Thursday, 18 October 2018

Stunning Halloween Decor

Firstly I just wanted to say a huge thankyou to Linda for her help setting up my new blog!

I'm pretty sure she's part computer, she just whizzes up coding like it's nothing and without her my little dropdown menus would be hideous and probably not even work haha

Linda also creates AMAZING tablescapes and just so happens to have some pretty awesome halloween themed tables over on her blog which I just HAD to share with you all!

If you're reading my blog then chances are you, like myself, would quite happily have the table set for Halloween all year round ;) There's a meme I've seen floating around cyber-space of halloween decorations that says something along the lines of seasonal decorations in stores - normal house decor for me - sooooo true :P

Anywho, here are some of my favourites from Lindas' blog....

  

How adorable are these faery folk!?!?





To see more pop on over to - https://www.lifeandlinda.com/p/halloween-tablescapes.html
If you're interested in creating your own blog, Linda also offers design packages on her other blog - https://www.myfairyblogmother.com/ 

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Charging Your Crystals

How to CHARGE your crystals (after cleansing them)
Charging crystals is different to cleansing them, charging them means you are giving them an energy boost, like switching on their "on" switch.
The most common way to charge crystals is to leave them out in the moon light, full moon works best and is often regarded as the only time to charge them - this like many other things is not true, you can charge your crystals anytime  You can actually use the moon phases for crystal spells as well but I'll leave that one for another day (remind me!) 
If you have fragile or soluble crystals, place them inside on a window ledge rather than outside where the due and moisture in the air may damage them.
Full Moon is a perfect time for charging crystals
Earthing crystals in the ground not only cleanses them, but it also charges them as well so you could simply bury them for a day or night and do both at once if you like. This method is particularly good for crystals which have been used for healing and have used up a lot of their energy to help someone.
Crystal grids can be created to charge certain crystals, as can crystal generators. This is a very broad subject (gridding) but basically you need to listen to the crystals themselves, or your intuition in order to know how to lay them out. For a crystal charging grid generally you will place the chargers around the one you wish to charge and they would "face" it sending their energy to it. Grids can be a little tricky, you could possibly over charge a crystal or drain the chargers by accident so this is not a way I would recommend unless you are confident with grids.
One of Saige Winterbears' crystal grids
You can charge your crystals using your own positive energy. To do this you simply hold your crystal in your right hand (or left if left-handed) and focus your energy down through your arm and into the crystal. You can also use tools such as a wand or Athame to charge them the same way.
Some crystals prefer to charge in the Sun light rather than the moon, crystals such as Citrine, Shungite, Malachite and Tiger Eye like to be charged in the sun. To do this you leave them out in the sunlight for a few hours, I like to place them on a clear quartz cluster in a sunny spot 
And some crystals can actually charge others, just like Carnelian and Kyanite cleanse them, stones and crystals such as Apophyllite, Clear Quartz, Amethyst and of course the ever helpful Carnelian. Clusters do tend to work best when using them to charge other crystals as well as Generators.
~ Lyllith Xx

Cleansing Your Crystals

How to cleanse your crystals.... (This is not the same as charging crystals, which I will post about next)
Crystals hold energies, both positive and negative and need to be cleansed - the regularity (is that a word? is now) of how often you'll need to cleanse them will vary depending on how often you use them, if they have been used to help remove negative, stale or "bad" energy or when protecting from dark spirits etc. I also find it best to cleanse them before using them if they haven't been out to play in a while.
Most crystals can be cleansed under running water or in naturally flowing water




How to cleanse them - There are several ways you can cleanse crystals, the first and easiest way is to hold them under flowing water, of course a natural creek, river or the beach is best but not necessary. The good old kitchen tap will work just as well, especially if your intentions are set.
Not all crystals can be cleansed in water, such as Selenite, which will slowly dissolve if it gets wet due to it's crystaline salt-like formation, Malachite which may release toxins into the water, Raw crystals need to be kept dry. Most tumbled stones are fine to wash in water if you're unsure please check or cleanse using a different method.
Earthing is another way to cleanse them, you can do this by either placing them on the ground in a garden or actually burying them for a while. The Earth then cleanses and also provides a little boost to your crystals.
Salt is another good way to cleanse crystals, you can do this by placing your stones on a dish or bowl filled with salt - any salt is fine, though the purer the better. I have a special Cleansing Salt Blend available in my online store, which is what we often use and is available here. Our daughter, Saige, likes to then cover her crystals with more salt, and give them a bit of a salt bath and cover them up as much as she can.
Crystals in a salt bath
The last way to cleanse crystals (there are some others like singing bowls, candlework etc. but I like to keep things simple) is to smoke them. To do this you simply use a white sage smudge stick, palo santo or herbal incense blend and pass the crystals through the smoke. The smoke cleanses them just as it does when you smudge your home or anything else. Hold them in the smoke until you feel they are done or pass them through, back & forth several times through the smoke.
Smudging with White Sage - original image source unknown
Remember though to wipe off any water, salt or dirt once you're done to make sure they are clean and dry as well as cleansed in the energetic sense of the word.
There are some crystals which never need cleansing such as Carnelian, which also cleanses it's friends when kept together in a bag or pouch!
How do you prefer to cleanse your crystals? Do you have some which prefer a different way to others?
Xx

Shielding ~ Spiritual Protection

Shielding is an important spiritual practice and can be done to protect your energy field from spirits, negative energies and even other people - I don't mean from physical harm from other people but rather from those people who absorb others' energies and leave you feeling down, tired and drained. These people are known as Energy Vampires, and most people know of at least one in their lives.
So what is shielding? Shielding is a term we use to define a shield or bubble of protection. The most commonly used method of shielding is "white lighting" or "white bubble". 
 energy shield - protection
Even Comic books, Cartoons and movies have depicted bubble shields, many times! This is pretty much how you would imagine your bubble shield to look. 
Why do we shield ourselves? to protect from negative energies and those who drain us of our positive energy. Have you ever walked into a room or building and it just felt "odd"? or perhaps you know someone who whenever they are around you feel drained, empty and possibly angry? These are all times when shielding is needed.
Before you go putting up your protection shield, you first need to be sure that you don't have negative energy yourself. A good cleanse is always good practice and you should certainly be sure you have cleansed you own energy before shielding yourself.
Cleansing can be done in several ways, smudging with white sage, palo santo or sacred herbs and resins is most common. Ringing bells, clapping your hands and chanting are other good cleansing techniques. 


Once you've cleansed your energy, it's also a good idea to ground yourself. (If you haven't already before cleansing).
The easiest way to shield yourself, is to imagine a bright white light of pure positive energy radiating around you, this can take form of a bubble which encases your body and aura in it's protection. 
protection bubble spiritual
Other ways are visualizing a suit or armor like a knight would wear, that you "put on" other people I know use visualization to shield themselves in other ways as well. I have been throwing up walls of fire to block energy lately which has been working quite well for me.
As with all magic and spiritual practices, find what feels right for you. Each of us is different and once you have the basics covered you can work on those to adapt to your own way and find what works for you.
This is just a very basic guide to shielding, there is a wonderful amount of detailed information available online for those who need more guidance. 
Lyllith Xx

Grounding Your Energies

Grounding is easy to do and something I STRONGLY suggest learning and practicing regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs.
Do you ever feel a bit "spacey" or not quite "here"? this means you are not grounded, grounding is also useful when you feel emotional, whether sad, angry or too overjoyed. Grounding basically brings you back to reality and stabilizes you in your body and anchors you to the Earth.
So HOW do you Ground yourself?
There are a few different ways to do this, I'll list the most common and easiest way here...
The best way to do this to be seated on the ground itself, not always practical and not necessary, but for the best results I suggest trying it at least once to really feel it working.
Clear your mind as best you can, then focus and imagine all the negative thoughts, emotions, confusion etc. joining together and forming a ball of energy, I generally see the energy ball in my stomach. Then as it grows you want to visualize it moving down into the Earth itself, deep down into the center of the Earths' core.
Visualize the Earth core burning this energy ball up and turning it into a new ball of positive energy, a bright white light (or gold or blue whichever works for you) which is full or positive emotions, thoughts and energy.
Then see this new positive energy ball move up through the Earth and into your body. As it becomes part of you you are filled with positive energy. Repeat the steps, realeasing negative and drawing in positive until you feel calm and collected.
Another method is the "Tree Roots" method. I personally prefer this to the Energy ball, but it could be because I often ground myself while walking or out in public and find it easier and faster.
Start the same way, clear your mind and focus. This time you will imagine or visualize a cord, roots (like tree roots) or energy shards (like lightning) which come from your body and go deep into the Earth, into the core.
The cord, roots or shards you have visualized now act as a freeway for energy to flow between your body and the Earths' core. Draw up all of the negative thoughts, emotions and confusion etc. and push this energy down through the path you created and into the Earths' core. Then the same thing as before, see this energy transform into positive energy and draw it back up through your pathway and into your body.
Again, repeat this until you feel calm, collected and "heavy"
The feeling of being "heavy" means you have grounded yourself successfully, it can be a weird feeling at first if you've never felt it before. I compare it being anchored, like a boat to a dock, but you have anchored yourself to the Earth itself.
Once you get the hang of it, you can practice grounding anywhere and at anytime. If you're feeling stressed at work, or in line at a shop or bank just ground yourself and see how much of a difference it can make!
You don't need to be sitting down, you can ground yourself while walking, even driving (maybe not until you get the hang of it lol)
Blessings!
Lyllith Xx
Image found on Google search some time ago, apologies for not having the original source listed, If I find it I will update the article.

Easy Spells to Banish Negativity

Do you have some negative people in your circle? Perhaps a co-worker who constantly drains your energy or a pesky ex who just can't get over it. Maybe your own emotions aren't as positive as you'd like them to be and they are causing anxiety and distress.
There are several things you can do to help block negativity from other people (and yourself!), but there are also a couple of quick and easy and super effective spells you can also do to help. 


Now, the first thing I always suggest is self cleansing and shielding. It is pointless putting up your spiritual wall or protection bubble without cleansing yourself first, otherwise there's the chance you'll "trap" the negativity inside with you. 

Start by taking a shower or bath, you might like to add some salts, cleansing herbs such as Bay Leaves, Rosemary, White Sage, Lavender or even Rose Petals to your bathing water. If showering, you can always pop some herbs into a muslin or organza bag or if you're lucky enough to have some in your garden, attach a sprig to the shower head. The steam from your shower will help extract the properties from the herbs and induce a cleansing and refreshing aroma at the same time.
Whilst cleansing yourself, imagine all negative thoughts and feelings being cleansed from your physical body, allow the thoughts to pass through your mind and release them. Ask the water to cleanse your body, mind and soul. 
If you are unable to shower or bathe, give yourself a smudge with some white sage. 
  
Once you've finished cleansing yourself, visualise your choice of spiritual protection forming around you. Whether this is a spiritual shield of light, a bubble, suit or armour or whatever method you feel comfortable with. I have written an article on shielding as well, which you can find here. 
Now, before we get into the spells it is important to remember the following:
  • Ensure your intentions are pure (not wishing harm to another person)
  • If performing a spell using a persons' name, make sure you are absolutely certain this person is the right person.
  • Remember, if the source of negativity is your own self you may need some inner work such as energy healing rather than a spell of this sort.

The spells....

The Freezer Spell ~ Freeze pesky people out of your life
This is one of the most simple, yet effective spells and anyone can do it. 
All you need to do is write the persons' name and date of birth on a small piece of paper. Focus your intention onto the paper - such as wanting this person to leave you alone, stop spreading rumours about you, move away from your neighbourhood, or whatever else it may be. Make sure your intention is to send them off on their way with love and kindness. 
Then, simply fold the paper up and place it into the back of your kitchen freezer. Leave it there undisturbed and forget about it allowing the spell to take affect. 
Optional: Some people like to put the name in a little ziplock bag of water, you can also add a little honey or sugar to the water to "sweeten them up" You could also get creative and add some herbs, such as lavender or white sage.
The Mirror Spell ~ Return negative energy back to the source.
This little spell takes a little more work than the freezer spell, but you don't need to know exactly who is sending negative vibes your way to perform it. 
You will need a black candle, a mirror (preferably one you will only use for this spell) and a little time.

If you'd like to, carve some protection or healing symbols into your candle. You may also like to annoint your candle with some oils such as Rosemary, Black Pepper or Frankincense. 
You might also wish to burn some purification incense while performing your spell. 
Sit yourself down in front of the mirror, place your candle between yourself and the mirror so you can see it and your own reflection in the mirror.
Set your intentions, such as wanting to send any negative energy back to it's source - do so with love and kindness. 
Light the candle and focus on the flame, concentrate on your desire to be free of negativity and when ready shift your focus onto the reflection of the flame in the mirror. Ask that the negative emotions, thoughts or situation be returned to their source. 
You might like to ask that they are not bounced back to you, and that no harm will come to another - whatever you like to say during spellwork. 
Once you feel ready, take a few moments to close your eyes and visualise yourself happy, free from any bad luck, ill health, negative thoughts or emotions. Feel how good it is to be free and positive and thank the Universe for helping you feel that way again long term.
Allow your candle to finish burning on it's own, whether it goes out or burns all the way down. You don't have to stay seated in front of it, but be sure to thank any guides or Deities you may have called in for help before you leave it to work it's magick.
Other simple things you can do to help reduce or absorb negative energies are:
  • Using Salt Lamps
  • Placing cleansing crystals such as Selenite around the home
  • Keeping protective stones on you, in your pocket or mojo bag
  • Slicing and onion or lemon into quarters and allowing it to absorb negativity (be sure to remove it and either bury or burn them afterwards.
  • Keeping a glass of tap water beside the bed overnight, if it has bubbles in the morning tip the water out, outside (not down the drain)
  • Practice meditation, yoga or other calming and balancing techniques.
  • Aromatherapy, Energy Healings such as Reiki.
Blessings, Lyllith Xx

Monday, 15 October 2018

Help! My Book of Shadows is messy :(

I often get asked what to write in a Book of Shadows, along with other questions like "Should it be hand written?" and people worried that their writing is too messy for a Book of Shadows.
So I wrote this little article for my other blog a while ago and thought I'd better include it here...
Firstly, there are no right or wrong ways to create your own Book of Shadows so please never feel as though you are "doing it wrong" because quite frankly your Book of Shadows is YOUR Book of Shadows and you can write it however you wish.
Traditionally, a Book of Shadows is a book which contains religious texts, rituals, spells and herbal, crystal and other lore. In early Wicca there was only one Book of Shadows within a coven, which was kept safe by the High Priestess. Of course anyone can have their own Book of Shadows, especially nowadays as most of us are Solitary witches.
pentagram leather bound journal Book of Shadows
Modern day witches may like to keep a digital Book of Shadows, in a Word-type document on their computer, OneNote is a wonderful little program which also incorporates colour-coded categories and multiple pages which is perfect for the techno-witch! Others, myself included prefer a handwritten book with sketches and drawings to help describe things such as plants or crystals and even for spells and rituals. It is completely up to you how you choose to write your own Book of Shadows.
Many people are worried that their writing isn't clear enough, too messy or they make errors and don't want to "ruin" their book. Personally I think it adds character and makes the Book even more special! Take this photograph below for example. This is a photograph of the pages of one of Gardners' first Book of Shadows' let's be honest, his writing isn't perfect and if you look closely you can see he has crossed out lines, yet he is still highly regarded today in Wicca and Paganism.
Gardeners Book of Shadows hand written
Some people also prefer to keep their Book of Shadows purely for Spells and Rituals and have separate Grimoires for Herbs, Crystals and other information. This too is completely up to you.
Our daughter, Saige is currently writing her very first Book of Shadows as well, she currently has drawings of her own crystals with their properties, her favourite rituals and the Sabbats and I'm not entirely sure what else she has written as that's all she has asked my help with so far ;) 
witches spell book
At the moment I am in the process of transferring notes from my old Book of Shadows into a beautiful leather covered journal. My old Book of Shadows was started when I was 11 years old and I have added to it over the years. It literally consists of pieces of paper in 4 black folders and a box of loose notes I have made over the years. A big task but I can't wait until my beautiful book is "complete" - a Book of Shadows may never truly be "complete" as we are always learning and creating new spells etc. as we continue on our Pagan Paths! 
So.... basically what I am trying to say, is that you can create your Book of Shadows however you like! It can be hand written, typed, kept in digital format, spread into several books or folders - which ever way you feel is right for you!
Blessings! Lyllith Xx
Main Photo: Me!!! This photo was taken during a photoshoot I did for the 2016 Kooralbyn Calendar. In our backyard, with my actual Book of Shadows! (the new one) Photo by Renee Barlow, edited with butterflies by me ;) 
Gardners Book of Shadows, sourced from the Internet - Photos of Books/Journals, our stock available to purchase.