NEWS: The MMC Shop is now open!

Hello friends,

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.

Much love and bright blessings,

S.

New Year’s Activities for the Witch

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!

New Year Blessings,

S.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The MMC Book Coven starts in January!

Hello friends,

I am excited to announce that I’ll be starting a monthly book club in January – we will be kicking it off with the incredible classic, Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

If this is a book you have been wanting to read (or re-read!), I’d love for you to join! Here is some additional info about the MMC Book Coven:

  • We have most of the month of January to read the book, and will meet sometime at the end of January via zoom to discuss it – you can obviously get started on it now if you like!
  • If you are not able to obtain a hard copy of the book, there is a free pdf of it here.
  • This is a very low key book club, no worries if you don’t finish the whole book.
  • I’ll have some discussion questions but feel free to bring your own too, otherwise it’s just a free form discussion.
  • There’s a bonus activity (optional) of creating your own Wild Soul Talisman, inspired by the book. This would be an object you craft that serves as a reminder of your own Wild Soul, and may be used for your witchcraft, ritual, altar, etc. Some ideas are a necklace, a sculpture, a painting, a poem, a sigil … the sky is the limit. If you feel comfortable doing so we will share what we made during the meet up!
  • This is a month to month opt-in, I’ll post the next book 2 weeks prior (so, next one will be announced Jan 15) and you can just let me know if you want to join in again for it.  
  • You do not have to be a Witch to join the book coven, however just know that witchcraft will be a running theme with the book selection and most likely a part of the discussions.
  • The meet up will be scheduled for 1 hr, although we can continue the discussion further if people want to stick around for that.

That about covers it! If you have any questions, and/or would like to join the January meet-up, please email me at saganightryder@gmail.com. I will send you the day/time of the meet up once it has been finalized. Looking forward to it!

Bright blessings,

S.

Witch Mix #4 Full Moon November 2020

Haven’t done one of these in a while — I’ve been listening to a lot of Rush lately, so, you’re welcome. 😉 Hope you find this playlist inspiring and/or uplifting in some way, we are in the thick of it with holidays, eclipses, and closing up the year. It’s a lot! Don’t forget to breathe.

Bright blessings,

S.

Thyme Iced Tea

So good.

Summer is here, and it’s the perfect “thyme” for some iced tea. 🙂 If you are growing thyme in your garden, you probably have more than you know what to do with at this point! So here is a delicious way to put it to use. I first tried thyme iced tea at a fancy coffee shop in Seattle. Once I tried it, I knew I had to figure out how to make it for myself – the thyme lends a refreshing and herbaceous flavor that is hard to describe, you just have to try it!

Ingredients (for 1 quart of iced tea):

a handful of fresh sprigs of thyme, chopped

4 black tea bags

2 generous spoonfuls of sugar

lemon

Directions:

Put the kettle on to boil. Add chopped thyme and tea bags to your teapot or french press. Pour boiling water over it (enough for 1 quart) and let steep for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add two generous spoonfuls of sugar to a heat-proof 1 quart glass jar (Ball canning jars are great). Once it has steeped, pour tea into the jar, stir well until the sugar has dissolved. Cap it and let cool on the counter for a bit, then put it in the fridge. Once your tea is chilled, fill a glass with ice and pour tea over ice. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Enjoy!

Happy gardening and blessed be,

S.

Herbal Grimoire: St. John’s Wort

Image source: botanical.com

*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.*

Name

Who is Saint John?

St. John the Baptist Preaching in the Wilderness by Anton Raphael Mengs

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.

Identification

Image source: Wikipedia

“…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.

Remedial Qualities

Energy and flavors: cool, bitter

Systems affected: liver, nervous system

Properties: sedative, anti-inflammatory, astringent, antidepressant

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.

Magickal Qualities

Gender: masculine

Planet: Sun

Element: fire

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.

Preparations

“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.

Additional notes:

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.

You may also purchase St. John’s wort salve and anointing oil from my shop.

St. Johns’ Wort Salve

Sources

Moore, Michael. Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1993.

Beyerl, Paul. The Master Book of Herbalism. Blaine: Phoenix Publishing, 1984.

Tierra, Michael. The Way of Herbs. New York: Pocket Books, 1990.

Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1990.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_the_Baptist

https://www.herballegacy.com/Nelson_History.html

https://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/sajohn06.html

Green Blessings,

S.

Witch Musings: Altars

My kitchen altar.

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.

Blessed Be,

S.

A Witch’s Prayer

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.

I am within you, and you are within me.

Love under Will,

So mote it be.