Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Am I really a Witch?

According to some old Elizabethan superstition, if you possess all of these you were considered to be a witch.

Superstition 1 - Witches were able to fly ( this explained how witches could move quickly across impossible distances. A broomstick was then added to the superstition as these became common household articles used by women) - Well, I do clean with a broom (me).

Superstition 2 - A witch was often portrayed as an old crone or hag ( with no man to defend her against accusations of witchcraft) - I don't have a man (yet) and I do feel old these days (me).

Superstition 3 - Witches are closely associated with living alone (house in the wood) - I live alone in a place made of wood (me).

Superstition 4 - Witches were known to keep animals like the Cat, Frog, Pig, Raven, Goat, Wolf, Goose, Crow, Bat and Mouse which were believed to be the forms adopted by a Witches Familiar (an evil spirit, in animal form, who was used by the witch to perform evil deeds and cast malevolent spells) - I do own three cats and you know if I could, I would own every one of these (me).

Superstition 5 - Witches brewed magic potions over a cauldron (Wise women had knowledge of herbs such as mandrake, datura, monkshood, cannabis, belladonna, henbane and hemlock) - And I love cooking and brewing up good food and some include herbs (me).

And last but not least, my very own and I bet you haven't noticed this...I do have a mole on my nose. Fact. :)

EEEEK! I'M A WITCH! I quote Practical Magic....."there's a little witch in all of us". :) Are you one? :)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Dream Pillow

Have you ever made a dream pillow? I have and it's AMAZING how the herbs that you choose actually facilitate in manifesting some strange dreams...strange but beautiful. :) I definitely had fluffy dreams when I made one of these...

Dream Pillow - for vacationing but not really physically going anywhere. :)

1 cup rose petals
1 cup mugwort
1/2 cup hops flowers
1/2 cup lemon verbena leaves
1 tablespoon lemongrass, cut in pieces about 1/2 inch long
1 tablespoon jasmine flowers
1 tablespoon chopped mimosa flowers
1 tablespoon mint
2 whole cloves
1 small piece dried orange peel
2 tablespoons marjoram (optional)

Take two pieces of fabric, the same size and width. With opposite sides of fabric facing each other, sew three and a half sides (leaving a 4-6 inch opening to put the herb mixture through). Reverse the fabric so it's right side out.

In a single bowl, mix all the herbs above and start filling your pillow. Stitch the opening the you poured the herbs in and voila! I would let it sit for a day or two (and shake around to get the herbs moving around) before sleeping with it. You can either lay beside it or put under your own pillow. I need to make myself a new one this summer and I intend to do just that.

In these stressful, economic times it's nice to take a vacation that you can afford! :)