Good Witchy Morning: 6 Ways to Start Your Day Out Right

I know it’s fall, the time of year when leaves turn and drift to the ground leaving trees barren and flowers go to bed for the winter, but for me, it is time to come alive. I know there MUST be some summer lovin’ witches out there somewhere but for so many of us fall is our jam.

Here in Las Vegas, summer is like pure torture for me. It’s hotter than Hades and I don’t care to be out in it at all if I can avoid it. It’s time for me to hibernate in the cool A/C. So what goes along with hibernation? Lazy ways and days.

Any good habits I have throughout the year suddenly disappear as I go into sloth mode. So every fall, as the clock moves back that dreaded hour I have to kick it into gear once the body adjusts. And this year is no different.

So how does a good, mindful witch go about starting her day off right?

Gratitude

The very first thing I do when I wake up is say thank you to the Universe. Every step I take to the bathroom is another “Thank you”. Giving gratitude for the bounty in the Universe aligns your energy up to receive more goodness. And I want as much good stuff (and less of the bad juju) that the Universe can give me.

Hydrate.

After a good tongue scraping (first order of business in my morning to get all the yucky bacteria out), I drink a big glass of water with lemon to hydrate the body and wake up the liver. I used to be great at drinking lots of water but fell off the wagon so I make sure it’s the first thing I drink before grabbing a cup of tea or coffee.

Move.

Maybe it’s a walk, maybe sun salutations. Maybe I turn on the Troll soundtrack and dance to Justin Timberlake’s Hair Up (thanks to my granddaughter Salem that’s a dancing fave). I enjoy walking outside (summertime is a big negatory though) because it’s getting out in nature and well, I’m a witch. I have a natural affinity for nature, I can’t help myself. I think we are all distant cousins of Snow White or something.

Mindfulness.

For me, this looks like a combination of things. I start in prayer. I give thanks, put in requests, ask for guidance, etc. Then I meditate for however long feels right. When I first began meditating in 2008 I would set a timer. Back when 2 minutes felt like an eternity, but now 20 can seem like 5 so I just go until I feel like coming out of it. Some days that could be 5 minutes and others might be 30.

After meditation, I then do distance Reiki for myself and others. I keep a Reiki box on my meditation altar and add people’s names to it each month. I give Reiki to the box intending it for every person whose name is in the box, including my own. It makes it a very convenient way to give many people energy healing at the same time.

Mind Map.

This is basically planning my day or journaling but different than just making a to-do list. It’s also manifesting a good day. I may start with my to-dos and brain dumping my thoughts onto paper but then I envision my day playing out in the most beautiful, inspired way. And I call it in to be. And sometimes it works and sometimes it misses the mark. But I always feel as if it makes a difference. Practicing your manifestation skills is always a great way to start the day for any witch in my book.

G, S, & P.
Ground, surround and protect. If you haven’t downloaded my meditation I highly suggest it. If you are empathic, and I know you are, then you do not need to put yourself at risk by traversing the world unprotected. You need to ground, surround and protect your aura every single day and on those days that are really a bitch, do it twice…or maybe 3 times. If you are going out into large crowded areas like concerts, games, or heaven forbid Walmart! G, S & P!!! You can find my meditation HERE

Then I get my coffee or tea and social media on. And I always stir a little good luck spell as I stir my cream deosil.
Three times three
Good luck I’ll see
For mine and me
And so it be.

If you don’t have a morning routine for your witchy ways I strongly suggest you get something in place to start your day off on the right foot. Putting positive energy into your mind and into your life before you go out into the world. And always ground, surround and protect. Your aura (and nerves) will thank you.

3 Reasons Witches Need to Meditate

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a meditation freak. I mean that in the kindest, most endearing way, lol.
I love meditation. I think the world would be a much better place if only everyone would only commit to daily mindfulness practice. I think it is a damn near cure-all from high blood pressure to ingrown toenails. Ok, so maybe the toenail thing is in jest, but it does help A LOT of ills, especially since it’s estimated that stress causes or exacerbates over 80% of all illnesses.
All this being said I think witches, in particular, should meditate for 3 specific reasons all on their own.

1) FOCUS
If you want to manifest, and I know you do because that is what spellwork is all about, you need great focus and intent. Meditation increases focus significantly.
In a 2012 study by neuroscientist Giuseppe Pagnoni, he found that a test group of Zen meditators, who had been practicing daily meditation for at least 3 years, showed not only changes to their brain patterns but also significant benefits in their mental focus. These results were shown in their ventral posteromedial cortex during an MRI taken while conducting the study.
So, if you want the ultimate focusing ability while you are setting your intention during your next candle spell and giving all your power while watching that flame burn, get your meditation on.

2) PSYCHIC ABILITIES
Up your 6th sense game hardcore.
The fastest and I think the easiest way to grow your psychic abilities? Meditate. Every. Damn. Day.
It unlocks and activates parts of your brain that science isn’t even talking about. It not only activates your 7th Chakra but also your 8th Chakra which is all about spirit communication. So if you are meditating every day expect mediumship abilities to start up or to improve if you had them before.
*Note-If you don’t want your house to become a local hangout for spirits stopping by for directions or a chat, set some boundaries from the get-go.

3) INCREASE YOUR MEMORY
There is A LOT of shit to remember as a witch. And being in perimenopause where hormones have kidnapped my memory and are holding it hostage let me tell you desperately grasping at what you once knew is a pain in the ass. I mean there are herb qualities, essential oil and what they do, spells, tarot meanings and the difference between widdershins and deosil to name a few. I mean, come on! I need all the help I can get, how about you?

Does meditating occasionally versus every day have the same effect?
No, no it doesn’t.
Straight up. Hardcore fact.
You are building neurological superhighways.
Grooves in your brain.
Think of a well-traveled dirt road.
You can’t build those with occasional meditation. It takes a daily connection to send those happy little dendrites and neurons down their path to their new destination. The more you do it the more dendrites are born and the faster the neurons can travel. It’s science yo.

So, as a matter of upping your witchy game. Try devoting 5-10 minutes of your day to meditation practice. And if you don’t feel like you get it right today, try again tomorrow, and then the next day, and the next. It’s called a practice for good reason.

The Mystic’s Circle

I had this idea, as I am wont to do on occasion.

This idea was to create a learning circle of all things witchy and woo.

Something like an online coven…but different. Something more.

A place to get how-to videos, to see how things are done, to have classes, get insight and info. To gather on the full and new moon. A private Facebook group for more group mentoring and all the other goodies that FB groups have, such as, weekly card pulls, Tarotscopes, guest speakers, and Q & A hours.

And then I gave it the name The Mystic’s Circle.

And this felt right in my soul.

When I began so many years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. Back then there weren’t many resources if you weren’t Wiccan. A few books were making their way out into the world, but they weren’t practical guides. They were filled with information but not “here-this is how it’s done” examples. As a solitary practitioner, you were left wondering if you were doing it “right”.

It took a lot of time, studying and hands-on work to get a feel for things.

There is no real “right way”. There are standard ways of doing things and tried and true ways of doing things, but we all have our flair. Some processes have certain required steps for specific reasons like when working with herbs, but most things are flexible and fluid allowing you to go with the flow.

But with that being said, it is still nice to see magick and woo in action and to know WHY things are done a certain way and then adapting from an educated standpoint.

When I joined a coven 10 years ago, there was so much I loved about it. The sisterhood and the hands-on lessons and seeing how others practiced magick. But there was a lot I didn’t like, such as other people telling me how to connect with my Divine (a big one for me) and the ego of my particular High Priestess and all the pot stirring (and I don’t mean cauldrons!)

I desire to bring the best of coven life together with a classroom setting and make it something special and fun. I want to provide opportunities that weren’t available to me. I felt like I was blowing in the wind for eons and I want you to feel like you have it pulled together.

The Mystic’s Circle will help you gain knowledge and have that circle of solidarity without anyone inserting themselves as High Priestess. It will offer a safe place for you to celebrate in ritual the cycles of the moon and what they represent. It will help answer questions no matter how “silly” or “small”. It is meant to be a haven for all things witchy and woo. And I would love for you to join us.

It opens on October 31st. To learn more and get on the no-obligation interest list click below! This is going to be so much fun.

To Witch or Not to Witch

In case you’ve wondered where I’ve been, why there’s been no blog posts I’ve been caught up in my mind trying to make sense of things. Specifically, whether to witch or not to witch. That was my question.

I don’t mean in my private life because even if I don’t practice spellcrafting I’m still a witch. What I mean is professionally. Out loud. In pubic and all.

This is why. Every time I’ve been out front and center with my practice, it attracts unsavory things: people and energy. I try to keep things in a positive energy. I LIKE being freaking Glinda ok? So rainbows don’t shoot out my butt when I fart, but I like to feel my feels and then get back to light asap because I PREFER happiness and joy.

So when these negative people sending their negative energy to me and my family it makes me doubt what I am doing. My priority is to keep my family safe and well. My business running well.

And then there are the clients who want me to do questionable (according to MY personal ethics) spells.

The times I’ve pushed my ethics to their limits and done them they usually don’t work (I wonder why???) and then the client is dissatisfied and there is more negativity. The smudge on my aura from working outside my own moral code and the negativity from making someone unhappy is something I prefer to avoid just as much as the on purpose attacks people send.

I considered just shutting it down. The whole thing. Closing up shop and being done with it all.

Only I LIKE spellwork. I LIKE herbal work. I LIKE being a witch and doing witchy things for a living.

So what to do?

I added Reiki to my Freeze Spell and I froze (and freeze) ALL the people sending me negative juju. I ground, surround and protect daily. And I am getting back on track with my daily meditation practice (fell off the wagon after 10 years-sad face). I’m keeping my area clean, ok? I keep my broom in my office and am trying to use it regularly instead of just for ceremony.

I also revamped my spiritual practice because I am a spiritual witch. It’s just who I am. We all have to be true to who we are-whoever that may be. I’m eclectic in my spellwork yes, how I identify is as a spiritual witch. My philosophies in Buddhism, Taoism, paganism, Spiritualism, Oneness, the 8 Limbs of Yoga all come into play when I practice my craft. So, I am implementing more of them into my spellwork.

I am also no longer doing spellwork for other people. I am still creating spell kits, beginner witch kits, teaching courses, and will soon have a membership site, but I will not be doing spells or making custom spells for people.

There are plenty of people who are fine working in gray areas or even black magic because they are able to balance it out. I am not. That’s NOT to say they are “bad” and I am “good”. They just have a different way of coping with it. Different beliefs that make it possible. Isn’t that part of what magic is about-what you believe to be true? You have to find the balance that is right for you. Because staying true to who YOU are is what sits right in your soul. It is what attracts the right things into your life or not.

So, with the help of my daughter we are going to be changing things up a bit. My social media, my items in the store, and like I said I am soon opening up a members only subscription site, The Mystic’s Circle that will be about all things witchy and metaphysical. There will be mini-lessons from how-to call the elements to how to make an herbal infusion, to casting certain spells. Also, new moon and full moon gatherings on Zoom each month and a private Facebook page. So, while I took some time off to get right in my head I’m coming back new and improved. Oh, the membership starts on Halloween.

If you are interested you can get on my interest list HERE. Being on the interest list doesn’t mean you are obligated in any way. It only means you will receive an invite from me on Halloween to join The Mystic’s Circle.  If you do join you will receive 50% OFF your first month. The space is limited for the $27 a month Introductory Pricing. But once you sign up at that price and stay active your pricing will never increase.

Why the Future is So Hard to Tell

Tarot cards Tarot, the wheel of fortune card in the foreground.

Over the years people have come to me with a lot of questions regarding spirituality and magick. Some questions I remember to take note of and some disappear from my mind as soon as I’ve given an answer (or attempted to).

This one came up again recently and I immediately thought ‘blog post!!!’.

Q: Why IS the future so hard to tell with complete accuracy?

A: The future is not stationary.

In the Akashic Records, there is kept every record of every past life for every person, as well as their current life and every record for every POSSIBLE future. It is every changing with the choices we make.

We are given Free Will on this planet. At any moment we are able to change our mind. That ability is what dictates our future.

So when you go for a reading you are being told the future as given like a snapshot in time. The future as of that moment, or as it is for your Best and Highest Good.

When you leave you have two options. 1) Take the advice given to you and walk toward the future shown. Or ignore it and choose another path.

The two different paths can alter reality. In Quantum Physics it is believed these different choices create parallel universes or multiverses. Each major choice causes a ripple producing a new universe where there are two lives happening. One experiencing choice A and the other living choice B.

Sometimes people come for readings ONLY to hear what they want to hear. When they don’t get the validation for their feelings they poo-poo the reading and go back to doing what they want anyway, and most often times change the fate of the reading and then get to sit back and say “See, I knew that psychic was full of crap.”

But sometimes, we get to see beyond all the mess, we get to see that the person is obstinate, won’t listen, will make the opposite choices and will end up someplace different than their Best and Highest Good and then we have the choice to ruin your day or try to sugar coat it a bit to make the unfortunate news go down easier.

So new readers know when you feel like you nailed the reading but they come back and tell you otherwise, it isn’t just up to you. They have the control to bring the future you see to fruition or not. Their Free Will can lead them down a different path. Sometimes it will eventually lead them back to where you saw them at, but not always and that is ok. Not even the Akashic Records has it nailed down.

7 Fabulous Ways to Get Back on Your Spiritual Path

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Have you ever told the Universe to piss off?

Less than a year ago I got angry at the Universe/God/Goddess, pick one I don’t care, and I decided-screw it, you’ve apparently given up on me so I’m giving up on you. I threw out 10 years of almost daily meditation. I threw out my loving, Oneness, peaceful thoughts. I pretty much stopped praying except occasionally when I forgot I was being angry and bitter and let a prayer slide in at bedtime. I thought I was done.

This happened during the worst year of my life and I’ve been around the sun now 48 and a half times and been through some heavy shit.

It was ok for a while, but then I noticed myself getting grumpy and impatient. I noticed myself bitching behind the wheel of the car instead of just going with the flow. I saw that I wasn’t as quick to make healthy choices either and the 10 pounds I fought so hard to lose quickly piled back on. I had zero energy or motivation. And worst of all? I began to feel alone. And with that came depression.

I’ve made some changes since I realized I was depressed. Largely I DO things and work on BEing present instead of worrying about what might happen. Or fretting over what has already happened. But the truth of the matter is I wanted, or needed, to get back to the essentials. I needed to get back to my spiritual center.

Maybe you’ve been floundering too, we are living in precarious times after all, and you just want to find your happy place. Well here are some practical steps I’ve found that are helpful for your soul’s well-being. Steps that help raise your vibration and help you feel that connection once again.

1) Ground Yourself

If you aren’t into meditation or if you’re struggling to reconnect with that practice, at least take a few minutes to ground yourself.

Sit with your feet on the floor or stand. Visualize or imagine that your spine is a tree trunk and your pelvis is the base of the tree. From the pelvis flowing down your legs are the roots, so tender and yet so strong, down they flow towards your feet, out your feet, and into Mother Earth. They connect you to her and bring you peace, love, and contentment. Take a moment to relish the connection to that energy and just BE.

2) Be in Nature

Take 5 minutes and go outside. Watch the branches of the trees sway in the wind. Watch birds hop along looking for tasty nibbles. Feel the sun on your skin or soak up the beautiful moonlight. Breathe and just BE.

Nature is the direct expression of The Divine. Being in nature is like basking in its energetic glow. But you must be PRESENT, just walking through the park doesn’t cut it if you aren’t taking note of the beauty that surrounds you.

3) Malas & Mantra

Whether you’re praying the holy names of god or chanting a mantra that you created there is great power in the rhythm and vibration of sound. Malas have 108 beads for your mantra counting, just the perfect amount to get you deep into the healing space of the energy. Meditating this way is so easy and focused.

I have a few Reiki-infused Chakra and purpose driven malas in my store, you can see them HERE. I’m working on more designs (and better pictures) right now. I also create custom malas that are designed according to the needs of your personal energy.

4) Journaling

Getting things out of your head and down on paper is so healing. I’ve never been great at journaling. Only doing it sporadically when I feel I really need to release something within. But whether you do it sporadically or every day there is great healing within the confines of those pages you keep. I found a book called Journal Like God by Maryann Patalano that was helpful.

5) Forgive, forgive, forgive

Forgive yourself for going through a difficult time. For giving up on practices you KNOW are for your best and highest good. Forgive the guy who cut you off and drives like an asshole. Forgive your dog for peeing on the floor after just coming in from outside. Forgive Tommy in 2nd grade for telling you that you were a dumb, fat, stupid-head. It truly lightens your load and loosens the tightness in your chest. Forgiveness opens your heart chakra more than anything else.

6) Gratitude

Be grateful. For everything. We have shitty days. But there are good things even within the shittiest of days. Stop and take notice of those.

For 4 years I’ve been part of a Facebook group that counts their gratitudes DAILY. You seriously check in each and every day or make it up if you miss a day, or you’re out. This year we’re being VERY lenient and only listing 5 gratitudes. The other three years have been ten. 3,650 gratitudes a year. That takes some serious digging some days but it trains you to look for the good stuff. If you think you have what it takes, find me on Facebook and we can add you for 2020.

7) High Vibe Diet

By this, I mean eating foods with the highest vibrational frequency to uplift your own frequency instead of bringing it down. So no processed food and honestly no dead food. Dead food has a vibrational frequency of ZERO. None. Kaput. It’s why I became vegetarian 6 years ago (and then it later was because of the animals, but honestly it was vibration first). Processed food, has a vibration of 500-0 Hz. While raw fruits and veggies vibrate at 9,000-12,000 Hz. Cooked veggies are around 1000 Hz. You want to aim for about 50,000 Hz. So you don’t have to give up meat (or processed foods) completely if the idea makes you want to cry, but do the math and cut WAY back.

Not only does it help with your physical health, but also mental, emotional and energetic health. Eating vibrationally is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Doing these things in bits and pieces or in one giant bite will help you feel better. It helps you connect with your Higher Self and The Divine. When we feel that connection (and it’s completely a misconception on our part because we aren’t ever not connected) it is impossible to feel alone.

Just because life seems to have backed up a dump truck on to your life and unloaded a massive pile of crap doesn’t mean the Universe has given up on you. Or that The Divine loves you any less, it means your life path has a lesson for you to learn and this is its chosen delivery system. So pay attention, buckle up and get through it as best you can. And by the goddess learn the damn lesson the first time round.

3 Ways to Protect Your Personal Energy

So you’re at work and SHE walks in the door and all of a sudden you feel your blood pressure rise and your energy drain. Every time she’s near it’s like a dark cloud has passed overhead and a black sludge has filled the air.

She makes work miserable, but what can you do, you NEED your job.

First off, you need to protect your energy. Secondly, there are spells for girls, and men, like that but that’s another blog post.

You can NOT let people like that suck the very life out of you. So here are some helpful tips to block Energy Vampires, Negative Nancys and Bad Bitches & Bros

1) CRYSTALS

I don’t care if you wear them in your bra, although I’ve tried it and ouch, or build a freaking crystal moat around your desk but get yourself some crystals. Ones that repel the negative energy are best.

Smoky Quartz
Black Onyx
Obsidian
Black Tourmaline

Stones that do the hard work of blocking the nasties need extra love, so don’t forget to show it. Now some people will say that stones like black tourmaline that transmute negative energy don’t need to be cleaned, and honestly, I used to think that too. Until I started using them professionally and noticed the amount of BLECH they were still picking up. But if you don’t want to cleanse your stones because it’s been working for you, by all means, do what works for you! I’m just saying a little moonlight or smudging never hurt anyone.

2) ESSENTIAL OILS

You can diffuse them. You can put them on a lava rock bead and wear it as a necklace or bracelet and smell it all day long. You can put it in a spray like the Aura Cleansing Spray I sell (which smells like pure heaven-to get yours click HERE). However, you decide to use it it will raise your vibration so that the lower vibrations have a harder time breaking through. It’s like water off a duck’s back. Just glides on down.

Some great oils to use for this purpose are:

Lemon
Bergamot
Lemongrass (basically anything citrus)
Sage
Lavender
Copal
Myrrh
Frankincense

3) GROUND, SURROUND & PROTECT

You should be doing this every day. And if you are an empath (if you have an aura you are one but some people are more dialed in and more sensitive than others) it is IMPERATIVE you do this for your emotional, mental and physical well-being. No joke. It was the one of the greatest gifts I gave myself.

You want to ground yourself to Mother Earth, Surround yourself, inside and out, with white light to Protect you AND your aura. If you sign up for my Witchy & Woo newsletter you have free access to my members only The Circle page where you can download my Ground, Surround & Protect meditation for free. Sign up HERE.

No matter what tools you are using above the most important step is always setting boundaries. Like protecting your energy, setting boundaries is a huge part of self-care and girl you are worth being taken care of, even if you are the one doing it.

Sometimes it is saying “NO” when people are expecting you to say yes. And you don’t have to explain yourself, no is a complete sentence! Sometimes it is leaving a conversation, or the room when things go south. And sometimes it is straight out telling someone you are in no mood, or have no time, or no energy or desire to deal with their drama. It is ok. Will they think you are a bitch? Probably. So what. Does that person’s opinion really mean that much to you? Or is it worth it not to be dragged down into the muck of yucky energy? Maybe it is time they see things with a new set of eyes anyway, who knows.

So to go forth and live your best life you need to protect yourself before you wreck yourself. And I mean that with love.

5 Herbs for Cleansing and Protecting Spaces

You’ve just shut the door behind the worst house guests EVER! Or maybe your guest is of the spirit nature and they keep turning on the tv in the middle of the night. Or perhaps you and your mate just had a HUGE fight and the energy is SO freaking heavy you could cut it with an athame.

Whatever has your energy in a fit you need some cleansing. Sage is great BUT 1) there is a lot of controversy surrounding the use of white sage and 2) while it is a great cleanser there are a lot of herbs that cleanse AND add back positive and protective energy and those are the ones I love most.

So, what are my top five favorites?

*When I say herbs I am also including resins. I also include tree bark, berries, nuts, grasses, etc, in that group and not just the traditional species of herbs, so there is that.

1. Angelica

I LOVE this herb and it is part of my herbal blend in my Home Blessing Box (for when you are looking to pull out the big guns). It was said the herb appeared in the place where Archangel Michael stood when he made an earthly appearance. It is very high vibe and has a strong cleansing and protective energy. It is also known as Holy Ghost Root and was thought to ward off the plague.

2. Blessed Thistle

This is considered a sacred herb (did the name give it away?) and has strong purification and protection properties. It was another herb that was thought to ward off the plague.

3. Dragon’s Blood

This resin is great for banishing of negativity, evil and spirits but also for protection and healing. I suggest buying this as a loose resin and not an incense stick because too often companies will add artificial fragrance to cut cost instead of pure resin. There are a few reputable companies who sell pure resin incense, I highly recommend Fred Soll’s incense. It’s spendy but it is pure and it is AH-mazing. It also has a very slow burn so you can put it out and burn it multiple times.

4. Frankincense

The holy temples of Egypt used frankincense for purification and healing purposes. They also used it as part of their embalming process. It is considered the highest vibration herb/resin there is. It has long been used for healing purposes too.

5. Hyssop

Hyssop has been considered holy since biblical times, as it is mentioned numerous times in the Bible. It was used to cleanse sacred spaces and was again thought to protect against the plague.

All of these herbs and resins can be burned on a charcoal-whether in place or carried through your home in a censer, a bit added to your laundry or floor wash (EXCEPT for Dragon’s Blood it will stain everything you own), your bathwater, or carried in a juju bag for personal use or in places like your office or car.

Whatever you do, raise the vibe to protect your space, and person, from negative vibes from coming back, that’s very important. If you have a favorite I’d love to hear it.

The Magic of Barcelona

Last month I realized I was depressed.

Shortly after opening my own business in Las Vegas my son began having health problems and then more health problems. Then last year my youngest daughter was fine one day and then the next she wasn’t. So many times I’ve had to drop everything to deal with a sick kid or block out an entire week for hospital stays or a barrage of doctor and test appointments. It’s made me question if I should scale back or maybe even close down for good. And trying to balance both had definitely stolen any and all joy from my life.

There were happy moments but no real joy.

I had decided something had to change. I was hoping my trip to Europe was going to bring me insight. That I would be inspired and know exactly what to do.

Only our vacation was so busy I never had time to sit and be still and and ask the questions let alone hear what the Universe was trying to tell me.

While I took a shower the night we arrived home I stood there thinking about what I loved most about our trip and it was Barcelona. But what was so special about it and how could I add those things into my life here? Did any of it apply to my work? After all, that is where I was looking for answers.

First of all, the energy was amazing. It was relaxed and peaceful and I had the best sleep I’d had in months. Which is amazing because we were right by the train station and I didn’t have the right adapter plugged in so my fan, that I use for white noise, exploded and I fully expected to sleep like crap…and yet I didn’t. So my major take away-getting my life back to a relaxed vibe state is my goal.

So what can be done to get there?

GATHER MORE
I noticed that people in Barcelona love to gather and enjoy each other’s company. They spend time with one another not just a quick hello and yet another promise to “get together soon” and catch up. They actually seem to ENJOY conversing and being around their friends. While I was there I met a friend, who lives there, for Ethiopian food. Watching and listening to everyone around us, even though I don’t speak Catalan or Spanish was intriguing. The only time people were on their phones was to take a group photo.

ENJOY MORE
The food is amazing in Barcelona (patatas bravas anyone?) and they want you to try it all, that’s why they have tapas. Not only do they have tapas, or small bites, but they have outdoor seating all over the city so you can dine al fresco. It’s all about enjoying the experience as much as possible. They want you finish your meal with a cup of amazing cafe con leche, which puts Starbucks to shame, and they want you to enjoy it so badly the waiter won’t bring you a bill until you ask for it. Who are they to say when you are done enjoying your meal?

DO MORE
In Barcelona people charge a fair price for things so that products and services are available to the majority. So, this means you can take 4 tennis lessons for $32 Euro a month instead of $80 a lesson. This gets people out doing and trying new things because it is accessible. I know this isn’t an American thing and it certainly doesn’t change American prices and make it more affordable to do things but my goal is to look for things that are affordable to get out and do. That’s what Meetup is for, right?

CREATE MORE
When you first get to Barcelona you see all this graffiti and honestly it is off-putting. But then it was explained to me that there it is about self-expression and has NOTHING to do with crime or gangs like it does in America. They actually have graffiti walking tours you can go on. While I am still not a huge fan it does make me realize that we all need creativity in our lives. It is a necessity. It is what we were put here to do.

I’m convinced these 4 things will bring much happiness and contentedness. Just thinking about them brings back feelings of being there. I’m shaving off the things I no longer want in my life so I can add these things that I think matter. Some of them are personal and some are work-related as I strive for anything that makes me remotely feel like I did in Barcelona.

I have decided to stop doing readings, at least for the time being, since keeping appointments while balancing my children’s appointments makes me very stressed. Instead I am focusing on creating. Creating more of my magickal and herbal products and malas, too. Creating digital products-I’ve got plans for a digital witchy journal. Staying in that creative flow. More of that and less anxiety.

What things can you shed to make room for the things you love?

The Magic of Black Salt

Any full moon is a great time to make Black Salt, but the upcoming Full Moon on the Spring Equinox will be extra powerful. I make large batches during special Full Moons like blue moons and eclipses because it really gives the salt that extra boost.

So, if you aren’t already familiar with Black Salt and what it does think of it as salt in superhero format. Salt is Clark Kent and Black Salt is Superman. Black Salt cleanses and protects on a whole other level.

Some of the ways that you can use black salt-

1) Keep an open jar on your nightstand to ward against nightmares and night terrors

2) Add a pinch in your bath for a cleansing bath ritual, especially after cutting cords and attachments, (clean out tub thoroughly before next use so you aren’t putting that negative energy back on you).

3) Place an open container on your desk or sprinkle across the threshold of your office or cubicle to keep those Negative Nancy’s out of your space and to ward against gossip and malice. This one you will want to replace often-keep it fresh.

4) After cleansing your home dust along doorways or even the perimeter of your property to keep out unwanted energies.

5) Use in juju bags for protection-cars, homes, overall etc

6) Use in banishment spells or for the removal of hexes.

7) Use in exorcisms or in the removal of unwanted spirits from a space.

8) Use in your mop bucket to cleanse floors and put a protective ward on the ground you walk on.

9) Cast your circle with it for BIG magick.

10) Place a jar under the bed or near the bedside when someone is sick.

There are more ways than that of course because Black Salt will do as you command. Make sure to set your intention firmly.

Great! So how the hell do I get my hands on some? Well, you can purchase it from a professional witch (mine can be found HERE) or magickal shop or you can make your own.

When making your own there are some basic rules.

~Use salt (obvi)

~Use charcoal ash (you can also use incense ash and add activated charcoal powder or some kitchen witches just cook up the salt in a cast iron skillet and this salt comes out a bit pinkish for some reason)

~Use black pepper

Many people stop there, but others, and I, add more protective and cleansing herbs to up the power. Below is a list of common and not so common additives. The more you deviate with other additives though it becomes YOUR salt creation and less Black Salt. That doesn’t make it a bad thing, just not the same thing.

Angelica Bay Leaf Comfrey Devil’s Claw

Eucalyptus Feverfew Holy Basil Lavender

Nettle Poke Root Sulfur

At no time do you want to burn or ingest Black Salt!

So now, you are ready to get busy and mix up a batch. Remember the most important part of the spell isn’t the ingredients but the intentions you set into making it. With every grinding motion or clockwise stir around the bowl tell that salt what you want from it and how powerful it is.

When you are all done store in glass jars.