Supermoon Wish Jars

To help harness the energy of the supermoon, or any full moon, to help your wishes come true, here’s a fun little project you can do by yourself or with your witchy friends. This also makes a nice activity for esbats that doesn’t require a lot of setup.

Materials:

  • Small Jar with tight-fitting lid
  • White or Black candle
  • Incense of your choice
  • Herbs and Items representing your wish

Find a clear space to work. Make sure it’s free of fire hazards. If possible, try to work near a window through which you can see the moon. (If you don’t have one, that’s all right too, since you’ll be setting the jar out for the moonlight when finished.) Light your candle and choice of incense and get to work.

Select herbs and trinkets which fit inside the jar to represent your wish. For example, if your wish is for money or prosperity, you might include coins or metallic glitter or small craft gems. If your wish is for health, you might include vitamin pills or a charm representing medicine.

Check your books for herbs or crystals that correspond to your wish as well, to give the jar plenty of oomph. The contents of the jar can be whatever you want. Use the materials that resonate best with you.

Some basic herbs for wishmaking include:

  • Bamboo
  • Bay Leaf
  • Beech
  • Black Walnut
  • Blue Violet
  • Buckthorn
  • Chicory Root
  • Dandelion Seeds
  • Dogwood Petals
  • Lotus Root
  • Nutmeg
  • Peppermint
  • Pomegranate
  • Sage Leaf (any color)
  • Sandalwood
  • Spearmint
  • Straw
  • Sunflower
  • Tonka Bean
  • Walnut
  • Willow Bark or Leaves

Once your jar is complete, drip three drops of wax from the candle into the jar and circle the mouth of the jar three times with the incense. Then seal the jar and place the jar somewhere that it will be touched by the light of the full moon and leave it overnight.

The jar should work for about a month, or slightly longer if you’re working with a supermoon. When the next full moon rolls around, you can recharge the jar by leaving it out overnight again, or make a new jar with a new wish.

Happy Witching!

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The Sisters Grimmoire: Spells and Charms for Your Happily Ever After

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The Sisters Grimmoire: Spells and Charms for Your Happily Ever After (2nd Edition)
By Bree NicGarran

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,
Who’s the cleverest witch of them all?

With the spells in this book, it just might be you!

Inspired by the well-known works of The Brothers Grimm, this volume boasts over sixty original spells lovingly crafted from favorite fairy tales, along with helpful spellcrafting instructions and several indices to aid you in your journey. All of this is wrapped up with useful chapter forewords discussing the various themes within the tales, some insight into the creative process, and a bit of discussion on ethics and the usage of magic.

Whether you’re ready to yell “All Heads Off But Mine,” looking to turn your luck around with some Buried Coins, or just wanting to show the world What Big Teeth you have, there is sure to be a spell within these pages that is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

After all, who couldn’t use a bit of Happily Ever After?

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Kitchen Witch Blessing

This is a nice, neutral blessing that I put into my food and baked goods while I’m cooking them up. No extra seasoning or special substances are required, though it can be used in conjunction with other food magics.

While mixing ingredients together or stirring the pot, take a few deep breaths, focus on the food, and say or clearly think the following:

   Whosoever eats of this [food],
    may prosperity find them,
    may good health be with them,
    may happiness shine on them,
    and no harm befall them.

Finish the food as you normally would, and serve it to whoever you wish.

And yes, that includes yourself. It‘s not required that you do this solely for the benefit of others. You’re allowed to do magic to give yourself a blessing too!

Need a specific blessing? Make up one of your own, and put that into the food as needed.

(Keep in mind that some people do not want unasked-for blessings, no matter how neutral or pleasant they may be. If you are serving the food to someone that you know is not comfortable with such things, either ask beforehand if they mind you blessing the meal or bless portions as you serve them so that theirs can be omitted if they prefer.)

Happy Witching!

The Play’s The Thing – Shakespearean Witchcraft

Having issues writing an incantation? Need something to spice up your next spell? Why not try a little Shakespeare?

The Bard’s weighty folio includes numerous references to witches, magic, sorcery, and all kinds of otherworldly goings-on in his plays. We’re all familiar with the good old “Double, double, toil and trouble” scene from Macbeth (Act 4, Scene 1), but there’s much more inspiration to be had.

Lady Macbeth’s Revenge Soliloquy, Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 5

“Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts…”

The Witches Curse A Sailor, Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 3

“And like a rat without a tail, I’ll do, I’ll do, and I’ll do…”

Prospero’s Threat of Confinement, The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2

“If thou more murmur’st, I will rend an oak
And peg thee in his knotty entrails till
Thou hast howl’d away twelve winters.”

The Exchange Between Caliban and Prospero, The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2

“As wicked dew as e’er my mother brush’d
With raven’s feather from unwholesome fen…”

Prospero’s Threat of Disarming, The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2

“Put thy sword up, traitor…”

Iris Appeals to the Goddess Ceres, The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1

“Ceres, most bounteous lady, thy rich leas
Of wheat, rye, barley, vetches, oats and pease…”

Ceres Gives A Blessing of Abundance, The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1

“Earth’s increase, foison plenty,
Barns and garners never empty…”

Prospero Ends The Revels, The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1

“Our revels now are ended…”

Prospero Speaks of Caliban, The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1

“A devil, a born devil…”

Prospero Sets Spirit Hounds On Caliban’s Band, The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1

“Go charge, my goblins…”

Prospero Summons Nature Spirits, The Tempest, Act 5, Scene 1

“Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes and groves…”

Oberon Explains The Love-Herb, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2, Scene 1

“That very time I saw (but thou couldst not)
Flying between the cold moon and the earth,
Cupid, all arm’d; a certain aim he took…”

[The love-herb, incidentally, is a pansy blossom.]

Puck Heralds The Dawn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 3, Scene 2

“For night’s swift dragons cut the clouds full fast,
And yonder shines Aurora’s harbinger…”

Helena Prays For Comfort, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 3, Scene 2

“O weary night, O long and tedious night…”

This is FAR from a complete listing; in fact, I’ve only gone through the three plays best known for their association with magic and witchcraft. There are lots more to go through, and even the serious plays have plenty of arguments and insults that would make great fodder for witchery.

Have a go at your own favorite Shakespearean title, and see what you come up with!