Okhay… you can have more of her.
Goddess of Sexuality, Femininity, Beauty, dusk/twilight, and Hygiene.
DO NOT STEAL OKAY?!
Anyone following the fox news scandal? Well there is a petition now going around and it would mean a lot if you signed it.
If you aren’t up to date check out this link here [x]
Basically Fox News bashed everything we know and love. The video is enraging.
p.s signing takes like two seconds and it would mean a lot.
I’m sorry but this is blatant discrimination.
AND they’re completely ignorant
1. not all wiccan’s practice witch craft.
2. they don’t have ‘20 holidays’
3. ‘halloween’ isn’t their most important - it’s called samhain and it’s not about trick or treating.
4. oh noes I’d hate to be an older woman that likes incense
Eugen Krüger (German, 1832-1876), Stag.
A Disclaimer: I am one person and my opinions (which I have in abundance) may not reflect the opinions of other witches, in general, or other people who call themselves hearth witches. In fact, they probably won’t, because I’m an asshole. I have a bizarre sense of humor that doesn’t convey well in text and I rant about shit I don’t like. A lot. If you don’t think you can handle that, maybe don’t read anything I write. Ever.
What is a ‘Hope Chest’?
A hope chest, dowry chest, cedar chest, or glory box is a chest used to collect items such as clothing and household linen, by unmarried young women in anticipation of married life.
Contents of a “hope chest” or “glory box” included typical dowry items such as clothing (especially a special dress), table linens, towels, bed linens, quilts and occasionally dishware. As a bride would typically leave home on marriage, hope chests were sometimes made with an eye to portability, albeit infrequently.
So, the idea sounds a little outdated, right? But it’s still kind of a big deal in my family. My grandmother and I started my hope chest when I was about 13. And, since were are both witches, we turned it into a massive ritual, one that’s been going on for ten years now.
The Point of the Hope Chest Spell
The goal of a Hope Chest Spell can be anything you want it to be. Mine is to promote happiness in my future marriage/home life as well as to attract my ‘soul mate’ (or to help me identify them and not end up with some scuz that ends up being horrible for me). Partially because I was 13 when I started and that’s what I cared about, and partially because I didn’t have a very happy life growing up, and most of my hopes are to the effect of making up for that.
But maybe your hopes have nothing to do with that. Maybe you have other dreams. It doesn’t matter. You can make your hope chest about your hopes and your dreams and fine-tune your ritual to fit those dreams.
You Start With a Box
Any old box will do. My hope chest is an antique trunk of the same make as this one:
My grandparents rescued it from a junk pile with the intent to restore it. That never happened, but I fell in love with it and decided to keep it as my hope chest. Of course, you don’t have to actually use a box. You could use an empty drawer, a closet, a cardboard box, a corner of the garage, or one of the plastic storage containers from Big Lots. It doesn’t matter. Anything works.
For the first part of your Hope Chest Spell, clean up the inside of your hope chest, and make a charm bag that goes along with your goal. Mine (according to my 10-year-old notes) contained red and white rose petals from my grandmother’s garden (for love, which I never saw between my parents; and innocence, which I wanted to believe after the abuse from my father), lavender (for calm, because I experienced a lot of violence in my childhood home), chamomile (so that arguments would never end in violence), forget-me-nots (for fidelity), daisy seeds and dog hair (for friendship), quartz (to absorb the negativity from my past) and robin feathers (for happiness).
My Unci and I lit four candles at the base of the chest—pink for love, yellow for happiness, black to protect me from the same things I had in my past, and white for hopes and dreams—and a poem (instead of writing a spell):“Hope” is the thing with feathers -That perches in the soul -And sings the tune without the words -And never stops - at all -And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -And sore must be the storm -That could abash the little BirdThat kept so many warm -I’ve heard it in the chillest land -And on the strangest Sea -Yet - never - in Extremity,It asked a crumb - of me.We broke the intent of the reading down so that the first stanza was asking that I would never lack hope, the second asked that nothing could take it from me, and the third asked that I would follow it through anything. Then we placed the poem and the charm bag in the box as the first of its contents.What To Put In a Hope Chest & Where To Get ItLike I said, a hope chest is about your hopes and your dreams. You can put anything in it that’s going to help you. Whether it’s money, pictures of places you want to travel, heirlooms you want to keep with you, whatever.One of the cool things about the Hope Chest spell is that it can become a family event. Since I was thirteen, every birthday or Christmas, at least one person has given me something for my hope chest. Each of those items has been blessed in a separate ritual so that really, it’s like I’m accumulating blessings and happiness for my first home.You can also buy hope chest items for yourself. One of my good friends is very old-fashioned and one of our favorite things to do together is go to thrift stores to see what we can snag for our hope chests. You can also add crafts to it, if you want. For a few ideas, here are the contents of my hope chest:
- Linens - Towels, wash clothes, sheets, etc.
- A few dishes - Mostly heirloom with a few gifts.
- Handmade gifts - A quilt and matching pillow shams, a hand-woven blanket, a white dreamsnare made to hang over a cradle, a Brigid’s cross to hang on the door of my first home.
- Things for a wedding ceremony - After they found out about my hope chest, a lot of the people I met as a wedding coordinator thought to contribute. A few of my brides passed along their wedding-planning books. One bought me a red marriage candle as a gift for helping out with her handfasting. One bought me a pair of gorgeous matching pillar candles with silver vine-work.
- Books - Occasionally, I stumble across a cookbook at a yard sale and pick it up for the hope chest. There are also heirloom books, like a copy of Peter Pan and book of Grimms fairy tales. And a copy of Northanger Abbey, because I used to want to marry Mr Tilney.
No matter what you have in your hope chest, you can give each item a unique blessing. For example, one of my cookbooks is blessed for my family’s health. Another to protect my future home from fire. My Brigid’s cross is blessed to welcome friends and deter unwanted company.
You can collect anything you want and give any blessings you want. And by collecting all these things with intent, you’re working up a huge spell even without thinking about it that way. So, later on, you have tons of stuff to help you with your goal AND all that collected energy attached to it.
This is a lovely idea! I think I might make a future ambitions chest and follow the same guidelines :)
What a cool idea! My nan used to always talk about her glory box - I never really got one because I moved out with my boyfriend pretty early. BUT now we’re getting married in less than 6 months. It’d be a really cool idea to do something like this.
Spiritual Menstruation - Introduction
At first I felt that menstruation was something that didn’t have much of a ‘purpose’ other than to allow us to conceive when the time came and other than that it was just a nuisance – I’ve discovered of late is that it’s so much more. There is a constant flow of energy; something akin to the energies we feel with the waxing and waning of the Moon, the turning of the wheel of the year and the different energies of night and day.
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I mentioned Spiritual Menstruation a while back and I’ve finally gotten around to writing up a short introduction. Just thought I would link you guys to the post - I will be writing another entry about all the cycles just as soon as I can get my notes together. They will most likely be rough as guts because I’ve only just started observing these things myself but hopefully it will inspire you to observe for yourself.
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I hope everyone had a great holiday!
Funeral Preparations, by Ms. Graveyard Dirt
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My curiosity cabinet.
Also, witchy evidence. Lookit all that glass. Yep. I am a cliche.