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DIY goddess tutorial video- very cool idea

I found video by Morganna RavenMoon in my travels on the Web, and love the idea of doing my own statue rather than buying one. By making it yourself, you can infuse more of ‘you’ in the tools you have on your altar.

Her Youtube channel offers tons of neat idea for Sabbat practice and more. She doesn’t post new videos, but started a new channel with a fresh focus.

Knot Magic

 One of the easiest, more effective methods of working spellcraft is the use of knots. You can use just about anything from thread, yarn, to ribbons, to even ropes, and spells vary in their use and function;

Store magick- You can create knot spells to store magick evoked during full moons, or special moments, or times when you’re feeling confident and powerful. Bound into the knot, you untie to release, and use during moments when your energy might not be at its best.

Binding the negative- I think the first thin people think of with binding spells is binding another’s magick, but I don’t bother with messing with another’s magick. I bind negative things like bad habits, destructive emotions, and even worries. When casting this type of spell, you infuse each knot to work that negativity into it, and then you burn the thread. That ashes are cast into moving water away from you (Water represents emotion and temperance).

Storing amulets and magical items. Knots are also useful with adding magical beads and amulets to keep on your person. You can make things like key chains, necklaces, bracelets, etc to hold your items.

Making your own cords to wear also enhances their power.

What type of medium for knots:

My favorite medium to work knot magick is hemp cord. It comes in lovely colors, is cheap, and can be used in making jewelry. Its also a natural thread, which is preferable to working any magick.

Hemp Jewelry- Provides instruction on how to make two different styles for bracelets or necklaces from Hemp cord, but you can use yarn, cotton twine, ribbon, or any string. While weaving, chant or use spell prayer visualizing your wishes into each section.

Spell of Nine Knots- is a very old, useful, and practical type spell.

Witches Ladder (craft)- very useful article on how to make including tips, and a note about using certain feathers in crafts.

Cotton twine, silk ribbon, and natural yarn also works very well.

Types of knots:

I think most pagans/witches/wiccans do not get fancy with using types of knots, using the basic knot to bind or tie. However, consider learning special knots to be used with specific spell work.

Make your own rope belt- perfect to be used with dressed and robes.

You can find tons of instructions on types of knots and their uses, both practical and magical, and some are even for decorative uses. Just remember that any knot or weaving provides the magical person the opportunity to infuse with their intention and power.

Finding what is underneath

ShelfFungus

This is a photo I took down at my father’s house, of a plant known to in the ‘shelf fungus’ family. Fungus are parasitic plants, living off a dead or dying tree, and what you see here is the ‘flowers’, or fruit bodies known as conks.

There’s a huge variety of shelf fungus, having different colors and shapes, but the point I wanted to make has to do with the fact we see only the flowers. The fungus itself goes into the tree itself.

When I used to guide hikes at a state park, a number of people remarked on the conks, not realizing the entire tree was, in fact, infected.

Sometimes things we manifest in our lives, both good or bad, reflect the same surface-only appearance. We want immediate and obvious results, when sometimes magic works more subtly than that. Results can happen slowly, and are not as obvious, at first.

This is why its important to ‘know thyself’ as a witch/wiccan/pagan. You learn to understand our bodies, our spirit, and our intentions, as well as the world around us will shift and changes. How to hone this part of your spiritual life?

- Meditation helps us to listen and learn of ourselves. Vision, dreams, and even the act of ‘emptying monkey mind’ serves to remove the emotion that often clouds judgment.

- Recognize and practice the idea that change happens, both good and bad, and its how we respond to that change that cultivates the type of person you are. Avoid labeling things a ‘bad’ or ‘good’ when all things can serve as lessons in our lives.

- Practice ‘energy work’ to hone your skills in sensing it in and around you. Sometimes you can find awareness if you feel blocked, or in need to ground-and-center.

-Be aware of the Breath. Our breathing changes through emotion, pain, and thought. Controlling the breath can, in turn, control that emotion, pain, or thought. Feel nervous or scared? Practice long, slow breaths. Feeling bored? Quicken the breath (and take a brisk walk), and feel your energies rise.

BOS Assignment- In your Book of Shadows, keep track of moments you feel stressed, fearful, anxious, angry, or depression, and use techniques of breathing and meditation. Write down if it helped.

Some Crafts-

Nature weaving craft- A neat idea to weave intention and will into a frame.

Rose apple bites- A very cool idea for Mabon, to make for a potluck or use in cakes/ale rituals.