… that you can always talk to me via twitter!
I’m online constantly, and it’s always lovely to chat to followers in real-time.
True magic is neither black, nor white - it’s both because nature is both. Loving and cruel, all at the same time. The only good or bad is in the heart of the witch. Life keeps a balance on its own.
The Craft (1996)
The leaves are changing at The Little Fox’s Cottage. Fall is here and there are many items in the store that are here to help.
Samhain Incense is perfect to burn on those late fall nights to ease the spirits and yourself. 3oz jar is bursting with the scent of this colorful season.
Do you have a little fae friend that seems to misplacing all your things. Why not burn a Milk and Honey Candle for them. the sweet powdery smell will help calm them and make your house smell like home.
When Fall hits do you get scatterbrained or sluggish? Either way..The Picasso Jasper Wish Bracelet is perfect for you. It will help boost that creativity and motivation and you’ll be back to it in no time.
Got a Pesky fae or spirit that just wont take no for an answer? The Iron Circle of Warding is what you need. Its a simple iron circle on an adjustable leather necklace and makes a powerful yet simple statement, fashion..or protection wise.
As the days become darker so does the fashion. These Bone and Feather Hawk’s Eye Earrings blend the dark with a soft simplicity. Hawks Eye and Bobcat Bone come together to lend protection and a sense of freedom.
So come visit The Little Fox’s Cottage and see all the strange and interesting things available.
What’s this that I’ve got, dear readers?
No, it’s not whiskey! Nor rum, nor apple juice, nor lemonade. It’s a tonic; a licorice root tonic, to be exact.
Tonics are a great way of storing the nutrients of herbs over an extended period of time. They can be used for magick or mundane purposes, and last a lot longer than fresh herbs do.
Why did I choose licorice root? Well, for those of you who may have forgotten, I’m a singer. Licorice root is great for keeping the throat healthy and also for clearing up colds. Plus, I adore the taste.
How would you go about making one of these?
- Choose your herbs. Take about 1/2 to 1 cup of the herb and place it in a jar, bowl, or pot. (You can do a tonic of just one herb, or add a couple in together if you wish. Do some research on which herbs contain which vitamins, etc. Want a cold-buster? Ginger tonics are your best choice)
- Bring 1 quart of water (or 950 mL/9.5L) to a boil.
- Pour the water directly over the herbs. If you’re doing this in a pot, you can bring the herbs to a boil with the water already added. Just make sure to watch that it doesn’t boil over and TURN OFF the stove afterwards.
- After that, let the herbs simmer. Cover it with a lid, plate, whatever you’d got on hand, to keep the heat in. Let it rest for at least an hour, but you could even leave your herbs overnight depending on how strong you want them (see the extra notes below for more info on which herbs need more time to steep).
- After they’re done sitting, you can either strain the water from the herbs or leave them in. I tried to strain, but alas, I missed a few pieces of root.
- LABEL THE JAR with the herb and the date, and then store in a cool place — preferably a fridge. They’ll last for at least a few months so long as they’re stored correctly. Some may last for years if you’ve made them right, and the containers are SEALED PROPERLY.
Some VERY IMPORTANT NOTES(so help me God you had better read these):
- Make sure that you’re not mixing herbs that will react badly with each other. Please never ever use a herb you’re unfamiliar with. Don’t start making tonics of poisonous plants just because you think it’ll be cool or fun.
- Make sure that your tonics are properly sealed. You can get mold and other poisons growing in your bottles and jars and they can be potentially fatal. If you’re unsure, always use proper canning jars (“Mason jars”) and follow their canning procedure to the letter. **Note: I didn’t use mason jars here because these tonics are going to be drank all up in the next 3 days. But you should.**
- Be very careful with your herbs. Always research their side effects, even if you think you’re totally familiar with the plant. For example, raspberry leaves can induce miscarriage through early labour/contractions. Some herbs can react badly with some medications, such as SSRIs or antibiotics.
- Some herbs need longer to steep than others, especially roots — they’re a lot thicker and need more time to get penetrated by the H2O. Flowers and leaves take a lot less time, but I like to let my roots rest at least overnight.
- Your first tonics may not last too long, especially if you’re new at making them. Things go wrong, sometimes herbs go rancid. If this ever happens, please don’t drink the tonic. And use the same rule with tonics as you do with food: if you’re unsure, don’t risk it.
- For advanced tonic makers: due to the magic of science, a little bit of salt and lemon will increase the boiling point of your water and keep your tonic hot for longer, should you need to steep thick roots. Just not too much lemon.
I’d like to do another post on tinctures (like a tonic, but made with alcohol) sometime soon. For personal reasons, I don’t drink alcohol, but I still make tinctures for other people from time to time.
Remember to always be safe and follow correct procedures. We may be witches, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t susceptible to botulinum poisoning.
Have fun everyone!
Thank you very much!
Last week, a friend (herbsanderos) asked about spreads related to “breaking the news” about something to somebody. I did a little tweaking since sending it along, but here it is.
I tested it and got a very generic spread (basically it said “if you must tell so-and-so about the info gleaned from the last spread, it’s gonna be chill and not very necessary so whatever”) and I think that may be because I don’t have any news to break to anybody. I think this spread would work well for anybody with specific news to break - “I’m pregnant”, “I’m engaged”, “I’m breaking up with you”, “I got a new job”, “I quit my job”, “I’m an alien from another dimension”, and so on.
If anybody else would like to test it and report back to me, that’d be swell.
When I was last in Holborn,
I saw good strawberries in your garden there
I do beseech you send for some of them.
TheLivingSpellbook has been updated!
- Various Home Protection Spells (various authors)
- Defense Magic: to Control an Enemy (thelivingwiccan)
- Simple Protective Cleansing Bath (honeycoyote)
- Traveler’s Luck Powder (breelandwalker)
- Protection Bottle Charm (breelandwalker)
- Charm Against Illness (Marcellus of Bordeaux, 4th century)
Truth (new page!):
TheLivingSpellbook has been updated: 300+ spells and counting, everyone!
I’m going to make a point to try and update TLS every single Sunday.