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

Rainbows ~ Love ~& Yellow Brick Roads

Today I stained my wooden staircase.  I’ve never stained anything in my life, and I discovered that wood stain is nothing like paint.  (Paint I know, paint I can handle.)  I practiced on a board in the garage a little while, playing around with it, until I felt comfortable enough to start on the double staircase that makes up the foyer in my split-level house.  This is the final product, still wet.

The result of having a staircase wet with wood stain is that we have to use the backdoor.  Following is the sign that I posted on my front door so that it would be made clear:

And yes, there really is a Yellow Brick Road:

I have another special gift box up and ready to go, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.  This one is geared to Love & Romance, with the sweet romantic energy of rose quartz, to the passion of the red rose, and the mystery of the Queen of Cups in a ravishing scented magickal oil.  Anoint the red love candle with this Queen’s oil and fan the flame of passion.

Special One-of-a-Kind Item

The Luv Box

Candles, Oils, & Herbs for LOVE

This special box includes:
1 red scented votive candle
1 large dried rose blossom
1 bottle of magickal oil — Queen of Cups
1 rose quartz crystal point pendant on a 36″ black-ball chain
1 rose quartz ring (size 8)
1 pair of crystal quartz point earrings

The Luv Box

 $38.99

Follow this link:  http://amythystraine.blogspot.com

Today has been a productive day magickally.  I’ve created sweet “Rainbow Mini-Poppets” that are small enough to carry in your purse or your coat pocket, small enough to tuck discreetly in an office drawer, or your glove compartment…

Rainbow Mini-Poppets

These colorful little dollies are charged with soothing peaceful energy to bring calm and emotional comfort.  They are aligned with the colors of the rainbow (and the chakras) to insure a positive flow of energy emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Because of their small size, you can easily tuck them in your purse, coat pocket, or glove compartment. Keep them with you to stay close to their energy.
 Rainbow Mini-Poppet
 $9.99

Maitresse Lucille

New Voodoo Dollie

 Maîtresse Lucille
This lovely lady is 15 inches tall without her headdress.  She’s filled with patchouli for general protection; roses to bring you love; marigold blossoms to enhance your psychic intuition and bring you business success; St. John’s Wort for good health; and cloves to protect you from gossip and lies.
Follow this link to purchase this item ~

The Witch’s Corner ~ FAQ ~ Topics: Poppets & Witch’s Oil (video podcast)

1) Poppets ~ Should I “personalize” them with my hair, etc.? If I have to be away for more than a week, do I take them with me? Are they OK to pass through TSA? Do you recommend breathing life into them after receiving them? Will they be upset if I don’t travel with them?
2) Witches’ Oil ~ Where can I buy it, or how do I make it?

http://www.ladyamythyst.com/poppets.htm

http://www.ladyamythyst.com/oils-potions
[Note: This episode of “The Witch’s Corner ~ FAQ” is a podcast.]

Special Offers! ~ From The Witch’s Corner

Special Offers!

 

These special offers will be found for a limited time at my website:
The Witch’s Corner

 

Protection Spell Kit
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This kit includes ~ 1 Guardian Angel Poppet; 1 bottle of Protection Oil;
1 white 5″ taper candle; 5 incense cones; 1 burlap drawstring bag 10″X6″.

The value of this kit is $42.99; but for a limited time,
I’m offering the Protection Spell Kit at the reduced price of:

$35.99

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Deluxe Mini-Poppet Spell Bag ~ Love

Spell Bag !

Only SIX of these spell bags are available for this SPECIAL OFFER!

This Kit Includes ~ 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 scrap of material from clothing, etc.).  Of course, you may have your own ideas for using the straight pins; 5) 1 jar of Love Oil; 6) an adorable “Love” bag

*Note ~ I was only able to get 6 of these adorable little “Love” bags.  However, you may still purchase “Deluxe Mini-Poppet Spell Bags” on the spell bag page (at the regular price), and the bags will come in a variety of styles and color.

http://www.ladyamythyst.com/spellbags.htm

The value of this Deluxe Mini-Poppet Spell Bag is $39.99; but for a limited time I’m offering the Deluxe Mini-Poppet Spell Bag ~ Love at the reduced price of:

$29.99

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“Mama Protection” ~ Let’s Make a Personal Property Protection Poppet (video!)

You will find Poppets @ The Witch’s Corner by following this link ~
http://www.ladyamythyst.com/poppets.htm

The herbs & ingredients used for our spell today:

1.  Graveyard Dirt ~ for protection, spiritual protection, protection from the power of “sacred ground”.  We are also calling in spirits, using cemetery dirt from the grave of family members, law enforcement officials, or someone else who would offer you up protection in either realm.

2.  Fennel Seed ~ for general protection, it also deflects negative energy sent your way, whether this be through negative thoughts and “bad wishing”, envy, jealousy, greed, etc.

3.  Slippery Elm ~ protects against false accusations, false testimony, gossip, and lies.

If you make your own poppet, you could add soil from your own ground, snips of hair from the people living there (or a snippet of their clothing), hair from the pets as well, leaves and flower petals from the gardens, etc.  The list is endless, fueled only by your own magickal imagination.

If you would like to purchase this very special edition of a Protection Poppet (Mama Protection), email me at: witch_of_endore@yahoo.com and write “Mama Protection” in the subject line.

 

Mama Protection

The Witch’s Corner ~ Feeding Your Poppets ~ with Amythyst Raine (video!)

Poppets are available at my website, The Witch’s Corner ~
http://www.ladyamythyst.com/poppets.htm
Traditional poppets in Black (for justice, retribution, and binding); Green (health, healing, and prosperity); Red (love & passion, friendship, and relationships)…and More!  These poppets are created with twigs from my own trees; colored yarn; feathers; ribbons and such.  They are filled with magickal herbs and written intentions.  Because these hoodoo dollies are all created individually, by hand, there may be slight individual differences in the product.

Do you have a special request for a poppet?  Would you like one made specifically for you, including a poppet with Personal Concerns?  Email me and I’ll see what I can do for you: witch_of_endore@yahoo.com

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my Youtube Channel!  I would also appreciate it immensely if you would SHARE my videos and LIKE my videos. 🙂

While you’re already out and about, be sure to visit my website ~ The Witch’s Corner
http://ladyamythyst.com

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For spiritual psychic consultations using tarot cards and the art of intuitive reading, visit my tarot website for more information, and to purchase a reading of your choice, through a means that works for you:
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com

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New Spell Bags @ The Witch’s Corner ~ Love, Money, Healing, Hexing, & The Elements

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Follow this link ~ Spell Bags

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 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.

Elemental Spell Bags contain the following items:  1) The Queen’s Oil connected to the element;
2) a white taper candle; 3) incense

The Mini-Poppet Spell Bags contain:  1)  the poppet; 2) a white taper candle; 3) incense;
4) straight pins

Deluxe Mini-Poppet Spell Bags contain:  all the ingredients above plus a magickal oil.

 

The Witch’s Corner ~ Poppets for Love, Health, Money, Protection n’ More!

Subscribe to my Youtube Channel ~
https://www.youtube.com/user/Amythyst1957

From The Witch’s Corner ~ Traditional poppets in Black (for justice and retribution); Green (health, healing, and prosperity); Red (love & passion, friendship, and relationships) and more!  These poppets are created with twigs from my own trees; colored yarn; feathers; ribbons and such; and they are filled with magickal herbs and written intentions.  Because these hoodoo dollies are all created individually, by hand, there may be individual differences in the product. ~ http://www.ladyamythyst.com/poppets.htm

Do you want to make your own hoodoo dollie, or just see how these dollies are made?  Watch my video that shows you how ~ https://youtu.be/dN6PGycwTHk

I’ll Be *Here* December 5th!

I’ll be here:

Craft Show!
Christensen Field
Christensen Field Rd
Fremont, NE

Saturday, December 5th, 9am-3pm

I’ll be giving TAROT READINGS and selling a variety of new-age occult novelty items. Readings will run $10.00 for 10 minutes. New-Age Merchandise that will be offered includes items found on these pages plus other items not listed.

http://www.ladyamythyst.com/newagemerchandise.htm

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Poppets: Love ’em or Leave ’em; Cure ’em or Curse ’em

 When you purchase poppets from my website, they are charged and ready to go– all that’s left is for you to add a ‘personal’ touch with a photo, a lock of hair, a signature, etc.  But did you know that there is a ritual to ‘breathe them to life’ ?  Well there is, and I’m passing one on to you which I wrote myself.  It would be preferable to work this magic within a cast circle.  If you aren’t a practiced occultist, know that this ritual is not a requirement– but I won’t tell you that it doesn’t make a difference, because it sure can.

ImageAssemble those items that correspond to the four elements– a bowl of water, a lit candle, an incense of your choice, and a bowl of salt.

1.  Cast your circle & call the quarters.

2.  Have your altar prepared, the color of your altar cloth, the herbs and stones present all corresponding to your intentions.

3.  Upon this altar place the items belonging to the elements.

4.  Take a few moments to ground yourself, to gather your energy, to fill your mind and this magical space with your intentions for this poppet.

5.  Lay the doll upon the altar.

For the element of Earth:

Take a handful of salt and sprinkle it across the figure, saying:

“I infuse you with Earth, that you feel physical touch.”

For the element of Air:

Take the doll in your hands and hold it in the smoke of the incense, turning it, moving it, that it is consumed with the smoke, saying:

 “I infuse you with Air, that you think.”

For the element of Fire:

Lay the doll upon the altar once more and hold the burning candle above it, saying:

 “I infuse you with Fire, that your passion be unquenchable and you feel the heat of my fury (or love, hate, etc.)”

For the element of Water:

Dip your right hand into the bowl of water and sprinkle the water upon the poppet as it lay on your altar, saying:

 “I infuse you with Water, that your emotions be overwhelming.”

6.  Leave the poppet lay on the altar.  Take a deep breath and slowly lean over it, until you hover above it’s mouth, your own lips almost touching it.  Exhale now, allow your breath to escape from your body in one long warm draught of air.  And this breath shall enter the poppet and give it life.

7.  Open your circle, dismiss the quarters.  Do with the poppet what you must, according to your intentions.
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http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/poppets.htm

 

 

It’s All About Poppets

 

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 It’s all about Poppets this month.  When you purchase them from my website, they are charged and ready to go– all that’s left is for you to add a ‘personal’ touch with a photo, a lock of hair, a signature, etc.  But did you know that there is a ritual to ‘breathe them to life’?  Well there is, and I’m passing it on to you.  It would be preferable to work this magic within a cast circle:

Assemble those items that correspond to the four elements– a bowl of water, a lit candle, an incense of your choice, and a bowl of salt.

1.  Cast your circle & call the quarters.

2.  Have your altar prepared, the color of your altar cloth, the herbs and stones present all corresponding to your intentions.

3.  Upon this altar place the items belonging to the elements.

4.  Take a few moments to ground yourself, to gather your energy, to fill your mind and this magical space with your intentions for this poppet.

5.  Lay the doll upon the altar.

For the element of Earth:

Take a handful of salt and sprinkle it across the figure, saying, “I infuse you with Earth, that you feel physical touch.”

For the element of Air:

Take the doll in your hands and hold it in the smoke of the incense, turning it, moving it, that it is consumed with the smoke, saying, “I infuse you with Air, that you think.”

For the element of Fire:

Lay the doll upon the altar once more and hold the burning candle above it, saying, “I infuse you with Fire, that your passion be unquenchable and you feel the heat of my fury (or love, hate, etc.)”

For the element of Water:

Dip your right hand into the bowl of water and sprinkle the water upon the poppet as it lay on your altar, saying, “I infuse you with Water, that your emotions be overwhelming.”

6.  Leave the poppet lay on the altar.  Take a deep breath and slowly lean over it, until you hover above it’s mouth, your own lips almost touching it.  Exhale now, allow your breath to escape from your body in one long warm draught of air.  And this breath shall enter the poppet and give it life.

7.  Open your circle, dismiss the quarters.  Do with the poppet what you must, according to your intentions.

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The Witch’s Corner: Updates & More

Tarot:
Card of the Day

Eight of Swords

Someone is feeling trapped in a situation they see no resolution to. Does this mean that you give up trying to find the right answer? No. I believe that part of this problem could actually be too much introspection and not enough honest evaluation. Stop thinking of yourself, and start looking at what this situation is doing to the other people involved. Once you become aware of it, your concern for someone else may help you to arrive at the right conclusion faster.

Today’s Correspondences:

Tuesdayplanet, Mars; element, Fire; color, orange, herbs– hot (peppers, cloves, cinnamon, etc.), red or orange flowers.

Today’s energies are aggressive, warrior like, in your face, strong and persistent. This doesn’t seem very conducive to Valentine’s Day and romance, does it. But actually this is the day traditionally used for magic and spells connected to marriage. You would think that Venus would have this honor, but it makes sense. Friday/Venus is connected with that first fairy tale/prince charming aspect of love, it’s always gentle, obsessive, slightly insipid, and very fragile. Marriage, on the other hand, takes a lot of work and courage to stay successful. It’s earthy, sometimes messy, often tumultuous, and definitely not for the faint of heart. It often takes a warrior like determination to make it work. Mars is the perfect energy.

The Witch’s Corner:
Updates

Small but powerful. These adorable
poppets are packed with magickal energy,
and they come in a spell bag that includes:

the poppet
3 coffin nails
3 straight pins
1 taper candle
herbs & incense

Click Here

 

Alpaca silver bracelets have been restocked and the enchantments have been updated:

1. To Clear Crossed Conditions
2. Money Mojo
3. Guardian Angel Enchantment
4. Domination Enchantment
5. For Better Business
6. True Love Mojo
7. Keep Evil Spirits at Bay
8. To Trouble Your Enemies
9. Enchantment of Self-Empowerment
10. Good Health Mojo

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Update: Online Book Launch

 Natural Magick
the Gray Witch Way

This book is a magickal formularia for the gray witch. The information found here will help you to successfully follow your pagan path, cast your spells, empower yourself, protect those you love, and work your magick…
the gray witch way.

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After you purchase this online book through Paypal,
I will email you the link, along with the login
information and the password

click  Here

 

 

Fall Craft & New-Age Boutique

We’re going to be busy today setting up for our Boutique Yardsale that will run Friday 10am-7pm/Saturday 10am-3pm, at 2532 Nebraska Ave. (Washington Heights) here in Fremont, NE.  We have a variety of metaphysical items available, as well as fall decor, country crafts, & glass art.  I’ll also be giving tarot readings.  If you’re in the area– stop by!

 

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

Protection Magick: The Gray Witch Way

What’s a Witch to Do?

Protection Magic: Flexing Your Magical Muscle

To bind or not to bind, to hex or not to hex– What’s a witch to do when she’s confronted by a bully? Because a magical practitioner has more of an arsenal in her handbag with which to defend herself than the average person, you would think that her options would be varied and her reasons for using them valid. However, in the modern day world of the witch, there are several people and groups who propose the somewhat Christian option of ‘turning the other cheek’. We also have pagan purists who scream ‘Karma’ and gather their magical skirts about them in a panic.

The result of this is that it leaves many of the witches in the world afraid to rile the purists. It leaves many witches negatively influenced by the neo-flower children, completely unprotected and open to the dark energies of an enemy, the destructive forces of a foe, or victims of the rampant overwhelming energies generated by a group. It leaves the witch, plain and simple, between a rock and a hard place.

What’s a witch to do?

Is it permissible for the witch to use witchcraft to protect herself?

You bet your sweet cauldron it is, and we’re going to look at a variety of possibilities that will both protect the occult practitioner and do so in an honorable and ethical manner.

Group Mentality Binding Mojo

Whether you are the victim of office water cooler gossip, a group of well-meaning but highly misinformed busy bodies, or a posse of fellow pagans who have climbed on a proverbial high-horse, there is something you can do about negative energy and black mojo directed at you by a group of people– no matter who they are, or what their intentions might be. We’re going to round this energy up, lasso each individual perpetrator, and bind them in their own actions.

Items needed:

a sheet of paper and a pen; a black taper or votive candle; a pinch of the following herbs: cloves, cayenne pepper, and hyssop; salt; cemetery dirt; uncrossing oil; a small hand mirror

The method:

1. On a sheet of paper list the individual names of the people who have ganged up on you, the people who are creating havoc in your life. Don’t write their names down in a neat little list, but write them down helter-skelter, all over the paper, in all types of scrawled print.

2. Dress the black candle with Uncrossing Oil. Combine the herbs listed, mixing them well, and pouring them out upon a hard surface, arranging them to make a nice line about the length of your candle. You’re going to roll this candle in these herbs until the candle is sufficiently covered.

3. Set this dressed candle in a holder and light it, with intent, knowing that you are calling upon the energies of sister witches past, present, and future to aid you in this time of crisis.

4. Set the sheet of paper containing the names on fire, dropping it into a fireproof container and allowing it to burn itself to ash.

5. When the candle has burned itself out, you will gather up the wax from the candle, along with the ash from the name paper, and you will place these items in the center of a small hand mirror. Carefully circle the candle wax and ashes with a ring of salt followed by a ring of cemetery dirt.

6. Place this mirror in a safe and secret spot, perhaps beneath a dresser or on the floor of your closet. Cover this mirror with a bowl, so that nothing will disturb it to break the ring of salt and cemetery dirt.

7. Know that as you have sealed these spell remains upon this mirror, so have you sealed and bound the actions of the individuals named upon the paper. Check this mirror, perhaps on the dark moon of each month, reinforcing the circle of salt and cemetery dirt if necessary.

There are several simple actions a witch can take when protection is needed and the situation at hand must be handled quickly. And these actions are not meant to harm the offender, but simply to halt their offensive and destructive behavior.

Foot Track Magic Freeze

A footprint leaves behind a powerful indelible impression of an individual and their personal energy. It’s as potent a personal item as are hair or fingernail clippings and can be used just as successfully in spells where personal effects are called for.

To stop someone who is harassing you, gossiping about you, lying about you, or otherwise trying to bring negative energy and its effects down upon you in any way, you are going to watch for the perfect opportunity to snatch their footprint from the earth and stop them in their tracks…pun intended. When the long awaited opportunity presents itself, very carefully gather the footprint up, placing the soil in a jar with a screw top lid.

Once you get this precious magickal item home, fill the jar half full of water, securely screw the lid back on, sealing it with black candle wax, and place this jar in your freezer– slamming the door shut with triumphant force.

As the water freezes, trapping the soil which made up the target’s foot track, so will their actions against you come to a halt, their bad behavior frozen in time and place.

Ghosties, Goblins, and Poltergeists

Protection from the Invisible Realms

Occasionally those things we need protection from are not the human beings around us, but ethereal spirits and other entities that linger from various planes of existence, for a variety of reasons, haunting our homes and occasionally even our dreams. These entities are really not as formidable as they may seem, especially not for the seasoned witch who knows how to control these spirits, how to protect her personal space, and how to empower herself through magical means.

Sweet Dreams Mojo Bag

If you’ve noticed that you have been having trouble sleeping, and your sleep is disturbed by dreams with often recurring themes, characters, or creatures; you may be experiencing nocturnal hauntings by pesky spirits. First, you might want to examine these dreams closely, looking for that which may be familiar to you; for often, loved ones who have passed will try to communicate with us in this way. If you recognize the spirit and acknowledge it, letting it know that you’ve received the message and you understand, the dreams most often stop.

However, if this type of nighttime activity does not cease and is beginning to wear upon you, and you simply want a peaceful night’s sleep, there’s an easy magical fix. You can assemble a Sweet Dreams Mojo bag that will keep spirits at bay, quiet your subconscious, and allow you a peaceful undisturbed night’s sleep.

To a small blue bag you can add the herbs calamus, mugwort, valerian, lavender, chamomile, and most importantly cloves and garlic (for exorcism). You will add to this bag any one of the following three stones: chalcedony, citrine, or jet (to halt nightmares).

Tie this bag up and sleep with it beneath your pillow.

Quiet the Spirits

For years we’ve lived in a house rife with paranormal activity, so much so that my own children tend to take it in stride. We’ve become rather fond of some of the spirits wandering throughout our home, and I tend not to clear our living space too thoroughly, as we would actually miss some of our ghostly visitors.

However, I’m sure not everyone feels this way when it comes to having spirits roaming their personal space. There are many things you can do to banish spirits who have already taken up residence, as well as several preventative measures you can take to keep new entities from entering. We’re going to take a look at just a few witchy little tricks to set some ghostly boundaries and protect you from hauntings.

Salt

There is nothing more purifying or grounding than salt, and it can be used in a number of ways to cleanse a space of unwanted entities and to keep them at bay:

To a small bowl of water, add a pinch of salt, and using your fingers– or a sprig of rosemary, dip into the water and asperge (sprinkle) your space with this salted water, cleansing it of scattered energies, as well as entities.

You can leave a small bowl of salt sit upon your nightstand, near your bed. (I’ve done this for my daughters.) During the night, should you be awakened and frightened by a passing spirit, just take a pinch of salt and toss it in the direction of the specter– with this action, you will banish it.

Place a line of salt down across the threshold of your home to keep spirits at bay. But you’d better make sure that your space is properly cleansed before you do this, or the result could be that you will unwittingly trap an entity inside your home.

Onions & Garlic

To keep a space clear of unwanted energies, fill four small bowls with quartered onions and a couple cloves of garlic. Place these bowls in the four corners of a room to keep spirits at bay. You might want to replace the onions and garlic with fresh quarters and cloves abou tonce a month– perhaps on the waning or dark moon, to send negative energy, as well as unwanted entities, on their way.

Sage

The age old method of purifying and cleansing a space is with the use of burning sage or incense to ‘smudge’ an area with the smoke. Traditionally, in many cultures, including Native North American tribes, the method is both cleansing and protective. I’ve often used more than one method for purification and protection, either when preparing sacred space, or when cleansing my home– first asperging the area with salted water, and then following up with a good smudging/cleansing/protective incense.

After a room is cleared of ghostly visitors, I’ve often prepared a mojo bag with hyssop, sage, rosemary, and sea-salt, and tacked these bags above the door-sills, or over the window sills.

Magickal Protection
for the Mundane World

We’ve seen what we can do to protect ourselves from negative energy and people, as well as hauntings and unwanted ghostly contact. But we have to remember that we live in a bustling modern world where we’re always on the go, where we’re confronted by fast travel, unlimited and immediate communication with strangers– as well as friends and family, and a host of physical maladies that can befall us. There are many instances where practical protection is needed to maneuver safely through this hectic mundane world.

A Vehicle Blessing

Many of us commute long distances on a daily basis, and the most important thing we can do to insure safe travel on these jaunts is to bless our vehicle with the four elements and Spirit. You can do a full out ritual if you feel so compelled, either in the privacy of a closed garage or out in the open space of your driveway; or you can simply smudge the vehicle, anoint it with a protection oil, and seal the space with protective talismans.

Since I’ve included a full ritual in my book, “The Gray Witch’s Grimoire(working title), I’m going to go through a simpler act of magick here that will take less time but will be just as effective.

Items needed:

1 white tea candle
A bowl of salt
A stick of incense
1 red candle
A bowl of water
Mars Astrological Oil

The method:

1. Anoint the tea candle with Mars Astrological Oil, light it, and set it on the hood of the vehicle, along with the other items you will need. Each time you circle the area, you will begin from this point.

2. Open all the doors of the vehicle. Taking the bowl of salt, walk deosil (clockwise) around the vehicle, throwing a pinch of salt into each open doorway as you go, saying:

“I consecrate this space, by the power of Earth.”

Walk a complete circle, stopping at the front of the vehicle.

3. Light the stick of incense and circle the vehicle deosil, stopping at each open doorway and reaching within to smudge the area, saying:

“I consecrate this space, by the power of Air.”

Walk a complete circle, stopping at the front of the vehicle.

4. Light the red candle, carry it carefully around the vehicle, walking deosil, and reaching within each open doorway as you go, saying:

“I consecrate this space, by the power of Fire.”

Walk a complete circle, stopping at the front of the vehicle.

5. Taking the bowl of water in your hands, carefully walk deosil around the vehicle, dipping your fingertips into the water and reaching within each open doorway as you go to sprinkle the interior, saying:

“I consecrate this space, by the power of Water.”

Walk a complete circle, stopping at the front of the vehicle.

6. Pick up the burning white candle, hold it aloft, and say:

“By the power of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water; I have consecrated this space, that all who occupy it shall be kept safe within this place.

So mote it be.”

The ritual is done.

After the white candle has burned itself out, you will use the remaining wax and add it to a protective mojo bag that you will place within this vehicle. To that bag you will also add the herbs calamus and plantain, a stone of tiger’s-eye that you’ve anointed with Mars Astrological Oil, and personal effects from the individuals who most often travel in this vehicle…a lock of hair would be perfect.

Protection for Your Computer

This innocent box we refer to as the computer is a gateway for all kinds of energy– and individuals– to come through. Most of the time this energy is positive and the visitors welcome, but occasionally this may not be so. You can use your magickal advantage to keep this gateway clear of unwanted energies and strangers.

I keep a mojo bag taped to the side of my computer. It’s the easiest type of magick imaginable and it is impressively effective.

Use a yellow bag, harnessing the energy of the element of Air– highlighting communication, mental endeavors, and creativity. To this bag add slippery elm–  to halt a nasty tongue, or in this case, fingertips; sage and rosemary– for purification; cloves– for exorcism and protection from unwanted or negative energy or people; a stone of jet or obsidian for protection, blue lace agate to open your throat chakra and improve your ability to communicate, clear quartz crystal to increase all positive energy, and blue lapis to enhance your intuition– allowing you greater insight into whom you can and cannot trust.

To Your Health

The one thing most human beings feel they may not have complete control over is their health; in respect to contracting diseases, coming down with functional maladies of various organs and systems, and accidental injuries. As wonderful and modern as science is, there are times where it can benefit from a magickal boost.

Understand that the following information is not to be used in lieu of regular medical treatment by professionals, but is intended to be used in conjunction with standard medical care. Always follow your doctor’s orders and advice.

We’re going to make a healing poppet, a dolly, to generate healing energy for a particular person, or ‘target’. This form of magick is known as sympathetic magic, meaning ‘this becomes that’. Realize, as you create this poppet, that this dolly will not only carry the essence of the one who needs healing, it will actually become this individual. This is why it’s so important to keep this poppet in a safe and secure place, until it’s magic is no longer needed, at which time you will carefully and respectfully dismantle it and bury the remnants in the earth.

Making our poppet:

The healing poppets that I make are always green…for the element of Earth, highlighting the physical world and manifestation of magic into this realm. I prefer flannel.

Once you’ve acquired your material, double it and lay it on a flat hard surface– the kitchen table works well in my house. You will cut out the rough shape of a human figure, and to make this easier for you, you can trace a rough shape on a blank piece of paper, cut this out, and use it as a guide.

Sew these two mirror images together, leaving sufficient space open on one side so that you can fill this poppet with baubles and stones, herbs and healing energy. You can decorate this dolly in any way you see fit to connect to the individual it is intended for. This might mean cutting out the face of a photo and pasting it to the face of the doll; attaching hair matching that of the target’s, adding a ribbon necklace containing a bead, earring, or some other significant item that belongs to the target.

The next step is going to be filling it with objects who’s energy is geared to healing, as well as personal effects connected to the target. The personal items could be fingernail clippings, a lock of hair, a scrap of material or button from their clothing, the more intimate the better; but if don’t have access to any of these items, you will have to settle for a ‘name-paper’…simply a piece of paper upon which you’ve written the target’s name. Insert this inside the poppet.

Now it’s time to add the magickal ingredients:

Herbs:  calamus, fennel, rosemary, sandalwood, thyme, mugwort (add at least three of these herbs to the poppet for healing); coriander, white geranium, marjoram, St. John’s Wort, rue, tansy (add at least three of these herbs to the poppet to maintain health)

Stones:  jade, bloodstone, crystal quartz, jasper, lapis lazuli, carnelian, moss agate, amber (add one of these stones to the poppet for healing)

Other Items:  a symbol of the Goddess, perhaps in the form of a Virgin Mary medal.  My grandmother always swore by St. Jude, both for healing and hopeless cases, and you could add a metal of this saint; a personal lucky token, whether it’s a four leaf clover, or something that was passed down through several generations– such as a religious symbol, the photograph of a beloved relative who has passed over, or a token for the target’s totem animal. There is such an endless variety of items, personal images, and associations that will lend it’s power to this healing poppet. It’s healing energy will come from the intensity of your will and the inspiration you will experience during its making.

Correspondences for Protection Magick

Goddesses for Protection

Artemis:

Artemis is the protector of young girls until they leave the stage of maiden.

Element/air; Color/yellow; Maiden

Athene:

She is the protector of civilization and will protect people from enemies.

Element/air; Color/yellow; Maiden

Bast:

Bast is the protector of women and children, guardian of the household, and brings health and prosperity to those who honor her.

Element/fire; Color/purple; Maiden

Cerridwen:

Cerridwen dispenses justice where justice is due.

Element/water; Color/white; Crone

Demeter:

Demeter is sympathetic to suffering and grief and can be called upon to protect children.

Element/earth; Color/brown; Mother

Freya:

Call upon Freya to protect your feline companions.

Element/water; Color/gold; Maiden

Hecate:

Hecate protects both the spirits and the living from spirit mischief. She is also the protectress of Witches.

Element/earth; Color/silver; Crone

Inanna:

Inanna is a warrior goddess who protects civilization and those who dwell within the cities. She also dispenses justice.

Element/fire; Color/purple; Maiden

Isis:

Call upon Isis for the protection of women and children, as well as for the protection of marriage and the marriage vows.

Element/fire; Color/blue; Mother

Kali Ma:

Kali Ma can be called upon to protect feminine interests.

Element/fire; Color/red; Crone

Kuan Yin:

This goddess cures maladies of the body, mind, and spirit.

Element/water; Color/green; Mother

Lilith:

Lilith will protect you from the natural elements. Call upon her to keep you safe from storms.

Element/fire; Color/red; Crone

Nut:

Nut, the mother of Isis, can be called upon to bring protection by the four elements…Earth, Air, Fire, & Water.

Element/air; Color/yellow; Mother

Shakti:

Call upon Shakti for the protection of women.

Element/air; Color/rainbow; Mother

Sheela Na Gig:

The Sheela Na Gig can be called upon to protect women in childbirth.

Element/water; Color/blue; Mother

Shekinah:

Call upon this goddess to protect you from a broken heart. Shekinah will also protect against evil.

Element/air; Color/white; Mother

Stones for Protection

Protection from an early death: agate, fossils, petrified wood

Protection from nightmares:  chalcedony, citrine, jet, ruby, amethyst

Protection during childbirth:  geodes, pumice, clear quartz crystal

Protection for your health:  jade, amber, coral, jasper, azurite, aventurine, agate, turquoise, sodalite, blue lace agate

Protection from the bad guys:  jet, obsidian, snowflake obsidian, black tourmaline, black onyx

Herbs for Protection

For Exorcism:  cloves, dragon’s blood, frankincense, garlic, myrrh, nettle, pepper, sage, rosemary, cayenne pepper, thistle

Protection from gossip:  slippery elm, cloves, rose thorns

Protection from infidelity:  nutmeg, rhubarb, skullcap, cumin, chili pepper, chickweed

Protection of good health:  coriander, juniper, St. John’s Wort, thyme, ash, marjoram, rosemary

Protection from curses:  chili pepper, galangal, hydrangea, thistle

Protection in legal matters:  marigold, skunk cabbage, slippery elm, henbane, hemlock

Protection against exposure (to maintain secrecy):  edelweiss, poppy, wolf’s bane

Protection from an early death:  lavender, sage, maple, cypress, iris

Protection against poverty:  rice, black poppy seeds, fennel, corn

Protection against the bad guys:  bittersweet, anise, agrimony, buckthorn, castor, devil’s bit, dragon’s blood, foxglove, garlic, ginseng, lucky hand, mugwort, wormwood, valerian, thistle, onion, cactus

Protection against draught:  rice, water lily, pussy willow

Protection against theft:  cumin, garlic, vetivert, thistle

Blessed Be
Lady Amythyst Raine
(The Gray Witch)

Poppets: What Do I Do With It?

Poppet 2

Poppets are popular.  I sell a lot of them from my website at The Witch’s Corner.  Some, I know for a fact, are going to be used for the intentions for which they were created, others are bought as a novelty item.  A wide variety of people purchase my poppets for magickal use, both experienced practitioners and the novice.  The most popular poppet question I get is from the novice buying a poppet for the first time for actual magickal use.  They have their intentions down pat, they’re running on a good amount of emotional energy, but once they have the dollie, the questions is:  “What do I do with it?”

Well, I’ll tell ya’…You can do a lot of things with a poppet and, depending on your intentions, it can be good things, or it can get pretty nitty-gritty.

Since the energy for magick is fueled by emotions, you can start with the obvious.  I’ve been asked if it’s okay to hit the poppet– Sweetheart, you can not only hit it, you can stomp on it, burn it, bury it, tie it up, smother it in the substance of your choice, perform bodily functions upon it, stab it with a knife or stick it full of straight pins.  You can sew the mouth shut; tape the mouth shut, blindfold it; or stick pins through the eyes.  You can scream at it; yell at it; cry at it; you can talk to it; lecture it; stroke it; embrace it; or throw it against the wall.

Whatever the purpose of your poppet is, whether for love, healing, hexing/cursing…remember that it is your emotions, and the strength of those feelings that are going to propel the magick forward.

There is a ritual for ‘breathing a poppet to life’.  This is not an absolute demanded requirement, especially for those who are inexperienced in the performance of magickal rituals, but it makes a lot of sense– and it’s really very simple.  I posted this ritual in my October 2010 Newsletter, and I’ll re-post it here:

Assemble those items that correspond to the four elements– a bowl of water, a lit candle, an incense of your choice, and a bowl of salt.

1.  Cast your circle & call the quarters.

2.  Have your altar prepared, the color of your altar cloth, the herbs and stones present all corresponding to your intentions.

3.  Upon this altar place the items belonging to the elements.

4.  Take a few moments to ground yourself, to gather your energy, to fill your mind and this magical space with your intentions for this poppet.

5.  Lay the doll upon the altar.

For the element of Earth:

Take a handful of salt and sprinkle it across the figure, saying, “I infuse you with Earth, that you feel physical touch.”

For the element of Air:

Take the doll in your hands and hold it in the smoke of the incense, turning it, moving it, that it is consumed with the smoke, saying, “I infuse you with Air, that you think.”

For the element of Fire:

Lay the doll upon the altar once more and hold the burning candle above it, saying, “I infuse you with Fire, that your passion be unquenchable and you feel the heat of my fury (or love, hate, desire, etc.)”

For the element of Water:

Dip your right hand into the bowl of water and sprinkle the water upon the poppet as it lay on your altar, saying, “I infuse you with Water, that your emotions be overwhelming.”

6.  Leave the poppet lay on the altar.  Take a deep breath and slowly lean over it, until you hover above it’s mouth, your own lips almost touching it.  Exhale now, allow your breath to escape from your body in one long warm draught of air.  And this breath shall enter the poppet and give it life.

7.  Open your circle, dismiss the quarters.  Do with the poppet what you must, according to your intentions.

Personalize your poppet…This means that you are going to do something to this dollie to imbue it with the energy and essence of the individual that it represents.  You can open it up and insert personal effects from your target; this could include– hair, fingernails, a small photo, a signature, a name-paper (their name which you’ve written on a small strip of paper), a kleenex they’ve used, a scrap of material from a piece of their clothing, a piece of jewelry–such as an earring, or a bead from a necklace or bracelet.  You can pin a small photo of their face over the face of the poppet; you can tie the poppet up with strip of material taken from a piece of their clothing…The ideas are endless.  The more personal the item belonging to the target, the better.

When you’ve performed your rituals, vented your emotions, worked your magick– then what?

What you do with this poppet at the end of it all depends on what this poppet was intended for– love, healing, health, or revenge.

Healing Poppets…You’ve created this poppet with tenderness and the desire for a loved one’s recovery from illness or injury.  Treat this poppet with as much love and respect as you would the individual you created it for, because– in essence– it is them.  Keep it safe.  When all is said and done, their recovery complete– or their passing eased with magickal assistance– dismantle this poppet carefully, lovingly, and burn the items in a bonfire to which you’ve added a handful of sage and rosemary.  Scatter the ashes to the winds.

Love Poppets…If you’ve created this poppet to bring romantic love into your life, you’ll want to keep it close, preferably in your bedroom, near your bed.  Keep it safe and secure, possibly wrapped in red satin and kept in luxurious circumstances– spoil it, lure it…seduce it.  Bring it out on the evening of a full moon, amongst soft candlelight and a glass of wine, to reinstate your intentions.  When the poppet has fulfilled it’s duty, destiny has knocked, and a lover has entered your life, hang onto this dolly– you might need it one day.

Personally, I don’t believe in  the unrealistic world of ‘happy ever after’ fairytale endings.  Mr. Right might seem like the cat’s meow right now, but along the way you may discover that this individual is not quite what you had in mind.  Fortunately, if you’ve saved this poppet, you can bring it out of it’s hiding place, dismantle it, take a nice long drive to some secluded area, and bury it– Mr. Right will be taking a nice long drive right out of your life shortly afterwards.

Hexing/Cursing Poppets…Poppets created and worked for the darker aspects of magick should be disposed of carefully, and definitely ‘off’ your property.  When retribution has been accomplished, the results are in, and you’ve made your point– dismantle this dolly carefully, leaving not a crumb of ingredients laying about.  Take it outside and burn it in a fireproof receptacle that you don’t mind disposing of.  When the container and ashes have cooled down, take the whole thing as far away from your home as is reasonable, and bury it .

However, with the dark dollies, there is also an alternative, one I personally find intriguing and useful…If this poppet was created for a target who may be contained temporarily with dark magick, but a target who is not going to be going away permanently– hang onto this poppet.  You might find it useful in the future.  You will keep this poppet under very careful conditions.  Personally, I prefer to bind it before I pack it away– literally– with wide red ribbon.  You will keep this poppet in a secure and secret place, knowing that you still hold the cards, knowing that you maintain control and can defend yourself should the need ever arise.

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