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The Witches Journal


Witchy Recipes, Spells, Poems and more from readers.

Book 1


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Copyright © 2016 Patti Roberts.

Other Publications by Patti Roberts


Witchwood Estate

Witchwood Estate – Going Home – (book 1) FREE

Witchwood Estate – Ferntree Falls

Witchwood Estate – Print Edition (book 1 and 2)

Witchwood Estate – Cursed (book 3)

Witchwood Estate – Timeless (book 4)

Witchwood Estate – Witches Bitches (book 5)


Paradox Series

Paradox – The Angels Are Here (book 1) 2010 FREE

Paradox – Progeny Of Innocence (book 2)

Paradox – Bound By Blood (book 3)

Paradox – Equilibrium (book 4)

Paradox – Elemental (book 5)


Standalone Novel

About Three Authors – Whoever Said Love Was Easy?


Non-fiction novel

Surviving Tracy – true stories from the survivors of Cyclone Tracy.

“The hours in a night are never long enough, the sound of rain on a roof never loud enough, a cup of hot tea never big enough, to accompany me and a good book.”

Patti Roberts.

License Notes.


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To all those who submitted their favorite recipes, spells and poems for this book – impossible without you!

To all those who read and review – a very special THANK YOU!

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.”

Cesar Chavez.


A broom

Candle in a variety of colors – see candle section in this book

A pantry full of herbs

Incense sticks


Crystals – see crystal section in this book

Charcoal discs


An old china tea cup and saucer

Crystal ball

Journal for your spells, thoughts, poetry and recipes

A nice pen – which is mightier than the sword

Chimes and dream catchers to entice the wee folk

A good book to read and another to press flowers and herbs – pressed flowers and herbs make wonderful bookmarks

A good friend to share your secrets with

Pretty bangles

At least one pair of black shoes or boots

A black hat or scarf

A favorite pillow


Little bottles of all shapes, colors and sizes

Little cloth bags for your treasures



A good heart


Alfalfa – Prosperity, anti-hunger, money.

Allspice – Money, luck, healing.

Almond – Money, prosperity, wisdom.

Aloe – Protection, luck.

Apple – Love, healing, garden magic, immortality.

Apricot – Love.

Avocado – Love, beauty.

Banana – Fertility, potency, prosperity.

Barley – Love, healing, protection.

Basil – Love, exorcism, wealth, flying (in airplanes), protection, sympathy.

Bay leaf – Protection, psychic powers, healing, purification, strength.

Bean – Protection, exorcism, wart charming, reconciliations, potency, love.

Blackberry – Healing, money, protection.

Blueberry – Protection.

Brazil Nut – Love.

Cabbage – Luck.

Cactus – Protection, chastity.

Caraway – Protection, lust, health, anti-theft, mental powers.

Carnation – Protection, strength, healing.

Carob – Protection, health.

Carrot – Fertility, lust.

Cashew – Money, communication.

Catnip – Cat magic, love, beauty, happiness.

Cedar – Healing, purification, money, protection, stopping sexual harassment.

Celery – Mental powers, lust, psychic powers.

Chamomile – Money, sleep, love, purification.

Cherry – Love, divination, victory.

Chestnut – Love.

Cinnamon – Spirituality, success, healing, power, psychic powers, protection, love.

Clove – Protection, exorcism, love, money.

Coconut – Water, purification, protection, chastity.

Coriander – Love, health, healing.

Corn – Protection, luck, divination, money.

Cucumber – Chastity, healing, fertility.

Cumin – Anti-theft.

Curry – Protection.

Dill – Protection, money, lust, love.

Eggs – Healing, removing negativity, fertility.

Endive – Lust, love.

Eucalyptus – Healing, protection.

Fennel – Protection, healing, purification.

Fenugreek – Money.

Fern – Rain-making, protection, luck, riches, external youth, health, exorcism.

Fig – Divination, fertility, love.

Garlic – Protection, healing, exorcism, lust, anti-theft, relief from nightmares.

Ginger – Love, money, success, power.

Ginseng – Love, wishes, healing, beauty, protection, lust.

Gourd – Protection.

Grain – Protection.

Grape – Fertility, garden magic, mental powers, money.

Holly – Protection, anti-lightening, luck, dream magic.

Horseradish – Purification, exorcism.

Lavender – Love, protection, sleep, chastity, longevity, purification, happiness, peace.

Leek – Love, protection, exorcism.

Lemon – Longevity, purification, love, friendship.

Lettuce – Chastity, protection, divinations of love, sleep.

Licorice – Lust, love, protection.

Maple – Love, longevity, money.

Marshmallows – Healing, friendship.

Marjoram – Protection, love, happiness, health, money.

Mayonnaise – Prosperity, cleansing.

Mint – Money, lust, healing, travel, exorcism, protection.

Mistletoe – Protection, love, hunting, fertility, health, exorcism of negativity.

Mothballs – Stop sexual harassment.

Mustard – Fertility, protection, mental powers.

Nutmeg – Luck, money, health, fidelity, relief from nightmares.

Nuts – (mixed): Fertility, prosperity, love, luck, communication.

Oats – Money.

Olive – Healing, peace, fertility, potency, protection.

Onion – Protection, exorcism, healing, money, prophetic dreams.

Orange – Love, divination, luck, money.

Palm, date – Fertility, protection.

Papaya/Pawpaw – Love, protection.

Parsley – Lust, protection, purification.

Pea – Money, love.

Peach – Love, exorcism of negativity, longevity, fertility, wishes.

Pear – Love.

Pecan – Money, employment.

Pepper – Protection, exorcism of negativity.

Peppermint – Purification, sleep, love, healing, psychic powers.

Persimmon – Healing, luck.

Pimento – Love.

Pineapple – Luck, money, chastity.

Pistachio – Breaking love spells.

Plantain – Contains allantoin, an anti-inflammatory phytochemical that speeds wound healing, stimulates the growing of new skin cells.

Plum – Love, protection.

Pomegranate – Divination, luck, wishes, wealth, fertility.

Popcorn – Wishes, luck, prosperity.

Potato – Image magic, healing, separation.

Pretzels – Success, protection. Pretzels must be whole and designed with a knot. Straight pretzels do not work.

Radish – Protection.

Raspberry – Protection, love.

Rhubarb – Protection, fidelity.

Rice – Protection, rain, money, fertility.

Rose – Love, psychic powers, healing, love divination, luck, protection.

Rosemary – Protection, love, lust, mental powers, exorcism, purification, healing, sleep, youth.

Rye – Love, fidelity.

Sarsaparilla – Love, money.

Sassafras – Health, money.

Savory, Summer – Mental powers.

Safety Pins – Protection.

Sesame – Money, lust.

Shoestrings – Cord and knot spells.

Spearmint – Healing, love, mental powers.

Speedwell – A simple and effective lotion or skin wash that speeds wound healing.

Strawberry – Love, luck.

Sugar Cane – Love, lust, sympathy.

Sunflower – Fertility, wishes, health, wisdom.

Tea – Riches, courage, strength. Health.

Thyme – Health, healing, sleep, psychic powers, love, purification, courage.

Tobacco – Healing, purification.

Tomato – Prosperity, protection, love.

Tuna – Prosperity, abundance.

Turnip – Protection, ending relationships.

Vanilla – Love, lust, mental powers.

Walnut – Health, mental powers, infertility, wishes.

Wheat – Fertility, money.

Wintergreen – Protection, healing.

Witch Hazel – Protection, chastity.



Jazz up your boring sandwich with some healthy toppings.

Dress up your bread sandwich toppings.


[] Martha’s Ginger Honey Syrup.

Add 2-3 Tablespoons to a cup of hot water for tea to settle an upset tummy.



Ginger root




Peel a large piece of ginger, grate it and place in a pan.

Pour in honey to cover the ginger.

Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until ginger is mushy, then allow to cool slightly.

Pour into a sterilized mason jar then label and date.

Refrigerate. Syrup will last for several weeks.


Enjoy a teaspoon or two in smoothies, milk, tea, pancakes, oatmeal, and fruit salad.


Martha Barnaby.

Aradia’s Apple and Cinnamon Smoothie.



Before you start, sprinkle cinnamon in your palm and blow away as you make a wish.


Ingredients – remember, organic is always best to avoid pesticides robbing you of your witchy mojo!


1 juicy apple, polished until it shines.

Level teaspoon of real cinnamon from your health food store.

Dollop of yogurt.


Low fat milk.

Sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on top.


Options: Honey.


Add a few ice cubes on a sunny day, then enjoy on the patio before you start your day. Blessed be.


Warning: Cinnamon is not good for pregnant women.


Katrina Whittaker. Cairns, Australia. Book lover, mummy and nanny.

Aunt Mindy’s Potato Pancakes.


A great recipe for a rainy night and when you find your pantry stocked to the brim with potatoes.



1 cup grated potato.

1 small grated onion.

1 egg – free range is best.

1 tablespoon flour – a little over your shoulder for luck.

1 tablespoon butter.

Tomato Sauce.

Grated Cheese.



Mix potato, onion, egg and flour.

Melt butter in frying pan – don’t burn it.

Spoon mixture into pan and flatten to 1/2 thick.

Cook for 3 minutes each side. You are after a nice golden color.

Repeat for all the mixture.

Top with sauce and cheese.

Grill or microwave until cheese melts. Hmmm… smell that.


Serve with love on an old china plate.

Ideal for a rainy night while you are curled up on the sofa with your fur baby and a good book. Or perhaps you are watching Practical Magic again with the hubby and kids?

Fireplace and striped socks optional, family and friends are not.


Alicia Huxtable. Avid bookworm. Have a chat with her about some of your favourite books.

Refreshing Cucumber Salad. (Paleo & Vegan)



Yields: 4 servings



1½ large continental cucumbers

1 tsp Salt

4 green onions

2 Tbsp fresh coriander – chopped

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tsp lemon zest

1/8 tsp cracked Pepper

1. Slice cucumber in thin strips. Sprinkle with salt and place in a colander for 1 hour.

2. Rinse cucumber thoroughly to remove salt. Drain cucumber on paper towels or tea towel and dry completely.

3. Slice green onions. Finely chop coriander. Finely zest lemon. Add onions, coriander, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil and cracked pepper then stir to combine.

4. Pour the dressing over the cucumber, stir and serve.


Serve as an appetizer or as a side dish to accompany with a piece of grilled fish or chicken on a summers day.


This salad can be refrigerated overnight. Make sure to stir before serving to redistribute the dressing evenly over the cucumber slices.


Aradia Abbots. Note: remember to save a couple of slices to pamper tired eyes while you soak in the tub scented with rose oil.

Witches Finger Fries. (Paleo & Vegan)




1 pound carrots (about 1012 medium carrots)

1½ tbsp olive oil

1 tsp sea salt – toss a pinch over your right shoulder for insight.

½ tsp pepper – toss a pinch over your left shoulder for inspiration.

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp thyme



1. Turn the oven to 400 and wash carrots and peel them (peeling is optional if you use organic carrots. Cut the carrots into even sticks (finger size) that are roughly 4 inches long and about ½ inch thick.

2. Put the cut carrots into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Then sprinkle the salt, pepper, herbs and spices on top.

3. Place the carrots on a tray lined with baking paper. Make sure the carrots are evenly spread and not stacked on top of each other.

4. Put the carrots in the oven and bake for about 2535 minutes, checking halfway through to move the carrots around or flip them on the sheet to get even cooking.

5. Once you can pierce the carrots easily with a fork and there is a slight browning/crisping on the edges, they are done. Remove them from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.


Great side dish or snack from Felicity’s recipe book.

Sweet Potato Chips fried in Coconut Oil.



Serves 2



2 sweet potatoes

1/2 cup coconut oil (you may need to add more after frying some chips)



What to do.

1. Peel the skin off the sweet potatoes. Cut into thin slices. I used a small 6.5 inch cast iron skillet so that the potatoes could be fully submerged in the oil. If you are using a larger pan you may need to use more oil. Luckily, you can save your used oil for a later use! Just strain it through a cheesecloth to get any residue out.

2. In a shallow pan heat the coconut oil. When it is hot put in a few sweet potato slices. Try not to overlap the slices to much or it may not fry properly. Fry for 3-5 minutes turning the slices over halfway through. Remove them when they look crispy, it’s best to eyeball it rather than adhere to a timer because cooking times can vary.

3. Place on a paper towel to catch the excess oil. Sprinkle with salt.


Options – add a sprinkle of your favorite herbs or garlic salt.


From Grandma Harwood’s recipe book.

Full Moon Corned beef (Silverside) Fritters.



A family favorite, and a great way to use up leftovers.


Best prepared during a full moon and shared with your coven around a table covered with a piece of calico.

Everyone should also bring a spring of rosemary or Tarragon for their host.



2 cups self-raising flour

1 onion diced

1 cup tasty cheese

2 cups of leftover corned beef – diced.

2 eggs.

1 cup of milk.



Add eggs and milk to flour mix well then add all the other ingredients – don’t make it too thick. If it is, add more milk.

You can add zucchini and corn as well.

Cook in oil for about 5 minutes in a shallow pan with oil.


Serve on mismatched plates with a garden salad.


Afterwards, enjoy a nice mug of coffee and a slice of tart as you work on a spell to remove calories from tart.


Original recipe handed down to Katrina Whittaker from her mum, Julie Smith.

Aradia’s Orange Chicken Recipe.



Perfect for those watching the weight.


Serves: 4


4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bitesize pieces

1 tablespoon coconut oil

¼ cup chicken stock

3 tablespoons honey

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon orange zest

¼ cup fresh orange juice

3 tablespoons coconut aminos

1½ teaspoons Sriracha sauce

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

1 pinch red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnish, optional

Broccoli pieces


Broccoli recipe.

2 bunches broccoli, cleaned

2 tablespoons olive oil


butter (optional)

salt and pepper to taste



1. Melt coconut oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add in chicken pieces and cook until cooked through and browned, about 810 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.

2. While chicken is cooking, stir together chicken stock, honey, garlic, orange zest, orange juice, coconut aminos, Sriracha sauce, ginger and red pepper flakes. Pour into heated skillet once chicken has been removed and reduce to low heat. Cook, stirring often, until sauce has been reduced and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and pour over chicken.

3. To serve, spoon chicken over bed of broccoli and then spoon on additional sauce.

Top with

sesame seeds, if desired.


From Aradia’s cookbook.

Savannah’s Potato and Rosemary Bread.



Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour


Yield: 1 loaf

What you’ll need:

1 cup milk

1 Tablespoon of dried rosemary

2 Tablespoons butter

1/2 Tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons salt

½ cup diced onion

1 package (1/4 ounce or 2-1/2 teaspoons) dry granulated yeast

1/4 cup warm water

2 cups mashed potatoes

4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 additional teaspoon butter


What you’ll need to do:

Heat milk, butter, sugar, and salt over low heat. Cool to lukewarm. Place in a large mixing bowl.

Combine yeast with the warm water and stir until dissolved. Stir yeast and onions into the milk mixture.

Add your mashed potatoes, rosemary and 1 cup of the flour to the milk mixture and beat until smooth. Throw a pinch of rosemary over your left shoulder for love.

Start adding flour to the liquid until a stiff dough forms. Place dough on a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Add more flour if the dough is too moist. Place dough in a large oiled bowl and cover with a clean linen kitchen towel. Let rise until doubled in size.

Place on a floured surface. Kneed and shape into a loaf and place in a greased 9 × 5-inch loaf pan. Cover with linen kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in size again.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake bread for roughly 1 hour, until crust is nicely browned. The bottom of the loaf should sound hollow when knocked. Brush the top of the warm bread with the additional butter and garnish with rosemary twigs picked from your garden.


Cool loaf on a rack on its side before slicing.


Savannah would say enjoy and serve with a hearty meal with family for friends.

Toad in the Hole.




Serves: 4

Vegetable oil, as needed for cooking

110g (4 oz) plain flour

pinch salt

3 eggs

300ml (1/2 pint) semi skimmed milk

4 to 6 pork sausages





Ready in:30min

Preheat oven to 230 C / Gas 7.


Into a medium sized deep baking dish, pour in the oil to a depth of about a 1/2 inch and place in the oven until hot.

Mix the flour, salt, eggs and milk together and let rest for 10 minutes.

This is the perfect time to pour a glass of red wine.

In a frying pan over a medium heat, cook the sausages so they are brown all over.

Remove the dish from the oven then add the sausages. Pour over the batter mixture.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until batter has risen and turned golden brown.


Serving suggestion – Serve with mash potato, vegetables and gravy.


AnnMarie Spiby. Black cat owner and super beta reader for the Witchwood Series.

Tracy’s Yummy Bread Spread.




Use up that leftover bread. The kids will love this spread, and so will you!



2 tomato finely chopped

2 slices bread day-old

1 egg beaten

225 g cheese grated

1 onion

1 pinch mixed herbs *to taste finely chopped

115 g butter

1 pinch salt and pepper



Grate or finely chop the onion Process the bread into crumbs. Combine tomatoes, breadcrumbs, egg, cheese, onion and herbs. Add butter, and place in saucepan over medium heat. Add salt and pepper and simmer, stirring until thick.


Spread onto a crusty piece of bread and enjoy. Note. This should be a good spreading consistency. If too thick I add a small amount of cream.


Option: For a crunchy cheesy treat, sprinkle with cheese and pop under the grill.

Enjoy on their own or serve with a warm bowl of Grandma’s homemade soup.


Original recipe handed down from Tracy De Laurentiis, the infamous baker from Witchwood Estate. Proprietor of Tracy’s Magic Oven.


Recipe by Tracy Ehlers, PA

Lemon & Poppy Seed Friendship Muffins.



When inviting new friends into your home, enjoy these muffins together to bond your friendship.





1⁄2 cup sweet creamy butter, softened.

2⁄3 cup sugar 2 large eggs, separated.

1 1⁄3 cups flour.

1 teaspoon baking powder.

1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda.

2 tablespoons poppy seeds.

2 lemons, zest of, grated.

1⁄4 teaspoon salt.

1⁄2 cup buttermilk or 1⁄2 cup plain yogurt.

2 tablespoons lemon juice.

1 teaspoon vanilla.



Preheat oven to 350°F

Coat muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.

Add the egg yolks, one at a time. Beat well after each.

In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients, lemon, and lemon zest.

With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating two times with the buttermilk, then lemon juice, and then vanilla. Beat just until smooth.

In another bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold them into the muffin batter until blended.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, 3/4-full.


Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely.


Lemon frosting:

125g butter.

2 tablespoons lemon juice.

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence.

3 cups (470g) icing sugar.

2 yellow food colour (Combine the butter, lemon juice, vanilla and icing sugar then beat until light and fluffy.

Add more sugar or lemon juice.


Best served for afternoon tea with friends with a cup of tea. Afterwards, read the tealeaves to see what the future has in store for you.


Original recipe handed down from Tracy De Laurentiis, the infamous baker from Witchwood Estate. Proprietor of Tracy’s Magic Oven.

Recipe by Tracy Ehlers, PA

Crescent Moon Cookies.



A favorite treat for vampires, young and old.



160g butter

50gm soft icing sugar mixture

1 level teaspoon vanilla sugar. Toss a little over your shoulder for love.

2 tablespoons milk

250gm finely ground plain flour (000 or thrice ground). Toss a little over your shoulder for luck.

Sprinkle of salt. A little salt at your front door to ward of gossips.

2 egg yolks.

100gm hazelnut meal.

1 teaspoon lemon rind.

I cup extra icing sugar mixture to roll the cookies in after they’re baked.

Heat oven to 180C degrees.

Combine all the ingredients until you get a firm dough. Refrigerate for 30 mins.

Form walnut-size pieces of dough into crescent shapes on a baking tray lined with baking sheet.

Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom.

While still warm, carefully roll the crescent–shaped cookies in the extra icing sugar mixture. Allow to cool, and store in an airtight container. These will keep several weeks – but not in my refrigerator. They’re just too yummy.


Perfect Christmas gift for your writers or book club group. Wrap up in little red boxes and serve on a red plate to entice love.



Original recipe passed down for centuries through the Dantonville bloodline.


Tima Maria Lacoba, author of the Dantonville Legacy series.

Magic Ginger Balls.




1 cup medjool dates, seeds removed

1 cup raw cashews

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract

pinch of salt – toss a pinch over your left shoulder to keep away bad energy.

1/4 cup of desiccated (very finely shredded) coconut.



Place the ingredients into your blender or food processor and blend until combined. Roll into (golf ball size) balls. Roll in the coconut while humming a tune.

Place in the fridge to set.

Enjoy with a cup of ginger tea.


Aradia’s magic balls – perfect to take on a long journey.

Hot Coco Cookies.



Perfect cookies to make with your children.



1/2 cup of butter.

12 ounce bag of semisweet chocolate chips.

1 1/4 cup of light brown sugar.

3 large eggs – free range is best.

3 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract.

1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder. Sprinkle a little in the palm of your hand and blow it away as you make a wish.

1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour – A little over your right shoulder for luck.

1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder.

1/4 teaspoons of salt. Sprinkle salt at your front door to keep away nasty, small minded people.

8 ounces of semi-sweet baking chocolate cut into 1 inch squares.

16 large marshmallows cut in half.



1) In a medium saucepan on medium heat. Melt the butter and the chocolate chips. Stir constantly until melted to prevent burning or sticking to pot. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 mins.

2) Take a large bowl mix brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla on medium speed until all mixed evenly then beat in the cooled chocolate mixture until completely combined.

3) Add cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix on low speed until fully mixed.

Cover bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours

4) Preheat oven on 325 f degrees.

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Scoop and drop the cookie mixture onto the paper with a table spoon.

5) Bake for about 12 minutes on a baking tray.

6) Remove cookies from oven place one piece of chocolate square on top pf center on each cookie, then place half of a marshmallow on top of the chocolate square. Place cookies back in oven bake for another 4 minutes until marshmallows melt.


Let the kids lick the bowl and the spoon, unless you beat them to it!


Enjoy in front of the telly with your family with a glass of milk while watching Hocus Pocus, or your favorite TV series, Outlander – after the kids have brushed their teeth and gone to bed.


Heather Santoro Siguenza.

Aunt Mindy’s Blueberry Cobbler.



Preparation time: 20 minutes.

Ready in 1 hour.


What you’ll need.

5 cups of blueberries.

1 cup of sugar.

8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes – leave some for the pan.

1/2 cup all-purpose flour.

1/2 teaspoon baking powder.

Pinch of salt.

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.

1 egg.

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.


What you have to do:

Heat the oven to 375°F. Toss the berries with half the sugar and spread into a lightly greased 8-inch square or 9-inch round baking pan.


Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and blend for 10 seconds. Beat the egg and vanilla by hand.

Drop this mixture onto the fruit; do not spread it out. Bake until golden, approximately 35 to 45 minutes. Serve immediately with love, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Nina’s Bloody Tarts.




Try these for afternoon tea with your besties while discussing the book that you are reading.



225gm/ 1 1/2 Plain flour

120g butter, chilled, cubed

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons iced water

Plain flour, to dust

315g (1 cup) raspberry jam Mock cream

80g (1/3 cup) caster sugar

1 tablespoon milk

1 tablespoon cold water

1 tablespoon boiling water

1/2 teaspoon powdered gelatine

100g unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla essence Icing

230g (1 1/2 cups) icing sugar mixture

2 tablespoons milk ~ red colouring



Preheat oven to 200°C.

Place the flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor and process until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and iced water, and process until the mixture just comes together.

Lightly floured surface and gently knead until smooth. Divide into 2 equal portions. Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out 1 portion to 3mm thick. Use an 8cm-diameter round pastry cutter to cut out 6 discs. Line six 80ml (1/3-cup) capacity muffin pans with pastry. Repeat with the remaining dough. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes to rest.

Mock cream – combine sugar, milk and cold water in a saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.

Place boiling water in a heatproof jug, sprinkle over gelatine and whisk with a fork until dissolved. Add gelatine mixture to the sugar mixture and stir to combine.

Set aside for 15 minutes to cool.


Use an electric beater to beat butter and vanilla in a bowl until white and creamy. Add the sugar mixture in a thin steady stream and beat until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside until required.

Bases of pastry cases. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack for 15 minutes to cool.

Place jam in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until the jam melts. Strain the jam into a heatproof jug and pour into pastry cases. Set aside for 5 minutes to set.

Spoon mock cream evenly among pastry cases and smooth the surface.


To make the icing, combine the icing sugar and milk in a medium heatproof bowl. Place half the icing in another heatproof bowl. Add the red food colouring and stir until combined.

Place the bowl containing the white icing over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until runny. Spread the white icing over the cream on half of each tart and smooth the surface. Set aside for 5 minutes to set. Repeat with the chocolate icing and set aside for 5 minutes to set.


Eat and Bloody well enjoy! Original recipe from Nina’s Great Grandmother, Grandma Millicent.

Recipe by Tracy Ehlers, PA.

Kat’s Banana & Strawberry Tart.



I wonder if Kat will ever get an opportunity to make it for D’Artagnan?


Approx. making time ten minutes for tart mixture.

You will need:

1 Can of condensed milk (chilled in fridge for a day).

1 – 2 bananas (you can alternate fruit you would like to use aka blueberries – half a cup and one banana. Or 1 banana and 4-5 strawberries. Or mango half a cup with a banana be creative and use whatever fruits you may like.

Citric acid. (Found in the baking aisle.)

Cream to use for whipping for topping tart.

250 ml Pre made tart shell or you can make your own. (Recipe provided below)



Put tin of condensed milk in fridge for a day to chill.

Empty condensed milk into a bowl and whip with a beater for 5 min.

Add your – mashed banana and fruit that you have decided on. Mix the fruit in with mixer.

Make sure you mix it anticlockwise for that special witchy magic.

Dissolve two teaspoons of citrus acid with a tablespoon of water in a cup. Add this to your condensed milk and fruit and mix – you will notice straight away it thickens the tart and gives it that thick and tarty taste.

Taste test your mix – some people like the tart very tarty – as in tangy in taste, if you want it tangier use more citric acid. Try a teaspoon per time and tiny amounts of water to dissolve.


One can will make two small tarts if you have brought pre made tarts or one large frozen tart shell from the supermarket.

Tarts are big enough for a morning tea with 5-6 people. Depends on how hungry your guests are…

Place in fridge to cool.

Add whipped cream to serve on top or side plate with tart.


You will need to make your own tart shell.

1 ½ cups of Plain flour.

125 grams butter- chilled chopped in cubes.

1/3 cup castor sugar.

1 egg yolk.

1 tb water.

1. Combine flour, butter and sugar in a food processor or use a mix master. Process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add yolk and chilled water. Process until dough just comes together.

2. Turn pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until just smooth. Shape into a disc. Wrap in baking paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Place pan on a baking tray. Line pastry case with baking paper. Fill with ceramic pie weights or uncooked rice.

Bake at 180C for 10 minutes.

Remove weights and paper. Bake for a further 5 to 10 minutes or until pastry is golden.

Allow to cool.


Find a nice spot in your garden and enjoy your delicious tart with friends as you discuss books that have been made into movies. Or perhaps you would prefer a friendly game of scrabble? May the best witch win!


Make sure you tuck a flower in your hair, then serve tart with coffee, tea, or chilled homemade lemonade in a mason jar.

Katrina Whittaker. Cairns, Australia. Book lover, mummy and nanny.

Springtime Jelly Cake.




5 different colored jellies.

24grams of gelatin.

300 ml of sweetened condensed milk.

300 ml of heavy cream.

1 tablespoon of vanilla essence.



5 different colored jellies made with only half the water recommended on packet.

Leave to set completely.

Cube all colored jellies and place into a silicone ring mold and set aside.

Sprinkle 24grams of gelatin over 250 ml of water and leave for 1 minute.

Place 300 ml of sweetened condensed milk, 300 ml of heavy cream and 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence in a blender.

Stir in 250ml of hot water to gelatin. Stir until dissolved the add to blender. Blend until thoroughly combined.

Gently pour creamy mix over cubed jelly.

Refrigerate to set completely.


Invert onto a plate, slice and serve in a bowl with springs of fresh mint.


Aunt Mindy’s magical springtime recipe. Perfect for children’s parties.

Bread and Butter Pudding.




Serves 6

100g sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

5 slices of any bread


3 handfuls sultanas

500ml milk

2 eggs





Extra time:5min resting

Ready in:45min

Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5. Lightly grease a baking dish.

Mix together the sugar and cinnamon.

Butter 5 slices of bread, cut in half.

Layer the bread in the dish adding a handful of sultanas and the sugar mix as you go, covering each slice.

Mix the milk and eggs together and whisk.

Pour over the bread and leave to absorb for 10 minutes.

Bake in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes, until the pudding is set and browned.


AnnMarie Spiby. Black cat owner and super beta reader for the Witchwood Series.

Grandma Lydia’s 1930s Bread Pudding.



Use stale bread – doesn’t have to be hard but the drier the better (this dish was intended to use older stale bread rather than let it go to waste).


Crumble the bread into the dish (small pieces on average no larger than your thumbnail) and add the dried fruit mixture – as used for baking fruit cakes – to taste.

Pour very hot/boiling water over the mixture until it is completely covered – make sure you cover the whole mix totally, allowing for the mixture to soak in the water.

Having filled a cup with sugar add 3/4 of it to the mix, saving the remainder.

Add Cinnamon to taste – a large pudding like this one would be around an eggcup full on average.

Stir the mix gently but thoroughly for a minute or so and leave to stand for around an hour.


Bake for around 50 mins at 200 degrees (figures for a fan oven, slightly longer for a conventional oven).

As a rule of thumb the top should be a dark chocolate-brown, usually with the odd darker tint around the edges – see photo.

Whilst still hot from the oven sprinkle the remaining sugar over the top.

The pudding is now ready to eat hot, with custard or cream/ice cream etc etc, and will be very soft and “messy” but divine (see picture with bowl and spoon).

The later pictures show it cold, where it will be much firmer and can be sliced.

This is how the traditional cafes in England used to serve it, much more like a cake, although slightly wobbly.

Can easily be re-heated in a microwave, and topped to taste. Easy to make, and absolutely delicious. Enjoy!


There are no hard and fast rules, the recipe I use was my grandmother’s, her bread pudding was legendary (she had a transport cafe in the 1930’s for truck drivers). Occasionally she would vary it with lemon/orange grated zest sprinkled over the top.


Barry Peabody, Author of the book Genevieve. Barry lives in Scotland.

Welsh Cakes.




Makes: 20 Welsh cakes

225g salted butter or lard

450g self-raising flour

170g caster sugar

2 eggs

170g sultanas

caster sugar, for dusting





Extra time:20min cooling

Ready in:40min


In a large bowl, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, eggs and sultanas. Mix with your hands until a firm dough forms.

Turn out the dough onto a floured board and roll out until 1cm (1/2 in) thick, then cut into rounds using a fluted cutter.

To cook, grease a bakestone or a cast iron pan with butter and then wipe away with kitchen paper. Cook the Welsh cakes for 2 to 3 minutes until a dark caramel colour forms on the underside, then flip over and cook the same on the other side.

Arrange on a serving plate, then dust with caster sugar while still hot. Serve hot or cold.



Traditionally, Welsh cakes were made on a bakestone. These have become popular again and are easy to pick up in high street cooking supply shops.

AnnMarie Spiby. Black cat owner and super beta reader for the Witchwood Series.



Kat’s Salted Caramel Coconut Popcorn.




5 cups Unsweetened coconut chips/large flakes

1/4 cup melted coconut oil – or melted butter

1/4-1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 tsp. sea salt

Broken Pecans



1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Empty the bag of coconut flakes onto your largest cookie sheet or roasting pan.

2. Add melted butter, maple syrup, sea salt, and optional broken pecans.

3. Toss with a spatula and your hand, until it is all evenly coated.

4. Roast in the oven until toasty. Mine took 15 minutes, then I stirred it, then another 5 minutes. Every oven will be a bit different – keep an eye on it! Once it gets started, it moves fast.


Enjoy with your favorite book or movie on a stormy afternoon. Kat Abbots.

Savanah’s Honey Treats.




1 cup flaked almonds

1 cup flaked coconut

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract

1 tablespoon coconut oil

12 mini patty pans



Heat a large frypan over medium heat.

Add the flaked almonds. Reduce the heat to medium – low. Toast the almonds, stirring frequently, until fragrant (approximately two minutes).

Add the coconut and salt. Reduce the heat to low and stir for 1 minute, the almonds should be golden. Turn off the heat and drizzle over the honey and vanilla. Continue stirring to combine.

Transfer the mixture to a medium sized bowl and stir in the coconut oil.

Use your hands to divide the mixture between the patty pans. You may like to use damp hands. Place the honey joys aside or into the fridge to set.

Serve and enjoy on a summers day.


To make these nut free I would omit the almonds, double the coconut and add 1/2 a cup of sunflower or pumpkin seeds.

You can use rice malt syrup if you prefer.


From Savanah Harvey’s recipe book.

Woodworm Spiders.




100 g fried noodles

2 tbs crunchy peanut butter

200 g milk cooking Chocolate



Microwave the chocolate and peanut butter until melted. Mix well to form a smooth paste. Add the noodles and coat well with the chocolate mixture. Spoon the mixture onto a tray lined with baking paper and refrigerate until set. Serve with your favourite witchy brew!


Notes… Can also be used as a substitute to newt eyes or salamander legs… I use Chang’s noodles when I make these.


Jenny Bynum.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse.



Jacoby Harwood likes to make his Grandma’s Chocolate Mousse for his special lady, Aunt Mindy.



3 large avocados, soft and ripe

1/4 cup cacao powder

3-6 tablespoons coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp coconut oil

2 tablespoons raw honey



Combine avocado, cacao powder, coconut milk, vanilla, coconut oil and honey in blender. Blend on high for 1 minute or until smooth.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes


Serves 2. Perfect for date night.


Jacoby Harwood’s Grandma’s recipe.

Wickedly Decadent Mint Chocolate Cake.




Preheat oven to 350.

4-6 wax paper pieces to lay on cake pedestal.



2 cups sugar

1 and 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup baking cocoa powder

1 and 1/2 tsp. Baking soda

1 and 1/2 tsp. Baking powder

2 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup hot coffee

1 tsp. Rose water

One mint leaf

Powdered sugar for decoration


1/2 cup butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp peppermint extract or 3 drops peppermint oil.

Heavy cream (2 Tbsp.- 3Tbsp.)


1 bag (12 oz.) Semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/3 block of (paraffin) or 2 tablespoons butter.


Grease and flour to 8 in. Cake rounds.

Combine all dry ingredients by stirring in clockwise motion. Think positive thoughts while doing so.

Add milk, oil, eggs, vanilla and rose water. Stir or mix in clockwise motion. Think positive, send positive love and energy to your cake mixture.

Slowly add hot coffee. Important: Add slowly as to not cook the eggs in the batter. Stir clockwise…slowly and think positive thoughts.

After all coffee is stirred in, fill cake rounds 1/2 and no more than 3/4 full.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. (About the time I can smell the chocolate throughout my home, is when the cakes are

done). Place on cooling racks.

Frosting: (Best if prepared the night before baking the cakes)

Cream the butter. Add peppermint to butter and mix through. Alternate adding powdered sugar and heavy cream. Remember: Dry ingredients first and last. When all ingredients are combined, continue to whip in clockwise motion until buttercream is correct consistency. Place in refrigerator to chill.


In a double boiler or make your own with 2 saucepans…melt chocolate chips, butter or wax slowly. Careful not to scorch.

When cakes have cooled, place one round on bottom of top of wax paper pieces on cake pedestal. Layer your peppermint buttercream on top (do not coat sides of cake.)

Place remaining cake on top.

Pour your chocolate glaze on top cake layer and slowly help it partially cover the sides of cakes like a water fall. It does not need to cover entire cake. Just be sure it coats the top layer and drips down the sides. Allow glaze to cool.

When cake has chilled. Dollop peppermint buttercream in center of top layer. Place mint leaf on the dollop. Sprinkle powdered sugar (lightly) around dollop and leaf.

Sprinkle powdered sugar around base layer of cake. (It should look like a bit of snow around your bottom layer)


Best served at room temp. But decadent at any temp. Pair with your favorite tea, coffee or milk.

Madison Sevier. Author

Chocolate Covered Mice.



Makes 12-24 Chocolate Covered Mice. Aunt Mindy makes these for Halloween and Christmas Presents.



1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

1 jar of maraschino cherries with stems preferably but without is OK too.

Toothpicks (if no stems on cherries).

1 bag of Shaved Almonds Slices.

1 tube of gel frosting



Take some of the semi-sweet chocolate chips and place them in a stainless bowl.

Get a pan of boiling water going and stick the bowl of chocolate chips on the pan of boiling water.

Keep a constant stir on the chocolate until the chips have all melted into a smooth chocolate.

DO NOT LET THE CHOCOLATE BURN. If you do, you will need start again spell!

Take the bowl off the boiling pan of water.

Get one maraschino cherry with stem out or stab a toothpick from the top to the bottom of the cherry.

Dip your maraschino cherry into the chocolate.

Set the chocolate cover cherry on a cookie sheet with wax paper and let cool and harden for a couple of hours.

Repeat step one once the chocolate has harden on the cherries.

Take a semi-sweet chocolate chip and dip it into the hot melted chocolate and place it directly onto the front of the maraschino cherry.

Then take two pieces of Shaved Almonds and dip them in the hot melted chocolate and place on the top part of the cherry for ears.

Then the final step. Take your gel frosting and make little dots above the nose to make little eyes.

Voila you are done.

WARNING: These mice are extremely rich in flavor.


Enjoy with a nice mug of coffee while reading a treasured book of poetry.

For gifts, place ice in a tin lined with baking paper and tie up with a red bow.


Jenny Bynum. Devoted bookie and poet.

Andrew’s 5 Minute Microwave Mud Cake.



Andrew, like most young guys, is always in a hurry. This is one of his favourite quickie TV deserts.


You’ll need a large mug for starters.



4tbs S/R Flour

4Tbs Caster Sugar

2tbs Cocoa

1 egg 3tbs milk

3tbs oil

Dash of vanilla



Add all dry ingredients mix well Add egg mix Add milk, oil and vanilla Mix well Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

Serve with lashing of cream and fresh strawberries.

Option: Enjoy curled up on the old couch while watching re-runs of Charmed.


Recipe by Tracy Ehlers, PA.

Tiamat’s Grasshopper Cocktail.



Mix together in equal parts Creme de Menthe, Creme de Cacao and fresh cream.

Serve in cocktail glasses.


Carmen Lancaster has one of these cocktails every night after dinner with Tiamat curled up in her lap.


Tabitha Ormiston-Smith. Author and Editor.

Violet’s Lavender tea.



A favorite of all the Rosenberg witches.



(Makes 2 cups)

For dried petals, use 2 to 4 teaspoons of leaves for 2 cups of water that has been heated to just before boiling -- 194 to 203 degrees Fahrenheit (90 to 95 degrees Celsius)

Allow the tea to steep for two to three minutes.

You can sweeten rose tea with some sugar or honey or drink it plain.


Serve with rose petals sprinkled on the saucer.

Best enjoyed with a Crescent Moon Cookie.


Martha’s Herbal Tea.



Martha’s Calming Tea

1/4 ounces – about 3 heaped teaspoons of lemon balm.

1/4 ounces – about 3 heaped teaspoons of chamomile.

1/4 ounces – about 3 heaped teaspoons of passionflower.

1/4 ounces – about 3 heaped teaspoons of rosebuds or rose petals.

Sprinkle of dried lavender.

Store in cool dry place.



In a bowl, combine dried herbs: lemon balm, chamomile, passionflower, and rosebuds or rose petals and mix well. Spoon 1 heaped teaspoon of the blend into teapot. Let steep for 3 – 6 minutes. When tea settles on the bottom of the pot, pour into cup.




We had a kettle, we let it leak;

Our not repairing it made it worse.

We haven’t had any tea for a week…

The bottom is out of the universe.

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)



Tasseomancy, tasseography or teomancy.is the art of reading tea leaves.


Tea leaf reading is a form of fortune telling. It first became popular during the 17th century when tea was first introduced into Europe from China.

By the 1800s tea leaf reading became a means of telling one’s future, and became widely used by gypsies throughout Europe. The name tasseomancy comes from the Arabic word ‘tassa’, meaning cup and the Greek word ‘mancy’ meaning divination.

The future is predicted by using the symbols and the patterns shaped by the residue of tea leaves in the cup.

Typically, the tea should be drunk in an old, light colored china cup, one that has been passed down in the family is best. A matching white saucer is also needed to perform the task at hand.

Like most forms of divination, tea leaf reading requires the seer to use their intuition and clairvoyance to ‘read’ the leaves.

A skillful clairvoyant will be able to see many events and scenes in the cup which would be passed over by others less gifted.

Tea leaf reading remains a popular way of telling the future or fortune.

Romany Gypsy typically practice reading tea leaves for those inclined in their homes and carnivals.


A few important tips:

• Always use fresh, cold water to make tea.

• Take your warmed teapot to the kettle to add the just-boiled water.

• Don’t over boil the tea.

• Use a tea scoop, or teaspoon to put the tea into the pot. Never handle tea leaves with your fingers as your skin absorbs the flavors of the tea.

• One scoop for each person and one for the pot is the old rule for making a brew.

• Use good quality tea that has a rich color and a good leaf size. Tea such as Earl Grey, English breakfast, Darjeeling are good as the leaves are form the best symbols to read.


Making your brew:

No tea bags allowed!

The tea should always be brewed in a tea pot and then poured into a cup.

Drink the tea until there is roughly an inch left in the bottom of the tea cup. This person drinking the tea should think of a question or concentrating on whatever they would like an answer to.

Always start and finish the reading with the handle of the cup facing your heart.

Once the tea has been consumed, hold the handle in the left hand with a starting position facing the heart. Swirl the tea around to the left three times, finishing again facing the heart. Turn the teacup upside down on the saucer, then tap the bottom of the cup three times, letting the remaining liquid drain into the saucer for one minute before handing the cup and saucer to the fortune teller.

The fortune teller will read the cup by turning it around so they can see the symbols in the cup. This is done with great care so as not to disturb the images.

Tea leaves read from the rim is the immediate future.

Directly under the handle of the tea cup is considered to be related to the immediate situation.

Leaves on the side of the cup represent the past, while leaves on the bottom represent the far past.

Using these times as references, the tea leaf fortune teller can predict time scales.

Some readers will also use the saucer to determine events if the tea cup yields little information.

If the saucer is being read, it is typically the inner circle of the saucer which represents the clients reading, with the circle around it representing the home or place they dwell.

Symbols read from the inner circle represent near time, whilst those closer to the saucer edge represent future events. The very rim denotes events way off into the future.

No one can be sure what makes tea leaf reading a powerful method for revealing the future, past, and present events. Some say the person being read for influences the tea when drinking it. However it works, like all things of this witchy nature, it is wise to make sure you have fun, lots of fun, above all else, and not take too much to heart.


Symbols and their meanings:

Angel – Good news

Arrow – Bad news

Birds – Good news or air travel

Bouquet – Fulfilment of desires

Cat – Treachery if in the bottom of the cup

Circle – Wedding, trust and love

Crescent moon – Changes

Dog – Good and faithful friends

Eagle – Strength to overcome hard times

Eye – Understanding

Fish – Good fortune

Frog – Romance/love

Knife – Arguments/disagreements

Lion – Power/strength

Lines – Advancement and a long life

Mouth – Listen carefully

Rabbit – A friend needs help

Ring – Engagement or Marriage

Square – Comfort

Triangle – Un-foreseen inheritance


Aunt Mindy. Harvey witch.




Lovers by Midnight.

The day was full of promises.

Memories were made,

new adventures planned.

The moon shone.

You have loved me

like no other –

still the moon shines.

Copyright © 20th January 2013 Norma Martiri.


Books of Time.

So many books

So little time

I sit here and ponder,

‘Why they aren’t mine?’

©Jenny Bynum 2013


Dancing with the Vampire.

A strong heart beats in well-tuned ears,

Like quick steps on the cobblestone.

Thin pale lips curl detecting fears,

Beware a monster’s feeding zone.

Blue bulging eyes examine moves,

While silent screams dance on cold graves,

Red hot blood like sweet velvet wine,

As transfused veins are slaked – divine!

Copyright © April 2012 Norma Martiri.


Shining Light.

I wander through this magic night

Holding dreams and grasping hope,

Goddess of the Wiccan moon

Guide my way with shining light!

When in times of trouble

Or in times of strife

Bless me on my journey

Guide my way with shining light.

©Tracy Ehlers 2015


Embracing the Wolf.

The world belonged to him at night.

The moon was his lantern, the stars his friends.

He was at home here.

He looked upon his kingdom.

Wayside fires were his altars, smoke, incense to his gods.

He journeyed not knowing why.

He knew no reason for not journeying.

His vague imaginings swung along until he saw the distant hill.

Copyright © November 2012 Norma Martiri.


Friday the 13th

A few times a year a certain date strikes a certain day

and woe be fall me and my kind….

Every other day we are normal, but beware

On Friday the 13th most of the world fear us,

Who are we you ask?

We are but little kitties covered in black fur…

Any other day we are anybody’s kitties

But on Friday the 13th we are:

The companion of witches

maybe even the Salem Witches…

Copyright © 2015 Melanie Williams


The Little Witch.

Amusing – everyone talks.

She is different. What nonsense!

This is her way, she is alone, for herself.

Her clear quiet eyes wide open tearing, passionless, charmless.

A little figure – rather striking.

Copyright © December 2012 Norma Martiri.


The Seasons Of Man.


Each passing day brings its sorrows and cares,

Weekends bring pleasure and joy;

For schooling is dull when the fields are aflame,

And the man is yet but a boy.


The weights are not yet on his shoulders,

Life’s cares have not furrowed the brow;

The furnace of youth burns so bright and so hot

When the arms have not tended the plough.


Eyes that are warm and alert and alive,

A mind that is eager to learn;

A confidence born of naïve self-belief,

And a trust that is easy to earn.


Each living hour is a magic adventure,

Brimming with colour and life;

Limbs that are growing in strength and in vigour,

Senses as sharp as a knife.


Values untainted by greed and by malice,

A face that can never deceive;

Cheerfully safe and secure in the knowledge

It’s better to give than receive.


Yet the man from the boy is emerging,

The chrysalis cracks with the strain;

Ambition is whispering deep in the psyche,

Stronger with each growing pain.


Opinions that form like the forests and seas,

Sturdy and upright and strong,

Ideals that spring forth in a burst of conviction,

Distortions of right and of wrong.


The shutters have fallen and light floods within,

Naivete loses the war;

Thunder and lightning is rending the soul and behold –

The boy is no more.



The strength of a man is a brew to be savoured,

Coursing the body like wine;

The mind is a tool to be used for advantage,

Selecting the grapes from the vine.


The seed that was planted now stands strong and tall,

The eyes are now judging and deep;

The lion springs forth from the kitten of boyhood,

Ready to sow and to reap.


The thoughts and the fears and the hopes and illusions,

Swaying like wind-ruffled corn;

Each tossing ear bearing grain for the future,

In summer no hope is forlorn.


The girl watches on from the stooks in the fields,

His scythe dances on through the wheat;

Shoulders are swaying and sinews are taut,

Gold in the shimmering heat.


A long summer’s eve by the banks of the pool,

The lion enjoying his soak;

The girl saunters past with a smile on her lips

And the lion is tamed at a stroke.


Now is the time of enchantment and dreams,

A time when time seems to fly;

Two lovers are dancing entwined in the moonlight,

Under the velvety sky.


Two chemistries merge and the magic floods forth,

This time comes but once in a life;

Love burns white hot on both sides of the coin

And the young man will take him a wife.


The world he will change and the seas he will drain,

Passion comes in at the trot;

The older men sigh and stare blankly at space,

For they know what young men do not.


The path is a long one and littered with flints,

But nevertheless it’s begun;

Three harvests have passed in the field by the pool,

Now proudly he cradles his son.


The thoughts and the dreams pass like clouds in the sky,

Slipping like sand through the glass;

And though he will hunt them and try to entrap them,

Somehow they manage to pass.


Another four harvests have stood in the field,

A daughter now lies in the cot;

And though he’s as pleased and as proud as can be,

The sun is now not quite so hot.



Ambitions and fancies that burned like the sun

Are kept at a comfortable heat;

And though there are times when he dreams of the lion

His mind is kept busy with wheat.


With three other mouths he must feed and protect,

His time is no longer his own;

The wine in his veins is no longer as potent,

He shoulders the scythe with a groan.


The stout winter store is well stocked to the rafters,

His labours went well it would seem;

And down in the meadow his son and his daughter

Are tickling trout in the stream.


The colours are changing all over the land,

A golden and russet array;

His step’s not as quick and the hair of his head

Is tinged with a silvery grey.


At times he is quiet and wistful and distant,

Thoughtful of what might have been;

Smoking his pipe in the chair by the fireside,

Or giving his scythe blade a clean.


The grass on the pasture needs baling for hay,

His son holds the twine for each knot;

And though all the great dreams lie shattered and broken

He dwells on the riches he’s got.


The girl with the brown hair and strawberry lips,

Is grooming a horse in the barn;

The boy with the devilment deep in his eyes;

Is helping to knot baling yarn.


But dearest of all is the girl from the poolside,

Many a harvest ago;

When she gives him that look and her lips start to curl,

He feels that warm inner glow.


The cool autumn airs shroud the banks of the stream,

Two lovers walk down by the pool;

Spellbound he watches them glide through the mists,

Reflecting how life can be cruel.


The lovers embrace as they tenderly kiss,

In almost the very same spot;

The man heaves a sigh as he looks to the heavens,

For he knows what young men do not.


The autumn of man is a time of much splendour,

Of counting the fruits of the field;

Of storing the same with one eye for the future,

Ambition is starting to yield.


The path that he treads that was once strewn with flints,

Is worn to the polish of tile;

Each load he has shouldered and borne by his strength,

Has flattened it mile upon mile.


Each turn from the path that he once yearned to walk,

Seems hostile and unsafe to tread;

What once seemed a challenge is fraught with unease,

Where once there was fire there is dread.


Yet still he will glory in what he’s achieved,

Complacent in what he’s become;

He may not be rich, but life has its comforts,

Plain, but better than some.


Look out to the hills and the far off horizons,

Bringing their portents of ill;

For autumn is leaving in golden procession,

Breezes are grating and chill.



Beneath leaden skies come the flurries of rain,

Speaking of snows yet to fall;

While down in the barn unaware of the maelstrom,

The girl tends her horse in its stall.


The boy heaves a spade in the vigour of youth,

Clearing the ditches for flood;

The man sweats and blows as he swings with an axe,

Chopping and stacking the wood.


His wife fills her jars with the pickles and jams,

Smiling with pride and delight;

The purple-black sky comes alive with fresh snowflakes,

Bringing their mantle of white.


Long are the nights of the wintertide season,

Deep are the thoughts of a man;

Slow are his steps for his legs are unsteady,

Walking where once he had ran.


White is his hair and his face has grown wrinkled,

Rounded and knowing and kind;

But yet when his wife smiles across at her husband,

The lion stands proud in her mind.


The snows lie so thick on the roof of the house,

Jack Frost stalks the land like a thief;

But though he is feeble and weak in the body,

The man finds his strength in belief.


The long years have taken the grapes from his vineyard,

Sapping the strength of his wine;

And though he no longer can scythe in the wheatfield,

The old eyes with memories shine.


Gone are the dreams and the prevarications,

Gone is the gnawing self doubt;

Here is a mind that was tempered by decades,

Knowing what life is about.


Outside the icicles cling to the gutters,

Inside the fire warms the room;

The old eyes rest proudly on son and on daughter,

Struggling to pierce the gloom.


So what of the boy when the fields were aflame?

What of the man in his prime?

The lesson of life is not taught in a moment,

But only the fullness of time.

© B R Peabody 2015

From Rhyming Words are for Everyone?


Springtime Festival.

The festival – it’s another world.

It’s here!

Escape. Relax. Enjoy.

The music never stops.

Artists just entertain.

It is odd but perfect.


Copyright © December 2012 Norma Martiri.



What is this apparition that bedevils every thought?

And how is it you weave the silken net in which I’m caught?

It only took a single glance and I was lost it’s true,

Drowning in the oceans of those stunning eyes of blue.

I find that I am dreaming of your velvet honeyed lips,

I want to put my arms about your slinky swaying hips;

Yet when I’m in a room with you my throat and mouth go dry,

My heart starts pounding madly and I think that I shall die.

I know you like me also for I’ve seen that little look,

Yet still I wriggle, helpless on your shiny fishing hook;

You must know you have caught me ‘cos I know you’ve seen me glance,

But I do not know how to start this ritual courtship dance.

How hot and bright and glowing is this star to which I’m hitched,

I feel just like a schoolboy who has surely been bewitched;

The magic that you practice is a long-lost mystic art,

Guiding straight along its beam, the point of Cupid’s dart.

You are my darling angel from the wispy clouds above,

How fervently I’m praying that you’ll take a chance on love;

I want to hold and cosset you and keep you safe and sound,

Yet I am almost frightened of these feelings I have found.

The first time that I saw you, you were wearing lilywhite,

You stole my soul and made me gasp and set my heart alight;

The second time I saw you I was shocked to see you here,

My mind went into meltdown just because you were so near;

And just in case you’re not quite sure exactly who you are,

You’re the gorgeous Spurs fan in the very sexy car!

© B R Peabody 2015

From Rhyming Words are for Everyone?


A Witch’s Brew.

A Witch’s Brew.

Only a taste will do.

A savoring treat

that will make

your heart beat

And a secret brew

that may become

your favorite too.

©Jenny Bynum 2015


Moonbeam Kisses.

The day was full of promises.

Memories were made, new adventures planned.

The moon shone.

You have loved me like no other – still the moon shines.

Copyright © 20th January 2013 Norma Martiri.


The Good Witch.

Dressed in black with pointy hat, Broom and black cat afoot,

The good Witch weaves magic spells at midnight.

Dancing beneath the silvery stars, the good witch could easily be you or me.

©Felicity Harvey-Santorini. 2000



The raindrops plummet down,

Each one bedecked in crystal gown,

Alive with vital glistening light,

Ten million raindrops gleaming bright,

This world of men will surely drown.


The sodden earth is drenched,

The grass and trees once parched now quenched,

Deep down the roots lie tranquil still,

Untouched by man’s pervading ill,

About their neighbours tightly clenched.


The stream is nature’s wine

For ancient oak and gangling pine,

Yet where the water lays her jewels

Are gangs of men with iron tools,

Cantank’rous mules drawn up in line.


O what is this we see?

How can this desecration be?

Where once were hues of green and brown,

The oak and pine come crashing down,

Despite the firmest guarantee.


Heed not the men of lies,

Truth whispers low when she replies,

Not always is she understood,

Oft hacked down in pools of blood,

By assassins in their drab disguise.

© B R Peabody 2015

From Rhyming Words are for Everyone?


Magic abound, dreamers be free.

Show me a woman, or a man

And I can tell you at one point:

She wanted to be a princess with her prince.

And he that prince, on a white horse!!!

We grew up with fairytales and magic

And I know I wanted to be a queen

Who can save her people and her king…

On his horse!

Witches and wizards brewing their spells,

Fighting evil intentions and agendas to unbind,

Magic, herbs and potions their favorite tools

But sometimes on their brooms they are zooming all around, joining the fight.

There will be fairies around us,

To bring us joy and fun.

The Fae is on board

Spreading their wings in flight or even here to help in the fight.

Ooooh the werewolves are chasing

The small ones in fun

Also protecting our kingdom

From evil abound.

So show me, men and women

I show you dreamers,

Who dreamt of magic and spells

Witches, Wizards and just free to be!

Copyright © 2015 Melanie Williams


Harvey Sisters Creed.

Invisibility Spell.

Springtime Spell.

Travel Talisman.

Returning Lost Power Spell.

Break up and Banishing of Binds.

***Before any spell, be sure you are grounded and do not carry menace or anger with you into the spell. This is merely to cleanse your spirit from the things that hold you down or back. Do not cast spells with malice or intent of harm. Always remember the rule of three.***

Harm none above all.

Every living and non-living thing (inanimate objects/material things) come from energy…energy given to us by the universe. When it’s time to break free of another person, an emotion or our past, the only way to break that bond is by fire.

If you have in your possession an article of clothing, or something belonging to your ex….or if you have in your possession something that represents the emotion or past you’re ready to move on from…you begin by burning it. Changing its form to ash. While it burns (in a safe place/container away from any building or any structure that could burn)…allow the feelings that have bound you to burn with the article or clothing or material thing you’ve held onto. All the fire to cleanse those emotions from your spirit.

When you have cooled ashes, gather them and take them to an open area. Release them into the wind while saying:

“Be gone from sight.

Be gone from sound.

Return to your place within the ground.

So it is. So shall it be.”

Once the ashes have dissipated, raise your hands to the sky.

“Erase the scent.

Erase the mark.

Erase the hold upon my heart.

So it is. So shall it be.”


Madison Sevier. Author.

Sweet Dreams Spell.



The Rivenfell Clan: Rivenfells were experts in gems, crystals, and metal magic. A typical Rivenfell witch is kindhearted and likes to be of service to others. They worship Mother Nature, and usually have white hair and brown eyes. The Tree Of Life is their symbol, and a small tattoo on their right wrist is only visible through magic.


The Rosenberg Clan: They are the most mischievous of the Great Clans. They usually have dark hair and dark eyes. They are said to be related to leprechauns. They wear a silver cross with a blood red ruby to represent a red rose.


The Harvey Clan: They were considered the good clan (out of all the five) and wrote the first Book of Shadows. They were known for their magical knowledge about spells and properties of magic. The most powerful witches in the Harvey clan have green eyes. The Bloodthorns were their greatest enemies


The Lochlanach Clan: A Viking clan, they used runes for casting magic. Many Lochlanach people have red hair.


The Bloodthorn Clan: Named after a poisonous flower, they are darkest of all the clans, the Bloodthorns are famous for the use of dark magic, forbidden practices, and the ability to do evil. They worship serpents and often own them as pets. It is their desire to destroy the other clans, becoming the most powerful clan of all the earthbound witches.


The Stregheria Clan: An ancient clan of Italian witches thought to be wiped out by the Bloodthorn clan. The surviving clan members roamed throughout the world, looking for a safe refuge. Eventually they hid themselves amongst the Romani/Gypsy peoples of the world.


Ved’ma Clan: An ancient Russian clan of witches destroyed by the Bloodthorn clan. Shape-shifting spells involved invocation of the wolf.



One of the earliest forms of the broom is known as the Besom Broom. They were made of twigs secured to a handle. The bristles were made of various materials such as straw, herbs, or twigs. The broom handle is round to represent the branch of a tree, associating the broom with the Tree of Life, an important symbol in ancient pagan rituals. Customarily a Besom broom is made from hazel wood and the bristles were birch twigs.

Brooms were often found just inside a dwelling hanging with bristles facing upward to ward off the evil spirits, negative energies and to protect those in the dwelling. Brooms are also hung over a doorway with the bristles facing in the direction of opening of the door for the same protection.

Thus the broom is a wonderful tool for magical practices and witchy rituals.


The Witches’ Broom – so it is said…

The traditional witches brooms were made of ash and bristles comprising of birch twigs. The twigs are then fastened onto the handle with thin strips of willow wood. Some witches decorated their brooms with flowers and tied them on with decorative string or lengths of ribbon. Many witches today still choose to decorate their brooms in this manner.

Celtic pagans also associated the broom with faeries, and forest sprites. Stories tell of witches entering the forest and asking the faeries to lead them to the trees most suitable to make the best staff for their brooms. The magical folk of the forests would then bless the broom, gifting the witches broom with magical powers from the fairy realm.

The witch’s broom is part masculine – the phallic broom handle. It also has female properties – the bristles. It is because of this, that the broom is still used in handfasting rituals and marriage ceremonies. At other times it is used as a gateway to a ritual space. Drawing a magical circle, the witch would then enter the circle then set the broom across the doorway to keep unwanted energies or people out of the circle during rituals.

Using a broom, you can clean a space for your ritual work.

In earlier days, witches would use their broom to hide their wands. Sweep unwanted negative energies and spirits away from yout home, then release the unfavorable energies to a remote place away from your home and family.

Some ancient brooms were discovered with hidden compartments in the handle to house concoctions of herbs, oils, flowers and a variety of other trinkets used to perform ritualistic spells.


Up, up and away – The Flying Broom.

Is it a bird, or is it a plane? No, it’s a witch… The witches broom is linked to the air element, and therefore has magical powers over the spirits. In archaic and modern times, images of female witches riding brooms at night can be found with the light of the full moon illuminating their way, and with rituals performed using magic and a special concoction of herbs, the witch can fly anywhere in the world she chose, either alone or in the company of other witches.


Birch – The Achiever

December 24 – January 20.

If you were born under the energy of the Birch you can be highly driven and ambitious. You are always reaching for more, seeking better horizons and obtaining higher aspirations than many of those around you. The Druids attributed this to your time of birth, which is a time of year shrouded by darkness, so consequently you are always seeking to find truth in the light. Birch signs are tolerant, tough, and resilient. You are cool-headed and are natural-born rulers, often taking command of any situation. When in touch with your softer side, you also bring beauty in otherwise barren spaces, brightening up a room with you guile, and charming friends with your quick wit and offbeat sense of humor. Birch signs are compatible with Vine signs and Willow signs.


Rowan – The Thinker.

January 21 – February 17.

Celtic tree astrology recognizes Rowan signs as the philosophical minds within the zodiac. If you were born under the Rowan energy, you are likely a keen-minded visionary with high ideals. Your thoughts are original and creative. Others often misunderstand you. This sometimes makes you aloof when interacting with people as you feel they wouldn’t understand where you are coming from. Nevertheless, although you may appear to have a cool exterior, you are burning within from your passionate ideals. This passion provides inner motivation for you as you make your way through life. You have a natural ability to transform situations and people around you by your mere presence. Highly influential in a quiet way, others look to you for your unique perspectives. Rowan pairs well with Ivy and Hawthorn signs.


Ash – The Enchanter.

February 18 – March 17.

Those born under the sign of the Ash are free thinkers. You are imaginative, intuitive, and naturally artistic. You have a tendency to be moody and withdrawn at times, but that’s only because your inner thoughts are in constant motion. You are in touch with your muse, and you are constantly inspired by nature. You inspire all you associate with, and people seek you out for your enchanting personality. Art, writing (especially poetry), science, and spiritual matters are areas that strongly interest you. Others may think you are reclusive, but in all honesty, you are simply immersed in your own world. You are in a constant state of self-renewal, and you rarely place a value on what others think about you. Ash signs partner well with Willow and Reed signs.


Alder – The Trailblazer.

March 18 – April 14.

If you are an Alder sign, you are a natural-born trailblazer. You’re a mover and a shaker, and will blaze a trail with fiery passion, often gaining loyal followers. You are charming, gregarious and mingle easily with a broad mix of personalities. Alder signs are popular – everybody loves to be around you. This might be because Alders are easily confident and have a strong self-faith. This self-assurance is infectious, and other people recognize this quality in you instantly. Alder Celtic tree astrology signs are focused and dislike waste. Consequently, they can see through superficialities and will not tolerate stupidity. Alder people place high value on their time, and feel that wasting time is insufferable. They are motivated by action and results. Alders pair well with Hawthorns, Oaks or even Birch signs.


Willow – The Observer.

April 15 – May 12.

If you are a Willow sign, you are ruled by the moon. Your personality holds hands with many of the mystical aspects of the lunar realm. This means you are highly creative, intuitive (highly psychic people are born under the sign of the Willow) and intelligent. You have a keen understanding of cycles, and you inherently know that every situation has a season. This gives you a realistic perspective of things. You tend to be more patient than most tree signs. With your intelligence comes a natural ability to retain knowledge, and you often impress your company with the ability to expound on subjects from memory. Willow Celtic tree astrology signs are bursting with potential, but have a tendency to hold back for fear of appearing flamboyant or overindulgent. It is your powers of perception that ultimately allow your true nature to shine. Willow signs join well with the Birch and the Ivy.


Hawthorn – The Illusionist.

May 13 – June 9.

Hawthorn signs are not at all what they appear to be. Outwardly, they appear to be a certain persona, while on the inside, Hawthorns can be quite different. “Never judge a book by its cover” is a good example of those born under this sign. They live seemingly average lives, while on the inside they carry fiery passions and an inexhaustible creative flame. They are well adjusted, and can adapt to most life situations well – making themselves content, while comforting others at the same time. You are naturally curious, and have a broad range of interests. You are an excellent listener, and people seek you out as a sounding board. You have a healthy sense of humor, and have a clear understanding of irony. You tend to see the big picture and have amazing insight – although you typically won’t give yourself enough credit. Hawthorn signs match up nicely with Ash and Rowan.


Oak – The Stabilizer.

June 10 – July 7.

The Oak have a special gift of strength. They are protective people and often become a champion for those who do not have a voice. In other words, the Oak is the crusader and the spokesperson for the underdog. Nurturing, generous and helpful, you are a gentle giant among the Celtic zodiac signs. You exude an easy confidence and naturally assume everything will work out. You have a deep respect for history and ancestry, and many people with this sign become teachers. You love to impart your knowledge onto others. Oak signs have a need for structure, and will often go to great lengths to gain the feeling of control in their lives. Healthy Oak signs live long, full, happy lives and enjoy large family settings. Oak signs pair off well with the Ash and Reed, and are known to harmoniously join with Ivy signs too.


Holly – The Ruler.

July 8 – August 4.

Among the Celtic tree astrology signs, Holly is one of regal status. Noble and high-minded, those born at this time easily take on positions of leadership and power. If you are a Holly sign you take on challenges easily, overcoming obstacles with skill and tact. When you encounter setbacks, you simply redouble your efforts and remain ever vigilant to obtain your goal. This is why many people look up to you and follow you as a leader. You are competitive and ambitious, even in the most casual settings. You can appear to be arrogant, but in actuality, you’re just confident in your abilities. You are quite generous, kind and affectionate – once people get to know you. Highly intelligent, you fly through academics where others may struggle. Because many things come to you so easily, you may have a tendency to rest on your laurels. If not kept active, you may slip into an unhealthy and lazy lifestyle. Holly signs may look to Ash and Elder signs for balance and partnership.


Hazel – The Knower.

August 5 – September 1.

If you are born under the energy of the Hazel, you are highly intelligent, organized and efficient. Like the Holly, you are naturally gifted in academia, and excel in any classroom. You also have the ability to retain information and can recall, recite and expound on subjects you’ve memorized with amazing accuracy. You know your facts, and you are always well informed. This sometimes makes you appear like a know-it-all to others. Genuinely smart, you usually know the right course of action because of your impressive knowledge base. You have an eye for detail, and like things to be “just right.” Sometimes, however, this need for order and control can lead to compulsive behaviors. You have a knack for numbers, science and things that utilize your analytical skills. You like rules, although you are typically making them rather than playing by them. The Celtic tree astrology sign of Hazel joins harmoniously with Hawthorn and Rowan.


Vine – The Equalizer.

September 2 – September 29.

Vine signs are born within the autumnal equinox, which makes your personality changeable and unpredictable. You can be full of contradictions, and are often indecisive, but this is because you can see both sides of any story, and empathize with each equally. It is hard for you to pick a side because you can see the good points on each. There are areas in your life, however, that you are quite sure about. These include the finer things of life, like food, wine, music, and art. You have a very distinctive taste, and are a connoisseur of refinement. Luxury agrees with you, and under good conditions you have a Midas touch for turning the mundane into dramatic beauty. You are charming, elegant, and maintain a level of class that wins you esteem from your large fan base. You often find yourself in public places where others can admire your classic style. Vine signs pair well with Willow and Hazel signs.


Ivy – The Survivor.

September 30 – October 27.

Among other cherished qualities of the Ivy sign, most prized is your ability to overcome the odds. You have a sharp intellect, but more obvious is your compassion and loyalty to others. You have a giving nature, and are always there to lend a helping hand to those in need. You are born at a time of the waning sun, so life can be difficult for you at times. This sometimes seems unfair as it appears that obstacles are coming at you with no prompting on your part. Nevertheless, you endure troubling times with silent perseverance and grace. Ivy signs have a tendency to be deeply spiritual and cling to a deep-rooted faith that typically sees them through adversity. You are soft spoken, but have a keen wit. You are charming, charismatic, and can effectively hold your own in social settings. Ivy signs are attracted to the Celtic tree astrology sign of Oak and Ash signs.


Reed – The Inquisitor.

October 28 – November 24.

Reed signs are the secret keepers. You dig deep inside to discover the real meaning of things, and find the truth hidden beneath layers of distraction. When there is a need to get to the heart of a matter, the Reed sign will find the core. You love a good story, and can be easily drawn in by gossip, scandals, legend and lore. These tendencies also make you an excellent historian, journalist, detective or archeologist. You love people because they represent a diversity of meanings for you to interpret. You are adept at coaxing people into talking to you. Sometimes you can be a bit manipulative; however, you have a strong sense of truth and honor. Reed people join well with other Reeds, Ash or Oak signs.


Elder – The Seeker.

November 25 – December 23.

Elder archetypes tend to be freedom-loving, and sometimes appear to be a bit wild to the other signs of the Celtic zodiac. In earlier years you may have lived life in the fast lane, often identified as a “thrill seeker.” At the time of your birth, the light of the sun was fast fleeting, so you tend to take the same cue from nature. You are often misjudged as an outsider because you have a tendency to be withdrawn in spite of your extroverted nature. In actuality, you are deeply thoughtful and philosophical. You also tend to be very considerate of others, and genuinely strive to be helpful. These acts of assistance are sometimes thwarted by your brutal honestly, which you openly share. Elder Celtic tree astrology signs fit well with Alder and Holly.



Alder -The alder, a shrub or tree of the birch family has special implications in Celtic tradition.

In Ireland the alder was regarded with awe apparently because when cut the wood turns from white to red. It is also believed that Alder allowed access into the fairy realms. At one time the felling of an alder was punishable, and it is still avoided. The alder was thought to have power of divination, especially in the diagnosing of diseases. Alder or yew might be used in the fé, a rod for measuring corpses and graves in pre-Christian Ireland.


Apple – The pome fruit and tree of the apple is celebrated in numerous functions in Celtic mythology, legend, and folklore; it is an emblem of fruitfulness and sometimes a means to immortality. Apple is a great wood for a magical wand. It is a favorite witch tree. Eating an apple opens the gateway into other realms, most often fairyland. It provides illumination and the gaining of knowledge. The apple is also considered one of the foods of the dead. Wands of druids were made from wood either of the yew or of the apple. Use apple cider in any old spells calling for blood or wine. Apple indicates choice, and is useful for love and healing magic.


Ash – The ash tree was a tree regarded with awe in Celtic countries, especially Ireland. Together with the oak and thorn, the ash is part of a magical trilogy in fairy lore. Ash seedpods may be used in divination, and the wood has the power to ward off fairies. In Gaelic Scotland children were given the astringent sap of the tree as a medicine and as a protection against witch-craft. Druid wands were often made of ash because of its straight grain. Ash wands are good for healing, general and solar magic. Put fresh ash leaves under your pillow to stimulate psychic dreams.


Cedar – Also known as the Tree of Life, Arbor Vitae, Yellow Cedar. Cedar above the entry door will drive away negative influences and evil spirits. Cedar wood is often used to cleanse, heal, and protect. Many Gypsy wagons and caravans are made with cedar. Valued not only for its ability to keep insects away, it also has strong magic. Burned during scrying, it enhances the seer’s powers.


Elder -The elder is commonly thought of as the ‘fairy tree’. In Ireland many individual elder trees were thought haunted by fairies or demons. Standing under an elder tree at Midsummer, like standing in a Fairy Ring of mushrooms, will help you see the "little people." Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms. Music on panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand.


Elm – Elm adds stability and grounding to a spell. Use of the Elm wands is strong in magic used concerning endurance, fertility, passage thru death and phases of life, rebirth, and invocation of the Goddess. The tree essence energizes the mind and balances the heart. It attracts love, protects, and aids in sharpening psychic powers. It was found in the underworld and at the crossroads leading to the fairy world. Elm is very popular with the Elves. Elm adds stability, grounding, and focus to spell working.


Hawthorn – Wands made of this wood are of great power. The May Pole is traditionally made of hawthorn or decorated with hawthorn flowers. As the tree is sacred to fairies, one must ask permission before taking the blooms or sprigs and must certainly leave an offering when cutting down a whole tree. Planting it as a hedge around your home will keep out unfriendly spirits. Adding hawthorn to an amulet will protect you from spirits and harmful magic. The blossoms are highly erotic to men. Hawthorn can be used for protection, love and marriage spells.


Hazel – Wands made of this wood symbolize white magic and healing. For magical protection, draw a circle around yourself with a hazel branch. In legend and folklore, the hazel, along with the apple and hawthorn, is a tree often found at the border between the worlds where magical things may happen. Both the wood and the edible nuts of the hazel have played important roles in Irish and Welsh traditions. Hazel leaves and nuts are found in early British burial mounds and shaft-wells. Legends tell of the hazel without leaves was thought to be evil, dripping poisonous milk, and the home of vultures. Thought a fairy tree in both Ireland and Wales, wood from the hazel was sacred to poets and was thus a taboo fuel on any hearth. Witches’ wands are often made of hazel, as are divining rods, used to find underground water. Even more esteemed than the hazel’s wood were its nuts, often described as the ‘nuts of wisdom’, e.g. esoteric or occult knowledge.


Holly – Holly is associated with the death and rebirth symbolism of winter in both Pagan and Christian lore and is important to the Winter Solstice. Holly may be used in spells having to do with sleep or rest, and to ease the passage of death. Holly wood makes very good wands which can be used to banish unwanted entities, and command evoked spirits. Planting holly around the house, or decorating the house with holly boughs will protect the household from spells cast by unfriendly witches. Holly brought into the home at Yule invites the faerie folk to shelter with you in the cold of winter. A small branch can be hung outside the house to protect it from lightening. A bag of leaves and berries carried by a man is said to increase his ability to attract women.


Oak – The mighty deciduous hardwood of the oak has played a prominent role in the Celtic imagination from ancient to modern times. Druids made their wands from only three woods: yew, oak, and apple. In both British and Irish fairy lore, the oak is one of three magical woods, along with ash and thorn. Acorns gathered at night held the greatest fertility powers. The Druids and Priestesses listened to the rustling oak leaves and the wrens in the trees for divinatory messages. Burning oak leaves purifies the atmosphere. It can be used in spells for protection, strength, success and stability.


Yew -The evergreen yew with dark green, needle-like leaves and red berries has commonly symbolized immortality. Both Druids with their belief in reincarnation, and later Christians with their teaching of the resurrection, regarded it as a natural emblem of everlasting life. Its capacity for great age enriched its symbolic value. It is still commonly planted in Christian churchyards and cemeteries. The druids preferred yew for wand-making over their other favorite woods, apple and oak.




Witches and apothecaries have known about the medicinal uses and the magical properties of flowers for centuries, using them for healing purposes and magic spells.


Blue: Rich, deep blues, found in the hydrangea and iris, offer serenity. Blue flowers have a calming effect. They cool the emotions. Blue flowers also speak of intimacy and long-term relationships. They communicate deep and enduring trust. Blue flowers also make appropriate sympathy or get well flowers.

Green: Green flowers represent harmony with nature as well as health, wellness, and a promise for good fortune.

Orange: These flowers offer happiness & joy, warmth, love, adventure & spontaneity.

Pink: Pink flowers represent innocence, playfulness, and sensitivity. Pink flowers are the most romantic. Traditionally associated with femininity.

Purple: These flowers have an enchanted, otherworldly eminence to them. They represent mystery, creativity, charm, grace, elegance, and refinement.

Red: Sends the powerful message of romantic love & passion. Red flowers are symbolic to the heart. Red is the color of seduction and desire.

White: White flowers are associated with purity and innocence. The delicate white blossoms represent honesty, purity, perfection, elegance and innocence. These flowers communicate pure, thoughtful love & undying fidelity.

Yellow: Represents friendship and filial love – the love of a child for a parent. Yellow flowers represent trust, compassion, & respect. Yellow flower also communicate sympathy.


Candles are lit to enhance the powers of a spell.


Black Opens the levels of the subconscious mind, is used in spells and rituals to elicit a deeper meditative state or to ban bad or negative things.

Blue Primarily spiritual color for love spells and rituals around wisdom, harmony, inner light or peace; grants truth and guidance.

Brown Earth, a balanced color. Rituals for material gain, eliminates indecisiveness, furthers powers of concentration, learning, telepathy. Expands financial success, finds lost items.

Dark Green The color of ambition, avarice, jealousy. Neutralizes and works against these powers in a spell or ritual.

Emerald Green Important component in Isis love spells and rituals; love, companionship, joy, fertility.

Golden Enhances communication and attracts the power of cosmic influences. Useful in money spell ritual which are designed to gain fortune or money – spells and rituals which require solar energy.

Gray Neutral color. Helpful when thoughts complicate questions during a meditation. In love magic, this color often creates confusion. It neutralizes and eliminates negative influences.

Green Enhances wealth, fertility, and success; stimulates rituals and spells for luck, money, harmony, and rejuvenation.

Indigo inactive color. Ends situations, detains people. For spells and rituals which require a deep meditative state or Saturn energy.

Light Blue Spiritual color, helpful for devotions or inspirational meditation. Brings peace and calm into the house, exudes Aquarius energy. To be included when a situation must be created.

Magenta Combination of red and violet. Operates with a high frequency. Energizes spells and rituals in which immediate action or powers on a high plane or spiritual oneness are essential.

Pink Enhances romance and friendship. Standard color for love spells and love rituals which are designed to attract attention and achieve a purpose. The color of femininity, honor, and pleasantness – enhances joyful and lively conversation.

Red Health, passion, love, fertility, strength, courage, willpower. Strengthens magnetism in a love spell or ritual, creates Ram and Scorpio energies.

Royal Blue Enhances laughter and serenity, color of loyalty. Used to create Jupiter energy or whenever an influence must be strengthened.

Silver eliminates negativity and enhances stability, helps develop psychic skills, attracts the influence of the Great Mother.

Violet/Purple Strength, success, idealism, psychic revelation; ideal for spells and rituals which are designed to secure ambition, independence and financial success or to establish contact with the other, spiritual world; enhances Neptune energy. Reversing curses, psychic healing, psychic power, inspiration, meditation, spirituality, spiritual power, astral projection, third eye.

White The balance of all colors. Spiritual enlightenment, cleansing, clairvoyance, healing, truth seeking. Used in love spells rituals, which contain lunar (moon) energy and can substitute for any other color.

Yellow Activity, creativity, oneness. Yellow strengthens the imagination and concentration in all spells, such as love spells, money spells, and protection spells. Is used in rituals in which the trust of a person is gained or in which one wants to convince someone. For rituals which require solar energy.


Blue – The throat chakra. Blue, is the color of communication. A balanced throat chakra supports self-expression. Blue is a cool color that gives perspective, and it is soothing and peaceful. Some blue gemstones are lapis lazuli, turquoise, aquamarine, sapphire and blue topaz. They produce a calming effect and promote good sleep and relaxation.

Green – Heart chakra. Green, is the color of nature. It is the color of healing, well-being and harmony. It is also the color of transformation, symbolized by the cycle of the seasons. Some green gemstones are emerald, malachite, moss agate, jade, peridot and green tourmaline. Encouraging growth, fertility and change, as well as compassion and forgiveness.

Indigo – The third-eye chakra, between the brows, indigo has an energy that connects the spiritual self with the embodied self. Enhances insight, intuition and understanding. Some indigo gemstones are azurite and lolite. They provide access to the unconscious, cosmic knowledge and clairvoyance.

Orange – The sacral chakra, in the lower abdomen, orange is the color of vitality and curiosity. It is associated with playfulness and willingness to take on life’s challenges. Some orange gemstones are carnelian, orange calcite and tangerine quartz. They enhance self-esteem and strength to embrace change.

Red – Root chakra, at the base of the spine. Red is the color of blood and fire, of vitality and survival. It is also the color of lust and love. Some red gemstones are red coral, bloodstone, garnet, red calcite, red jasper and ruby. They increase enthusiasm for life, promote courage.

Violet – The crown chakra – just above the top of the head. Violet reconnects you with your spiritual and creative source. For inspiration and imagination. Some violet gemstones are amethyst, fluorite and sugilite. Enhance meditation and your connection to higher self.

Yellow – Solar plexus chakra, yellow, is the color of the mental and creative energy. It is also the color of joy, clarity and awareness. Some yellow gemstones are citrine, amber and lemon quartz. They support the chakra’s energy and personal power with clear decision-making, concentration and memory.



January – The garnet is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel.

February – The amethyst is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. At one time, only royalty could wear the gem. The word amethyst comes from the Greek amethystos, meaning “sober” and was once thought to protect against intoxication.

March – The aquamarine was thought to cure gout, liver, and stomach diseases simply by drinking water in which the gem had been soaking. Early sailors believed that having an aquamarine amulet on board their ship, carved in the likeness of Neptune, god of sea, and protected them from the danger of the oceans.

April – The diamond, a symbol of everlasting love, was also once thought to bring courage. In Sanskrit, the diamond is called “vajra”, which means lighting; in Hindu mythology, vajra was the weapon of Indra, king of the gods.

May – The emerald, one of Cleopatra’s favored gems, has long been associated with fertility, rebirth and love. Ancient Romans dedicated this stone to Venus, goddess of beauty and love. Today it signifies wisdom, growth and patience.

June – The pearl has always been a symbol of purity. Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of Aphrodite, goddess of love.

July – The ruby, regarded by Ancient Hindus as “king of gems”. It was believed to protect its wearer from evil. Today, the ruby’s deep red color signifies love and passion.

August – The peridot symbolizes strength. Some call it the evening emerald because of its light green color. It was once thought that green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pelé. When set in gold, this gem was said to protect against nightmares.

September – The sapphire was once used to protect against evil and poisoning. Also traditionally a favorite stone of priests and kings, the sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom.

October – The opal symbolizes faithfulness and confidence. The word comes from the Latin opalus, which means “precious jewel”. Necklaces with opals are said to repel evil and protect eyesight.

November – The topaz represents love and affection. It is said to give the wearer strength and intellect.

December – Turquoise, regarded as a love charm, is also a symbol of good fortune and success, and is believed to relax the mind. It protects its wearer from harm. Turquoise rings in particular, are thought to keep away evil spirits.


CAT – The symbolism of the cat is ambiguous and balances between goodness and evil. In Ancient Rome the cat was sacred to Diana, the Moon goddess, and was considered as the guardian of homes. Agility, magic, mystery, independence, reincarnation, balance, wisdom, mysticism, magic, and mystery.

FOX – The Fox represents cunning, slyness, secrecy, observation, and wisdom. They Fox can take on human form. They possess healing power. The Apache say the Fox brought the first fire to their people. Other cultures such as the ancient Egyptians thought the Fox brought blessings of the gods.

MOUSE – Pays attention to details and examining things closely, carefully. Mouse can teach lessons of stealth and invisibility for sometimes great strength lies within stillness. Aware of new discoveries and possibilities. Listens to intuition.

OWL – The symbol of the feminine, the moon, and the night. The owl is the bird of magic and darkness, of prophecy and wisdom. Owl people can see into the darkness of others souls. Most owl people are clairvoyant because of this ability.

RAVEN – symbolizes protection, initiation, and healing. It brings in deep healing and signifies the death of one thing to bring in the birth of another. Harbingers of Death. Raven’s other attributes are eloquence, change in consciousness, wisdom, messages from spirit, or the spirit world. The Raven is the hallmark of shape-shifting. Raven could see all and find things that are hidden.

SNAKE – Symbolizes power in both the natural and supernatural. It represents fertility, regeneration and wisdom, power, energy. In other instances, the snake represents temptation, feminine sexual power.

WOLF – Symbol for companion and guardian. In a positive light, they are loyal, faithful, honest and willing to fight injustice. It is seen as a powerful symbol of intelligence, and vigilance. The wolf is an extremely gregarious animal, enjoying the company of others. Wolves mate for life. The clan has a solid social structure, in which all adults participate in the upbringing of the young. Wolves are fiercely loyal to their mates, with a strong sense of family while upholding individualism. Though their clans are highly organized, they are truly free spirits.


Winter Solstice – 13 weeks – Minor Sabbath.

December 21 – Yule.

December 21-22 – Winter Solstice/Yule. One of the Illuminati’s Human Sacrifice Nights.

February 1 and 2 – Candlemas and Imbolc, a.k.a. Groundhog’s Day. One of the Illuminati’s Human Sacrifice Nights.

February 14 – Valentine’s Day.

Spring Equinox – 13 weeks – Minor sabbath but does require human sacrifice.

March 21-22 – Goddess Ostara – Note: Easter is the first Sunday after the first new moon after Ostara. March 21 is one of the Illuminati’s Human Sacrifice Nights.

April 1 – All Fool’s Day, precisely 13 weeks since New Year’s Day.

April 19 – May 1 – Blood Sacrifice To The Beast. Fire sacrifice is required on April 19.

April 30 – May 1 – Beltane Festival – also called Walpurgis Night. This is the highest day on the Druidic Witch’s Calendar. May 1 is the Illuminati’s second most sacred holiday. Human sacrifice is required.

Summer Solstice – 13 weeks – When the sun reaches its northernmost point in its journey across the sky.

June 21 – 22 – Summer Solstice.

June 21 – Litha is one of the Illuminati’s Human Sacrifice Nights.

July 4, America’s Independence Day, is 13 days after Day of Litha and 66 days from April 30.

July 19 – 13 days before Lughnasa.

July 31 – August 1 – Lughnasa, Great Sabbat Festival. August – One of the Illuminati’s Human Sacrifice Nights.

Autumnal Equinox – 13 weeks – Minor Sabbath but does require human sacrifice.

September 21 – Mabon – one of the Illuminati’s Human Sacrifice Nights.

September 21 -22 - Autumnal Equinox.

October 31 – Samhain, also known as Halloween, or All Hallows Eve. This date is the Illuminati’s highest day of human sacrifice.



ALDER BARK - use for money, gambling, & luck- also increases the power of what it's used with

ANGELICA ROOT- use for exorcism, protection, healing. Used in Egyptian rituals.

ANISE SEED- use for protection, increase of psychic powers. Use in dream pillows or blend in warm milk for an aphrodisiac.

ASAFOETIDA- use for exorcism, purification, & protection.

BARBERRY BARK- use in love spells to incite passion. May also be used to make yellow dye.

BAYBERRY BARK- use to bring good luck, money, energy, & clarity. Make candles with it and burn them to bring wealth.

BENZOIN- use for purification and prosperity. Excellent incense base.

BLESSED THISTLE- brings strength & protection. Use for healing and hex breaking. (may be substituted for rue)

BUCKEYE- use to bring money, good luck, & healing. Wrap nut with money and carry in a sachet to attract money.

CALAMUS- use to bring luck, money, healing, & protection.

CAMPHOR- use for health. Breath to open the sight.

CATNIP- use in cat (familiar) magic. Promotes love, beauty, & courage. Use as a bookmark in a magical text.

CHAMOMILE- use to bring money and love. Aids in sleep, relaxation, & purification. Use in dream pillows.

CHEWING JOHN- use for protection, lust, health, money, psychic powers, & to break hexes.

CINNAMON- use to bring speedy results in matters of love, money, or health.

COMFREY- use for safety during travel. Place in shoes to ensure a safe journey.

CORN FLOWERS- use for inspiration and to invoke the Mother aspect of the Goddess. Use to find a new love.

COUCH GRASS- use to bring happiness or attract love. Tie this in a knot to bind young love.

DAMIANA- use in sexual magic. Store with a piece of quartz to increase clairvoyance.

DEVIL’S SHOESTRING- use when gambling. Carry a piece for good luck, especially employment.

DRAGON’S BLOOD- use to clear negativity. Increases the power and potency of whatever it is used with.

ECHINACEA- use in strengthening spells and healing rituals.

ELECAMPANE- use to attract love. Also known as elf-wort. Use in consecrations, scrying, and initiations.

FENNEL- use for healing and protection. Blend this with anise and mugwort to promote sight.

FIVE FINGER GRASS- the five leaves represent love, money, health, power and wisdom.

FRANKINCENSE- use in consecrations & religious ceremonies. Increases prayer strength.

GALANGA ROOT- use in love spells to heat things up.

GET AWAY ROOT- same as comfrey

GOLDENSEAL- use for healing and to attract money. Use to make yellow or orange dye.

GRAINS OF PARADISE- use to attract love, lust, & money. Toss to the four winds after making a wish, starting with north.

GUINEA PEPPERS- use to bring love and luck. Carry it for protection.

HEMLOCK – one of the foremost hexing agents. Hemlock is used in spell work involving chastity or the reduction of sexual desires, as well as general purification. It is sometimes planted at the front and back of a house to keep any poison from entering.

HIGH JOHN ROOT- use it to give a very powerful boost to whatever it is used with.

HOPS- use in dream pillows. Use to make ritual brews.

INDIAN HEMP- use for healing & meditation.

JAMAICAN GINGER- use to attract love, money, & success. Sprinkle in pockets to attract money.

JEZEBEL ROOT- use in love spells where a female wants to attract and command a mate. Aids in protecting purity.

JUNIPER BERRIES- use to dispel negative energy. Hang by a door or entrance to a house.

KAVA KAVA- use in Hawaiian rituals.

KELP- used to increase psychic powers. Used in spells of the sea or winds.

LADY’S THUMB- use to draw love.

LAUREL LEAVES- used for purification, protection, & healing. Used to make a crown for males in handfastings or weddings.

LAVENDER- use for protection, love, longevity, & purification. Promotes happiness, peace, and tranquility especially in childbirth.

LEMON GRASS- use in money spells. Also said to repel serpents.

LINDEN FLOWERS- use for protection and luck. Use these in dream pillows and love spells.

LOTUS ROOT- use as an offering to the Gods. Symbol of life, spirituality, and the center of the universe.

LOW JOHN ROOT- use for protection and hex breaking. Adds a boost to whatever it is being used with.

MANDRAKE- use in gender magic (can be male or female depending on the shape of the root)

MAY APPLE- same as mandrake. Used in poppets.

MOJO WISH BEAN- use to manifest wishes and desires.

MUGWORT- use to promote psychic powers, astral projections, & prophetic dreams. Use in consecration and divination, especially with the crystal ball.

MULLEIN- use to promote courage, love, & protection.

MYRRH- use for clearing and healing. Increases the power of whatever it is used with.

NUTMEG- use as a sprinkle on green candles to attract money.

ORRIS ROOT- use for love or divination. Burn as incense to bring peace to the dead.

PASSION FLOWERS- use to promote peace, sleep, & friendship. Calms troubled emotions.

PATCHOULI- use in sexual magic. Sprinkle at base of a green candle to attract money, also a substitute for graveyard dust.

PEPPERMINT LEAVES- use for purification, sleep, love, & healing. Raises vibration levels, and promotes dreams of the things to come.

QUASSIA CHIPS- use to attract love, compassion, & understanding. Use as a base for incense.

RASPBERRY LEAVES- use for protection. Carry the leaves to alleviate pains of pregnancy and child birthing.

ROSE BUDS- use in love spells and to promote a sense of healing and peace. Wear a chaplet of these petals during a love spell to increase its strength.

ROSEMARY- use for protection, love, lust, purification, healing, & sleep. Use in dream pillows, or burn to learn the answer to a question.

ROWEN WOOD- use to promote psychic powers, healing, & success.

SALTPETER- use in vesta powder to clear space of energy and use in scrying.

SANDALWOOD- use as an incense base. Has a very high spiritual vibration. Use in cologne to wash away negativity.

SASSAFRAS- use in a purse or wallet to attract money.

SKULLCAP- use to promote relaxation and peace. Use in handfastings or weddings.

SEASALT- use for purification and grounding.

SLIPPERY ELM- use to halt gossip. When placed in a red bag and worn around the neck it will improve speech and language.

SOLOMONS SEAL- use in the four corners or the house to protect it. Use in ceremonial magic.

SPEARMINT- use in dream pillows. Breath to clear thoughts.

SPIKENARD- use in helping to remember details when studying.

ST. JOHNS WORT – used for protection, calming anxiety and the hearing or auditory perception of spirits.

STAR ANISE- use to wear seeds as beads to increase psychic powers.

SULPHUR- use to prevent or break a hex.

SUNFLOWER- use as an additive to a bath to increase happiness.

TARRAGON commanding, confidence, courage, passion, protection, strength. Keeping secrets, love, peace, prevents theft, retention, sensuality, virility. Contacting other planes, grieving, meditation, rituals for the dead. Spiritually, the smell of tarragon stimulates a deeper sense of true self. It also stimulates lucid dreaming, and astral travel.

THYME- use to invoke the fairy folks. Use this to communicate to the dead.

TONKA BEANS- use to attract lovers and money. Visualize and wish upon it the throw into running water.

VALERIAN- use in dream pillows. Induce sleep. Substitute for graveyard dust.

VERBENA/VERBAIN- use to scatter around the home to bring peace. Use to consecrate magical tools.

VERVAIN – A magical plant believed to possess the power to cure grief.

VETIVERT- use to increase prosperity.

WITCH HAZEL- use to make diving rods. Carry to mend a broken heart.

WORMWOOD- use to banish angers and negative energy.

YARROW- use in love spells. Wrap in terry cloth and place under pillow to envision your true love.


AFTERWORLD – The world of the dead, the place where human souls go to after death. Also see: Summerland.

AKASHA - Element of Spirit, the fifth element, the omnipresent spiritual power that permeates the universe. It is the energy out of which the Elements formed. Usually envisaged as violet in color. It embraces the other four elements - earth, air, fire, and water. This is the realm of pattern, or causality, from which the realm the normally thought of five senses manifests. Some define it is the "other" of the "two worlds" that the witch or magician walks between.- the spiritual ether (or Aether).

ALL HALLOWS EVE – Another name for Samhain, a Pagan festival that is celebrated on the last day of October.

ALTAR – A raised structure (as a square or oblong erection of stone or wood) on which the various tools of witchcraft are placed and candles and incense burned to a deity.

ANIMISM – Belief that a spirit or force residing in every animate and inanimate object, every dream and idea, gives individuality to each. The related Polynesian concept of man holds that the spirit in all things is responsible for the good and evil in the universe.

ANKH – Egyptian “Cross of Life” which represents the union of male and female and is regarded as a universal life charm. The symbol is a cross with a looped, oval top. Also called the Key of the Nile.

AN-SHET – Another word for a Witch’s magical wand.

APPARITION – The appearance of a phantom seen in a dream or trance or waking state as the result of astral projection.

ARADIA – Daughter of the Goddess Diana, and a name for the Goddess used by Italian Witches or Strega, commonly used in many Wiccan traditions today.

ARCHETYPES – Universal symbols that speak in the language of the subconscious. They are the ideal images of deities and other powers.

ARIANRHOD – A Welsh Goddess-name much used by witches. The name means ‘Silver Wheel’. Caer Arianrhod (Castle of Arianrhod), symbolizes the resting-place of souls between incarnations.

ASPECTS – Forms, facets, or personas of Deity: for example, Brighid, Iseult, Eos, and Kore are all aspects of the Maiden, and the Maiden is an aspect of the Goddess.

ASPERGER – A bundle of fresh herbs or a perforated object used to sprinkle water during or preceding Ritual, for purification purposes.

ASTRAL PLANE – The invisible “other” world that is unseen from our material/temporal world, another dimension of reality.

ASTRAL PROJECTION – The process of separating oneself (or one’s self) from the physical body in trance states in order to visit other planes, times or locations.

ATHAME or RITUAL KNIFE – The Athame is charged with the energy of the owner and is used as a pointer to define space (such as casting a sacred circle) and as a conductor of the owner’s will and energy.

ATTUNEMENT – An activity that brings the mind, emotion and psyche of an individual into harmony.

AUTUMN EQUINOX – One of the eight Sabbats celebrated on the first day of autumn, which is on or near September 23rd. Also known as Alban Elfed and the Second Festival of Harvest.

AVATAR – An advanced soul, who returns to a physical body to teach less evolved souls.

BANE – An archaic word for bad, evil, destructive.

BANISH – To magically send away or repel negative energies or entities from the person, home, or ritual area.

BESOM – The witches’ broomstick. Often used to sweep away negative energies from a space before casting a circle there.

BALEFIRE – The traditional bonfire of the Sabbats, still used in many pagan celebrations.

BELTANE – An ancient Celtic Fire Festival celebrated on May 1. The modern version still celebrates the marriage of the Goddess and the God, and the passage of the Goddess from Maiden to Mother. Fertility rituals are commonly a part of this Sabbat.

BIND – To magically restrain something or someone.

BINDRUNES – A powerful magical talisman, normally made from wood or metal, and inscribed with two or more different rune symbols that are combined into an aesthetically pleasing way.

BLACK MAGIC – Any negative magic performed to harm or manipulate people or situations in a negative way. Practitioners of black magic are said to be on the “left hand path.”

BLACK MIRROR – Tool used for divination and dark aspect meditations.

BLESSED BE – An all purpose greeting, response and farewell among Witches. It reminds us that everything and everyone is sacred. Pronounced as three syllables.

BLOOD OF THE MOON – A woman’s menstrual cycle and her most powerful time, especially if it occurs on a Full or New Moon.

BODHISATTVA – A human entity so highly developed that they no longer need to reincarnate on Earth but choose to do so in order to help mankind.

BOOK OF SHADOWS – Also known as a Witch’s Grimoire. Traditionally this is a hand-written book of Witches spells, rituals, poems, recipes and inspirations. There is no one single Book of Shadows and each is individual to the writer. In most cases, parts may have been copied from a covens “standard” Book of Shadows or from the book of another adept Witch. Traditionally, this book is destroyed when the owner dies, or is returned to the coven for disposal. Sometimes a book is handed down to a sibling, but this is usually only accepted if so instructed by the original owner. Some traditions have a “standard” Book of Shadows that serves as the basis for new initiates, but the initiate’s book soon changes as additions are made. The name is believed to be a reminder from the “burning times” when witches had to remain “in the shadows”.

BURNING TIME – a term used by some witches for the period of persecution in the middle ages and later. It is in fact a misnomer in some places, as Witches were only burned in Scotland, and on the continent of Europe. In England and the U.S., they were hanged.

CAKES AND ALE – This is the ritual meal shared with the Goddess and God near the end of a religious ritual.

CALL UP – To invoke divine forces, as when one calls the Guardians of the Watchtowers before casting a circle.

CANDLE MAGIC – A form of sympathetic magic that uses different coloured candles to represent the people and things at which its spells are directed.

CARDINAL POINTS – North, South, East and West, often marked by candles of green, red, yellow, and blue.

CASTING CLOTH – Layout cloth with appropriate markings, used for tossing the ogham fews (or for runes).

CAULDRON – A favourite tool of witches, this three-legged cooking pot has many uses. It may be used to cook potions and for SCRYING. On an altar, the cauldron symbolizes the Goddess.

CENSER – A heatproof container with a perforated lid in which incense is burned. One of the elemental tools, representing the Air element.

CEREMONIAL MAGIC – Involves the use of elaborate rituals, dramatic invocations of the spirit, and mystic sacraments.

CERNUNNOS (Cerunnos) – The only known name of the Celtic Horned God; it is much used by witches, in the Cernunnos form.

CHAKRAS – Seven major intersections of energy located on the vertical axis of the body. Each is associated with a colour and an area of the body.

CHALICE – A witch’s tool, which can be used to represent the element of water and may be used to hold the juice or wine for the offering.

CHANNELING – Involves allowing a spirit entity to speak through the channeler. The process is virtually impossible to prove and therefore does not enjoy a particularly good reputation.

CHARGE OF THE GODDESS, THE – The Traditional words of the Goddess to her followers, or “hidden children”. Normally delivered by the High Priestess at every coven Circle. Also known as “The Charge of the Goddess”.

CHARM – May be a gemstone, amulet, talisman or other object that has been charged with power for a specific task. Objects made and infused with magical energy, and carried or placed to achieve a goal. These objects are usually infused with specific energy for specific purposes, for example, protection.

CIRCLE – Within this sacred circle, two main activities occur: celebration, and the practice of magic. Celebration is most important at the major seasonal holy days, the Sabbats. At these times, the myths of that particular holiday are enacted in ritual drama, and dancing, singing, feasting, and revelry are all part of the festivities.

CLAIRVOYANCE – The ability to be aware of events, facts or phenomena. A person with this ability will perceive future events in varying detail. This ability is not exclusively an ability to tell the future but also an ability to see what happened in the past without having been there. The insight may be experienced in form that vary from voices to visions and dreams and even music.

CONE OF POWER – Energy or power raised within a circle by either an individual or group for a specific purpose. After the power is raised and visualized, it is released to work the magic.

CLEANSING – The process of removing negative energy from an object or place.

CONJURATION – The act of evoking spirits by means of formulas or words of power. (see also Evocation).

CONSECRATION – The act of cleansing and blessing an object or place by charging it with positive energy.

COVEN – An organized group of Witches, led by a High priestess and/or a High Priest who meet regularly for magical workings, ceremonies, worship and fellowship. The traditional membership is 13, but in fact, most covens number considerably less. 3 is the minimum in the Georgian Tradition. In Middle English, “Covin” a group of confederates; In Old French “Covine” a band or group with a single purpose; Latin “Com”-together, “Venire”-to come or move.

COVEN STEAD – The meeting place for a coven.

COYOTE ENERGY – Trickster energies. Named for the American Indian Trickster, Coyote, who tricks man into learning what he needs to learn. Applies to one who constantly jokes and clowns. Also applies to the concept of “Holy Fool” in many traditions.

CRAFT, THE – Another name or witchcraft.

CROSS QUARTERS – The modern name for the Celtic Fire Festivals.

CRYSTAL BALL – A sphere of crystal or glass used for scrying. They come in all sizes and colours.

CURSE – Also called a jinx, hex or execration, is any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to some other entity—one or more persons, a place, or an object. In particular, “curse” may refer to a wish that harm or hurt will be inflicted by any supernatural powers, such as a spell, a prayer, an imprecation, an execration, magic, witchcraft, a natural force, or a spirit. In many belief systems, the curse itself (or accompanying ritual) is considered to have some causative force in the result. To reverse or eliminate a curse is called removal or breaking, and is often believed to require equally elaborate rituals or prayers.

DARK MOON – Representative of the Goddess as the One Who Transforms in her aspect of Tomb and Womb.

DARK POWER – Generally negative energies drawn from the dark aspects of the Goddess and the God.

DAYS OF POWER – Refers to Sabbats, days triggered by astrological occurrences, your birthday, Blood of the Moon, and your dedication/initiation anniversary.

DEDICATION – The process in which the Witch accepts the Craft as his or her path and vows to study and learn all the necessary to reach adept status in a given tradition. This usually precedes initiation, and the learning process before initiation will usually last for a year and a day.

DEFLECTION – Defuse general malevolence and ill will of others. A mirror is most commonly used in a deflection ritual either to return or deflect evil intent.

DEOSIL – In a clockwise or sunwise direction. It is used in spells and rituals; i.e. “walk deosil around the Circle of Stones.” Some Wiccan groups below the equator have switched from deosil to Widdershins (anti-clockwise) movements. In northern hemisphere magic and religion, deosil movement is symbolic of life, positive energies.

DIANIC – Tradition emphasizing the Goddess Diana. Leadership is generally female, though males may be members.

DEITY – A supreme or divine being; God or Goddess.

DIVINATION – The use of magical tools and means to seek information on events, people and situations in the past, present and future.

DOWSING – The use of a pendulum or forked stick to find the actual location of a person, place, thing, or element.

DRAGON’S BLOOD – The resin from the palm tree ‘Daemonorops draco’, used by witches as a magical incense for various enchantments.

DRAWING DOWN THE MOON – A ritual used during the full moon in which witches invoke the power of the Moon Goddess to increase their power.

DRAWING DOWN THE SUN – In Wicca and witchcraft, the ritual invocation of the horned God spirit into the High Priest of a coven by the High Priestess.

DRESSING – Putting an oil on spell items such as candles as part of a ritual consecration to prepare the object to attract and direct the energy of a spell to accomplish a goal.

EARTH – One of the four elements that corresponds to the North Watchtower or the magical circle. It has become apparent that some groups associate earth with east rather than north. This is a personal choice. If it feels natural or right, you are welcome to swap the association. Also, see: Air.

EARTH MAGIC – A form of magic in which the powers of the Earth are sought and used to conduct ritual and magical workings.

ELDERS, THE – Older and wiser persons. Amongst witches and Wiccans, these would be second-degree and third degree members of a coven.

ELEMENTS – These are the natural elements of Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Spirit is regarded a fifth element which is used to bring the other four together. At least one part of each of these elements is contained in everything that exists.

EQUINOX – One of the two times a year when the sun crosses the equator.

ELIXIR – Elixirs are made by placing charged crystals in liquids and allowing the energy to flow to that liquid for a time. The crystal is the removed and the liquid taken orally.

ESBAT – Monthly meeting of a coven usually held at full moon. There are about 13 full moons each year. Some groups also meet at the dark of the moon.

ETHERIC PLANE – The level of energy existence between the physical and astral planes.

EVOCATION – The summoning of spiritual entities or elementals to local attendance in visible or invisible states.

FAMILIAR – Usually a pet animal that accompanies a witch or coven. These animals are kept for the psychic support and early warning of negative energies. Though cats are favorites, dogs, owls or any other animal with whom one can “connect” with may become a familiar. Elementals can even become familiars. Not every witch or coven has a familiar, and this does not lessen them to any degree. The decision to take on a familiar is a serious one and to be carefully considered. You may live with a cat or dog for years before taking him or her as a familiar.

GAEA – The Earth Mother or Mother Earth. The name has recent significance for Environmental action groups.

FIVEFOLD KISS – Also known as the fivefold salute or Witches salute. It comprises of kisses on various parts of the body in the following order: A kiss on each foot, a kiss on each knee, a kiss on the lower belly, a kiss on each breast and a kiss on the lips. These five positions make up the fivefold kiss even though there are actually eight kisses in total. The fivefold kiss is only used within the circle.

GNOMES – One of the earth associated entities or elementals.

GREEN WITCH – A nickname for a Witch who is skilled in the art of herbs. Also called the Green Arts or Green Magic.

GRIMOIRE – Considered by some to be the same book as the Witches Book of Shadows, but by others as a separate book. The Grimoire to some is that book containing only the practicalities of magic and ritual. If this argument is accepted, then it would only contain spells, formulas, rituals and correspondences. It would not contain poems or personal laments and inspirations.

GUARDIANS – Ceremonial magicians and some Witches call the Guardians of the Watchtowers to guard the sacred circle during rituals.

HANDFASTING – This is the Pagan or Wiccan equivalent of a marriage ceremony with one major difference. Instead of being “as long as you both shall live”, it is “as long as you both have love for one another”. Once a couple falls out of love a Handparting ritual breaks that bond in the same manner as does a divorce.

HEXAGRAM – Also known as the Star of David, this is a six pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles of same size.

HIGH PRIESTESS – The term given to the female leader and counterpart of the High Priest in a coven. It is usually accepted that the High Priestess is the overall leader of the coven. High Priestess is often abbreviated as HPS.

HIVING OFF – This is the term used when two or more members leave a coven to shape another coven known as a sister coven.

IMAGE MAGIC – A primitive but potent form of magic that works on the basic principle that like produces like.

IMBOLC – A Gaelic word, pronounced “immOL’g” which, when literally translated, means in the belly [of the mother]. This is one of the eight Sabbats, which celebrates the transition of the Goddess from Crone to Maiden. It also signifies the recovery of the Goddess after giving birth to the God at Yule. Usually celebrated on or around 2nd February with the first signs of spring. Also known as Oimelc (milk of the ewe), Candlemas (Christian equivalent), Lupercus and Disting.

INCARNATION – The manifestations of a living entity into physical form; any one of the earthly lives of an immortal human. Individuality The immortal, reincarnating part of a human being, consisting of the Upper Spiritual, Lower Spiritual and Upper Mental levels.

INITIATION – The term used for that ritual which is performed to add or acknowledge a person as part of a coven or tradition.

INVOCATION – A ritual to call energies into oneself from outside, sometimes in the form of a deity.

INVOKE- To call energies into oneself from outside, as in calling a Goddess or drawing down the Moon.

KABALA – Mystical teachings from the Jewish-Gnostic tradition that formed the basis of ceremonial magic and the Alexandrian tradition. An elaborately structured Tree of Life is central to the system of study. Also Qabalah and Cabala.

KARMA – In Hindu belief where the term originated, this is the idea that the good and evil a person does will return either in this life or in a later one. Among Pagans, the theory is that whatever negative or positive energies one sends out will come back to the sender in like kind. The “Three Fold Law” is a version of this belief.

LEFT HAND PATH – Also known as the Dark Path, which is the path taken by those who would oppose nature. Satanists are considered followers of the left hand path.

LITHA – One of the eights Sabbats, it is usually celebrated on or around 21 June. It is a festival that celebrates the Summer Solstice. It is also known a Midsummer.

LUNAR ECLIPSE – Emblem of the Goddess in her dark aspect as Crone, Tomb/Womb, and Transformer.

MABON – This is one of the eight Sabbats usually celebrated on or around 21 September. This festival celebrates the Autumn Equinox.

MAIDEN – The first aspect of the Triple Goddess, which symbolizes new beginnings and creation.

MANDRAKE – A poisonous plant associated with medieval witchcraft.

MEGALITH – A huge stone monument or structure. Stonehenge is perhaps the best-known example of megalithic construction

METAPHYSICAL – Pertaining to realities, which are outside those of science, such as cosmology and ontology.

MIDSUMMER – See: Litha.

MISTLETOE – Sacred to the God Apollo, a parasitic plant associated with the oak tree.

MUGWORT – An herb associated with Witchcraft and healing. Also known as “St. John’s plant”.

MYSTICISM – The belief that one can achieve direct consciousness of God or truth through meditation and intuition. In mystic practices, one attempts to merge with God or the source of creation.

NEOPHYTE – Postulant, a newcomer to the coven, awaiting initiation. Newcomers / beginners are also known as Wiclets on the Arwm newsgroup.

OGHAM – An ancient Celtic system of divination popular amongst many witches. Based on casting and reading of rune patterns or characters carved or painted onto stones, beans, wood, bones, etc.

OLD ONES, THE – Used to refer to a group or all Pagan deities including all aspects of the Goddess and the God. Referred to by some as “the Mighty Ones.”

OLD RELIGION – Another name for Wicca. Also, Old Path or Old Ways.

ORACLE – Ancient location where divinations took place and prophecies were uttered, generally by priestesses.

OSTARA- The Sabbat celebrated at the Vernal Equinox, the second festival of spring. Symbolized by the egg, it is a time to celebrate new life and sexuality.

PAGAN – Generally accepted as anyone who follows any religion that believes in more than one God. These are called polytheistic religions and are usually nature based. The literal Latin translation is “country dweller”.

PENDULUM – An object hanging from a string or chain used in divination. The object could be anything with some weight, like a crystal or brass object. A favourite is a lady’s long hair with her wedding ring hanging from the end.

PENTAGRAM or PENTACLE – This is a five pointed star, but it has gained a negative meaning or satanic. Worn as jewellery it can be worn with one point upwards or downwards (two points upwards). When worn with one point downwards it signifies a person is a second degree initiate in some traditions. The two points upward is worn by those specifically rebellious to Christianity and who worship the Christian evil called Satan, the Devil or Lucifer.

PAGAN – A practitioner of an Earth Religion; from the Latin a country dweller.

POLARITY – The term given to those energies which balance everything in the world. These energies consist of equal, opposite energies like yin and yang, dark and light, sun and moon, etc. These energies exist in everything.

POTION – An herbal tea or brew used in many magical or healing rituals.

PRECOGNITION – Psychic awareness of future events.

PRIESTESS – A female dedicated to both the service of her chosen deity(s) and humankind. A “High Priestess” is the female leader of a coven and plays the role of the Goddess in certain ceremonies.

PROJECTIVE ENERGY – The energy that one sends out either intentionally or unintentionally. In magic, it is the energy that is put into an object or thought-form to achieve one’s goals. It is also the energy of power objects that repel negative forces by sending out positive energy.

PURGINGS – Lesser exorcisms that cleanse and turn away negativity or impediments, absorb negativity to be buried for grounding, and dissipate negative energies.

QUARTERS – The North, East, South, and West parts of a magical circle or other ritual area. (See also “Watchtowers”)

RADE – “Ride”-the wild ride of the Hunter gathering the souls of the dead; passing of the Wild Hunt or the Rade is demonstrated by stormy weather and fast moving, rolling black clouds.

RECEPTIVE ENERGY – The energy that attracts or is magnetic. Gemstones carried to draw in love or wealth have receptive energy.

REDE – Rule or law. The Wiccan Rede is traditionally stated as ‘An it harm none, Do as thou wilt’ stating that as long as you harm no one (this include physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc. harm) you may do what you want.

REINCARNATION – The belief that one has lived before in another lifetime and that one will live again after physical death.

RITUAL – Can be described as any act (ceremonial or not) to focus or enhance energy to a specific goal. This energy can be used in magic or religion to gain a spiritual union with the divine.

RUNES – A set of symbols that are used both in divination and magical workings. These symbols may be engraved on small pieces of wood for divination purposes. Runes that fit one’s magical goals are often carved into candles for candle magic.

SABBAT – One of the eight seasonal festivals equally spaced during the year, celebrated by individuals and covens of Witches. Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasa, and Mabon.

SAINT JOHN’S WORT – A healing herb associated with magic and witchcraft. Also called St. John’s plant or herb and mugwort.

SALAMANDER – The traditional name for an Elemental (q.v.) spirit of the nature of the Fire element.

SALT – Used in many magical procedures, including Wiccan, as a kind of spiritual antiseptic, or purifying symbol.

SAMHAIN – One of the eight Sabbats which is celebrated on or around 31 October. It is a festival that celebrates the end of summer. Also known as Halloween.

SCRYING – A method of divination in which one gazes at an object (crystal ball, water, candle) until prophetic visions appear.

SHAMAN – A word derived from the Tungas language of Siberia, this is a generic term for healers and spiritual leaders in tribal societies. Traditional shamans induced trance states through drums, dancing, ingesting hallucinogens, self-mutilation, deprivation and virtually any means by which one might achieve an altered state of consciousness. While in such a trance, the shaman crosses over into another world to get information for his people such as the cause of illnesses and other misfortunes. The shaman is the peoples’ link to the spirit world.

SHAPESHIFTING – The act of transforming from human into animal or mystical creature and vice-versa.

SIGIL – In Ceremonial Magic, an image that symbolizes a specific spirit, deity, angel or supernatural being. A symbol with some occult meaning that may be used in magical workings. Often a seal, sign or other drawing, it may be carried or otherwise used to control the power symbolized.

SKYCLAD – The term used for ritual nudity. It is considered by some that clothing may hinder magical energies. Being nude is not a requirements and up to the individual who wishes to practice so in private or trusted coven.

SMUDGING – The practice of waving smoldering incense or herb bundles about an individual or area to cleanse or purify. It was adopted from Native Americans.

SOLAR ECLIPSE – Emblem of the God in his aspects of Dark Lord, Lord of Shadows, Death, Chaos, Resurrection, Hunter, and Leader of the Wild Hunt.

SOLITARY – A term used to describe a Witch who practices the Craft without belonging to a coven.

SOUL-MATES – Individuals who are continuously involved with each other in successive incarnations, becoming rather like a pair of binary stars.

SPELL – The collection of energy that is directed by word in prayer form to achieve a goal. This may include elaborate, ceremonial or simple ritual.



SUMMERLANDS – A spiritualist word for the Heaven that souls enter after death. Often used by believers in reincarnation to denote the astral stage of rest after physical death.

SYLPH – An “entity” or “elemental” that dwells in the plane of Air or is associated with the AIR Element.

TALISMAN – An object carried for protection or other goals that has been charged for that purpose. Examples are gemstones, shells, drawings and virtually any small object that one may carry.

TAROT – A set of 78 cards with pictures and symbols that are used for divination by connecting the reader to the subconscious mind. The origin of the cards is unknown. Some guesses on the origin are from the Romany people, but that is unsupported so far.

TELEKINESIS – The power of moving physical objects by purely psychic effort.

THIRD EYE – The 6th of the seven chakras situated between the eyes; the body’s highest source of power and clairvoyant vision. This is also the Major Chakra.

THREEFOLD LAW – The “law” that any act will return with three times the energy of the original act in the same or a future life.

TREE OF LIFE – The central glyph or diagram of the Cabala. It consists of ten interconnected spheres of Sephiroth, each representing a category of cosmic being and activity.

TRIPLE GODDESS – The one Goddess that encompasses three aspects, the Maiden, Mother, Crone the Triune Goddess.

TOTEM – An object, usually an animal or plant, revered by an individual or a particular social group. A group totem represents the bond of unity and is often considered the ancestor or brother of the group’s members; marriage between those of one totem is often prohibited as incest. The group’s symbol and protector, the totem may be pictured on the body or masks, or carved on totem poles.

TRIQUETRA – The Triquetra represents the threefold nature of the Goddess as virgin, mother and crone. It symbolizes life, death, and rebirth and the three forces of nature: earth, air, and water. The inner three circles represent the female element and fertility.

TURNING OF THE WHEEL – Passing of the seasons of the Sabbats.

UNDERWORLD – In various religions, this is a region conceived to be below the surface of the Earth and separate from the world of the living where souls go after death, the world of the dead.

UNDINE – An “entity” or “elemental” that dwells in the plane of Water or is associated with the WATER Element. Also known as nymphs, mermaids or oceanides.

VAMPIRISM – The draining of psychic energy from one individual by another.

VERNAL EQUINOX – Another name for the Spring Equinox.

VERVAIN – A magical plant believed to possess the power to cure grief.

VISION QUESTING – Using astral projection or dreamtime to accomplish a specific goal.

WAND – A staff that is used to direct energy in rituals. Though traditionally made of wood, crystal and various metals are also used. Each wand is individual, with the maker’s own magical symbols or character.

WARLOCK – Derogatory term for a Male Witch. It’s original meaning, derived from the Old English “waer logga,” is “oath breaker” and it was used in reference to a traitor to the Craft during the Burning Times.

WATER – Element. Also known as nymphs, mermaids or oceanides.

WATCHTOWERS – Originally from the Enochian branch of Ceremonial Magic, now incorporated into many traditions of Wicca, these are the four elemental “directions” or “quarters” (corresponding to the appropriate points on the compass) called to protect the Circle during its establishment. Each of them has a correspondence between the compass point, an element, and (varying amongst different traditions) colour.

WHEEL OF THE YEAR – The Pagan calendar that symbolizes the eternal cycle of time. It usually begins with Samhain.

WHITE HANDLED KNIFE – The knife used by a Witch for Craft tasks such as carving candles, making tools, chopping herbs, etc. Though it is not as sacred as the athame, it is reserved for craft work exclusively.

WICCA – In Old English meant “a male witch” and wicce “a female witch”. The Old English for witchcraft was wiccacraeft. Thought by some to have originated from the Anglo-Saxon word “wicce” which means to bend or shape. A contemporary Pagan religion with spiritual roots in Shamanism and the earliest expressions of reverence of nature. In more modern times this term is accepted for any person following any of the nature based Pagan beliefs honouring the Goddess and the God.

WIDDERSHINS – Sometimes called withershins, widershins or widderschynnes, means to take a course opposite the apparent motion of the sun, to go anticlockwise or lefthandwise, or to circle an object by always keeping it on the left.

WICCAN REDE, THE – The simple rule of Wiccans which states “An harm ye none, do what ye will.” This is not the entire rede, but the essence thereof.

WICCANING – In Wicca, the ritual blessing of a newly born baby, the witches’ equivalent of a christening, except that it is not intended to commit the child permanently to any one path.

WINTER SOLSTICE – Another term for the Sabbat of Yule.

WITCHCRAFT – A magical religion with many diverse traditions derived from various cultural sources around which covens and individual practitioners base their practices.

WITCH – Any person who practices magic to achieve their goals. By this understanding, not all witches are Wiccan and not all Wiccan are witches. The term is used for both male and female practitioners. A male witch is not called a warlock (See: warlock). Also, anciently, a European practitioner of the remnants of pre-Christian folk magic, particularly that relating to herbs, healing, wells, rivers and stones.

WITCHCRAFT – The art of using magic to achieve set goals in conjunction with natural energies and correspondences.

YARROW – A medicinal herb long associated with the practice of witchcraft

YULE – The Sabbat celebrated on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. In some traditions, it celebrates the birth of the God and in others the coming birth.

YULE LOG – A log ritually burned at Yule to mark the death of winter and the birth of the sun.

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PATTI ROBERTS was born in Brisbane Australia but soon moved to Darwin in the Northern Territory. Her son Luke was born in Darwin in 1980. She currently lives in Cairns, Queensland, where she is writing the Paradox Series and the Witchwood Estate series.

Patti has also written a standalone novel – About Three Authors – Whoever Said Love Was Easy? She has also published a non-fiction novel – Surviving Tracy. A book depicting true life accounts of those who survived the most destructive tropical cyclone in Australia’s history.


In her spare time, Patti designs book covers and formats for other authors.


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Other Publications by Patti Roberts.


Witchwood Estate

Witchwood Estate – Going Home – (book 1) FREE

Witchwood Estate – Ferntree Falls

Witchwood Estate – Print Edition (book 1 and 2)

Witchwood Estate – Cursed (book 3)

Witchwood Estate – Timeless (book 4)

Witchwood Estate – Witches Bitches (book 5)


Paradox Series

Paradox – The Angels Are Here (book 1) 2010 FREE

Paradox – Progeny Of Innocence (book 2)

Paradox – Bound By Blood (book 3)

Paradox – Equilibrium (book 4)

Paradox – Elemental (book 5)


Standalone Novel

About Three Authors – Whoever Said Love Was Easy?

Non-fiction novel

Surviving Tracy – true stories from the survivors of Cyclone Tracy.



The Witches Journal

In fairy-tales from long ago, witches dressed in flowing black gowns, wore pointy hats, and flew around on broomsticks at night by the light of the silvery moon to seek out little children… and I’m sure some still do, but know this – not all witches have pointy noses, warts, or eat small children. Some are just ordinary people, men and women, who happen to believe in magic. The Witches Journal (book 1) is a fun collection of lots of things magical from a coven of whimsical folk… We hope you enjoy the words and pictures contained within these pages.

  • ISBN: 9781311594105
  • Author: Patti Roberts
  • Published: 2016-01-07 16:20:33
  • Words: 24663
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