Saturday, 26 May 2018

White Howlite by Autumn Ravenflower

White Howlite by Autumn Ravenflower

It was my birthday on April 1st and I was blessed to be gifted, from a very dear friend of mine, a beautiful white howlite skull.

I’m a bit of a fan of skulls - not real ones, I hasten to add. I used to collect and was given, all sorts of different ones - pewter gothic ones, Celtic tribal tattooed ones, skulls with ornamental ravens on top, alchemy gothic worry stones etc... 

Although I still have them all, I prefer to collect the crystal variety. I only have one other to date - blue apatite but this white howlite one was a crystal skull that I have wanted to get for a while, so was very pleased when I received it.

Holding the crystal in my hands, I closed my eyes and let the words and feeling come to me... clarity, understanding, expression, thoughts, healing, intuition.

Howlite originates from Canada and depending on the grade, will be of varying shades of white. Mine is a good grade of howlite - snow white colour with grey markings and opaque. It is also a stone that can be dyed - very often you will see the blue variety or maybe a red one.

Howlite has many properties - mainly to do with helping stress, anxiety and tension. It will calm and soothe the mind and in turn, aid a restful night’s sleep. Feel angry? or aggressive? White howlite can remove those feelings. Hold one in each hand, sit and close your eyes and feel the energies of this wonderful stone work to calm and restore feelings of calm and placidness.

Howlite does have properties relating to clarity, understanding, expression and thought which was what I felt while holding it. If you’re seeking inspiration or motivation, this is one to work with. It allows you to understand what it is you want from life and from others and yourself and gives you the confidence to go for it. It lets you express yourself verbally too - freely and effectively.

Howlite can help with your metabolism and to heal various skin conditions as well as promote a healthy skeleton. It can assist with purifying the blood system and to reduce pain associated with the muscles.

White Howlite also has some wonderful magical properties -

Energy - Protective
Element - Earth
Planet - Moon
Powers - Patience and Peace

Focusing on howlite can assist while journeying allowing you insight to past lives. Burning a grey candle too will amplify your experience.

I referred back to my blog post on my blue apatite crystal skull and it was interesting to read that my thoughts on that crystal almost mirrored this one - thought, intuition, knowledge, higher self and inspiration. I definitely think the skull aspect of the crystals tie in with the crystals own properties - harmonizing with them and giving you a focus to understand how each one works for you...

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Protection Ritual by Autumn Ravenflower

Protection Ritual by Autumn Ravenflower

You will need: black candle. This is to dispel negative energies.
Black tourmaline crystal - this transmutes into positive energies.
Jet - to absorb negative energies.
Sage and Rosemary bundle to burn as incense for cleansing.
Cloves - may be burned for protection and to purify the energy of the area that the ritual is to be held also.

Set these items up on your working altar or a small table in the middle of the room.

Circle casting:
Standing at your altar, light the candle and incense and say the following:

"Here I stand in this sacred space
Our energies are connected
By the powers of the elements that reside
This circle is now protected!"

Calling in the quarters:

Element of Air, I call upon you in this ritual
Show me positive thinking so that I may banish all negative thoughts.
Teach me the knowledge of freedom so that I may protect myself
Hail and Welcome!

Element of Fire, I Call upon you in this ritual
Bring with you your fiery force, teaching me to protect what is ours.
Show me your will-power and drive so that I may stand our ground.
Hail and Welcome!

Element of Water, I call upon you in this ritual
Bring with you your purification so that I may wash away negative energies
Teach me intuition so that I may be guided and protected.
Hail and Welcome!

Element of Earth, I call upon you in this ritual
Bring with you your focus and your strength so that I can be guided in my quest for protection.
Show me stability and wisdom so that I may stand our ground.
Hail and Welcome!

Depending on what you need the protection for, you can do the following:

House protection - sprinkle black salt into each corner of the home. Smudging with the sage and rosemary bundle into the corner of each room also has the same effect.

Sit and focus on the lighted candle. Visualise the candle flame spreading out to protect every room in your house. This can also be used for self protection too! If you need protection from a person, write their name on a piece of paper, light it with the candle flame and place in a fireproof dish to burn out. Visualise being protected from that person as the paper burns away.

Thanking the quarters:

Element of Earth I thank you for your presence in this circle
I have focus and strength, stability and wisdom and will work with these to protect what is mine
Hail and Farewell!

Element of Water I thank you for your presence in this circle
I have washed away all that is negative and am guided by my intuition to remain protected
Hail and Farewell!

Element of Fire I thank you for your presence in this circle
Your fire is my strength to keep myself and those I love protected
And the willpower to stand my ground
Hail and Farewell!

Element of Air I thank you for your presence in this circle
You have shown me positivity and have banished all negative thoughts
I now have the knowledge I need to protect myself and my home.
Hail and Farewell!

"I have stood in this sacred space
My energies are connected
By the powers of the elements that reside
This circle is undone but still protected!"

So mote it be!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The magical banana by Autumn Ravenflower

I enjoy thinking of new and interesting things to research and write about on the Kitchen Witch blog. Sometimes I’ll have a new crystal, or an idea will come to me while out on a walk but during a chat with the other Hearth Guardians, for whatever reason, one of us found a gif of a dancing banana which made everyone laugh. Someone else found another 'banana' gif and talk got around to bananas - Hey! our chats always go off on a tangent before coming back to the topic in hand. 

That’s when I decided to look at the properties of bananas - both as healing and magical...

The magical banana by Autumn Ravenflower

A banana is technically speaking a berry and is from several kinds of flowering plants that are native to warmer climates like Indomalia and Australia but were originally from Papa New Guinea.

The word 'banana' is actually a general name for what is several types of this high in potassium fruit - plantain is a firmer, more dense version which is usually used in Eastern cookery, but there are other types too - scarlet banana, pink banana and snow banana, although I haven’t come across these versions in the grocers or in any of the Asian Supermarket that I visit.

Bananas are a wonderful fruit with huge amounts of medicinal properties. I've already said that bananas are high in potassium (this maintains fluid balance in our bodies) - they also contain a lot of fibre which is essential for our digestion. They contain anti-oxidants which help preserve our bodies cells as well as helping our circulation. Rutin is another addition to this super fruit - rutin helps to maintain our blood vessels as well as having anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They also have a compound produces serotonin - a chemical in our brain that gives us that 'feel good' factor.

Bananas can be worked with magically also - they are said to improve fertility and cure impotency. Use the leaves, fruit and flowers in spells for prosperity. If a bride should marry under a banana tree, she will be blessed with good luck! Carrying a banana with you on your travels prevents you from harm or accidents.

This is my favourite recipe for delicious Banoffee Pie - as well as being highly indulgent, it also has all those wonderful healing properties and if you make it with magical intention...well, you never know...

Banoffee Pie

For the base -
150g digestive biscuits
75g butter

For the filling -
75g butter
75g light muscovado sugar
397g tin of full fat condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping -
3 small just ripe bananas
300ml double cream
cocoa powder to dust

20cm springform tin

Break the biscuits up - I put them in a bowl and use the end of my rolling pin to smash them into fine crumbs. Melt the butter slowly in a pan and add this to the bowl of biscuit crumbs. Mix together until all the crumbs are coated and transfer to the tin which has been lined. Flatten it down with a spoon until firm and it covers the base of the tin. Pop into the fridge.

Next, melt the butter and sugar together in a pan, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the condensed milk and bring to the boil. Stir continuously for a couple of minutes, taking care not to burn or overcook the mixture. Take off of the heat and add the vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into the tin that you have now taken out of the fridge. The caramel mixture should have a consistency to pour but not be runny. Cool for a while then pop back into the fridge to set for at least an hour.

Slice the bananas and put them on top of your caramel in a single layer but close together. Whip the cream to a firm piping consistency and either pipe or use a spoon to cover the bananas. Using a small sieve, dust the top with cocoa powder. You can either serve immediately or pop back in the fridge until ready...