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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Cinnamon Money Spell

The first spell I want to talk through is a money spell, and this spell comes with the Abundance card. I have used this many times, and it is good for small windfalls.

For this charm, you will need a potato, 8 toothpicks, a stick of cinnamon and a gold coin. Cinnamon is often used in money spells and is known as the ‘sweet money spice.’ I like to start this spell on a new moon, as this is a great time to work magick for things you want to increase in your life.
This spell is adapted from a book called ‘Witta, an Irish Pagan Tradition’ by Edain McCoy – it has some excellent Kitchen Witch charms and enchantments in it and it’s well worth a look. This recipe is an example of how we can take an idea that we love, expand on it, tweak it and add our own personal stamp on it.
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We need one potato and we are going to cut that in half, and scoop out the flesh of each side with a teaspoon.
Then place some cinnamon stick, and a gold coin inside the hollow. The coin is optional, though. Join the potato back together with 8 toothpicks – 8 being a very lucky number, money wise. This spell then needs to be buried in the garden, underneath a fast-growing money herb such as basil. You will see that the potato will grow good strong leaves quite fast, and I like to visualise the money growing along with it.

There are all sorts of symbols in the Abundance image that carry with them the energy of wealth – the guidebook goes into extra detail – but the keywords of the Abundance card are ‘wealth, money, and income.’

Next fortnight, we look at a magickal cocktail recipe for a Prosperity Potion.

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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 Magickal Recipes. Part One

I want to talk you through the process of how I create a spell recipe from scratch, and hopefully this will inspire you to create your own personal enchantments at home. You don’t need any fancy ritual items like athames, or goblets or wands, nor do you need to join a coven and become an initiate to practice magick. The real magick is your imagination and the amount of light energy you put into your spell-work.

There’s a wealth of tools to choose from to help you create your own enchantments.

For instance, the phases of the moon. As a general rule, the energy of a new moon is to start projects and attract things, so this is a great time for money or luck spells.  The waxing crescent to full moon is to complete things, and the waning to dark moon is used to let things go, or get rid of things you don’t want. So, this would be a good time to perform a ritual to help you let go of a habit or a feeling that no longer serves you. The moon energies really do add an extra boost to your spellwork. The phase of the moon we are in now is a dark moon, about to evolve into a new moon later on tonight.

You can use colour magick if you wish, for another little boost. This can be as simple as coloured candles or bits of paper.

Generally Speaking:

White for strong protection and shielding

Black for letting go and releasing

Red for good luck and vitality

Orange for fertility and creativity

Yellow for confidence and fame

Green for healing and prosperity and is often used in money spells

Blue for wisdom and contemplation

Purple for intuition and Angelic assistance.

Next fortnight, we continue with creating magickal recipes, part two.

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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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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. 

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Quest

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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