Friday, August 26, 2016

From The Witch's Corner ~ Making Incense with Your Kitchen Spices

I am a WITCH on a BUDGET! I'm always thinking of ways to Use What I Have around the house and incorporate it into my magickal practice.  One of my favorite things to work with is incense.  There's just something about scent that puts you in a perfect frame of mind for all kinds of magick.  It helps me to focus on my intention, and it keeps me centered and inspired with all kinds of good positive energy.  We can't all afford expensive incense and fancy burners.  Did you know that you can make Loose Powdered Incense from the everyday ingredients in your kitchen cupboard?  Well, you can; and this video will show you how to do it, and how well it works...the only thing we're lacking is a "scratch n' sniff"!  Enjoy the video, and have fun making your own incense. 
Blessings, Amythyst

The Witch’s Corner
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com
Magickal Connections
http://wytchymystique.com
The Tarot Parlour
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
Music ~
Avec Soin – Romance by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100860
Artist: http://incompetech.com/


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Finding My Purple

Purple ~ Dictionary Definition

pur·ple
 (pûr′pəl)
n.
1. Any of a group of colors with a hue between that of violet and red.
2. Cloth of a color between violet and red, formerly worn as a symbol of royalty or high office.
3. Imperial power; high rank: born to the purple.
4. Roman Catholic Church
a. The rank or office of a cardinal.
b. The rank or office of a bishop.
adj.
1. Of the color purple.
2. Royal or imperial; regal.
3. Elaborate and ornate: purple prose.
tr. & intr.v. pur·pled, pur·pling, pur·ples
To make or become purple.
 
Purple ~ Magickal Energies

Purple is the color of royalty, charm, meditation, idealism, divination, progress, justice, mysticism, devotion, clairvoyance, luck, accomplishment and religion. In magick, purple is employed for protection, power, legal matters, divination, progress, the breaking of bad luck, the access of higher realms, driving away evil, to stop gossip or lies, material wealth, spirit contact and to enhance spiritual and psychic powers.

Purple is the color of your crown chakra, connecting you to Divinity and your Higher Self.



 
I lost my purple somewhere along the way.  For the past three years I was the main driving force keeping a life-long drug addict straight.  The longer we were together, the more my own interests and activities slipped into the background.  Pretty soon, they were non-existent.  And the "me" that was ME was replaced with another persona; this one focused on doctors, and appointments, and bills, and pills. 

I became something far beyond a spouse and partner, something I'm not sure I ever should have been.  I became the gate-keeper, the nurse, the disciplinarian, and the Keeper-Of-The-Pills.  I became responsible for all those things in my husband's life that my husband should have been responsible for himself.  And along the way, I lost my purple.

When you lose your purple, you don't realize you're losing it right away.  It fades gradually, eventually disappearing all together.  It suddenly dawns on you, unexpectedly, triggered by an event, a disappointment, a confrontation, exasperation, desperation, or exhaustion.  You abruptly raise your head above the dark grim focused world you've been immersed in; you look around; and you are acutely aware of the poisonous negative energy surrounding you.  You are shockingly aware of the absence of your purple.  It was a stark, clarifying, defining moment for me.

You suddenly have to ask yourself, "How much of "Me" am I willing to sacrifice for this person?"...a season?  a life time?  "What am I willing to sacrifice for this person?"...all other personal relationships?  financial security?  peace of mind?  It's a somber moment of introspection.

You realize, in the back of your mind, that this needy unpredictable troubled individual may not survive without your discipline, your determination, your strength.  You have to reach a moment, a heartbreaking illuminating moment, when you finally say..."Me first."

You have to reach a primal raw wild place in your soul, where the idea of self-preservation resides.  Only when you arrive at this point where you care about yourself and your future more than you care about someone else's destiny, can you turn a magickal corner.

Once this happens...it's time to find your purple.



 
 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

September's Zodiac Tarot Readings! ~ Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius

September's 2016 Tarot Readings ~
This month I'm doing something really special and very different.  I'll be drawing 5 cards for you; the first four cards are from a Plain Deck of Playing Cards!  The fifth card is a major arcana card from The Gilded Tarot.  Yes, you can do divination, and do it quite successfully, with a plain ordinary deck of playing cards.  Be sure to watch, not only the video for your Sun Sign, but for your Moon & Rising Signs as well.  You're going to be surprised at the incites this month.  It was my delight to read for you.  If you would like a PERSONAL reading with me, follow this link to my website, "The Tarot Parlour", at http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
The Witch's Corner ~
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com
The Tarot Parlour ~
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
Magickal Connections ~
http://wytchymystique.com
 Rising Sign Calculator:  http://www.horoscopeswithin.com/calculate.php
 Moon Sign Calculator: http://www.lunarium.co.uk/moonsign/calculator.jsp#.VfmkXOlRHIV
 BOOKS, by author Amythyst Raine @ Amazon ~ http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004NMWMX4
 Music ~
Avec Soin - Romance by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
 Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100860
 Artist: http://incompetech.com/


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

From The Witch's Corner ~ Preparing Herbs for Divination & Spirit Contact

Yes, this is another wonderful witchy blog post...I promise you that there will be a Personal blog post coming up in the near future with a very un-witchy theme.  I'm working on it.  In the meantime, spread a little magick :)

I decided at the last minute to shoot this video when I was going to prepare my oil burner with some herbs for divination and spirit contact.  I was planning on doing some divination later in the day, dealing with the topic of spirit communication, and my girls had been at me for a long time to sit down at the table with them and a Ouija board.  I wanted to burn some herbs in my oil burner (potpourrie style) to set the energy in the house on that wave length.
The Witch's Corner
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com
Magickal Connections
http://wytchymystique.com
The Tarot Parlour
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
Music ~
Avec Soin - Romance by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
 Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100860
 Artist: http://incompetech.com/


 
 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Q & A ~ Thought Provoking Spiritual & Personal Questions (video!)

Thank you to one of my Youtube viewers for these thought provoking questions, both personal and spiritual ~





September's Zodiac Tarot Readings! ~ Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo

September's 2016 Tarot Readings ~
This month I'm doing something really special and very different.  I'll be drawing 5 cards for you; the first four cards are from a Plain Deck of Playing Cards!  The fifth card is a major arcana card from The Gilded Tarot.  Yes, you can do divination, and do it quite successfully, with a plain ordinary deck of playing cards.  Be sure to watch, not only the video for your Sun Sign, but for your Moon & Rising Signs as well.  You're going to be surprised at the incites this month.  It was my delight to read for you.  If you would like a PERSONAL reading with me, follow this link to my website, "The Tarot Parlour", at http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
The Witch's Corner ~
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com
The Tarot Parlour ~
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
Magickal Connections ~
http://wytchymystique.com
 Rising Sign Calculator:  http://www.horoscopeswithin.com/calculate.php
 Moon Sign Calculator: http://www.lunarium.co.uk/moonsign/calculator.jsp#.VfmkXOlRHIV
 BOOKS, by author Amythyst Raine @ Amazon ~ http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004NMWMX4
 Music ~
Avec Soin - Romance by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
 Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100860
 Artist: http://incompetech.com/












Friday, August 19, 2016

September's Zodiac Tarot Readings! ~ Aquarius, Capricorn, Pisces, Aries

September's 2016 Tarot Readings ~
This month I'm doing something really special and very different.  I'll be drawing 5 cards for you; the first four cards are from a Plain Deck of Playing Cards!  The fifth card is a major arcana card from The Gilded Tarot.  Yes, you can do divination, and do it quite successfully, with a plain ordinary deck of playing cards.  Be sure to watch, not only the video for your Sun Sign, but for your Moon & Rising Signs as well.  You're going to be surprised at the incites this month.  It was my delight to read for you.  If you would like a PERSONAL reading with me, follow this link to my website, "The Tarot Parlour", at http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
The Witch's Corner ~
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com
The Tarot Parlour ~
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
Magickal Connections ~
http://wytchymystique.com
 Rising Sign Calculator:  http://www.horoscopeswithin.com/calculate.php
 Moon Sign Calculator: http://www.lunarium.co.uk/moonsign/calculator.jsp#.VfmkXOlRHIV
 BOOKS, by author Amythyst Raine @ Amazon ~ http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004NMWMX4
 Music ~
Avec Soin - Romance by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
 Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100860
 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
















Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Pendulums! (video)




https://amythystraine.blogspot.com/p/pendulums.html
Also ~ I carry a "Divination Bag" in my purse, and I'll show you what's inside!
Thank you for watching, liking, and sharing my videos, and please be sure to subscribe to my Youtube Channel.
The Witch's Corner ~
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com
Magickal Connections ~
http://wytchymystique.com
The Tarot Parlour ~
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
Books by Amythyst Raine ~
https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004NMWMX4
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Music ~
Avec Soin – Romance by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100860
Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Making a Non-Wax Candle (video!)

The candle I made for this video is a spell candle for love, but for any of my muggles who visit this blog, this is just the basic way to make a regular ole' non-wax candle.  It was so much fun, and even the couple glitches I ran into during the process (which you'll see) didn't dampen my ardor, or the final results!

Enjoy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Making a LOVE Non-Wax Spell Candle ~
Items Needed:
1.  a glass jar, size of your choice
2.  wick
3.  crazy glue
4.  Crisco Shortening, or any other name-brand solid vegetable shortening
5.  a crayon, red
6.  herbs ~ rose petal, hibiscus, nutmeg
7.  essential oil ~ rose
8.  a paper bowl
This project was So Much Fun, and I screwed up during the process!  When I poured the hot mixture into my glass container, the wick became dislodged from the small metal tab that held it to the bottom of the jar.  Oh dear, what shall we do?  Instead of cutting the camera and fixing the problem before moving on, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to show you what I did to fix this problem.  It's all a "learn as we go" process...everything is!
I am hoping to add these candles, in assorted sizes and containers, to the merchandise at The Witch's Corner.  I LOVE making them, so I'm also pretty sure that my daughters will wind up with a multitude of colored candles for various occasions and intentions!
I hope you enjoyed this video...thank you for liking, sharing, and subscribing.  (It matters, you know!)  And Happy Candle Making!!!
Love & Blessings,
Amythyst
My website: THE WITCH’S CORNER
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com
My blog:  MAGICKAL CONNECTIONS
http://wytchymystique.com
Tarot Readings:  THE TAROT PARLOUR
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
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Music ~
Avec Soin – Romance by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license(https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100860
 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sagittarius ~ Zodiac Tarot Reading for August (video!)




Sagittarius ~ August Reading 2016
The Deck:  Tarot Mucha, artwork by Giulia F. Massaglia & Barbara Nosenzo; book by Lunaea Weatherstone & Massimiliano Filadoro
The Witch's Corner ~
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com
The Tarot Parlour ~
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
Magickal Connections ~
http://wytchymystique.com
Rising Sign Calculator:  http://www.horoscopeswithin.com/calculate.php
Moon Sign Calculator: http://www.lunarium.co.uk/moonsign/calculator.jsp#.VfmkXOlRHIV
BOOKS, by author Amythyst Raine @ Amazon ~ http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004NMWMX4
Music ~
Avec Soin - Romance by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Scorpio ~ Zodiac Tarot Reading for August (video!)




Scorpio ~ August Reading 2016
The Deck:  Tarot of the Witches, by Fergus Hall
The Witch's Corner ~
http://amythystraine.blogspot.com
The Tarot Parlour ~
http://tarotreadingswithamythystraine.blogspot.com
Magickal Connections ~
http://wytchymystique.com
Rising Sign Calculator:  http://www.horoscopeswithin.com/calculate.php
Moon Sign Calculator: http://www.lunarium.co.uk/moonsign/calculator.jsp#.VfmkXOlRHIV
BOOKS, by author Amythyst Raine @ Amazon ~ http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004NMWMX4
Music ~
Avec Soin - Romance by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)