9 Ritual Items Commonly Found at the Dollar Store

These are wonderful ideas for the frugal Witch!

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1.  Herbs and Spices.  The spice section is great for picking up herbs and spices that can be used in sachets, incense blends, and mojo bags.  I’ve found:

-Garlic (protection)
-Basil (love)
-Chili Powder (used in hoodoo/voodoo)
-Oregano (marriage blessing/kitchen witchery)
-Onion Powder (protection)
-Chopped Onion(protection)

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2.  Sea Salt.  Sometimes it’s coarse, and sometimes it’s finely ground.  Either way, there is usually some kind of bulk salt available for circle-casting and whatnot.

3. Candles.  Tea candles, pillar candles, jar candles.  They have them all.  Personally, I prefer the unscented white ones, which are great all-purpose candles for carving symbols in and anointing with various oils.  They are generally much cheaper at the dollar store than almost anywhere else.

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4.  Seasonal decor.  I usually make a trip before any given Cross Quarter holiday for altar decorations.

5.  Incense.  Truth be told, I am not a big fan of…

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Almost, Maybe? Luna’s Veil

Good Morning! As I type this the Moon is passing over us and just barely teasing the Earth’s shadow. We :almost: had a Lunar eclipse. This happens when the Earth passes between the Sun and Moon but the shadow cast from the Earth doesn’t quite reach her.

Credit: NASA
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As you can see, the Moon dances with us and the Earth once more. But what does this mean for our magick and ritual practice?

Honestly, it could mean nothing! My personal interpretation is that the Moon is playful and mischievous and that is a great energy to bring to yourself this time of year. We are ending summer and beginning fall but that doesn’t mean we should lose the play aspect of summer break. This enthusiasm should carry into the new school year for youngsters and for our “harvests” for the adults.

Typically, a lunar eclipse means chaos is reigning. (I just heard all the chaos magicians cheer.) In my experience, (which can be vastly different than yours) when the Earth and Sun and Moon are in conflict so too are the energies of my magick and my daily life. The coffee pot not going off with its normal timer, the dreary, stand-still weather, and of course losing my freshly started notebook!  For me, it’s as if the Tricksters come out to play and give a lesson.

So whether you practice now or not is your path and your calling. We wish you luck in this coming Fall and the wonders our Universe brings us.
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Blessed Be!

Rainer Earthkin

Element of Spirit

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With my soul connected to the four elements, I call upon and feel the last one. The Element of Spirit.

It is a void and a light. An energy that runs through each element and every being on the earth. We are all connected to each other and reflections of one another.


The Element of Spirit is thought by many to be a void. Unknowable, untouchable, and out of our comprehension.

To myself, the element of Spirit is found only when all the other elements are balanced and harmonious. It is found inside each of us. A spark, a light. A scale of balance. Achieving this balance is a tough task for everything in our life is in constant motion.

Spirit is said to be the perfect balance of light and dark together.

“In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.”

Each element of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water come from Spirit. They are born from it and each gain their powers from it.

On the altar, I bring representations of each element to remind myself to keep each in balance. This is especially true in spell-work. Candle magick is very much Fire-based but I need to remember that too much Fire is destruction.

I see the salt of Earth on my altar and I am reminded that no amount of spell-work will manifest what I want if I do not do the work on a physical level.

I see the smoke rising from Air and I am reminded to think everything through and to be aware of consequences.

I see the candle’s bright Fire and I am reminded that I must want and desire this change. There is no halfway on this.

I see the seashells and Water and I am reminded that this spell-work must nurture myself or someone else. That what I do is right and brings about a positive change.


I invite you now to sit with Element of Spirit. Discover what it is to you. What balance do you find?

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Love and Light

Rainer Earthkin

Element of Water

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Sensually cool water flows around and past me as I step barefoot into the stream. Soft mud stirs and is carried out by flowing Water. The heat and sweat of hard work is cleansed from my skin. Feeling refreshed, I give thanks for all that Water does for me. Without her, I cannot live.
Without her nourishment, I cannot love or grow.


The element of Water is a manifestation of emotion, healing, and cleansing. Water is representative of purity, flow, intuition, and abundance.

The element of Water is a huge source of living for us. Entire civilizations were born from rivers and oceans. Sources of water made it possible for nomadic societies to settle in one place by providing a means for farming. Water is connected to the heart and emotional transformation. When we meditate and focus on our breath we can feel the rise and fall of our chests. The ebb and flow of this is how we connect to the flowing energy of Water.

As the seasons change so can the energy of Water as an element.
In spring, Water helps us nourish ourselves and our plants. It also carries nutrients to all life forms, including trees through their root systems. In summer, ponds and lakes help keep us cool and refreshed. In fall, we reflect on our subconscious intuition. In winter, Water transforms us and often freezes over as ice and snow.

I ask that Water come to my rituals to aid me in healing, emotional stability, cleansing and purification of myself, my life, and others.  Intuition, Healing, Tides, and Flow are all in the realm of Water.


Magical Tools and Representations of Water


Representations: Shells, Cups, Mermaids, Fish, Rain and Oceans.
Direction: West
Color: Blues and whites.
Instrument: Bells and Cymbals
Tarot Suit: Cups
Tool: Cauldron and Chalice


We invite you to sit in meditation and reflect on Water and what it means to you. Adding sea salt or Epsom salt to a hot bath, relax and meditate on the ebb and flow of your life.

Let us know what you find!
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Love and Light,

Rainer Earthkin

Element of Fire

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In the deep, dark woods, I sit with my campfire. Feeling its heat and listening to wood crack and pop, I put a bundle of sage and rosemary on it. The smoke rises into the night and carries my dreams of change to the heavens.


Every witch has candles. All of ’em. But did you know that my grandmother (who is very much NOT a witch) has an interesting ritual of cleaning her house on a Saturday morning then leaving a few candles to burn? Definitely a lovely and relaxing scene. But also kinda witch-y.

The element of Fire is a powerful being in many faiths and religions. It is a tangible source of heat, light, passion and transformation. Fire is representative of energy and desire and purification.

The element of Fire is highly important. Fire is what helps keep us warm through long wintry nights and drives away the dark and wild animals. Fire was a major tool for primitive folk. In older times, bonfires were built to draw the community together during the passing of seasons and holidays. The hearth fire in the home was very sacred. Often it is easier to meditate when a candle is lit. It brings us focus and energy and provides us a way of connecting to Fire.

As the seasons change so can the energy of Fire as an element.
In spring, Fire helps us raise our energy to do our planting that season. In summer, we are reminded of Fire in the blaze of the sun. In fall, we begin to harvest and burn the old that will not serve us in the winter. In winter, Fire keeps us warm and brings our community together.

Candle Magick is some of my favorite kind. From anointing and setting intention to focusing on the flame as it burns down. Something about the light gives me drive to persevere over my obstacles.

Often we focus on Fire in rituals to help bring passion and life to our work. Transformation, Sexuality, Desire, and Heat are all in the realm of Fire.


Magical Tools and Representations of Fire


Representations: Candles, Cinnamon, Wood, Swords, and Athame
Direction: South
Color: Reds and Oranges
Instrument: Stringed instruments, Guitars
Tarot Suit: Swords
Tool: Athame, Candle


We invite you to sit in meditation and reflect on Fire and what it means to you. Using a candle and a bay leaf, think of something you would like transformed in your life. When you feel right, burn the bay leaf with the candle and set in a fire safe bowl. See how you connect with Fire.

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Love and Light

Rainer Earthkin

Element of Air

Air Spirit

The wind pulls at my clothes and teases my hair. I hear the sounds of birds carried through the air. In summer’s heat I feel the wind’s cool relief and feel blessed to know her.


The element of Air is an intangible manifestation of movement, freshness, communication and intelligence. Air is connected to the mind, thoughts and dreams.

During meditation, we can visualize all the pain and hurt leaving our bodies via our breath. At the same time we can visualize all the positive, healing relief being brought to us and in us via our breath.

 

This is a true connection to the Element of Air.

As the seasons change, so can the energy of Air as an element.
In spring, Air helps us freshen ourselves and our homes. It also carries seeds and pollen on the wind to be spread across the land. In summer, drafts of air helps cool us down and gives us warm kisses on our cheeks. In fall, the air warns us of seasonal change. In winter, cold air can bite and whip, carrying storms with her.

Often we focus on Air in rituals to help bring mental clarity, focus, and starting anew. Learning, Intellect, Dreams, and Speech are all in the realm of Air.

When I light my incense or ring a bell, I invite air to blow over me and through me. With her power, I let negativity be blown out a window or door. The light, playfulness of the wind is welcomed in my circles.


Magical Tools and Representations of Air 


Representations: Feathers, Bells, Chimes, Wands, and Incense..
Direction: East
Color: Yellow or White
Instrument: Flutes and Chimes
Tarot Suit: Wands
Tool: Incense or Bell


We invite you to sit in meditation and reflect on Air and what it means to you. Using a feather, bell, or incense as a focus, think of the things that are “Air” to you. Journal what you find and share with us in the comments as well!

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Love and Light

Rainer Earthkin

Element of Earth

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I ground myself in the Earth below me. Growing roots deeper into her allows me to then reach for the stars and heavens. With this grounding, I become one with my planet and the life here and I feel at one with the Universal powers around me.

This feeling is both powerful and humbling. My existence is a tiny speck on the timeline and yet ever connected to the web of life.


Earth is the element of stability, foundations, and of the body. The Earth is the realm of growth and prosperity. It is also the physical Earth on which we live and the very heart of life.

Ancient people relied heavily on the land for survival; they believed in an Earth Mother Goddess who provided food, warmth, and shelter.

As the season’s change so does the energy of Earth as an element. Rituals and mindfulness can help us attune to those energies. In the spring there is a burst of new growth. In summer, warmth, sustaining energy. In the autumn we harvest and consolidate our energies. In the winter we release the negative energies and fears we have to make way for new growth in the spring.

In the realm of Earth we often focus on grounding ourselves and on foundations in which to build ourselves upon. When I call upon Earth, I visualize of fresh tilled dirt in my hands and under my feet.I am reminded of the taste of salt.

Often we focus on Earth in rituals to help bring about material abundance and health. This element is essential in spells and rituals of prosperity, business, fertility and stability. Earth is a masculine element and governs stone and knot magic.


Magical Tools and Representations of Earth:


Representations: Salt, Pentacles, Coins, Stones, Gems, and Lead.
Direction: North
Color: Green
Instrument: Drum
Tarot Suit: Pentacles
Tool: Pentacle


We invite you to sit in meditation and reflect on Earth and what it means to you. Using a stone, coin, or even an hand drawn pentacle as a focus, think of the things that are Earth to you. Journal what you find.

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Love and Light

Rainer Earthkin