The Mirror Book is a term coined by Scott Cunningham, and refers to a Witch’s daily journal, in which you record anything pertaining to your spiritual life and Craft. This distinguishes it from the Witch’s grimoire or Book of Shadows, which is a more permanent record of recipes, spells, and the like. The Mirror Book is a valuable tool in assessing your progress in witchcraft, and life in general. Over time, as you read back over the book, you become your own teacher. As Cunningham says: “One of the goals of the Wicca is self-knowledge; the Mirror Book is a valuable tool in achieving this.”
So, what do you record in your Mirror Book? Here are a few suggestions:
-Menstruation cycle (if applicable)
-Significant astrology/planetary alignments
-Reflections on witchcraft/being a witch
-Reflections on your studies in witchcraft
-How you are feeling that day – physically, emotionally, energetically
-Successes and failures in magick spells
-Reflections on your rituals
-Mundane concerns that pertain to your spiritual life or Craft
-Repeating symbols or themes in your day-to-day life
-Significant interactions with others (humans, animals, plants, spirits, etc)
-Progress in your Craft, such as building a new altar, starting an apothecary garden, creating a Witch’s tool, etc.
These are just a few ideas to get you started – you can also check out these journal prompts on the blog for more ideas. What do you include in your witchcraft journal?
“Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.
And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
And thou who thinkest to seek for me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou know this mystery: that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou will never find it without thee.”
-Charge of the Goddess (Doreen Valiente)
The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit: LOVELINESS
A beautiful person or thing; esp: a beautiful woman.
A graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality that contributes to beauty.
The quality or state of being strong: capacity for exertion or endurance.
Power to resist force: SOLIDITY, TOUGHNESS
Power of resisting attack: IMPREGNABILITY
Legal, logical, or moral force.
a) Degree of potency of effect or of concentration b)Intensity of light, color, sound or odor c) Vigor of expression
Force as measured in numbers: effective numbers of any body or organization
One regarded as embodying or affording force or firmness: SUPPORT
Maintenance of or a rising tendency in a price level: firmness of prices
a) possession of control, authority, or influence over others b) One having such power: a sovereign state c) archaic: force of armed men d) a large number or quantity
a) i. ability to act or produce an effect ii. capacity for being acted upon or undergoing an effect b) legal or official authority, capacity, or right
a) physical might b) mental or moral efficacy c) political control or influence
an angel of the fourth lowest rank
a) the number of times as indicated by an exponent a number occurs as a factor in a product; also: the product itself b) cardinal number 2
a) a source or means of supplying energy; esp: electricity b) motive power c) the time rate at which work is done or energy emitted or trasferred
sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it
a) good name or public esteem: reputation b) outward respect: recognition
a person of superior standing – now used esp. as a title for a holder of high office
one whose worth brings respect or fame: CREDIT
an evidence or symbol of distinction
a) a keen sense of ethical conduct: INTEGRITY b) one’s word given as a guarantee of performance
the quality or state of being humble
gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter
honor or respect felt or shown: DEFERENCE; esp: profound adoring awed respect
a gesture of respect (as a bow)
the state of being revered or honored
one held in reverence – used as a title for a clergyman
Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary. Massachusetts: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1971. Print.
I am excited to let you know that the MMC shop is now open! Here I’ll be adding items that I find useful for the Witch, such as herbs, candles, apothecary items, and more. These are all created, crafted, and assembled by me, and many of the items will be foraged and/or garden-grown as well. I aim to provide goods that are created sustainably, inspire you in your Craft, and are available at affordable prices. Please follow me on IG @mmc.blog to stay up-to-date on new additions as well.
While the calendar new year is not really a part of the Witch’s Wheel, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a time for intention and ritual. Here are a few ideas for activities that can be done at this time, and if you have additional ideas, please let me know in the comments!
*Please note: this is not a monograph, and I am not an herbalist. This is an excerpt from my herbal grimoire, and the writings of a Witch. It is intended to supplement your own research and studies.*
Who is Saint John?
Saint John, also know as John the Baptist, was a Jewish preacher in the 1st century AD. Christian scholars believe he baptized Jesus, and the Gospels portray him as a precursor or forerunner to Jesus. According to the New Testament, he was beheaded by Herod Antipas sometime between AD 28 and 36 for rebuking Herod for divorcing his wife and unlawfully marrying the wife of his brother.
Saint’ John’s Wort is named after this religious figure because the flowers usually bloom on or around June 24th, which is believed to be Saint John’s birthday. The crimson liquid exuded by the plant is believed to be a symbol of the blood spilled from his beheading, and the five yellow petals resemble a saintly halo.
Scientific name: Hypericum perforatum
Hypericum comes from the Greek word hyperikon, which means “over an apparition”, referring to the belief that this herb warded off evil spirits. Perforatum refers to the pinhole perforations found in the leaves and petals.
“…the leaves bear pellucid, transparent dots along their green surfaces…” – Michael Moore
An herbaceous perennial found in uncultivated ground, woods, hedges, roadsides, and meadows. May be found blooming throughout summer. The flowers are bright yellow, an indication of the healthy virtues of this herb. If you crush the flowers, they exude a crimson-purple liquid. The leaves have tiny pinhole perforations, which you can see if you hold one up to the light.
Saint John’s Wort is used to treat pains and diseases of the nervous system, and can relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. It is one of the best herbal therapies for those experiencing depression and numbing frustration, as a result of feeling “stuck in a rut.” Topically it works well as an all-purpose ache and pain reliever.
Powers: health, protection, strength
Saint John’s Wort is considered an Herbe of Protection, which history dates back to the early Greeks. It may be tossed in the hearth or fireplace to bring protection to the home (it would also be an excellent addition to an incense blend created for use in protection magick). It may also be placed in a jar and hung by a window or doorway to prevent malevolent spirits from entering the home. It may be used as an amulet to be worn on the body for protection and/or good health – also to attract love, and cure melancholy. It is associated with the element of fire, and may be used in magickal works to commune with fire spirits. Gather and dry the herb over a midsummer bonfire as part of your seasonal celebrations.
“A tincture of the flowers in spirit of wine, is commended against melancholy and madness.” – Culpeper
For depression: combine equal parts powders of St. John’s Wort, red rose petals, and lemon balm. Take two “00” size gelatin capsules every two hours for no more then three days in succession, tapering off to three times daily as symptoms subside.
To make a tincture: Gather the flowering tops, chop these up and fill a glass jar with as much herb as possible. Cover herb with 100 proof vodka (fill jar til almost overflowing). Screw on the cap, store in a cool, dark place (such as a kitchen cabinet). Strain after six weeks. Take 20-30 drops, up to three times per day.
To make an oil: Gather flowering tips, set them loosely in an open paper bag for a day, then chop them well and pack them into a jar with olive oil. Store away from sunlight in a warm place for 2-3 weeks. Strain well, squeezing with a cloth to extract as much oil as possible.
To make a salve: melt one cup of infused oil with one ounce of beeswax in a double boiler. Pour into jars, allow to cool and cap. Combines well with Arnica and Poplar Bud oils as an all-purpose ache and pain reliever.
Do not ingest if you gather this herb from roadsides. Instead, you may dry it, to be used in incense, amulets, witch bottles, etc.
Infused oil for cold sores: apply one drop to affected area to prevent cold sores from developing, or to manage nerve pain and speed recovery.
Anointing oil for Protection (infused oil) – in my experience, when anointing yourself with St. John’s Wort oil, it will bring about protection in unexpected ways (as is often the case with magickal workings), but in exactly the way you need it. St. John’s Wort is an herb of blessing and healing, and when worked with respectfully, will bring profound transformation when it comes to inner strength and boundaries.
A Witch’s altar needn’t be extravagant – this is my kitchen altar and I’ve intentionally kept it minimal, because I value my table space for cooking and food prep! It has my mortar and pestle, a bowl of sea salt, and some fresh cut herbs in a jar of water. It’s right next to the stove, as a reminder of Mother Earth’s abundance, and the magick and medicine I make with it when I cook or bake food for myself and loved ones.
While there are plenty of active daily practices one can do as a part of their Craft (meditation, prayer, offerings, etc), the altar can bee seen as a “passive” daily practice, a visual reminder of our intention, purposes and values as a Witch.
Here is a prayer I wrote, which can be spoken during ritual, circle casting, sabats, esbats, meditation — really whenever you like! I personally like to recite this prayer on a daily basis as a part of my morning meditation. A prayer is a spell, and many things can be a prayer – a piece of art, a bouquet of flowers, a bonfire, stargazing, a pot of soup. Use this prayer as you see fit. Blessed be.
Hail Mother Earth,
Hail Father Sky,
Hail the Four Directions –
Ice of the North
Fire of the South
Bright Dawn of the East
Gentle Sunset of the West
Hail Sol – Life Giver
Hail Luna – Queen of Witches
Hail the Shining Ones!
I ask for your guidance, illumination, and protection.
The object you see hanging around my neck is a flint striker, which I use along with my magickal knife to start fires for ritual, cooking, dye pots etc. What started out as a somewhat mundane novelty (starting fires with a flint striker is pretty fun) became, over time, a more significantly magickal practice for me. Building the foundation for the fire with paper, kindling, and then firewood – ensuring the structure has good airflow to catch, then creating a small nest of dryer lint at the very center, striking the flint to create sparks – getting the angle and pressure just right to do so, waiting patiently for the lint to catch.. it’s an incredibly meditative process. It has taught me about patience and the importance of good bones. It has taught me about energy exchange and transmutation. It has brought me to experiencing a stronger connection to my ancestors. And there is still more to learn from this humble skill. So now I adorn myself with this flint striker, and feel the true weight of it as a Tool of the Witch. ⚔