Category Archives: Crafts

Tip: Easy and cheap incense/candle holder

MAS01 I wish I learned this trick years ago, but the problem with altar tools is finding things that fit the various types of incense and candles out there.

Incense come in sticks, cones, and the charcoal briquettes. Candles also come in various size tapers, pillar, and even tea light size dimension. But do I seriously want to get different containers to accommodate them?

The tips is easy; A single container, preferable wide and flat, filled with sand, salt, or dirt, works wonderfully as a holder for all incense and candles, and even other things.

flowrepotI prefer using a terra cotta flower pot plate. They are heat resistant, and come in many sizes. You can also paint them, or use a flower pot, overturned, as a base to raise up the plate.

This is also easy to clean by scooping or replacing the sand, salt, or dirt. I use white sand, but you can find various Sand in Vivid Colors at the craft store, or find the Sand for Aquarium at pet stores (you can even find black sand). Hardware stores also carry sand for gardens or walkways.

Other containers include bowls, pots, or plates. This can also be used indoors or outdoors, and changed with the seasons. Use dirt for spring, sand for summer, dirt/soil for Autumn , and even snow for winter (outdoor only). Use your imagination!

Happy, Merry Yule time Wishes!

003December 21, 2014 marks the Winter Solstice this year, when the longest night starts to give way to the Summer. The ‘sun king’ is born, a light flicker which will continually grow as the days lengthen into the warmer months of 2015.

To me, Yule represents hope and light. It means hope that light and warmth will return. It means the candles lit at Yule represent our souls, that each person can ‘light up’ another person, without losing their own glow, but make the world brighter.

It means a time of learning and introspection. When the weather keeps you home, take advantage of this time to take on a new hobby, learn something new, master a new craft. Meditate and learn of yourself. Know thyself. Learn to love and appreciate yourself, while cultivating the good parts, and whittle away the bad.

And crafting! Yes, to craft some lovely things for myself or for others:


Crafting candles, lanterns, and setting lights around the house welcome the Sun into the world, with the hope the winter will be short.

Snow and ice magick is also perfect for this holiday, providing your area has snow and ice. We have cold weather, no snow, and only some ice.

How to make ice globe lanterns

Botanical jar lanterns

So if you don’t have the cold weather, use your freezing, or  you can opt to make lanterns from other materials.

Twigs and tissue paper can make lovely lanterns


Learn from other family traditions to celebrate. Some of these are sweet and simple, perfect for little ones.

Feeding animals and releasing dreams

A moment of silence.. .

Make releasing bundles.


Baking up sweet treats!

I tackled a French Macaron recipe, but finding a special cookie, cake, pie, or even spice mix provides you the opportunity to add well-wishing in the process.

Rainbow cookies (video) can easily be made into something that looks like a star or sun.

Nilla cake bites. I haven’t tried these, but they would make lovely little cakes for cakes and ale, or gifts for others.


I hope your holiday season is a safe, light-filled, love-filled event with the promise of great things to come…

Autumn Equinox 2014: Tips and Ideas

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The Autumn Equinox is right around the corner (September 23, 2014 this year), known as Mabon to some groups.It celebrates when day and night are equal- which is where the meaning derives from ‘equinox’, from Latin, meaning ‘equal night’.

This is also Second Harvest, where Lammas celebrating harvest of the grains, Second Harvest celebrates the harvest of the fruits. Apples are predominant this time of year, as well as berries, and tomatoes (which are also a fruit).

This is also a time of balance, between light and dark, but also anticipating the darker months to come. It’s a time to prepare for winter, while celebrating all that you received in bounty.

Some activities:

Share stories. Through the years, my group will enjoy story time from members. We share stories of our year, and I had them once, celebrating a bragging-and-boasting session where they could brag about some marvelous thing they did in the year.

Members can pass an acorn, wand, talking stick, or drinking horn to share their stories.

You can also share myths such as the Persephone myth, or Innana’s Descent.

Feasting. This is always a ‘must’ in my opinion for any harvest. It’s a communal feast, where everyone shares their food, and enjoys one another’s company.

Apple bread recipe

Apple Berry Mulled Wine

Autumn Stew

Work on Autumn Themed Crafts. These are always fun, to make your own décor for the season, but to add a bit of magick in what you do. The following crafts can be done in ritual, or add a chant, infuse with intention, or write runes/wishes.

lammas04Apple Candle Holders. These are incredibly easy to make, and use in Mabon ritual. You can incorporate them into a blessing, where members light a candle to share their blessings from the year.

Leaf Sun Catcher– Add wishes and hang near your threshold.

038Autumn Leaf Bowls– I’ve done this craft, its very easy. You need paper clay, and leaves. I used leaves from my Concord Grape Arbor. Roll out the clay, lay the leaf and roll over it so it leaves an impression. While the leaves remains in the clay, cut out the edges. Peel the leaf away, then lay your shaped clay over a small bowl. You could make this with leaves and modge podge, laid over a small bowl as well.

Hearth Lanterns. My group did this in ritual, decorating our jars, infusing them with hope and energy, and they get set somewhere near your threshold to welcome in good energies. You’ll need a jar, modge podge (it’s a thin glue that dries clear), leaves, or other things you’d like glued to your jar, paint (you can add to the glue to give a tinted glass look, and wire or string to hang it. Infuse with energy/intention, and set at the threshold of your house.

Cinnamon Ornaments– Shape into magical things, and hang around your house for a lovely apple cinnamon scent and added magick.

I also plan for the next season by listing a ‘to-do’ list. For instance, with winter coming, I would add things like crafts to make, books to read, events to attend, projects to do, and goals. Just because it’s the dead of winter doesn’t mean we hibernate.

What things are your favorite things to do for Autumn?

Book Assignment: Paste dried leaves on a page, or use leaves as stamps. You can even make rubbings. Now list blessings and intentions for the coming months.