Witchery by Juliet Diaz {A Review}

Hey!

I finally finished Witchery by Juliet Diaz and here are my thoughts…

I loved it, every single part of it. It made me question myself and showed me how to love myself and my magic more. I completely connected to it and the way it was written. The rituals, spells etc are extremely helpful and the author explains why she uses what she does and also makes it clear that you should adapt as necessary, stick to your own intent.

I can see me reading this book over and over. It’s so wonderfully insightful and really has taught me to look at things differently.

I feel like this is a book I want to have with me at all times, go read it and then read it again because I know I will get something new and different every single time. It has brought me back down to earth and given me a much needed lift in the magic department.

The first half of the book is about you, getting to know you, getting rid of your demons and really seeing who the core of you is. It takes away all those layers we build around us which block our connection to nature and the world around it.

The second half of the book goes through more pratical motions such as altars, moon phases, rituals, spells and other bits and bobs which are great.

Witchery is a catch of of wonderfully ensightful advice and it is, purely magical.

You can find a copy <here> on Amazon.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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The Village Witch Sub Boxes (May and June)

Hey! So admittedly when I was caving (see previous post) I didn’t write up my review of these wonderful boxes so now I am playing catch up.

May

This box was all about money drawing, prosperity and banishing debts.

It came with;

  • 7 African Powers Floor Wash
  • Path to Prosperity Aura Spray
  • Money Drawing Oil
  • 7 African Powers Incense
  • Path to Prosperity Cleansing Salt
  • Money Drawing Ink
  • Spellvelope
  • Make your own Keyring set
  • Candle
  • Exclusive badge
  • Treat bag

Money Box

June

This box was centered around summer, fire, rebirth and igniting passion.

It came with:

  • Summer Solstice Floor Wash
  • Ignite Aura Spray
  • Breath of Fire Oil
  • Precipitado Roja Ink
  • Summer Solstice Cleansing Salt
  • Make your own scented incense cones kit
  • Flower tealight candle
  • Lapis Necklace
  • Exclusive badge
  • Treat Bag

June Summer

Both of these boxes were second to non in terms of quality and price. All items are made exclusively by The Village Witch and many cannot be bought seperately. A lot of hard work, sweat and tears go into these boxes and for the cost of only £30 including shipping (UK) it is amazing value for money. You can find out more information or sign up for boxes <here>.

If you are going to get a Witchy/Pagan/Wiccan style sub box I would highly recommend The Village Witch. Authentically made quality stuff.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Finding My Inner Witch

I have been pretty absent for the last few months. Life became a little overwhelming and I felt a need to close off, to hibernate, to lock myself away in a cave and hide. This happens occassionally. I use to hate it, feel it was oppressive and depressive but I have actually come to see this time as a way to renew and take stock. I get forced to take a good look at my life and see what parts of it I need to cut back on. Usually this means cutting back on everything and going back to basics and rebuilding the walls and cutting down to the foundations.

I find during this time I do not feel very magical or ‘Witchy’ I don’t really cast spells or work any active magic and then I berate myself for being a bad witch. Which is actually bloody stupid.

In an effort to find my inner witch and bring her out I purchased a book which I had seen and really liked the look of. The book was Witchery by Juliet Diaz. Now to be honest with you I haven’t finished reading it but what I have read so far I have loved every second of. I find her enlightening and it was totally what I needed. Juliet writes in a way that makes you look at your magical self in a different way, to learn to appriciate the little things which may appear mundane but are actually magical. In doing these things I have felt myself lift, I feel I am actively harnessing my magic and using it. It does not need to be some grand gesture with candles and herbs it can be as simple as appriciating sun beams upon a flower.

For a long time I felt a bit stuck on my path. In an effort to avoid the ‘Wiccan’ elements I didn’t get along with I avoided everything termed ‘Wiccan’ and stuck purely to what was deemed to be ‘traditional’ in doing this I restricted myself and took out elements which I very much enjoyed.

I do not celebrate dieties nor believe in Gods.

I do not follow a 3 fold or karmic law

I do not call corners and believe in casting spells on specific days.

I enjoy using herbs

I enjoy using candles

I love Runes and adore Sigil work.

I love the moon in all her glory and yes, I am deciding to add the moon to my spell work.

I love crystals and the energy they give off.

My magic has no colour, it does what I need to it for whatever I purpose I need.

I am not Wiccan

I am not Traditional

I am a Witch. Pure. Simple and to the point.

Learn to question yourself less and love yourself more.

 

The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Sub Box (April)

Hey and welcome to another Hocus Pocus sub box reveal. This month the theme was Spring Into Action and it came at the perfect time as I am all about getting productive and getting motivated.

The box was, as usual, full of such glorious products. Most of which are handmade and blessed as they are sent out and made with the best quality ingredients.

Here are the contents of the April box;

  • Handmade & blessed Positivity Build Cleansing Salt (worth £4.00)
  • Handmade & blessed Queen Bee Aura Spray (worth £12.99)
  • Handmade & blessed Listen To Me Powder (worth £5.50)
  • Handmade & blessed Bexz’s Do It Now Oil (worth £5.50) Limited Edition
  • Handmade & blessed Kick Up The Arse Floor Wash (worth £7.99)
  • Handmade & blessed Affirmation Loose Incense (worth £5.99)
  • Make Your Own Mojo Bag (worth (£7.99) – the herb mix supplied is an all rounder herb mix (3 Witches Mix) so it will work with your intent to sway the focus of the bag.
  • Orange spell candle (worth 50p) – Bravery, courage and confidence.
  • Mini Glittery Sign (worth £2.50) – Just a reminder for yourself, you can do this, now spring into action!
  • TVW badge of the month (worth £1.00)
  • Treat Bag (freebie)
Box Total Worth: £53.96 box + £4.00 (UK P&P) = £57.96(International box total worth: £68.96)
You Pay: £26 box + £4.00 (UK P&P) = £30.00 (International pays: £45.00)

As you can see the box recieved is way above it’s paid value. You also get a spell sheet included which has ideas and instructions for sing the products within.

May’s theme is Money and Success so if you want to grab a box before they get sold out then you can do so <here>
Thanks for reading.
Emma-Louise x

It’s A Witchy World.

I’ve shared my story previously but it got deleted somehow so here I am, telling you again about myself.

From a young age I was drawn to Witchcraft, I dabbled in the more stereotypical version of it. Learning from what I can find in books and films such as The Craft which came out in my younger teen years. However, as life got busy I left this path to the side.

A few years ago I decided to revisit it, I have always had a play with tarot and loved herbs and nature so this wasn’t exactly a stretch for me.

I devoured every book I purchased, joined numerous Facebook groups, scoured the Internet. There were a lot of things that I took from my reading but also a lot I felt I was rejecting, and that is where I felt lost.

Everything I read stated that I needed certain tools, circles of protection, to use the elements, moon cycles, days of the week and mostly, some form of pantheon or God to follow.

This for me was a big problem. I felt hemmed in by rules, it felt more like a religion than a adaptation of my life. It didn’t feel natural. I certainly didn’t believe in God and couldn’t bring myself too. Whether that God was Greek, Celtic or Christian.

I started to feel very put off. I couldn’t get my head around some of the stuff. Magic is innate, it is natural. If you want to cast a spell for something why should you have to wait for the right moon phase and day of the week. Surely your intention should just be enough.

It was then that I discovered a blog post titled: I’m A Witch, Not A Wiccan and so I opened it and read it 4-5 times. FINALLY! something I could relate too.

This post described exactly what I was feeling. That in fact I was not a Wiccan. I could practice Witchcraft without following a God, without needing to follow moon phases or use certain colours for certain spells.

Shortly after reading that post I joined the group of the lady who wrote it, Bexz from The Village Witch, and I have never looked back.

I openly celebrate what I am and how I practice my craft. If others want to follow other ways, paths and use alternative methods then that is great for them, but it is not for me.

I cast spells when I feel the need too, at any time of the day and I use whatever I have to hand. I make the most of my surroundings and use whatever a Witch would have used hundreds of years ago when items were scarse and people reused whatever they could. I don’t believe in light and dark magic, there is just magic and any one of us is capable of wielding both. Protective spells can be seen as a Hex which would fall under dark magic, but also as they protect they fall under light. Magic is whatever you feed into it and for me sits squarely in the grey. It’s up to us how we use it.

So if you are reading this post and find yourself questioning where you fit in my advice is this. Follow your instinct and trust your gut. Do what feels right to you, not what is written in a book. You have your own magic inside of you, it’s entirely your choice how you use it.

Emma-Louise x

The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Box {March}

Hey! Welcome to the March Hocus Pocus sub box reveal and what a cracker I have for you today.

I was so excited to be getting this box because it screams at my inner Witch. The theme for this month is Banishment, before you all gasp, it also includes banishing negative energies.

Now as much as there are many a folk who I would like to banish to the little box of doom *cackles* I primarily wanted this box for the banishing of nasty energy.

You may ask, What do ya get? Well I am about to tell you;

  •  Banish Negative Energy Cleansing Salt (worth £4.00)
  • Banish Bad Vibes Aura Spray (worth £12.99)
  • Banish Evil Ink (worth £5.50)
  • Banishing Oil (worth £5.50)
  • Go Away Evil Floor Wash (worth £7.99)
  • Banishing Loose Incense (worth £5.99)
  • Banish A Negative Person Spellvelope (worth (£5.99)
  • Black spell candle (worth 50p)
  • Mini wooden chest (worth £2.50) – think banishing people away into the box… a box of names is very handy.
  • TVW badge of the month (worth £1.00)
  • Treat Bag (freebie)

TVW MARCH

Now that is a whopping £56 (almost) worth of stuff for only £30, can’t say better that’s a bad deal at all can you?! All of the items included are Handmade and Blessed as well. You will not find any generic oils here my friend.

You also get a handy spell helpsheet with your box but ultimately you are the creator of your spell and we want to see your magic shine!

The theme for April is ‘Spring Into Action’ and the boxes are available from The Village Witch.

I cannot wait to get stuck into this box and I will show you what I did in another post.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Work Your Magic!

It’s nothing short of miraculous isn’t it, that we exist. Yes, I know the science behind it but still, when you think about how we are here in such a vast wonderful universe, you can’t really tell me that magic doesn’t exist.

 
I often get those looks followed by questions about magic; Do I know it isn’t real? How come I am not a millionaire if I use magic? etc… yada yada yada.

 
Let me tell you this now, just because I believe in magic doesn’t make me a complete idiot. I have studied some level of science, I have a master’s degree, I am actively learning all the time. I don’t believe magic and science cannot co-exist because I see daily that they do.

 
I know that wiggling my nose won’t make something I desire happen. I don’t think flicking a wand around will suddenly rid me of my foes and make me rich beyond my wildest dreams.

 
What I believe is that our core, our instinct is magic. When a Witch casts a spell, we feed that magic into the spell, we pour our hopes, dreams, desires into that and feed it all the energy we have. When I explained this to my non-Witch partner, I told him to think of it as positive mental attitude. Each spell we have is to feed positive energy into something whether that’s our dreams or into negativity we have received.

 
We are putting our positive intent into the universe. Even when people use hexes, bindings or curses there is an element of it that usually comes from a good place, to prevent harm, protect someone, put an end to something which is hurtful.
Of course, I know there are Witches out there who do spell cast without that positivity, who intend nothing but hurt but to be fair, you don’t need to be a Witch to experience those sorts of people. Just turn on the news, it’s probably full of them.

 
I don’t do the whole Wicca Rede, Harm non, 3 x Rule. What I do instead is think about why I am wanting to do something. I won’t act in revenge because I do believe that Karma will have a way of paying me back, I consider those who may also be hurt by anything negative I send out there. There are plenty of people out there who have wronged me at some point but if I respond in the same way, where would it end? Who else would get hurt? It doesn’t take much to realise it isn’t worth it. That I would much rather fill myself with something positive that makes my heart light and puts a smile on my face. I refuse to give arseholes the satisfaction of letting them think they have any sort of hold on me, they don’t.

 
Magic is universal, we all carry it inside of us whether we are Witches or not. Our very reason of existing is magical. Our soul burns with it. Don’t ever feel that you have nothing to offer, that you are un-special because you are not. You are the very essence of magic.
Emma-Louise x