Your Own Spell Recipes

Cocktail Spells

The above image is from a friend who was having a lovely time trying out my cocktail spell recipes, and adding a few twists and ingredients of her own – which I think is fabulous! I hope you can take my spell recipes and make them your own, too– intuitively adding things that suit you and your personal preferences. Just like any recipe you find in a cookbook, these recipes can be tweaked to suit you.

If you are creating a food and drink enchantment, a good tip is to research which flavours work well together. Start with your chosen quality, such as luck, then research the ingredients that ‘attract’ this quality- for instance vanilla and pears, and then research which flavours go well with vanilla and pears, and in the end, you should have a delicious spell that is both effective and yummy!

Hopefully, this is all giving you some excellent ideas on how to create your own spell recipes. It’s a very personal thing; only you know what ingredients you like to work with. There are plenty of recipes around to take inspiration from, and you can give them your own tweaks and personal stamp. I guess what I am asking you to do is to get creative. Think about what a particular herb or flower means to YOU and use that in your spell work.

I designed The Enchanted Spell Oracle to work as a deck that you could actively choose a card from and choose your own adventure, so to speak. Choose Opulence or Faith or Strength and craft that spell for the quality you most want in your life, then relax and watch the magick happen.

The Enchanted Spell Oracle is unique in its guidance and is crafted intentionally to help you create the life you want. There’s a reason I presented it in the style of an illuminated manuscript, because in essence, I wanted it to read like a cookbook – where you could consult the pages for Abundance or Success, or Luck. The cards are intended as tools to help you access your intuitive self.

That’s the end of this course, if you have any questions or queries about the spells or content, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I would love to hear from you!

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Happiness Spell

When I created the Happiness Spell, I wanted to use the colour orange predominantly, because it is such a happy colour. Gold is the colour of celebrations and high achievements, so I included that colour with some ribbon. Oranges magickally attract joy, and cloves; love. As well the smell of orange and cloves remind me of Christmas, and I just love Christmas. In fact – you can hang this spell on your Christmas tree and each clove could represent 15 best wishes for the coming new year. The significance of the number 15 is in the Key of Solomon Symbol for Happiness, which I included in the Happiness image.  Within this key is a box of 9 squares with numbers in them, and each row of numbers adds up to 15, both across and down. I’m not sure why King Solomon decided that fifteen was the happiest number, but there you go. If you know – I would love to hear why!

The Happiness Spell is really just a traditional orange pomander, but in this case, we use it to hone our intent and create happiness.

Stud a fresh orange with 15 cloves, with each clove representing something that makes you happy. The scent of fresh orange and spicy cloves alone is enough to bring happiness, but the intent will help you focus on what truly makes your heart sing.

Tie this up with a gorgeous gold ribbon, so it looks like a precious gift.

The end result is a beautiful natural bauble that smells delicious and really helps you to get clear on what makes you happy in life.

Next fortnight, we will look at how you can create some of your own fun recipes.

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Creating Magickal Recipes. Part Two

Plants, herbs and flowers are always in the Kitchen Witches repertoire.

There are plenty of books on the magickal properties of plants and flowers that are extremely useful when designing a spell. There are plenty of excellent reference books, containing plants and their associated metaphysical meanings to help create that perfect recipe. As an example, the humble eggplant is said to attract money and the ever-present herb, dill, attracts luck.

Symbols are very potent in spellwork. I love working with symbols because they bypass the conscious mind and appeal directly to the subconscious. There are lots of Symbols available for you to use, some notable ones include the star for good luck, or the yin yang symbol for peace and balance.

You can use crystals as well, with plenty to choose from and each having their own energy. Some commonly used crystals include clear quartz for healing and protection and citrine for prosperity and abundance.

Having said that, it’s much better to choose an item you resonate with, rather than go with the traditional norm. For example, just because roses are traditionally used in love spells – it doesn’t mean you have to use them. There may be other flowers, like hibiscus, or herbs such as oregano, that speak to you, and you prefer these plants instead of roses in a love charm. The charm works better when it is personal and caters to your likes and dislikes.

In the next couple of fortnights, I will talk you through how I created the spells for Abundance, Happiness and Prosperity so you can get a good idea on how the process works.

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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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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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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.

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Creating Magickal Recipes

 

Hi Everyone

I am artist and author Priestess Moon, and creator of the Enchanted Spell Oracle. I’m starting a fortnightly online course on how to create your own Magickal recipes.

Come on a journey with me through the Enchanted Spell Oracle, and learn how to create simple spells using common kitchen ingredients most people have on hand. Create the life you want with clever Hedgewitch magick and even learn how to make magickal cocktails!

The Enchanted Spell oracle is a 36-card deck and accompanying guidebook that explores the world of herbs and spells and Celtic priestesses. The oracle is inspired by illuminated manuscripts and medieval herbals – which are books containing written knowledge about the healing powers of herbs and plants. Examples include Culpepper’s Herbal and the 11th century Ashmole 1431. I just love anything medieval.

In this course you will learn how to create simple charms and magickal cocktails using common kitchen ingredients that most people have on hand.

I practice Kitchen Witch magick, and for those of you who are unsure as to what a kitchen-witch is – it’s a person who uses cooking ingredients to create magick. For example; the spiritual properties of herbs, spices, fruit, flowers, salts and even vinegars are all pressed into service to create spells and potions. I like to rummage about in my pantry and find ordinary items like potatoes or toothpicks to create fun recipes and rituals.

A Kitchen Witch focuses on seeing the ordinary, as well as the divine, sacred. This involves honouring the Goddess by taking care of hearth and home, blessing daily household tasks and observing the Solstices and Equinoxes. Ideally, everyday cooking is imbibed with light and magick. I just want to point out that this is not always possible with life being as it is, but it’s good to have a life goal!

Next fortnight, we discover the power of spells as prayers.

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