How to put MAGIC in our masks.

Welcome to the first vlog in my ‘How to,’ series on spellcarft and witchery.

It was supposed to be a three to five minute chat, but this is me, so there was abundant waffle.

I’ve been working on ways to help bring a little joy to these strange times we’re living in, and it finally struck me that the best way to do this was to give a little magic to these new things that have become a necessary part of everyday life; masks and hand gel. Fun stuff, huh.

You’re going to need;

Orange essential oil

Lime essential oil

Blue cotton thread

A tuning fork. (If you don’t have one, smudge your items, leave them on the window ledge overnight in a full moon, or on a bright sunny day.)

and your masks etc

Before we start it’s important to cleanse everything; strike the tuning fork three times each, and circle or figure of 8 over all of your items – magical and non magical.

Now that’s sorted, let’s get going with the hand gel. I have 500 ml bottles of gel at the moment, (because I can’t always source larger ones, and I’m trying to cut down the plastic waste where possible – so the little handbag size bottles the teenagers carry, I decant from the bigger one and we re-use those.)

I use 100% essential oil, roughly 24 drops to each 500 ml bottle ~ but however strong you like the smell is good. (A couple of drops will be fine if you’re being frugal ~ it’s all about intent, not quantity.) I use citrus oils; specifically lime and orange. (I use 8 drops of lime and 16 drops of orange.) And as I count in each drop I focus my mind on joy; this is a way that we can keep ourselves and others safe. This is helping us to be able to do the fun things we want to do without risking ourselves or others.

And these intentions are the reason I use lime and orange; they are mood uplifting and citrus fruits need to be grown in the bright sunshine. The sun is all about warmth, joy and happiness. You can use protection oils if you want to; lavender, sage, cypress and so on. But the alcohol in hand gel is energetically protecting you as much as physically protecting you. It’s very purpose is to be a barrier. (Rose oil would be good too – as it’s for love, but it can be pricey.)

Once you’ve added your oil, put the lid on and give it a good shake, working those intentions into the gel. And then, every time you use it let those summery oils remind you that you’ve got this. You’re taking this all in your stride, and goddess knows our hands are cleaner than they’ve ever been 😉

Now, the masks.

Masks can be quite frightening, and make things harder for those who are hard of hearing ~ my daughter is visually impaired, and had hearing issues as a little one, so watching your lips move when you talk is ingrained behaviour for her. But they are here until this business is sorted, so it’s going to be energetically healthier if we create a good working relationship with them.

I’m pharmacy trained, so completely support that masks stem the distance droplets can spread. (There’s a great meme about going to the market without wearing pants and having a wee that explains it… perhaps don’t put that straight into google though.)

If you’re comfortable working with sigils, stitching one into your masks, representing protection, safety and communication will do the trick. But if you’ve not worked with sigils yet (i’m going to do a vlog on them,) or you like what i’ve done ~ I stitch three crosses from blue cotton thread ~ three little kisses

X ~ The first stitch for protection of self. The second for the protection of others.

X ~ The first stitch for the safety of self. The second for the safety of others.

X ~ The first stitch for enabling you to understand other people. The second stitch for enabling others to understand you.

The blue thread is also significant ~ blue is the colour of the throat charka. It is the colour of communication and speech, and we want to amplify this now. People need, now more than ever, to not feel isolated, to not feel cut off, and that’s why we are working this colour into our spell. Blue masks, or masks with blue flowers all have the same effect. Working with the colour blue is all about trusting that we are amplifying ease of communication.

Thanks for joining me on this little ramble, as I try to come up with ways to put magic into our masks.

Bright Blessings Lovely Humans.

Jo x

How to use a Pendulum and Divination board.

A pendulum is a weight on a length of string or chain, it can be as pretty or as plain as you desire. (Some folks advise staying away from metal, but i’ve never had any issues.)

Now, I imagine we’ve all got that someone in our family who will have a go at guessing whether the baby will be a boy or girl, using a needle or wedding ring on a thread. (That person is me in our family, in case you were wondering 😉 )

Dowsing has been used to find water, coal and metal, at different points throughout IMG_7157history. It is also the method that we use when working with pendulums to divine for answers.

A pendulum works by linking into the energies and vibrations of people and things around you.  The pendulum then transmits answers, and shows you these answers by moving in different directions.

When using a divining board, (or Answers Board) you can get accurate results to yes and no,  days of the week, time frame and astrological sign questions. And lots more.

Sit with your pendulum and cleanse the energy – either by  leaving her out in a full moon, or by burying her overnight in salt. (Return the salt to the earth once you’ve done this.) Or with a tuning fork, or even, simply by clapping your hands.

It will take a few try’s if you’ve never used one before, but let your intuition guide you. Relax, and let the pendulum dangle above the board. Think or speak your question, and wait for the pendulum to start swinging.

IMG_7158You can even get help finding lost things; like keys for instance… (I’ve tried and tested this MANY times.)  Just tell your pendulum you’ve lost your car keys, and ask for help in which room they’re in. Go and stand in each room, and if the pendulum swings too and frow, they’re not there. When she swings in a cicrcle; let the search begin!

Boy or Girl?

And just in case you were wondering; use the wedding ring of the pregnant Mama, and thread it on a piece of cotton. You can hold it above her tummy, if she’s comfortable with that, but above her open palm will work just as well. If the ring swings too and frow, it’s a boy, and in a circle is a girl.

You can change out a needle for the ring, and some use a strand of hair instead of cotton. It’s an old folklore tradition that’s been around for centuries, and is lots of fun at baby shower’s and pregnancy announcements.

Bright Blessings All,

J x

I sometimes have this divination board and a pendulums in my shop. 

How to dry Rose Petals.

During this time of garden abundance i’m (trying) to gather as much as possible, so I can top up my supplies for the coming year. And today is the turn of the wonderful rose petal.

IMG_7266The rose is such a gentle, nurturing energy, and having dried petals is a must.

I plan to create a thankful alter in the coming weeks. It’s been on my mind for a while now, and the first item that I knew I’d need was pink rose petals – i’ll be scattering them last… But more on that when I come to it.

In previous years i’ve let the petals air dry. But a friend mentioned how she microwaves hers. (I totally gave her my ‘you what?’ face. But i’m up for trying new things.)

Let me tell you, I didn’t have much success with the microwave – mine is older than the arc, so maybe that had something to do with it. I laid the petals separately on a piece of kitchen paper, on a plate, and started with 20 second bursts. They never seemed quite dry enough (still soft and floppy,) then a macro-second later, they were fried.

Three batches on, and I didn’t have the heart to massacre any more petals, so I gave the oven a try. I laid the petals on baking paper on a tray, set the oven to 130 degrees (British speak) and popped them in. Now my oven is a new fangled, fan assisted thingy, and it did the job. Quick.

The petals started to blow about just before they’re fully dried, and each batch took a couple of minutes, max. When you first put them in, they lose all colour, which is a bit alarming. But they soon pinkened up again. IMG_7267

I gave them a good half hour to cool, and i put some kitchen towel in the bottom of an air tight jar, with a couple of drops of rose essential oil. (You could use whatever scent you’d like – perhaps Cypress oil would be good if you were looking to keep love safe… But i’ve kept with straight-up heart centre for this batch. )

IMG_7268Once I was happy they were dry and cool, and scooped them in and sealed the lid. Ready for using.

Pretty pleased with my nice quiet hour in the kitchen and garden. 🙂

J x

(I’ve chattered on about it on my insta story today too. Sharing is caring 😀 )