Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24: Samhain's Sirens Final Fearless Friday!

Hello there, Mischievous Miscreants!

It's our final Fearless Friday and we have some treacherous treats in store! You get two giveaways today!

Come, have a drink on us.. we just can't tell you what may have been added when we weren't looking ;)

Have a wicked weekend!









The winner of the Sosanna's Closet Pendant Giveaway is....
Joe Beamon!





Calling the Quarters for Samhain
By Sally Dubats

I love preparing for ritual and crafting an inspiring Calling of the Quarters for Samhain. I like to take everyone deeper into the magickal realm to a world where we move together psychically and truly feel connection with the Elementals. For me the movement to that solemn, powerful place that crackles with magick happens more intensely if we call the Quarters in unison. Another option is to do a call-and-response, with everyone present repeating after whoever is leading. It brings us closer, creates a bond at circle, and it is truly powerful to experience our collective voices. Something happens when we speak as a group. It’s powerful magick.

If it is dark, it is nice to pass out individual copies with the Callings printed on them and, size of the group permitting, provide each participant with a candle to see their copy. Parchment paper or good-quality stationery lends enchantment and also makes a nice keepsake. The candles create a wonderful magickal Samhain ambiance.

I want to share with you my Calling of the Quarters for Samhain 2014. I also think that if we share this with many Witches, it could lend strength-in-numbers to any magickal workings we do as a world-wide community, benefiting both Gaia and our spiritual awakening.

So... onward! At the point of calling Quarters you will have already created your sacred space and performed the appropriate preparations, and each tradition will have its different starting point, whether East or North. Reconfigure accordingly. I hope you enjoy!

Guardians and Watchtowers of the North, sacred Element of Earth that blankets our beloveds as they rest in graves, awaken and join us on this Samhain night. Draw near from the farthest midnight hush of Earth. Open your crystalline caves like the darkest eyes to see our work. Let your soft, green fertile soils rumble deep within our hearts. Let your tallest mountains be sentry to us as we call upon our Inner Light. Guardians and Watchtowers of the North: Be here now!

Guardians and Watchtowers of the East, sacred Element of Air that carries Samhain spirits in the darkest night, awaken and join us for this sacred rite. Stir your quiet gentle breezes with beginnings in the gentle dawn. From hurricanes to a babe’s first breath, let your strongest winds be sentry to us as we call upon our Inner Light. Guardians and Watchtowers of the East: Be here now!

Guardians and Watchtowers of the South, Element of Fire, come to us from hottest midday sun with passionate red flames to make our Jack-O-Lanterns glow through the night. Bring us the energy of Fire from your truth-seeking embers and magick candles burning bright. Be sentry to us as we call upon our Inner Light. Guardians and Watchtowers of the South: Be here now!

Guardians and Watchtowers of the West, come to us from the enchanted twilight of your darkest black waters and fill our Samhain scrying pools. Bring us the sacred energy of the Water from your gentle streams, rains, falls, and tumbling oceans. Be sentry to us as we call upon our Inner Light. Guardians and Watchtowers of the West: Be here now!

Brightest blessings for a beautiful Samhain Season.

With love,

Sally



Veil Between the Worlds (Kindle Edition)
Description:
Cassie is a teenage Witch with a problem -- her memory was stolen. She blames astral projection; unplanned out-of-body experiences that induce amnesia happen when life gets ugly. Cassie does what any Witch would do; she casts a spell to remember. The magick sparks a mind-blowing adventure to another dimension where anything is possible, supernatural beings abound, and a dangerous romance blossoms with the very mysterious Trenton. But Trenton is hiding terrible secrets, and Cassie suspects that he just might be the one who ripped a hole in her memory. The Witches' New Year looms, and the veil between this world and the next grows thin. Time is running out, and Cassie delves deeply into the highest arts of Witchcraft to discover the terrifying truth… and to survive. Will Cassie be trapped between worlds? With Trenton? Forever? And who. . . or what. . . is Trenton?



Winter Shock (Kindle edition)
Description:

“Trenton drugged and kidnapped me. I was powerless.”

Cassie’s neighbors have secrets, and she is one of them.

A Witch taken against her will to an isolated, frozen wilderness on an impossible quest, Cassie defends herself against Trenton who has gone over to the dark side. One minute he’s adorable and charming, and the next weird, uncaring, and hostile. And now, Cassie fears for her life.

Winter Solstice draws near, and Cassie performs magical spells to gain clarity. Instead she is shocked by visions and mind jumps into the lives of strangers on the brink of disaster.

Why is she in a hostile, threatening wilderness? What is causing the horrific visions? Cassie discovers there is much more at stake than her own survival. To survive, she must overcome impossible odds.

Book two in "The Grimoire Chronicles" series, “Winter Shock” is a paranormal fantasy novel that you’ll never forget! If you love paranormal romance, urban fantasy, Witches and Wicca, paranormal mystery, paranormal horror, action and survival, “The Grimoire Chronicles” series is definitely for you!


Rules: (READ CAREFULLY)

YOU MUST PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. If you choose not to share it in the comments, please use the contact form at the top of the page to provide your email address. You must provide your email address once per giveaway.

Drawing is held by random number generation and winner will be notified in email (that's why you have to have an email address listed). Announcement will be made in tomorrow's post.

Note: These giveaways are open to the U.S., Canada and where allowable. Void where prohibited.
Canadian residents, please pay close attention as by law, you have to use a different set of rules. Not to worry, we have you covered :)


CANADIANS READ HERE: You will be given X number of entries for answering the following (remember, we STILL NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS):

What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?

U.S. Citizens, and others- READ HERE:

1. Go to the Sally's Web Page.  Look over the site and tell us which book you'd most like to read. Sign up for her newsletter and tell us that you did in comments.

EXTRA ENTRIES: (USE SEPARATE COMMENTS. If you throw them all into one comment, it counts as one entry only)

2. Be a follower of this blog. Comment that you are following us.

3. Like the Sirens FB page (come let us know you did in comments)

4. Like/Get Notifications on the Sally's Author Page on Facebook. Let us know you did.

5. Blog about this giveaway (comment with the url for your blog entry)

6. Tweet about this giveaway (come back and give us the url for your tweet)

So, all in all, you get 6 entries for this giveaway! The deadline for entries is midnight eastern time (11 Central, 10 Mountain, 9 Pacific) tonight. Announcement tomorrow, same time, same bat channel ;)




Devilish Drinks with DJ Martin








I've been accused of being a black witch because I like baneful herbs. If my hair is any indication, I’m more of a gray witch. Whatever - this cocktail is right up my alley because it includes “Demon Water” - rum!  This tasty concoction looks like it came out of a cauldron.

Black Witch
¼ ounce apricot brandy (I’m not a fan of apricots so substituted peach)
¼ ounce dark rum
1½ ounce gold rum
½ ounce pineapple juice

The instructions: Shake ingredients & pour over ice.
Notes: The fruit brandy & juice take away just enough of the bite of the rum but it’s smoooooooth.
Do you like baneful herbs, too? How about winning a signed copy of my book, Baneful! 95 of the World’s Worst Herbs?

Description: 
“Herbal medicine has once again come to the forefront of the public’s mind. Without research, many think that herbs are safe.  Many are, yet many can be just as deadly as a dose of arsenic.

Most everyone knows Socrates died from ingesting Hemlock.  Have you heard about the Celtic chieftain who committed suicide by Yew? How about the duels between rivals who ate just half of a poison bean?

From Abrus precatorius to Viscum album, Master Herbalist Deborah Martin takes us on a journey of discovery … ninety-five herbs that, while they had or have their medicinal and magical uses, can be deadly.”




Rules: (READ CAREFULLY)

YOU MUST PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. If you choose not to share it in the comments, please use the contact form at the top of the page to provide your email address. You must provide your email address once per giveaway.

Drawing is held by random number generation and winner will be notified in email (that's why you have to have an email address listed). Announcement will be made in tomorrow's post.

Note: These giveaways are open to the U.S., Canada and where allowable. Void where prohibited.
Canadian residents, please pay close attention as by law, you have to use a different set of rules. Not to worry, we have you covered :)


CANADIANS READ HERE: You will be given X number of entries for answering the following (remember, we STILL NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS):

What is Canada's official winter sport?

U.S. Citizens, and others- READ HERE:

1. Follow DJ's blog: http://www.herbylady.com/herb-blog/ come back and tell us that you did :)

EXTRA ENTRIES: (USE SEPARATE COMMENTS. If you throw them all into one comment, it counts as one entry only)

2. Follow DJ on Twitter: @herbylady let us know you did in the comments.

3. Be a follower of this blog. Comment that you are following us.

4. Like the Sirens FB page (come let us know you did in comments)

5. Blog about this giveaway (comment with the url for your blog entry)

6. Tweet about this giveaway (come back and give us the url for your tweet)

So, all in all, you get 6 entries for this giveaway! The deadline for entries is midnight eastern time (11 Central, 10 Mountain, 9 Pacific) Sunday night. Announcement on Monday, same time, same bat channel ;)











Today will be a Forget-Me-Not Friday dedicated to Pete Steele, former lead singer of Type O Negative. He had a larger-than-life presence and is terribly missed. Type O is one of favorite bands.





TK’s amazing Tutorial for making Black Salt

***Also commonly referred to as Witch’s Salt, Drive Away Salt or even Sal Negro.***

Hi there kids! I’m TK the accidental Kitchen Witch, and I’m here to lay down the knowledge upon you as to how to go about making your very own Witch’s Black Salt!  Today’s beyond awesome crafty tutorial is about a neat substance called Black salt.(Not to be confused with culinary black salt.)

Never heard of it? Don’t feel bad, Black Salt is just now making its way onto the main stream witchcraft scene. Black salt is used mainly as a serious bit of protective whammy. You can spread it about your property boundaries to banish negative energy, spirits, people, annoying neighbors, bill collectors. Really just about anybody or thing you do not want coming over for a visit. You can use it make a boundary of sorts against people you don’t like for whatever reason. Sprinkle it on your tires before making trips to protect your ride! Take it your workplace and sprinkle a bit about to claim your space by dispelling irritating co-workers from your workplace. Get them to vacant completely by placing it under their chairs or about their work-spaces. Now that we've gone over a few ways to use this magickal concoction, here is the fun part!

Step 1.
Gather up your ingredients and supplies!
Herbs **You’ll need various herbs and spices attributed with protection and banishing qualities**
Salt (I prefer a mixture of coarse and fine sea salt but you can even use rock salt or Ice cream salt to make your blend!)
Charcoal ** You can use whatever kind of charcoal you want, from the discs used for incense pictured below or even leftover charcoal from your bonfire or grill.**
Mortar and Pestle
Mixing bowl **Glass works the best but is not mandatory**
Cast iron cauldron/pot or pan
Matches or lighter
Flame resistant spoon

Photo Credit - Twisted Dragon Kreations
Step two
Mix your herbal blend and get to a ventilated area and place your cast iron container on a heat safe surface.

Step Three
Light your charcoal safely in your cast iron container!

Step Four
Slowly sprinkle your herbal concoction of protective herbs over your charcoal, making sure to not smother your charcoal.  Now you wait! You want the herbs to burn down to ashes so continue adding more until it burns down to well ashes. Keep going till you've used up all the herbal mix you've made. Now remember burned matter takes up a lot less space than it did before it was burned. You’re going to want to make a much large batch of protective herbs than you’ll think you’ll need because a huge bowl of herbs burns downs to less than a cup of ash.

Step Five
After you've given your herbs the Cajun treatment (Get it? Blackened?) You’re going to want to let them sit in a wind free area to cool off. Once it’s cool, take your trusty spoon and give the sides of your cast iron container a good scrapping into your mortar and pestle. You want to end up with tiny iron bits coming off. So feel free to really put some muscle behind your scraps!

Step Six
Once you've got all of that sooty gold in your mortar, it’s now time for the fun parts! Slowly start to grind up your ashes till your left with a silky smooth powder. You should not be able to see any particles at all.


Photo Credit - Twisted Dragon Kreations

Step Seven
Carefully put your ashes into the bowl. Now it’s time to add your salt. Now there is some debate over what type of ratio of ash to salt makes true Witches Black Salt, but I've found it really doesn't matter I go by feel. You’ll know when you've reached a good ratio. However, if you have to have an actual ratio I say go either 1 part ash or 2 parts salt or 1 part ash and three part salt.

Photo Credit - Twisted Dragon Kreations


Step Eight
Slowly mix together the salt and ash in your bowl. Make sure you take the time to mix well! Place your mixture into a pretty jar or container of your choosing until it’s time to use!  

And there you have it! A fool proof way to make Black salt! Enjoy!

Photo Credit - Twisted Dragon Kreations
**Don’t want to make your own? Check out TK’s Etsy store for her own special blend of Witches Black Salt***


Tune in tomorrow for more Crafty goodness!!



50 comments:

  1. Love Love Love the Herb Lady on Twitter - sosanna@sosannascloset.com

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  2. reblogged on Confessions - http://confessionsofamodernwitch.blogspot.com/2014/10/samhains-sirens-october-24-samhains.html - sosanna@sosannascloset.com

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  3. Tweeted on Twitter - https://twitter.com/rreneeolson/status/525635423046225920 - sosanna@sosannascloset.com

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  4. Follow Samhain's Sirens - sosanna@sosannascloset.com

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  5. Like Samhain's Sirens on FB - sosanna@sosannascloset.com

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  6. What a wonderful edition today! I am a follower of DJ's blog, Herbylady!
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    1. Oh and I liked her FB page too! I would love to win her herb book!

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  7. I like Samhain's Sirens on Facebook
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  8. I tweeted. (I think that's OK to say in polite company)
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  9. GREAT BLOG, SALLY DUBATS!!! I WOULD LOVE TO WIN YOU'RE BOOKS AS WELL...! THE ANSWER TO LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, & EVERYTHING IS; 42......snowmoon7@shaw.ca

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  10. DJ MARTIN, I THINK I NEED TO BREW UP A "BLACK WITCH".....!! SOUNDS YUM!!! I ALSO WOULD LOVE TO WIN THE "BANEFUL" HERB BOOK!!! CANADA'S OFFICIAL WINTER SPORT IS; HOCKEY! snowmoon7@shaw.ca

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  11. TK.....I LOVE YOU'RE RECIPE FOR "BLACK SALT"...I HAVE PURCHASED IT, BUT NEVER MADE MY OWN! THANKS TO YOU, I WILL COPY THIS INFO AND GIVE IT A TRY! (: JENNIFER; I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF "TYPE O" BEFORE THIS.....WHAT A GREAT SONG & VIDEO....I WOULD DEF USE FOR A RITUAL!! THANKS FOR THE SHARE....(:

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    1. Snow it's loads of fun to make! Plus you really get to feel the energy of the mixture change as you progress to each step, which for me is the best part!

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  12. I still follow DJ's blog.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  13. I also still follow DJ on twitter (Engie36000091)

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  14. I love following this blog. ^_^

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  15. I still love the Sirens FB page.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  16. My blog about this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2014/10/malicious-herbs.html

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  17. My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/525736240134762496

    engie.willow@gmail.com

    Wishing you all luck!

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  18. Thank you TK for the tutorial on how to make black salt. I have always just purchased it but I will now give it a try.

    I'm happy that you shared this. ^_^

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    1. Your welcome! It's alot of fun making it and you know I'm always looking for an excuse to get "crafty" ....he he

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  19. I would like to read "Veil Between Worlds".

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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    1. I am still signed up for her newsletters under Engie.

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  20. I still follow this blog.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  21. I like the Sirens FB page.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  22. I still like Sally's author page on FB.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  23. My blog about this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2014/10/books_24.html

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  24. My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/525748214918828032

    engie.willow@gmail.com

    Good luck to all! ^_^

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  25. Awesome! I have a new neighbor with really bad juju, this black salt recipe is in perfect timing!

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    1. If you really want to add a kick to it you can also add red pepper flakes to your black salt. Gives your mix an added oomph so to speak! Good luck!

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  26. Happily following this blog :)
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  27. I stalk the Siren's FB page :)
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  28. Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!
    https://twitter.com/AngieCrabtree3/status/525778338531799040
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  29. That Black Witch looks delectable! Can't wait to try it! I follow DJ on Twitter
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  30. I am following DJ's blog, at least I think I did it right
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  31. I would love to follow the Herb Lady blog but can't find the "follow" or "subscribe" button :(

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  32. I'm following DJ on Twitter :) and would love to win a copy of "Baneful," (I've read both of Sally's books and LOVED them). robyncha(at)yahoo

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  33. I would love to read Sally's book "Natural Magick". I must add this to my library.

    wisewoman1014@gmail.com

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  34. I am a fan of Sally's Author page on FB!

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  35. I follow the Samhain's Sirens blog every day!

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  36. I love and stalk the Samhain's Siren's FB page.

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  37. I've been following DJ's blog and love it!

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  38. I follow the Sirens on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

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  39. I follow the herbylady under @jonquilsgrdn. jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

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  40. I'm not sure whether I'm following DJ's blog or not....

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  41. I've been signed for Monday's Magic at jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com As I've read Veil Between Worlds, so Winter Shock is next.

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  42. Hmm....if you're a grey witch, what does that make one who's added bright blue streaks to her hair? ;)

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