I love making my own products to use in and around the home, there's just something so satisfying about it, especially when someone comes round and comments on how nice it smells! Now the making of products doesn't necessarily fall under the umbrella of witchcraft, but if you consider the ritual harvesting of herbs and so on then it is easy to see how the crafting of items and products can fall within the realm of folk practice. And if you want to get witchy with it, then consecrate the final product in a ritual setting before use.
You see, some people do not understand that foraging is not the same as wild harvesting. Foragers take only what they need and always consider the needs of the other creatures we share this world with. We do not strip areas of 'resources', of plants, flowers, nuts and fruits. We take little, leaving nothing but our footprints and we become stewards of our wild places, taking care of them. It is in our interest to take care of our wild spaces, to ensure the survival of plant species. Foraging builds a symbiotic relationship with nature, one where we recognise and understand our place within it, not separate from it.
This is a recording of the talk I gave at the very first Magickal Women Conference, held on 1st June in Kensington, London. Enjoy!
Gardening is something I enjoy, but it's also one of the easiest ways in which to bring the magickal, spiritual and mundane aspects of your life together. For me, that's the point, for these aspects of ourselves do not live in a vacuum, they are each an important part of ourselves, and when out in the garden working with dirt and seed, I can't help but feel that all of those different parts are brought together, all in harmony. It is a good feeling!
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I belong to the land beneath my feet And the wind that blows so sweet. I belong to the rain that falls, And the wild, my name it calls. So what land do I call home? Whatever land I do roam.
The tarot is something that calls to so many of us, even those who normally steer well clear of anything that might resemble the occult. There is just something about these mysterious little cards that stirs something within us. Learning the tarot is an ongoing process, It never ends because we are ever changing; I… Continue reading Journeys Into The Tarot