Welcome to the online zine for Witches. Thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoy! Blessed be!
I will also try to 'page' the magazine from now on, so that you can look through several issues for information, or at least keep some information from every issue. If you have anything you would like to submit, ideas on what you'd like to read about, and so on, you send it in to one of the emails below, or the physical address. For submissions, we accept short poetry, some longer poetry items, rituals, spells, tarot layouts, and more. Anything you send in remains your sole property and ideas. Thanks, and blessed be!
Mid-Summer 2011, a newsletter will be sent out to those who wish to recieve it. Those who are interested can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com , with ONLINE NEWSLETTER as the subject header. It is free to all and will be sent out 8 times yearly with simple information on the Wiccan faith and it's current holiday.
For this site, I am only including information that is related to the craft, no shopping need be done here, only if you find a spell that you need a new candle for will you need to shop. There is a gardening page for with available seeds for the gardeners out there, and a PaganPoets products page, but I won't cut you from the site if you decide to not buy! If you have any comments you can email me, firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; or leave me a message on the site. Or if would like to have something posted for an upcoming event, or an event of your making, Pagan related of course, you can contact me at the above email addresses, or at the following address: P.O. Box 2674, West Monroe, LA 71294
Can you see the evil and the good,
right and then wrong, flowing from the
sod, such a twisted song. You tell me that
it's God, and if you don't, then we all know you
won't, step outside your self and you just get
Do you have the lunacy to believe,
in the madness of the illusions of your soul?
To step into the darkness of the shadows
of your mind, and to embrace the demon there
you find? But step outside your self, you just
Sometimes in the illusion, between the reds
and greys, we behold the Mysteries, there beyond
decay, and for a fleeting it is ours to know
the rapture of the Infinite Soul Divine. But
outside your self, nothing you may find.
Come along, come along, let's ride this ship
to new lands, upon the seas let us sail, new
realms our to hide. There be no dangers, only
you can see, your reality lies within the lunacy
you choose to believe. But outside your self, you
just get high.
Come along, come along, to new shores
we will sail, row the boat and sing the
songs, a new day is dawning, right the wrong,
flowing from the pond, 'cause we all know you
won't, and we can see you don't, look into
your self to see what truth you may find.
Frederick R. Mayberry
a.k.a. Draco Shadow-Wolf
I found an article in a book about he usage of magical inks in basic spell usage. There are many ways to make magical inks, and this is just the short of it here. This way is used for sort term use, such as a spell or scroll that is to be burned.
The easiest way is by using india ink (black) and calligraphy ink (different colors) as the base colors and adding components, such as fragrance. You can a few drops of essential oil into a bottle of ink, or finely powdered herb.
Here are a couple to try out:
Bat's Blood Ink:
12 ounces denatured alcohol
2 ounces dragon's blood resin powder
1/2 ounce myrrh resin powder
2 drops cinnamon oil
5 drops lavender oil
1/2 ounce gum arabic
Place the alcohol in a clean, dark glass bottle. Add dragon's blood and myrrh, after they have dissolved, add cinnamon and lavender oils, and then the gum. Shake the bottle to blend the ingredients. Store it tightly in a cool, dark place. This ink originally included actual bat's blood, nut the more modern recipes include substitute ingredients rather than the real deal. The ink can be used in binding and banishing, spells for discord, tension or hexing. 'Blood' inks can be red, but this one can also be black.
Dove's Blood Ink
10 ounces denatured alcohol
1 ounce dragon's blood resin powder
2 drops bay oil
2 drops clove oil
5 drops rose oil
1 ounce gum arabic
Best to be made during during the daylight. Like above, place the alcohol in a clean, dark glass bottle. Add the dragons blood. After dissolved, add bay, clove, and rose oils and the gum arabic. Shake to blend and store tightly sealed in a dark, cool place. This ink originally had bird blood in it, and naturally, now it does not. It can be used for love, peace, gratitude, and other positive applications. It is usually red, sometimes pink or purple.
Walking in the darkness,
Creeping in the shadow,
Who is this that follows me,
or do they really lead?
The Gods they hover over me,
they guide me through the forest,
the forests of the Earth abound,
the forests of my life.
They guide me,
or lead me,
however one may choose to see it,
through my lives unknown.
They dwell within me quietly,
and teach me how to live.
They live within me silently,
they help me to believe.
Bless it to this darkness
That they have given me.
The Witches Year goes round and round. Most who come across this may know the basics of what is included in this section, and much of the site. But I am trying to make it to reinforce the basics and help with some of the essentials that may slip our minds, as well as help out those who are new to the craft. So you will find some easy concepts throughout the site, as well as the complex, and some stuff in between. Here is something basic.
The Witches' Years goes by many names, and is followed by more than just Witches. It is the yearly cycles of the Earth and Her Seasons. It starts on Hallow's Eve (which is just one name for it), and the final holiday ends the next September on Mabon (yes, which is just one name for it). The year contains 8 holidays, seperated evenly about 6-8 weeks apart, give or take. The Sabbats are a combination between Solstices and Equinoxes, and some people debate over the differences between the two, and if they should all be called Sabbats. or Esbats, but in the long and short of it, there are 4 Solstices, and 4 Equinoxes, making the 8 festivals of the year. Solstices are when the sun is farthest from the Celestial Equator, such as in Winter when we have the longest amount of dark, or in the summer when we have the longest amount of daylight. Equinoxes are when the sun is closest to the Celestial equator and the days of the year are at and even, such as around Spring and Fall, the day and night are at even levels. The "Lesser Sabbats" contain 2 Solstices and 2 Equinoxes, known also as "Quarter Days". The "Greater Sabbats" also include2 Slostices and 2 Equinoxes,known also as the "Cross Quarter Days". Over time, you may find other names for them to be called. Esbat is technically a different holiday for Witches, normally held on days other than Sabbats in the Witches Circle for more of a business sense than ritual. It is also different from the full moon rituals that are held.
The Sabbats of the Year are as follows and I will go into detail afterwards:
Samhain: usually held on October 31, or November 1. Solstice.
colors-colors from Samhain you can see all around you, the colors of Fall/Autumn. Deep red, orange/yellow (not pastel), gold, white, black and grey/silver
incense-frankincense, basil, benzoin, myrrh, clove, cinnamon and camphor
herbs-mugwort, dandelion, rue, sage, myrrh, patchouli, catnip, yarrow, wormwood and bay
foods-apples, pumpkins, turnip, hazelnut, corn, ciders and other harves foods
Yule: usually held on, or around, December 21/22. Equinox.
colors-red, green, white, silver and gold
incense-bayberry, pine, cedar, rosemary and juniper
herbs-ash, bay, basil, frankincense, hazel, holly, juniper, mistletoe, vervain, oak, ginger, rosemary, cinnamon, sage and sandalwood
foods-nuts, apples, oranges and gingerbread
Candlemas/Imbolc: usually held on, or around, February 1/2. Solstice.
Ostara: usually held around 19-23 of March. Equinox.
Beltane/May Day: usually held on May 1. Solstice.
Midsummer/Litha: usually held around 19-23 June. Equinox.
Lammas/Lughnasadh: usuallly held on, or around, 1/2 August. Solstice.
Mabon: usually held around 20-24 September. Equinox.
Below is some more information on the Sabbats. If you don't find some information on it right away, visit back soon as the site is constantly being updated and information is always being added. Also a reminder, thes dates above are for the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Hemisphere is offset by six months to match the seasons accordingly. Information about rites, rituals, colors, crystals and stones and so on can be found on other pages, headed by name. If there isn't a page for it yet, but if thereis and no information there yet, come back soon!
This was a recipe left over from the Halloween zine that I thought I'd keep here because I love Pumpkin Bread!!
This is a favorite for many, so I thought I would share it.
2 cups sugar
15 ounces canned pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in sugar, canned pumpkin, oil and vanilla. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into 2 bread pans, these you need to grease beforehand on the bottom only. Bake at 325 degrees for 60-80 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove loaf pans to allow them to finish cooling. You may want to take a butter knife, before you remove them from the pans, and loosen the sides of the bread. This can be done by simply sticking the butter knife between the pan and the bread and going around all four sides.
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup margarine or butter, cut into 8 pieces
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup very warm water
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon anise seed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons sugar
Bring the milk to a boil and take from heat. Stir in the butter/margarine, 1/4 cup sugar and salt. In a large bowl, mix the yeast and warm water until dissolved and let it stand for at least 5 minutes. Add the milk when the time is up. Seperate one of the eggs, add the yolk to the yeast mix, save the white for later. Add the flour to the yeast and egg until it is formed into a ball. Flour a work surface well and palce the dough on it. Knead until smooth. Return the dough to its bowl and cover with a towel; let it rise for about an hour and a half. During that time, grease a baking sheet and preheat your oven to 350*. Knead dough again and divide into fourths. Set one of the fourths aside and roll the other three into 'ropes'. On the baking sheet, pinch them together and braid, pinch the ends together. Divide the last quarter into halves and lay across the braided dough into the form of a cross. Cover the bread with a dish towel and let rise for another 30 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the anise seed, cinnamon and 2 teaspoons sugar. Seperately, beat the egg white. Brush the top of the bread with the egg white and sprinkle it with the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Bake for 35 minutes.
This time of the year is heavily related to the Goddess Brighid (many variations to that name), and others like Cupid. It is the time of love, and a time for fertility. Fertility of the land, the Goddess, and historically, a time of the year women of Earth. How many of you know a woman to become pregnant during theses months? Cerridwen, Eros, Venus, Vesta and Hestia are also Goddesses of this holiday. This is the beginning of Spring, even though the actual turn of spring is not until Ostara. I suppose it could be put, simply, before the warmth of the sun on the Earth, it first has to move from behind. It is also one of the fire festivals, and being that it is considered a woman's holiday, many women's rites are held at thia time.
Yule is the celebration of the rebirth of the God, he is the newborn sun. Naturally you can see the connection there wit the Christian version of Christmas, but for Witches the newborn sun has it's differences. The Pagan "birth" pre-dates the Christian holiday by quite a long run. This is the day of the longest darkness in the year, and is full of masculine forces. The holiday is male due to the sun itself being a masculine object, and that in a literal sense the God is born again in the earth, and through the Goddess, Mother Earth. He had passed into the Death at Samhain, and as the year goes round, so must he born, pass into death, and be reborn again.
1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3 cups oats, NOT INSTANT OATS
Preheat oven to 350*. Cream the shortening and sugars, add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Sift the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon together. Add both mixtures together and blend well, add the oats. Spoon out by tablespoons on to greased cookie sheets and bake at 350* for 10 minutes. Exchange them over to a wire rack and let cool completely. This makes about 2 dozen cookies. You can add colored icing to decorate the tops of the cookies, such as runes. Also, you can section of the dough before cooking and add colored dye to sections, which will not affect the flavor of the cookies, then add symbols with icing or gel after cooking.
Bread appears in many religious concepts, and especially in Pagan and Wiccan rituals. You need to make up enough bread dough as if you were making just one loaf. There are many recipies on the web, and in plain old fashioned cook books. If you need one though, you can send in a note through this website, or to firstname.lastname@example.org; or email@example.com. You'll also need some melted butter.
Take half of the dough and make it into the phallus, which is naturally representing the male. The Horned God, the God of the Forests, God of Nature, all that is natural. Cut it into three pieces like figure one. The longer pieces is the phallus, the two smaller are the testes and use the parts to make figure two. Anyone reading this should be able to understand thepicture and what you've made. Kids do come across sites like this, so I'm trying to not be SO very vulgar. After this, let the bread rise in a warm spot for at least an hour. Preheat your oven to 350*, and at the end of the hour, place the bread in for until golden brown, around 45 minutes. While hot and just out of the oven, brush with the melted butter. This can be used in your Beltane ritual, or any ritual containing male attributes, or as a centerpiece for a related meal.
The Myrtles Plantation-Fact or Fiction?
Truth is, with every myth, legend, tale or story, likelihood is that there is both truth and fiction to the story. I’ll begin this story with the where’s and what’s (those of which anyone can decipher as true)…then go forth into the factual blended with fictions.
The Myrtles Plantation is located in southern Louisiana, St. Francisville to be exact, barely an hour northwest of Baton Rouge. It was originally built during the late 18th century (circa 1796) by David Bradford. Allegedly born of Irish immigrants, he bought a tract of land in Pennsylvania, and after a failed marriage (the bride elect died days before the marriage had ever been performed-not much else is know on this subject), he married again and with a growing family- built the luxurious house. But not long after, the successful businessman, attorney and assistant attorney general was forced to leave his home, and family behind. Bradford then became part of The Whisky Rebellion. Years later, after a price for his head and a pardon from the new president John Addams, he returned to Louisiana and bought a 600 acre piece of land, now know as St. Francisville, bringing his family in tow with him upon the pardon.
Bradford took in law students, one of which was Clark Woodruff, and also married one of David Bradford’s daughters-Sarah Mathilda. By this time Bradford had become a judge, and after Woodruff had a failed attempt at starting an academy (and not wanting to follow in his farmer father’s footsteps), in 1817 both Woodruff married Sarah and David Bradford died, thus leading to Woodruff managing the plantation for his new in-laws. Clark Woodruff managed to expand the property by planting about 650 acres of indigo and cotton, seeming to do rather well before tragedy struck him with the death of Sarah in 1823 from yellow fever. Leaving three children behind, he and his mother-in-law seemed fine raising the children until the yellow fever took his son James and daughter Cornelia, leaving only Mary Octavia behind.
Woodruff somehow managed to buy the property from Elizabeth, the aging mother-in-law, and she continued to live there with him and her grand-daughter until her death in 1830. At sometime before 1835 he and Octavia had moved to New Orleans where he had become a judge and the plantation was sold to the plantation to a Ruffin Stirling. Octavia married a plantation owner, and afterwards her father lived with them until his death in 1851, he is buried in the Girod Street Cemetery in New Orleans.
A side note for the above mentioned-Girod Cemetery was abandoned (by the living-not the dead, thankfully) and left for ruins. During the 1960’s, New Orleans renovated this area of the city, and with notices sent out and they were to be reburied at a cemetery on Canal Street-not very far from their original resting place, any unclaimed bodies were to be placed in large drums and buried under the Hope Mausoleum. Woodruff was one never claimed. The Girod Street Cemetery is more commonly known as the new grounds for the Superdome.
The Stirling owned multiple plantations along the Mississippi River, as well as the Myrtles Plantation. With their high social status, they felt they needed a befitting house to live in. They moved into their new plantation, remodeled it, tearing down all the old walls, adding a central hall and staircase, and putting in 4 large rooms which were identical men’s and woman’s matching parlors, as well as a game room and formal dining room. Elaborate furnishing were added to the outside as well as the interior with trips as far away as England for furnishings. Less than 5 years after finishing the house, Stirling died of consumption. The properties and other holding were then left to his widow Mary Cobb, and was hailed by all as to having the business sense of a man, a high status in her era.
Despite their greatness, the family was left in tragedy. Of nine children, only four lived to be married. The oldest son died the same year as his father. The Civil War also took further toll on the family. It ravaged the sugar plantations, of which the family relied upon heavily, and their properties were heavily looted during the war. Mary Cobb was eventually left for bankruptcy. She did manage to cling to the Myrtles Plantation until her death in 1880. She is buried at Grace Church in St. Francisville.
During 1865, William Winter, the husband of Mary’s daughter Sarah, had been hired to represent the holdings of the Cobb family, in return William and Sarah received the plantation. They had six children, one dying at three years old from typhoid.
In 1871, William was teaching Sunday school in the gentleman’s parlor, and hearing a stranger call from the porch, he went to check and was shot and killed, resulting in the only actual murder at the Myrtles, he is buried at Grace Church. Sarah was devastated and remained at the house till her death at the age of 44.
At some point, the plantation had went back into the hands of Mary Cobb, and after her death the plantation was bought by one of her sons Stephen Stirling, primarily buying out his siblings’ portions of the property, then sold the property to Oran Brooks in 1889. The property went through numerous other transactions in a short time, and in 1891, it was bought by a widower named Harrison Williams who brought his son and second wife.
The family grew into 7 children and the Myrtles was brought out of the Civil War at what almost seemed at ease, at least until Harry-Harrison’s single child from when the property had been bought-drowned in the Mississippi River attempting to round up the cattle.
By the 1950’s the property around the house had been divided amongst the Williams’ heirs and the house had been sold to a widowed Marjorie Munson, a rather wealthy chicken farmer from Oklahoma. Around this time the ghost stories began and the stories became legend within themselves.
For information on the Girod Street Cemetery, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girod_Street_Cemetery
Consumption is an old term for tuberculosis.
I found out that the strawberry was related to the Rose family. That may not be news to everyone, but it was to me when I found out. It is usually associated with Cupid, and of love, but there are other plants that are also related to the Roses'. Another is the Apple tree, which is associated with the Otherworld- as is the Rowan tree. Rowan likes high altitudes, and is also called the Mountain Ash, because of it's leaves resembling the Ash, along with the altitude. It is really a delicate and feminine tree. It has small branches that bow downwards and have clusters of white flowers, then later on, it has bright red berries. Itsbranches were once used by Druids for incense and divination. Spindles/spinning wheels were made from the Rowan and sometimes it was placed in sprigs over women to protect them from being abducted into the Land of Youth of the Fairies.
Another tree in the Rose family is the Hawthorn. This tree is one of fertility. During the Spring season it is also with the white blossoms, but in much more quantity. It is vary heavily loaded with them and it gives off a very powerful perfume. It is used during the May celebrations and for fertility. It can be used for garlands, and to decorate the house, hanging on the Maypole and at Beltane celebrations. Hawthorn can also be used for marriage. It is directly linked to the Goddess, who is also emerging in her Spring/Maiden form during this time. The Hawthorn is also prone to grow near, or around, a spring or well, so it gives good energies to these things as well,they can be places for petitioning and healing. If water is found in the area of a Hawthorn, it is very good to use in many ways, firstly cleansing wounds, then in bathing, especially newborns as well as the woman seeking to become pregnant. It can also be used in rituals, spells nad rites.
The Hazel Tree is also known as the Poet's Tree and is considered one of the most magical trees of all. The Hazel nuts are contain the essence of poetry and poetic inspiriration. Nine sacred Hazel trees supposedly surrounded the Well of Wisdom where Salmon of Wisdom dwelled and would eat the nuts, then gain Otherworld knowledge. It is linked to the element Air, and Hazel wands were used by Druids to bring about power from the Otherworld. Hazel is also linked to water and used for dowsing. At Beltane, burning Hazel wands were used to singe the hides of cattle to ward off elemental spirits.
This section will be ever changing, but it will be forever here. These are books that I like and suggest for others. They are separated for kids, teens and adults, but all are good for a reason. Okay, so not all are 'Pagan' or 'Wiccan', but they are still good to read. If you have one that isn't listed, please feel free to tell me @-firstname.lastname@example.org; or email@example.com, list it as 'good reads for p.p.'.
For younger children- the Llama, Llama series is very good for the 4-7 year age range. It covers starting school, and missing mama Llama, and being scared at night in a very entertaining way, no need to get all of them, they are stand alone books, you can jump from one to another without having to worry if you've missed something from another book.
For tweens/teens- Gathering Blue and The Giver by Lois Lowry. The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, by Nancy Farmer.
For adults-The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (already out on DVD). A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (this one is technically a teens book, but is by far good enough to cross over into adult fiction).
Two just released childrens book, preview here: