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Buy From Women Day is Coming 1 May 2015

Buy From Women Day is Coming Around Again!!

From Woman Owned World Facebook page:
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We (UrbanGirl) are working on promoting Woman-Owned Business Day on May 1. We want to start promoting it heavily now. Please feel free to spread the word using all social media and using the hashtag ‪#‎buyfromwomen‬ During the holiday season, UrbanGirl put out several gift guides featuring woman-owned businesses on our blog, and plan to do the same for Woman-Owned Business Day and Mother’s Day. Please do the same–write a blog post, make a Pinterest board, etc. to promote other Woman-Owned businesses! More details to come, and ideas are welcome. http://www.urbangirl.com/women

Tweet #buyfromwomen all day on 1 May 2015 and help us get it trending!!

The Great Witch-y Giveaway! Read here how to win $50!

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Top Prise: 

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2nd Prise:

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3rd Prise:

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Interested:? Good!  For every purchase from our Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SpeakingofWitchWands during June, you will be entered into our drawing.  All purchases, great or small, will get a ticket to win.  We post to all countries, therefore, all countries are eligible to win. You may enter as often as you like.  Purchases must be dated between 1 June 2014 and 30 June 2014.

Drawing will be held on 1 July 2014 and winners will be notified via the email address on record with their shop purchase and/or Etsy convo.  Winners will have one week to respond or the next person drawn will win by default.  We shall also name the winners on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SpeakingofWitchWands on the day.  Once you have won your prise, we will give you instruction on how to receive it from our Etsy shop.

Gift cards are good for any items bought from our Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SpeakingofWitchWands so you can choose from altar patens, wands, ritual jewellery, herbs, and more! The tarot reading will be done from private email between myself and the winner, asking only for month of birth and the question needing anwering.  After reading, winner will receive photo of the cards drawn and full explanation of the reading.

Good luck to everyone who enters! Please be sure to like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SpeakingofWitchWands to follow our sales and events and follow us on Twitter https://www.twitter.com/SpeakingofWytch.  Many blessings! )O(

**The contest is not open to owners/employees/family of Speaking of Witch Wands & Magickal Things or to Etsy staff/owners/managers.  This contest is not affilitated with Etsy, only by Speaking of Witch Wands & Magickal Things, all rights reserved.

Get Inspired…or Not?

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Yup….the picture is about how I’m feeling at the moment….totally uninspired and drained.  It’s that time of the month.  And before you think it’s *that* time of the month, I’m long past it.  No, it’s that time of the month when I’ve just driven through a shite-storm (because one hits every month, sometimes, daily) and I’m completely knackered, both physically and mentally.  This is alright for some, but I am the main person who makes stuff in my business…the one who does all the tweets…the one who takes care of the Facebook page AND the Etsy shop.  Let’s face it..I’ve become a one-woman band because the others have pretty much buggered off on their own directions…one rushed off her feet on a new job, another with a new baby, and a son who is trying to write/draw/build a new video game.  But, I don’t really feel so uninspired because of all that.  It’s just my time of the month!

To explain further (don’t worry, this won’t get uncomfortable for you) – Every 2 to 3 days (the exact figure isn’t in my head) the Moon goes into one of the 12 zodiac signs..From Taurus on to Aquarius, I am just sort of “managing”, not really getting anywhere – at least, I don’t feel as though I am.  Ideas are limited, physical activity even more so, the will to live is still just there, thank goodness!

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I find this rather funny in a way, that it begins with Taurus.  Everyone knows Taurus is the creative one.  It’s the sign I were born under (only just as I am a Taurus/Gemini cusp baby).  From there until Aquarius, which is roughly 21 days +/-, I am just not really at my best (unless all I have to do is sit in front of my laptop and just tweet, look up stuff, or read up on some things).  However, once Aquarius comes along, I spend the next week making things like mad! I’m also good through Pisces and Aries, but can always tell when I’m winding down to..Taurus…

I’ve often been told (when I were younger) that when your mind and body are screaming “Down Time!!” it is really a time of rejuvenation, that whilst you may feel uninspired, draggy, lazy, losing the will to live, that this is when a whole different part of yourself is taking over and you are, for the most part, completely unaware that you’re actually making progress, in spite of feeling like Marlena McQueen stretched out on the sofa snoring. If that one goes past you, don’t worry…not everyone is a Hollyoaks fan :).  You are learning, taking things into your Mind Palace, storing them, getting in your “me time”, sorting things out in your head, gearing up to your next big time of creativity.  I only wish that my down time were a week and my up time would be the 21 days! I hope most of you are more productive in a month than I!

So, now I’ve had a bit of a whinge, I can honestly say I feel as though I should go make an effort.  I think I can *just* about squeeze in making a necklace… before I have a kip 🙂

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1 May 2014 – Buy From Women Day!

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#buyfromwomen

It has been to my credit to recently join this lovely group of ladies on Etsy! I’ve joined loads of sales teams on Etsy over the course of my Etsy career, but very few hit the spot for me.  In fact, if I’m honest, I’ve seen only apathy from more than a few teams – not what one would expect from people whom you would *think* would want to sell, not sink.  Soo..when I was invited to join Buy From Women, I could only hope that this one may have a bit more kick…and yes, it DOES!

Everyone here helps each other! Team “games” are set up in such a way to not only encourage sharing other’s wares with the community, but also to share your own. And we are all encouraged not “blow our own horn” but to tweet, pin, share to Facebook, and make treasuries of each other’s wares. Helping ourselves through helping each other.  What is even more impressive is that the team leaders, Amy C. Lund (aclhandweaver), Laura (PLANETDIGS2), and Hannah Diamond (MissTeacherLady) will never fail to answer any questions and will not be condescending – as I have encountered in past from some teams.  It doesn’t matter what you sell, even this old crone with her witch-y wares, is welcome and treated with the utmost of care and respect.  The only qualification you need is to have a woman-owned business.  From thereon, you are given every opportunity and help an Etsy business – or ANY business, for that matter – could hope for.  Even those of us whom are seasoned online sellers learn invaluable tips and new ways of getting noticed with these lovely ladies!

So, this 1st of May, everyone who reads this, please re-tweet any tweets you see on Twitter with the hashtag #buyfromwomen and help all of  woman-owned business make it a success.  Not just for us, but for every woman-owned business all over the World. If you would like to learn more about Buy From Women, especially if you have a woman-owned business,  please feel free to visit these pages:

http://www.urbangirl.com/women

https://www.facebook.com/events/1472071349682265

https://www.etsy.com/uk/pages/buyfromwomen?ref=pg_name

https://www.etsy.com/uk/teams/21084/buy-from-women/discuss/

Business is no longer a “man thing”! Women can do Business with the best! Please support us on 1 May 2014! #buyfromwomen

What Dreams May Come (or what do our Spirits get up to at night?)

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Dream Reading

How many times have you heard a friend say, or have even said it yourself, “I never dream”.  You must simply change the wording of your statement to “I never remember dreams” as it has been proven scientifically that everybody dreams.  Dreams have been documented for centuries.  Whether you have read the Bible or not, you will have heard stories of how angels visited prophets and others in their dreams.  Nothing has changed, really.

There are almost as many theories as to why we dream as there are dreams themselves.  The boffins (scientists) would have us all believe that dreams are just brainwaves and synapses and such, just firing away in our heads, putting forth all manner of gibberish.  I never believed that for a minute.  Dreams are much too important for us to excuse them so lightly.  Please do not take me as knowledgeable about the Bible, nor that I believe everything written in it.  It is a book written mainly by mere men, recounting the history of the World at that time and religious phenomena, family histories, stories, etc that have been told and re-told so often through so many different accounts that it really makes me wonder at times did much of any of it happen the way it is told.  Especially since King James got his paws on it.  As many know, King James, back in 1600’s England was responsible for re-writing some of the original history of the bible as well as adding his select passages about not suffering a witch to live, etc. I rest my case.

Ah, well, I’m not writing this about King James, nor the Bible per se.  I’m writing about dreams and why they happen.  Many agree that we live on one plane of existance — the Earthly plane. There is, above us, the Elemental Plane, then the Astral Plane There are actually many planes of existance that quantum physics boffins are still investigating and proving, but I’m not a quantum physics expert, so let’s for the sake of our purposes, stick to the Earthly/Elemental/Astral planes.  Most people will agree that we each have a soul, or spirit within us that, in spite of our brains appearing to do all the thinking, the spirit is what wills us to carry on.  A saying I heard a long time ago describes us best, I think:  “We are spiritual beings having a human experience”.  In other words, I think we’ve been around a lot longer than the present, and will be around much longer than the bodies we inhabit now.  Which brings me closer to the subject at hand…dreams.

Our bodies which we now inhabit on the Earthly plane are not able to keep pace with our Spirits, nor were ever intended to.  Some believe that we were gods at one point in time and the Divine Spirit, or God, if you will, put us on Earth to learn.  We kept our Spirits, our true selves, but are having to live out a human existance.  Punishment? I don’t know.  But, that is not the point, either.  There are too many beliefs as to why we’re here to debate.  I just want to give you the reason, to my belief, as to why we dream – and what they mean.

When our bodies sleep, our Spirits do not.  It may be as well that some folk do not remember their dreams as there may be no telling what our Spirits get up to whilst they are free of “us”.  In the Elemental Plane above the Earthly plane, it is believed that our Earthly, human thoughts print a pattern of what is real, but also imagined.  If you think about how, for instance, anime artists, cartoonists, sci-fi writers and the like came up with mechanised armour for characters years ago and now those things are being built for actual use, perhaps you can see how the pattern for things is created in the mind of a person, then printed on the Elemental Plane and thus comes into being.  I think it is a good case for the old adage, “Be careful what you wish for”!  As Witches, you are all aware of how manifestation works, I am sure, therefore we won’t go into it here as that is a whole other blog in itself.

As you may be able to begin seeing, our Spirits are able to travel through the Elemental Plane and onto the Astral Plane.  Those planes of existence do not merely waft around in some far-off dimension doing nothing.  There is just as much happening there as here, perhaps so much more so.  We can not only visit the Elemental Plane in our “sleep” but our Spirits are able to visit the Astral Plane as well.  So, as you “dream”, you may find yourself in one World one moment, and another completely different World the next!  You may visit another time, as well.  Time has been proven not to be in a straight line as we might well believe (it looks that way, doesn’t it?), and I can attest that I have been in many different eras myself!

I think the most important thing to do, if you want to remember your dreams, is to write them down upon waking.  I know you’ve heard it before, still, if you want someone who is able to help you sort out your dream, all the details you can remember are very important.  Colours, numbers, writing, were there men and/or women in your dream? Was it day or night?  Was it colourful and pleasing or was it dark and dreary?  Were there animals, birds?  What sounds did you hear?  Even if you were having a drink in a pub or smoking a cigarette…it is all important!

Many people I’ve helped in reading their dreams tell me they had a “nightmare”.  No, your Spirit had a scary experience possibly and scary experiences are not always (in fact hardly ever) harbingers of gloomy prophesy.  Dreaming of death, seeing yourself in your own coffin…not to worry, it isn’t bad news. There are also certain days of each month when whatever you dreamed is not to be entertained according to those who follow Avesta, Globa, Vronsky, and Veda (I’ll explain those another time).  And, in some rare cases, what you ate/watched/read shortly before retiring can influence some pretty strange things in your psyche during the night!

So, if you’ve had a dream that has you wondering whether you should pay attention to it or not, and would like to know what it means, feel free to email me at Penny.Dreadfull@aol.co.uk.  Or, if you know someone whom you trust and has read dreams for you before, contact that person.  Thank you for reading and if this has helped, please give it a “like”, Tweet to your friends, or share it on Facebook! Blessed be )O(

Wheel of the Year ~ Samhain

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The Yule and Christmas season is coming closely upon us…yes, I know, let’s celebrate Samhain/Halloween first! I’m sure you have all noticed everywhere from department stores to supermarkets are already clearing away the Halloween goodies and quickly placing Christmas and Yule-tide cheer everywhere. Don’t feel too badly for Halloween…in no time, long before you can say “Happy New Year!”, Christmas will be swept under the rug and out will come , of all the silly things, Valentine’s Day gear. How am I to feel good about purchasing chocolates for a loved one when I know that they have been sitting on a shop shelf for nearly 3 months in advance? Sometimes, I am warey of “sell-by dates”. I have been the unhappy recipient of dodgy choccies before..you know the ones with sketchy looking white-ish places on them?

As Pagans/Wiccans/Witches, most of us feel more in-tune with seasons. It is, after all, one of the many things we closely follow and attune to. There is a time for all seasons and this one is NOT Yule. However, we do understand why retailers do this. It is because they must stay on top of the current market and make sure they are first out the gate with all the latest and greatest for the Christmas season. And then on to the next. As an online seller, I have to admit that I feel the “itch” a bit myself…I really have this yen to start marking down prices, rotating adverts on Twitter constantly, and harking my wares to all whom will listen…or read, as it were. And then I say “no”.

Don’t expect great gushing adverts in the next few weeks from Speaking of Witch Wands and Magickal Things. Of course, we’ll plie our wares on Twitter, just not in that constant rush of them most of us have become used to from retailers and online sellers. Not to say that we won’t as it more closely nears Christmas, just not now. We’re too busy celebrating Samhain! Thank you for reading and Blessed Be )O(

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Do I Need A Wand?

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Do I Need A Wand?

The answer is NO!! You do not “need” a thing, apart from a strong desire to learn, a few good books, and a shed-load of intention. The tools of Witchcraft are important, but you do not need them, per se.

However, many young Witches (does not necessarily mean young in age, just young in the Craft) do feel a need to have certain tools to help them, at the very least in the beginning of their Path, to direct their intention more strongly…or as a bit of a “help” in their Magickal workings. I’m no longer a “young” witch, still, I will, nearly every time I work Magick, use my wand, altar paten, cauldron, Book of Shadows (Grimoire), and incense burner. I have an athame, but rarely ever use it. I don’t always use my wand, only when I am doing something very, very serious and want all the help I can get. I made my wand with a load of intention and it was, yes, a bit of hard work. You see, I’m a bit of a “luddite” when it comes to making items…I just can’t get the hang of power tools so the knife works well for me 🙂 Still, my wand works so well for me…because it is a part of me.

No, I didn’t use any body parts in the making of my wand, just my will and intention, some herbs in the tip and a powerful crystal. The same way I make bespoke wands for our customers. Of course, one would think that since I make their wand, all my intention will be in their wand and none of theirs. Not true. When I make a bespoke wand, if the customer asks for herbs in the tip, I will send the herbs and the crystal they order to go into the tip so that the Witch his or herself can enchant the herbs they choose, enchant their crystal and put their intention into their own wand. And of course, one almost always cleanses, consecrates, and empowers their tools before using as I would expect many would do with one of our wands. Your wand will well and truly be your own.

Of course, we also make pre-made wands as well, again, the Witch who buys the pre-made wand can certainly put his or her intention into it after cleansing, consecrating, and empowering. Many Witches (including myself when I was young) buy pre-made wands all the time and have great success with them, love them and wouldn’t use anything else. That tells me that they must work 🙂

So, no, you don’t need our wands, or any wand for that matter. Although, if you feel you do, please see what we can do for you as you will no doubt look at many websites for pricing, etc. and keep Speaking of Witch Wands & Magickal Things in mind.

Visit our main site at http://speakingofwitchwandsandmagickalthings.com or our Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SpeakingofWitchWands to see what we have on offer! And we do add new items almost every week so please bookmark our pages! Thank you and blessed be! )O(

 

Enchantment Beads© ~ How and Why Do I Use Them?

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Many of you who follow this blog, like us on Facebook, go to our Etsy shop, or follow us on Twitter, have seen our many “adverts” for Enchantment Beads©.  And, whilst you may think, “ah, they are pretty”, many don’t know why we developed the idea into a working tool or why or how to use them.  Fair enough, I wouldn’t have any idea, either, had I not created the idea 🙂  So, here we go ~

I created our Enchantment Beads© because of my own sort of inability to “keep up” with the number of times I “enchanted” a herb for a magickal work, or even new crystals that I wanted to work with.  The phone may ring, or the cat may plop into my lap and begin begging, or I may get some random thought in my head that just threw my intention and concentration out the window!   I knew I had to come up with a better plan or I may only enchant a herb 8 times instead of 9 or just plainly forget (especially if the phone had rung and I had to take the call).

They look a lot like Prayer beads, yes.  But they aren’t.  There are 9 large beads on every set, sometimes with little silver spacers in-between and sometimes with smaller beads used as spacers.  The idea is to hold them in your free hand, touching each bead as you repeat your enchantment.  Some people feel 3x’s is a charm, others (like myself) like the perfect number 9 of the Goddess.  How many times is unimportant, apart to the individual Witch.  Keeping up with how many times is, especially with our busy lives.

So, there is the basic gist of why and how!  Easy peasy!  And to make them more individualised for everyone who purchases the Enchantment Beads©, we make them in the representation of the Elements, Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit/Love.  On most of our sets we use only quality gemstone beads.  We do have a few less expensive sets in which we have used either plastic, coloured glass, or wooden beads…they are beautiful, I just prefer (and feel that most Witches will as well) real gemstone beads.  On the Earth set, you will find a small Pentagram charm, on the Air, you will find a pair of feathers, on the Fire, a lovely brass dragon charm, on the Water, a little silver or bronze starfish, and for Spirit/Love, a heart.  All bead sets have a silver lanyard clip with which you may clip to your belt or just use for hanging when not in use.  No matter how often or little you use them, they will look lovely hanging by your altar!

We’ve just made a new batch of sets in Sodalite (Air), Blue Howlite (Air), Rose Quartz (Water), Malachite (Fire), Aquamarine glass (water), Lapis Lazuli (Air), Tiger’s Eye (Earth) and we have all representations available so please visit our Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SpeakingofWitchWands to order!  With Yule and Christmas coming, please don’t wait!  And, we can also make a representation just for you, which you can access on our Etsy page.  Also, please give us a like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SpeakingofWitchWands and follow us on Twitter @SpeakingofWytch!  Thank you and Blessed be!

Enchantment Beads© are sole property of Speaking of Witch Wands and Magickal Things, all rights reserved.

Our Samhain Oil ~ Cypress Wood and Its Use in Magick

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The Cypress Tree has already been written about further down in our blog, however, many do not think about how magickal Cypress wood is when it comes to making poppets, potions, and other spellwork.

Cypress wood may be used to consecrate ritual tools in its smoke.  It can also be powdered and used as an incense for those who work with the magick of the legendary King Stag of the forest.  Of course, many already know that it may be carried in a pocket to help aid in longevity of the bearer.  And, it is said to give a happy hereafter to a loved one whom has died if you throw a handful of Cypress in upon the coffin.

All parts of a Cypress tree may be used in magick.  Cypress oil is a very sought-after oil for protection and longevity.  However, we may not always have every oil that we wish for so here is a recipe for an oil that is rich in magickal properties for longevity, protection, and comfort.  It may be used as candle dressing, annointing, and any spellwork that involves longevity, protection, and comfort for grief.

**Speaking of Witch Samhain

Longevity and Protection Oil

You will need:

Cypress wood, cut fine or powdered (small chunks are fine) about 1/8 tsp

Maple wood, cut fine or powered, about 1/8 tsp

Lavender, dried  about 1/8 tsp

1/8 cup Olive Oil

3 drops Rosemary Oil (for protection)

3 drops Lavender Oil (for longevity, protection)

3 drops Lemon Oil (for longevity)

1 tiny Amethyst chip (for healing, protection)

1 tiny Citrine chip (for protection & charging of oil)

1 tiny rose quartz chip (for receptivity, harmony)

Firstly, enchant your Cypress, Maple and Lavender. ( we sell convenient Enchantment Beads© to help you keep up with the number of enchantments you speak on our Etsy shop! see link below) Mix all ingredients into a bottle that will accept all items, cork or cap bottle, and shake 3 to 9 times, putting your intent into what you are doing.  Use for all magickal workings to do with protection, healing, and longevity.  May be used for annointing.

**This is our own recipe and is not to be made for sale by anyone but Speaking of Witch Wands and Magickal Things, all rights reserved.  Please feel free to make and use it for your personal workings only.

Don’t forget that you can purchase Cypress Wood and Maple Wood on our Etsy page at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SpeakingofWitchWands and soon you can purchase the Speaking of Witch Samhain Oil on Etsy as well.   Please also visit our main site at http://speakingofwitchwandsandmagickalthings.com for all of our items.  And, don’t forget to give us a like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SpeakingofWitchWands!  Thank you and Blessed be! )O(

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