lavenderwrath:

This list was compiled by the California School of Herbal Studies (CSHS) in the 1980s by the six directors. Each made a list of what they believed would provide an herbalist with pretty much any and all the herbal actions and uplifting virtues required to provide good health care in a home and…

descensum-and-such:

I am a Southern Witch; 

Vast as the fields and the skies of the country,

With just as much love and cruelty and fault and promise.

I sing spells like summertime lullabies, and let the balmy air carry my magic into the night.

I mix potions in mason jars, and enchant brunches with blessings.

My kitchen is an altar; my porch, a church.

Sweet tea is my sacrificial wine, and I dance to hymns under the warm Southern sun.

Here, we keep a crucifix above our doors for protection, and take long draws on our cigarettes for temporary reprieve.

We give good-luck charms to our neighbors, as horseshoes and wildflowers and baskets of muffins. 

We monogram sigils into quilts and tapestries and handkerchiefs.

Here, magic is in the crickets that begin their symphony as the sun sets.

It is is the traditions that each family holds sacred, and passes down like scripture.

It is in the stars and the sun and the dusty winds. 

I am a Southern Witch,

And my magic is as alive as my home. 

Inspired by christowitch

hound-maiden:

hound-maiden

witchyscrafts:

thedappledsky:

Does anyone know any Black/African American hoodoo suppliers, like on Etsy or such? I live in Delaware, and we only have one metaphysical store with a very limited stock of roots available, which is why I’ve started growing my own plants. They have some roots that have started to filter into witchcraft, like High John, but no Master root, Jezebel, Queen Elizabeth- those I was lucky to get through my friend’s mom and stock up. 

Signal boost

To spiritually clean a building with the intention of clearing away spiritual messes, you should work from the back toward the front, and from the top of each room to the bottom. Clear one room at a time and finish by washing outward at the front door. Along the way wash each window frame as well, and if there are
baseboards, clean them too. The ceiling and walls may be given a wipe-down — either wet or dry, depending on the type of covering. As each room is cleared, light a small white candle and say a prayer. Some folks also bum Camphor Resin Incense or Van Van Incense in any rooms they feel were particularly messed up.

Upon arriving at the front door, the entrance area is given special consideration. It may be swept out with a broom while wet, then sprinkled with Salt or mixed Salt and Pepper to keep away unwanted visitors, or it may be “double washed and sealed” — washed once in the outward direction to remove crossed conditions, sealed in a five-spot pattern (the four comers and the center) with Protection Oil to stop the return of evil, then washed a second time in the inward direction, to draw
in desired love, money, health, and friends. If the premises need strong protection, the windows are each given a protective “five-spot” as well.


-Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course by Catherine Yronwode

lesbianspaceprincex:

thebigblackwolfe:

piccolowasablackman:

pagansofcolor:

Hello Pagans of Color!

We are back with the season premiere of our witch web series. Hoping you guys can reblog the crap out of this one and share it with anyone you know will enjoy it too!

Again, It is a web series about five girls who mysteriously get powers and must learn to deal with these powers and each other. It features an all women of color cast! It’s funny and dramatic and we at MisSpelled just hope you enjoy it!

Follow US here at thewitchesofmisspelled.tumblr.com

THANK YOU!

yes!!!

reblogging to watch later~

it’s SO GOOD!!

echtrai:

  • To easily remove wax from candle holders, stick the holders in the freezer. When the wax hardens, it will be much easier to pop off. 
  • Coat a candle holder with cooking spray before you put the candle in to make it easier to get the wax out later. 
  • To light hard-to-reach candles in jars or the like, light the end of a piece of spaghetti. 
  • If a candle doesn’t quite fit its holder, try wedging a toothpick in between the candle and the container. Break off the visible portion of the toothpick. 
  • Freeze candles before use to make them last longer. Be careful about doing this with candles that have a coating, though - as the candle may separate from the covering. 
  • Keep wicks trimmed to about 1/4 inch. If the wick is too long, it can cause smoke and make the candle burn too fast. 
  • Make sure you clean any debris that gets in the wax pool. Stray wick trimmings or bits of paper can catch fire. 

And, as always

  • Don’t leave a burning candle unattended! 

molentary:

young witch in training [listen]
an eclectic, vaguely creepy mix for young witches traveling far away from home, wandering through dark forests, battling dangerous monsters, and becoming adults. includes music that ranges from whimsical fantasy-esque scores to songs that make you want to strap on your black boots and kick down doors.

01. rörliga bilder - daniel olsen
02. happy birthday (a death in the family) - clint mansell
03. becomes the color - emily wells
04. devil do - holly golightly & the brokeoffs
05. the melody of the specter’s flute - nishiura tomohito
06. to ursula’s cabin - joe hisaishi
07. lose your soul - dead man’s bones
08. black sheep - gin wigmore
09. my boy builds coffins - florence + the machine
10. stina - daniel olsen
11. iris - nishiura tomohito
12. in our talons - bowerbirds
13. one summer’s day - joe hisaishi
14. 1940 (amplive remix) - the submarines
15. the legendary paradise - nishiura tomohito
16. vaggvisa - daniel olsen
17. compass - shim hyun jung
18. on a clear day - joe hisaishi
19. the heroic weather conditions of the universe, part 1: a veiled mist - alexandre desplat
20. les passants - zaz

hedgeandherbs:

I often get asked what things I consider essential, so I figure I’ll finally start posting about them in a series, each post of which will cover one of my favorite things in my cupboard.

Today’s is….

Eggshell Powder.

Eggshell powder has an important place in Southern Folk Practices, as well as Hoodoo and Voodoo/Vodou and Santeria (usually called Cascarilla). 

Typical uses are protection and purification in both powder form and chalk. Powder to dust yourself or your home, for making barriers, protecting against spirits, or as chalk for drawing sigils. You can even dissolve it in baths to protect against or break some curses.
My grandmother likes to put crushed eggshells in her plants, especially her tomatoes. The eggshells provide great nutrients, but on the magical side eggs are often a sign of fertility and can encourage fertile plants and a good harvest.

There’s about a million ways to make eggshell powder. I’ve heard baking the eggshells, I’ve been told you can only do it just after you crack the eggs. Some people say leave the membrane, some say pull it out. I’ve heard some people mix it with salt and others don’t mix a thing.

Personally, I pull the membrane out just after cracking the egg, when it is still wet, and then set the shells aside to dry. I got a jar full of ‘em on my kitchen windowsill. After they’re dry, usually a few weeks, I stick ‘em in the oven for a bit, helps make them really dry and easy to grind. Lowest setting for a few hours, or if it is summer I might bump it up to 300 F for half an hour so i can get the house cooled sooner. Then I get to grindin’. If I’m feeling lazy I’ll toss them in my coffee grinder, works all the same, but doing it by hand always puts in a special touch, I think. I add a pinch of salt here and there to help things get ground down until it’s a fine powder. I strain it then with a bit of cheesecloth only doubled over once, just to be sure I get all the finest bits. There’s as many guides online as there is ways to make it.

I keep a little in my cupboard and a little in my kitchen. I add it to food, mine and my dogs. It’s a good source of calcium, and I feel like it’s protective properties get transferred to me by eating it. I make chalk out of it sometimes, or if I’m feeling antsy I’ll dust some on the windowsills mixed up with some more salt. Occasionally I use it to draw symbols and sigils if I’m working with the right group of spirits. Just like eggshell powder, there’s a million guides on making chalk. Here’s one way.

Once you’ve ground up the eggshells mix in 1 tsp of flour with 1 tablespoon of the powdered eggshell. You can eye it to make sure that you’ve got an even mixture. The flour is used as binder so make sure to mix them together thoroughly. At this point add in your powders and just a pinch of the herbs you want. Too man herbs will break up the mixture so be careful. Again mix it thoroughly. Make sure to pray over the herbs, powders, and the mixtures. It is also at this point you can add your colors. If you are making a black chalk, I also suggest adding pinch of drawing charcoal. 

Add in a tsp of hot water and mixing it in. The mixture will begin to be sticky, but keep mixing to get all the pieces. Squish it all together to make a nice little ball. 

Roll the ball in your hands or against wax paper to make it into a cylindrical shape or what shape you want. Wrap this in a paper towel or wax paper and tie it closed. Set this aside for at least three days. 

 

the-metallic-mare:

After posting a few guides on how to do various things with herbs, I started receiving a lot of questions on how to dry herbs, specifically how to dry certain types of herbs and flowers. I didn’t make a guide on it because I assumed most people knew how, but after finding out this isn’t something a lot of people know how to do, I decided to explain how to dry herbs.

First off, the method of drying herbs is to hang them upside down. This allows the saps in the herb to drain down into the top of the plant, keeping the herb fresh and producing a dried herb that isn’t wilted or moldy, but also allowing the natural oils within the plants to stay instead of breaking down. The best place to dry herbs is somewhere away from moisture and out of direct sunlight so the herb will not mold or dry out too quickly. This works especially well for herbs that have flowers on them, or for actual flowers (I like to dry out flowers and keep the petals). When drying herbs, it is always best to rinse them and towel dry them to remove as much of the water as possible as water causes plants to mold faster. There are some people who recommend putting them in bags or other storage items while drying, but I have dried my own herbs for years by simply hanging them somewhere away from water and direct sunlight.

There are different methods depending on the length of the herb, such as a branch compared to just the flowers or blossoms off of a plant. Below are different methods for drying these different herb types.

Drying Branched/Stemmed Herbs:

  1. Gather the herbs and wash them. Towel dry them as best as possible to remove moisture.
  2. Remove any dead, brown, dried, or otherwise discolored leaves or parts of the herbs.
  3. Place the herbs together in little bundles. A good handful, but not too thick to prevent the internal section of the bundle from drying.
  4. Tie a string of some sort around the base/bottom stem as tight as possible so when the herbs dry, they do not slip out of the string.
  5. Hang the herbs upside down away from moisture and direct sunlight, and preferably not touching anything (I always hang them in the kitchen with a thumb tack on a cork board to hold the string).

Drying Short Herbs/Flowers/leaves:

Method 1:

  1. Wash the leaves and flowers very carefully, making sure not to bruise the flower petals or break them. Dry with a towel.
  2. Grab sewing thread and measure out enough thread for your herbs. I do sections of 12 inches long.
  3. Cut the thread from the spool, and knot one end, placing the thread through a sewing needle on the other end.
  4. Using the sewing needle and thread, carefully push the needle and thread through the stem of the flower or leaf.
  5. Thread multiple flowers/leaves while leaving space between them, enough so they do not touch.
  6. Remove your sewing needle and knot the end of the thread, making the thread have a knot on both ends.
  7. Use thumb tacks to push into the two knots, and hang the herb string away from moisture.

Method 2:

  1. Clean and dry all of the flowers and leaves gently, and towel dry them.
  2. Using a window screen or other piece of mesh screen or material and two bricks (or wood blocks, or books), place the two bricks on a counter space somewhere away from moisture. Lay the screen over the bricks. The bricks should be sitting at both ends of the screen with nothing but space in the middle to allow air to flow under the screen.
  3. Gently place the flowers and leaves on the screen and allow them to air dry. Turn and rotate the herbs every other day to make sure all parts are fully dried.

Drying Barks:

  1. Gather the amount of bark or roots you desire, and wash them of all dirt and insects.
  2. Find a place away from moisture that is in direct sunlight, such as a window or table in front of a window.
  3. Lay a towel down and place the bark onto the towel.
  4. Bark takes a while to dry depending on the species and thickness of the bark. When dry, the color should appear lighter and dried, but also will not be soggy or feel cold and wet when handled. Barks should easily splinter and crack when fully dried.
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