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Magical gift ideas for pagans

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Here are some gift ideas I wanted to share that are low cost or free;

Food Gifts:

Tea– select flavors that are specific for healing or having magical properties such as cinnamon, chamomile,

Flavored sugar cubesAlwaysfordessert technique

Flavored marshmallowsFoodnetwork DIY recipe

DIY Handmade Gifts:

maxresdefaultA working candle– use sharpie, stamps, or crayon melting to create design. The candle will be intended to be the first candle lit in ritual. Some ideas here. Or try Henna Candle– the styles are lovely but you can personalized with any shape, rune, lettering, symbol, etc.

Altered notebook journals for dreams, or daily journaling, a spell book, or Book of Shadows. I’ve even made my own planners.

DIY Altered Composition Notebook.

Or if you’re talented in art, try a Mixed Media Journal.

Make an personated pen for journaling. This can be matching to an altered journal.

Flower pen You can choose any type of flower or plant for this idea.

Paper Bead Pen

Altered pens– She shows how to alter pens in a variety of ways.

Other Gift ideas:

Sharpie Mug– perfect to go along with a tea or cocoa selection. You could also make plates (offering plate) or bowl (blessing bowl).

Quarter candle holders– add food color to modge podge and paint glass candle holders to the four directions- green, yellow, red, and blue.

Salt dough ornaments– make the dough yourself and create designs for power, protection, or blessings. You could also make alter figurines.

Cornstarch and baking soda dough.

DIY Runes– make from stones, glass beads, seeds

Do you have gifts you make each year? Are there things you hope to receive? Post in comments!

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Pagan Idols

If you look up altars, you almost always find them with small statues on them. Idols of ancient gods, goddesses, or mythical creatures. I’ve seen dragons and unicorns, sometimes fairies, but the figurines can get expensive.

Here are some options:

Make your own idols. They may not be as details or turn out as well as you like, but idols made from wood or clay become infused with your energy, and represents how you view the Divine.

You can buy clay such as traditional clay, but this requires baking in a kiln. Other options include;

Sculpey Polymer Clay which also includes baking, can be put in an oven. You need to follow direction for baking time since the thicker the item, the long you bake. You have to be careful with burning. It comes in many colors, can be painted, and takes shape very well.

Paper Clay comes in white and other colors, but I made the mistake of buying the kind that is gray. Everything I made needed to be painted, and it tends to have a coarse feel, that can also crack when drying. You can, however, file edges down and shape and mold to refine the form. This type of clay needs some learning to work it correctly, but you can find tons of free tutorials online.

More options include making your own clay out of materials you have at home. This allows for trial and error.

Salt Clay I find this a bit rough, but for making primitive idols, this works great. You can add color to the clay, or paint afterwards.

Cold Porcelain (3 recipes)- which has the smoother texture and air dries. You can add color to the clay or paint. The final product will shrink a bit after drying.

Some tips:

  • Use wire to shape the clay with, and position as needed.
  • Add essential oil to the clay as a type of scent diffuser.
  • Add dye or even mica powder (metallic powder) to add a shimmer.
  • Use things around the house for texture tools
  • Try various styles, but also remember that idols can be almost formless, to only represent a god or goddess.

Another tip I offer is to forego an idol and use imagery instead. You can easily print out pictures of a god and/or goddess to sit on your altar. I like this method best because it is easy to personal a picture frame, but also you can change the picture seasonally or whenever you have need to change.

What do you use? Post in comments. Don’t forget to share this post.

Full Moon, Strawberry Moon

 Today is the June Full Moon, known as Strawberry or Mead Moon. This is the month to harvest strawberries but also the month traditionally people get married, to celebrate with the drinking of mead. We’ll see the Summer Solstice on the 21st, on Father’s Day, this year, and the season changes into the hot days of summer.

I love strawberries. I often slice up strawberries, freeze them, then add to smoothies for a cool, refreshing drink. Once I didn’t add enough Almond milk (you can add milk or juice), and I found the result was something similar to soft ice cream. Even better. I found a similar recipe that includes bananas, but remember to SLICE the fruit and freeze first. Trying to blend a whole banana or even whole strawberries offers some scary noise from the food processor. Strawberry/banana ice cream.

Strawberry Mead Recipe (1 gallon) – Mead is a very light alcoholic drink, like wine in a way. You can mix all types of flavor with it, so its versatile as well. I tried once a mead with orange blossom and roses. Odd taste but also very good.

Strawberry Syrup– homemade strawberry syrup is good for many things such as pancakes/crepes, but also scones, and the next recipe- soda.

Homemade Strawberry Soda (healthier than regular soda)

Some fun summer crafts:

Make your own bubble wands- This is a fun tip to work with kids, or for playful magick. Once created, use to make bubble, while blowing,  visualize your ‘wish’ when you blow, and send out into the world.

Create Ribbon Spells- easy to do by writing down your wish and tying to a tree or bush so the wind can blow on it. This makes for a festive look as well.

With Summer and the hot weather soon approaching, consider a Henna tattoo. I’ve tried henna tattoos a few times. The Henna smells wonderful, and although the paste itself goes on black, and it takes time to dye the skin, the result looks so pretty. You could design symbols and use as a spell. Wear until worn off, and enjoy the loveliness of the design as well.

Want to share your own ideas for summer? Post in comments.