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A Witch's Craft

Updated on June 19, 2013

A Witch's Craft

This is a place we share our knowledge of the Craft in the context of crafts. There are many subjects of interest, and more will come later. The craft subjects we'll cover include but are not limited to:

Altar Crafts

Amulets & Talismans

Candle & Soap Crafts

Children's Crafts

Herbal & Oil Crafts

Hexencraft

Potions & Powders

Sabbat & Esbat Crafts

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Introduction to RubyRavn and A Witch's Craft!

In this lens I will be presenting craft ideas in the context of the Craft. What's great about crafting is that even a mundane project can be turned into a magickal one - just empower with a spell as you work! The crafts will be from posts on my Yuku site "A Witch's Craft", where members and myself share projects we've done or found elsewhere, and share so others may see and try them. A Witch's Craft was originally on Ning, but they decided they needed to be paid to "belong". Sorry, the internet is too big to force people to pay to join you, especially for a social site!

As for me, well let me introduce myself:

Blessings! I'm RubyRavn, and A Witch's Craft is my "baby" - well, one of them. I have a business "arm" of this called Hoodoo Hill Rootwork Supply.

I am a rootworker, a Witch, on a Solitary Path. I live in south central KY on top of a 10 acre hill. We have woods with a creek running through it at the base of the hill. From here I enjoy watching the Mother's Seasons change, the stars at night, our 3 horses & donkey run the pastures, playing with our 4 dogs: Gris-Gris, Hoodoo, Ve'Ve', & JuJu, and hearing our macaw, Nici, say bad words at the birds that fly by or the horses & dogs as they run past.

I am a mother of 2 grown boys, DJ & Devon, and grandmother, aka "Nonna", to an 8 yo grandson, DJ II.

My craft skills include quilting, doll making, beading, pyrography (woodburning), learning to crochet (not going well!), and lots of other skills I learn as needed or the feeling hits me!

My Craft abilities include healing (member of the Distant Healing Network for 3 yrs), Reiki Master/Teacher (level 18), teaching/instruction, natural amulets, wildcrafting herbs & plants for magickal, medicinal, & crafting uses. I enjoy making herbal blends, herb infused oils, & herbal soaps.

I enjoy Dragons, & the Fae (both of which live here on our property), but not in the sense of doing Dragon or Fae Magick. Just working with them for the knowledge they're willing to share. When we first moved here there were no flowers or anything growing up here on this hill except a few trees. I found out that the hill we live on is actually the back of a Dragon - who introduced himself one night and told me that I "was welcome to live here on my back"......ok, I'm not one for hearing voices, but I looked around trying to figure out where it came from. I felt an immense presence and when I looked up his face was situated so I was looking at one eye, which he'd placed in such a way as to have the Full Moon as that one eye. I was more than a bit stunned. Happy as shit, but completely dumbfounded! I call him the Ancient One.

The Fae live in the woods. I had to ask permission of the Ancient One if the Fae could please come up the hill to help me with the flowers I wanted to grow, as well as the gardening - which I was very new at! That first Spring I saw evidences of their presence up here. By harvest time they were well situated and so I thanked the Ancient One for allowing them up here, and the Fae for all their help. This year should be even better!

So, that's some of "me"!

Blessings!

RR

Amulets & Talismans - Is there a difference?

Yes, actually there is a difference between an amulet & a talisman but its easy to see how they could be confused and thus used interchangeably, except for two rather important details:

One is of man-made design (talisman) and usually made of metal, and is used to attract positive energies while the other (amulet) is constructed of natural materials that are used singly or in multiples but left unaltered and in its natural form and is used to repel negative energies. Talismans push energy away, and amulets pull energy in.

The definitions of each:

Amulet:

A magickally charged natural object used to give protection, good fortune, luck, and health to it's carrier. It deflects specific negative energies or thoughts and brings the positive energies. The amulet can be made of stones, crystals, feathers, plants, wood or bone beads, etc.. An example of a simple amulet would be the four-leaf clover. Usually these are made into jewelry so it may be worn next to the body for added protection. Not to be confused with a talisman.

Talisman:

From the Greek root teleo, which means "to consecrate". A man-made object that has been ritually charged with power, usually under specific astrological influences, to attract to it's bearer a specific type of energy. It is kept close to the bearer at all times. An example of a talisman is the heart, the horseshoe, the Cross, the Pentacle, etc.. Not to be confused with an amulet.

Horseshoe Talisman

Horseshoe Talisman
Horseshoe Talisman
Sweet Gum Amulets
Sweet Gum Amulets

Sweet Gum Amulets

Abundance, Love & Romance, Protection

Abundance:

Need:

Sweet Gum Balls (from the Sweet Gum Tree)

Herbs (ground & powdered) - Money Drawing Blend: Basil, Chicory, Cinnamon, Cumin, Dill, Dock, Egg shell, Oats, Oregano, Pine, Star Anise, Sunflower, Wheat

Oil(s) - Come to Me, Money Drawing

White or Green Candle

Green Crayon (optional, if you don't have a green candle)

Instructions:

Gather your herbs. If they're not already ground up, then do so now. They must be powdered or almost so to fill the inside of the Sweet Gum ball.

Alternate filling the ball with herbs and drops of oil. You will only be able to do the top half, as what you've just filled will spill out if you turn it over! (That was a major "duh!" moment! LOL)

Once the top is filled, then light the candle and let it drip into the holes, sealing in the herbs & oil. If your candle is white, you may want to peel the paper off a green crayon and let the candle flame melt the crayon wax on to the ball. This makes for a very interesting combination of colors!

Repeat the whole procedure for the bottom half of the ball.

At this point, you add more herbs to the soft wax. Gently pushing it into the wax to set it.

Continue until you feel that the herb & wax ball is complete. You may want to continue until the spiky ends are completely covered, or not (as mine are - I personally like the spiky's).

Author/Designer: RubyRavn

3/2011

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Love & Romance:

Need:

Sweet Gum Balls (from the Sweet Gum Tree)

Herbs (ground & powdered) - Love & Romance Blend: Basil, Rose, Sage, Vanilla

Oil(s) - Come to Me, Love

White, Rose, or Pink Candle

Rose Pink Crayon (optional, if you don't have a Rose or Pink candle)

Instructions:

Gather your herbs. If they're not already ground up, then do so now. They must be powdered or almost so to fill the inside of the Sweet Gum ball.

Alternate filling the ball with herbs and drops of oil. You will only be able to do the top half, as what you've just filled will spill out if you turn it over! (That was a major "duh!" moment! LOL)

Once the top is filled, then light the candle and let it drip into the holes, sealing in the herbs & oil. If your candle is white, you may want to peel the paper off a Rose or Pink crayon and let the candle flame melt the crayon wax on to the ball. This makes for a very interesting combination of colors!

Repeat the whole procedure for the bottom half of the ball.

At this point, you add more herbs to the soft wax. Gently pushing it into the wax to set it.

Continue until you feel that the herb & wax ball is complete. You may want to continue until the spiky ends are completely covered, or not (as mine are - I personally like the spiky's).

Author/Designer: RubyRavn

3/2011

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Protection:

Need:

Sweet Gum Balls (from the Sweet Gum Tree)

Herbs (ground & powdered) - Protection Blend: Basil, Black Cohosh, Caraway, Cinnamon, Clover, Cumin, Datura, Dill, Fennel, Honeysuckle, Mullein, Mustard, Pine, Radish, Willow

Oil(s) - Protection

Black Candle

Black Crayon (optional, if you don't have a Black candle)

Instructions:

Gather your herbs. If they're not already ground up, then do so now. They must be powdered or almost so to fill the inside of the Sweet Gum ball.

Alternate filling the ball with herbs and drops of oil. You will only be able to do the top half, as what you've just filled will spill out if you turn it over! (That was a major "duh!" moment! LOL)

Once the top is filled, then light the candle and let it drip into the holes, sealing in the herbs & oil. If your candle is white, you may want to peel the paper off a black crayon and let the candle flame melt the crayon wax on to the ball. This makes for a very interesting combination of colors!

Repeat the whole procedure for the bottom half of the ball.

At this point, you add more herbs to the soft wax. Gently pushing it into the wax to set it.

Continue until you feel that the herb & wax ball is complete. You may want to continue until the spiky ends are completely covered, or not (as mine are - I personally like the spiky's).

Author/Designer: RubyRavn

3/2011

Rose Petal Beads

A 19th Century craft

Need:

1 lb Rose Petals (minimum)

Water

Cast Iron pot (preferable, as it will add a deeper hue to the beads) or

Blender

Instructions - Long (Old Fashion) Method:

Cut up the rose petals into small bits.

Place the rose petals in the cast iron pot, barely covering with water.

Heat, but do not boil, for an hour.

Repeat this process for three or four days, adding a bit more water, if necessary.

**Remember to never let the water boil!

Once the mixture obtains a clay consistency you can begin to make your beads.

Strain the pulp, pressing out all remaining water.

The beads are made by working the pulp into a ball, oblong, square, or other shape of your choice, with your fingers.

Start your beads at least twice the size you want the finished product to be as they will shrink by half as they dry.

Once the beads are relatively dry, carefully take a thick wire (or anything of the right diameter) to making a hole through the bead.

At least once per day turn the beads so they do not stick and will dry evenly.

Approximate drying time is 5 days.

When dry, you may begin stringing the beads.

Instructions - Short Method:

Place the rose petals in a blender with just enough water to cover.

Turn the blender on high, adding more petals as necessary to make a pasty pulp.

Drain the pulp in a strainer, pressing out any excess water.

Place the rose pulp into a storage container.

Keep refrigerated until ready to make the beads - do not wait more than a day!

The beads are made by working the pulp into a ball, oblong, square, or other shape of your choice, with your fingers.

Start your beads at least twice the size you want the finished product to be as they will shrink by as much as half as they dry.

Once the beads are relatively dry, carefully take a thick wire (or anything of the right diameter) to making a hole through the bead.

At least once per day turn the beads on the wire so they do not stick, won't form flat spots, and will dry evenly.

Approximate drying time is 5 days.

When dry, you may begin stringing the beads.

Witch Ball of Protection & Blessing

Materials:

Plastic 2-piece ornament (or glass ornament, but the opening is rather small and can make adding the items a bit difficult - and will break easily)

Thin ribbons, cut into 2" - 3" pieces - lots of colors, or in a specific color group for a specific intent

Glitter - several colors or just one, its your choice

Clear drying spray glue

Clear drying craft glue

Metallic ribbon

Coat the insides of the 2 halves of the ornament with the spray glue. Sprinkle lightly with the glitter.

Cut the ribbons into small 2" - 3" strips and place into one half of the ornament. Run a thin line of clear drying craft glue along the ornament's edge and place the other half in place.

Loop on the ribbon to hang it with.

Consecrate the Witch's Ball to its purpose in a small ritual, saying a few words for blessing and/or protection, such as:

This Witch's Ball is now in place,

May it bless & protect this space.

Hang in a special place, such as near or on the altar or in a window.

Hexencraft Sign for Hen House

Hexencraft Sign for Hen House

We've been building a hen house for my chickens. Well, you can't have a hen house and not have a pretty sign to go on the door! I find the Hexencraft signs very beautiful, but I would never buy one. So I make them!

The hen house has been in production for about a week. We live on a hill with lots of high winds year round, so we're building the coop very sturdy. Well, yesterday I needed a break from handing boards, screws, & tools to my husband (obviously HE'S the one doing the actual building!), so I decided it was time to paint that sign. I'd already designed it on the computer, I was just waiting until I felt the need to get around to painting it. Yesterday I felt that "need". So I gathered all my materials and sat outside in the chair under the tree next to the temporary chicken pen. As I painted, I was clucked to by the chickens and purred & pawed at by Milo, one of my cats. There was a perfect breeze. It was a perfect setting for a couple hours of painting before the sun set behind the hills.

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Hexencraft Sign

Materials:

8" Wood Plaque

Design printed from computer (2 copies)

Tape

Metal Stylus (or other small, sharp, pointy object)

Paints

Brush(es)

Paper towel

Cup w/ water

Clear sealant (finish of your choice: matte, satin, glossy)

Instructions:

1) Put together your design on your computer, then print it out to-size. Be sure to make 2 copies, one for tracing and one so you know what colors go where.

2) Tape the design to the 8" plaque.

3) Trace the design using the metal stylus, this will transfer the design into the wood. (If you have carbon paper & a pencil, then it will be easier, but who has carbon paper any more!) Or, if you're really good at free-hand - GO FOR IT! :D Be sure to remove all traces of paper before painting!

4) Coat the entire 8" plaque with white paint. Even with the cover coat of paint you will be able to see the lines inscribed into the wood.

5) Now begin painting each section the color shown in your design. Using your 2nd copy of the design as a guide.

6) Depending on the type of paints you use, you may have to put a clear seal coat over the dry finished product. Make sure you choose the finish you want - matte, satin, or glossy.

**TIP: Be sure to thoroughly rinse the brush in the cup of water between colors, so you keep them "true".

While working I was envisioning my chickens being calm & comfortable in their new home, productive in their egg laying, and protected by the strength of their building. I also asked Divine to bless our project, as well as the chickens, to keep them healthy & safe from weather disasters and creatures that might like to get in and eat them!

Meanings of the symbols in my Hexencraft sign:

Water drops - fertility & abundance

Maple leaf - contentment

Oak leaf - long life, strength, & endurance

Star - (general) good luck, good fortune, energy, harmony, hope, peace, energy, protection against fire & lightning, (8 point) good omens, light, protection

Circle - eternity

Rooster - Aggressive, Ambitious, Awareness, Boastful, Communication, Confidence, Courage, Creative, Dauntless, Decisive, Dreamer, Eccentric, Enthusiasm, Extravagant, Forthrightness, Garish, Guardian, Hard working, Hidden powers, Hidden self revealed, Honest, Impractical, Insight, Intelligent, Lucky, Optimism, Organized, Out going, Outspoken, Passion, Persistent, Persuasive, Precise, Pride, Protection, Resurrection, Romantic, Self-confident, Sexuality, Shrewd, Single-minded, Sociable, Solar magick, Supremacy, Trusting, Underworld, Vigilance, Watchfulness

Meanings of the colors in Hexencraft:

Black - protection

Blue - protection, peace, calmness

Green - growth, fertility, success

Orange - abundance, success

Brown - earth, nature, cycle of life

Yellow - health, the Sun, connection to the Divine

White - purity

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      I have always been curious about a witch's craft... :)