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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.

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BOS Tip: Making stamps

stamps

A neat method to adding color, shape, and even texture, includes the use of stamps. However, you may find the world of buyable stamps lacking in pagan themes.

This site, Fifth Wizard, offers the nifty idea of using plasticine (found affordable at your local craft store or even Wal-mart). They come in all types of colors, but its not the color you need to worry about; simply shape into anything you want and use as a stamp.

The post includes some ideas and methods to doing this.

If you don’t want to bother making stamps, check out the sites below for bought stamps;

At Stampingallday.com, they include an entire page of pagan-themed stamps.

Highlandceleticstamps.com also offers some neat stamps you might want to have on hand to decorate pages of your book of shadows.

Lost Angels Rubberworks has some pagan themed, as well as cultures of Egyptian, Japanese, and African design.

The Third Coastrs offers tons of neat stamps to decorate pages, not just pagan themed specifically but includes myth and story themed.

Halloween: The Celtic New Year

MC900436328 Halloween, known to pagans as Samhain, marks the end of the Celtic calendar. Its also the third harvest of the solar year, where whatever remaining crops are harvested, and herds culled before the winter months.

All the preparations for winter should be completed by October 31st, the goals you’ve set for the year reach their end.

I certainly find that using the Celtic year, rather than the Roman calendar (as we use now), makes more sense with setting goals. It leaves the hard work finished by autumn, and the winter can be a time of reflection and planning for the coming year. There’s the added plus of enjoying the holiday seasons without the pressure of goal-setting, such as dieting. (Which always ends up on my resolution list).

The goals I’ve set for this year were not what you’d call bountiful. I had a few unexpected successes such as I suddenly developed the willpower to stop biting my fingernails. I also earned some extra money with my blogs via Amazon’s Kindle site, and I’m better off now than I was a year ago.

I’ve learned that I must stop wallowing in depression, to take stock that many of my misfortunes are being created by me in the first place, and to forge ahead, despite the odds. I also found new friends along the way, and learned a valuable lesson of success is not just luck but being prepared for opportunities once they present themselves.

Not bad for just one year.

Here’s some tips:

Write down all your successes, not just the goals you’ve set. Even unplanned successes are well worth celebrating.

Don’t focus on the goals that didn’t come to fruition. Re-assess the effort you put in, and try again the next year.

Consider what obstacles stand in your way. What sort of ‘weeds’ choke out the good things you hope to grow in your life? These can take the form of people, jobs, or bad habits.

Ask yourself why you wanted the goal. Does it improve your life?

I hope everyone finds the positive in their Samhain night.