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Are Your Tweets Being Seen? The Playground Called Twitter

Are Your Tweets Being Seen?

The Playground Called Twitter

by Isabella

Some time back, I wrote a blog concerning “ghost-banning”. It’s about what happens when you’ve been reported for spam, or some other sin on social media, and then, whilst you are being scrutinised by the social media app you’ve offended (whether real or imagined) some of your rights, or privileges in the social media setting are withheld from your use. As in my case on Twitter, I am ghost-banned, and my tweets aren’t searchable under hashtags or in social networking hours.

At last writing, I wasn’t really sure why I had been stripped of my “searchability”, making it difficult to join in the networking hours as no one could “see” my tweets. I’m still not sure because Twitter never tells.  I won’t explain this phenomenon any further here. If you need more information, please read my previous blog. I’ve typed its explanation so often I can repeat it verbatim in my sleep.  You can refer to my earlier blog if you need more information on how to find out if you are ghost-banned:

Social Media and the Modern-Day Witchfinder General

http://bit.ly/2bS2ZIA

For actual spammers, this is fine. It’s a tool for Twitter to stop some (not all, clearly) of the abuse that happens on its platform.  However, there MUST be a way for the innocent to be able to have their account reinstated, to have their account really looked at without assumptions by @support. In order to do that, Twitter needs to implement a proper way for ghost-banned tweeters to put in a ticket. Presently a suspended account has that right, as well should the ghost-banned account.  Not all accounts that have been ghost-banned are necessarily guilty as charged.

Presently, the only way to contact Twitter for non-searchability  is here:

https://support.twitter.com/forms/feature_report?feature=search

Before we go any further in this thesis, let me show you what you can expect when you visit. Firstly, you will find boxes to tick for whichever issue you have. The first or the third one will do for ghost-banishment or “inability to be searched”. I’ve sent so many of these in (to no avail) that I just take turns using those two.

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Next, you will choose something from the drop-down menu. It really doesn’t matter which you choose because, quite frankly, “all of the above” comes to mind. I really think if they do nothing else, that option should be added to this menu. But, go on, make a choice and carry on.

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You now have 500 characters to state your case. I know..makes you feel positively giddy to see 500 characters and not 140, doesn’t it? Don’t get too excited because in reality, you need more. Find an online character counter to save yourself time and to help you figure out the least amount of words to make the best impression.

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And make a good impression, please. I know you’re angry, hurt, full of “how dare theys” but you do not want to reflect that attitude or Twitter will push your “ticket” to the bottom of the heap. And I am sure they have quite a heap by now. Simply state who you are (first name) and what you mostly use Twitter for (ie, a business advertising your product, etc), how you are unsearchable, would someone please look at your account as this has hurt your revenue, that you are sorry for whatever it was you’ve done and thank them.

Just because I have never heard back from Twitter doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. I have talked to at least 3 people who have put in a ticket to Twitter and their accounts have since been restored, although Twitter did not contact them, nor did they confirm these accounts had been ghost-banned in the first place.  So, give it a go and good luck. Lastly, once you have filled in the form and pressed send this is what you will see:

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This will hardly fill your heart with hope. It makes you feel as though all this *might* do is give Twitter ideas on how to improve things but thus far, it hasn’t. Who knows? Maybe after the gajillionth entry, perhaps someone will get the idea?

If you’re not ghost-banned, there is a plethora of literature on the web on how NOT to be ghost-banned.  Many people don’t take the time to learn the rules. I must confess I have been guilty as well. Still, as with all forms of social media, I personally attempt at all times to live up to the good common sense my father taught me and not to air my dirty washing as my mum taught me. It would never occur to me to threaten another person in any mode of discussion, whether it be online or in person. If I have over-tweeted on occasion, whether it be my own wares or retweeting someone else’s, I can promise, it was not meant to be spammy. If anything, I am guilty of wanting to be helpful, possibly too much so! Particularly if it this desire to help my fellow tweeters landed me in my own private ghost town.

But, what about when another party becomes angry with another tweeter?  How could a person who did not know they were involved become involved only because they were “guilty by association” with the tweeter who has been targeted? What if that person and all associated with that person become the target of an angry group of tweeters wishing to do them ill?  Because as we know, all it takes is a “playground war” on Twitter and enough people reporting a person with whom they’re angry – no matter which side is right or wrong – people will be ghost-banned.

This would now become a terrible form of bullying. And, as unpopular as I’m sure this will make me with Twitter…isn’t this tantamount to what is happening when they ghost-ban a tweeter leaving them with absolutely NO ability to ask for a solution? If you are suspended, you can file a proper ticket and get help. If you are ghost-banned, you are out of luck, mate. In Twitter’s efforts to thwart bullying, they have become the bully. In their efforts to thwart spam, they have become the spammer with every other tweet a promoted tweet.

It seems a bad move on Twitter’s part to leave who “lives and who dies” up to the masses. I don’t mean to say that people should not be able to protect themselves..not at all. That is why we have the ability to mute and block. If you don’t want to see it, then click one of these. End of. But it seems to me that it is all too easy to report a person for some real or imagined wrong-doing. I want to believe that Twitter’s heart may have been in the right place by giving us these tools, however, Twitter’s owner(s) are still 100% accountable for happens from that point forward. It is my understanding that @support investigates a person’s Twitter account and in many cases, leave it “ghosted” until they have satisfied themselves the account holder is guilty as charged. But as with any business with millions of customers, is their @support coping with all of the charges being brought up on so many accounts?

I have a solution to this, should Twitter be reading. First, let me say that you can keep the “ghost banning” in effect to stop spammers! I realise what your intentions are in using it, but what I ask is that you provide legitimate, non-spamming people a way to contest it when they find out they are being ghost-banned.

If Twitter cares about being fair to their tweeters they would agree to this but I wonder if they do care.  It was down to a knee-jerk decision to implement ghost-banning to begin with because Twitter didn’t want to have to police the tweeters themselves; just leave it to the general population to “police” each other by reporting for spam and other things, whether guilty or not.

Just to have an idea of how they might agree with my opinion you can read here:

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/twitter-boss-admits-company-sucks-at-dealing-with-abusive-trolls/0144769

If you are reading this blog and would like to see a petition sent to Twitter for re-evaluation of their support for people who have, most probably, been ghost-banned without being guilty, please sign our petition:

https://www.change.org/p/twitter-support-for-twitter-s-re-evaluation-of-support-policies-for-ghost-banning?recruiter=22124260&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

Many thanks for reading. The Twitter account you save might be your own.

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Social Media and the Modern-Day Witchfinder General

Social media can be a boon to many people…just for general chit-chat and for businesses, the quickest, least expensive way of getting their products seen by the World. Since there is a plethora of social medias out there which cater to the business owner, we are spoilt for choice. We have Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter to name a few. But, what you might not know is, with all the good this can bring to you in your business, it has a dark and despicable downside as well. It’s called “ghost banning” and I call it the modern-day Witchfinder General.

No, it has relatively nothing at all to do with real witches. Or, at least, it should not do, as that would clearly be bigotry. What it does have to do with is that any of the social medias we so happily flog our wares on to be seen by all and sundry can just as easily make us un-seen…or “ghosts”, if you will.

Take for example, Twitter. If you’re a seasoned Twitter business owner, you might do what is known as Twitter hours. If you don’t know, the Twitter hours are designed by certain business folk on Twitter to help business owners meet other business owners and retweet their products as well as follow each other. I’ve used these hours myself with great results but these days I’ve not bothered as I am one of the un-seen. I am ghost-banned.

Allow me to try to explain in simplest of terms that I can what happens during a Twitter hour when you are ghost-banned. Most people attending these hours will use a specific hashtag in order to stand out from other businesses tweeting at the same time. That hashtag, or hashtags, notifies other participants of that hour that you wish to have your business tweet retweeted. Not all participants, but most, will do a Twitter search on the hashtag being used to pull up all the tweets coming through during that hour with that specific hashtag. It just makes life a bit easier for us so we don’t have to try to catch them as they fly through in our normal mode of viewing tweets. Let’s say we are in #HandmadeCatToysHour (yes, it’s too long but it’s an example, after all). All businesses participating during this hour will hashtag their business tweets with #handmadecattoyshour. If they’re Twitter-savvy, they will do a Twitter search to pull up only the tweets which has that hashtag. Then, they can “see” all the participants whom are tweeting with that hashtag. Easy peasy!

But not so for those of us whom have been ghost-banned. We might as well be on the Moon for all the good it will do to be there, hashtag or not. No one will see our tweets in this setting. Yes, people on the “outside”…the ones looking at their normal tweet “browser” or “tweet deck” ..all the tweets which go by, if they follow you, they WILL physically see your tweets – but that will be whether you are employing a hashtag or not. If they so choose, they might wish to retweet you manually (click the mouse). But the folk congregated in a #HandmadeCatToysHour browser will NOT see you. They will, however, see you ONLY if you personally address them such as “@cattoysrus, have you seen my new Moggy Mat? What do you think? http://www.catmats.com #HandmadeCatToysHour” (yes, I am certain I went over 140 characters, I’m only a writer! I’m taking artistic licence!)

This is the bane of the ghost-banned. We can tweet, we can get new followers, we can follow others (unless blocked), we can be “seen” in normal tweet browsing by our followers, as well as to be “manually” (when somebody sees our tweet and retweets it from normal circumstances) retweeted but if we’re in a Twitter hour or if you retweet our hashtag from a 3rd party app such as Roundteam, we are non-existent. So, if you are business owner and find you aren’t being retweeted as much as you once were, you might want to have a follower perform this check for you. You can also sign out of your business account and sign into your personal account to perform this action.
1. Type from:twitternick into search. This is only showing the format of what you must type. You must replace “twitternick” with your own Twitter nick. For myself I would type from:SpeakingofWytch (from : SpeakingofWytch spreading it out a bit so you can see the colon in there).
2. You will be brought to the page that says “Top Tweets/All Tweets”. Are your tweets populated in this area? Or, as with me, do you hear crickets chirping? You will see a blank space saying “no results”.
3. You’ve been ghost-banned. This is why your tweets have dwindled to few or non-existent.
Do not try this from the account you are checking. It will show you as being there. You must check from a different account.

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For the business owner, this can be a huge loss of revenue as so many of us are using Twitter these days to get our products seen. Retweets are necessary for all the views and visits to our websites we can get…hopefully turning into sales.
When I first began noticing this on Boxing Day 2015, it was sporadic…sometimes I was retweeted as normal, then other times, not. I am fairly certain my visibility was off and on for around a week. After a friend on Twitter Googled @SpeakingofWytch, she found something about I had been “blocked” and Twitter and the 5th of January 2016. No more information than that! And there might have possibly been more info but if they used robot.txt then it could be why clicking the strange link appended to this ground-breaking news is not forth-coming with information.

So, you might have guessed. I am not best pleased. Obviously this has put not only a huge complication on being seen by the right buyers for my wares on Twitter but it has taken much of my precious little time to research this problem and to try to find answers. I would like to say Twitter is helpful but sadly, no. They have only two answers as to why you might no longer be searchable. One is, if you haven’t been actively using your Twitter account for a period of time. Or, they believe you are a spam account or just sending out spam. On Twitter’s Help website they have many “helps” for suspended accounts but you won’t find a sausage about when you are ghost-banned. It is a rather cowardly way (in my estimation) of telling you that they don’t like whatever it is you’ve done (or haven’t done) and they are putting you on the naughty step, yet at the same time allowing you to play. With your hands tied. Problem is, they don’t tell you why you’ve been naughty, nor do they tell you if and when they will deem you fit to play with others fully again. Meanwhile, sit here, take the crayons and colouring in book but wear these handcuffs. There’s a good lass.

I have made many attempts at getting Twitter’s help to no avail. A friend on Twitter gave me a link to a “form” to send in to the Help folk explaining my plight in 500 characters or less (this sort of gives me the first clue that they might not care). Once you’ve done this and click the submission button, you get a cheery “thank you for this. It will help us to help others but we probably won’t do f all for you and we probably won’t write to you about it, either”. No, this is not the exact wording but it is close enough and it might as well say it because it is what it means. This is my second clue that they *probably* don’t care.

Now I’m just getting sarky. And, when you need help, being sarcastic is not the way to go. But then, three “tickets” to Twitter and the occasional plea to @Support hasn’t helped, either. I really do wish they would give me the chance to defend myself and to put right my supposed wrongs. What if I were ghost-banned on accident? Probably not, still, why am I not allowed my day in “court”, but a killer is?

If anybody reading this can provide an easier way, I am open to all suggestions. I never thought being a witch in this day and age would be as it was 500+/- years ago. But, clearly, we still have a form of “Witchfinder General” in the shadows….and if you’re caught (whatever it is you’re doing wrong, but you shall never know) you won’t be drowned or burned, at least. But, you will be ghost-banned. Good luck and here is hoping it doesn’t happen to you!

Links on how NOT to get ghost-banned:

Am I Being Blocked from Twitter *Search*? (Weekly Q&A)

https://blog.kissmetrics.com/ghost-banning-phenomenon/

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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

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(

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(

The Ash Spiral Goddess Wand

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The Ash Spiral Goddess Wand

healing, weather magick, enhances skills of art, protection, the poet’s tree, water magick

I could not help but call this wand the Spiral Goddess wand as it called to me to carve it as I did, and I could feel the female energies emerge.  As you may know, the “spiral” symbol found on many Goddess statues was originally found carved on the stones of Newgrange, a neo-lithic tomb passage in Ireland.  The Ash tree is a sacred tree of the ancient Celtic people.  It just made sense.

As you may have read in an earlier blog regarding the Ash Tree, you would know that the tree is of Masculine gender.  However, what Scott Cunningham did not write in his wonderfully specific Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magickal Herbs, 1985-97, Llewellyn is that the Ash is actually closer to gender-neutral than most.  It actually has Female and/or “effeminate” male energy, making it the perfect wand for either Male or Female Witches!  And let us be honest…no matter what tree your wand comes from, it is the individual who puts their energy into their wand, whether they make their own wand or someone makes it for them.

Once we have a wand that we have a connection with, we put ourselves into it.  Almost any Witch I’ve ever known will cleanse, consecrate, and empower their tools before use.  That act alone puts much of the Witch’s intention into his or her wand.  When we make a bespoke wand for a Witch, we often send the crystal (if one is ordered) and the instructions for enchanting the herbs that will go into the tip of the wand and how to attach the crystal to the tip.  This act really makes the wand more personal to the Witch.

Many times, wands will have no crystal mounted in the tip, it may just be plain and pointed.  There are other ways in which to make your pre-made wand your own.  If you have certain Runes that are sacred to you, we can burn those symbols into your wand for you, or you can do it yourself.  Other sigils that are sacred to you may be used.  All you would do when ordering is to let us know which sigils you would like and if it is one that you have made up yourself, you can send us a picture of it.

We can also attach gemstones that resonate with you to your wand.  There are so many different ways in which to “decorate” your wand, that as long as it is your wish, it will no doubt be your personal wand, even if we do make the wand for you.  It will have your energy instilled in it!

If interested in “the Spiral Goddess” please visit us at http://speakingofwitchwandsandmagickalthings.com and send us your requirements for your bespoke wand.  Thank you so much for reading our blog and many blessings )O(

 

The Magickal Cypress Tree

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Photo by CP Smith, http://www.geograph.org.uk

Many of you may or may not be aware of the magickal properties of many trees.  For instance, did you know that the Cypress tree has a “folk name” of “The Tree of Death”?  It is thought to be so because at one time in Egypt, coffins were made of Cypress wood.  However, funnily enough, one of the magickal properties of Cypress wood is longevity!  If one carries it on their person, in a pocket or worn as jewelry, it is said to give long life and protection.  Cypress is also comforting in times of sorrow,  such as the death of a friend or loved one as it eases the mind and allays grief if carried to the funeral.  Many deities hold sacred the Cypress such as MithrasAphrodite, Hekat, CupidApollo and others.

We sell 25g resealable packets of Cypress wood chips on our Etsy Shop (which you may also access on our Facebook page) at http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SpeakingofWitchWands along with other magickal things.  Please stop by and have a look – and don’t be dismayed by the small number of items as we are adding new bits and bobs daily.  Thank you for your support and many blessings!

Our New Business Cards Have Arrived! Yay!

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Quite excited!  They came out beautifully and I look forward to sending them out with purchases 🙂 We are hoping to find a good, not-too-expensive vendor for calenders, perhaps other goodies with our logo and name soon so that we can give little gifts to our customers.  If you are a vendor of wholesale items, please contact us at SpeakingofWitchWands @aol.co.uk.  Thank you! And Blessed Be!

 

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