Creating a Magickal Space

Throughout this process of working on my oracle decks, I learned how to create enchantments that were personal and powerful, using easily obtainable ingredients, ‘Kitchen Witch’ style. The first step is to create a magickal space. The trick is to carve out a little place for yourself, a shelf, a table, a little nook in your favourite room that is yours. It displays your treasured and sacred things, and where you would most likely do your readings.

This is your space, where you go to breathe, to light a candle or some incense, to get quiet and come home to yourself.

The following visualisation is a nice way to lighten the energy around you before you perform any spell work. To begin with, I like to burn a sage smudge stick. You can picture this along with me if you like.

1          Take a deep breath, and imagine a bubble of bright white light surrounding you.

2          Visualise this light connecting to the earth, and moving up into the sky, as high as you can imagine it, and then eventually coming to rest in your heart area and surrounding your whole body in light.

Next fortnight, we jump into creating our own magickal recipes!

This image is of my altar at home, but it is always changing – I like to add or take away things depending on my mood or even the seasons.

Week 8

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The Enchanted Spell Oracle 

 

The Priestess Moon Oracle

Fast forward to 2013 and 2 more solo exhibitions later, I saw a ‘Create your own Oracle Deck’ online course being advertised by fellow artist and author Cheralyn Darcey. It had always been a dream of mine to create my own set of oracle cards, so I quickly joined!

It took me two years to work on and self-publish my first deck, The Priestess Moon Oracle which featured the ten paintings from my Book of Shadows exhibition plus 23 more from my various exhibitions, and commissioned artworks over the last twenty years.

The Priestess Moon Oracle, along with help from Rockpool Publishing morphed into the Enchanted Spell Oracle; the one you see before you today. However, the Enchanted Spell Oracle differs from the Priestess Moon Oracle in that it contains 17 new artworks. It carries with it the original philosophy from the Book of Shadows exhibition and reads like a ‘spiritual cookbook.’ With each card including an enchanted spell recipe to play with.

Many people are asking me the difference between my original Priestess Moon Oracle and the Enchanted Spell Oracle, and it’s a fair question! Here they are:

  • The Priestess Moon Oracle (PMO) has 33 cards, 6 of those cards have spells, and it was, in part, a retrospective of my 20-year career as a professional artist. Each card’s meaning was guided by the painting’s insight.
  • The Enchanted Spell Oracle (ESO) has 36 cards, and all have fun spells to try. 17 cards have been retained from the PMO and 19 new cards have been created. The ESO focuses on Celtic priestesses, and each priestess represents a plant or herb that can be used in ‘Medieval Hedgewitch’ magick.
  • The Priestess Moon Oracle was a self-publishing project, and limited to 100 only. It retails at $49 to reflect that. (I have only 15 sets left).
  • The Enchanted Spell Oracle is being published worldwide by Rockpool, and print run will likely be 500 – 1000 to start. The ESO is $29.99

I hope that helps! I believe the Enchanted Spell Oracle is a very different entity to the Priestess Moon Oracle.

Next fortnight, you will learn how to create a magickal space in your home.

Week 7

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The Priestess Moon Oracle 

How The Enchanted Spell Oracle Was Created

The nature inspired, folk magick that I discovered in Scotland is articulated through the Enchanted Spell Oracle, and I want to give you some background into how the Enchanted Spell Oracle was created.

When my daughter started primary school in 2009, I felt I finally had the free time to devote to my business Priestess Moon Design. One of the ways I wanted to do this, was to start painting my third solo exhibition. I wanted this exhibition to read like a handwritten book of magick that contained charms & potions. A kind of ‘spiritual cookbook’ with recipes to conjure up love, luck, wealth and happiness. In essence, a light-hearted look at the eternal hope that the human race has to cook up a brighter future. The works are a study rich in symbolism and herbal folk lore and I called this exhibition the Book of Shadows.

I particularly wanted the ten Book of Shadows paintings to be interactive by having a practical use as well as a visual element. So, I also created a spell kit for each painting so that the person who purchased it received a gift containing herbs, crystals and candles, plus the recipe to help them craft their spell.

To do this, I researched the metaphysical and energetic properties of the plants that would attract certain characteristics, and this is what I found…

For Wealth – Almond blossom

For Wishes – Apple blossom

For Happiness – Orange blossom

For Prosperity – Pomegranate

For Good Fortune – Mint

For Protection – Bay Leaves

For Healing – Eucalyptus

For Fertility – Raspberries

For Wisdom – Ivy

And for Abundance – Cinnamon.

The exhibition was a success with 8 of the artworks being sold, one being donated to a charity auction and one being kept for my daughter to display in her room. People really resonated with the idea of the artworks being used as part of a magickal ritual.

Next fortnight, we take a look at the Enchanted Spell Oracle’s predecessor, The Priestess Moon Oracle. 

Week 6

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The Enchanted Spell Oracle

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I just want to give you a bit of background into how I started practising magick and creating spells. At the age of ten, I wrote a book called “Witch’s Magical Spells.” It contained a variety of spells, written in the style of cooking recipes, complete with illustrations and lashings of sequins and glitter. So, you could say that my curiosity about spell work and herbal recipes started quite early!

Fast forward ten years, I’d completed my Bachelor of Arts in Design, and decided to travel to Scotland to discover the land of my ancestors, and my family history behind the Clan Fraser of Lovat who were from the Inverness-shire area of the Highlands. I wondered if I might find grand castles that my ancestors used to live in, but instead I found myths and legends of fairies and nature spirits, and rich thread of folk magick and ancient rituals running through the modern highland culture that was fascinating. I was intrigued at how food and drink were used in Highland magick and ritual. For example, when drinking whisky, a special cup, the Quiach is used when welcoming guests and friends at weddings to symbolise love and friendship. Another delightful thing I learned is that food is often left out for house spirits known as ‘Brownies.’

I found a strong link between nature and spirituality, the sacredness of trees and woodlands and a respect for the divine beings that control the natural world. I spent a good amount of time running around standing stones, and researching more into the Druids and Celts spiritual practices. I visited Ireland as well, another part of my family history, and discovered the triple spiral at the Neolithic site of Newgrange, which is my sacred symbol and one I have tattooed on my left arm. I found that spending time alone in nature, surrounded by trees and standing stones, and creating rituals using rocks, and plants and flowers so peaceful and healing, that I knew this was the perfect way to express my spirituality.

Next fortnight, we will discover how The Enchanted Spell oracle was created.

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The Enchanted Spell Oracle 

Magick & Neuroscience

Interestingly enough, new studies have shown that there is something about engaging in prayer, rituals or spellwork that can have a profound effect on your brain. You see, performing a spell is really just a creative way to focus positive intent.

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Dementia Care, and a large part of our course is the neuroscience behind how the brain works. I was really surprised to discover that the neural networks in the brain form paths, or highways depending on the thoughts you focus on. The thoughts we have over and over again are the ones that become dominant in our brains, with the neurons creating thicker ‘highways’ or networks for the electrical impulses to travel along. Thinking in a catastrophic manner, or alternatively, thinking in a positive manner becomes a habit.

It is absolutely possible to change your thought patterns. Studies have shown that this takes place at a chemical level. This is called neuroplasticity, and there has been some very exciting research into this concept. It takes at least 21 days to break a habit, and you can make great strides in turning around your habitual ‘pessimistic’ thinking in this time.

I want to point out that chemical and protein imbalances in the brain that cause disease and mental health issues are a different set of studies altogether. What I’m focusing on are the conscious thoughts in the brain that can absolutely be changed.

Creating an enchantment, with confidence and light-hearted intent is not just ‘positive thinking’, it’s ritual, and intention, and focus and uses a practical, hands on approach to hone your attention with the express purpose to create a better life.

Next fortnight, we discover how I came to be a kitchen witch!

Week 4

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The Enchanted Spell Oracle 

Sympathetic Magick

The kind of enchantments I create use the concept of sympathetic magick. Sympathetic magick is using objects that we have an affinity with, or a connection to, in rituals to create a desired outcome. Certain objects will have stronger cultural connotations for certain qualities. For example, traditionally we associate roses with love spells, gold coins for money charms, four-leaf clovers for luck, and white feathers to bring peace and compassion.

Sympathetic magick is not a new concept, it has been practiced by humans for thousands of years, and is often referred to as folk magic, or tribal magic. This kind of magick takes into account the ‘spiritual’ or ‘metaphysical’ properties of natural objects such as fruit, flowers and crystals.

It is believed that every living item has an energetic blue print, and certain items resonate with certain energies. For example, the rose quartz crystal is believed to contain an energetic resonance that opens the heart chakra and brings about love and healing.

The Enchanted Spell Oracle uses items like apples for wishes, or bay leaves for protection and lotus flower for beauty, and you will find that, throughout history, all these plants have been used in spells and charms for similar desires.

Next fortnight, we look at the power of Magick & Neuroscience.

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The Enchanted Spell Oracle

Spells As Prayers

I was chatting to an Anglican priest the other day, he’s a very open-minded priest and also a friend, but he was curious as to what all this ‘spells and witchcraft’ business was about. I explained that spells are just prayers in action. You have a wish or a desire, and you want to be able to work on this at an energetic level, an unseen level, to bring this wish about.

And he said “Oh, I see! So we Anglicans use candles and incense as tools for our prayers.”

And I said “Yes!, So with spells we get a bit more creative and we make the prayer a bit more personal and ‘hands on’ by using items like flowers we like, or herbs, or crystals that we feel will bring a certain extra energy to the prayer.”

One of the things that is quite special about the Enchanted Spell Oracle is that each card comes with an ‘action item;’ a charm or ritual or recipe to help you focus on the positive quality you would like to bring into your life. Approach these enchantments with a light heart and a sense of fun, and I believe the magick will work!

This image features the spells from the Integrity card, the Love card and the Rebirth card, and you will find each of these recipes in the guidebook.

Next fortnight, we look at the concept of Sympathetic Magick.

Week 2

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The Enchanted Spell Oracle