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Little Blessings

Author: Kestryl Angell
Posted: October 7th. 2007
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In the life of a “Plain Clothes Witch, ” (i.e. one that doesn’t worry so much about the fancy do-dads of modern paganism, but goes rather more a natural way by making everything in life a little magickal, a little more focused, given a bit more meaning just to the “everyday stuff” of life), she often has to find ways to make things more meaningful in the simplest of ways.

For instance, when ensuring the family foods are charged for health, well-being, peace of mind and strength of body, stir such things into the food as it is prepared. Choose your herbs for their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual supports and meanings and placing them into the dish at hand with individually and collective intent.

Another way I have often used is healing runes in condiments of various sorts on sandwiches, spices sprinkled on meats in runes when cooking on the grill or making certain that at least once per month a little salt crosses my doorway as I pass in or out to cook.

Most neighbors will look at you drawing hearts in ketchup on your family’s hamburgers and think “Oh, how sweet. She loves her family so much. That’s so cute!”

Meanwhile, your family gains a meal charged with love and strength of will and protection, cleansing and sound nutrition all in one sandwich.

You may ask, “How does one ketchup heart on a hamburger constitute all THAT meaning?”

Well, let’s break it down. The hamburger (Tofu burger if you’re vegetarian) itself isn’t a bad food as long as it’s cooked properly and served with additional meal components.

Ketchup is made of tomatoes (known as the Love Apple for many years), salt (protection and cleansing), and vinegar—usually cider because it has a better flavor than white (again, made from apples, an astringent, loving but strong cleanser and excellent source of vitamin C).

Gifted in one of the most recognized symbols of Love there is, this then charges the burger to offer more than a simple flip-n-serve burger with a blot of tomato-ey flavor added might give.

The Plain Clothes Witch adds cider vinegar to cleaning solutions for counters, floors, tubs, sinks and toilets to ensure the added cleanliness of spirit and loving support to the home’s cleansing facilities remains optimal. She (or he) will make certain there is always a container of bath salts or body scrub made with sabbat oil near by to make the quick cleaning times in bath or shower more effective on all levels.

Why not add a little spiritual cleansing to every cleansing experience? Even seeing to it that your mouthwash is charged before use, perhaps for helping you clean up your language and sweeten your words and forms of address if you have problems with such things…or charged with other needs for how you speak, such as clean speech before a big presentation at work, cleansing the proverbial “cobwebs” from your tongue to ensure no stuttering can be helpful.

This particular Plain Clothes Witch accomplishes this with dental salts I create at home with herbs, baking soda and fluoride powder, easily created in some bulk and stored in dry, airtight containers.

Even a small sachet of mugwort under the seat of the vehicles to ward off unwanted stops by police and a thorough smudging of the vehicle before, during and after long trips to ensure any negativity nearby does not follow you are useful little “plain clothes” magicks that don’t take a lot of time, concentration, ritual or effort—but they add beautiful and usually quite strong networking of support for the rest of your daily living.

No matter where you go, what you’re doing or how “menial” the tasks may seem, a change of your attitude on what it is you’re accomplishing and how you add your own personal magickal touches are what determine how truly complete your sacred life and home become.

There are so many little ways to sweeten your life with a little hint of magick, that even “chores” become sweeter, such as the chore of deadheading your roses. I grow white and salmon orange/pink roses in front of my home and when it is time that the flowers, fully blown of their sweetness and just starting to fall from their hips, I cut them free and sprinkle my walkway in their petals, bringing love, peace, spirit, passion and success in business into my home with every step taken along my front walk.

This is a welcoming for my friends and family and it always makes my husband smile to see my love along the walkway. Then, when they have finally withered yellow and dry, they are swept into the flower bed to mix with the mulch, that my love becomes part of the very soil that surrounds the foundation of my home. Some roses are likewise left on the vine to become rosehips, later to be mixed in teas to giving a loving and healthful boost to my family’s immune system, spreading the love inside as well as outside my home.

I often hear complaints from those either just beginning in the Craft or those on a tight budget, teens learning the faith whose parents either don’t know, don’t support or simply don’t have the money to support their child’s new-found belief system that they feel they have to hide their faith in their home or only have a very small “safe space” in which to keep their tools and add magick to their lives.

I say to all of you, this article proves you wrong. You do NOT need sparkly knives, God/Goddess statuary, gold candelabras or “special stuff” to bring magick into your home.

What you have to do is learn to see the world around you in magickal terms.

Need air flow in the home? A fan does nicely, and you can consecrate it when the family isn’t looking. Need fire, but can’t have candles? Get a piece of Carnelian, a statue or even just a tumbled stone, or go into the woods in the fall and find a fabulously fired fall leaf to bring home for an arrangement.

Need water? There are generally faucets full and something as simple as a tin cup, dollar store glass or even just your cupped hands are chalice enough for any Plain Clothes Witch.

Need earth or grounding? Go hug a tree! Go for a walk in the woods! Find a touch stone in a creek bed or plant a flower box in your apartment. If you always forget to water, get a cactus!

There are always ways, even if you gain pictures from National Geographic and put them up with scotch tape, you can always find symbols that aren’t even really recognized as anything but “pretty stuff” by those around you but to you, they can mean so much more!!

These are but a few examples of how you can bring little magicks into your everyday world to give yourself more in depth health, welfare and prosperity support to yourself, your family, your home and your immediate environment. For those of us that believe that what you sow is what you reap, making yourself, your personal space and your immediate environment as beneficial for others to brush up against or spend in depth time in, is always a good baseline for drawing positives into your life.

Remember, random acts of kindness work! As well, adding more positive intent to everything from food to cleaning the house can make your overall life a far more connected place to live and grow.

So, where can you add a little magick to your life today?





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