Make Winter A Magical Wonderland with Moody Moons

Moody Moons gears up for Yule & Imbolc with magical herbs, oils and gifts for like-minded friends and family.  From winter rosemary smudges to clever tarot bags to winter Sabbat oils and more, Moody Moons offers unique, handcrafted gifts for every pagan in your life.

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Wild crafted Virginia Juniper berries gathered at the source from the famously haunted civil war battlefields of Northern Virginia.

Makes a lovely addition to Winter Solstice & Imbolc casting blends.

All year, include in sachets, incense blends and mojo bags to dispel negative energy, hex breaking, reversals, protection and to bring clarity of thought and drive away nightmares.

The warmth of candle light, the blaze of the fire, blankets piled on every chair and bed: these are the things that make Imbolc one of the coziest holidays on the Wheel of the Year!

Moody Moon’s signature Imbolc oil blend makes an elegant Yule gift for yourself or someone else!

Welcome the return of the light with this spicy, aromatic ritual potion, a rich blend of essential oils chosen for their correspondence to the season and steeped in an olive oil base.

Makes a clever little gift for the tarot lover in your life!

This adorable drawstring bag measures 8″ tall x 7.5″ wide.

Fits standard decks as well as most large decks.

Hand sewn natural canvas material with natural twine drawstring.

Heat transfer print. “Tarot: Play the hand you’re dealt.”

Looking for a gift for the pagan man in your life?

Moody Moon’s “Pampered Pits” natural deodorant is made with fresh ingredients that will leave your most delicate skin lightly scented for an all-day deodorant protection without harsh synthetic chemicals, aluminum or other super scary stuff in commercial brands.

Just simple, natural ingredients like essential oils, coconut oil and baking soda. So pure, you can almost eat it!

Moody Moon’s Rosemary Pampered Pits has the fragrant, masculine, woodsy scent of organic rosemary essential oil. Perfect for the man in your life!

If you’re trying to live a more natural lifestyle, switching to healthy, clean bath products is a great first step.

Speaking of the awesome wintery magical power of the beautiful evergreen, rosemary . . .

Organically grown, freshly bundled rosemary sticks smell amazing!!

Each medium-sized smudge stick is about 6″ in length and sold individually.

To use, light the tip of the smudge stick and blow gently to kindle a nice smolder.

Smudging is a wonderful way to “raise the vibes” of a space anytime you want to clear the air. Here’s a few ways to use it:

*before a yoga practice or meditation
*after a troubling dream
*before you move into a new house or apartment
*after recovering from an illness
*to clear your mind when you are anxious

Traditional Yule incense made with the winter festivals in mind.

Contains classic winter solstice herbs, resins, organic essential oils and spices to bring the magic of the season into your home, including juniper berries, cedar, frankincense and myrrh.

Use it to empower your hearth fire, sprinkle it on the Yule log, or just boil it on the stove to enchant your home with positive energy and the spirit.

100% natural. Contains no artificial fragrances at all.

Check out all this and more at MagicalMoodyMoons.com!

 

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11 Fall Projects for the Crafty Witch

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As cozy bonfires begin to flare and the first pumpkins appear at the farmer’s market, all the rich, colorful warmth of the autumn season approaches, electrifying even the seasoned witch with anticipation for the coming months.

For winter project ideas, take a look at 10 Winter Crafts for Wiccans.

For spring project ideas, check out 10 Spring Craft Projects for Wiccans.

1.  Design and sew your own voodoo doll or poppet.  If you’re a sewing whiz, you can modify a pattern for a regular stuffed doll to make it all creepy.  Or, just kind of wing it.  That’s what I did with this one, which came together from a mishmash of sewing scraps.  The best part is that it doesn’t need to be perfect.  Odd, asymmetrical limbs, “sloppy” stitches and mismatched button eyes add to the effect.

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2.  Use your kitchen scraps and spices to craft the perfect fall incense blend.  Make creative use of orange peels, fall spices like cinnamon & star anise, or pine needles collected on an autumn walk.  Blend your own fall incense for use during Mabon & Samhain rituals, or to celebrate the harvest moons.

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3.   Create a scrap book for you ancestors.  Samhain reminds us to remember those who came before us.  Honor them in the coming months by researching their lives, gathering pictures from relatives and putting together a “family history” album.  Bonus:  When you’re done, it makes a great Yule gift.

4.  Make your own scrying mirror.   I love projects that make use of odds and ends.  Who doesn’t have an old picture frame?Use it to make your own scrying mirror.  It’s easy. fun and opens up a new “window” to explore divination and fortune telling.  As the days grow shorter, the “veil between worlds” thins, making this the perfect time to peer into otherworldly affairs.

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5.  Make black salt.  As the days begin to wane, autumn makes the ideal time to make ingredients for protection and binding spells.  Make a batch of black salt from your fire pit ashes to store for this type of ritual.

6.  Decorate a mask for Samhain.  Whether you have big plans for a Samhain party or you’re just answering the door to pass out treats, decorating a mask is an easy way to get in the spirit of the season.  Blank masks are available at craft stores and online.  They come in a variety of styles and the creative possibilities are endless!

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7.  Adorn a pillar candle with fall leaves for the perfect Mabon altar.    Choose a white candle of the appropriate size (large for large altar, tiny for a small one.)  Gently melt a thin layer of wax in the bottom of a frying pan or large pot.  Roll the candle in the wax, then press beautiful leaves into the surface for a gorgeous, natural altar piece.

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10.  Glam out a pumpkin.  Forget the same, tired pumpkin carving party.  Go glam.  Spray paint your pumpkin gold or black, glue rhinestones on it, cover it in glitter, adorn it with old costume jewelry or do what I did one year, and slip half a pair of lacy stockings over it.

11.  Blend your own Samhain oil.  If you have a drawer or box full of essential oils you never get around to using, try making your own samhain oil from earthy, autumn-inspiring oils like cinnamon, nutmeg, orange oil or patchouli.  Or, if essential oils aren’t your thing, try steeping orange peels and cinnamon sticks at a low temperature in olive oil until you get something you like.  (Or you can always let me make some for you!)  Be sure to pick out a lovely glass bottle from the thrift store and adorn it with ribbon or charms if you like.

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Lammas with a Kitchen Witch: Blackberry Bruschetta

Not a fan of baking the lammas bread from scratch?  There are still lots of creative ways to honor the holiday in your kitchen.

Lammas traditionally celebrates the grain harvest.   Any bread-based meal captures this spirit nicely.

This year, my favorite idea is blackberry bruschetta.

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It’s pretty simple.

Start with a nice, crusty loaf of french bread.

I like to get my french bread from a local bakery or the farmer’s market.

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While you’re at the farmer’s market, pick up some big, juicy blackberries (or, even better, find a “pick your own” farm and gather them yourself!)

Because it ripens on the vine pretty close to Lammas in many growing regions in North America, blackberries associate with the holiday quite naturally.

More generally, use them in kitchen spells for prosperity and abundance—-the many tiny seeds on berries symbolize future growth.

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I smashed one berry per slice a bread and rubbed it on the surface to go under the cheese, kind of like the same concept as pizza sauce.  I enjoyed getting my hands sticky and making a mess like a little kid lol.

(Be warned:  you will stain everything you touch.  But for this reason, blackberries make a nice natural dye.)

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You might not imagine blackberries work well in savory dishes, but the acidity blends nicely with Italian cheeses and herbs.  Lucky for me, this time of year, my garden bursts with lush green, fresh herbs, so went out to grab some.

(Even the oppressive humidity in the part of the country comes with an upside—-gorgeous summer herbs!).

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In particular, my basil came up nice this year.

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Basil embodies some interesting symbolism in folklore around the world, but I especially adore Italy’s antiquitous custom of leaving a pot of fresh basil on the windowsill to signify the occupant’s “openness to romance.”

Dried basil often finds its way into traditional Lammas incense blends and makes a nice stand-in for fresh flowers on the altar.  If you buy it at the market, put the left over stalks in the vase to fill the room with its fragrant, sunny aura.

I layered fresh graded cheese and garnished with a half blackberry per slice, popped it in the oven to broil lightly, and then finished it off with the basil leaves.

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Yum.

Hope this gives you some inspiration for your own Lammas kitchen witch creations!

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Faerie Cakes with Candied Violets

Spending Beltane in the kitchen this year?  Make it magical with these charming little faerie cakes.

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Whimsical yet elegant, candied violets make a striking addition to love spells, wishing magic and faerie rituals.

Use candied violets in faerie cakes for a spring ritual, a “dressed up” cakes and ale or to serve at any spring gathering — especially Beltane!

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The best part is, they’re practically free!  If you’re in the Eastern US and you haven’t put down pesticide this year on your lawn, there’s a good chance your yard or a nearby one has wild violets in abundance.

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Go spend some time outdoors, bring a basket and gather those little beauties up for a Beltane with a splash of purple.

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Gather a clean, washed, dry paintbrush with a fine tip, an egg white, and some sugar.

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Start by gently washing the violet blooms.  A spray bottle and a strainer work well for this, but be careful!  Even for flowers, wild violets are delicate!

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Allow them to dry on a paper towel.

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Dip the paintbrush in egg whites, and paint each blossom.

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Then sprinkle sugar on the violets.  Most recipes call for powdered sugar, but I use granulated because it reminds me of late frost.

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Finally, bake some cupcakes!

Any vanilla cupcake recipe will do, but make it from scratch.  The more you put into your ritual food, the more “fragrant” the magic of it.  Be connected to the process.

Bonus points for making the vanilla extract yourself.  Vanilla inspires passion in kitchen spells.   Here, we use it to wink and nod at Beltane’s celebration of “spring romance.”

Pipe on some cream cheese frosting and arrange violets in tiny “bouquets.”

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beltane faerie cake

Serve and enjoy!

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The Role of Fire in Witchcraft

Inspired by the success of my post, The Role of Water in Witchcraft last summer, I decided to continue it as a series for each element.

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One of my earliest memories takes the form of my mother allowing me into the kitchen to watch her make dinner.   Sternly, she instructed me “Not to touch that stove, little one.”

Naturally, the moment she turned, I place my hand unflinchingly on the hot surface, giving myself a ripe little burn and a lifelong lesson about fire:

You really shouldn’t touch it.

Like all the elements, fire bears both creative and destructive force.   Simultaneously dangerous and beautiful, our respect for fire usually begins the first time it burns us!

And yes, I got a nasty burn that day.  But my mother used it to create a hot meal for us.

Same flame, same day.

I chose fire for this season because I strongly associate it with winter.  In the darkest, coldest months, fire provides warmth and light.

Let’s go over different kinds of fire and some creative ways to use it in spell craft.

Candle flame.  Easily the most convenient, common fire tool in ritual, candles are an ideal, all-purpose source of fire perfect for altars.

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Bonfires encourage groups to gather around it, making it an extremely effective focal point for group rituals and coven meetings.  Ideal for “going big” in rituals evoke empowerment or for burning spell elements in banishing rituals.

Hearth fires warm the home and create a cozy, holiday feel.  Perfect for enjoying a winter Sabbat like Imbolc or Yule.  Or, get creative and charge it with passion herbs for a date night at home.

Sparklers.  Remember how magical it was to hold one in your hands as a child, making streaks of light across the summer night.  Use sparklers to bring that same feeling to a moon ritual or night spell.

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Torches (as in the sticks with fire on the end of them, not flashlights) look a feel very ceremonial.  These are ideal for rite-of-passage type ceremonies, particularly involving the transition to manhood, or the ascension to a clergy position.

Lanterns work nicely for spring and midsummer festivals, anything involving faeries or woodland spirits, and garden blessings.

Flash paper is available at theatrical supply stores.  It’s usually used for stage magic, but it’s also great fun in spell casting!  Write spells or symbols on them and up it goes–in a flash!

Hope some of these ideas inspire you to use fire in more creative and fun ways during your rituals.  Blessed be!

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What’s New at Moody Moons?

Check out what’s new for spring at the Moody Moon’s workshop!

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(Above)  Goddess oil combines organic essential oils associated with the moon and goddess magic.

Comes in a lovely corked bottle hand-painted with the color of lavenders to represent higher awareness. Tied off neatly with a goddess charm.

Perfect for use in binding spells between sisters or coven members, to honor the moon cycle or for celebrations involving female rites of passage.  Anoint candles, bless yourself or others, consecrate altar tools or pour it in a ritual bath to charge the water.

 

ostara-incense-web(Above) Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, is among the eight sacred sabbats on the Wheel of the Year. The light begins to overtake the darkness of winter, yielding newly born wildlife and soft colors. As the earth begins to thaw and awaken, pushing up early spring bulbs and bright green grass, it is time to embrace new beginnings and fresh perspectives.

Moody Moon’s Ostara Casting Blend is light, loose incense of delicate flowers and herbs chosen for their association with the magical day of the Spring Equinox.

 

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(Above)  Limited edition sea witch spoon wand.

Hand painted with acrylic in aquamarine colors and decorated with natural moss and a sea shell.  Adorned with a mermaid charm symbolizing the mythological ocean.  Turquoise ribbon grip.

 

spoon-wand-tight(Above)  Looking to add a little magic in the kitchen?

Perfect for gentle use in kitchen rituals and embellished with rich symbolism, this spoon wand makes a lovely gift to the kitchen witch in your life (especially if that’s you!).

Painted white and adorned with ribbon, a glittery heart and pentacle charm.

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