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Shedding what you no longer need

campics 032Harvest always bring to mind a season of culling and clearing space. Not only do you reap whatever you’ve sown for the year, you also need to clear and prepare for the coming Winter.

As a homeschool mom, this means cleaning out textbooks and other school related items, but I also take stock of the emotional and spiritual things I should shed. This is especially true when things aren’t working for me.

This year’s goals have varying results, but I recognize some didn’t come to fruition because I didn’t apply myself. Even the weight loss demands more rigorous exercise I wasn’t willing to do. Either case, I know the reasons why my ‘crops failed’.

And that’s okay. Know why? Because I learn from those mistakes. I adjust my life accordingly, or I take time to meditate and question as to why I’m not applying myself. Is it fear? Laziness? Do I even want it badly enough?

Fingernails[5]Growing out my nails took almost two years to get them to the length they are. I slipped a few times, adjusted my habits, but most important of all- I recognized that it wasn’t the actual biting of my nails that was the issue. It was the anxiety I had that caused the nail biting.

Once I worked through that, it became easier.

I can tell you right now one issue with the weight loss is that I don’t really like exercise, well…more to the point, I don’t like getting sweaty. I also like to eat, not so much to eat until engorgement, but I love flavor and texture, and food is connected to social events as well.

So I started walking.

Look a turtleWalking my dog ends up being enjoyable, once I get my butt out the door. I see the changing season, I meet nice people along the trail, I gain the happiness knowing my dog is enjoying herself.

(She doesn’t, in fact, see the turtle in the photo, but she gets real excited when it splashes in the water.)

I also picked smaller portions, so I can still enjoy food, just less of it. (And I refuse to buy Nutella because I recognize I would eat the whole jar by myself).

We see our limits, adjust for changes, but forge ahead to find that success.


Manifestation Box (or basket)- Get a box or some container to keep on your altar and decorate as you wish. You can find paper mache or wooden boxes very cheap at craft stores.

You can paint, glue, or stick paper on it to make it yours own, but while doing so, vision your energy flowing through it, empower the materials even if its just cardboard. Make this your manifestation box, to put in things you want manifesting in your life.

Get scraps of paper and a pen to keep at your altar. When in need, jot down things you need, or things you need to gain your goal. For instance, if I want to lose weight, I might wish for weight loss, but I also need to wish for resolve, motivation, health, energy, and strength so I can meet that goal.

Periodically, you’ll need to clean out the manifestation box. You can do this by casting circle and ceremoniously burning the paper as a way of sending that energy back to the universe. You can also glue seeds on the paper and bury them, sending energy back to earth but also getting the added bonus of growing something (like flowers or fruit/veggies).

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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.