said, “that was so disgustingly racist!”. To be honest, I do not know what was going on inside the Italian player’s head when he did that.  Maybe that is how they joke around in Italy.  I did not find it very funny myself and maybe it is the mother in me, but I just wanted to find that Italian and give him a smart slap for what he did to this young man.

All through the game the Italians were getting yellow cards for unsporting behaviour.  A few times I could not understand why they were not red carded – they certainly would have been in rugby.  My opinion of the Italian players is that they were brutes.  But then comes the morning after…

Whatever the Italian squad did last night was in plain sight and were things that might happen during any football match anywhere in the world.  Not saying these things were alright but compared to some 1000+ racist tweets sent out after the match mostly concerning the three young black players who had participated in the penalty shots, and all missed – Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho – the Italian player’s on-pitch antics were slightly more forgivable. The tweets were 100% unforgivable.   

I am not going in to all what was said. It does not bear repeating. I am with  Gary Lineker OBE, former footballer and now broadcaster who said, “Booing and racially abusing the fine young men that play for our country and have given us so much pleasure and joy over the last month is not being @england fan.”

England played with the hearts of lions, with grace and great dignity.  They played a hard game as gentlemen.  Every last one of them.  They are family, no matter what colour their skin.  And I could not be prouder. 

You would not understand that, would you, those who hate.

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

PS, don’t forget to pop over to http://www.wytchencrafts.org.uk and give me a follow. This blog is making moves to that location as we speak and I will be shutting this blogsite down within a month. Many thanks and stay safe x

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Cha-cha-changes! Thank you, David Bowie

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

No, not about Mr Bowie, just thanking him for the tune stuck in my head at the moment. Who doesn’t love a bit of Bowie?

The changes I refer to are these: A rebranding of our shop and our blog.

I have felt for some years now that our name doesn’t really suit. It was taken onboard in a silly moment and for the lack of better names coming into my head, we have carried on with “Speaking of Witch Wands”. Pretty wordy if you ask me, and it doesn’t exactly describe our shop that well. Yes, we make wands – and I believe the reason we named it thus is because at the beginning, all we meant to sell were wands. That would never have kept us in jaffe cakes and tea bags!

A few years ago I found the word “wytchen” seemed to draw me. Wytchen tree or wood is associated with the Rowan tree. We sell Rowan crafts almost predominately from our shop. Talismans, ogham birth tree pendants, wands…. even jewellery. The word Wytchen also speaks to me as in numerolgy for the word suits me and my daughters down to the ground:

Talent analysis of Wytchen by expression number 8

“You have the power and potential to achieve great things. It is both your challenge and your birthright to gain dominion over a small part of the earth. Whatever your enterprise, you strive to be the best and most successful in your field. You are highly competitive and will not rest until you are satisfied that you have bypassed the opposition. You enjoy challenges and rivalry. You are a realist and a visionary planner.

Inner analysis of Wytchen by heart number 5

“Freedom is essential for your happiness. You love change, new experiences, meeting new people, adventure and travel. You love the exotic, far away places. Variety is more than mere spice of life – you thrive on it. You are extremely flexible and adaptable. You have more curiosity than the proverbial cat. You have a sharp mind and a natural ability with words. You are a born communicator, clear, fluent, and imaginative in every area that interests you – which are many!”

Personality analysis of Wytchen by personality number 3

“You are highly attractive. Many men with a 3 Personality are very handsome; women are often strikingly beautiful. Your vibration is full of life. You are uplifting, inspiring, and charming. You are a fun person to be around. Your wit and sparkling personality make you the life of a party. You are extroverted and optimistic. You appreciate fine clothing and jewelry, and enjoy dressing up a bit. ” – from https://www.nameslook.com/wytchen/

I’ll be honest, I do not agree with the third paragraph as I have been mostly an introvert all my life and have never found myself as particularly attractive. Although, hind sight being as it is, when I see old pics in my 20’s I do rather think I was pretty enough then. We never appreciate what we have when we have it do we? But the last part – oh I do enjoy a bit of dressing up!

Off subject, sorry! but back on… So, the name we have chosen to represent us from here on is WytchenCrafts. The domain will change to wytchencrafts.org.uk for our blog here. We are going to start a dotcom away from Etsy which will be wytchencrafts.com and when we let the dust settle a bit, we will have our UK based wytchencrafts.co.uk. Lexi takes care of the .com as normal. Our Etsy shop will be renamed next week to wytchencrafts.

You may note that the banner has changed here already. I must systematically go through everything and change it now so I shall be a busy bee. I don’t know how this will affect finding older blogs yet but we shall see! And although I’m excited, I am also bricking it a bit as I am quite worried about losing a pretty good standing on Google and also afraid followers may not find us so I want to be particularly cautious about the blog site here. It took many years to get here and I don’t know if re-building will take a huge toll or not. I suppose we shall see.

Either way, I hope everyone will stick by us during all of this. I thank you for having done for all these years… a little more upheavel won’t be too bad 🙂

Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x


the new web address will be www.wytchencrafts.org.uk

if you have any questions or concerns, please email me at Isabella@wytchencrafts.org.uk

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Litha Blessings 2021

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram @thewandcarver

Happy Litha and Litha blessings to everyone! Is everyone well? I do hope so! We have a lot to celebrate so let us shake off the cobbies and get on!

Glancing back through some of my Litha blogs over the last few years I feel a little jealous about my unbridled joy of 2018 compared to my dour offering for 2020 BV ‘[Before Vaccines].  Still, even 2018 was not without its sorrows.  Not terribly long after I wrote that blog, my best cat friend of 18 years, Chili, passed away after a long illness and of course there were many worries all over the world that year.  In 2018 I spoke a lot about what you could do for Litha and where you could go potentially.  In 2020, I spoke of a live-stream of the sunrise at Stonehenge as the best way to celebrate.  This year, I can at least say, go with what you like, if you are vaccinated and still wear your masks and socially distance as needed.  As of today, Britain was meant to be out of full lockdown, however, with new variants, we are still going to be semi-locked down but there is far more freedom than last year! I think we can do a lot more without worry but we must be cautious all the same. 

I suppose what I am trying to say is, troubles will always be with us in some form or fashion.  What we need to remember is to celebrate every tiny happiness we can.  This year, I am feeling much more optimistic about the future, although I am not one to dwell on the future or the past.  What is the point? We are not there yet.  We are in our moment now and the future has not passed through our moment yet…. So why worry about it?  Let us enjoy now… today. 

We have loads of reasons to celebrate and not only because we are learning to live with Covid amongst us. We have a few weeks of Summer stretched before us where we can go to beaches, beauty spots, festivals, and concerts [if at least one jab, preferably two can be proven], and we should take advantage of what we can do and not bemoan what we can’t do.  We can hug friends again, kiss our relatives, visit Nana in the nursing home… it is a far better Summer than last.

Stonehenge Summer Solstice Sunrise

We can decorate our altars with brightness and joy to thank the Gods and Goddesses for watching over us.  In Wales, you can have up to 30 friends in your home if you want to hold your own sort of Litha festival.  Everywhere in the world has their own restrictions, or lack of them, so just follow the rules for where you live.  If you don’t feel the rules are strict enough, follow your own common sense guidelines.

One of my favourite ideas from my 2018 blog [which can be done as we can now have at least six visitors in our homes, depending upon where you live] is this –

“If you have young children, find the story of the Holly King and the Oak King and help them come up with a little pantomime to tell the story. Have them give you a hand in the kitchen getting the witchy victuals ready for feasting. Let them draw and colour in pictures of their favourite things about summer to make a bunting of to hang between a pair of trees in your garden to add to the summery ambience of the festivities. I’m sure you can come up with loads more things to make the day special for them and the entire family!”

I believe it is essential for families  to initiate joyfulness into the season for all of us, children particularly, have been on a sort of “high alert” over the last year and a half.  We all need to let down our hair!

Let us carry on with our war spirit, making the best of what we have.  And I wish the very happiest of Litha / Midsummer’s to everyone. Good health and much happiness to all and many thanks to all whom this way wander x

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Happy Beltane 2021… almost belatedly!

by Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

Where has this year gone so far? I’m nearly in tears realising how long it has been since I’ve written. There are no sinister reasons as to why I have been remiss. Quite a few happy ones, actually…

My eldest daughter just gave birth for the first time a month ago. A beautiful, healthy boy she named Alexander [after months of us calling him Oliver!] They are doing well and finally living with her partner/baby daddy.

Another plus is we have all gotten our first Covid jabs. Mind, we do still mask up and I’m not running to the nearest pub for a night out…especially as it is still outdoor drinking and dining for a bit. Still, we are on our way to being better protected than last year this time.

We had some brilliant months on Etsy, selling. That was lovely whilst it lasted but I think they have been fiddling algorithms again so sales are down the plug hole again. Ah well, it’s a good chance to create new things, right?

We have had many blessings this year, and I am mindful to be grateful every day. Still… why do I feel this underlying feeling of sadness?

For one, I am deeply troubled for India and all her people. And more disturbed by other countries dragging their heels about getting aid to them. I guess they never heard “No one is safe until everybody is safe”.

It is also very troubling that some people can’t get their heads around the fact that although many of us are at least half vaccinated, and a lot are fully that they don’t think wearing masks is helpful. No matter how much it is explained as to why, it isn’t sinking in… or, as in some cases, not cared about. I read a news article where a politition said that “What do I care if my neighbour gets Covid? I’m vaccinated!” Clearly, there are some who only look out for number one. But I refer them back to the above paragraph – No one is safe until everybody is safe .

Lastly, it troubles me that so many won’t even consider being vaccinated. From what I have read, richer countries often have a glut of vaccines whilst poorer countries are gasping for vaccines. It has gotten to the point in some countries where you can’t get people in for their jabs because they are taking some political stance against them.. And yet, that country won’t send the vaccines to people quite literally dying for them. What I fear most is some other country getting into the situation that India is in now. And it could happen if everyone is not vaccinated. Because, as I have already said, No one is safe until everybody is safe .

If you have been holding back for any reason other than being told for medical reasons you can’t be vaccinated, please get yours right away. I want everyone healthy and safe because I love you. Happy Beltane x

by Emily Balivet, Etsy
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Captain Sir Tom Moore, The Best of British

by Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

I won’t need to explain much about Capt Sir Tom Moore for it matters not in the world where you live, you have likely heard of him. When Capt Tom Moore walked 100 laps in his garden to raise money for the NHS just before his 100th birthday. He started as he meant to go on… walking with his Zimmer frame as he had had aa broken hip in 2018. He began by hoping to raise £1000. He ended up raising £33,000+.

The power of a an adorable old chap with determination won a nation’s heart. And a few others, indeed. Over 125,000 100th birthday cards were sent him from not only all over Britain but from America, Canada, and many other countries.

BBC stock footage

If one wanted a perfect “bucket list”, Capt Tom created his by doing, not by writing down what he hoped to achieve.

Raise lots of money for NHS – tick

Get a song on Number 1 of the Top 40 – tick

Receive a knighhood – tick

from BBC

Here is the thing – like anything else he accomplished in his long life, he didn’t do it for the glory. He didn’t sit down one day and think, “If I do this, then maybe I will get that..” He just did things and things happened. Good things happened. He influenced, without being an “influencer”. Many others whom you might not expect to be able to pull off such feats began doing just that because Capt Tom did it. A 104 year old woman completed a marathon by walking laps near her Berkshire home, at the age of 104.

“Tom, I’ve done it,” she laughed, as she finished her challenge.

He just made people want to be “more Capt Tom”. To be their better selves.

I could go on and on but if you have not been living under a barrel you likely know much more about this lovely fellow than I could write.

When I heard the news on the BBC I was in a heap of tears. The utter unfairness of it all I cried. But after I got hold of myself, I had to smile. He did more for the world in his last year of life than most of us do in all our years. He did what he was sent to do. He fought bravely in WWII. He raised a loving family. He raised money to help an NHS facing crisis from Coronavirus. He made us all smile and want to be better people. He was kind and positive and always said it will be alright. Now we have one more angel in the Astral plane watching over us. We will never walk alone

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Blessed Imbolc 2021

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Brigid by Emily Balivet, Etsy

Imbolc is a sabbat which is celebrated roundly by most Wiccan folk.  As it happens, all the sabbats seem to be celebrated more so by those who identify as Wiccan than any other neo-Pagan group.  Witches by and large do not necessarily celebrate sabbats unless they do identify as Wiccan.  All that said, the most predominant group of Imbolc celebrants are Irish, past and present. It is not hard to see why… the Goddess any of us identify as being the go-to goddess in an Imbolc celebration is Brigid.  And Brigid as many of you may know was the “hook” for the early Catholic church to bring the Celtic/Gaelic Pagans into the church by naming their beloved Goddess as a saint.  Whilst the Christians now celebrate Candlemas with St Brigid, we neo-Pagans and Wiccans celebrate Imbolc with our Goddess Brigid.  Either way, she is the Goddess of light and beginning 1 February the light shines for the so-called beginning of Spring.  I think of it more as a “pre-beginning of Spring”.  You might get the oddly determined Bluebell peeking its head through the snow in late February, but Spring proper is still a good bit off. 

Still, this is the time of year when the days become noticeably longer… more sunlight, that is! It is not a huge difference at the first, but we start noticing we have a few minutes less darkness now.  And that is the promise of ever lengthening days until warmer weather will be back.  I am sure many of you like me, are not completely opposed to a moderately warm day as, if you have had to go without heating this winter, as I always do, it can be quite uncomfortable at times.  A word of advice – fleece lined leggings!! Oh, and fleece lined tights as well!

The Gaelic Irish would often leave a bed for Brigid and food and drink so as to receive her blessings should she visit them. And most of you are familiar with the straw Brigid’s Cross.  The girls of the town would weave these, and they would hang from doors or above them or in windows for Brigid to see and bless the home it hanged from.  Brigid was many times invoked to bless a family’s livestock as well therefore it would never be odd to see a Brigid’s Cross hanging somewhere on a barn.

Imbolc also marked the beginning of the planting/sowing season.  Blackthorn begins flowering to produce sloes.  It is also the onset of lambing season.  To mark the occasion of Imbolc, and what it represented to everyone, fire rituals and festivals and the lighting of candles were and still are today, a custom which has endured the ages.  This represented the return of warmth and the increasing power of the Sun over the coming months.

Spring cleaning is a large part of the Imbolc process and we here at the Covenstead are no different, especially with a new baby on the way.  Yes, my eldest daughter, Rhiannon, is expecting her first child, a boy, in April! So, it has been a flurry of scrubbing and washing and ridding the house of the Winter cobbies and cat fur tumbleweeds [as we laughingly call them].

Traditional Imbolc eve repast would often include colcannon, dumplings, barmbrack, and in some homes, sowans – which I could never stomach.  I think my Scottish ancestry left me short-changed in the ability to like many things they are known for.  Not a haggis fan, either. Still, I loved the colcannon which is mashed potatoes with either cabbage or kale mixed in and who doesn’t enjoy a lovely ‘brack?

However you choose to celebrate Imbolc tonight and tomorrow, please do so responsibly and not with others outside your household. Please wear your masks, socially distance, and wash your hands.  And obviously be careful with bonfires and candles.  I wish everyone the blessings of Brigid and her protection of you and yours for good health and abundance.  Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

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First Day of the New Year

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram: @thewandcarver

Many of you watched the New Year celebrations from your home on your televisions last night. Same here. They were certainly not as full of the fanfare as New Year’s Eve celebrations in the past have been. All countries, from what I could tell, scaled back their usual flamboyance and opted for socially distanced – or no revellers at all – celebrations. The fireworks displays were cut back from 15 to 20 minutes down to 7 or 8 minutes. But, you know what they say… good things come in small packages? I think that is exactly what Britain went for this year. And, I could not be prouder or more enthralled with how it went.

The fireworks spectacular was cut down severely, however, the light drones were put to the most inspiring use. I truly enjoyed, and shed tears during every minute. I can’t share video of the event with you but I can share pictures, in order of what happened. Mind, the full experience of watching the actual show will be lost on you unless you did watch it last night, but I have curated the best of the the night so you can get an idea of why I am so proud of the UK.

Big Ben, Elizabeth Tower, Westminster, 2021

Big Ben is always ready on special occasions. Since 2017, our iconic big clock has been under repair and still has repairs to be done, however, it has been chimed during every Armistice Day and New Year’s Eve since repair work began. Last night was no different. A balm for the soul to hear it.

Blue Dove above the Millennium Dome, London 2021

Next a beautiful blue dove of peace, drone-lit, of course. Amazing how they get these to all fly in a correct formation at the same speed and equal distance from each other. It was quite breathtaking to see when you’re not expecting it.

Black Lives Matter, 2021

Black Lives Matter. Let us turn our backs on racism from now on. Let us learn from the past mistakes of others. Let us now go forward knowing we are all human and must join together in preventing history’s most disgusting side of itself from continuing.

Drone lights the NHS over Millennium Dome, London

A tribute to the NHS. The work done by NHS doctors and nurses is a comfort to us all. When we say “NHS Heroes” we mean it from the bottoms of our hearts. Thank you, NHS!

Join together… we are always better together than divided. Let us put our differences aside, no, let us understand our differences and heal… together.

Hope together. Let us have our hopes but let us act upon them positively. We can make our hopes and dreams real.

Love together.

A big explosion over Tower Bridge! See, there were fireworks. More than this but I just didn’t capture them all…

Cue the tears…I tend to get weepy when Sir David Attenborough speaks. I love his kind and gentle voice and how, despite the mucky mess we have put our world into over the years, he always reassures us we can work together and put it right again…

I hope you have enjoyed my little recap of last night’s “celebrations” in London. I do hope that on the eve of 2022 we can all spill out in the streets again because Covid is well and truly behind us. Still, if not, we can take comfort that we can do our bit every day to make that day a reality faster. We can do this by washing our hands, using hand sanitiser, socially distancing, wearing masks, and staying home as much as humanly possible. And, please take advantage of receiving a Covid vaccine as soon as it is made available to you.

Many thanks for reading and please stay safe. Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

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