Friday, January 28, 2011

Fertility Spells for Imbolc

This is a good time of the year to craft and conjure fertility spells. Gaia is about to give birth to spring which makes this a perfect time to harness that energy and use it for our own purposes.
There are several things you can do for your fertility workings, starting with the bed itself. Your bed is a sacred space. In many ways it acts as an altar whereupon you perform your sex magick. Treat this space as you would any other altar and keep it free of negative energy. Smudge this area regulary.
One of the simple things you can do when it comes to the bed is to hang I-Ching coins strung on a red silk cord around your bed or tied to your bed post. You can also use cowrie shells strung on a red silk cord if I-Ching coins are not available to you or if you feel a greater affinity to the shells over the coins. They both work well. It’s just what “feels” right to you.
You can also dab the post of the bed or the head and foot board of the bed with Astarte oil. Also use this oil to dress and anoint candles and charms that will be place near the bed.
Figure candles work well for fertility spells. You can use a single figure candle that represents you or you can use a male/female joined figure candle.
Take the figure candle and anoint the genital and abdomen area of the candle with Astarte oil. Carve your name and your desire into the candle and roll the candle in a mixture of ground up mugwort and high john. Light the candle right before you make love.
Another fertility idea that can be tried is a fertility mojo bag. It’s a conjure bag filled with various herbs, roots, stones, and charms. I craft these bags myself and offer them at my webstore Terra Traders . For best results take the mojo and wear it around your waist or hang it in between your breasts. Hang it over the bed or under the mattress when you make love.
So try any or all of these spells/charms to see what works for you. The important thing is to be positive and stay focused on your goal and above all enjoy it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Homemade Butter for Imbolc

This is my recipe on how to make homemade butter. Kids love to make this also. So get your little ones to lend a hand. They will enjoy helping out.

It’s a very easy recipe. The only things you will need are: a jar with a tight fitting lid, a couple of marbles and heavy cream. The size jars I like to use are the small canning jars or just little baby food jars. The size is perfect for the little ones to hold onto and shake without dropping. You can even use the big mason jars for the bigger children and adults.

First, fill each jar about 2/3 of the way with the cream and insert a marble or two depending on the size of the jar. Screw the lid on tightly and start shaking. At first, the marbles will easily glide through the cream (begin to churn), but as you continue shaking, the cream will thicken. After a few minutes the cream will thicken considerably and you won’t feel the marbles move as much or at all if the marble is stuck in the cream at the bottom of the jar. Once this happens you will begin to see butter form at the bottom of the jar and liquid rise to the top of the jar. This liquid is buttermilk. You can pour this off and store it for later use. We use the buttermilk to make Irish Soda Bread which is another great recipe for Imbolc. You now have unsalted butter. To make salted butter, just add salt to the jar before you start shaking. You also add various herbs to the process to make a nice herb butter or a little honey to make a sweet butter.

This is a great activity to do with the family in celebration of Imbolc. Press butter into molds (sun shapes are great) and refrigerate.  Enjoy.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Imbolc

We’re over halfway through this winter season. The days are starting to stretch out again and the nights are getting shorter. The Sabbat of Imbolc or Oimelc is drawing near. This day comes about when the Sun is 15 degrees in Aquarius making it the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. This usually falls on or around February 2nd.  It is the first rite of Spring and it’s also one of my favorites. Oimelc means “ewe’s milk”. The literal translation of Imbolc is “in the womb”. The earth known as Gaia, being pregnant right now is starting to feel the first stirrings of spring. This is called the quickening (the first movements a mother feels in her womb). It is the time of the year when the sheep which are pregnant start to lactate and give milk. This was always a definite sign that spring was around the corner. Other names for this day are Candlemas and Brigit’s Day.
Although this is a day to honor the coming spring, most places in the northern hemisphere still have snow on the ground and it’s bitterly cold outside. Some places may be seeing the first hints of spring such as the return of certain flocks of birds, early buds on trees and the first blades of grass.
Since Imbolc is one of the four fire festivals, my family usually has a small bonfire in honor of the returning warmth. So even in the cold snow we gather around our fire and look forward to the return of spring. During this time it is also our custom to make milk dishes such as custard and ice cream. My daughter has a blast helping us make fresh butter during this time of the year. We then press the butter into little sun molds in honor of the day.
For me, this is a time to rededicate myself to my craft and to the path I have chosen to walk. So whatever your magickal or mundane background ( wiccan, pagan, witchcraft, hoodoo, christian, etc.) this is the time for you to enjoy spending time with your family and friends and looking forward to the bright days ahead. This festival or holiday carries the vibration of hope and it is a time when we all feel optimistic about how the rest of the year will turn out.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

My New Website

Okay, it's been a while since I have last updated my blog, but I have been busy working on the redesign of my website Terra Traders.  It was a much needed change.
I know how hard it can be sometimes to find occult, wiccan, and witchcraft supplies and services so I am hoping to make Terra Traders the one stop shop for all of those witchy and magickal needs.
Not only is this the shop for your basic and not so basic spiritual and esoteric supplies, we also offer our services such as tarot card readings, psychic readings, astrology readings, custom spell castings, rootwork, setting lights and house blessings/ house cleansings. We also handcraft mojo bags/gris-gris bags/medicine bags, also known as lucky hands, as well as crafting dream pillows, and poppets/voodoo dolls. I also make my own jewelry version of the mojo bag called a mojo necklace. These necklaces are made to order with your specific need in mind.
Here you will also find the odd curios such as brick dust, graveyard dirt, coffin nails, and other ritual supplies for your entire hoodoo, voodoo, occult and esoteric needs.