New Moon Sun Tea

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I’ve always wanted to make sun tea and I thought I’d add a little magic to it. The new moon is tonight so the intentions for this tea is “New beginnings”. Here’s what I did:

First I added in the ingredients.
Lavender for healing, purification, and sleep. One of my new beginnings is to get more sleep.

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Lemon slice for cleansing, purification, spirituality, and removing blockages.

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Fresh peppermint from the garden. Peppermint is good for healing and purification.

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I put the herbs and lemon slice into a mason jar and poured in filtered water. If you don’t have a mason jar, any glass jar, bottle, or pitcher will do. Just make sure the container is glass (plastic has poisons that soak into the water when left in the sun) and has a lid. If it doesn’t have a lid, cover the top with a piece of fabric and secure it with string or a rubber band. Here’s mine:

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When I finished putting the jar together, I added a sigil I made last night. The sigil I made was “new beginnings”. Simple, but effective. I also made a sigil card to go with it. The sigil card is lime my full moon goal cards. On the back I wrote out my new beginnings. I have three.

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After the sigil was added, I set the jar outside where it would get lots of sun. I set it in the pot of my sunflower, Sunny. Now I just let it brew and charge in the sun and I’ll enjoy it tonight during the new moon.

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Witchy Wednesday [9/2/15]

Witch’s Bottle

I have been wanting to make a Witch’s Bottle for some time now. I finally made one this week. I saw a picture on Pintrest that someone made one out of an old light bulb and I wanted to try and do that. It’s a lot more tedious than I though. I tried take the bottom of the light bulb off to get the wires out but they make it seem a lot easier than it really is. After a few minutes of trying and failing, I moved on and found a different bottle to use.

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I remembered I had bought a cute little bottle at a thrift store a while back that didn’t have a stopper. It was perfect.

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Usually witch’s bottles have one specific focus, but mine had a few. I didn’t feel like making a bunch of different ones for the things I wanted to attract. These were part of my full moon intentions (even though I made this bottle on Monday, it still has some left over moon power. More waning gibbous I guess.) Here are the items I decided to put in my bottle and their meaning. These items have many meanings, but these are what they represent for me.

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Baby’s Breath: Happiness

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Cedar Bark Shavings: Purification

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Himalayan Pink Salt: Self love

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A black feather I found: Protection and to repel negative energy

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A Dried Rose (only used one petal, crushed): Love

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Sea Shells: Protection, Love

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Lavender: Sleep, Clarity of thought

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Some gemstones. I only use the bottom three because they are they only ones that would fit into the bottle.

First two (that I didn’t use) are Clear Quartz and I believe Sodalite.

Bottom Three (that I did use):

Brown Zebra Jasper: Writer’s stone, good for writer’s block, motivation, and meeting goals.

Blue Quartz: Assuages fear, clams the mind, inspires hope, promotes understanding your spiritual nature, peace & tranquility, amplifies power.

Adventurine: Opportunity, luck, prosperity.

Now I’m not 100% sure that those are the identifications of the bottom four stones because they were given to me a long time ago. That’s just what I believe they are based on internet research. If you know for a fact they are something different, please let me know.

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Salt: Healing, protection, purification

Crushed egg shells (Cascarilla): Prosperity

After I gathered everything that I wanted to use, I began putting it all into the bottle. I used a  funnel to pour in the salt, Cascarilla, cedar shavings, lavender, HPS, and crushed rose petals first. I then added the gemstones, then the feather, and baby’s breath. As I added everything in, I focused on the intention that each piece represented.

When everything was in, I found a perfect black stone that I had to add as a stopper. I’m not sure what kind of stone it is, but it worked perfectly. I then light a beeswax candle and sealed in the stone. Here is the finished bottle:

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New Moon and the Not So Great Ritual

New Moon=New Beginnings

The new moon was this past Friday.  When I remember, I like to do a little something for the new moon. I worked late on Friday so I didn’t really work on my manifestations until Saturday. There was a new moon ritual in Orlando on Saturday night. I planned on going to it. It was the same place that held the Lughnasadh Ritual I attended. The rituals are always pot lock and last time I went I didn’t have time to make anything and just took Publix potato salad. This time I wanted to actually make something. I decided to make corn muffins because I thought they were gluten free (I checked, and they in fact are not, but I didn’t realize that until after I bought the mix). I also wanted to make the muffins snazzy. I came up with Lavender Honey Muffins. There are recipes out there for them, but I decided to just make my own.

First I had to go to the flea market to buy some local honey. I don’t like using that stuff from the grocery store.

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After wandering around the flea market for awhile, I finally found the honey guy. They are a family business. His dad started out and we passed away, the son and his wife took over.

After I got the honey, I stopped by my favorite witchy shop, The Muse, and bought some new stones.

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From front to back; Onyx, Goldstone, & Garnet.

Onyx: root chakra, assists with challenges in life, protection, & grounding.

Goldstone: calmness, emotional stability, energy generator, & deflects negative energy.

Garnet: regeneration, vitality, order, energizing.

Thought these would help with my new moon manifestation.

When I got home I started on a practice batch of lavender honey corn muffins.

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I used Jiffy mix because I had never made cornbread from scratch, plus ain’t nobody got time for that. The directions are on the back of the box. Pretty simple, just added an egg and 1/3 cup of almond milk. I also added 1/2 a tsp of crushed lavender and 2 tsp of honey. I used my mortar and pestle to crush the lavender, but you could also use the back of a spoon.

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Before I put the muffins in the oven, I thought I’d add some extra flare. Yeah bad idea. Turns out there is such a thing as too much lavender.
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They looked fancy though. Even the lavender inside was too much. Here’s the recipe I used for the ritual muffins:

2 boxes of mix
2 eggs
2/3 cup of almond milk (I’m lactose intolerant so you can use regular milk too)
1/2 tsp of lavender
4 tsp of honey

Baked the for ten minutes and they were golden. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture muffins because I was running late, but they tasted better than practice muffins.

I had an hour drive to get to the ritual. I kind of didn’t want to go because I hadn’t been feeling good and it was raining. I decided to go ahead and go because I wanted to be social and I figured maybe it wasn’t raining in Orlando.

It was. It was pouring on my drive over. I almost turned around, but I had already gotten closer to the ritual than home. When I got there, they wanted to have the ritual inside because it was still lightening. So there were a lot of people crammed into a small living room. There was incense burning and I quickly got a headache. I was trying to stay positive, but I was already in a bad mood. Then I got stuck sitting next to this kid that wouldn’t be quiet. When the ritual started, the lady putting it on stood in the same spot, which was right in front of my view of the altar so I couldn’t see anything she was doing. Plus it was hot and stuffy because they turned the fans off so they could light candles. After the ritual, it was the feast. It looked good, but I couldn’t eat most of it because of my gluten allergy. So I basically just had salad. After that, I was regrettably in a bad mood. I decide just to leave early.

When I got home, I hung out with my sister and watched YouTube videos. That put me in a better mood. After that I worked on my new moon manifestations.

I’m a visual person so I like to draw little manifestation cards:
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In the center is a sigil I made to take care of my body/health. I used the phrase: “I will make my body healthy”. On the left is the Ken rune which is the rune of the fierce warrior (among other things). I chose this one because part of getting my body healthy is getting my thyroid healthy. I’m already working on that by cutting gluten and taking my medications. I also want to cut sugar and processed foods all together. The symbol on the right is the Ogham – Druir which is the sign of the oak; pare and stability. The blue butterfly is the symbol for Graves disease. When I finished the card, I put it on the mini easel that I had put on my altar for Lughnasadh. I’ll have to post my Lughnasadh altar later. After I set my card on my altar I went to bed after a long day.

P.s. Sorry for all the blurry pictures, I took them on my phone.

What did you do for the new moon? What are some of goals you want to work on this month?