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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Under the Harvest Moon

As we move closer and closer to the Autumn Equinox, our Moon rises closer and closer to sunset. This has given the Full Moon in September the name Harvest Moon. At this time, we are slowly losing the precious daylight we need to bring in our harvests. Fruits and grains are plentiful at this time and even more can be brought in because the half to full moon rises just when we need her.

But what makes a Harvest Moon different than most others? According to The Almanac usually, throughout the year, the Moon rises an average of about 50 minutes later each day. But near the autumnal equinox, the difference is only 30 minutes. Also,the Full Harvest Moon rises at sunset and then will rise near sunset for several nights in a row because the difference is at a yearly minimum.

Spiritually, this moon is important to us because it is all about preparation for winter. The birds fly south. Bears start their feast for hibernation and squirrels tuck away what they can. Ideally you’d check your gutters and clear them out. You would check your heating and AC and insulation. Are you prepared for harsher weather? Are you prepared for the dark half of the year? Use the remaining daylight and spectacular moonlight to clear out your clutter (Mentally, Emotionally, and Physically)  and re-frame your coming winter and coming year.

While working in your home, it is a good idea to clean and revamp your altar. Take off what no longer suits you and don’t be afraid to rearrange for what resonates with your soul. This is about what you and your family needs for survival.

This past week, I have deep cleaned my home. Things that I need have been stored. Winter clothes have been brought out and washed. Clutter and dead weight has been donated or tossed. All these nesting procedures have fulfilled my soul in preparation for Fall and Winter.

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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

Fire Spirit

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

Benefits of Spiritual Fasting

5b1c1934f70fff46d04dd0143efa0ec5How do you determine if you want to fast? Do witches fast? Is it healthy? Is there any benefit?

How you determine if you need a fast is up to you. Maybe its a good holiday. Maybe you need a spiritual reset or perhaps an eating/consumption reset. The answer to the rest is yes.

Witches do fast on occasion if their path calls for it. It can be healthy if done right and in moderation. Yes, there are plenty of benefits the biggest including increased mindfulness and a good reset on your day to day living.

This evening I begin my No-Kill Fast. A student of mine has decided to dedicate herself to her path after a six month study program with me. I have taught various classes before but this will be my first student who wanted the full education and dedication!

I am beyond ecstatic!

Before we do the ritual, however, we will both fast.  There are a million different ways and reasons for spiritual health fasting. The idea of fasting is not to be miserable but to be something you do to bring you back in line with your spirituality and idea of divinity.

A lady I know takes a one week break from social media when she needs her spiritual reset. Other religions have various rules on fasting. Only after sun-down meals. No sex. Bread and Water only. One hour or more of meditation each day.

Whatever fast you choose, be sure it has meaning to you and there is no right or wrong.

Today I will discuss the No-Kill Fast.

It entails exactly what the title says. If a plant or animal had to die in order to create the food then I cannot consume it. This fast requires mindfulness in consumption and planning of nourishment. For example, the obvious answer is I can’t eat meat but I also can’t eat potatoes, lettuce, onions, or carrots. Each of these root vegetables had to perish.

Things that are okay include eggs, grapes, apples, mushrooms, tomatoes, and bell peppers.

For me personally, I also cut out any processed foods, sugars, and corn syrup. The idea of fasting is mindfulness and reflection. I am fasting to clean myself and bring my mind and body into focus on the Divine.

Like all witches, I like to do things in threes. So three full days of fasting and once ritual is complete I will break my fast. This time the student has picked Oven-Baked Chicken Parmigiana.

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Recipe here: https://www.easyrecipedepot.net/recipe/easy-oven-baked-chicken-parmesan/

Wish us luck!

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Love and Light,

Rainer Earthkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daily Rituals and Replenishing Your Soul

“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.”

-Unknown

Often we are swept up in our day to day living without pause, rest or reprieve. Life rarely offers us a break from things. There is always one more appointment, one more shift, one more to-do item.  For me, I am constantly on the run from one job to the next. Morning traffic jams and household lists help clog up my schedule too.

I require daily re-connection to my soul in this bustling era. A habit, a type of ritual, that helps bring me back to center and allows me time to get refocused.

Re-connecting to your soul and re-connecting to yourself can be challenging in our modern, screen-filled, instant life. Even with all the distractions of mundane living, I invite you to take 5 minutes today and do a ritual.

“What?” “5 minutes isn’t enough time to break out all the stuff for a ritual.”

I am not talking about that ritual.

I am talking about taking 5 minutes today to reconnect. For some, the ritual is the making of coffee. Others find solace in watering their plants and sitting with them. Stretch.  Pull out some of your rock collection. Light a tea light candle. Sit with it. Go outside, take a few deep belly breaths and feel the wind on your skin. Got a ritual?

Be present in that moment. Each of your senses open and receptive to the now. Not the chores still undone nor the rush of picking up 2 kids within 10 minutes of each other. Quiet your mind and let yourself be pulled into the simple easy ritual.

See. Feel. Smell. Hear. Taste.

Your ritual is about you. There is no right or wrong in this case. Do what calls to your soul and makes you happy. You don’t even need the same ritual everyday. My Tuesdays tend to be about my herb garden but my Sundays are usually about coffee and candles.

These rituals are divine moments for me. When I am present, I can feel my soul as one and part of the Universe. Open and receptive to the gifts my intuition can bring. These moments refill my light.

So take a couple of minutes today and recenter. Give yourself the wonderful gift of mindful rituals in order to keep your spiritual battery charged.

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Love and Light,

Rainer Earthkin