Thursday, February 25, 2010

Well...I'm quite pleased.

This is my latest beauty:

I really like how it turned out. The cedar branch I had found a few months back--either in October or November. Just picking it up I knew it was my wand. Being the beauty-seeking Libra that I am, I planned to make it into an artpiece. I found a fantastic smoky quartz point that actually had Citrine growths. This wand has come out with warm fiery colors and murky shadows. That's exactly its energy as well...Flame and Shadow. Hmm...perhaps I should name it Balrog? Lol. I wish I had had it done by felt the right time to cleanse and dedicate it. Ah well...Bealtaine might work just as well.

Edit: Is it just me, or are there faces in the black mirror? may be time for a cleansing...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Emergency Incognito Tools 101

For those still in the broom closet, and for those who simply don't want to attract unnecessary attention, magick can be rather difficult to perform in public. As such I've decided to compile a list of undercover tools that can be used in a pinch.

Compact mirror--many women carry these in their purse anyway. This item does tend to be a bit more challenging for guys to work-- sorry guys. This tool is possibly the best known undercover tool. You can take it out of your purse pretending to check your makeup, and do a quick mirror spell or scry.

A deck of cards--as these are based on the Tarot cards, this should be pretty self-explanatory. Its also great for when you're stuck someplace and bored.

Jewelry--These are perhaps the most multi-purpose undercover accessories. Any piece of jewelry you own can be charged, made into a talisman, etc. In highschool I used to make quartz point pendulums that could double as necklaces.

Pocket/Swiss Army Knife--Athame anyone? Plus they're just downright useful.

Clove Cigarillos--Surprised? Don't be. The herb Clove has amazing protective/exorcism properties (not to mention love and money). Find yourself being followed by some negative energy? Run into a nasty spirit somewhere? Light one of these suckers and blow the smoke in the unsavory's direction. You don't even have to really inhale, just suck some smoke into your mouth and puff it out.

Lighter--I know, I know, the energy really isn't the same as wooden matches. That being said, sometimes a wooden match just isn't practical. There a breeze out? You can't get something to light? You can run through a half box of matches before what you need to light is lit. Bic lighters (and other such) also work as a light source in a pinch.

Pen+Paper--symbols, desires, intents...all of these can be written down. Granted, lighting in on fire right then and there usually isn't the brightest, but you can tuck it into you pocket (or into a bra--I find keeping the intent close to my heart helps) and it should do the trick.

Empty Perfume/Cologne bottles--These can be refilled with any sort of potion or aromatherapy something-or-other you desire.

Don't forget the power of visualization! When push comes to shove, you really don't need any tools (though they can help). Your imagination is the greatest tool you have.

Have some ideas? Did I forget something? Go ahead and shout 'em out! Its always useful to know what resources you have.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

They're finally done!

Well, I've been promising for a while that I'll post my most recent crafts; here is the pair of socks I *FINALLY* finished about a week ago. I had SSS for the longest time--Second Sock Syndrome, for the non-knitters out there. SSS is when you've finished your first sock, start the second...and it sits on the needles for months. And months. And MONTHS.

This is the pattern up close. Sorry if its kinda dark, but I wanted you all to see the cool zig-zag pattern.

Witchy craftiness at its finest!

This is my beautiful new altar! I know, I'm a horrible person, I kept my Mabon altar all the way through Imbolc...I just couldn't get myself to take down the beautiful fall leaves! Autumn's my favorite season. I suppose I just wanted to hold onto the feel of it as long as possible! I know, though, that I really should have changed it around Yule at least. Ah well. Here is my new might be able to see the raw materials for the wand I have planned just in front of the lotus candle.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Its Imbolc...

...and I have a miserable headcold.  No group ritual for me tonight.  Everyone else please have a happy Imbolc.  Celebrate for me!
Hmm...perhaps I shall finish crafting my new wand....
Around October I was wandering around the camp where I go to LARP and found a beautiful branch of Cedar that called out to me.  I've already cut and sanded it as well as found the beautiful smoky quartz point that will top it off...its waiting for the finishing touches.  Hm...perhaps I will finish it tonight...a quick stop by hobby lobby for the chain and wire and
well, that's it for the fuzzy brain rant...I'm going to try and work some more...