Welcome to December's Newsletter!

For the past year, I've been creating a one-page monthly newsletter with more of an e-magazine feel about it.  I hope I've created it successfully for your enjoyment.  Coming up on this month, and the 12th edition of this newsletter, I have to decide whether to continue to produce this newsletter on a monthly basis, or whether to publish it quarterly, or whether I want to stop publishing it altogether.  I may even decide to create it randomly, producing a new edition only when the urge, and my muse, strike.  This is just a heads up for those who have been following this newsletter, so that you won't be surprised when a January 2019 issue doesn't pop up.

In retrospect, there are 12 editions here filled to the max with all kinds of articles, information, links, music, videos and more to save and use as a reference.  The information here is timeless, and I hope that you continue to share it with anyone you think will be interested, or post links to it on your blogs or web-pages.  I'm certainly keeping the links to this newsletter and the published pages up at my sites.

New at The Tarot Parlour ~ I am once again creating Zodiac Tarot Readings, as well as videos with other types of general tarot readings for the public.  You will NOT find these videos at Youtube (where they are unlisted), but you will find them exclusively at The Tarot Parlour on THIS PAGE.

Articles included in this December's edition of The Witch's Corner Newsletter ~

1.  December's Moon/Oak Moon ~ Crafting Your Magick

2.  The Winter Solstice/My Celebration

3.  Things I Love & Things I Hate

4.  Ritual & Spell Remnants:  What do I do with it?

5.  A Special Holiday Blessing

6.  Psychics & Their Clients

7.  New Year's Resolutions

8.  Magickal Herbs:  Holly & Ivy

9.  Some Kitchen Witchery:  Gingerbread

10.  What is the Difference Between the Green Witch, the Kitchen Witch, & the Hedge Witch?

11.  December's Special Offer

The photo ~ a novelty item I bought at a local department store, the wooden witch's shoes, and on the platform they're attached to it says "if the shoe fits".


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The Winter Solstice: Yule
(December 21)

The Goddess, pregnant with life experiences, gives birth to her future, continuing life’s unending cycle, renewing the universe with new dreams and infinite possibilities. As the light returns to the earth on the Winter Solstice in a glorious burst from the sun, so our light shines through the Goddess, illuminating our way, igniting our path with energy, ambition, and a renewed sense of purpose.

Winter Solstice...the longest day of darkness in the year; and with the darkness comes the promise of light, the rebirth of the Sun. It's no wonder, because of the importance of this date to the ancient pagans and the symbolism involved, that the Roman church chose this date to celebrate the birth of Christ. This is a celebration of sunshine. It's celebrating the end of of darkness and cold; it's celebrating a return to the earth and warmth, a return to gardening, a return of the flowers, a return of warm sunny days, green grass, ice cream, and lazy afternoons fishing at the lake. It might be a ways off yet, but it's coming, really it is, and the Winter Solstice will keep it's promise!

Hallelujah, the Sun has returned!


My Celebration:


When the kids were younger, not all that long ago in fact, I use to start shopping for Yule in August. Yes, I really did. I also carried a notebook in my purse with everyone's name so that I could keep track of everything I was buying for each child. Of course, I firmly believed that everyone must have the same amount of gifts to open; I was adamant about that. And I was so organized, in fact, that I kept this notebook with me all through the gift wrapping process to check off which presents were completed. I wore myself out. I wore my bank account out; and I discovered that I actually wore my kids out with this process as well. One day, my youngest daughter said to me, "Mom, it's so stressful. I just get my room the way I want it, then we get all this stuff, and it's all cluttered again, and I have to find somewhere to put it all." That was an eye-opening moment.

I have shifted my concentration to preparing a good meal for the family. I've shifted my concentration to creating an atmosphere of congeniality, fun, and camaraderie. I've taken the commercial burden off myself and my children, and in doing so, we can all relax and come away with the most important holiday gift of all...Happy Memories.

Ritual & Spell Remnants
What do I do with it?

After the spell is cast and the magick is set, what do you do with all the left over “stuff”– the candle wax, herbs, ashes, pins, needles, dollies, spell bags, charms, talismans, personal effects, etc. etc.? Is how you dispose of the remnants left from magick spells or rituals important? You bet your sweet cauldron it is. I’m posting this because 1) I’ve just stumbled upon it in my great big ole’ black Book of Shadows; 2) I’ve gotten a few emails filled with questions on this issue; and 3) I think it’s important enough to review for anyone who hasn’t thought about it for a while. I do believe that this information, or at least some of it, might have come from luckymojo.com, but this has been buried in my BOS for so long, I don’t really remember anymore.

Note: One big difference in casting spells in the hoodoo tradition is the belief that the power attributed to certain items, herbs and such, is naturally a part of these things and it is not necessary to consecrate these items to charge them in order to activate the magick. I’m extraordinarily eclectic, and I love charging my spell candles, mojo bags, charms & talismans, jewelry, etc, in the Wiccan tradition, with the four elements– by earth, by air, by fire, by water.

When all is said and done, the last spell candle has burned itself out, and the final “So Mote it Be” has been spoken, here’s what you’re going to do with all the leftover tidbits…

1. If you want to keep something close, bury it in your backyard.

2. If you want to attract something, bury it under the front door step.

3. If you want to destroy it’s influence, burn it.

4. If you want it to move away and sink, throw it in running water.

5. If you want to disperse it far away from you, throw it to a crossroads.

6. If you want to fix its influence, bury the pieces in a a five spot pattern

7. If you want it to work by means of spirits, bury it in a graveyard.

8. If you want to hide its point of origin, conceal it in a tree.

9. If you want it to work in secret, give it food or drink.
(This is often an ongoing thing, done at regular intervals.)

10. If you want it to work in stealth, hide it in clothing or on objects.

11. If you want its influence to begin or strengthen, throw it to the East.

12. If you want its influence to weaken or end, throw it to the West.

13. Never bury the remains of a negative spell on your own property!

A Special Holiday Blessing

I was initially going to share this blessing with a very small group of sisters and co-conspirators in life, but I realized that there were so many other people who popped into my head, connected in some way with this blessing, these desires, these wishes, and these needs. As we traverse through the holiday season and come to the end of this year, read this intention, wish with all your heart, “know” with that magickal part of you, and light a white candle.

The blessings and magickal intentions going into our white candles:

Peace & Harmony…may all and any issues causing you concern smooth out and resolution be found.

Prosperity…where there is material need, may the golden touch of a golden angel bring you a blessed and full cornucopia.

Love…amplified a gazillion times, like the stars in the heavens.

Success…on all your many and varied adventures and projects.

Health…may all the infirmities that we suffer be rolled into one large black ball, and may this ball be given a mighty toss, that it rolls away, past the moon, past the stars, to a netherworld.

Hope…that we all know good things are right around the corner.

Laughter…because it feels good and makes us healthy, and when we laugh our personal magickal energy is released in beautiful silver bubbles that burst all over the universe, causing a contagious rush of happiness to the world.

Satisfaction…that we are content with ourselves, wherever we are at this point, with whatever we may be doing, that we know we’ve given life our best shot, and where the universe takes us…it will be our destiny.

New Year's Resolutions

So...looking to the future, what does everyone wish for 2019?  What kind of New Year's resolutions are we formulating?  

Here's a few suggestions to get you started:

Relationship Resolutions--

Be more understanding of my partner’s faults. 
Have more/better sex. 
Find happiness outside of my relationship.
Increase my gratitude for my partner. 
Be a better listener. 
Show more interest in my partner’s life, work and interests.
Institute a date night.

Health Resolutions--

Eat, but Don't Pig Out
Jump Outside the Box (Consider medicinal alternatives, like holistic methods)
Guard Against the Bone Thief (osteoporosis)
Move Center Stage (It's okay to put yourself first--take care of you!)

Financial Resolutions--

Know What You Want
Prioritize Your Debts
Open an IRA
Enroll in an Automatic Savings Plan
Close Unnecessary Accounts
Make Money Doing What You Love
Collect Your Change
Give Money (What you send out, comes back-- karma)
Begin Using Personal Finance Software
Read a Financial Book Each Month

What is the difference between the Green Witch, Kitchen Witch, & Hedge Witch?

A lot of people view these three aspects of the witch as one in the same thing, with a few minor differences, and I believe this to be true, especially when you look at the similarities between the Hedge, Kitchen, and Green witch: all three of these practices involve using natural things of the world, those things found around you, to create magic– herbs and stones; energies of the animal world; folk magic; personal spells; and informal spell casting, rather than heavy-duty ritual. Most of these practices involve a solitary practitioner, and this practitioner tends to be very independent and imaginative in their magickal endeavors. Simplicity is the bottom line, inter-laced with old world charm.

The Green Witch…connects with the power and magickal energy found within herbs. Her magic is natural and is often attuned to healing– healing of the body, mind, and soul through the world of herbs and the abundant magickal power found there. This witch tends to be a solitary practitioner, often tending her gardens, perhaps even growing many of the herbs she uses in her practice. She has a unique connection to nature and to the seasons, particularly in the aspect of growing and harvesting.

Kitchen Witch…her magick lay in the heart of the home, at the hearthfire itself. Her practices will also include using those items around her that are a natural part of her world. The Kitchen Witch has the ability to tap into herbs, stones, as well as other mundane items found in her home, and unleash the magickal energy from within. This witch incorporates this magick in her daily life– in the meals she prepares for her family, the way in which she cleanses and cares for her home, through magickal potions from her own unique recipes, and in her private and simple rituals and spells.

Hedgewitch…this witch prefers to live close to nature and is strongly connected to the natural world, often enjoying a relationship with the wild things that mundane people may find strange or unusual. The Hedgewitch is grounded, close to the earth and all its elements. She is the most elusive of the natural witches, often secretive about her practices and her magick, protective of that which she holds sacred. Her magick transcends the more common use of herbs and potions, candles and such, and originates strongly from her natural connections to all things in nature and the fundamental energy found there.

"MAMA PROTECTION"
A Property Protection Poppet

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The herbs & ingredients used for our spell today:

1. Graveyard Dirt ~ for protection, spiritual protection, protection from the power of “sacred ground”. We are also calling in spirits, using cemetery dirt from the grave of family members, law enforcement officials, or someone else who would offer you up protection in either realm.

2. Fennel Seed ~ for general protection, it also deflects negative energy sent your way, whether this be through negative thoughts and “bad wishing”, envy, jealousy, greed, etc.

3. Slippery Elm ~ protects against false accusations, false testimony, gossip, and lies.

If you make your own poppet, you could add soil from your own ground, snips of hair from the people living there (or a snippet of their clothing), hair from the pets as well, leaves and flower petals from the gardens, etc. The list is endless, fueled only by your own magickal imagination.

If you would like to purchase this very special edition of a Protection Poppet (Mama Protection), follow the link at the beginning of this article and scroll down.  She's there.

December's Moon

Oak Moon

Herbs: cedar wood, juniper, sage,
star anise, carnation
Stones: lapis, smoky quartz, lazulite
Scents: violet, patchouli, frankincense,
myrrh, rose geranium
Colors: red, white, black
Trees: pine, fir, holly
Deities: Hathor, Hecate, Athese
Elements: Fire/Water

Astrological Influences for December:
Sagittarius:
ruled by Jupiter, projective/masculine, mutable/fire
Capricorn:
ruled by Saturn, receptive/feminine, cardinal/earth

Pagan Holiday:
Winter Solstice/Yule
December 21

Herbs: frankincense, myrrh, sage, bayberry, rosemary
Altar Flowers/Herbs: holly, mistletoe, pine cones, evergreen, thistle, cedar
Feast Foods: fruitcake, gingerbread, cranberries, dried fruit, eggnog, cider/wine
Animals: white buffalo, stag, weasels, owls, squirrels, blue jays, cardinals, doves
Incense: bayberry, cedar, frankincense, myrrh, orange, sage, rosemary
Rituals/Spells: hearth and home magick, lighting the Yule log, hopes and dreams spells, wishes

Crafting Your Magick


Balance carefully the energy of the traditionalist and that of the free spirit. Cast magic to seek knowledge from your ancestors, or to contact your spirit guide; cast magic to temper loyalties, and to reveal true feelings. Use magic now to throw light on shady situations and to call upon the energy of male divinity-- the God. Magic for transitions are potent during the time of the Oak Moon. Work on long term projects; now is the time to put into motion spells that will come into fruition with the Spring Equinox.

Things I Love & Things I Hate

*Note: I may be re-posting a re-post. Quite honestly, I’ve written so much that I don’t remember what I’ve posted where anymore. However, I may have a few things to add to this– yes, I believe I do. I re-read this while having coffee this morning, and there was just something about it that scratched the itch in my soul.

Full moon

I love moonlight— I remember laying on Grandma’s couch in the bay windows of her large kitchen one summer night and raising up in the dark to hold my arms out in the moonlight that was spilling through the glass. My arms looked all puny, and white, and ghostly, and the moonlight felt good on my skin…the same way some people claim that the sun feels good on theirs.

Chocolate…this is a mandatory like for all females. It contributes to our feelings of well-being, our energy level, and our rear ends, but in a good way. It’s used to alleviate guilt, stress, anger, and jealousy. It soothes the soul and adds to the ambiance of our lives– sort of like a gentle ‘Ommmm’, or one of Deuters CDs.

I love autumn. I love the beautiful and vibrant colors- golden hues, maize, browns, tans; the warm colors- shades of orange and red. The smell of dry autumn leaves in damp earth is one of my favorite scents. I love deep blue autumn skies as a backdrop for the trees. I love the sound of geese overhead, flying south; the influx of wild birds and squirrels at our feeders; the crisp mornings that are a balm from a hot summer; the bounty that comes with a garden harvest, pumpkins and gourds. I love the occasional foggy, chilly, mist-in-the-air, gray day. I love the primeval urge to bake spicy breads and pies; the smell of hot coffee; and the warm golden puddles of light from my candles, which were lit early to soften the growing darkness.

Cats…they wreak of mysticism, they know what they know, and they keep secrets. Cats don’t pressure you for emotions you don’t feel like showing. They know when to crawl into your lap and seek your attention and affection, and they know when to retreat into the shadows and leave your space open and clear. Cats walk with spirits and commune with fairies; they don’t encompass magick, they are magick.

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I love rain…I love the smell of it, the sight of it, the sound of it. I love the dark steel gray days that go with rain. I love the cozy solitude found indoors on rainy days- someone hunkered over a book in a pool of lamp light; a pretty teapot, full of jasmine tea, nestled on a trivet; cats curled into furry balls on the couch and kitchen chairs. I love the way drops of rain slide down the window-panes. I love the rumble of thunder in the distance and loud claps of thunder overhead. I love the way tree trunks look darker and more well-defined and sidewalks smell of damp forest pathways.

Things I hate— and yes, it’s perfectly okay to ‘Hate’ something. It’s an honest human emotion, like love and lust, only no one wants to acknowledge it because we were raised in a mostly Christian society that attempts to pigeon hole human emotions and appetites as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Yep, you go right ahead and hate anything you feel a hankering to hate. Once in a while we hit on something to hate and we hate it so much it gives us enough gumption to change it.


I hate the dead of winter…it wreaks of hopelessness and the fact that there’s no way out, because none can be seen at this point. It’s not early enough winter to look pretty, and it’s not near enough spring to look hopeful– it’s just plain dirty and cold, gray and dark.

I hate a liar…My grandmother told me that this is one of the most dangerous creatures walking the planet. The very nature of what they are makes them impossible to fight.

I hate the idea of legal marriage. It is absurd to think that you need to receive a sanction of approval from a judicial system to be seen by the world as a legitimate couple. Not only do you have to pay a fee to obtain a ‘license’ so that someone deemed ‘legally qualified’ can marry you. Should the marriage not work out, you have to pay a great deal of money to this same judicial system so that you can extricate yourself from what I consider a personal relationship. As far as I’m concerned, Wiccans finally got it right with ‘Handfasting’…after all, if you know that the other party can end the contract with no fuss every year and a day, seems like everyone might work harder to keep the magic going. This sure beats the hell out of the Christian alternative– you stay with someone forever, until you die, whether you’re happy or not.

I hate “Mean Girl Mentality”. This phenomena is usually sistered up with “Group Mentality”, and when you put both of these disease ridden syndromes together, it becomes lethal…lethal to common sense, good manners, and courtesy.

Psychics & Their Clients

I receive a lot of email from a lot of people. Some of it is predictable and mundane, some of it is feedback from my clients, and some of it is completely unexpected and totally out in left field. And let’s get one thing straight here before I continue…It’s okay to be out in left field, everyone has to be somewhere.

The most troublesome messages for me come from people who admit to being under psychiatric care and on medications. Red flags go up, not because I feel anything negative or threatening from these individuals, but because I’m immediately aware of the fact that I may be dealing with a very fragile human being. This means that I should be very careful of what I say, very careful of the types of choices and actions that I present to them, and very cautious about any statements that could lead them to stop the mundane medical/psychological care they are receiving. However, this does not mean that I should not be truthful with them, while at the same time giving them as positive a reading as I can, and leaving them with something to go forward and to build on.

The most unusual messages and requests I receive are from transgendered individuals, almost always men, all of them wanting to know if there is some magic spell to make them a woman, or to give them the power to go back and forth between being male or female. First, no, I tell them that I’ve never heard of this type of spell; and if there was one, it would most likely involve some sort of ‘shape-shifting’, rather than any solid permanent ‘in-the-real-world’ physical change. I also encourage these individuals to seek counseling, to get in touch with clinics who specialize in surgery for transsexuals, and to spend time examining their inner feelings and motives about this issue.

The most difficult messages and clients to deal with are people having mundane problems in their life, usually involving love or money, and they expect that a reading from me will solve these problems. I try to emphasize that I can give them an idea, and usually an amazingly accurate idea, of what the future will hold, what the road blocks will include, and which routes will be to their advantage. In almost all of these types of readings, any self-imposed stumbling blocks are usually exposed as well, and it’s very difficult to know when to reveal this information and just how much to emphasize it. It can be a very sensitive area for some people.

A woman hopelessly in love with the wrong man would rather have all her teeth pulled with no anesthetic than to be told that her true love is a scum bag and if she doesn’t ditch him and heal from the negative contact and abuse she’s suffered through his hands, she will continue to decline both physically and emotionally, and happiness will be something that everyone else gets to experience, but not her. Sometimes a reader can point out the obvious, but someone blinded by the strength of their emotions may not be willing to look at it. These people usually have to learn the hard way– and many of them have drug me along as their psychic, giving me a front row seat to this process.

People caught up in financial difficulties can be heart wrenchingly desperate. And unless you have experienced this predicament in life, you will not understand the depth and gravity of it. Johnny Carson was speaking on his show one time about wealth. He said,“The only thing that being rich does is to alleviate the worry about not having enough money.” Of course, what he was trying to emphasize is that all of the other usual human problems are still there. However, my thought was that he had been wealthy so long he had forgotten what a horrible burden it is to worry about money. All other human problems pale in comparison if you can’t pay your rent or buy food.

In situations like this, as with any other, the ups and downs, the possibilities and the pitfalls, will come through a reading. What will not come through a reading is a magical and instant fix to your financial situation. The tarot cards give us a picture of what was, what is, and what may be coming for the future– but we will still have to stumble along and live through this human condition one day at a time, and sometimes it’s a damn long rough road.

I’ve met some incredible people through my work, often people who have no idea how frustrating– or how inspiring– they are. As I continue to use my gift to enlighten and to enrich lives; I whole-heartedly accept the gift of enlightenment and enrichment that I receive back.

Magickal Herbs

Holly

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Powers: Protection, anti-lightening, luck, dream magic

Magical Uses:

Holly is a protective herb used to keep you safe from lightening, poison, and evil spirits. Planted around the home, it keeps the occupants safe from black magic. Holly is said to tame wild animals, and holly water sprinkled on newborn babies will protect them.

This herb is carried to promote good luck-- especially when carried by men, because its energy is masculine. At Yule time its hung around the house for good luck.

Its said that holly leaves added to a mojo bag and kept beneath your pillow will make your dreams come true.


Ivy

Gender: Feminine

Planet: Saturn

Element: Water

Powers: Protection, healing


Magical Uses:

Ivy is carried by women for good luck in general, and is traditionally carried by brides for this reason.

Where Ivy is grown or scattered, its suppose to guard against negativity and disaster. Its also used in fidelity and love charms and spells.

Ivy is magically "paired" with holly as a potent charm.

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Kitchen Witchery

Gingerbread

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup molasses
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 cup boiling water

In a large bowl, measure all the ingredients.  With a mixer at low speed, beat until well mixed, constantly scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula.  Beat at medium speed 3 minutes.  Pour the batter into a pan and bake 55-60 minutes at 350 degrees

We'll look at some of the ingredients now
from a magickal perspective:

Cinnamon:  
Spirituality, success, healing, power, psychic powers, lust, protection, love

Ginger:
Love, money, success, power

Salt:
Purification, protection, grounding, money

Cloves:
Protection, exorcism, love, money

Sugar:
Love, lust

 

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Sources for Information Found in The Witch' Corner Newsletter ~ 

Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way by Amythyst Raine

The Gray Witch's Grimoire by Amythyst Raine

The Spiritual Feminist by Amythyst Raine

Encyclopedia of Crystals by Judy Hall

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, & Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham

 

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