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Bonfire for Beltane!

Although bonfires tend to be popular in all ancient pagan practices, Beltane is the time of year when it seems the most fitting!  There are many ways to incorporate a Bonfire into your ritual – and it doesn’t even have to be large.  Sure, if you have the space and a nice fire pit, a big Beltane fire is idea – but if not, there are other ways to still bring the feel of a Bonfire into your celebration!

Portable Bonfires

These can be great if you have no permanent fire pit in your backyard or if you want to be able to travel with your fire pit.  They can range in price from under $20 all the way up to over $300 – so there is an option to fit any budget.  You can purchase these at any home improvement store or even make your own! This blog tells you step by step how to make one out of a flower pot!: Create a Fire pit out of Flower Pot!

Please remember that no matter what you decide to do, be safe! Here are some fire tips from a former firefighter to help you have a fun and safe experience: Fire pit safety tips

Indoor Cauldron Fire

If your only option is to be indoors, you can still have the fire experience with an indoor cauldron fire!  You will need the following items

  • Cast-Iron Cauldron – mine is quite small, about 4″ in diameter
  • Epsom Salts – easy to find at the supermarket or pharmacy
  • Rubbing Alcohol – 70% isopropyl (safer) or 90% isopropyl (hotter)
  • Fire-Proof surface, preferably not heat conductive
  • Long Wooden Matches

It is best to use a cast-iron cauldron, since one won’t be too hard to get and it can withstand the heat. Don’t use aluminum, since it sometimes melts or can even catch on fire. Never make an indoor fire in a cauldron that is painted, since burning or even very hot paint will produce dangerous fumes.

Use half (by volume, not weight) alcohol and epsom salts.  Always put the cauldron on a fireproof surface (such as a hearth, other tile surface, metal, etc.) and make sure that the only nearby objects are reasonably heat-resistant. Taper candles, if placed too close, will bend or even melt. Votives in glass holders work better.

Always keep a bucket of water nearby in case things somehow get out of hand. A big box of baking soda also works well. Let the cauldron burn out by itself (how long this takes depends on the size of the cauldron and how much fuel you have put into it), wait till it is cool, and then soak the inside in water to loosen the grayish mass of salts that’s been fused together by the fire. After letting it soak overnight it’s not too hard to clean.

If it’s necessary to put the cauldron out suddenly, covering it with a fireproof lid is the easiest and least-messy method, but be careful not to burn yourself while putting the lid on. One of those big leather work gloves might be good to keep around.

Now that you have a fire, what can you do?

Once you have your fire pit – there are many different ways to incorporate this into your ritual!

  • – Use herbs – you can burn any herbs in your fire pit.  If you are using an indoor fire pit be sure to only burn a very small amount at a time so that you don’t have an out of control fire.
  • – Use lava rocks to help keep your fire going. Click here to see how to use lava rocks.
  • – Fires can symbolize messages moving up to the universe to to deity – they can also symbolize the cleansing or banishing of bad things and bad energies.
  • – Fires can make the start a new phase in life – can be used at the start of a project, symbolizing burning down the old to pave the way for the new.


What are the Nine Sacred Woods?

The nine sacred woods – or nine sacred woods of the bonfire are part of a traditional Celtic ceremony.  They represented the first nine tress in the Celtic calendar and are generally listed in the long version of the Wiccan Rede by Doreen Valiente.  Over the years, this has been changed to a Nine Sacred Herbs incense, which you can make yourself or purchase from us here: Nine Sacred Woods Incense.  This blend is a nice way to add a Celtic touch to any bonfire celebration!

The Path Untrodden


As the sun slowly-but surely-rises on a new year, we take the time to reflect on all we have done and all we can make better. A new year gives us the chance to focus on improvement, whether that’s rededicating to our spirituality, learning something new, or following a new path all together. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Cast a spell for better luck:

-Ginger, a fire herb, is used to draw in money and success. The fire and Mars connection adds urgency and potency to the spell.

-Marigold (also known as Calendula) is a Sun and fire herb. It’s a powerful herb for success in general.

-Cinquefoil (also known as five finger grass), a fire and Jupiter herb, is excellent for increasing luck, money, and general success.

-Try combining all three as a spell mix for more potency, and don’t forget the green candles.

Carry a stone:

-Amethyst is a perfect stone to halt anxiety, especially when beginning something new.

-Sodalite helps in any intellectual pursuit, opening the mind and allowing for greater information retention. It’s sometimes called the student stone.

-Carnelion is a courage maker, instilling motivation and dispelling negative thought. Carry it when you need a little extra push.

Restructure or rededicate:

-Meditate on the core values of your path. Do they fit your needs? Do they encourage growth?

-If you’re stagnating, try a different way of doing something. Try more, or less, elaborate rituals. Get back to your roots, to the things that made you start on your path.

-Study something new. You don’t have to abandon your current path, but try incorporating another path’s ways into yours. Take something different and make it your own.

Beltane Fire Incense!

Here is a quick and easy recipe for a fiery Beltane Incense!

2 parts Mugwort
1 Part Elder Flowers
1 Part Basil
1 Part Hawthorn Berries
1 Part Patchouli
1 Part Cinnamon
1/2 Part Dragon’s Blood Resin

Blend well! You can burn this blend on a piece of charcoal or toss it into your Beltane Fire!!


Olive Oil Get Well Spell

I wanted to share this spell with you! I wrote this a long time ago, for Cal Orey’s Book “The Healing Powers of Olive Oil: A Complete Guide to Nature’s Liquid Gold”.  This spell is based on an old Italian spell.  It’s a three day spell but has always been effective for me! You can also find it on pages 41-43 of the book.  Enjoy!

The Olive Oil Healing Spell
by Lady Raven

Use this spell when preparing for surgery or when recovering from it.  This is a three day spell so make sure you have the time to cast it over the next few days.  If casting on someone else or for someone else, be sure to get permission from them first!  This spell uses Olive Oil as the focus of the spell.  Olive oil has been used for centuries as a sacred oil, and was even burned in churches during ancient rituals.  Ruled by the Sun and the element of fire, it imparts strength to overcome all obstacles.  It is also an excellent spell to boost stamina an constitution either before or after major medical procedures.

Tools Needed:

  • One 6-inch red taper candle
  • Rosemary
  • Bay Leaves
  • Olive Oil
  • Picture of person who is ill (or their name written on a piece of paper)
  • Altar Pentacle
  • Mortar and Pestle
  • Incense Burner with Charcoal
  • Cauldron or other fire-safe Container


  • Waxing Moon
  • This is a three-day spell – so be sure to cast it somewhere where your tools will be undisturbed for three days.


  1. Add the Rosemary and Bay to your Mortar and Pestle
  2. Add a few drops of Olive Oil
  3. Create a moist incense (not dripping with oil – but damp with it) by crushing them all together in your mortar and pestle
  4. Take your candle and make 2 marks on it – separating the candle into three equal size portions.
  5. If you wish, you can scribe the candle with runes for healing and strength and/or the person’s name on it. (This can be used for an animal as well)

Casting Your Spell

Day One

  1. Cast your circle, light your charcoal, place some of the incense you created on the burner.  Be sure to keep the incense burning the entire time the candle is lit.
  2. Place the name or picture of the person on your altar Pentacle
  3. Visualize the person in your mind.  Healthy, happy and fully recovered.
  4. Anoint the candle with Olive Oil as you visualize and transfer this healthy image to the candle.
  5. Place the candle on a holder and directly in the center of the pentacle, with the picture or name of the person under it.
  6. Light the candle, watch the flame and feel the strength that the fire brings.
  7. Watch the flame and focus on the person the spell is for, until the candle burns down to the first mark.  Once its burned, snuff it out.
  8. Leave altar undisturbed for the next day.

Day Two

  1. Approximately the same time as during day one, cast your circle and light your charcoal, add incense and keep it burning the entire time the candle is lit.
  2. Once again, light your candle and visualize as you did on day one and watch the flame.
  3. Once it burns down to the second mark, snuff out the candle and leave the altar undisturbed for the final day.

Day Three

  1. Repeat the process from day two, but this time watch the candle burn all the way down.
  2. Once the candle is out, finish your spell by saying “this is my will, so mote it be”

Your spell is complete!


Home Blessing and Cleansing

Cleansing and charging a new or existing home is something everyone should do! Many people ask me how to prepare their new home before they move in.  House blessings are always best done before you move in (if you can get in there the day before you actually move, even better). but it can also work once you get settled in. If you are already moved in, you should keep a regular cycle of home blessing to keep your home humming with positive energy!  Here are some ideas on what you can do.

First Step: Cleanse your space!

Cleanse the area to remove any vibes from previous owners or negative energy left behind.  This can also be done on a current home if you wish.

1) Smudging – this is a traditional practice to many, and it should always be the first step you take when blessing a new or existing home.  Use a smudge stick to cleanse the area (I am a big fan of small white sage smudges).  You should start in the north end of the house, and go counter-clockwise (since you are cleasing), paying special attention to all openings – including windows, doors, vents, drains etc.  If you wish, instead of the smudge, you can use Home Purification Incense, and follow the same process.

2) Salt – you can use salt to cleanse the area as well.  Just use some plain white salt (you can mix in a little frankincense powder or Rosemary with the salt if you wish).  Sprinkle the salt all around the perimeter outside of your home, starting on the north end and moving counter-clockwise once again.

Second Step: Fill it with positive energy!

Once the space is clear and open you need to invite positive energy into your space.  There are some easy and simple ways to do that!

1) Smudging – if you are a big fan of smudging, this a great option.  Use Cedar tips burned in a censer or a cedar smudge stick and smudge the home.  Once again, you want to start on the north side of the home, and this time, you want to move clockwise.  Smudge every corner of every room!

2) Incense – Burn some Home Blessing incense at the center of your home for about 30-45 minutes.  Close all doors and windows and let the smoke permeate the whole house for about 1-2 hours.  After that, you can open doors and windows again.

3) Candle – you can also use a white candle, either a votive or a spell candle.  Charge the candle with positive energy for your home, and burn it at the center of the home.  Let the candle burn completely down.

Third Step: Keep it clean!

Once your home is cleansed and charged, maintain it going forward! There are many ways to do that, if you work with spirits or angels you can dedicate the home to them and make a monthly offering.  You can also use crystals and herbs to maintain the good vibes in your home!

1) Guardians – if you have a guardian spirit, angel, god or totem you work with, you can offer them a monthly offering to watch over your home and keep it safe.  You should offer them a white candle.  It is important to understand that this is an offering, not a request.  This should not be combined with other spells you do during the month with other intents.  This should simply be a candle offering to them, thanking them for their protection and convey your hopes that they will keep watch over you.  You can also burn incense along with the candle if you wish, based on the entity you are working with.  This is the method I myself follow, I burn a white candle for my ancestral spirit every month and some Peaceful Home incense along with it.

2) Incense – if you just wish to maintain high vibrations in the home, you can burn some Peaceful Home incense or Home Blessing incense at the center of your home once a month or every couple of months.  As when you cleansed, make sure that all windows and doors are closed for about 1-2 hours so that the smoke can permeate the whole home.

3) Crystals – You can also use Crystals.  I am a big fan of the crystal sentinels.  You can use our Home Protection Set or make your own set.  Place one cleansed crystal in each room, hidden in a place where people (especially small children and animals) will not be able to get to them.  Be sure to pull all crystals once every moon cycle and re-cleanse them before you put them back out again.  Here are some crystal ideas that I have used in the past that have worked really well – by room:

– Living Room/Family Rooms: Black Obsidian, Smoky Quartz or Tiger’s Eye
– Children’s Rooms and guest rooms: Rose Quartz or Moonstone
– Bathrooms: Citrine, Clear Quartz or Rose Quartz
– Kitchens: Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Smoky Quartz, Mahogany Obsidian, Rose Quartz
– Garages and Patios: Black Obsidian, Smoky Quartz, Hematite

You can cleanse the stones once a month in salt water, bury them in the earth for 24 hours or use a smudge stick.  Once the stones are cleansed you need to re-charge them through meditation, energy channeling, moonlight, sunlight or with our Crystal Blend Incense.  Once the stones are charged, just place them back out again and they are ready to go for another moon cycle!

I hope these ideas bring you a happy home!

Blessed Be!


Ideas for our Purification Sampler!

Our Psychic/Spirituality Sampler is one of our best selling items! Here are some ideas on how to use this kit!

1) Star Anise Spell to open your third eye Chakra

2) Mugwort Infusion for cleansing and charging psychic items

This is a great idea to cleanse and charge your psychic items such as runes, crystal balls, pendulums and even mirrors.

  • Create a Mugwort infusion by adding about 2 tablespoons of mugwort to a tea infuser or an old sock, and pour about 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Let it steep for about 20 minutes and cool.
  • Once cool, you can soak your runes, pendulum or crystals in the infusion for about 30 minutes.  After that, rinse the items in clean water to get residue off – your item is ready to use!  If you wish, you can also add some of the infusion to a cloth (make sure to ring off excess solution before using – your cloth should not be dripping wet or it may ruin your item!) and lay it on a mirror or box (or any item that cannot be submerged).  Let it remain on the item for about 30 minutes, then take the cloth off and wipe the item clean.

3) Quick incense to prepare a room for meditation or psychic work:

To make a quick incense to prepare a room for meditation your will  need your mortar and pestle.

  • Take about 1 teaspoon of Frankincense, 1 teaspoon of Myrrth and 1 teaspoon of Sandalwood and place in your mortar.
  • Crush the two resins and wood together until well blended.  You may have some large pieces of sandalwood in the mix and that is fine.
  • Burn the incense in a charcoal roll – save unused incense for next time!

4) Creating a Psychic Bath

This is a great idea for a bath to either use before working to open your third eye, before meditation or even before going to bed if you are trying to encourage prophetic dreams.  You will need your mortar and pestle for this, as well as a muslin bag or an old sock.

  • Add to your mortar 1 tablespoon of Orange Peel, 1 tablespoon of Anise Star and a half of a tablespoon of Mugwort.
  • Bruise the herbs together, be sure to break up the Anise star and Orange peel some to release their scent.
  • Add all of the contents to your muslin bag or to an old sock.
  • Toss the sachet into your warm bath.  You can also add an amethyst stone to the water to empower it.
  • Enjoy your bath and feel the herbs do their magick!

5) Creating a Psychic sachet

A sachet is a great talisman spell.  You can carry it with you for one full moon cycle.  You can repeat the process at the next cycle if you wish.  The power of the sachet lies in how close you carry the item with you.  During the time your sachet is active, be sure to carry it with you everywhere.  Put it in your purse or pocket during the day and on your  nightstand at night.  If you wish, you can tie it to a leather necklace and carry it under your cloths during the day and even sleep with it.  It will be strongest if it is close to the skin.

  • In a small bag (preferably cotton) add the following herbs: 1 teaspoon of Sandalwood, 3 pieces of Anise Star Pod, 1 teaspoon of Mugwort,  3 pieces of Myrrth and 3 pieces of Orange peel.
  • Close the bag, focusing on the intent you wish for the sachet.  Some ideas are to improve your psychic signature, to open your third eye chakra, to improve your connection to your higher self or to improve your divination skills.  Whatever you wish – make sure you can visualize your intent very clearly when you create the sachet.
  • Carry the sachet with you for one full moon cycle.  This is best done in the new moon.

I hope you all enjoy these ideas!!

Blessed Be!
Lady Raven

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