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Magical gift ideas for pagans

MSGiftsforPagans

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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The August Moon- Corn Moon

cornThis is the month of Corn Moon, marking the time of year for harvests. It’s also known as Sturgeon Moon, Blueberry Moon, and Full Green Corn Moon; all marking the importance of abundance with food.


Some August Activities:

Have a feast. This is the most traditional (and fun) activity to have in any month to celebrate harvests. Have a potluck and invite friends/family to share in the bounty.

Clearing out clutter. This is a great time to clean off your alter and switch to an autumn theme. This sort of activity also should include cleansing of tools, to clean physically as well as spiritually.

When cleaning out alter tools, you might want to see if items need a new home. Things I don’t use often find themselves to someone else who needs them.

Try baking something new. The act of baking, mixing, measuring, and stirring can add magic to our food.

Add sigils to pie crusts (for fruit or pot pies)

Make a bread cornucopia– A fun way to serve bread. This is the ‘horn of plenty’, a symbol of abundance and nourishment. Fill with produce, nuts, and flowers.

Offer sacrifices. Making offering can be anything from a libation poured on the ground thanking the gods, but consider these ideas;

  • Volunteer to help others to honor the god/dess
  • Make promises to them for a month such as being kind to others, giving money to a jar you’ll give to charity, etc.
  • Burn incense in their honor with a prayer of gratitude
  • Food, which was very popular in Greek/Roman times. Make the food yourself such as pastries or herb mixes, and leave out as offerings.
  • Songs, dance, art- I went to a pagan festival and a woman gave a song she wrote herself as an offering. Another woman offered a lovely dance. Others left notes of promises they would keep as offerings.

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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.