Carmin & Azzerac have created "Lodestone & Lady's Mantle", a Witchcraft & Occult Supply Store, founded on the principles of organic ingredients, ethical gem stones, and handcrafted goods, with an emphasis on Artists and the discriminating customer.
I took a week off. For the first time in four years, I actually took a vacation. Road trip to the wilds of Illinois, to meet my sweetie's folks, and explore some of the historic sites, hauntings, and legends of the Prairie State. To be honest, I came away with more questions than answers. Little cemeteries hidden by the wayside, gorgeous old homes falling into ruin, skeletal remains of stories half hidden in the mist. We went searching for the "Ghost House", said to appear on certain nights on a lonely crossroad in McDonough County, and the hidden history of Crybaby Bridge.
All in all, I came back wonderfully relaxed, with a plethora of research material to sort through. I missed you guys!
The shop is back up and running full tilt, and we're shipping out on the regular schedule now. I've also put in a Sales & Specials section in the Etsy shop. Handknit Tarot bags, dream pillows, and Pagan garb are 20% off right now!
"Come To Me is a famous (or infamous) Hoodoo formula, used to attract and seduce a lover.Unapologetically sexual, this powerful attraction formula is handcrafted and all natural, made with soy wax, natural cotton wick, organic herbs, organic roots, organic spices, and natural organic high quality essential oils. These richly scented votives are topped with organically grown rose petals."
To enter to win, leave a comment on this blog post. The winner will be drawn via random number generator June 2nd.
I wrote this to address a problem that many new spell casters face, and a question that has been posed to me many times. "What should I say when casting a spell"?"
Rhyming chants seem so much a part of the archetypal spell. When many people say witch, the first image to pop in their mind are Shakespeare's trio, cackling "double, double, toil and trouble".
But how necessary is a chant in spell casting? First, it's main purpose is to focus your intent, raise, and direct energy. Spells work best when they are personal and tailored to your need, and this is one aspect of the successful spell that is most easily customized to your situation.
Working a spell by rote is fine if the symbolism jives with you. As magic is so much about your own inner workings and landscape, if a chant as written doesn't appeal to you, ditch it and write something better. Rhyming couplets are popular because they are easily memorized after a few repetitions, and your conscious mind doesn't have to focus on them. You can get down to the nitty-gritty of magic while giving your "monkey mind" a bauble to play with.
It all depends on how your senses are aligned. Are you more of a visual person, more attuned with scent, sound, or touch? Always play to your personal strengths, ( whatever they may be), and emphasis those in spell casting.
Basically, you won't get in trouble with the powers that be for flubbing a line, so relax and get to work :)
A belated, blessed Imbolc to you! This is one of my favorite fire festivals, a time to nurture the "fire in the belly"; ideas and plans for the coming months. Though the overtones of the festival are heavily focused on physical fertility, this is a great time to cultivate a fertile mind and spirit, clean out the old, and await the growth sure to come.
Welcome to the new year! Beginnings and cusp times are always magical. They tend to be fraught with danger, as well. Most legends and folk customs involve certain ritual elements to assure good luck for the rest of the year. Lighting a candle to carry light from one year to the next, first footing, eating black eyed peas (one for each day of luck)putting money in every wallet in your home; not to mention the things to be avoided: laundry (lest you wash away members of your family) quarreling (lest you argue and fight the entire year).
In the spirit of the new season, we'd like to offer our wishes for your luck and prosperity throughout the year. Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win a lucky Van Van spell candle! Handcrafted with non-gmo soy wax*, therapeutic grade organic essential oils, organic herbs, with a wee lodestone tucked in to draw good luck, these candles pack a hefty magical punch. Burn to attract good luck in all spheres of your life, particularly love and prosperity. This old time formula is also used to repel malevolent magic, so if you've been having difficulty drawing good fortune due to someone else's meddling hands, it's a potent boost to your spell casting.
The winner will be drawn January 15 via random number generator.
*Non-gmo: soybeans were not genetically modified. Genetically modified crops can have untold, often devastating effects on local flora and fauna. We only use guaranteed non-gmo soy wax to make our spell and ritual candles in the interest of preserving the Earth and our relationship with Her.