Blame The Witch! Burn The Witch!

Can someone please remind me in what year we’re living right now? Lately, I feel like I’ve fallen into a time glitch, back to Salem 1692. In this supposed “age of tolerance and acceptance”, I see more intolerance and condemnation than I’ve ever seen before. Whether it’s monotheistic believers blaming the friendly neighborhood witch for anything going amiss in their mundane lives, or activist witches placing curses on people they’ve never met, all because they’ve decided they’re guilty, it’s all gotten completely out of control. Hello…the witch trials all began with heresy and unwarranted public fear…may I remind you.

The Witch

So, here’s what has me all in a snit, last week, my husband came home and told me about one of his colleagues confronting him, to ask if I had put a curse on her, because she thought I might not like her, and her hair was breaking and falling out. Now, mind you, she has severely bleached, white hair! It couldn’t possibly be over-bleaching, or anything she had going on in her life…stress of a new job. No, no, it had to be the witch, putting a curse on her.

Now, it may not have angered me as much if I hadn’t been on anyone else’s blame list. But, there have been a few of these “blame the witch” comments over the last couple of months. As I see it becoming a trend, I figured I’d tackle it now, before it starts to fester.

First of all, for most of you, who believe you’ve been hexed by the neighborhood or online witch, you’re not even on our radar. Your existence is not the center of our lives, especially if we’ve only met you once, or not at all. Whether we like you or not is irrelevant. We’re not sitting around, in our little witch huts, twiddling our claws, thinking up curses to cast on your self-involved ass.

I can’t speak for all witches; but, the many I know, would never cast out hexes so frivolously. Yes, we will protect ourselves and our family and friends. Depending on the witch, that protection may take on many different forms. Unfortunately, ignorance and misinformation has many people believing witches are evil and always up to no good.

For those of you who blindly believe you have been cursed, I ask you to do something you’ve probably never done before…ask yourself what choices you have made, YOURSELF, to cause your malediction. A majority of the time, if you really are open to the truth, you will find you’ve cursed yourself. And, if you have done something to truly offend a known witch, reflect on what you did to offend them, and how you could remedy the situation. You’ll usually find that most witches are more understanding of the frailty of humankind.

To my fellow witches, I am not here to lecture, or tell you how to do your magick (unless you’re a student in one of my classes). However, I do ask that you be aware of the messages you’re putting out there, especially on social media. I have seen a few post that simply make me cringe. Some of these activists’ posts reflect negatively on the entire witch community. We’re already viewed as outsiders. And, now, you’re making it worse. Think of other witches before you post. Who are you excluding? Who are you offending? Never assume, because someone is a fellow witch, they agree with your cause or viewpoint. What will you do, when we all need to band together, and you’ve offended or ostracized a certain section of the witch population? Is your magick enough to save you? Ask yourself that. Then, do as you will.

I know I may have come off a bit angry in this post. That’s probably because the fact that I had to write it does piss me off. Those who know me well call me “the good witch”, because I’ve helped them. I’ve counseled and created magickal oils and herbal remedies for them. I’ve taught them how to use crystals, Oracle cards and other magickal tools. I’ve held their hands as they went through life-changing transformations. That’s the kind of witch I am. Just because I’m usually dressed in a gothic or Strega-witch style, doesn’t mean I run around cursing people. It doesn’t mean I’m evil. And, it doesn’t mean I would hurt you. I might now…since you aggravated me. Just kidding…a little witch humor there.

Honestly, I thought we had moved past this antiquated thought system. Maybe the problem is just with humanity itself. I find it very disheartening. Mark my words…there will come a time when we will all need to band together…when we will need to meld the magick and the mundane…to fight for our survival. Will you have others by your side…or will you have to fight alone?

Just so no one misconstrues my message, no, I am not against cursing, hexing, black magick, or anything like that. I just want monotheistic people to know we’re not all out there putting spells on everyday folks. It makes them nervous. And, I don’t think I need to remind you what happened the last time that was the prevailing belief. That being said, I warn these so-called “normal” folks, not to poke the witch. We are higher in number than ever before. One day, probably soon, you will be the minority. You will be the outcast. And, WE, THE WITCHES, do know how to HEX. <wink>

Blessings,

Tara

Imbolc Blessings

Looking out my window, it doesn’t much look like the beginning of Spring. Snow continues to fall from the skies, and the ground is blanketed by the icy, white flakes. But, tomorrow does indeed mark the halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox…the beginning of spring…Imbolc.

Imbolc Altar

On February 1, at sundown, I will begin my Imbolc celebrations, and continue throughout the day on Sunday, February 2. I’ve got my Brighid’s Cross made, and am setting up my altar with green and brown candles; amethyst, bloodstone, garnet and onyx stones; incense of basil, bay, Angelica and myrrh; and white and yellow flowers. I’ll be spring cleaning tomorrow morning, and will have my besom by the front door, to sweep out the old and usher in the new. Then, I’ll prepare my offerings of milk (coconut milk will have to do), scones and spiced wine.

Now, many of you, who know a bit about my background, may wonder why a non-Wiccan would go through all the trouble of ritualizing Imbolc. Although I no longer consider myself Wiccan, I do have Celtic blood running through my veins, and the only coven I was traditionally initiated into was a Wiccan coven. For me, there is heritage there…blood, tradition, respect. I would never choose one side of my heritage over another. I choose to celebrate them all.

When I begin working with a new student in witchcraft, I always start them out in the traditional Wiccan practices. In my opinion Wicca is pure…safe. Learning the Wiccan ways tends to keep my new witches out of trouble. I teach them the Wiccan Rede, gods and goddesses, moon phases, and all of the holidays and sabbats.

Brighid’s Cross

So, now that you know why and how I celebrate Imbolc, we can explore what this sabbat represents.

Imbolc means “in the belly of the Mother”. It is also known as Oimelc, Candlemas and St. Brigit’s Day. On Imbolc, we honor the Celtic Fire Goddess, Brigit, patron of healing, midwifery, poetry and smith-craft. We celebrate the Maiden, as it is now her season to prepare for emergence from the darkness of winter. Traditionally, Brighid’s Crosses are made wheat stalks, to represent protection and prosperity in the year ahead. At this time, hearth fires are extinguished and then relit, while candles are lit around the home, honoring the rebirth of the sun. Besoms are placed near the front door of a home to sweep out the darkness of winter and issue in the blessings of spring.

Imbolc symbolizes a time of growth, fertility and renewal. It is a wonderful time for the plans and ideas you’ve created in the winter season, to begin to be birthed. If you haven’t already rid yourself of negative energies, or damaging emotions, thoughts, or people, now is the time to remove them from your life. Focus your magick on healing, recovery and moving forward into the light and promise of spring.

Symbols of Imbolc: White and Yellow flowers, Besoms, Candle Wheels, Acorn-tipped Wands, and Brighid’s Crosses

Herbs: Angelica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Heather, Iris, Myrrh, Violets

Incense: Basil, Bay Laurel, Cinnamon, Violet, Myrrh, Vanilla

Colors: White, pink, red, yellow, green, brown

Stones: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Garnet, Onyx, Ruby, Turquoise

Foods: Breads, Dairy, Garlic, Seeds, Baked Goods, Herbal Tea, Spiced Wine

Symbols of Imbolc

Imbolc Blessings to you! May you feel re-energized and refreshed as we look ahead to the birth of spring. I wish you fertility in all that you seek to manifest in your life. Wake from your winter slumber and flourish!

Ready To Take A Bite Out of 2020!

So, are y’all ready for 2020? I know I am! This year brings new opportunities and blessings. I am ready to overcome it’s challenges and manifest the lifestyle I desire!

Often in life, we find ourselves settling for less, changing ourselves for others, and putting our needs and wants aside as we give to everyone else. I’ve decided I no longer want to do those things. The funny thing about giving too much to others is that they continue to take…and take…and take…without giving very much back. Truth is, there are far more narcissists in the world than I’ve ever seen before. I’m done dealing with these people…and you should be too.

Working face to face with clients and friends last year really opened my eyes. I witnessed women, who had been emotionally, and in some cases physically, abused by their husbands or boyfriends, actually want me to help them reunite with these narcissistic losers. Aw, hell no! Instead, I helped them to realize their own self worth and strength. It’s not a one-Spell-and-done endeavor. That kind of magick takes months of work to manifest. Years of abuse and negativity take a long time to overcome.

In working with clients, I’ve also discovered many people are wandering around, believing they’re the latest metaphysical buzzword “Empath”, when in reality they’re simply around a lot of very negative people, repeating the same bad life choices over and over again. Until they break the cycle by making different choices, they will never be able to empower themselves to manifest a positive life.

Because of my enlightenment, in 2020, I have decided to focus my magick on empowering the feminine. All of my products and services will be geared for anyone ready to celebrate The divine feminine, goddess energy. It’s going to be all goddess….all the time!

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Right now, I am busy crafting new products for the biggest shop updates ever. I will be streamlining and updating Magickal Healing Store over the next few weeks. Many of the kits will no longer be available. But, I will be releasing new kits and replenishing the “Empath Protection” Kit. The new kits will be created to support specific health and emotional issues. So, if you’ve been eyeing a particular kit, you might want to snap it up before it goes away. There will also be new candles, perfume oils, ritual bath products and a few surprises.

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I’ll also be hosting a grand opening of my new Ritual Arts Atelier Etsy shop. This shop was created for all who manifest magick. In it, I’ll have Spell kits, hoodoo oils, ritual supplies, downloadable Book of Shadow pages, gothic objects d’art, and so much more witchy goodness. I’ll announce here and on social media as soon as the update goes live.

This year is going to be phenomenal! In addition to the two shops, I’m also planning to do a few craft and oddities fairs. When I finish my schedule, I’ll put my calendar up in the side bar and on my social media posts. If you’re in the area, I’d love to meet you! And, later this year, I’ll be doing some online and in-person workshops. I’ll get you the dates on those too.

If you’re in the area of Algonquin, Illinois, I do take appointments for metaphysical healing and home cleansing. Just email me to discuss. I also offer one-on one or small group witchcraft lessons. If you’re interested, email me for prices and courses offered.

As you can see, it’s going to be a busy year, filled with blessings! I wish you all a happy new year filled with joy and abundance!

The Crystal Witch Book Review

Back in October, I picked up an informative little book, The Good Witch’s Perpetual Planner by Shawn Robbins and Charity Bedell. I enjoyed the book so much, I knew I needed more from this series of books. Immediately, I ordered The Good Witch’s Guide by Shawn Robbins and Charity Bedell, and Wiccapedia, The Witch’s Way and The Crystal Witch by Shawn Robbins and Leanna Greenaway.

I decided to read The Crystal Witch first because I’m kind of having a crystal moment right now. I’ve been pretty much obsessed with building my own crystal palace. So, it was only natural that I gravitated to this book in particular.

Now, if you’ve read my book, or some of my social media posts, you know I really don’t consider myself Wiccan. This is despite the fact that exactly half of my bloodline is from the Welsh/English/Irish Wiccan tradition. And, the coven I was a member of was Wiccan. But lately, I’ve found myself drawn to my Wiccan roots like never before. So, these books have been a wonderful way for me to reconnect my Wiccan ties.

The Crystal Witch is a skillfully written, illuminating tome, it’s pages filled with enlightening information. It’s truly amazing the amount of data contained within this little book.

In Part 1, you’ll learn everything from how to build your crystal toolkit, crystal correspondences, cleansing and charging your stones, to crystal spells for everyday issues.

Part 2 explores utilizing crystals with moon phases, divination, reiki, astrology and the Wiccan Wheel of the Year.

Although I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on the subject of crystals, I was able to learn many new ways to use my stones in all of my works of magick, be it spells or meditation. I thoroughly appreciated the A-Z Crystal Guide. Since I have the tendency to use the same crystals over and over again, it was nice to discover new ones I could introduce into my craft. I’ve often felt overwhelmed after reading a book on crystals. There is so much to learn and remember about each particular stone. I didn’t feel that way after reading The Crystal Witch. All of the information was concise and relevant.

My favorite chapter was Crystals through the Year. Each Sabbat has a beautifully written description with elements and traditions, along with a special spell.

I believe every witch can learn something reading The Crystal Witch. Even if, like me, you don’t consider yourself Wiccan, I think you’ll glean a better understanding of working with crystals in your craft.

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Best Yule Gifts For Witches

To be honest, this is NOT my favorite time of year. You can call me Scrooge or The Grinch; but, I find it a bit too hectic and draining of my energy. I can’t help think that it was never supposed to be this way. All the commercialism, gift buying, family drama, or for many people, loneliness, can completely ruined the holiday season.

For many of us non-Christians, we can also feel resentful about the obligation to participate in Christmas themed activities. This time of year, it’s impossible not to be inundated with reminders that we are the minority.

But, as a small business owner, I’d be stupid if I didn’t at least try to capitalize on the fervor created by the holidays. After all, everyone enjoys a nice gift, even witches.

Me shopping local small businesses at Historic Woodstock Square.

I encourage you to shop small business as much as possible. Most small business owners truly appreciate your support, especially around the holidays.

Here are some of my favorite witchy small businesses:

http://Etsy.com/shop/DarkHollowApothecary

http://thesanctuarycandleco.com

Http://magickalhealingstore.com

http://renfieldsattic.etsy.com

Etsy Shops: Dark Sparkle Designs, Kazan Cauldron, Wendy Wildcraft, Charisma Crystals, Ruby Starling, The Gilded Crystal Shop, Hammerthreads, Ravenesk, MalikaMorbid

My book makes a great gift for any witch! LOL!

Books also make great gifts. Most of the witches I hang with are voracious readers. Here are some of my favorites:

The Eclectic Witch’s Glamoire: Glamour Spells & Rituals To Attract Love, Boost Beauty and Build Confidence

The Good Witch’s Guide

Wiccapedia

The Crystal Witch

The Witch’s Way

Oracle Cards, Crystals, Tools and more:

Magick of You Oracle

Altar Cauldron

Mini Candles

Altar Cloth

Selenite Wands

Chakra Crystals

I hope this list helps you to find the best gift for the witch in your life. You can click on any link, and it will take you right to the site or item.*

Just remember, if the holidays leave you frazzled, lonely, or feeling negative in any way, you are not alone. I encourage you to celebrate the holiday you’re most drawn to; or, no holiday at all, if you prefer. Don’t feel pressured to conform to the majority. Educate others about your beliefs, Sabbats, and traditions. I think you might be surprised at how receptive and accommodating people can be. If you think about it, they probably feel the same way about Halloween, when we’re all getting our freak on and celebrating. LOL!

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Black Friday and Cyber Week Sales

I’m celebrating thankfulness with some money saving deals on my book, The Eclectic Witch’s Glamoire: Glamour Spells & Rituals To Attract Love, Boost Beauty and Build Confidence, and in my Etsy shop, Magickal Healing Store.


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Magickal Healing Store is hosting a Cyber Week Sale from November 26, 2019 through December 3, 2019. Everything in the shop is 20% OFF! Even my Custom Healing Ritual Kits are on sale now! There are plenty of spell kits and ritual oils available. I’ll also be updating the store with new products beginning on Black Friday through December. A newly crafted Winter Solstice Ritual Oil will be available on December 13, after the next full moon.

Then, for those of you who have not picked up my latest book, The Eclectic Witch’s Glamoire, you will be able to pick it up at a discount. The paperback will be priced at $9.99, and the kindle book will be a mere .99! You can find both on Amazon.com. The kindle sale will begin on Black Friday and end on December 1, 2019 at 11:00pm CST. The paperback sale will begin on Black Friday and run through December.

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Thanks to all of you who have supported me in all of my endeavors. Blessings to you all!

The Eclectic Witch’s Glamoire Book Release

The Eclectic Witch's Glamoire Book Cover
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Well, I did it! I finally finished and published my new book, The Eclectic Witch’s Glamoire: Glamour Spells & Rituals To Attract Love, Boost Beauty and Build Confidence.

This book was indeed a true labor of love. When I first submitted my finished draft to the publisher, it was over 300 pages…..way too long. I went back into editing mode. I took out all of the fluff and extra pages; and whittled it down to 188 pages of pure information.

In The Eclectic Witch’s Glamoire you’ll find:

~ Over 50 Glamour Spells & Rituals 
~ Lessons on Herbal, Kitchen, Crystal & Candle Glamour Magic
~ How to dispel negative self-talk and thought
~ DIY Beauty skincare recipes, including Fairy Sparkle Lip Balm and Ocean Detox Mask
~ Mouthwatering kitchen glamour recipes to make your skin glow and draw your true love closer
~ Tips to help you reveal your authentic self, deal with social media and present yourself glamorously in social situations 
….and so much more!

You can purchase my new book on Amazon. The paperback version is already available. The ebook will be available 6/4/19. For the first 24 hours, I’ll be offering the ebook for only .99 cents! It’s also my 50th birthday! So, I figured I’d give y’all a gift.

I’m also hosting an amazing GIVEAWAY on my Instagram account. Be sure to go enter. It’s open to all US residents, 18+ years old. Here are the details:

Giveaway Prizes
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Prizes include:

~ A printed copy of my new book
~ Blank Book of Shadows 
~ New Beginnings Botanical Wand Oil from @darkhollow_apothecary 
~ 1692 Scented, Soy Candle from @the_sanctuarycandle_co 
~ Triple Goddess with Pentagram Altar/Tarot Cloth
~ Sage Bundle
~ Deck of Antiqued Tarot Cards from the Wandering Mermaid
~ Tarot for Beginners Book by Lisa Chamberlain 
~ Decorative Tarot Cloth Bag
~ A selection of herbs for glamour spells 
~ A selection of crystals & gemstones for glamour magic 
~ Pack of 40 Multi-color Spell Candles 
~ 2 Black Spell Candle Holders
~ Now Solutions 16 oz bottle of Sweet Almond Oil 
~ 100 Disposable Tea/Bath Cotton Bags
~ Box of Organic India Tulsi Rose Tea
~ 1 Red Velour Spell Bag
~ Charged Sea Salt
~4 oz bottle of Vitamin E oil

The giveaway will run from NOW 6/3/19 to 11:59pm 6/9/19. Go check it out!

I hope you’ll read my new book. If you do purchase, please write a review on Amazon. I would really appreciate that. I’m also planning a few more Instagram and Facebook giveaways. So be sure to follow me, and keep checking my posts. I’m trying to work out an International giveaway, too.

Thank you all for being so patient with me during the writing and publishing process. You can look forward to finding new information on my site. I have a little bit of time before I start writing the next book. LOL! Yep, I’m a gemini. I always bite off more than I can chew.