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Wicca 101: Choosing a Patron

belladonnaswitchblog:

wiccaweekly:

I’ve been practicing Wicca for over a decade. Actually it’s closer to two decades than not, but whose counting? But I clearly remember the struggles I found when I was first starting down on my own path. The books I managed to get a hold of taught a lot of things, but left so much up to me that I…

This should help some of my followers out with patron deities. I just found this blog, so idk much about it, but judging by the url, they are a Wiccan blog. As I do post Wiccan stuff, I’m not a complete Wiccan blog and post other stuff as well. If you are looking for just Wicca blogs, you can check this one out.

But I still post awesome stuff too… *cough cough*

Anyway, idk how much this will help, but posting it anyway for anyone who’s interested.

claudialala:

Two of the biggest questions I get about creating magickal oils are: How much essential oil concentrate should be added to carrier oil? How much of the botanical ingredients should be added? There are no hard and fast rules. Conjuring oils and potions is like being a Creole cook, you use a little bit o’ dis and a little bit o’ dat until you get one tasty gumbo that does the trick (figuratively and literally). Formulas vary from rootworker to rootworker, and while the main ingredients may be the same for a ‘standard” formula such as Van Van, for example, one person may use more lemongrass while the next may go heavier on the vetivert. Both formulas contain similar ingredients but the exact formulas are proprietary and are not typically shared. Let your knowledge, intuition, and the Spirits be your guide.

For formulas that tend to get a lot of use, like Van Van or Fiery Wall of Protection for example, you may want to create a Mother bottle. This is a large bottle that holds the herbs and oils. You can transfer the oil into smaller dram bottles from the Mother oil, and allow some botanicals in the small bottle or strain the oil through cheesecloth to keep the herbs from entering the smaller bottle. Just remember to top the Mother bottle off with more oil as you use it and remember to use the dried herbs as opposed to freshly picked, green herbs. Personally, I leave some of the herbs and roots in each bottle I make, as the old timers I knew and know don’t concern themselves with straining out the herbs. I was taught that a spiritual union occurs between the oils and the herbs; all of the ingredients combine to create one oil that is comprised of the many spirits of the little sisters (plants and herbs). As such, to remove the plant material would be to break the Spirit and magick you created and lessen the effectiveness of the oil or even render it ineffective. This is the school of thought from which I was taught. However, I am aware that other folks like to strain the herbs from their oils for their own reasons. Do what feels right to you.

Conjure Woman

allthateverwasorwillbe:

Elderberry Syrup 

Freshly picked elderberries + local raw honey

2 C de-stemmed elderberries making sure there are NO stems left  

2 tablespoons rose hips

2 cinnamon sticks
5 cloves
1 teaspoon dried ginger or one inch peeled fresh ginger
1/4 vanilla bean

4 cups water

2 cups honey

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Directions:

Over medium-low heat simmer the elderberries, rose hips, cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, vanilla bean and water.  Simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until liquid is thick and syrupy and reduced by half.   While the mixture is still warm (or the elderberries will absorb all of your syrup!) strain the syrup through a sieve.  Combine with honey and store in an airtight container (I use a mason jar) in the refrigerator.

* 1-2 teaspoons a day is recommended to boost immunities and help prevent illness.  

* The honey is used merely as a sweetener, liquid stevia keeps for months you can use this instead in order to make the syrup vegan just add slowly to your own taste, remember a little goes a LONG way.

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