The Witch’s Corner Newsletter ~ November!

The Witch’s Corner Newsletter is out and live!
Welcome to November’s Newsletter!…   click  HERE

Included in this issue are the following articles~

1. Metal Magick

2. November’s Moon/Crafting Your Magick

3. Thoughts: Magick & Witchcraft; Writing & Literature; and Age

4. Candle Magick How-To

5. When the Dead Come Through

6. Candle Magick Videos from My Youtube Channel

7. Spell-a-Day: Monday-Friday

8. Bad Mojo: Is Someone Messing with You?

9. A Woman’s Life Transitions

10. Getting Ready for Some Ouija Board Fun

11. How Do You Detect the Presence of Spirits in Your House?

 

 

 

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A Post Before my Trip

In the wee hours of Sunday night (or early Monday morning), some of my kids and I will be headed for the Omaha airport where we’re flying out to Arizona.  There are connections there now that I feel will grow with the years.  I’m going to take advantage of this trip to immerse myself in Sedona for a few days and then go on to the Grand Canyon.  I’m such an incurable home-body that this is a step away from my usual existence, ensconced in my old house and the busy rooms, enjoying the woodsy wild back yard, and just being surrounded by and appreciating our multitude of pets (mostly cats, 6 of them black), and all of this in perfect contentment.

But destiny calls.

  My Kitchen

I’ve been going through checklists of things to do, things to get, things to address, before leaving.  The house-sitter is set with a loaded pantry and fridge and an abundance of pet supplies.  Financial things are done, and strangely enough most of my monthly household bills have come in and been paid, so that’s one less thing to think about.  I have to pack today (Saturday), and I have one more work-as-usual day coming up (Sunday).  And then, we’re off!

I’ll be posting regular updates, photos, and video clips both at my Instagram and at my main Facebook page:

https://www.instagram.com/amythyst_raine/

https://www.facebook.com/amythystraine

I’ve managed to get a few last minute witchy business things done, which were also on my list, including my Samhain Special at The Witch’s Corner:  follow this link and scroll down, it’s right there http://amythystraine.blogspot.com

I’ve put together a charming little bag to celebrate Samhain and draw in the spirits, spirits of the season and spirits we wish to communicate with.  Samhain is traditionally a time to connect with our ancestors and especially loved ones who have passed.

Honor your ancestors, and honor the spirit of Samhain,
with these magickal items.

The Samhain Special:

a white spirit dollie,
a bottle of Black Cat Oil,
and a black votive candle

$24.99

*Note:  The Black Cat Oil included in this offer 
is safe for your skin, so feel free to wear it!  

It’s my own recipe, and it
smells wonderful!

From The Tarot Parlour ~

Audio Readings

$25.00

With Samhain right around the corner, the end of the year coming, so many of us are questioning so many things about our lives.  There’s relationships and the changes that come with them, the doubts, the questions, the mystery of it all.  Some of us have reached pivotal points where jobs and careers are concerned.

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Is this it?  Is this all there is to my life?  Is this where I’m suppose to be?”… you’re more than ready for a reading to find some answers.

Follow this link and scroll down to order 
an Audio Reading

http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com

 

 

 

Magick, Mysticism, The Tarot Parlour ~ & some changes

If you visit The Tarot Parlour, you’ll notice that a lot of options for readings through several types of mediums are no longer available. I’ll only be offering Audio Readings (in a wide variety of spreads & prices), and Video readings ($85) for a 9 card spread. You’ll also find a video on this page that was taped for a client so that you get an idea of what a personal video reading is like.  (It’s a lot like sitting across the table from me, but you’ll be watching it on Youtube.)

I think this is called “semi-retirement”.  I want to share my gift by doing what I love, and I love taping audio readings for my clients in the privacy of my home, usually ensconced at one of my patio tables in my wild and woodsy back yard.  This is the most profound way that I connect with the cards and the cards connect with me.  It’s magickal.

The video below is a promotional video I created for The Tarot Parlour, and I must admit I had a hoot playing with the special effects.  Have a magickal day, and if Spirit is calling to you, book a reading with me so that we can get a clearer picture.

Blessings,
Amythyst

 

 

“You’re Doing it Wrong” ~ How do you respond?

A gentleman once handed me a citrine stone, telling me that it would ground me, calm me down, make the atmosphere feel more settled.  I stood in open-mouthed disbelief as he plopped a beautiful polished citrine crystal in the palm of my hand.  I wasn’t so surprised at his concern or his kindness, I was more in disbelief over his choice of a stone.  For me, citrine is not something that has any of the properties that it was being praised for.  I mostly use citrine to enhance my psychic abilities.  If I want a stone that’s going to calm me down, I use rose quartz or blue lace agate.  If I wanted a stone to ground me, I’d use smokey quart or hematite.

I opened my mouth automatically, ready to correct him, but in a split second, thankfully before any speech left my mouth, I thought better.  This man was obviously talking from his own experience, and if he found citrine to be calming and relaxing, who the hell was I to tell him otherwise.

How often have we been told that we’re doing something “wrong”?  How often have we told someone else that they’re doing something “wrong”?

Whether we’re talking about stones and crystals, magickal oils, spells and rituals, reading the cards, or any other magickal undertaking or creation, it’s just like telling a cook in their own kitchen that they’re cooking “Wrong”.  Who has a right to do that?  And if we’ve never done something the way another individual does, how do we know that it doesn’t work?  Maybe it wouldn’t work for us, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work for them.

Where does this attitude come from in the pagan world?  Is it a hold-over from mainstream backgrounds that most of us have, the Judeo-Christian world of rules and regulations, do’s and don’ts?

  • Maybe a lot of us are subconsciously still trying to fit our old religion into the new one, especially those of us who might be fairly new to the pagan path.
  • We need to realize that not all pagans are alike, and all the correspondences we read and absorb from the multitude of pagan authors out there are not written in stone.  You have to find what works for YOU, whether it works for someone else or not.
  • Stop ignoring your own instincts and that little voice in your head.  You KNOW when you’re doing something right and you KNOW when you’re not.  Experiment.  Go with your gut feeling.  And then bask in your own unique individual magickal and spiritual successes.
  • Does the cat have your tongue?  When someone is spiritually bullying you into doing something the way they do, whether it’s using particular ingredients for something, or stones, or crystals, or looking at a certain tarot card in their way… Speak Up!  Be firm if you have to.  Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion and stick to your guns!
  • Stop automatically accepting the information you’re reading in all the books and websites out there and start doing some experimenting on your own.  Nothing bad is going to happen.  You’re not really going to turn your neighbor into a frog, or cause the world to stop spinning.  People who warn you against your own individualistic spiritual practices are either insecure themselves and afraid to peer outside the box, or they like the feeling of superiority it’s giving them when they tell you how something should be done.

The next time someone has the ballsy audacity to tell you you’re doing it wrong, how are you going to respond?

 

My September Newsletter! ~ What’s in it?

Where did the summer go??  September is finally around the corner, or already upon us, depending upon when you’re reading this.  Autumn is my favorite time of year, and it never lasts long enough, so I’m delighted to create my newsletter, blog posts, videos, and anything else with images of fall.  This month you’ll find an interesting array of diverse articles, a monthly video, as well as links.  You’ll also find products available at The Witch’s Corner.  Need a mojo bag, a voodoo doll, a magickal oil, but you need it very personalized to you and your unique situation?  Email me at witch_of_endore@yahoo.com and I’ll work with you.  Customer satisfaction is my goal.

My monthly video:

The monthly NEWSLETTER VIDEO was a hoot taping.  It’s a loaded Q&A, and here’s questions that are included (I hope I didn’t leave anything out!)… 

1. Can you break a binding spell?
2. My roommate has a negative reaction to saging, can you explain this?
3. Are there any bad effects to casting spells many times for one intention?
4. How can I tell if I’m a witch?
5. Am I too old to begin a journey into The Craft?
6. Do you have any advice for witches in the closet?
7. Are Sabbat dates different in different parts of the world?
8. Are spells done with the help of spirits; will it backfire; can spells be done without the help of spirits?
9. Are tarot card readings done with the help of spirits?
10. Are there any “anti-magick” materials out there, things that would reverse a spell?
11. Can an old evil eye (object) bring you bad luck?
12. Can a schizophrenic be a witch?

My online Book of Shadows ~
https://wytchymystique.com/spells/

 

Contents of the September Issue:

  1.  September Moon/Wine Moon
  2. Autumn Equinox/Mabon
  3. Pagan Holiday/Mabon/Correspondences
  4. My Celebration
  5. Magikal Katz
  6. September/Crafting Your Magick
  7. This Reading is for YOU!
  8. Court Case Mojo*
  9. I Am Not a Lot of Things
  10. Video:  The Witch’s Sabbat, Mabon by MsJulieCarol

*NOTE:  Regarding Court Case MojoFor anyone reading this who is especially sensitive to the darker energies and may have gotten a case of the heebie-jeebies as they’ve read their way through this article, don’t worry, you’ll be fine, believe me.  You might feel better if you’d 1) light a white candle, 2) choose a nice incense– like sandalwood or nagchampa, and light it up, and 3) sit a few small bowls of salt out about your house, or sprinkle (asperge) your space with salted water.  It’s okay– strong energy usually leaves an impression…that’s the point.

 

What’s in the August Newsletter?

The August newsletter video:

As I was taping this episode the weather was becoming *Darker and Darker and Darker* and soon it began to rain, so during various sections of this video you may hear the rhythmic plunk, plunk plunk of water leaking around the sky-lights on my porch roof, you may hear the steady sound of rain, and occasionally the wind will rise. It’s all good. There’s a nice Q&A section at the beginning where I explain a little bit about my online coven experience and why I won’t do it again; you’ll also hear some court case questions, as well as other questions and answers dealing with Black Cat Oil and the use of Rosemary & Amythyst in the bedroom. The second portion of this video deals with my personal experience with Independent Publishing. I really believe that this is a new wave for the future. There’s also informal chatting about writing, deciding to write a book, and snippets of all kinds of ideas based around this topic. Hope you enjoy our visit though this video and the awesome summer weather!!

Other videos include:

Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way
The Witch’s Corner ~ Florida Water, Lode Stones, Love Magick

Articles:

  1.  August Moon
  2.  August Moon Magick
  3.  Pagan Holiday
  4.  Lammas
  5.  August ~ Crafting Your Magick
  6.  Radio Interview ~ with Spaced Out Radio and host David Scott
  7.  Tarot Lesson Today ~ Princess of Swords
  8.  Binding a Gossip
  9.  Plantain ~ Magickal & Mundane
  10.  Money Magick ~ What else could it be?

Special  Offer for August:

Earth Spell Bag with a 3/Card Audio Tarot Reading ~ $25.00 + 6.99 postage

 

To visit THE WITCH’S CORNER NEWSLETTER ~
click  HERE

 

 

Gotta’ Love Those Landing Pages! ~ A Study in Self-Promotion

Do you have an online business? Are you trying to promote yourself online? This is such a tricky thing to do these days, so much has changed since the early internet days.  Being a witchy pagan person trying to promote The Witch’s Corner, my tarot readings, and later on my books, I use to join every Ning network connected with paganism and tarot.  Those were back in the days when Ning networks could be set up for free, and there was a plethora of sites to join with active people in those sites.  All that has changed.  So many of the pagan/tarot networks that are available out there now are really touchy about self-promotion, and they usually have all kinds of rules to read through before you join.  In all honesty, what do they think a lot of pagans are joining those sites for, if not for a platform to promote themselves, their website, their services, and their merchandise?  And unfortunately, I’ve recently ran into a number of social sites for pagans that were dead in the water with no activity at all.

My plan for shameless internet promotion, without spending any money mind you, is to set up as many pages about me, my websites, my books, and my tarot readings as I can through hosting companies that allow limited sized sites for FREE.  (If you really like a web-host and would like to expand your site, you can always upgrade later).   The following are links to “Landing Pages” that I’ve set up with the following companies, totally free:

Bravenet

http://amythystraine.bravesites.com/

Wix

https://ladyamythyst.wixsite.com/thewitchscorner

Weebly

https://thewitchscorner.weebly.com/

Website Builder

https://the-witchs-corner.my-free.website/

About Me

https://about.me/amythystraine

EDIT:  As I find new web-hosts and create new Landing Pages, I’m going to post them here.

SimpleSite

http://amythyst1957.simplesite.com/

http://amythystraine.simplesite.com/

I have to say, even though I created two landing pages with SimpleSite, it is my least favorite to work with.  The tools are clumsy, and I don’t think I’d want to set up a full-blown website with this company.

 

I’m sure there must be more companies out there, but these are some that I’ve found and used to establish Landing Pages.  If anyone reading this knows of other sites, please let us know and leave a link in the comments below.

Blessings,
Amythyst