randomproxy:

In the woods there grew a treeAnd a fine, fine tree was he…
And on that tree there was a limbAnd on that limb there was a branchAnd on that branch there was a nestAnd in that nest there was an eggAnd in that egg there was a birdAnd from that bird a feather cameAnd of that feather was a bed
And on that bed there was a girlAnd on that girl there was a manAnd from that man there was a seedAnd from that seed there was a boyAnd from that boy there was a manAnd for that man there was a graveAnd from that grave there grew a tree…

“Supermarket Magic” by Michael Furie, published by Llewellyn.

This is the brief review…

In order to have a good idea of what to expect from this book, you need to read the entire back cover. Not just the blurb, but the “about the author” bit as well. The blurb sets this book out to be “perfect for witches and all practitioners of natural and herbal magic” which, to my mind, should include secular witches and non-wiccan magic users. If you read this book with that mindset, you are going to not only be sorely disappointed, but also really, really annoyed by the end of the book.

If you read the “about the author” and have a little prior knowledge of Llewellyn as a publisher, then you can pretty easily discern that the capitalisation of Witch and Witchcraft, and the reference to the “Oaths of the Craft” mean that this author practices some form of Wicca. You’ll then side-eye the statement that he took the Oaths of the Craft at age 17 since most reputable covens won’t initiate until the candidate is legal – either 18 or 21, depending on local laws.

So now we know we’re going into this expecting it to be Wiccan at best. Take a look at the contents page. If you’re not a new practitioner, and not interested in the author’s moral standing, then at least you’re pre-warned that you’ll want to skip the entirity of section 2; “Magical Fundamentals – Magical basics and Magical Ethics”. Which we are going to do.

So, after the moral preaching, we get to the spell book section.

Chapter Four is a chapter for cleaning and cleansing. It is generally a good chapter with recipes for the classic Four Theives Vinegar among other things. He even warns that his cleansing powder (containing cayenne pepper and turmeric) may stain your carpets which is a greater courtesy than some authors would offer!

Chapter Five is a chapter of spells for harmony. The first part of this chapter follows this format:

  • It is totally fine for you, the magic practitioner, to judge what is morally acceptable to other people
  • You can absolutely work magic to affect someone else
  • Except you shouldn’t, ever
  • Except when it’s fine to do so because it suits you.

The spells and recipes are fairly decent, if Wicca-centric and divinity-focussed (I use his peace and harmony oil as an example; the whole chant is asking the Goddess to grant you peace and harmony).

Just skip chapter six on healing. For the love of sanity, for the sake of your blood pressure, just skip it. If you’d like to know why, clickie here.

Chapter Seven moves away from healing, thank the Gods. This is the love, lust and beauty magic. Pretty hetero-normative, but he does have one spell that can “be properly modified” for homosexual use. The way he presents the spell does make him seem homophobic though; “Note: This spell should only be done by heterosexuals unless properly modified” [p. 125] – the stupid thing is that the modifications only involve changing the candle colours!

There is no ‘self love’ part of this chapter – there are, however, two spells with which a woman can make herself more beautiful. There is no male equivalent.

The main redeeming feature of this chapter is that Furie does not give or advocate what have become known as rape spells – love spells targeted at a specific person. In fact he spends a lot of the chapter reminding the reader that targeting love spells at a specific person is wrong under all circumstances.

Chapters 8, 9, 10 and 11 are standard spell chapters. I like his witch jar for luck… That’s about the only thing worth mentioning. The unsourced claims continue.

Chapter 12 is about the sabbats and esbats as per Furie’s tradition. Nothing new, more bogus and unsourced historical claims – only thing worth mentioning is that he does include some seasonal magic if you like that.

That concludes the book. A brief mention about his bibliography, considering some of the points I’ve made about unsourced claims (scientific, medicinal and historical):

  • There is not a single scientific, medical or herbal book in this bibliography
  • None of the Traditional Wicca authors are listed
  • The majory of the books listed are neo-wiccan.

As in quite a few Llewellyn-published books, there’s no index.

In summary, then, this is not a book I’d recommend. The spells aren’t worth having to sift through all the moral preaching, and they’re nothing you couldn’t find or write yourself using a basic correspondance list and having an idea of what’s available in your local supermarket. If I were editing this to re-print it, I would arrange it how some other similar books have been arranged. I would have the first and second sections the same, but I’d take the sabbats and esbats chapter from the end and put it at the beginning. I’d also rename it, and make it bloody clear from the start that this is the author’s tradition’s approach to magic and morality.

I think I’d give this book two out of five stars. I’ve read worse, but I’ve certainly read better.  

Review of Supermarket Magic

althara:

Is in the works! I might need to cut it down though, since I’ve got 966 words so far and I’m barely into chapter 3.

Hmm.

So this ended up being 5 pages and 2,787 words long. Alex just told me off for having a short summary.

Posting the whole review may well break tumblr. I might just post the parts about the worst chapters… Which is still a meaty chunk of the review!

somewhereintheworldtoday:

An early form of pole dancing may well lead to a hangover!
The earliest May Day festivities started long, long ago with theFestival of Floralia in Roman times, and the raucous Germanic / ScandinavianWalpurgis Night or Celtic Beltane celebrations the night before (hence the hangover!).
More on Beltane and May Day by Somewhere in the world today…
Picture: at Gainesville May Day celebration by barb.howe, on Flickr

Review of Supermarket Magic

Is in the works! I might need to cut it down though, since I’ve got 966 words so far and I’m barely into chapter 3.

Hmm.

beewitch:

the-darkest-of-lights:

I will not set my self on fire to keep you warm.
Written in dragons blood

OMG thank you so much! i love love LOVE this! 

Beltane!

althara:

Date:  1st May

Greater/Lesser? Greater

Themes:

  • Marriage of the Goddess and God
  • Fertility - general fertility, not just sexual/procreational
  • Start of summer
  • Goddess becomes Mother, God becomes Consort

Colours:

  • Red
  • White
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Soft pink
  • Blue
  • Dark green

Incense:

  • Honeysuckle
  • Frankincense
  • Lilac
  • Rose
  • Vanilla

Crystals:

  • Emerald
  • Sapphire
  • Rose Quartz
  • Carnelian
  • Lapis Lazuli

Runes:

  • Uruz – physical vitality and strength
  • Raido – Journey
  • Wunjo – Happiness
  • Birkana – Motherhood
  • Inguz – Gestation

 

Flowers:

  • Fern
  • Hawthorn (May blossom)
  • Rose
  • Marigold
  • Oak
  • Rowan
  • Woodruff
  • St John’s Wort

 Altar Decorations:

  • Eggs
  • Flowers
  • Garlands of flowers
  • Maypole
  • Chalice
  • Ribbons

Gods:

  • Bel
  • Baal
  • Pan
  • Cernunnos
  • Green Man

Goddesses:

  • Guinevere
  • Aphrodite
  • Bast
  • Artemis
  • Diana
  • Flora
  • Venus

Activities:

  • The Great Rite
  • Dance the maypole
  • Jump the Balefire
  • Bad time for magic/divination! The Gods like tricks too!
  • Handfasting
  • Make flower baskets
  • Light the Mother’s Candle from the Maiden
  • Make tokens to celebrate the marriage of the Goddess and God and hang them from a tree
  • Weaving, plaiting
  • Celebrating your own fertility - whether that be of the body or mind. Write something. Draw. Paint. Sing. Do something creative and fun that makes you happy.

Food:

  • Dairy
  • Oatmeal cakes
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Green salads
  • Heart shaped cookies
  • Vanilla ice cream!

Drinks:

  • Wine punches
  • Red wine
  • Grapejuice

 Oils:

  • 5 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops rose
  • 3 drops sandalwood
  • 2 drops neroli
  • 2 drops jasmine

OR

  • 4 drops Lily of the Valley
  • 2 drops Violet
  • 2 drops Honeysuckle
  • pinch of lemon balm
  • Mix with 2 oz olive oil
kmoonheart:

13 Bead Witch’s Ladder with Seasons by EldritchEmporium

Had a lovely day wandering around London with Alex. We’ve been to Treadwells, Atlantis and the British museum, now we’re sat on the front row of the balcony in the Theatre Royal waiting to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and I am rediscovering my fear of heights. Fuck my life.

WITCHCRAFT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ATTENTION

brynja-storm:

Also, unless you are a licensed professional, you do not get to determine whether or not someone has been wrongfully placed in any kind of medical facility. This goes for everyone, not just witches.

Some of tonight’s work!

How to Make a Moon Candle

natural-magics:

It’s best to use an unscented candle for this project. A pillar is ideal, but you can certainly use a votive or taper. Use the same candle all year long, or for one 28-day lunar cycle, whichever you prefer.

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You’ll need:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • One white pillar candle
  • Acrylic paints in your choice of colors
  • Candle painting medium
  • Paintbrush
  • Ribbons in colors you associate with the moon (silver, black, white, or blue)

Use the rubbing alcohol to clean any excess oil or grime from the candle before you being. You can just pour a little bit on a soft cloth and wipe it down. Blend your acrylic paint in equal parts with candle painting medium — this is basically a product that helps your paint adhere to the candle. You can find it at any craft store.

Paint lunar or celestial patterns on your candle, and allow the paint to dry. Add ribbons in silver, black and white — be sure to move them out of the way before you burn the candle in ritual! The one in the photo was made with a blue ribbon that had celestial designs on it, as well as blue and silver glitter paint.

Helpful hint - if you don’t like the idea of painting a candle, buy a plain glass hurricane, and paint the glass instead. That way, you can use any candle you like inside it, and you don’t have to continuously repaint new candles.

How do you make the flowers for the flower crown? like specifically what material is it? Its super cool and I want to make one I just don't know what I need.
urhotmess

trilliath:

littlecofiegirl:

soresoftheopenheart:

Hmm, I just reblogged it from another site, but I think I can help you in terms of what to buy and how to do it. If you click the link, it’ll take you to the complete photo post that shows you what you need. In any event, here’s the list:

  • Nail polish
  • Floral wire, a thin bendable wire is ideal. 26 Gauge is fine. imageimage
  • Floral Tape            image
  • Wire cutters/scissors
  • a pencil or cylindrical object to wrap the petals around
  • Ribbon (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. First, you’re gonna need to make the crown. You can do this by using the wire you already have or you can use an old headband or anything that you like that resembles a headpiece. Thicker wire is also fine for this step.image       As you can see, OP twisted two pieces of wire together and left loops at the end (to attach the ribbon). Then they covered it in brown floral tape.
  2. The second step is to make the flowers. Using your pencil/cylindrical object, twist the wire around it to create a ‘petal’. Repeat this until you have at least a couple of petals. 3-6 is usually fine, it’s really your call. image
  3. SLIGHTLY bend the petals back to create a natural looking petal.image
  4. After you are satisfied with the shape of your petals, cut out your flower, leaving some wire left to attach it to your crown. 
  5.  Repeat the first few steps and make the rest of your flowers.
  6. Take one of your flowers and CAREFULLY apply nail polish to it, one petal at a time. Think of it like making bubbles. It may be easier to pour the nail polish in a flat plate and dip it, or dip the entire flower into the polish.imageRepeat this for all your remaining flowers.
  7. Twist the two ends of your flowers together to form a ‘stem’.image
  8. Wrap the stems with floral tape, preferably with the same color you used in the base of the crown.imageRepeat this for all your remaining flowers.
  9. The third step will be attaching the flowers to your crown. You can do this a few ways. One way is to wrap the stems around the crown. Another way is to just wrap the stems with floral tape as you go along, like the OP did.imageDo this until all your flowers have been attached to your crown.
  10. At this point, you can tie the ribbons to the loops like OP did, or decorate it any other way you like. :)

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Enjoy your new floral crown!

TIPS

  • You can purchase most of the items in Walmart, Michael’s or any craft or flower store. You can also order it online. :)
  • REMEMBER, this tutorial is just a guide. If you don’t want to use brown floral tape or if you prefer using the green floral wire, don’t be afraid to change it up. You can use any color or material your heart desires.

This is the link to the DIY Floral Crown post. 

Sorry for replying late. I hope this helps you with making your own crown. :)

holy shit this nail polish thing is so clever! 8O

This would be an amazing way to use up old nail polish…