Archive for October, 2011

Witch’s Ball ~ Beautiful Protection

When you hear the name Witch’s Ball, the first thing that most people think of are the beautiful blown glass creations such as the ones pictured in this post.   A witch’s ball can be one of these beautiful blown glass creations with colors as vibrant as those found in the garden or as deep as the night.

Often used for protection against the “evil eye”, evil spells, sickness and even in ancient times against witches, a witch ball can be not only a useful tool but a beautiful addition to a garden or home!

There are many legends surrounding the Witch’s Ball but most agree that the vibrant colors which swirl together almost magickally in the glass attract harmful energies into it, protecting the home or person who has placed it from that harm.

Witch Balls have been very popular since around the 18th century. First in England, then following into the “new world” and New England, but their actual origin is generally considered to be older.  For what may be well over 3 centuries, hollow glass spheres have been hung in windows to ward off bad luck, witch’s spells and evil spirits.  Hanging these decorative glass balls in the window or on the porch is said to tantalize and mesmerize mischievous spirits which may threaten tranquility and peace within a home.  When the spirit touches the sphere it is absorbed and trapped in the web-like strands of the glass inside the ball.

Witch Balls can range in size from 2 inches to up to 7 inches in diameter.  Crystal gazers sometimes claimed they used balls in which the spirits of dead souls had been banished.  Which then, the seer was thought to be dealing with spirits.

Over time, as if often the case, the philosophy of what a Witch Ball is and should be has changed and number artists over the years have altered the Witch Ball to include vibrant colors, strands inside, twisting patterns and shape.  These new patterns and colors are beautiful to behold, graceful in a garden and can be used to protect the inhabitants of a garden and even draw in Faerie influence with the bright and delightful colors.

In my own home, I have several Witch Balls which serve as reinforcements of peace and tranquility in my home.  Downstairs on the patio I have a beautiful orb of violet and grass green with one of beautiful shades of Cobalt and Sky blues in a leafy holder on my desk upstairs.

Over the years my collection has grown through gifts and my own purchases to include a lovely orange and yellow globe much like the one pictured above (which is on my wishlist as I love the ‘tree’ design on the inside) to having just ordered one for Samhain in the most lovely shades of Black and Orange to decorate outside with!

No matter what you see when you look at a Witch Ball, there is no denying the beauty the patterns in glass which will evoke amazing joy in most people.   The Sacred Mists Shoppe, where I work, has the most amazing diversity in designs for Witch Balls that I have ever seen and desired to get for my home.  The tranquil essence they hold, in my opinion, stems from the beauty and essence of the colors which swirl within each orb.  Decorating a garden with an Orb within a decorative metal stake may attract faeries to bless your garden with.  I will be experimenting with this as I work on my garden this winter and spring, updates will follow. 🙂

Posted on 11 October '11 by , under Life, Sacred Mists. No Comments.

Taking care of you.

Everyday is a hurried through the world kind of day.   Look around you and you will see people running from place to place with little thought about themselves, taking care of this errand, that thing that needed done or those people who need cared for.  Putting ourselves last has, it seems, become almost a national past time.  We look out for work, co-workers, family, friends and lastly ourselves.

This seems horribly off balance to me and one thing that we as spiritual beings can easily fix.  We are walking a spiritual path that encourages the use of meditation, magick and energetic workings to promote balance and care for ourselves and those around us.  Why then, is it we often do not think and take care of ourselves?

It seems my own waking moments are often take up with this worry about getting this task or project done, returning this call, helping out this person or getting through the work day with some semblance of sanity left in an otherwise insane world. 😉

Taking care of yourself can be quite easy and take up very little time in your day.  Back in my First Degree work at Sacred Mists, we were taught the steps of Ritual and to look at our daily routines for the steps of ritual within them.  Somewhere we’ve all moved on and forgotten how easy ritual can be.  We all start the day the same pretty much every day how is this not ritual?

Everyday I wake up, cuddle with my cats and pup for a moment or two.  I get out of bed, do the upstairs cat litter, wash my hands, splash my face, brush my teeth.  Time for a shower, get dressed, breakfast, hubby off to work.  Two days a week the pup stays home with me and three she goes to Daycamp for more playtime than I can give her during the day.

After the hubby goes off to work, my day varies a little depending on the day but it involves the crafting of paper or some other small crafting project that I have started, maybe some light email, some review on the Sacred Mists forums, then I settle down about a quarter till 10 for my day to start.  I light my altar candles (on my desk), a stick of incense and take a deep breath or three to focus on my day.

I work for a couple hours, take a lunch break then get back to work and might take a short afternoon break but often do not because I become so busy I forget.  Sometimes I forget to drink my water on my desk!  These forgets are easy to get past and fix.

Throughout the day, I’ve started taking one or two minutes to focus on my altar candle burning and will send a little reiki to whomever pops into my mind right then.  After this I will spend a moment to be kind to myself.  I will do a couple of deep breath exercises, get out a piece of my Sizzling Spell Paper and cut it into a strip only large enough for an affirmation.  Write my affirmation down and then light it. POOF. A kindness to myself.  It’s been maybe three minutes and I am feeling refreshed now.

Can’t light things at work?  That is OK.  Take a moment and close your eyes, do a deep breath exercise that will bring you back to center.  Don’t forget to smile when doing this!  Your spirit will thank you for the smile!

Get up to use the rest room?  Great take time to be kind to yourself while you are at it.  When washing your hands, look at yourself in the mirror and remind yourself (even silently if there are others around) that you are awesome!

Now…these are just a few ideas that have crossed my mind while writing today, what can you do in your day to make it more magickal AND take care of your own needs and spirit?

Posted on 5 October '11 by , under Life, meditation, ritual, Sacred Mists, Spirituality, Wicca. No Comments.

Time flies

I am sitting here, again in Napa at the home of my best friend.  It’s late at night and my time here is coming to an end as I fly home, what is now later today.

It seems that as each trip comes upon me and then leaves me as I return home, I leave pieces of myself here.  One of the things that I have noticed is that I seem to lose my balance a little bit.  I do not know if this is because in part that I am not in my home with  my own things and surroundings or if it simply because I try to stuff a massive amount of project work into a short period of time.

There are things that I must do each day to keep things flowing and I end up juggling them as I work through projects and other priorities.  This is not a bad thing really.

I started this post last night/early this morning.  Now I am sitting in the airport wiating on time to board and reflecting on my trip a little more.

Each visit I feel like I am leaving bits of myself behind, this is no less true this time than another.  In fact it might be moreso as I have left altar pieces for bedside altar, and my favorite Amethyst stone that has been with me since my first High Priest died many many years ago.

During this trip I managed to work on several projects including some rather large ones that involved roll out of a new Herbalist Course, site reduction, product categorization for in the store, tending to a sick bestie AND making incredibly magickal items which will be unveiled soon in the store (both online and offline I hope).

As Lady Raven and I filled pots, mixed scents, conjured magick, the energy became palpable, the intention thick in the air and pots.  We manifested beautiful things, I am very excited for how they came out.

In the dead of the night when I am able to ponder and and try to make sense of the day that has gone before me all that transpired, the magick created.

I started this entry while I was in Napa still and am finally finding the time to finish it.

Each trip is a catalyst to massive change in my life.  I look in the mirror everyday and see someone different than the day before.  I find gaps in my work day that I can close.  I find ways I can improve myself, my communication and relationships with others.  I simply evolve.

It has been a long time since I have posted and I hope to amend that and post more frequently and more regularly with things happening in my life, things that I am doing and more about my path.

Posted on 5 October '11 by , under Life. No Comments.