diy brigid’s cross for imbolc

diy brigid's cross for imbolc

Imbolc is fast approaching – can you believe it’s almost February? If you’re looking for ways to celebrate, here’s an excerpt from the Lavender + Lupine School’s Imbolc course, a mini course all about Imbolc! If you’d like the full course, you can enroll here for just $15. Otherwise, enjoy this tutorial!

Brigid’s crosses are meant for protection of the home. Keep yours on your altar, at your doorway, or over the hearth to invite protective energies into your space.

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One of the symbols of Imbolc is called a Brigid’s Cross, named for the goddess Brigid. It’s not known how the cross originally came to be: some say it’s meant to represent the sun or the crossroads, both of which are associated with Brigid. It is, however, one of the many Pagan symbols that was later adopted by Christians as Paganism began to be stamped out. Today you’ll see this cross commonly associated with St. Brigid, but its roots date back far earlier to ancient Pagan days.

Although it looks a little complicated, it’s actually really easy to make your own! Traditionally, Brigid’s crosses are made from reeds, straw, or rushes, but I made mine out of pipe cleaners because they were easier to find and I could choose the colors.

As you weave your pieces together, envision the return of the sun after a long winter. Use this as a meditative way to connect with the world around you and feel the same energies our ancestors would have felt years ago as the seasons began to change. Once finished, you can hang it on your wall or use it to decorate your altar for the Sabbat.

diy brigid's cross for imbolc

You will need:

  • Pipe cleaners, straw, reeds, or another slightly stiff material that can be bent
  • String or twine to tie off the ends (optional, as you can always tie the ends with the same material it’s made of)

Step One: Place one pipe cleaner (or whatever you’re using) down on a flat surface.

diy brigid's cross for imbolc

Step Two: Fold another pipe cleaner in half. Sandwich the first straight pipe cleaner between the two halves of the second so that the second one sits about halfway up the first.

diy brigid's cross for imbolc

Step Three: Turn the whole thing 90 degrees. Fold a third pipe cleaner in half. Sandwich the second pipe cleaner between the two halves of the third.

diy brigid's cross for imbolc

Step Four: Turn the whole thing 90 degrees. Fold a fourth pipe cleaner in half and sandwich the third between its two halves. You should now have a cross shape.

diy brigid's cross for imbolc

Step Five: Continue around the cross until you feel it looks finished. You can aim to use a number of pipe cleaners that’s significant to you if you’d like – it’s common to use 12 or 16, but I just went with what I thought looked best. Once it’s done, tie off the ends using either string or extra pipe cleaners so that it keeps its final shape.

diy brigid's cross for imbolc

A tip: I thought there would be more weaving involved in this, but there’s really none at all – you’re literally just folding each pipe cleaner in half around the rest of the pipe cleaners. Don’t worry if it looks wonky at first, it all comes together once you tie the ends off (at least in my opinion!)

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How are you celebrating Imbolc this year? Do you have any favorite traditions? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

announcing the modern witch’s guide to imbolc

announcing the modern witch's guide to imbolc

Now that the excitement of Yule is over, it’s time to turn our focus to the next stop on the Wheel of the Year: Imbolc! Imbolc is a celebration of the coming spring and, traditionally, the goddess Brigid.

This year, The Witch of Lupine Hollow and I are teaming up to create one mini-course for each Sabbat. These courses are only $15 and will each contain 12 lessons about the history, correspondences, and astrology of the Sabbat, as well as recipes, crafts, and ritual ideas to help you celebrate!

Here are the lessons you’ll find in The Modern Witch’s Guide to Imbolc:

Section One: What is Imbolc?

  • In the first section, you will learn about the sabbat and its history. Plus, you’ll receive some useful correspondences for plants, crystals and more that will help you create extra powerful magick this time of year.
Section Two: Recipes
  • Snag our delicious recipes for butter scones, braided bread and even an essential oil diffuser blend!
Section Three: Decor Ideas
  • Craft tutorials and seasonal altars are the name of the game in this section!
  • Decorate your space for Imbolc with paper snowflakes and learn how to make traditional Brigid’s crosses.
  • Set up a mini Imbolc altar or something more elaborate. You can even set up your altar outside in the snow!
Section Four: Spells and Rituals
  • In the final section, we will give you the tools to practice magick and hold rituals for Imbolc.
  • Plus, we will share ideas for working with your grimoire this time of year and information about the moon and astrology during Imbolc.
You’ll also get access to our exclusive Facebook group. Just click here to sign up!
announcing the modern witch's guide to imbolc

In addition to the new series of courses, we are also launching a free email course, The Modern Witch’s Guide to the Sabbats! Sign up and you’ll receive two emails per month about the upcoming sabbat for the duration of 2018, including previews of the paid sabbat courses.
If you are still having some questions or are wondering if the course is right for you, check out the Frequently Asked Questions below:

Q: How long is this course?

The course features 12 lessons with text and images. We suggest working through one lesson per day so you can really soak it in, but you are encouraged to work at your own pace!

Q: How long will I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you sign up, you will always have access to this course through the Teachable account you will create at checkout.

Q: How advanced are the lessons?

Witches of any level will enjoy this course. We have intentionally focused on a variety of topics so as to appeal to a broad range of modern witches and their varied spiritual practices.

Q: Is there a free version of this course?

Though we do not offer a free course specific to Imbolc, we bet you would LOVE our free email course, The Modern Witch’s Guide to Sabbats!

Click here to sign up now and you’ll receive emails twice a month with tips for the upcoming sabbat and previews of the paid course material.

Q: What if I want access to more than just this one course?

We’re flattered and excited that you want even more Lavender + Lupine lessons! Sign up for our Lifetime Access bundle and you will be guaranteed access to all current and future courses in the school.

I’m so excited about this new project of ours and I’m so ready to celebrate Imbolc with all of you! I hope to see you there! <3

spiritual state of the union

my current witchy spiritual beliefs

This post is probably going to be a bit on the rambly side, so I apologize in advance, but I thought it would be fitting to start off the new year with some musings on my current spirituality and where I am in my path (both for my own reference and so you know what you’re getting into by reading my posts, haha!)

I also just want to let you guys know that even if your spiritual path is very different from mine, please don’t feel unwelcome or unwanted in this space. This blog is for everyone, and even if we have different opinions or experiences I think we can learn so much from each other! With that said, here are a few thoughts on my current spiritual beliefs and what my plans are for 2018.

my current witchy spiritual beliefs

The things I know for sure: my spirituality is deeply rooted in the earth. I believe humanity’s salvation lies in reconnecting with nature and in empathy for all living creatures. I don’t kill or harm anything or anyone in my practice (although I’m all for other people cursing if that’s what works for them!) I’m interested in learning more about plants and how to work with them medicinally and spiritually, and volunteering outside to tend the earth is high on my priority list for this year.

I’m not vegan, but I am mindful about the food I eat and where it comes from. I eat mostly plant-based with some organic, humanely raised meat thrown in the mix. I think it’s important that when financially possible, we support companies that are working to do good in the world even if it costs a little extra. But I also feel strongly that diet is personal and eating organic is a privilege. Not every diet can or will work for everyone, and not everyone is in a place where they can afford to pay more for the food they eat and that’s okay.

I believe that we are all energy and that energy connects us all. I believe there is a collective consciousness that we can all access if we so choose. I believe that crystals are powerful tools for healing and that tarot can help us unlock our deepest secrets. I believe, to an extent, in reincarnation, although this is a belief that needs further exploring to put my finger on exactly what I think. I follow the Wheel of the Year and the cycles of the moon, and these help me stay grounded.

my current witchy spiritual beliefs

I’ve never been in a coven and I’m still not sure if it would be right for me (if only because my own path is kind of all over the place, so it would be hard to find a group of people that were 100% on board with the things I believe) but I do think I’ll be seeking out some in-person Pagan groups or meetups in 2018. The solitary path can be incredibly lonely, and it would be so fun to have a group to celebrate the Sabbats or have deep spiritual conversations with. If you know of any groups in the Nashville area, let me know – I’d love to check them out!

my current witchy spiritual beliefs

In 2017 I went back to my roots and did some reading about Wicca. When I first started my path I knew that wasn’t the right road for me – I knew that in order to discover what felt right for me, I couldn’t ascribe to anything with its own set of rules or structure. Now, though, I find myself craving more structure in my practice, and I’ve sort of done the opposite of what most people do: people tend to start with Wicca and then leave in favor of finding their own path, but I’m drifting more towards Wicca now that I realize how much my own path aligns with it.

In real life I tend to tell people I’m Wiccan because it’s easier than explaining the concept of witchcraft, but it’s not really that simple. I struggle with the idea of deities as beings – I can get on board with deities as a form of energy, but I don’t think that working with them as actual divine beings is something that will ever work for me. That’s a core tenet of Wicca, of course, is working with the God and the Goddess, so it feels wrong to want to call myself that if I can’t get on board with what’s at the heart of the belief, but I’ve also read that there are non-theistic Wiccans so who knows? It’s something I’ll be investigating more in 2018 for sure, as well as unpacking my resistance to working with deities and whether that’s a true belief or if something is holding me back.

I don’t know why I feel such a strong need to label myself or why I balk at referring to myself as a witch outside of this community. I think I’m really just afraid of being judged or misunderstood, which is a silly way to live your life. I’m hoping 2018 will bring some answers about the direction of my path and what’s right for me.

my current witchy spiritual beliefs

Towards the end of 2017, I really fell off the wagon when it came to spiritual practice. I felt so fulfilled over the summer by routinely making time for meditation, gratitude, and ritual, but these things were first to fall by the wayside once things got chaotic in the fall and into winter. I’m hoping I can find a balance of doing these things regularly in 2018 without feeling guilty or ashamed if I just can’t or don’t want to make the time for one reason or another. It’s hard carving out space for yourself when you don’t live alone, but I think for my own spiritual health I’m going to have to find a way.

my current witchy spiritual beliefs

Druidry is something I’m still very interested in. Moving to Nashville gives me the opportunity to connect with a new environment and I’m planning on learning as much as I can about the local plant and wildlife. I’m going to start the Druidry course from the OBOD over again once I move to Nashville, since it seemed kind of silly to go through all the effort of learning about Wisconsin’s natural wonders when I knew I was going to be leaving.

my current witchy spiritual beliefs

This year I wondered a lot about Jesus. I was raised Catholic and taught the religion through what was essentially brainwashing from an early age. Once I broke away from that religion I resisted any mention of Jesus and I still feel panicky when surrounded by deeply Christian people. (Not because I have anything against people who are Christian, but just because it gives me flashbacks to my uncomfortable youth.)

The problem I’m having now is that I’ve had Jesus come up as a “sign” at several points in the past few years, but I can’t tell if it’s an actual sign I should trust or if it’s my subconscious coming back to haunt me. I know there are Christian witches out there and believing in Jesus doesn’t mean my path thus far has been wrong, but I just feel deeply distressed that I can’t trust my own mind or experiences on this.

I don’t think this is something I’m ready to deal with yet, but at some point in the future I think I’ll look more into Christian witchcraft or those who work with Jesus as an Ascended Master just to hear about other peoples’ experiences. I harbor a lot of resentment towards my Catholic upbringing because I’m still dealing with the repercussions of it today, and I think I’m going to need to do a lot of work to heal my soul before I can look at any aspect of Christianity objectively.

(Don’t worry, guys – I’d never pull a Doreen Virtue on y’all. Just some thoughts I’ve been having lately.)

It seems to me that my times of soul work come in cycles. 2014 was a big year for that, and so was 2016. I’m thinking that as soon as the dust settles from my big move to Nashville, 2018 will end up being the same. I’m really looking forward to learning as much as I can and finding small, simple ways to integrate my spirituality into my daily life even when things get busy. Here’s to a new year and to figuring out where to go from here!

If you have any experiences with any of this, or if you have any resources you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

2017 reflections + 2018 plans

2017 reflections + 2018 plans

Hey friends! I hope you had a very merry holiday season, whether you celebrated Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, all of the above, or none of them at all.

It’s that time of year again – the time to think about what we accomplished (or didn’t) during the year, and to make plans for the year ahead. I’m going to break mine down into personal, spiritual, and career/blog sections, since those are really the three big chunks of my life at the moment. I’m going to start with the blog stuff so you don’t have to read all the personal stuff if you don’t want, haha!

2017 reflections + 2018 plans

career/blog reflections

This year in April, I quit my full-time job and dedicated my time 100% to blogging and freelance writing. It was both easier and harder than I ever could have imagined, and I wrote about some of my reflections on this already over here. I currently work a part-time retail job to help support myself financially while I grow my freelance career and I’m feeling more stable than I did over the summer when there literally was just no money and it felt like I was working (and I probably was working) 60-80 hours a week for very little pay. Not fun!

In terms of this blog, I’m really proud of the fact that I managed at least one post a month (two for the majority of the year) even when things got tough. The twice monthly posting schedule works well for me, so I hope it works for you, too!

It felt like this year, I got away from what I wanted this blog to be. I really want to share more personal glimpses into my spiritual practice to sort of give examples of how witches like, do the witch thing, so I’m planning that at least once every other month I’ll share a look at my personal practice and how I celebrate the Sabbats/interact with nature/basically integrate my spirituality into everyday life (and how you can too!)

I also realized that my approach to social media needs a serious overhaul. I deleted Twitter altogether because it was more stressful than it was helpful. I stopped posting to Facebook because I had no clue what I was doing, but that’s going to change in 2018. The Lavender + Lupine School of Magick Facebook group will be back with a vengeance (and weekly prompts and other goodies), but my personal/brand Facebook is going to be more about sharing my blog posts as a way for people to keep up with Lavender Moon than it will be an actual active platform. There’s only so much time and energy I have, and I want it to go to the platforms I enjoy using (like Instagram!)

What to expect from the blog in 2018:

  • Changes to my social media promotion: scheduled content on Facebook and Pinterest, more personal and spontaneous content on Instagram
  • More essential oils! (Don’t freak: it’s a good thing.) You all know I’m a Young Living distributor, but the way I was sharing about oils this year felt out of alignment somehow, like it wasn’t the kind of information I enjoyed sharing and felt kind of sales-y. My focus in 2018 will be more about how to use essential oils in everyday life and WTF they even are with less mention of what brand I choose to use. I feel like Young Living is the brand for me, but it might not be the brand for everyone and I never want anyone to feel isolated or called out on my blog for not using the same oils I do.
  • More courses from the Lavender + Lupine School of Magick!
  • Guest posts from other amazing and talented folks in the witch community
  • More personal-ish posts about my spiritual practice and how you can incorporate elements of witchcraft into your everyday life

2017 reflections + 2018 plans

spiritual reflections

This year was a rough one for spiritual work, even moreso because what I needed my practice to be was not something Instagram-able or picture-perfect for the blog. It was messy, imperfect, sometimes rushed, and sometimes forgotten, but it was what I was capable of with the mental health reserves I had this year. (Depression was a big ol’ cloud over the entirety of 2017 and of course I can’t blame all of my failures on that, but damn, it was like moving through molasses.)

I didn’t keep up with the Druidry course I’d started through the OBOD (although I want to come back to it once I’m in a more permanent living situation – more on that later!), I didn’t manage to finish any challenges, and I didn’t really spend much time at all in nature this year.

That said, I was also reminded of the powerful magick within me. I manifested some truly incredible, miraculous things for myself. I realized that my core values were more clear to me than ever and I held on to them even when things didn’t make sense. And I downsized my tarot collection a little to make space for the decks I really use and care about!

Spiritual goals for 2018: 

  • Revisit the Druidry course from the OBOD
  • Meditate 3 times per week (come on, Serena, you can do it!! this is your year!!)
  • GO OUTSIDE at least one day a week and spend some quiet time in nature (walking through the grocery store parking lot on the way back to your car does NOT count)
  • Give seasonal altars a spin. I’ve always changed mine according to my whims rather than the Wheel of the Year, but I think setting up a separate seasonal altar would help me stay in touch with nature a little more.

2017 reflections + 2018 plans

personal reflections

As I mentioned above, 2017 was a rough one for my mental health. I’m happy to say that I’m in a much better place now than I was a few months ago, and a big part of that is having a few things fall into place…

For one, announcement time: in February, my boyfriend and I are MOVING TO NASHVILLE! My parents live down there and I’m so, so excited to live near them again. I love Wisconsin and the entire Midwest, but I think it’s time to head south for a little while. I think it’ll be good for me to know I’ll be there for at least a few years, and I can take some time to get to know the landscape and the local plants.

For another, having a steady paycheck again. This retail job has taken a lot out of me (it’s really hard to deal with the scrutiny of others when you quit a successful corporate job to go back and work with a bunch of high schoolers at the local big box store, but I’m working through that) but honestly I’m in such a better place than I was at my corporate job. Leaving that place has only shown me more how much it was… not for me.

Highlight of the year: I got a cat!! Her name is Luna and she’s the light of my life. She’s so fluffy!!

Things felt a lot like learning to ride a bike in 2017, but I’ve got a death grip on the handlebars and I’m determined to get it down next year.

Personal goals for 2018: 

  • Complete Couch to 5k! I started it in November but the weather quickly got too cold to reasonably run outside. I have a treadmill now, though, so I’m going to try it again in January.
  • Spend more time on my hobbies. I started watercolor painting this year and loved it, but I hardly ever make time for it.
  • Pay more attention to where my food comes from and make ethical choices about the groceries I buy.
  • Stop biting my nails. Like, for real. For good this time.

Overall, while 2017 was probably my hardest year to date (or top 3, at least), I also amazed myself with what I accomplished. I started a freelance writing career from scratch and went from $0 to $1k a month just from that. I kept up with my blog even when I didn’t feel like writing anything and made some amazing new friends along the way. I learned the hard way that you can’t define yourself by just one thing – not your career, not your faith, not your partner or your family – and although I still haven’t really figured myself out, I know what my values are and they’re stronger than ever.

This year felt like the cocoon before a massive transformation. You don’t really understand what’s going on in there, and there’s probably some gross like, bug-slime happening during the process, but the end result is going to be simply magical. So here’s to 2018!

What are you most proud of this year? Do you have any 2018 goals? Let me know, I’d love to hear all about it!!

diy yule pinecone decorations

diy yule pinecone decorations

Hey friends! Yule is almost upon us, and I thought I’d share an excerpt from the free 10 Days of Yule e-course that The Witch of Lupine Hollow and I put together! It’s not too late to sign up if you haven’t already ♥ I know I’m not exactly a witchy Martha Stewart, but I still had fun making these decorations and I think they look really festive on the tree! I hope you like them too!

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While traditional Yule trees were outdoor trees that people would decorate, it’s a more modern tradition to have a tree in the home to adorn with ornaments, garland, and other decorations. Here’s a super easy DIY for pinecone ornaments that you can use to decorate your tree this Yule!

I think it’s a great idea to incorporate a little bit of nature in your Yuletide decor, and pinecones are abundant outside this time of year. If you have a pine tree in your neighborhood, it’s a good idea to gather some pinecone for this craft. If not, though, there’s no shame in buying some from the craft store (like I did!)

diy yule pinecone decorations

Materials:

  • Pinecones (these can be found outside or bought at a craft store)
  • Glitter paint, either in spray paint or regular paint form
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • String
  1. Glitter-fy your pinecones! I chose white glitter because I wanted it to look like sparkling snow, but you can choose whatever color you want. You can make the entire pinecone glittery or concentrate it at the top like I did for an ombre effect. Let the pinecones dry.

  2. Tie the ribbon into enough bows that there will be one for each pinecone. You can make these big or small. As a way to make this step a little more magickal, as you tie each knot, focus on an intention that you have for this season or the coming year. Infuse your intent into each knot.

    diy yule pinecone decorations

  3. Cut the string into pieces long enough to form a loop. This will be how we hang the pinecones on the tree. You can make the loop big, or small if you prefer to use ornament hooks to keep your ornaments up.
  4. Using the hot glue gun, glue the string to the top of each pinecone to make a loop. Use enough glue that it feels sturdy.

    diy yule pinecone decorations

  5. Hot glue each bow on top of the pinecones. You can use the bows to hide the ends of your string if it looks unsightly.
  6. Hang your pinecone decorations on the tree, if you have one, or use them to make a garland to hang around your house!

diy yule pinecone decorations

If you liked this tutorial, there’s more where that came from – get festive and check out our totally free 10 Days of Yule e-course! And a very merry Yule to you and yours <3

10 days of yule – a free e-course for you!

10 Days of Yule
Yule is one of my favorite Sabbats, hands-down. I love winter and everything about the holiday season, and it’s been such a fun journey to see how many of the Christmas traditions I grew up with are rooted in ancient Pagan traditions! Yule is a time for inner reflection, for making peace with the year that’s past, and for celebrating with family and friends. What’s not to love about that?

The Lavender + Lupine School of Magick is proud to announce a totally free e-course to help you get into the spirit of the season – 10 Days of Yule! In it are ten mini-lessons (one for each day leading up until Yule) with some Yule history, crafts, recipes, and rituals. We really hope it inspires you to celebrate this Sabbat in a new and exciting way this year!

If you’re interested to sign up, there are seriously no strings attached – click here to enroll. That’s it! I hope you guys love it! <3

2017 witchy gift guide

2017 witchy gift guide

Hey friends! Oh man, I just love this time of year. I’m one of the (probably many) witches out there who celebrates Yule as well as Christmas, so there’s just tons of holiday excitement happening over here right now. I also can’t help but feel excited about the upcoming new year – I’m one of those people who really does need something like that to jumpstart the life changes I’d like to make, and I’m hoping 2018 will be much kinder and more aligned with my goals than 2017 has been!

I thought I’d put together a little gift guide of some things that I personally think would make lovely gifts for the witches in your life this year. I’m including things that I think would be appropriate for many different types of witches so you can cover all your bases with one handy guide!

All of these photos belong to their respective creators (except for one that is mine, which I’ve noted below), and if your photo is featured here but you’d like it removed please let me know and I’ll take it down straightaway. Without further ado, let’s look at some lovely items, shall we?

2017 witchy gift guide

1. Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace: You guys know I love essential oils, and this necklace is such a pretty way to wear them all day long! All you do is put a drop of your favorite oil on the wooden bead and you’ll be able to smell it for hours. I have a diffuser bracelet which I love, but I’d like to add a necklace to my collection too!

2. Crystal Grid Cloths: If you like doing crystal grids or would like to get started with them, these cloths make it easy: just lay them down and arrange your crystals accordingly. This set comes with three different designs and would make lovely altar decorations, as well!

3. Wheel of the Year: This engraved wooden disc features the Wheel of the Year.  I think this would be so beautiful hanging on the wall in your sacred space or to use for decorating a seasonal altar. You can even choose whether you’re in the Northern or Southern hemisphere!

4. Tarot Card Case: Okay, I obviously have to include the tarot card cases from my boyfriend’s shop. He does amazing work and I have four of his cases, all of which have held up beautifully to being tossed in various bags and opened and closed many times. I used my own picture for this one to show that I use it all the time! If your witch loves tarot, these cases are a super pretty and protective way to transport their favorite deck.

2017 witchy gift guide

5. The Wild Medicine Herbal Deck: This oracle deck is beautiful AND informative! Each card features a herb and its medicinal uses. I think this deck would be lovely for advanced herbalists and beginners alike, as it’s just so pretty. Tamed Wild also has a crystal deck and a moon phase deck if your witch isn’t as into herbs!

6. The Herbal Homestead Journal: Okay yes, another herbal thing. I’ve talked about this little book before and I absolutely love it! It takes you through month by month and gives you projects and recipes to make using seasonal plants. Even if you’re not interested in homesteading, you can learn a lot about working with plants throughout the year by reading a little of this journal every month.

7. The Faerie Handbook: This one is just fun. It’s full of lore, DIY projects, gorgeous photography, essays, and more – all about the world of the Fae. I think this book would be a great gift for any witch, as we all tend to be interested in the fantastical, but especially for any witch that works with the Fae in their practice or has a particular interest in that sort of thing!

8. Crescent Moon Hair Fork: This one is a little pricier, but how stunning are these hair forks? I think this would be a really beautiful gift that they would keep forever. There’s nothing like a truly magical, high-quality accessory, and this one fits the bill.

So there you have it! I hope maybe you feel a little inspired. What’s on your witchy witchlist this year? I’m in need of a good journal – I’m anticipating revamping my spiritual practices in 2018… Let me know in the comments what you’re getting the witches in your life! <3

diy magickal sleep spray (+ a new e-course!)

Hey witches! I’m so happy to announce that after months of hard work, The Witch of Lupine Hollow and I have launched our newest course from the Lavender + Lupine School of Magick, Practical Magick for Modern Witches: Part Two! While it’s billed as a “part two” to the first Practical Magick course, you don’t need to take the first one in order to enjoy the second. The first course covers more of the basics of witchcraft while this second one goes more in-depth about some deeper topics such as history, working with deities, finding your ancestral witchcraft traditions, and more ways to fit magick into your everyday life.

To celebrate the launch of the course, today I’m sharing one of the magickal techniques from one of our lessons: a DIY magickal sleep spray! This spray will help you sleep soundly throughout the night and can aid in dream magick. You can buy sleep sprays at the store, but it’s cheap, easy, and way more magickal to make one yourself!

You will need:

  • A spray bottle
  • 1 oz witch hazel
  • Purified water
  • Lavender essential oil (if this is the only essential oil you have, you can triple the amount and omit the others)
  • Vetiver essential oil
  • Chamomile essential oil

Open the spray bottle and add your witch hazel. Add 10 drops each of Lavender, Vetiver, and Chamomile essential oils. Fill the rest of the way with the purified water and spritz away!

Lavender and chamomile are both calming oils that help you quiet your racing mind, while vetiver is a grounding, stabilizing oil that will help you stay asleep. The finished spray should smell woody and floral at the same time, but feel free to add more or less of the different oils if you don’t like the finished product – if you’re sensitive to smells, you might want to start with five drops of each oil rather than ten, then add more of whichever ones are needed.

If you use Young Living essential oils like me, Roman Chamomile will work just fine for this recipe 🙂 (And if you’re curious about why I chose Young Living, you can read all about it on my Essential Oils page!)

I hope you like this simple recipe, and if you want to see more, sign up for Practical Magick for Modern Witches: Part Two! We can’t wait to see you there! <3

where have i been?! + some recent faves

Hey friends! Long time no see! I pretty much didn’t blog for the entire month of October… I don’t have a good excuse except taking on too many projects and not being able to manage my time very well. This blog is truly my passion project so it kills me when it’s the thing that has to take a back burner, especially during THE WITCHIEST MONTH OF THE YEAR. (I’m seriously so bummed that I didn’t get any good Samhain posts up, although I did write a little about how modern witches celebrate Samhain over on Armorbelle.com if you want to give that a read!)

I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things and finding ways to balance my part-time job, my freelance work, and everything else I need to do to live. My priority right now is catching up on the freelance stuff I’ve fallen behind on, because that pays the bills, and working on finishing up Practical Magick for Modern Witches: Part Two, which launches November 18th and is available for pre-order now! I might be scarce until then, but I’m not dead, I promise.

In the meantime, here are a few random favorites I’ve been loving lately!

1. Dose of Paper makes the most beautiful, incredible custom journals. I just commissioned one from them and I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can share it with you!!

2. Did you hear that James R. Eads is doing another run of the Light Visions Tarot?! This is probably my holy grail tarot deck and I’m so excited to finally have the chance to get my hands on a copy!

3. I’ve been reading a lot of what Layla Saad has been writing about race and racism, particularly in the spiritual community. See her wise words on her website, Wild Mystic Woman, or follow along on her Facebook. We white women have a lot of work to do.

4. Also relevant, this article from Asali Earthwork: Black Women and Femmes Aren’t Only Relevant When We’re Angry.

5. Thinking of hopping on the travelers’ journal bandwagon… This lilac one from NayaPaperie is so up my alley!

And that’s about it for me! I’m recovering from a bad virus that completely knocked me off my feet this week, so I’m enjoying taking it slow and drinking hot tea. I hope you’re having a wonderful week, and that November treats you kindly! <3

6 ways to take your spiritual practice on the go

6 ways to take your spiritual practice on the go

If you travel a lot, you might have realized that it can be really hard to stay in touch with your spiritual side when you’re on vacation. Especially if you’re traveling with family or friends – while it’s usually nonstop fun, the key word there is “nonstop.” Everyone wants to hang out and do things and you feel bad saying no, even if you’re starting to feel a little disconnected from your spiritual practice. Have you ever felt that way before?

I travel kind of a lot, mostly because my parents live ten hours away in a different state and I like to go visit them. I’ve had to come up with a few ways to keep up with my spiritual practice even though I can’t exactly bring my whole altar with me when I go. Here are 6 ways I like to take my spirituality “on the go!”

6 ways to take your spiritual practice on the go

1. take a book

I love taking books wherever I go – the back seat of my car looks like a (very disorganized) traveling library. I’ve found it’s really helpful for me to take books that are relevant to my spiritual practice with me on trips, because while it’s often hard to carve out time to actually practice my spirituality on vacation (doing a moon ritual while my family members look on in horror? no thank you) it’s often much easier and less conspicuous to find time to read.

Having a book about my spiritual practice on hand helps me stay connected to that part of me even when the rest of my routine might be disrupted. I especially like bringing books about tarot, since I usually have a deck with me as well. Some of my favorites (these are affiliate links) are:

2. create a travel altar

I’ve seen these all over Tumblr and while I haven’t officially made one yet, I think they’re a great idea! Take an empty Altoids tin or other small container and fill it with some tiny versions of your essentials – a tea light candle, a tiny stick of palo santo, some little crystals, a sigil drawn on the tin itself, a picture of your deity, etc. This way if you DID want to do a ritual while you’re away from home, you have all the components you need right with you!

If you don’t want to go all-out and create a little kit, you can still bring a few small items with you just in case you’d like to use them. I have a little pouch that I keep some crystals in while traveling so they don’t get damaged, and I always have a tarot deck and my favorite essential oils on hand as well! I know that in a pinch, I could use those items to craft a spell or ritual if I really had to (like if I needed a spell to help me find something, or for safe travels.)

6 ways to take your spiritual practice on the go

3. collect new items from your destination

Vacation is a great opportunity to connect with a different environment than the one you’re used to. Maybe you live in a landlocked area but are visiting the sea, or vice versa. It’s a fun idea to collect natural items from your destination that you can use in your spiritual practice in the future. For example, collecting seawater or seashells to use in a future spell or ritual (I did this over the summer when I went to North Carolina!) or maybe finding a nice-looking stick that you could use to make a wand.

Even if you don’t come away with anything, spending time experiencing a new area will give you a chance to observe how nature looks and feels in a new place. This can help you deepen your appreciation for this beautiful planet, which to me is a spiritual act in and of itself!

4. bring a deck

As I mentioned above, I always like to have a tarot deck with me. Tarot and oracle decks are amazing spiritual tools that also happen to be really portable. It’s easy to spend a few moments each morning drawing a card for your day, which gives you practice and keeps you rooted in your spiritual routine even while you’re away.

It’s also good to have them on hand just in case you end up needing them! It can be fun to read for new friends you meet during your travels, or to consult them if you’re having a personal crisis of some kind. It can never hurt to have a deck you love and understand on hand.

6 ways to take your spiritual practice on the go

5. carve out some alone time

With all the hustle and bustle that goes on during vacations, it’s a good idea to find some alone time to help you center yourself and do some of the things you like to do every day back home. I think the biggest problem (at least for me) is that I feel like if I can’t have a whole hour to myself at least, it’s not even worth it. But that’s not true! Fifteen minutes is enough time for you to meditate if you wanted, draw some cards, do some yoga, or just sit there in thought without distraction.

You might not get to do all of the things you’d normally do as part of your routine, but something is better than nothing. Keeping those habits alive for just a few minutes a day will make it easier for you to get back into the swing of things at home.

6. journal

Finally, journaling is something you can do from anywhere! Write about how the trip makes you feel. Do you feel disconnected in your new surroundings, or do they make you feel alive? Is this trip making you realize anything about yourself? Often I find that trips make me feel REALLY inspired in one way or another, but if I don’t write that down then it ends up being totally lost! A trip can disrupt your everyday routine just enough for you to realize what’s working and what’s not. Use that to your advantage and take note of every little detail – you can sort through it all when you come back.

So those are my tips for keeping up with your spiritual practice when you’re on the go! While it might not look the same as your everyday spiritual practice, it’s a good opportunity to try new things and gather a new perspective.

What are your favorite ways to stay in touch with your spirituality when you’re on the go? I’d love to hear all about it! <3