Charm Bags

Charm bags are one of my favorite little magics. They are extremely easy, affordable, and best of all, completely customizable. These little bags are versatile and can be used for lots of different spells and blessings. They are also easily tucked away and hidden if you are unable to express your witchcraft openly.

Essentially, a charm bag is simply a bag with one or more magically charged items inside. Depending on your intent and personal preferences, this could mean anything from herbs to metal charms to crystals to words on paper.

The bag part is very easy too. You can buy cotton muslin bags on Amazon.com in a variety of sizes. If you are so inclined, you could sew them yourself! Don’t forget that you can customize the bag part as well, choosing a color or embroidering a symbol on it.

Let’s pick something pretty easy, and useful to just about everyone. Protection while travelling. You could tuck a charm bag for protection in your car or backpack/purse. You could use a Sharpie to write the rune Algiz on the outside of the bag, or embroider it instead (if you wanna get fancy). Draw an angel or consider creating your own sigil. Possible items to put in the bag: an acorn, a chunk of amber, dried basil, cedar chips, some amethyst chips, a metal charm of an angel, rune or symbol of protection, a symbol or representation of a god/goddess or saint of protection.

Really, whatever you like that speaks to you! You could get pretty specific even a create a charm bag to protect you while flying or sailing. Change it up again and make it a protective charm bag for your home or children. Go a completely different direction and make one for restful sleep or to keep negative thoughts away. Having trouble communicating? Make a charm bag for that!

See what I mean by versatile and customizable? They truly are a go-to for all types of things.

A Recipe for Early Spring

A came across this recipe some 15 years ago. It isn’t my own, but I am sad to say the website where it originated has disappeared. Nevertheless, I wanted to share this recipe as one of my first posts on this blog.

I make this cake every year, usually a few times. I find it appropriate to use in celebrations of the coming spring, whether as offering or part of a feast. The texture and taste bring to mind the slow warming of the sun, even when frost still touches the ground in the morning.

I use the term cake loosely. It’s really more of a sweet bread than a traditional cake. It’s very easy to make in that it doesn’t require a lot of fancy ingredients or equipment. I like it topped with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Waking Earth Cake

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Preheat over to 375º F

Combine flours and baking soda in large bowl, stir in vegetable oil and 1/2 cup molasses. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture and set aside.

Add water and additional 1/4 cup molasses to bowl and stir well. Pour into 9 inch greased baking pan. Sprinkle reserved crumble mixture on top.

Bake about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Introducing Witchy Ways

Ages ago, I said I wanted to start a blog for witchcraft. My kind of witchcraft. I never did. I always doubted myself. Who would want to read about me and my own brand of semi-secular, slightly offbeat witchcraft?

Perhaps you don’t. Perhaps you do. Regardless, I have started this blog.

This blog is really for me, but I hope someone out there enjoys it too.