Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hoodoo’s Botanical Necklace

Hoodoo’s Botanical Necklace
This is a multipurpose, magickal Hoodoo necklace designed to attract good influences and positive spirits into the life of the wearer. Many aspects of the necklace are flexible: it is unisex, it can be worn inside or outside the shirt (depending on its purpose and the wearer’s skin sensitivities), and you can adjust the recipe and use ingredients you have on hand. Begin this project at dusk on a Sunday of the waxing moon.

½ c whole allspice ½ c Florida Water
¼ c whole star anise ½ c rose water
¼ c black cardamom pods ½ c orange blossom water
¼ T musk seed ½ c lavender water
    (Abelmoschus moschatus) Awl, or large needle
1 accent root (see note) 36” waxed linen string
¼ c fresh cranberries

Begin by focusing on your special intentions. Combine the sweet waters, and add the allspice, anise, cardamom, musk seed, and accent root. Let soak over night, outdoors if possible. Write a note on regular paper that states your intentions and place it next to the soaking ingredients (hold it down with a river rock or pebble if necessary).

The next day, blot the soaked spices and root with a towel as you continue to focus on your intentions. Arrange the spices, root, and the cranberries on a beading tray (or similar) in a pleasing, balanced arrangement. The accent root should be in the center in order to hang low on the chest like a pendant. Place the small, smooth seeds and spices near the closure at the neck.

Hold both of your hands over the necklace design and visualize positive energy flowing out through your hands. Close your eyes; breathe deeply as you cast a positive charge over the necklace. Make a double knot on one end of the string; make sure at least 2” are free behind the knot.

Thread the awl with the string. Pierce the softened spices, root, and cranberries one at a time and slide them onto the string. When done, tie another double knot at the opposite end in the same manner. Bring both sides together and double-knot it again to make a permanent closure for the necklace.

Hold the necklace in your two hands and breathe your healing energy over it while you close your eyes and focus on your intentions. Use your dominant hand to hang the necklace up on a nail to dry. Let dry 2 weeks.

Note: You might need to drill a hole through the root with a small drill bit. Also, when selecting an accent root, consider using the following: Adam and Eve root (to attract love), angelica root (protective shield specifically helpful to mothers and children, and also for health and divination), devil’s shoestring (protective shield from evil influences and a luck magnet), John the Conqueror root (protection and strength for multiple purposes), or lucky hand root (multiple purposes, including love, luck, prosperity, and protection).

Source: Sticks, Stones, Roots & Bones by Stephanie Rose Bird

Friday, November 4, 2011

New Business to Build

Well, Midnight Blue Pagan Study Center is up and running - only have 2 non-active members, but that's ok, eventually there will be those who want to participate. And if not, I guess that's fine too, at least the information I've posted will be there for anyone who may stop in to visit. LOL Like I said before, I suck at marketing!

So, while Midnight Blue is a dream that will benefit others (and myself as well), it will generate no income. Now, however, I've finally solidified the concept that has been rattling around in my brain for over 20 yrs. The best job I ever had was working with preschoolers. That was play-all-day fun. But I don't want to have a pre-school, too much of a hassle. What I do want to do though, is teach crafts to kids. So it is a business teaching crafts to kids - of all ages - from my home. To avoid legal hassles, the parent(s) will have to remain with the kids (gives me adult conversation as well!)

I still haven't come up with a name for the business yet. There is an industry organization (Craft and Hobby Association) that I want to join and be certified through, but I have to have certain criteria met first. So I'm beginning to work on that. Considering we're trying to sell the house and move to Kansas, time is not an issue at the moment. It gives me plenty of time to thoroughly plan everything out and be completely organized once I can begin, making the process quick once we're moved and settled.

I've felt something big coming for months. Selling & moving is part of it. I thought all of it. Until yesterday. That's when it all came together. It finally fully formed in my head and I know it is what I want and am supposed to do.

There are so many things I can do with this - kids are sponges and can be taught so many things through crafts: numbers, letters, colors, nature, ethics, morals, spirituality, nature, environment, etc..

My Hoodoo Hill website may or may not be continued - have had zero response, so why bother. This blog will remain until I decide whether or not to move all of the information elsewhere. Either way, it is time to focus on that which will bring in joy, fun, and with it income!