Magickal Connections

Tarot & Witchcraft ~ with author, Amythyst Raine


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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

 

 

 

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A Bag Full of Spells…er, Spell Bags!

This is one of my favorite items offered at The Witch’s Corner. Putting them together is fun, feeling the energy and the intentions, thinking about the magick that will be cast and the outcomes that will result. It’s a grand thing, this thing I do; I love it. And these bags are a part of it. Below you’ll find photos of some of the items included in these bags; a list of intentions; and lots of magickal energy; as well as links to other blog posts here at Magickal Connections on spells and putting them together…Browse and enjoy.  Blessings, Amythyst

https://wytchymystique.com/2014/03/22/so-what-kind-of-spell-do-you-need/

https://wytchymystique.com/2012/02/23/cat-magick-herbs-spells/

https://wytchymystique.com/2011/12/15/ritual-spell-remnants-what-do-i-do-with-it/

Spell bags contain the items and ingredients you need to Cast Your Own Spells!  Be it for love or revenge, for healing, prosperity, or to tap into the elemental energies.  The magick is yours.  The spell bags below will contain the items you need to cast your own spells, to move energy, to create your own magick.

Note:  the photo above shows some of the actual merchandise included in The Witch’s Corner spell bags.  The bags themselves will vary, depending upon what I’ve created, or what I’ve purchased from other vendors.  The poppets included in these spell bags are the sweet little dollies you see below.

Elemental Spell Bags

Elemental Spell Bags contain the following items: 1) The Queen’s Oil connected to the element; 2) a white taper candle; 3) incense… and a physical item connected to each individual element ~ a bag of blessed cemetery dirt for EARTH; feathers for AIR; seashells for WATER; matches for FIRE.

Earth Bag ~ Queen of Pentacles… Magick connected to the physical realm, the body, healing; magick connected to money and finance; magick connected to physical fertility and physical manifestation.
Air Bag ~ Queen of Swords… Magick connected to communication, creativity, and ideas; magick connected to thought and words and eloquence; magick connected to influence and sometimes control.
Fire Bag ~ Queen of Wands… Magick connected to business, finance, and contracts; magick connected to passion and drive and ambition; magick connected to clearing, cleansing, and purging.
Water Bag ~ Queen of Cups… Magick connected to intuition, dreams, clairvoyance, second-sight; magick connected to relationships and love; magick connected to emotions, balance, and sometimes mental issues.
Elemental Spell Bags
$24.99
click   HERE
Mini-Poppet Spell Bags
The Mini-Poppet Spell Bags contain:  1)  the poppet; 2) a white taper candle; 3) incense; 4) straight pins (which can be used to attach personal concerns to your poppet, such as a name-paper, a photo, a scrap of material from clothing, etc.).  Of course, you may have your own ideas for using the straight pins.
Love
Money
Healing
Hexing
Mini-Poppet Spell Bags
$24.99
click  HERE
Deluxe Mini-Poppet Spell Bags
Deluxe Mini-Poppet Spell Bags contain:
all the ingredients included in the mini-poppet spells bags above above plus a magickal oil.
Love ~ includes Love Oil
Money ~ includes Money Oil
Healing ~ includes Uncrossing Oil
Hexing ~ includes Commanding Oil
Deluxe Mini-Poppet Spell Bags
$39.00
click  HERE

Spell Bags for Life’s
Special Needs
The following spell bags are geared to help you take care of life’s little problems when all mundane attempts have failed.  These spell bags will contain: 1) a poppet; 2) a white taper candle; 3) incense; 4) magickal herbs for the intention; 5) straight pins.
Shut Your Mouth
Make Him Go
Monster Mother-in-Law Fix
Less Talk, More Sex
More Sex, Less Talk
Spell Bags for Life’s Special Needs
$24.99
click  HERE


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The Magick Box ~ A Special Gift Box to Set Someone On Their Magickal Journey

This is what’s up on the Home Page at The Witch’s Corner. It’s just a bit of magick to get someone started on that special journey, or a bit of inspiration for someone who’s been traveling these parts for a while now. This is a one-of-a-kind item, and when it’ sold, it will quietly disappear.  Again, one of those “first come, first serve” opportunities.  If you’re interested, follow the link:  http://amythystraine.blogspot.com

Special Gift Box
full of Magickal Treasures

(one-of-a-kind-item)
9″ long X 8 3/4″ wide X 5 1/2″ tall
This beautiful box contains the following items:
1.  3 taper candles/white
2.  3 scented votive candles/white, pink, red
3.  1 pink BFF Voodoo Doll
4.  Moonstone Pendant
5.  3 Magickal Oils ~
Prosperity
Protection
Queen’s Oil/Cups
6.  Hematite Bracelet
7.  1 spiral journal/floral
8.  Body Products ~
Bath Gel/Lavendar Serenity
Bath Salts/Lavendar Serenity
Body Lotion/Lavendar Serenity
The total price for these items, if purchased separately, comes to $167.94.  As part of the gift box, most of the items listed are being sold at half-price, which brings this entire purchase to $90.94.But I’m offering an even bigger deal on our “Summer Magick” gift box, and that’s an extra 20% off the Half Price!

You get this beautiful box filled with magickal items for the special sale price of ~

$71.96

 The following items are part of this magickal package ~


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Making a Non-Wax Candle (video!)

The candle I made for this video is a spell candle for love, but for any of my muggles who happen to visit this blog, this is just the basic way to make a regular ole’ non-wax candle.  It was so much fun, and even the couple glitches I ran into during the process (which you’ll see) didn’t dampen my ardor, or the final results!

Enjoy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Making a LOVE Non-Wax Spell Candle ~
Items Needed:
1.  a glass jar, size of your choice
2.  wick
3.  crazy glue
4.  Crisco Shortening, or any other name-brand solid vegetable shortening
5.  a crayon, red
6.  herbs ~ rose petal, hibiscus, nutmeg
7.  essential oil ~ rose
8.  a paper bowl
This project was So Much Fun, and I screwed up during the process!  When I poured the hot mixture into my glass container, the wick became dislodged from the small metal tab that held it to the bottom of the jar.  Oh dear, what shall we do?  Instead of cutting the camera and fixing the problem before moving on, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to show you what I did to fix this problem.  It’s all a “learn as we go” process…everything is!
I am hoping to add these candles, in assorted sizes and containers, to the merchandise at The Witch’s Corner.  I LOVE making them, so I’m also pretty sure that my daughters will wind up with a multitude of colored candles for various occasions and intentions!
I hope you enjoyed this video…thank you for liking, sharing, and subscribing.  (It matters, you know!)  And Happy Candle Making!!!
Love & Blessings,
Amythyst
My website: THE WITCH’S CORNER
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com
My blog:  MAGICKAL CONNECTIONS
http://wytchymystique.com
Tarot Readings:  THE TAROT PARLOUR
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
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Music ~
Avec Soin – Romance by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100860
 Artist: http://incompetech.com/


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The Garden Boutique

I went solo this past Saturday and sat up a yardsale which I dubbed, The Garden Boutique. I’ve done this several times with a good friend, setting up tables filled with metaphysical supplies to delight the stoutest pagan: pendulums, magickal oils and potions, spell candles, kits and bags filled with supplies to bless a home or to cast a spell, as well as enchanted jewelry, arts & crafts, and other unique creations that defy description. This time I had only my girls to help watch tables and merchandise while I gave tarot readings and balanced chakras. It was a bit of a juggle sometimes, but we managed.

We live in a rather ‘out-of-the-way’ location, and I’m never sure how our turnout will be at these events, since we’re a bit difficult for some people to find. But contrary to my expectations, we had a great day which included an afternoon rush and a few return visitors. And the girls and I noticed that this time we were not hounded by Christians trying to convince us that we were headed down an evil path. Our customers were politely curious, inquisitive, and some even eager to learn, asking questions and getting up close and personal with the poppets and pendulums.

I was up at 5am, just as I had planned, and was out in the garage digging out tables, shelves, and chairs. However, when I actually started getting things arranged I realized– wait a minute, it’s too dark. And it sure was, pitch dark. Even with the garage lights on, it was too dark to stock the shelves. With daylight came some soft showers with cool refreshing temperatures. Since there was no wind at this time, I dodged the rain by placing all the tables and merchandise beneath the overhang on our house.

This is a family endeavor and everyone likes to create something to add to the inventory. My eleven-year-old daughter spent the day before the sale making bags with fabric paint, glue, and glitter. Several days ago, she had spent just as much time painting large clear stones to create pretty magnets. It was fun watching her during the creative process, head bent low over her work, quiet and intent.

My 24-year-old daughter is the ‘Isabella’ in “Creations by Isabella”. She’s a graphic artist, tattoo artist, and talented jewelry maker. She added some of her creations to our Garden Boutique. I’m very excited for her and her atistic career– She will be selling her designs for stamps and scrapbooking paper to a national company. As soon as I’m allowed to post more information, I will.

I stocked the table and shelves with a variety of items from my website, The Witch’s Corner. Setting up these boutique yardsales is actually a lot of fun, no matter how many trips in and out, up and down the stairs it takes. (Tearing it all down is another matter!)

I usually try to have a few copies of my book on hand, along with plenty of business cards, and it’s always fun to watch people explore this table. It’s a satisfying feeling to send someone on their way with a copy of my book in their hand.

Tarot: A Witch’s Journey

We have a covered back porch with a partial west wall, an east wall of bamboo blinds, and our south yard is blocked by the trees, so this is a pretty private area, and this is where I sat up my massage table and a powerful crystal grid to do Chakra Balancing. It was perfect. I had a water fountain running back here. It was peaceful, protected, and inviting.

The opposite end of the back porch was reserved for tarot readings…I just had to shoo sleeping kitties away!

I always have a small table set up for my CD player and some favorite new-age music. And I always have a small notepad and pen available. Customers are invited to add a prayer request or wish to the bowl. We have a little tradition at the end of our boutique yardsales– after everything is put away, I’ll bring out my big black cauldron, and we’ll burn these requests in a sacred flame.

This is the perfect way to end the day.

Blessed Be,
Amythyst Raine


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Happy Imbolc

How ironic that this holiday, meant to lead us into the light and spring, is greeted this year with a massive snowstorm.  As I speak, the neighbor’s snowblower is roaring in the background, strong winds are tearing around the corners of the house, and the furnace is rumbling to keep us warm and toasty.  Here in Nebraska ice was the main problem in Omaha, causing several accidents and closing Interstate 80.  Because of the high winds, salt couldn’t be used on the roads– it would just blow away– so black ice was a nasty surprise for many drivers.

Tonight we lit candles for this pagan holiday, in tribute to the Goddess Bridget…to welcome in the light and spring, and to banish winter.  We ask Bridget to protect those out and about, to keep us warm and safe within our homes, to heighten our level of creativity, and to show us the three faces of the goddess– the maiden, mother, and crone–  along with the unique wisdom that comes with each.

From our house to yours, we wish you a blessed Happy Imbolc!

Imbolic Candles


Correspondences for Imbolc:

Colours Lavender, Light Green, Orange, Pink, Red, White, Yellow
Tools Besom, Bonfire, Brighid’s Bed, Candles, Cauldron, Garden Tools,  Priapic Wand
Symbols Besom, Brighid’s Cross, Candle, Corn Doll, Garden Tools, Lantern, Plough, Priapic Wand, White flowers
Animals  Burrowing animals, Ewes, Deer, Goats, Lambs
Herbs Angelica, Basil, Bay, Blackberry, Celandine, Chamomile, Coltsfoot, Rosemary 
Feast Food Bread, Cakes, Dairy products, Seeds
Feast Drink Blackberry tea, Chamomile tea, Milk, Spiced wine
Metals Brass, Gold, Iron
Incense & Oils Jasmine, Myrrh, Neroli
Flowers Broom, Daffodils, Heather, Iris, Primrose, Snowdrop, Tansy
Trees Evergreens, Willow
Gemstones Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet Onyx, Ruby, Turquoise
Altar Decorations Acorns, Brigid’s Cross, Corn Doll, Daffodils, Lanterns, Sun symbols, White flowers   

For more information on Imbolc, including a ritual, click Here.
Thanks to"Crone-Crafts" for the Imbolc correspondences.