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The Magic of Holly

photo by I. Macy
photo by I. Macy

The Holly and the Ivy
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly wears the crown.
~ traditional carol

In his book The White Goddess, the author Robert Graves proposed that the mythological figure of the Holly King represents one half of the year, while the other is personified by his counterpart and adversary the Oak King: the two battle endlessly as the seasons turn. At Midsummer the Oak King is at the height of his strength, whilst the Holly King is at his weakest. The Holly King begins to regain his power, and at the Autumn Equinox, the tables finally turn in the Holly King’s favour; his strength peaks at Midwinter. They are both vegetation Gods/Deities, connected to fertility and the seasons. They battle each other year after year to reign supreme.

Holly is the tree of the 8th month of Celtic Tree calendar, July 8th – August 4th and the 8th consonant of the Ogham alphabet, Tinne or Tiene. Deities are Lugh, Tannus, and Thor. Ruling planets are Mars and Saturn and its element is Fire. The powers of Holly include protection, anti-lightning, luck, and dream magick.

“Holly reminds us of the need to calm our emotions, if we are to reach wise decisions about our situation. The often painful consequences of our actions are brought to the surface for examination, and calm acceptance of our responsibility is required. We are reminded of the need to view ourselves, as well as others, in the light of compassion and unconditional love. Like the Hanged Man of the Tarot, holly represents personal sacrifice in order to gain something of greater value.” – The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford

“Holly wood was used by the ancients in the construction of spear shafts, and as the spiny leaves show, it is well prepared for battle. A symbol of firmness and masculine energy, the holly endows those born under its sign with an equally well-prepared nature. You have a strong connection to the earth, amazing physical strength, and the ability to direct your energy in a balanced even flow. This stability gives you a generosity of spirit ad a very matter-of-fact solidness that others will respect, admire, and rely on. Before you engage in any battle, look inside for understanding and respect for your opponents.” – Written by Kim Rogers-Gallagher, and Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2000

The Holly wand is 37cm (14-1/2 in) long and completely hand-carved by me. There are no wood lathes or power tools of any kind used, nor even so much as a pair of callipers, only a Stanley knife and sandpaper. Of course, the Holly ogham, tiene, is inscribed with a pyrography tool, apart from that, as with all of our wands, no electrical tools were used.

Afterwards, I polish the wand with our own Speaking of Witch Wands English Beeswax Wand Polish, also made by me. You will receive a 10ml pot of this polish along with your wand (as seen here:https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/197822860/speaking-of-witch-wands-beeswax-wand?ref=listing-1) at no additional charge. It may not sound like a large amount but you really only need a tiny amount to keep your wand looking beautiful.

The wood for this wand was not cut by me from the tree, however, I happened upon the remains of a tree pruning and naturally brought all I could home. It would have been rude to Mother Nature not to!

If you would like to purchase this wand, please click this link:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/245178880/holly-wand-magic-wand-wiccan-wand?ref=shop_home_active_4
Thank you for looking and many blessings!

Electric Blue Agate Dowsing Pendulum

Electric Blue Agate Pendulum
Electric Blue Agate Pendulum

The ‘Stone of Oxygen’, this stone is fantastic to oxygenate the blood, is very useful for the being who participates in fast paced and strenuous activities, as well as being beneficial to the being needing to keep a focused and sharp mind.
This form of Agate is just like having a pure oxygen boost to the blood, it can be used during times of fast pace, when a lot of energy is being burned and the levels of oxygen are needed to be increased.

It can be said as being a ‘zest stone’ because of the surge of energy it can bring, the stimulation of the mind, body and spirit and how it helps lift the mood.
This form of Agate is also very good to help keep the mind sharp because of the boosts in oxygen; this will help during times where one needs exact focus, or focus for extended periods of time.

Also Electric Blue Agate is a stone that can help awaken those who suddenly pass out, or be kept with those who have ‘fainting episodes’ to help ease them off.
This is a stone that will help regulate the water level in the body and have a positive effect on water retention problems, as well being beneficial to lung and heart function.

Electric Blue Agate works extremely well with the Energy centre, and especially helps its keeper to speak with confidence and a sense of freedom. It is a stone that also encourages its keeper to take on a more positive attitude, helping to bring a more courageous, self motivating and hopeful personality.
Katie Jacqueline – October 2008

This  Electric Blue Agate dowsing pendulum is 35mm long and has a 10mm crystal bead. It features a silverplated Fairy charm and has a 7.8cm (7 in) silverplated curb chain. If you would like to see more photos or order, please visit our Etsy shop here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/249831839/crystal-pendulum-dowsing-pendulum?ref=shop_home_feat_3

Hope you enjoyed learning a little about the Electric Blue Agate and many blessings )O(

Morrigan Crow Feather Earrings

Morrigan Crow Feather Earrings
Morrigan Crow Feather Earrings
The Morrigan is always thought of first as the shape-shifter who flew over battlefields amongst the dead and dying as a crow or raven, seen to clean away the decay, as crows and ravens do. Wherever there was battle, legend has it the Morrigan would be there. But not so fast…many of us today who revere the Morrigan know a different side of her as the one who gives strength to those who must do battle in our daily lives, no matter how small or large the war. And, we may see her as the death goddess but there are many forms of death…we “die” to old habits and old ways of doing things which do not serve us any longer.

This is the representation I present in the Morrigan Crow Feather Earrings to remind us we have a strong ally in our daily battles which can and sometimes does, include small deaths of sorts as we clear away the decay of things that need shifting out of our lives.

They are 17.5cm ( 6-1/2 in) long from top of hook to bottom and feature a white Howlite sugar skull and two red Carnelian beads on each earring, giving the colours of the Morrigan. The feathers are English crow feathers, ethically sourced and no crows were harmed. They have been properly cleaned. If you would like to have these, visit https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/250255204/morrigan-crow-feather-earrings-morrigan?ref=shop_home_active_5

Many blessings )O(

Form an Attachment: Moldavite

Moldavite 1  This Moldavite is in our Etsy Shop now (see link below)

All of our Moldavite has been ethically gathered by a friend who is a miner of these beautiful crystals in the Czech Republic. I won’t sell anything less than 100% real Moldavite. They are getting more rare all the time and it is said that mining for these stunning crystals will no longer exist within 10 years or less.

Shades of green, ranging from a yellowish hue to a brownish green are the most sought after Moldavite.

Moldavite is a member of the Tektite group of natural glasses formed from interplanetary collisions. From the Greek word tektos, meaning “molten,” Tektites are glassy mixtures of silicon dioxide, aluminium oxide and other metal oxides with an amorphous crystal structure. Unlike other Tektites from around the world which are tar black or brownish-black, translucent Moldavite colour range is varying shades green and is the only variety suitable for cutting and faceting as a gem.

Moldavite is not for everyone. As mentioned earlier, it’s a powerful crystal. Not everybody resonates with every crystal they hold, as we all know who work with them. And, if you do find you resonate with this crystal, you’ll have a friend for life and you’ll always want it with you. If you find you would like larger pieces of Moldavite in future, we will almost always have them as well as some with certification certificates.

It is believed Moldavite is a definite and powerful Chakra opener and activator, particularly resonating with the Heart, 3rd Eye, and Crown Chakras. Although its energy tends to first move to wherever it is most needed in the physical and etheric bodies, it will settle and centre in the heart. Moldavite is a great stone to work with on a personal and collective level in your healing work, practises, and meditations. Its transformative qualities, begins a process of energetic resonance throughout one’s entire being, thus raising the vibration.

It is also believed there are many benefits of this crystal, and exposure to it, including, activating the dream state when worn whilst sleeping, helping one to acclimate to the Earth plane environment if feeling not part of this world (especially in the case of Star Children), helps foster a deeper level of compassion and understanding for the human realities of the physical plane, aids in expansion of consciousness and rapid transformation in one’s life-aiding the release of those things that do not serve one’s highest path, visionary experiences, increased clarity, vibrational raising of both yourself and the Earth, energy cleansing, strengthens, aids in self discovery and enlightenment, cosmic and crystal consciousness, expansion, and even contact with inter-dimensional energies, and the list goes on… It is considered the only known gemstone of “extraterrestrial” origin (not of this Earth) and is associated with the Star card of the Tarot. But most importantly, it is a direct link to the Heart Chakra.

Some say wearing, or simply holding, a piece of Moldavite can produce many interesting and instantaneous reactions and experiences including that of heat flashes and emanating heat in general, that can not only be felt by the wearer, but those around, energy jolts, and vibrations throughout the day. It’s not a power to play with though, as since it’s vibration is so high, one not used to such exposure can find themselves feeling quite drained, as your vibrational energy quickens to catch up to match it. For this reason, it might be helpful to mentally prepare, when deciding to wear your Moldavite and you can also help to ground yourself as well by pairing it with other stones such as black tourmaline, smoky quartz, hematite, tiger eye, or whatever stone resonates grounding effects for you. Moldavite harmonises well with such stones as quartz, amethyst, rose quartz, citrine, tanzanite, larimar, sugililte, and dozens more.

We hope you find yourself a fan of Moldavite through one of ours!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/248052140/genuine-green-moldavite-a-certified?ref=shop_home_active_14

Moldavite 1 side Side view

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

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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.

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Spells for Money and Business

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Right.  So, this is the month of Love and I’ve written how to (hopefully) meet the man or woman of your dreams.  I probably wouldn’t be writing at this time concerning money spells if I had not been asked.  When one person asks, you tell them alone.  But, when three or more ask, you blog about it 🙂

You really don’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool generational Witch to perform a spell.  And, if you EVER pay a “Witch” to perform a spell for you, then shame on her or him.  You will definitely get what you pay for – in some form or another.  And, it may not be what you want.  No self-respecting Witch will ask for money these days for his or her spellwork.  Oh yes, the “cunning women” of old did do.  Seamen paid many an old dear for safe journeys by sea once upon a time.  You can bet that she did her job right, or there would be a very angry sailor come a-calling when he returned! Nowadays, if you Paypal your dosh to someone for a spell, you can’t very well go looking for the hag what took your money and did nothing for you, can you? So, lesson Number one:  Don’t pay for spells.

I’ll tell you what works, for nothing.  If it doesn’t work for you, then the one thing you may be lacking is Intention.  No matter if you’re doing a full-blown, cast a circle, banging drums and ringing bells spell or just lighting a candle and chanting, it is only with the strongest of Intention that anything will work.  You really, really have to want and believe in something to have it.  Lesson Number two:  Faith.

So, you see…wishes really do work, if you wish them hard enough  🙂

I will assume that whomever is reading this blog is not favourable toward casting a circle and doing the entire Witch bit.  That’s alright.  I’ve had as many non-circle spells work as the ones with all the bells and whistles.  You may need to purchase a few items locally in order to perform your spell, the main ones being:

For money spells: either a large green candle that can burn for an hour over 7 or 8 days, or 7 or 8 green small spell/chime candles which can burn for an hour each

For business spell: small gold chime/spell candle

herbs:  cedar wood, dried orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, bay leaf, cloves, maple bark, ash bark, galangel root (all have money & success drawing attributes, choose any 3 for your talisman)

oils:  Patchouli, Orange, Ginger, Bergamot, Clove

crystals:  green aventurine, pyrite (pyrite is good for sitting near ones computer for business)

And, rest assured, you don’t need to purchase everything I list here.  After you have read this entire blog, you can make your choices according to which spell you prefer to use, then buy what you need accordingly.  I don’t want you spending a shedload of money to try to receive a shedload of money 🙂

For Money:

Simple things you can do:

1.  Carry a piece of cedar wood or ginger in your wallet, money purse, or pocket to draw wealth
2.  Keep a small jar of alfalfa in your food cupboard and you’ll never be without food
3.  Rub Patchouli oil on your money, sprinkle it in your handbag or pockets

An easy little money spell anyone can do is to take a handfull of coins and place on the floor (not where dogs, young children, or people thinking they’ve found spare change to use at the laundrette can pick them up) whilst chanting (at least three times) “Money on the floor brings money in the door”.

This one takes a bit more work:

This must be done on the proper Day and Hour of Jupiter**. I will explain more in a bit. You will need a Green Candle and a White Candle. The Green candle represents the money, and the white candle represents you. You may draw/carve money symbols on the green candle (£ or $ or whatever you use in your country) and  then annoint the candles with a money-drawing oil, such as Orange, Patchouli, Clove, Bergamot, or Ginger,  thinking of your desire for money to come to you. Set the candles on your altar or table 8 inches apart. After doing this, say…(saying it 3 times or more is best)

“Money, money come to me
In abundance three times three
May I be enriched in the best of ways
Harming none on its way
This I accept, so mote it be
Bring me money three times three!”

You need to start this Spell on a Thursday which is the Day of Jupiter and at the proper hour of Jupiter for your Latitude and Longitude. Repeat this for 8 days. Each day move the White Candle one inch closer to the Green Candle.  Allow the candles to burn for one hour before extinguishing and during this time, visualise money coming into your life. When the Candles touch on the eighth day, your spell is finished. This will end the Spell on a Thursday as well.

Each day you should find the proper Planetary Hour of Jupiter and do the Spell at that time. This will give it much more power. Jupiter is associated with money. Be sure you visualise the money pouring in from the Universe, but make sure you imagine a source of where that money will come from… and don’t ask for the Lotto…. it’s not going happen.

**** you can find the Planetary hours table here: http://www.lunarium.co.uk/planets/hours.jsp to find what time the Jupiter hour(s) are for each day.

I may as well give you a list of which days and their corresponding planet:

Monday – Moon (voyages, travel, anything to do with water)
Tuesday – Mars (to acquire courage, overthrow enemies)
Wednesday – Mercury (answers about the future, divination)
Thursday – Jupiter  (money)
Friday – Venus  (love)
Saturday – Saturn (to acquire learning)
Sunday – Sun  (business)

Keep these in a convenient place or memorise them as they will be used again.

Business Spells –

Firstly, whilst Jupiter (Thursday) is the best day for doing a money spell, funnily enough, Sunday is the best day for business spells.  As you may have come to expect by now, the Planetary hours are a huge part of this plan.  See the link above for the Planetary hour of the Sun for the Sunday on which you plan to do your Business spell.  They do change daily as the days hours are always adjusting by minutes.  If you get too confused, just ask, I’ll try to explain.

When you have chosen the Sunday and the Planetary hour of the Sun during which to do this spell, collect beforehand these items:

A small pouch
A coin – a 50p piece or a quarter or whatever you use in your country
Patchouli oil
small green aventurine crystal
herbs:  any 3 of the above-mentioned herbs
gold spell candle
patchouli incense
a tiny bowl of water
a tiny bowl of salt

Place the herbs, green aventurine, and coin into the pouch and drop 3 drops of Patchouli oil over the items inside.  Draw the pouch closed and tie it.  This is never to be opened again.  Pass the pouch (now a talisman) over the bowl of salt and say, “Element of Earth, cleanse this talisman”

Pass the talisman over the the incense and say, “Element of Air, cleanse this talisman”
Pass  it over the burning candle and say, “Element of Fire, cleanse this talisman”
Pass it over the bowl of water and say, “Element of Water, cleanse this talisman”

Blow on the talisman three times, draw in the air an equal-armed cross over the talisman and say, “Thou art cleansed, consecrated, and empowered in the name of (God, the Divine Source, the goddess – if you have a favoured one, or just say the Universe, if none of the others suit).  This magick is sealed. So mote it be.”

Spend a few moments bringing up within yourself the desire to see your business succeed.  Visualise it being successful, making all the money you could ever need.  See yourself as the most successful businesswoman or man you’ve ever known.  Bring up every ounce of belief within you that your business will be successful not just now, but always.  See yourself always making the right business decisions in order to make it successful.  Get really excited about your success. Own it!  When you feel you are ready, say:

“Slow business be gone
I (we) need business success and money to come
Business was weak
Now business is strong
Bring customers in need
of my (our) services (or goods) agreed
Let money & success come fast
And let money & success last
Let our success harm none
But to help all who come!”
So mote it be!

Allow your gold candle to burn for an hour before extinguishing (or if it’s a small spell candle, until it burns out on its own).  Keep your talisman on your desk by the computer if that is where you do your business or in the till at your shop, or under the telephone if that is where your business is done.  NEVER allow the talisman to be opened and always leave it where business is done.

I know this spell works as I did it for a company I once worked for that was in over-draught when I did the spell and within a very few days, we had business like never before and money pouring in.  This did go on for a few months until one night after I had left, some twit took the talisman from underneath my phone and emptied it!  Business went down the swanee after that and I was made redundant about a year later due to lack of money.  Ah well…

So my best wishes go with you as you endeavour to make a little extra money for the bills or to bring your business to success!  Lesson Number 3?  See Lesson Number 2 again 🙂 Good Luck and Blessed be )O(

Letting go….a Little

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Sometimes you really do have to give up.

I’ve been tearing around like a blue-arsed fly for the last few months, trying so hard to kick-start a fledgling business, be a Mum and a Nana, sort out and organise things, worrying that Yule-tide would catch me in the usual state of panic. Things continually kept going awry, I began to become uncustomarily impatient, worry set in, and one day recently I snapped.  It had to happen.

No, I didn’t do anything untoward, really…just had myself a right row with myself and felt as though I could not, perhaps even should not, cope with what I’ve been trying to achieve.  However, it became quite clear that, I really SHOULD do what I’m doing, just at a slower, more relaxed pace.  And please for the love of all things good and true…just allow Divine Spirit take over for a change!  Take the time out to do what I was created to do….create!  Enjoy my life, create, and love what I do.  I’ve had quite enough of shoving it down everyone’s neck.  I just want to make things, let my artistic self run amok, and not give a monkey’s if I’m not in Google’s top ten sites.  I will be someday.  Just believe.

So, I’m letting go. I’m not really giving up.  I’m not planning on going anywhere.  Just going to allow the Universe to guide me again.  Take the time to write, make jewelry, paint, draw, create things.  Love.

It is time to let go and believe.  Things will fall into place 🙂

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(

How To Make a Book of Shadows (Grimoire) For the Beginning Witch Part 1

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photography by Ma’iingan

How To Make a Book of Shadows (Grimoire) For the Beginning Witch

Looking around the interwebs, I have found a lot of good and useful bits of advice.  Some are a bit advanced, however, for those of you just beginning your practise/path.  As a matter of fact, I find them too advanced for myself and I’ve been a Witch all of my life.  We need not discuss how many years that has been 🙂

By “too advanced”, I do not mean to say that you nor myself would be capable of using these ideas, just that – if I’m honest – I find unnecessary.  However, as I do want everyone to have every idea and possibility to add to their Book of Shadows (BOS) as they feel they should, then later on in this series, we’ll have a look at everything, necessary or not.

My first piece of advice to the Witch on his or her new path is “less is more”.  I’m not saying you need do nothing and it will all magick its way upon you, simply that, don’t try to do or have everything at once.  There is nothing worse than buying shedloads of “tools”, herbs, oils, and the like, then finding that you really didn’t need all of those things.  There are plenty of websites as well as Etsy and Ebay with sellers happy to sell you huge “Witch-y kits”, repleat with altar patens, altar clothes, wands, bolines, athames, candles, herbs, etc. for loads of money.  Just add water and you’re an instant Witch.  No.  The way to begin is the way you mean to carry on.  Start with the basics, don’t worry that you don’t have “everything” that some other Witches may have, and you will find, along the way, what you truly “need”.

The basics – what are they?  I believe a journal or a simple notebook is plenty good enough for the new Witch.  I bought a very nice leather-bound BOS some years ago, and to be honest, it only has a very few pages with entries.  The reason is, is that I only want what I feel is 100% effective in my BOS.  No spell, no oil blend, no information of any kind is written into my BOS until I have proved it to be effective myself.  You could have the most gorgeous BOS on the market, but if it is filled with a lot of useless spells and recipes, what is the point?

This is why I recommend a simple journal or notebook.  Oh, you can tart it up, if you like…use acrylic paints to paint sigils, etc on the outside cover, or stickers.  But here is where you can write whatever you wish to your heart’s content – take notes from the books you read that mean something to you, write up recipes of your own for oil blends or herbal blends, draw pictures of the herbs that you’re studying, clip photos and paste in…whatever you like.  In fact, you can fill lots of notebooks over a course of years with all you’ve learned BEFORE you choose what you have found to be effective.  Then, when you have found what truly works for you, make or purchase the BOS of your dreams and write in it all that you’ve learned.  You won’t have to rely on memory…you’ll have notebooks full of memories!  This final BOS (and in some cases, Witches will have more than one of these) is the one that is your legacy, the one you’ll hand down to your children or a new Witch whom you have been teaching over a period of time.

Next time, I’ll tell you more about what is in my own BOS, just to give you a starting point – it is NOT the only way to do a BOS, yours will be the way you want it to be.  Thanks for reading and if you find this helpful in anyway, please like and share!  Blessed Be )O(

For those of you whom have BOS’ that are in need of extra parchment paper, please visit our main site at http://speakingofwitchwandsandmagickalthings.com and under “Thee Shoppe of Magickal Things” you will find we sell lightweight parchment paper in ivory a package of 10 sheets

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