How to Paint Polymer Clay with Mica Powder


This is the first video in a series that I intend to release FIRST to my Patreon patrons, then two months later on YouTube. However, with it being the first, I decided to show it on all my platforms to let you get a sneak preview of what I intend to share in the future. Depending on the tier you sign up for, you will be able to watch mini classes (like this one) on a variety of topics as well as full length workshops. While it wasn’t my intention, I must admit that this video has an asmr quality to it.

How to paint your polymer clay creations with mica powder before baking. I’ve found that if I paint my polymer clay jewelry with mica powder before the baking process that the mica adheres to the piece and very little, if any, rubs off when it completely hardens. Some pieces I leave as is while others I may use a matte varnish to seal it in. It all depends on how much mica was used. Using colored clay will allow you to use less mica and it will have less chance of rubbing off. Since I used a beige clay with the two pieces I show in the video, quite a bit mica got on my fingers after they were baked so they will need a coating added. In this video, I demonstrate the technique on a quartz crystal piece that I have added polymer clay to the end to create a pendant.

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Curses and Hexes As a Plot Device

Curses have been used in literature, theater, and fairy tales for hundreds of years. They are the theme of many movies and television programs and can even be found in gaming. When they are utilized as a plot device, they involve one character casting a curse or hex on another, which moves the story forward as the recipient of the curse must battle or deal with its effects. 

CURSES IN FAIRY TALES

Fairy tales thrive on curses. But the original versions of your favorite fairytales might be much darker than you would ever imagine, with stories of cannibalism, child abuse, rape, and graphic violence.

SLEEPING BEAUTY

1920 Sleeping Beauty book
The Sleeping Beauty 1920 Edition Illustrated by Arthur Rackham Silhouettes Retold by C. S. Evans

This dark tale has gone through many incarnations over the years and is thought to have first been told around 1330. Early versions tell how an evil fairy cursed the princess to fall into a deep sleep after pricking her finger on a piece of flax. One version mentions seven fairies, one who was not invited because she had been locked in a tower for many years and presumed dead. When she shows up at the christening, she bestows the gift of a curse. The Grimm fairytale version replaced the flax with the spindle of a spinning wheel. But those early versions include how a wandering king came across the sleeping girl, raped her while she still slept, and impregnated her with twins. Charming. It is not until she gives birth that one of the babies brings out the flax that initially put her to sleep, thus awakening her. However, we can see how the story of a simple kiss awakening her came to be – it was a much-needed, G-rated interpretation of events.

SNOW WHITE

The original story was published in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm and featured many of the same elements we know today: the vain stepmother, the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, and the seven dwarves (although the dwarves were nameless in the original story.) We are familiar with the evil Queen wanting the Huntsman to bring her Snow White’s heart in the modern telling. Initially, she requested her lungs and liver so that the Queen could eat them. When she finds out the Huntsman didn’t do the job, the Queen sets out to kill Snow White herself. Disguised, she sells Snow a bodice and laces her up so tightly that she collapses but is revived by the dwarves. The second assassination attempt is with a poison-tipped comb, but the dwarves revive her again. The poisoned apple finally does the trick, and the dwarves rest her in a glass coffin. 

A prince comes across the supposedly dead Snow White lying in her glass casket during a hunting trip. After hearing Snow White’s narrative from the Seven Dwarfs, the prince is permitted to return to her to his father’s castle, a more appropriate resting place. Suddenly, one of the prince’s servants falls and loses his footing while transporting Snow White. This miraculously resurrects Snow White by dislodging a chunk of poisoned apple from her throat. Of course, they fall in love and plan to wed. The Queen is invited to Snow White’s wedding, where the guests heat a pair of iron shoes over a fire and force her to wear them and dance in torment until she dies.

Both the stories of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White traditionally ended their curses with a magical kiss – not found in either original version of the stories. But what is interesting is the vehicle in which the curses were cast. Neither was simply by chanting a spell or magical words. They both included cursed objects, which brought about the deep sleep of these two maidens. Neither the flax (later spinning wheel) nor the apple caused permanent death – just a cursed, deep sleep. So, you might say that if the goal were to kill them the spell caster didn’t do a very good job. But, as a plot device it makes sense. If you kill off your leading lady right away in your story and she’s dead for good, that doesn’t make for much of a plot.

CURSES IN LITERATURE

We’ve been telling stories with hexes and curses for as long as stories have been told, filled with bad luck, punishments, and redemption. But, whatever the reason behind why they were cast, these curses deliver precisely what we humans crave in literature and in our everyday lives: clear causes for disastrous consequences and explanations for the terrifying and irrational. They are lessons in cause and effect.

THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The House of the Seven Gables follows the generations of a Puritan family and the curse that follows them. The Pyncheons are a well-respected family in their little Massachusetts town, but their past is filled with mysteries, inexplicable deaths, and a dying man’s curse. Colonel Pyncheon is a wealthy and influential Puritan from Salem, Massachusetts. He just has one ambition: to bequeath his descendants a magnificent home. After much hunting, he finally discovers the perfect spot for his house, adjacent to a freshwater spring. But there’s a snag. It’s a big one. Matthew Maule, a poor man, owns the property. Colonel Pyncheon refuses to buy Maule’s land since he has already cleared and tilled it. Colonel Pyncheon, on the other hand, is patient. Pyncheon sees his opportunity when witchcraft mania sweeps Salem in 1692. He accuses Maule of witchcraft, and Maule is hanged as a result. Maule curses Pyncheon before dying, warning him that ‘God will give him blood to drink.’

Pyncheon begins construction on a large residence, which he names the House of the Seven Gables, as soon as he obtains Maule’s land. However, Matthew Maule’s curse reappears on the day of Colonel Pyncheon’s housewarming party. Pyncheon is discovered dead, his neck covered in blood. The curse has begun. And so the story continues with the descendants of Colonel Pyncheon being affected by the curse.

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION

In this novel by Erika Swyler, we have Simon and Enola Watson, who are from a line of breath-holding carnival mermaids, but each generation of Watson women suddenly drowns on the same day every year. The clues to the curse of July 24th are weird ecological events, a mysterious ancient book, and a collapsing house. In this novel, the plot is about the investigation of a curse with Simon trying to find out the source of it in order to attempt to end it. I will tell you that the story deals with a cursed object causing the problem, but, not being an author who enjoys publishing spoilers, you will have to give it a read to find out what that object is. It may not be the one you thought.

THE BOY WHO LOST HIS FACE

In this 1989 young adult novel by Louis Sachar, we are introduced to the main character, David, a young boy in middle school. His friend, Scott, wants to hang out with the cool kids, but David isn’t quite cool enough to be accepted into the group. When the boys decide to take an elderly lady’s cane, the old woman casts a curse with David as the target. Everything goes wrong all of a sudden: David smashes his parents’ bedroom window, his fly is never zipped, his pants come down, and he pours flour all over the place. Meanwhile, his “friends” mock him and exclude him from their social circles. While you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens, this is an excellent example of a curse being cast by using nothing but words. Or, do the words create a self-fulfilling curse?

CURSES AND HEXES IN MOVIES 

Hollywood and television have used curses and hexes as their plot too many times to count. But here are my two favorite examples, each one using a different type of curse. 

PRACTICAL MAGIC

The Owens family curse is one of the fundamental conflicts in the film. The first thing viewers learn about Maria Owens is that she cursed her family (accidentally), resulting in a generational curse that any man who dared to love an Owens woman would die. Her original intention was to call a spell on herself so that she would not feel the pain of love loss. But, over time, it caused her to turn bitter and the spell transformed into a curse. When Sally and Gillian’s father dies when they are only children, we see the curse in action. Their mother passes away as a result of a broken heart, and the two girls are forced to live with their aunts. The curse reappears several years later, this time with Sally’s husband, who also succumbs to the curse and is hit by a truck. The elimination of the curse was one of the many difficulties remedied after the ritual that took care of Jimmy.

There is no curse in Alice Hoffman’s book “Practical Magic.” Sally and Gillian’s parents, as well as Sally’s husband, do pass away. (In the book, he is hit by a car full of teenagers when he steps off the curb.) However, none of these fatalities have anything to do with the curse. These deaths are solely for the purpose of driving the plot forward.

DRAG ME TO HELL

drag me to hellChristine Brown works as a loan officer at a bank, and she is competing for an assistant manager position with a coworker. Because her boss thinks she is incapable of making hard decisions, she declines a time extension on a loan to an elderly woman, Mrs. Ganush, who is facing foreclosure and the loss of her home. In vengeance, the elderly woman casts a curse on her, which she later discovers will result in her being dragged to hell after three days of being tormented by a Lamia demon. (In mythology, a Lamia is a demon who devours children.) She eventually turns to a psychic who has had experience with a Lamia to try and exorcize the demon. 

Some spells and curses call upon what is called an ‘intranquil spirit’ to torment someone until they give in to whatever the caster wishes. Here we have a curse that calls upon an outside force, a demon, to carry out its wrath. You will find more on the intranquil spirit in the next chapter.

Whether the curse appears in books, television, the theater, movies, or beloved fairy tales, any good fiction writer will appreciate the one thing they have to offer – they provide the characters with a conflict that seems impossible to hurdle. 

excerpted from the book “Hex Appeal.” copyright 2022 Gregory Lee White.

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The Building Blocks of Irish Mythology

The Building Blocks of Irish Mythology

Irish mythology is the mythology of the island of Ireland that has been preserved in the oral tradition, and later in the manuscripts of early Celtic Christianity. These tales and themes have continued to be developed over time in the living folklore of the country Irish mythology is composed of

myths, legends, folk memories, cultural beliefs and customs. Irish myth is irreducibly complex due to this variety of origins, but can be seen to include three main types:

BREHON LAW is a system that sets out how society should be governed according to Gaelic traditions developed during pre-Christian times. They are named after traveling judges known as “Brehons” who made rulings based on local customs or by precedent rather than statutory law which meant they varied from place to place within Ireland while being written down over time between 700 – 1600 A.D. These recorded documents helped to form stories and ideas that eventually worked their way into the Irish mythos.

Finn Mccool Comes to Aid the Fianna (Public Domain)

PAGAN MYTHS – Pagan myths are irish mythological stories, which concern irish culture and irish paganism. Such irish folk tales include the irish god of agriculture, celtic deity of fertility, earth mother goddess

CHRISTIAN MYTHS – Christian myths are irish mythological stories that were created by irish christian monks. A major irish myth that is connected to irish christianity is the irish creation myth, which is the irish irish paganism creation story

These three types interweave their customs and traditions together, proving irreducible complexity.

Irish mythology is usually set around the time of the pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland, so there are a number of war gods and goddesses in Irish mythology. The greatest of these was Nuada, either of the Fir Bolg or later Celts (he lost an arm at the first battle of Moytura but replaced it with a working one made from silver), who led his people into battle against their enemies the Tuatha Dé Danann. Later mythologies were drawn on for new material: for example, Lugh’s father Cian (Old Welsh: Kên) appears to be a deformation of Nuada’s name (Welsh: Cynan). Berrihert refers “to his swarthy complexion and his irascibility”. This may be a late addition to the deity’s character, since he is often said to be Nuada’s son and his name is explained in many stories: either Cian raped Bóand’s wife who was also Ethniu (the mother of Lugh) or Máth(athair), or Cian abducted her for himself.

The most well-known irish god of irish mythology is celtic deity of fertility, earth mother goddess Bóand who represents all things bountiful and beautiful. Her name is interpreted as “white cow.” Bóand is said to be extremely beautiful with long golden hair, wearing irish jewellery and a blue dress – she was married to irish war god Nuada of the Silver Hand (the same mythological figure who lost his arm at the first battle of Moytura). She had many lovers which angered her husband. Once while out hunting, he was killed by a magical deer and then born again from its ashes. As such, the irish god of agriculture represents crops, cattle and fertility while also being irish mythology’s very first irish heroine.

Irish mythology has been an inspiration for many writers, artists and musicians with numerous mythical characters appearing – either directly or indirectly – in works by J. R. R. Tolkien, T. S. Eliot and Seamus Heaney among other. Irish mythology also plays a role within Wicca religious beliefs as well as Celtic Reconstruction Paganism, especially in their use of the Ulster Cycle tales – primarily used for their elements of heroic struggles against external enemies and the tragic lives of its main characters.

Meet the Sidhe – The Fairy People of Ireland and Scotland

sidhe fairy people
The Tuatha Dé Danann as depicted in John Duncan’s “Riders of the Sidhe” (1911)

The Fairy People of Ireland and Scotland – Meet the Sidhe

The Sidhe are unique to Ireland, although Scotland and Ireland share much fairy lore. These are not the type of fairies that fly around as they please, in your garden or in the forest. Guarding them with their magic and mischief, able to control and mingle with you if they wish – These fairies are real. They follow a legend of old, one full of history and wisdom. The fairy lore of Ireland and Scotland is old magic, and was carried into the American Appalachian mountains when the Scots-Irish settled there. That which was forgotten in time has returned to Ireland. Now it is their land, but this fairytale comes complete with rules that can only be followed or else all will perish.

The Sidhe are fairies of Irish mythology (or so says the Irish Lore). They live underground in sidhe-mounds across the countryside (such as Newgrange) or hidden within them. When one travels across the famous bogs of Ireland, it is possible to see them. Sidhe-people materialize into a human form and rise from beneath the ground, often in white robes, and stand frozen as they watch you pass by. In parts of Ireland (such as Northern County Cavan), fairies are known to be fair with golden hair and fair skin. However, in other regions such as Ulster, fairies have darker hair and olive skin. Some fairies have dark hair and fair skin; others fair with black hair and brown-black eyes. As for height, they can be as tall or short as any human being, though the male fairies are often taller than humans.

There is much folklore about fairies in Ireland (and in other countries also). Some fairies ride each night on a horse named Pooka across the moon (or a cow called Coo-ee if there’s no moon), while others dance around maypoles to celebrate certain festivals. The people of Ireland were wary of fairies for many reasons, such as stealing children to replace them with changelings (“changelings” are known as “béothuigsin”, which means “wished for child”, and are fairies themselves). The fairies are also known to take away fine horses as their own (or they can give you a horse of their own if that is what you desire), and fairies have been seen riding through the air on steeds made of mist.

Some fairies have the power to shapeshift into many forms. The fairies are able to put you into a trance-like state (trances can be caused by humans also) and then remove some of your blood, replacing it with that from another place or time – this is how fairies come about their magical powers. They are known as fairies because they make “fairy forts” where they keep all of their treasures; these fairie forts may be guarded by fierce monsters such as kelpies (“water horses”). Fairies also have fairie dogs and cats, which are smaller than common domestic animals but very loyal to them.

ireland fairy

The interesting thing about fairies was that in early times if you went to a fairie fort (or fairy rath) and were kind to the fairies, they would reward you with many gifts. However, if you stole from them or in any way wronged them, they could kill you, steal your children for fairies to raise as their own (a fate worse than death), or curse you so that fairies took all of your property and belongings. The fairies will also play tricks on people such as making husbands disappear only to bring them back later in a day’s time; however, wives may be transformed into sheep for about seven years by fairies.

The fairies stole not only human children but also animals. There was a certain brownie named Browny who liked to steal lambs when the farmers’ backs were turned. However, he was kind enough to leave them unbruised and safe from harm. It should be noted that fairies in Ireland do not eat flesh; therefore cattle may graze freely in the fields undisturbed by fairytale creatures, unless it is Beltaine or Samhain when fairies dance and mingle with humans.

Many fairies have a dislike for clothing, especially if it is new. Therefore they will take your garments to their homes beneath the ground, never to return them again. It has been said that fairies in Ireland do not wear shoes (they may be barefoot), but there are some fairies who like to put on clothes (usually linen shirts and knee-breeches) in order to pass as humans during the day time. If you leave soup out at night, fairies may come snatch away your bowl without leaving any traces of themselves behind.

Several Irish fairytales include tales of fairie maidens named Aibell or Caer Ibormeith who can shapeshift (or “beshape”) into a white deer. They are fairies of immense beauty and some even possess a sugar-bowl sized cauldron filled with healing herbs in Bantry, County Cork, which is said to be given to them by Saint Patrick himself.

The fairie people were known for their immortality; however they will perish if exposed during the day time or if they touch iron, both being strictly forbidden within the fairytale world. The fairies have many enemies around Ireland including goblins (“sgiolai”), water fairies (“dunduns”), and the evil faery cleric Balor of the Evil Eye (Balor was born with one eye that would destroy anything that it looked at; fairies are said to be his descendants). It was known that fairies were afraid of the Holy Bible, and refrained from crossing its path.

The fairie people are ruled by a monarch named Aobh who is a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann . The fairies have no concept of time as humans do; however they try their best to make it seem like Ireland is having Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter just for them (and us too!). If you want to see fairies in Ireland, you’ll need an invitation from one first. Otherwise they won’t come out because they can only enter human homes when invited.

Elements that make up the Sidhe:
The Sidhe fairies are a supernatural race of people. They have magic and fairytale qualities about them like no other fair-folk in the world. Once you encounter one, you will be tied to their fate forever more unless you break the fairytale spell. There is only one way this can happen:
A pure soul must find their true love before they do. The ‘true love’ cannot be forced or manipulated; two fairies falling in love isn’t fairytale romance but rather a pact of arranged marriage. The fairy has many chances at finding her true love – if she fails to recognize him then that is it for her and she will become trapped within the fairytale dimension forevermore with no escape possible

scotland fairy

These fairies have many different tribes that have specific jobs for each tribe within their society. The Queen is called the Bean Nighe (meaning ‘Washer Woman’). She is fair and young, but her skin is covered in green. She washes the warriors who fought in battles and those who have lost their lives. The job of washing them is her duty to do as she pleases, not caring for the feelings or views of others.

The King is called Aillen (meaning ‘Hazel’). He has a dark appearance… often with red hair and pale flesh that makes him look unappealing when compared to the fairies who serve under him.

If you wish to keep the fae around your property and home, make them little offerings. They like sweet cakes and candy, milk, cookies, and wine. Ask them to help with your honey jar magic. They also enjoy your attempts at creating them tiny shelters to hide inside or beneath. If you leave them shiny offerings of costume jewelry willingly, they may be less likely to “borrow” the jewelry from inside your home.

Appalachian Granny Magic

Appalachian Granny Magic

Author: Ginger Strivelli
(original witchvox information) Posted: January 8th. 2001   Times Viewed: 125,421

The Appalachian Granny Magic Tradition of Witchcraft is one that is only recently being heard of. Though the tradition is a very old one, dating all the way back to the first settlers of the magical Appalachian Mountains who came over from Scotland and Ireland in the 1700’s. They brought along their even older Irish and Scottish Magical Traditions with them. Those two ‘old world’ Traditions were then blended with a dash of the local tradition of the Tsalagi (Now, called the Cherokee Indians.) The recipe for the Appalachian Granny Magic Tradition was then complete, though this potion simmered on a low boil for many generations before anyone dubbed it with the name, ‘Appalachian Granny Magic.’

The Witches of the Appalachian Mountains called themselves ‘Water Witches’ and/or ‘Witch Doctors’ depending upon whether they were personally more gifted in healing, midwifery and such realms of magic, or if they were more in tune with dowsing for water, ley lines, energy vortexes and the making of charms and potions. Often a Practitioner called themselves by both titles if they were so diverse in their Magical practices.

The Appalachian Granny Magic Tradition, like many of the older ones, was passed on from parents to their children for many generations, and generally was not ‘taught’ outside of the individual family structures. Because of the rural and secluded nature of the Appalachian community, the old customs, wisdom, and practices were not as often lost, forgotten, or ‘modernized’ as the ‘old world’ traditions that came over to other, more urban areas of the ‘new world.’ Therefore, one will often find that ancient Irish or Scottish songs, rhymes, dances, recipes, crafts, and ‘The Craft,’ are more accurately preserved in Appalachia than even in Ireland or Scotland.

Many of these old Scot/Irish traditions, as well as the Tsalagi traditions, both magical and mundane, were carried on in Appalachia until modern times. Some songs, spells, and such have been passed down for many years that way, though sadly, sometimes only by rote, with the original meanings beings lost in the shifting sands of time.

In the secluded mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, the Virginias and the Carolinas, this denomination of the ancient religion of Witchcraft continued right on through the decades of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and the early twentieth centuries; a time when Witchcraft elsewhere was being nearly forgotten and abandoned by the increasingly modern and monotheistic world. The people of the mountains still relied upon Mother Nature in a way, that ‘city folk’ did not anymore. The fertility of the crops, the livestock, and of the people themselves was as paramount to the Appalachians of 1900 as it was to the early American colonists in the 1600’s. Therefore, fertility, and the worship of Mother Nature, Jack frost, Father Winter, Chloe, Spider Grandmother, Demeter, and such varied deities continued in the Appalachian region, staying a current part of the people’s faith, rather than becoming a mythic memory as such ‘nature worship’ did elsewhere. In fact, we still see “Lady Plenty and Lady Liberty” Goddess of the harvest, with cornucopia in hand, and Goddess of freedom, on the official North Carolina State seal.

Amazingly, even the terms “Witch””, “Witchcraft”, “spells”, “charms” and such never became taboo in the modern Appalachian culture. Nearly every mountain top and ‘holler’ community had their local ‘Witch’ who was openly called such, as a title of honor, not as a insult or a charge of crime, as the term came to be used in other more urban American cultures of the seventeen, eighteen and nineteen hundreds.

The “Witch Doctors” were still called upon to heal a sick child, or deliver a baby, or tend to the dying, as Witches had been so charged with doing in Europe during ancient times. Since often a mountain community had no medical doctor to call upon, the local Witches continued to work as the only healers, well up until the early twentieth century.

The local ‘Witch’ was also called upon to dowse for water, ley lines, and energy vortexes when one was digging a well, planting a new garden, burying a loved one, or doing any other work with the Earth. Thereby, the term ‘Water Witch’ arose, though, it is misleading, as these Witches dowsed for more than just water, and one did not have to be a Witch to dowse, though most dowsers of that era and location were, indeed, Witches.

The fairy folk, leprechauns, and other ‘wee people,’ followed the Scots and Irishmen to Appalachia, it seems, as the Witches of this tradition continue to work closely with these beings. Of course, the Tsalagi people had their own such beings, here when the Scots and Irishmen arrived. The Tsalagi called their magical being neighbors; ‘Yunwi Tsunsdi,’ which translates to ‘The Little People.’ Offerings are still commonly given to the wee people daily in Appalachia. To this day, you will find a granny woman leaving a bowl of cream on her back door step, or throwing a bite of her cornbread cake out a window, before placing it upon her families’ table.

The spirits of the dead are often worked with as well, a lot of ancestral spirit guide workings are passed down through our Tradition, those practices trace back to not only Scotland and Ireland, but the Tsalagi Nation as well. ‘Haints’ are widely feared as ‘angry’ ancestral spirits, and many spells, charms, and rituals are practiced to keep these troublemakers at bay. One of the most interesting and common haint related spells requires that the doors of a home be painted ‘haint blue.’ Haint Blue is a bright baby blue with a periwinkle tinge, very close to but about one shade darker than the Carolina Tarheels’ Blue color. This color is believed to repel the spirits and keep them out of the home.

Music is a large part of the Appalachian Granny Magic Tradition. Many of the oldest spells are sung and danced. Clogging, as Irish Step-dancing came to be called in Appalachia, as well as reels, gigs, lullabies, and chants sung in rounds are all very common magical ingredients in Appalachian spells. For example, a traditional Earth Blessing to be sung while planting and harvesting goes; (Broken into syllables for easier pronunciation of the ancient Tsalagi language, English translation follows)

A da we hi a ne he ne ha
Do hi u a iu ni
O lo hi a li ga lu lo hi u nah ta
Ga li e li ga O sa da du

Wise Protectors, they are so giving
Serenity, it resounds
Mother Earth and Father Sky are so giving
I am thankful, it is good

Another example of the old world musical roots of Appalachian musical magic is the locally common use of the song ‘Auld Lang Syne’ for Samhain and Funerals, as well as the secular new year.

Divination is popular among Appalachian Granny Witches. Many read Tarot, and regular playing cards, tea leaves, and clouds. Scrying in bowls of water, dirt, or sand is also common. Spider webs are scrutinized for messages from the Cherokee Spider Grandmother Goddess, a Goddess of fate, magic, weaving, art and storytelling, who is said to weave magical messages into the webs of her creatures. (In Tsalagi, She was called; ‘Kanene Ski Amai Yehi.’)

“The Weaver” Painting By Ginger Strivelli The tools of the Appalachian Granny Witch vary a bit from the modern ‘Wiccan’ tools we all are so familiar with. The Wand, often instead called the ‘rod’, as it is in fact a dowsing rod, is the most important tool. This is usually a long straight rod, rather than the ‘forked stick’ type dowsing rod used by mundane dowsers. It is generally made of wood from a flowering tree such as dogwood, apple or peach, (For Water dowsing) or made from a metal, (For ley line or energy dowsing) copper conducts energy best, I personally feel. A ritual blade, such as a Athame, is only occasionally used and more often a agricultural blade like a thresher, ax or such will be used in its stead. Cauldrons are used more widely than chalices, in fact, a cauldron placed in ones front yard was a ‘open-for-business’ type Witches’ sign in times gone by, much like a barber’s pole is used today. However, that practice has become a popular decoration in the South in recent decades, and one is likely to find a person has a cauldron decorating their front yard, because they saw it in ‘Southern Homes Magazine’ and thought it was quaintly attractive, rather than it being used to advertise that the ‘Witch is in,’ so to speak. Mirrors, candles, brooms, pottery, and baskets are other common tools of the Tradition, and all of those items are still commonly made at home, by hand in the mountains of Appalachia.

As most of the Magic of the Tradition is of a healing, practical or sympathetic nature rather than “High” or Ritualistic in form, and there are some differences related to that. Ritual clothing is generally not used, and circles are not cast for every spell, only the more formal rites. An Appalachian Witch, like myself, might do a dozen or more spells in any given day, often with two or three generations of practitioners taking part, so running in to change clothes, or stopping to cast a full circle in the ‘strict’ form would be rather impractical, and in fact, neither was commonly done in the past, in our Tradition. Although some modern Appalachian Witches, being eclectic already with our Scottish, Irish, and Tsalagi roots, have started to use some other Traditions’ practices (such as wearing ritual clothing, casting a formal circle, etc.) at times, as well.

We, as a Magical Tradition, are very practical, and ‘down-to-earth.’ We are very eclectic, and informal in our approach to Witchcraft. It is our way of life, as well as our religion. And we are working to preserve both, for the future generations of Appalachian Granny Magic Tradition Witches.

Resources:
Mountain Magick by Edain McCoy
Voices of Our Ancestors by Dhyani Ywahoo
Scottish Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
Celtic Myth and Magic by McCoy
Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney

(I add this here because I wanted to preserve it as it was originally published on the now defunct witchvox website. Upon closing witchvox states: “the Witches’ Voice Inc has retired the witchvox.com website and archived/protected all of its data offsite.”  Offsite? But what does that mean for their articles over time?  Not sure.)

The Broken Crown – Ego in the Magical and Healing Arts

The Broken Crown – Ego in the Magical and Healing Arts

During my spiritual path I have dealt with my own inflated ego from time to time, and luckily have loving people around me who have made me aware of it and that I needed to take it down a notch (or two.) Ego is part of being human. The Universe often steps in and knocks that crown off your head by presenting you with setbacks until you recognize it, demonstrate humility, and work to get yourself back on track. For those in the healing and magical arts, ego can be especially detrimental because it makes you forget why you have been placed in this position of power in the first place — to be in service to others. So, what are some of the signs that ego is taking over your practice?

  • Jealousy over another’s success. Do you feel that someone else doing well in their practice is a reflection on yours?
  • Smack-talking other practitioners. While what you’re saying may very well be true (because we all know wackos and incompetents in every field), does your negative talk about them help to advance you in your eyes?
  • Are you a certificate hussy? Do you throw around your certifications by asking others in your field “are you certified?”, “where were you certified?” or the cringe-worthy “But I AM certified,” – usually thrown into those conversations when you wonder why the other guy got the gig that you didn’t.
  • Do you compare yourself to others in the Spiritual community? Do you imply (or say outright) that you are more gifted than others, therefor deserve special attention or more respect?
  • Do you forget the people that helped to get you where you are or dismiss their contributions?
  • Are you more concerned about promotion than actually being present for the client in need?

Jealousy holds you back from excelling because you are not focused on your own task at hand – to constantly improve and evolve. We must all use our own talents to reach the level we want to achieve. And, perhaps, the other practitioner actually IS more talented at something you are not from web design, to public speaking, to dealing with clients on a very personal level. Recognizing your weakness and tackling it will serve you much better in the big picture.

Smack-Talking can damage your own reputation because it can be uncomfortable or negative for another to hear. It makes you the villain. Does this mean you shouldn’t warn clients away from unethical practitioners or scam artists? Certainly not. But choose your words wisely and come from a place of concern in those situations. Just like jealousy, bad-mouthing others is taking up valuable time that could be spent improving your own practice. Also, it brings down your vibration to a negative place — which actually drives away potential clients.

Certificates in the magical and healing community are pieces of paper showing that you passed a course laid out by another person or institution. First of all, Bravo for a job well done! But, I can tell you that there will be plenty of people out there who will be more gifted than you who have had no certification at all. Their gift may be natural, or perhaps they are better at retaining knowledge than you, or maybe they ….. etc. etc. Today we live in an instant gratification world, and the certification process in the healing arts can reflect this, often forcing teachers to take students to the next level faster than they would have in the past. When I was in my 30’s, certifications in the healing arts were usually spread out at least a year apart, giving the student time to practice their skills fully before moving on to the next level. A certificate does not make you more psychic. A certificate does not make you a better healer. The only things that can truly give you mastery is by doing the work, practicing, and dedicating yourself as a constantly-learning apprentice to your chosen art.

Comparing yourself to others will never serve you — on any level. In case you hadn’t noticed, as humans, each and every one of us is completely different. Some may take the comparison route at different angles. Talking down other practitioners is one (see smack-talking above.) Others may think they deserve the best time-slots for services in the local metaphysical store, or should be considered first “above the competition.” Or perhaps they only compare themselves to others on an internal level, which is akin to issues of self-esteem. On comparing yourself to others — just don’t do it. Embrace your unique gifts and work on the ones that need improvement.

Remember those who helped you along the way because our teachers and mentors help mold part of who we are. They taught us things we didn’t know before. Sometimes, they showed by example a better way to conduct ourselves in our chosen field. Denying their contributions can be a way of putting yourself above them. The student does not become a master in every case. We should honor our mentors instead of focusing on trying to replace them. Putting in the hard work to become their equal will be much more rewarding and make you a better practitioner in the long run.

Promotion over compassion– doesn’t sound good in black and white, does it? Sometimes the runaway ego makes us want to push to the front of the line. Do you spend too much time talking about yourself vs. listening to the client that came to you for help? After all, that is why we are here in this field – to fully listen to and assist others in need. During a session, the most promotion anyone should probably ever do is to hand them a business card at the end of the meeting in case they need you in the future. Or, have you ever been guilty of promoting only yourself in a collective setting where there are other practitioners alongside you? This comes down to simple manners. Let’s say you are one of several tarot readers in a shop. Someone asks for a reading (not from a specific person), but you aren’t on the schedule until the weekend. Telling them to come back then when your colleague is in the next room taking appointments at that moment? Not only is that bad form, but it’s also ego talking. It is that need to push to the front of the line. What should you do? Let them know about your colleagues, and then give them your card and tell them that you’re also available this coming weekend. Share the love. Because, I can promise you this — when your fellow practitioners witness you leaving them out in public, it is almost guaranteed that they won’t be recommending you in private. 

The very act of writing this blog post has brought some of my own ego issues to the foreground for me, reminding me again to work on humility. It’s a constant struggle for us human beings. If any of this sounds familiar, ask yourself why you are having a problem with the ego. Does it come from fear? From self-confidence issues? Admitting it is the hardest part. Once you get past that and consciously choose to work on the problem, you will find yourself walking on the path that leads to the best possible version of yourself. And when you get there, be aware that there is always more work to do — every day.

Papa Gee (Greg)

Using Socks and Stockings in Spellwork and Hoodoo

Part of using ‘personal concerns’ in rootwork deals with using a person’s clothing to work magic on them. I most recently acquired volumes 3,4, and 5, of Harry Middleton Hyatt’s HOODOO CONJURATON WITCHCRAFT and ROOTWORK and they’ve become a goldmine of information that could have easily been long forgotten without his research and interviews.

In volume 5, there is an entire section on using a person’s sock and stockings for spellwork. Some examples are:

“WASH OUT MAN’S SOILED SOCKS – BOTTLE WATER – BURY WHERE HE MUST CROSS OVER IT…”

“MAN’S SOILED SOCKS WASH – BOTTLE THE WATER – KEEP TO CONTROL HIM – AT DOOR POINT TOES OF HIS SOCKS INTO ROOM – HIDE THEM UNDER LINOLEUM OR CARPET AND SOON HE COME A-HELLIN’ IF HE DOES NOT WANT TO RETURN”

This takes HOT FOOTING someone to a whole other level. Taking someone’s dirty socks, washing them out, then bottling the water is also the act of collecting their sweat and skin particles. To me, this a great ingredient to mix with ingredients that are using in hot footing like cayenne, sulphur, black pepper, etc. For those who are still learning about Hoodoo, Hot foot powder is used in African American hoodoo folk magic to drive unwanted people away. It is a mixture of herbs and minerals, virtually always including chili powder, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Other ingredients, such as wasp’s nests, sulfur, and graveyard dirt are sometimes added. What I would do is take Hot Foot oil (we sell this on our Conjure Shop website) and mix it with this water which would create a bond directly connected to the person you are wanting to control. Another old method is to add Hot Foot ingredients to the water in which you wash someone’s socks so that even their clean socks are “fixed” to get them to go.

But the work you’re doing with this ‘sock water’ can also be used to help hold onto a lover or husband (or wife) that strays. Mix with a Return to Me oil and use in your spellwork to keep them from wanting to wander. One ritual mentioned is for a woman to take her husband’s socks and to wear them around her waist to keep him faithful. Or, a woman would nail her man’s left sock under the door’s threshold (door saddle) to keep him home. On a similar note: If you want your husband to stay at home, get a pair of his dirty socks and fold them towards you then bury under the porch steps.

This quote is from my book THE USE OF MAGICAL OILS IN HOODOO, PRAYER, AND SPELLWORK: “Take their left shoe and anoint the bottom of the shoes with RETURN TO ME oil, mainly towards the front of the shoe where the toes would be. Sift together equal parts of salt and pepper and drop them into the shoe. Stand at the front door and point the shoe inside (toes towards the inside of the house). Shake the salt and pepper inside the shoe as you walk towards the back door. Dump the contents out the back door. Salt and pepper the shoe two more times until you have performed this three times total, each time pointing into the house and shake out the contents out the back door. When you have finished, place both shoes back where you found them but make sure to point them in the same direction as if the person were walking into the front door. Finally, dress the threshold of the front door with your RETURN TO ME oil.”

One story out of Memphis, TN, tells to bury a woman’s stockings in a fruit jar to bring her back. This sounds like it has sweetening components to the spell with the use of a FRUIT JAR.

If you were wanting a lover to leave, wash his socks and bottle the water. Then take the bottle and throw it into running water, such as a river, to carry him away from you. Including hot foot oil or powder to this seems like it would give it quite a ‘kick.’

Other than the direction connection with a specific person, using a person’s socks or stockings deals mainly which which way they are WALKING. Are you trying to keep someone from walking out of your life, to keep them home? Or are you needing to convince that person the walk away and leave for good? Whatever way you choose to implement it, I think it’s genius to wash someone’s socks and bottle the water for magical work.

Using Dirt, Soil, and Dust in Spells and Rootwork

Using Dirt, Soil, and Dust in Spells and Rootwork

dirt in spells skullUsing dirt in hoodoo and rootwork. Whenever people talk about using dirt in spells, they always think of graveyard dirt. However, that is not the only dirt you can use. I like using dirt and soil in my workings to give the spell a grounding, an age-old connection. Sometimes, there is nothing as effective as drawing sigils in dirt and burning candles around them right there in the ground. Recently, I heard someone compare ‘moonlight’ work to ‘ditch magic.’ When I mentioned that I liked the sound of Ditch Magic, she made mention of getting muddy and smelly. While it was just an cute joke made by her young daughter (she actually said “don’t be a ditch witch, be a moon witch), there was something there that peaked my interest. Because I really would prefer ditch magic over moonlight magic. To me, the very concept can represent the difference in Ceremonial High Magic and Low-Country Sympathetic Magic. One can call upon the spirits of the air to aid in their workings, or kneel to the ground and dig into their roots. Don’t get me wrong – there is no right or wrong way. But the way that works for me is getting my hands dirty in a real, down-to-earth and practical way.

There are many ways of using dirt, soil, or dust in your spellwork that can help to connect you to a specific place, person, or idea. Here are just some of the ways:

Dirt from your own property can be used as an ingredient when you want to protect your home or the people in it.

Dirt from the property of an enemy is, of course, a little harder to get and may require a midnight stroll to pull it off. The edge of their yard works just as well as the center of it so be cautious in your collecting.

Dirt from a bank can be used in workings of prosperity. Especially good if you plan to apply for a loan at a particular bank.

Dirt from a church can be used in spiritual matters, prayers, and petitions. Some consider this a good place to collect dirt for love work. I’d think it would more suited for matters of marriage, especially if one was married in a church. Collect dirt from the church you were actually married in to use as an ingredient in work that strengthens your marriage such as ADAM and EVE spells.

Dirt from an ancestral home or homeland may be used to help connect with the spirits of your own ancestors or strengthen your connection to the past. You can also incorporate the dirt with that of your own property or in plantings to bring that ancestral connection to your own land.

If you plan on using dirt in your spells for many different reasons, it is a good idea to keep your dirt organized in labeled plastic bags. Better yet, a paper bag will allow the dirt to “breathe” and remain dry. And, above all, don’t be afraid to get down and do the “dirty work.”
— Papa Gee

CLICK HERE to listen to my appearance on the Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Hour where Catherine Yronwode, Conjureman Ali, and I discuss the topic: SPECIAL DIRTS AND DUSTS.

 

” The Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Hour is a real, live call-in show where the general public gets a chance to ask about actual problems with love, career, and spiritual protection, and we recommend and fully describe hoodoo rootwork spells to address, ameliorate, and remediate their issues.” – from the Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Hour

Lenormand Cards – White Mojo

The third edition of my White Mojo Lenormand Oracle Cards was just released.  When I noticed that there were less than 20 decks in stock at the store I knew it was, of course, time to order more. But I also knew that the cards were never exactly as I had envisioned them so I decide to tackle the cards again and give them a complete redesign.

Editions 1 and 2 both had the name of the card on the surface was well as the divinatory meaning. As a seasoned Lenormand card reader, I found that I wasn’t using my own deck to read cards. Instead, I was reaching for the traditional deck — the one with simply the picture, the card number, and the playing card association.  So, that is how I decided to go forward with the third edition. I had to make it more …… “Lenormandish.”

The images I use for the deck are old images found in the public domain, some of them as old as 400 years.  They came from a variety of unusual sources: old fairy tale books, medical journals, old paintings by unknown artists, vintage advertisements, and the list goes on. With the original deck, I was never able to find anything to represent the SCYTHE card or the COFFIN card and decided to rename them “Swords” and “Death” instead.  With a long and tedious search, I uncovered the proper imagery to restore their original Lenormand names in the third edition, bringing back SCYTHE and COFFIN.  For the WHIP & BROOM card, the first two editions focused on the broom, depicting a witch. The third edition focuses on the whip, showing Christ being tormented by a scourge.

I did, however, keep the six extra cards I added to the deck. I find them helpful in completing a reading, bringing up subjects that Lenormand doesn’t always fully address. Also, many people have written to tell me how much the enjoy the addition of the six new cards. I did, however, give the cards a facelift with new king and queen images. The extra cards are numbered  but show no playing card association, as they are not a traditional addition to Lenormand cards.

I do like the new backings for the cards. The previous editions had a collage of faded stars on the back.  The first edition, including the companion book, was dark blue. The second edition was the “red edition.” This third edition brings back the original blue theme, leaning more towards indigo. The new back has shades of this blue by using an old, out of print playing card back.

My WHITE MOJO LENORMAND CARDS are available for sale on our aromagregory.com website for $22.95 by clicking here.  

Nashville Pagan Pride 2016

AromaG’s Botanica and Gnosis Emporium is proud to be a Gold Sponsor for this year’s Nashville Pagan Pride. We will have a double booth and will be bringing our hoodoo oils, Saint and angel oils, Lucky Mojo products, mojo bags, sachet powders, soaps, candles, and more. Look for our double red tents!

Details from the Nashville Pagan Pride site: Come out and celebrate our awesome Pagan Community! We will have vendors, workshops, readers, rituals, food, and entertainment. We will be at Shelters 1 through 4 at Two Rivers Park, near the Wave Park and Skateland. Pagan Pride Day is FREE! More information at http://nashvillepaganprideday.net/

Their Facebook page is here: Nashville Pagan Pride Facebook page

Here is our ad designed for the Pagan Pride program. Wave to the lucky cat!

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Honey or Souring Jars

Honey or Vinegar Jar Spells for Love, Relationships, Money, Success, or to Interrupt the Serenity of Another

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In the Hoodoo tradition, Honey jars are used to “sweeten” someone towards you while vinegar jars are used to “sour” a situation. They actually fall under the category of what is known as a bottle spell, where ingredients are sealed inside a glass container for magical purposes. Through the years, the honey jar spell has gone through many transformations and can also work using plain sugar, molasses, syrup – all ingredients for sweetening a person or situation.The jar almost always contains herbs associated with the particular situation, sometimes personal concerns, magical oils, and a written petition, stating the wish or intention.

Honey jars are simple to make at home, although they do require a bit of privacy. Someone I know had a mother-in-law that, for her own religious reasons, would throw away every honey jar her daughter-in-law started. The important thing is to put your full energy and intention into it. Most people will burn candles on top of a honey jar anywhere from a few days to several weeks.

honey jars hoodooHoney Jars for Love and Relationships –
This jar is made to sweeten your loved one towards you and to soften the feelings of your beloved. Fill it with love attracting ingredients such as rose petals, lavender buds, Queen Elizabeth root, Love Attracting oil, and other herbs and essential oils along with your petition.

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Honey Jars for Money, Success and Business –honey jar spell
The money and success honey jars has very different ingredients than the one used for love. We use these same honey jars in our shop to increase traffic, business flow, and more customers. Fill yours with money drawing and success ingredients such as: cinnamon sticks, fenugreek seeds, patchouli oil, vetiver oil, five finger grass, alfalfa, and other herbs and essential oils along with your petition.

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Souring Vinegar Jar
souring jar hoodooA Souring jar is the complete opposite of a honey jar. It is meant to make others lives turn sour or to keep them at bay. While a honey jar would sweeten someone to you — a vinegar (or souring) jar causes problems and drives them away. Is often used for baneful work such as BreakUP work, to get two people to part argue and eventually part ways. Can also be used to enhance Hotfoot work to drive someone out of the picture.

Visit our aromaG’s Botanica website for everything you need to put in your honey jar. www.aromagregory.com

While I no longer perform spellwork for clients, I do offer magical consultations to help you in your work. They can be booked the same as a tarot reading HERE.

 

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How to Read Lenormand Cards Class

lenormandbackredpromoAfter too long a wait, I’ve finally decide to teach a “How to Read Lenormand Cards” class. I was waiting for the second edition of the White Mojo Lenormand deck to come out. With this newer edition, I have added back in the player card associations that most Lenormand cards have along with the numbering of the cards. The numbering is also the standard Lenormand numbering, bringing my deck closer to a true Lenormand oracle. Besides, it also makes it easier for newbies to find the cards in the book once they’ve shuffled them! The second edition is now red – both book and back of cards – to distinguish between the first (blue) edition.

wmlenormandpics2Class Description: There has recently been a rediscovered interest in reading Lenormand cards, launching a variety of decks and the rediscovery of older sets of the oracle cards made famous by Mlle Lenormand, the fortune teller to Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte.

class limited to 12 participants. Prepayment is required to reserve your space. Pay online HERE (chose “workshop” option) or call the store to reserve your spot at 615-884-9021.

The Lenormand cards are a 36-card deck of oracle cards that are read much differently than the Tarot and their popularity is booming across the United States. Much of this interest lies in one’s ability to quickly learn and answer specific questions about everyday life using simple and recognizable images. Lenormand readings can be far more to-the-point, accurate, and practical than Tarot. Learn how to anticipate problems and opportunities, describe people and events, compare alternatives, predict outcomes, and even answer yes-and-no questions.

We will cover:
– brief history of Lenormand cards
– the meaning of each card
– approaching the cards by subject (money, love, people, profession, which are the positive and negative cards)
– how to pair the cards to interpret their meaning.
– the nouns and adjectives of a Lenormand reading
– card layouts, including the 3-card, the 9-card layout, and the Grand Tableau

No deck of cards is needed to learn and take the class, but feel free to bring your own Lenormand deck if you have one. Our store carries a wide variety of Lenormand decks, catering to many tastes and paths if you would like to purchase a deck. Beginners to experienced welcome.

$20 for class only
$30 for class and deck of White Mojo Lenormand cards. (card value is $19.95)

facilitated by Gregory White, professional reader and creator of the White Mojo Lenormand Oracle.

class limited to 12 participants. Prepayment is required to reserve your space. Pay online HERE (chose “workshop” option) or call the store to reserve your spot at 615-884-9021.

Saturday, November 21, 2015. 4:00pm to 6:45pm at aromagregory soap & tea co. / Conjure Shop
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Where to Buy Tarot cards in Nashville

tarot cards nashville Aromagregory carries a wide variety of Tarot and Lenormand cards in our Nashville store.

UPDATE!  The list below is only a sample. We NOW carry OVER 325 different Tarot, Lenormand, and Oracle cards. One of the largest varieties of cards in Nashville!

List of Tarot and Lenormand Cards:
African American Tarot
Ancient Italian Tarot
Angels Gods And Goddesses Oracletarot-nashville-1
Aquarian Tarot
Arthurian Tarot Box
Ask An Angel Oracle
Astrological Tarot
Blank Tarot Cards
Celtic Lenormand
Celtic Tree Oracle
Chinese Tarot
Chrysalis Tarot
Connolly Tarot
Crystal Visions, Galasso
Dark Angels Tarot
Deviant Moon Tarot, Valenza
Druid Animal Oracle
Easy Lenormand Set
Easy Tarot Settarot-nashville-2
Egyptian Tarot
Faerie Tarot
Fairy Lenormand Oracle
Gilded Reverie Lenormand
Gilded Tarot, Marchetti
Goddess Tarot
Golden Botticelli Tarot
Golden Tarot Box
Golden Tarot Of The Tsar
Green Witch Tarot
Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling
Healing Angels Oracle
Herbal Tarot, Tierra & Cantin
Hermetic Tarot
Hobbit Tarot
Iching Pack, Marshall
Isis Oracletarot-nashville-3
Joie De Vivre, Cassidy
Karma Angels Cards
Legendary Lenormand Fortune Telling Box
Lenormand Oracle, Tuan
Llewelyn Tarot Box Set
Lord Of The Rings Tarot
Medicine Woman Tarot, Bridges
Medieval Cat Tarot
Medieval Scapini Tarot
Mesh Tea Ball
Moon Garden, Sweikhardt
Morgan Greer Tarot
Morgan- Greer Tin
Mother Mary Oracle
Mucha Tarot
Mystic Fortune Cardstarot-nashville-4
Native American Oracle Cards
Native American Tarot, Gonzalez
New Orleans Voodoo Tarot
New Palladini Tarot
Oracle Of The Angels
Oracle Of Visions, Marchetti
Pagan Lenormand
Pagan Tarot
Pixies Astounding Lenormand
Quick And Easy,
Radiant Rider- Waite Tin
Radiant Rider-Waite
Rider Waite
Rider-Waite Giant
Robin Wood Tarot
Shaman Tarot
Shaman Wisdom Cards, Richessontarot-nashville-5
Smith- Waite Centennial Edition
Smith-Waite Centennial Edition Tin
Starter Tarot, Bennett
Tarot / Oracle Cards
Tarot Basics Box Set
Tarot Kit For Beginners
Tarot Marseille 22 Trumps
Tarot Of Marseille
Thelema Tarot
Thoth Pocket Size, Crowley
Thoth Set, Crowley
Thoth Tarot
Under The Roses Lenormand
Universal Waite
Victorian Steampunk Tarot, Dean
Voices Of Saints Cards
White Mojo Lenormand
Wicca Deck

What are Lenormand cards?
Lenormand cards are a deck of 36 cards with simple images (Rider, Clover, House, etc) with fairly concrete meanings (as opposed to tarot cards, which can have many meanings). Marie Anne Lenormand (1772–1843) was a French professional fortune-teller, active for more than 40 years and of considerable fame during the Napoleonic era. Lenormand claimed to have given cartomantic advice to many famous persons, among them leaders of the French revolution (Marat, Robespierre and St-Just), Empress Josephine and Czar Alexander.

I found that with the Lenormand cards, reading became easy and allowed psychic visions to flow more freely during a reading. Unlike the Tarot which is enshrouded with deep symbolism, psychology, and astrological elements, the Lenormand cards give straight and simple answers – “this is going to happen,” or “this is the situation in front of you.” They are also clear and concise when someone wants a “yes” or “no” answer. Often, I will use a combination of both the Lenormand and the Tarot cards, consulting each deck for different aspects. Another method I may use during a reading is the use of a pendulum.

 aromaG’s Botanica – home of Conjure Shop products
223 Donelson Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
615-360-8089
Monday through Saturday 10:00 – 7:00
Sunday 12:00 – 7:00

Working Against Yourself and Magic

You can’t plant a pot of flowers and then complain they died because you never watered them. And so it is the same when seeking out magical work. It is more than lighting a candle and walking away from it. You have to put in the intention, the desire, and the work behind what you are wanting to accomplish.

If you come to me for a spell to help you find work, yet, you aren’t putting in applications anywhere – you are working against yourself
You want a spell to make you a famous actor, yet, you’ve never auditioned for a single part-
you are working against yourself
You’ve opened your own little store and you are wondering why it is failing, yet, you only have it open 4 days a week –
you are working against yourself
You say you are lonely and never meet anyone new. Yet, you refuse to leave your house and interact with the world. – you are working against yourself

Magic isn’t a miracle cure. If your rootworker is doing everything they can to bring about change in your situation while you do nothing to take action on your end of the deal, then failure is more than likely ahead. This article isn’t meant to shame the client in any way. It is a call to action for the client to get proactive in their own future. Your car is stalled and won’t start. You’ve got your spiritual worker in the back pushing while you are in the front pushing the opposite direction. How far do you think the car is going to go? So, step aside and let your spiritual worker push a bit. Ah, the car is moving. Now, join them at the back and push with him. See? The car is rolling; actual movement and change are happening!

So, yes – if you want to hire a rootworker or spell caster to give you that little edge over the competition, go for it. Just be prepared to bring yourself as well.

-Papa Gee

Spell Candles in Nashville – Chime Candles for spellwork, wicca, witchcraft

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Spell candles, also known as chime candles, are getting harder and harder to find here in Nashville, TN. Gone are the days when we would all traipse down to Magical Journey and pick up handfuls of little candles for our spellwork. Some refer to these as spirit candles.

The type of spell candles we sell in our Nashville shop are the ones most practitioners of magick are accustomed to – they are 4″ long and burn around 2.5 hours leaving behind no visible wax. Our spell candles are 40 cents each and we stock the following colors: black, green, blue, light blue, purple, lavender, pink, red, orange, gray, white, yellow, and brown. We also carry the glass candle holders in the ConjureShop section of the aromagregory store – 223 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN 37214.

We also carry larger, 6 inch taper candles in: black, blue, brown, green, pink, purple, red, orange, and yellow. For reversal spells, we carry 9 inch reversing candles in two styles – red and black, and green and black.candle-reverse-redblack

In candle magic, color plays a large part. Below is a simple chart explaining the basics of the spell candle colors we carry along with their day of the week association below that.

Black Absorbing Negativity
Green Wealth, fertility, prosperity
Blue Success, Healing
Purple Protection – Success in legal matters
Lavender Meditation
Pink True Love, friendship
Red Sexual potency, passion, love
Orange Control, legal matters, attraction
Gray Uncrossing, neutralize
White Purity, truth, sincerity
Yellow Creativity, confidence
Brown Protection against Psychic Attack & Earth Magic

Sunday – Yellowspell candles nashville
Monday – White
Tuesday – Red
Wednesday – Purple
Thursday – Blue
Friday – Green
Saturday – Black

Lucky Mojo Curio Company products now in our Nashville store

seal-authorized-resellerPapa Gee of White Mojo is now a proud reseller of Lucky Mojo Curio Company products which can be found in our Nashville retail store. Many people in the Nashville area purchase our White Mojo products made exclusively by Papa Gee but others are unfamiliar with our brand. We’ve decided to cover all bases by adding in the well-known line of Lucky Mojo products to our line. Side by side – that’s a lot of good mojo.

Here is a list of the Lucky Mojo products we currently carry. (always looking to add new things)

INCENSE POWDERS
Banishing Incense Powders
Blessing Incense Powders
Come To Me Incense Powders
Fiery Wall of Protection Incense Powders
Follow Me Boy Incense Powders
Follow Me Girl Incense Powders
Reconciliation Incense Powders
Money Drawing Incense Powders
Money Stay With Me Incense Powders
Crown of Success Incense Powders
Look Me Over Incense Powders
Road Opener Incense Powders NEW
Cut and Clear Incense Powders NEW
Fire of Love Incense Powders
Saint Expedite Incense Powders
Saint Martha Dominator Incense Powders
Seven African Powers Incense Powders
Our Lady of Guadalupe Incense Powders
Saint Cyprian (San Cipriano) Incense Powders

BATH CRYSTALS
Archangel Michael Bath Crystals
Saint Cyprian (San Cipriano) Bath Crystals
Saint Expedite Bath Crystals
Saint Martha Dominator Bath Crystals
Sacred Heart of Jesus Bath Crystals
Seven African Powers Bath Crystals
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Bath Crystals

HERBS, ROOTS, MINERALS
Five-Finger Grass Leaf
John the Conqueror Root, Chips and Pieces
Queen Elizabeth Root Powder
Mandrake Root Pieces
Southern Dixie John Root, Whole
Master Root NEW
Red Brick Dust
Goofer Dust
Lodestone, Grit and Gravel
Pyrite, Grit
Sulphur Powder

ZOOLOGICAL CURIOS
Rabbit Foot Curio, Assorted Colours with Van Van Oil
Raccoon Love Bone Curio (Baculum)

LUCKY MOJO HOODOO OILS
Court Case Oil
Fiery Wall of Protection Oil
Follow Me Boy Oil
Follow Me Girl Oil
John the Conqueror Oil
Money Stay With Me Oil
Reconciliation Oil
Come To Me Oil
Crown of Success Oil
Kiss Me Now Oil NEW
Road Opener Oil NEW
Saint Cyprian Oil
Saint Expedite Oil
Saint Martha the Dominator Oil
Seven African Powers Oil

NEW BOOKS IN STORE!
HOODOO HERB AND ROOT MAGIC
by Catherine Yronwode

HOODOO HONEY AND SUGAR SPELLS: SWEET LOVE MAGIC IN THE CONJURE TRADITION
by Deacon Millett

HOODOO BIBLE MAGIC: SACRED SECRETS OF SCRIPTURAL SORCERY
by Miss Michaele and Professor Charles Porterfield

HOODOO SPIRITUAL BATHS: CLEANSING CONJURE WITH WASHES AND WATERS
by Aura Laforest

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White Mojo is found in the Aromagregory Botanical shop at:

223 Donelson Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
store phone: 615-884-9021
Mon -Thurs 11 – 5:30, Fridays 11 -4, Sat 11 – 2

(inside the One2Yoga building between JVI Secret Gardens and the Wilson Trust Bank)

LIST UPDATED on 07-10-2014 to reflect our current, full list of Lucky Mojo products

Seven Day Candles in the Shop

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Just a quick note to say that we have finally added seven-day candles to our retail shop.

So many clients ask what to do with the condition oils (other than anointing) and whenever we talked about dressing candles with them, I would have to direct them to a shop that carried them.

We started out with a small collection, but hope to add to it as time goes by. In this first batch we have: solid white, solid blue, solid red, solid green, St. Jude, Seven African Powers, Virgin de Guadalupe, St. Barbara, and St. Michael.

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retail store:
223 Donelson Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Van Van for Mercury in Retrograde

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Van Van Oil for Mercury in Retrograde

A lot of people use Van Van oil to reverse bad luck and turn a bad situation into a good one. But few know that it is especially helpful during that pesky time known as Mercury in Retrograde when everything goes wonky.

It’s just my luck that I am having a tooth pulled this coming Wednesday (June 26th) when Mercury in Retrograde begins. Believe me, I will be wearing my Van Van oil that day, and plenty of it!

Safe to use as an anointing oil, dab a little on yourself to keep the retrograde at bay. Pour a little in a bucket of water and wash down your front and back porch – hopefully it will send Mercury a message to “head on down the road.”

2013 Retrograde Dates

In 2013, Mercury will be retrograde from:

February 23–March 17
June 26–July 20
October 21–November 10

Our Van Van oil is found here.

Mini Aroma Mojo store

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Everyone that knows us is aware that we have a full retail store in the Donelson area of Nashville where our main Aromagregory products are sold (as well as the White Mojo line). For those who don’t know us personally, it is located at 223 Donelson Pike inside the One2Yoga building.

But, I wanted to talk about our cute, little mini-store.  Inside the studio where I perform readings there is a wide entry foyer. On one side is my altar. On the other side is a set of built-in shelves that were there when we moved in. After about five tubes of calking and ten coats of white paint, it transformed into the perfect spot for clients to pick up something they need.  I don’t mean we are running a shop out of our home – no, this is strictly for clients who are already coming for a reading or energy work.  So, no dropping by for purchases – that’s what the main location is for.

All the most-used essential oils are there along with with: condition oils, sachet powders, chakra oils, soaps, and soap gift sets.  Besides, there are times when a client comes out of a session or reading and it is apparent they need something like lavender oil for relaxation. Why refuse them and tell them to drive all the way over to the store when they are already there? Pretty cute, huh?

Connecting with Michael

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Over the past weekend we set up at the Galactic Expo (a “new age” fair) here in Nashville. Sunday was a little slower than Saturday so Roy and I both had time to get readings and energy work done.  Which is pretty rare since we are usually performing the work on others instead of treating ourselves to it.

So, I had a Vibrational Energy Attunement session with a well-known energy worker, Reverend Barb, for general balancing, adjusting the aura, and to further open my connections to Guides. Tuning forks, crystals, and hands-on work was used.  During the session she told me I was surrounded by two Angels and another guiding force that didn’t want to reveal their name / source during the session.

I was told I needed basic quartz crystals to place on either side of my bed to help with my sleep patterns and to help me receive information and downloads from my Guides.

That night, with the stones on either side of the bed, I slept better than I had in months. In the moments of waking, a Guide presented himself to me telling me his name was Michael and showed me his face.  I was also told to buy a chalkboard to keep beside me to use during my readings. I didn’t need to know why just now but to get one and keep it handy.

Now, I am not saying that my Guide is a Archangel (although, you never know), but I found myself attracted to the statue of Saint Michael when we visited Saint Mary’s bookstore this morning after a trip to Whole Foods. So, home he came and was blessed and placed on my altar along with a new Mary statue. Whether or not this is the Michael that came to me, the statue will give me focus and intent to connect with this new Michael (whoever he may be).

This is a surprising thing since I have not had Christian connections in a very long time. Furthermore, I was raised Baptist so we certainly didn’t have any dealing with Saints. But, allowing these elements of Christianity into my life and work is finally an okay thing with me now that I understand that I can let them in on my own terms – without needing to have a pastor, a church, or another person tell me how/when/where/why I should or shouldn’t let them in.

Psychic Vision Oils finished

Psychic Vision Oil

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Conjured up my first batch of Psychic Vision oil this morning.  I’ve been holding off on this particular oil for the past couple of weeks because my Guides were holding out on me (I’m sure they have their good reasons, though).  Wanted to create this blend back in middle April but the ingredients just weren’t coming to me.

Of course, I knew all of the historical ingredients that are used for such work but that is not my total method.  First I have my list of which herbs, roots and oils were used to create condition oil blends. Then, my Guides tell me which ones to include (and sometimes introduce me to one or two new ingredients).

This morning was the day.  As usual, I never tell everything that is in my oils but I will say that some of the psychic vision blend ingredients include: calendula, wormwood, frankincense, ylang-ylang essential oil, and bitter almond (along with several others).

I love the way the label turned out. Perfect for Psychic Vision. But it is pretty ironic that I couldn’t get a psychic connection to my Guides to create the oil before now. But, they always know best.

Money Drawing Altar

Money Drawing Altar

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There is finally a good space for a money drawing altar.  Now that Roy has his own space in the healing cottage, and I have revamped my reading room, it was time to pull out this little table that has been waiting patiently for over a year for us to find it a purpose. This was set up at the end of April so you have my apologies for not posting about it before now.

On the back left you will see the little three-legged pig, which was given to me by a friend. The Chanchitos pig originates from a little village near Pomaire, Chili where the land is fertile and prosperous. It is given as a token of good fortune, luck, and good will.

To the right you will see the happy pink piggy bank I found at the flea market, just four days after setting up the money altar. In his hand, he is holding a money bag with the $ symbol on it. I paid six dollars for this cute fella. I have nothing to back it up, but his style and coloring leads me to believe that he may be more than a few years old – the style reminds me of figurines that were created in the 70’s.  Of course, we offered up coins for his belly!

In the front are mine and Roy’s honey jars filled with cinnamon sticks, fenugreek, gold dollars coins and silver dimes along with some pyrite and our business cards (which we’ve written our financial intentions on).  Green candles are burned on top of the jars when they need a boost but I keep a green seven-day candle behind and light it daily for a constant boost.

Towards the back left is my White Mojo Money-Drawing oil along with Lucky Mojo Money Drawing oil.  And, of course, cash and coins laid out among cinnamon sticks. On one of the dollars is a large piece of lodestone – on the other, a piece of pyrite.  So there you have it – our money drawing altar.