It's our 3rd Fearless Friday and we have lots of Spooktacular Sensations for you today!
Pay close attention to the giveaway rules for this one, as they are different from all the others you've encountered thus far. We Sirens like to keep you on your toes. (But, we still need an email address from you)
Have a wickedly wonderful weekend!
The winner of the Katie McBrien Grand Tableau Giveaway is...
Roasted Marshmallow Kahlua Shots
Marshmallows: get the big “campfire” sized ones – they hold more liquor ;)
Notes: Whoever came up with this recipe is much more adept in the kitchen than I am. First, trying to ensure there were no exterior holes while still getting an evenly roasted marshmallow was an interesting proposition. Then, no matter what I did, the marshmallow would not scoop out: I ended up snipping the interior with scissors & simply pushing the marshmallow to the side before filling it. A half hour in the freezer was enough time to allow the alcohol to start eating away at the marshmallow – every single one of them leaked. Although messy, they certainly were yummy!
Birth: Apr. 2, 1966
New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 2007
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Shawn Poirier was an entertainer and world traveler, and was known as the "King Witch of Salem". He was very active in the community of Salem, Massachusetts, and was one of the Witches who founded W.A.R.D. (Witches Against Religious Discrimination). He spent a large portion of his life trying to educate people about witchcraft; he was a frequent speaker at many universities and colleges, as well as appearing frequently on television, including the Discovery Channel and Travel Channel. He also consulted for several books and movies. He was one of the co-founders of Salem's "Festival of the Dead". He passed away at home in his sleep from a heart attack at age 40.
Of himself, he said, "I am a Witch, and the High Priest of the Salem Tradition of Witchcraft. I am a saint to some, a heretic to others, but a witch nonetheless. I live my life openly as a witch. For many years, I have watched the word “Witch” become watered down and sanitized to the point where there is no room for the ancient arts of magick, spell casting, and Mediumship. I am a Witch, not a Wiccan. Being a hereditary Witch, I see life as a magickal garden, whose fruits infuse those who taste them with a gift. That gift is magick."
There are many tributes to him on his Facebook Page, which is maintained by his friend and business partner, Christian Day. The Sirens honor him today, and are grateful for his contributions to our lives and community.
“Wooah…I’m the Oogie Boogie Man!” Oh! I’m sorry! You caught me singing. Come on, now! Everyone join in!
The Witch's Ladder by Michele L. Warch
The witch's ladder can be used for a variety of purposes, most frequently as a tool for meditation (similar to prayer beads). It can also be used as a tool to focus one's intent for use in spell-work, especially those of protection and positivity.
The traditional form of the witch's ladder is done with red, white & black cord. However, the colors can be chosen based upon your intent, the magick that you are working, or a variety of other reasons (including availability). Lots of cord types could work, including jute, embroidery floss, twine, raffia; but, the easiest is lightweight, natural fiber yarn.
You will need nine items. If you plan to use it as a meditation tool or for a specific intent, you may wish to choose 9 different (but similar size & weight) items. Feathers are the traditional choice, but I've used small stones for mine. If you use feathers, please be cognizant of how & where the feathers were gathered & whether they are actually natural feathers. Many packaged craft store items are labeled "Made in China" because they are synthetic creations, rather than an animal product. It is the best case scenario that you can find feathers outside on the ground, or through a reliable (& humane) source.
The feathers, stones, or whatever objects you choose (I've seen a few beautiful ones made of old buttons or runes) may be chosen according to color, gem or bird type, or other correspondences. I would caution each person to be sure that they aren't using something that would be in conflict with the purpose of their creation. Do your research. Here are a few sites:
Moon phases, elements, chakra - http://www.ladyamythyst.com/magickalcorrespondences.htm
Stones & crystals - https://www.bestcrystals.com/metaphysical.html
SO! Let's get started! Assemble your materials:
3 pieces of cord (depending on the size you want for the finished product, you'll want to cut 1 length of each color in 3-9' pieces)
9 small items
any method of attachment you've elected to use (if you are using feathers, you may tie them into the braid with the cord, wire them in with thin-gauge jewelry wire; or you can purchase a package of jump rings from the jewelry making section of your craft store. Then, you can pierce the shaft with the ring & thread the ring onto the cord. For stones, I suggest wire wrapping with jewelry wire, creating a loop to 'thread' onto the cord.)
1. Prepare your items (feathers, stones, objects, etc.) for threading. Wire wrap your stones, or add jump rings to your feathers. This is an excellent video to teach you how to wire wrap:
This is a video explaining how to use split & jump rings effectively:
2. Place your 3 pieces of cord together so that the ends are lined up. Tie a knot at one end. It will be much easier to work with if you are able to secure this end. I've had success with a few methods: use a safety pin through the knot to pin the strings to your jeans or tablecloth; tape the few pieces above the knot to the table or desk. Find what works for you. You may need to adjust this as you go along.
3. Begin braiding together the 3 cords. At equal intervals (I usually give mine a dry run by braiding the lengths that I'll be using and measuring the overall braided length, then dividing that length by 9 so that I know where to add my items.) NOTE: Keep your head in the game, here. Focus your intent clearly. Many people will chant or speak their spell while doing each step. I find it helpful to repeat my intent in a single mantra, over and over, during the making of the entire project.
4. At intervals that you deem appropriate, begin threading 1 cord through the loop on your item, or tightly tying the item into the braid. I admit that I'm more than a bit anal retentive & that I measure with a ruler to get close to exact equal spacing, but this is not necessary. I rotate the cord so that, if I begin with threading the first item onto the black cord, I'll put the second onto the white, the third on the red, then start over again with the fourth. This way, no one cord is holding the bulk of the weight of the items. Rather, its distributed.
5. When you come to the end of your braiding, your last item should be added. Once that is done, knot the cords together.
6. You now have two choices. A) Some people tie their two ends together to make a loop. This would be helpful if you were going to use your ladder as a meditation tool. B) You can leave it long. I most often add a hanging loop to one end & hang my witch's ladders in places around my home (most of mine are purposed with protection or transmuting energy to positivity).
7. Consecrate your item as you wish. Mine will typically spend the night on my altar after being spoken to, clearly, about my will for it.
8. Place as you will.
The Witches’ Kitchen by Autumn Earthsong
Brown Sugar Glazed Pumpkin Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter or shortening
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all -purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Brown Sugar Glaze
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3 TB butter
3 TB milk
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla, beating until well blended. Set aside
Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating well. Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop by tablespoonful onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350* for 15-20 mins, until bottoms are golden. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Make Brown Sugar Glaze. Combine brown sugar, butter and milk in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Add powdered sugar. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until mixture is smooth.
Drizzle cookies with glaze.
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The Witches' Book of the Dead by Christian Day
Witches are creatures of magic. They cast spells, heal, and foretell the future. What you might not know is that Witches can also commune with the spirits of the dead.
In The Witches' Book of the Dead, modern-day Salem Warlock Christian Day shows how the spirits of our beloved dead can be summoned to perform such tasks as helping you to discover hidden opportunities, influence the minds of others, seduce the object of your affection, and even reach into the dreams of the unwary. According to legend, the Spirits of the dead can confer magical talents, fame, love, and wealth on those brave enough to summon them.
Legendary Witches who have raised the dead, including The Witch of Endor, Circe, and Erichtho
Creating ancestral altars and building relationships with spirits
The tools of Necromancy: the bronze dagger, yew wand, iron keys, graveyard dust, the offering cauldron, spirit powders, the human skull, and more.
Methods of spirit contact, including automatic writing, scrying mirrors, spirit boards, pendulums, and spirit mediumship
The ancient arts of necromancy as a method of conjuring the dead to assist in magic
Ridding yourself of unwanted spirits using rituals of cleansing, banishing and exorcism
Ghost hunting techniques that combine psychic wisdom with modern technology
Communing with the dead in dreams
Sacred holidays and powerful celebrations of the dead
Resources on where to ethically obtain the tools of the trade
An overview of the feared deities of the Underworld
Rituals, recipes, exercises, and more!
Dare to walk between the worlds with Christian Day as he guides you across the River Styx into the shadowy realms where the dead long to connect with us once more!
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