How to Make a Jar Candle

One of the most powerful ways to amp up your magic is to make your own tools.  And candles are one of the easiest magical supplies to make yourself.  Here’s how!

You will need:

*Beeswax Pastilles
*Palm Shortening
*#4 Square Braid Cotton Wicks with Metal Tabs
*4 oz. Glass Mason Jars
*Chopsticks & Tape
*Optional: Essential Oils & Herbs

Fill a sauce pan with about an inch of water and place a glass measuring cup inside the pan.  Melt equal parts beeswax and shortening inside the glass measuring cup, starting with the beeswax.  Use LOW heat to melt the wax; it can ignite if it gets too hot.  When the beeswax is almost completely melted, add the shortening and stir until liquid.

If you wish to add essential oils, allow the wax to cool slightly before stirring them in.  Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of essential oils per candle.

Prepare the jars by dipping the metal tab end of the wicks into the hot wax and pressing them down inside the bottom of the jars at the center.  Hold the wicks upright using the chopsticks.  Carefully pour the melted wax into the jars.

If you would like to add herbs, do so while the wax is soft, gently pressing them in.

Allow the candles to cure for at least 24 hours before trimming the wicks and lighting them.

More of a visual learner?  Check out my video below for illustrations on how to make a jar candle.



Blessed Litha and Welcome to the Fire Element!

I hope you are all having a lovely Solstice!  And I hope you are coming along with me to get jazzed up with the Fire Element this Summer!  Head on over to my YouTube Channel and subscribe, so you don’t miss out!



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Wrapping Up the Earth Element

A few weeks ago, I was hit while riding my Vespa, and my ankle was badly fractured.  While I am recuperating, I am trying to keep up on bringing you my Elements Series on YouTube.  In case you missed them, here are the last Earth Element videos.  We begin with the Fire Element on June 1st!






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Earth Element Detox Challenge #6

Catching up after vacation!  In case you missed it, our Detox Challenge #6 was to give yoga a try.  Yoga helps stimulate the body to eliminate toxins.  If you are new to yoga, start with some gentle, beginner asanas.  If you’ve been enjoying the benefits of yoga for a while, you may want to take on some more challenging poses.  I talk about it all here on my YouTube series on the Elements:


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Earth Element Detox Challenge #5

This week, we’re treating ourselves with bentonite clay facials!  Bentonite clay usually comes in powdered form (although some versions are pre-mixed) and, when water is added, produces an electrical charge that attracts toxins stored in the body.  It’s basically a detox magnet.

To take advantage of bentonite clay’s powerful benefits, simply mix the powdered clay with enough distilled water to form a paste.  To make your mask even better, add a couple drops of skin-loving essential oils, like lavender, geranium, carrot seed, or helichrysum.  Apply the paste in a thin layer on your face, avoiding contact with your eyes.  Then kick back and watch my YouTube videos (shameless plug ;o) until the paste dries – about 5 to 10 minutes.  Rinse, pat dry, and apply your favorite skin moisturizer.  Mine is Derma E’s Firming DMAE Moisturizer.

Have fun with this one and enjoy doing something beautiful for yourself!

For more information on this challenge, check out my latest Earth Element video:


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Earth Element Detox Challenge #4

Next challenge?  Let’s clean up those pits!  Armpits to be exact.

If you’ve been using a deodorant/antiperspirant that contains aluminum, chances are you have years of buildup in your underarms of this harmful neurotoxin.  And the ironic thing about it is that plugging your pores with aluminum to stop the body from detoxing naturally through sweat disrupts bacterial balance, making BO even worse than if you didn’t use deodorant at all.

At some point in your teenage years, you were probably advised by a soccer coach, camp counselor, or your parents to start using an antiperspirant.  But, what if you really don’t need it?  Let’s see if you do.

Take a week or two to detox from deodorant entirely and allow the body to sweat all that nasty gunk out.  Once the body rebalances itself, you may find that you really don’t smell as bad you thought you would without it.  If you do, however, find that you could still use a little something to feel fresh, try an aluminum free deodorant that uses anti-bacterial essential oils to keep things in check.

More information on the Detox Challenge and my entire series on the Earth Element can be found on my YouTube Channel.

Good luck!

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Earth Element Detox Challenge #3

Continuing onward with our Earth Element Detox Challenge, this week we take a look at soap.  We want to make sure our soap is packaged in a biodegradable wrapper and that the ingredients are safe.  That typically means ditching the fancy liquid body wash bottled in plastic and going back to good, old fashioned bar soap packaged in paper.  Look for versions that are free of parabens, sulfates, and dioxins.  Opt for simple blends scented with essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances, and take advantage of the extra nourishing benefits those herbal concoctions can supply to your skin.  Once you make the switch, you’ll see just how much cleaner you feel.

For more details on this challenge and on the Earth Element, check out my latest video on YouTube.


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Seed Blessing

One of my favorite things to do for Ostara is bless the seeds that I will plant at Beltane.  Ostara is celebrated at the Spring Equinox, which falls around March 20th of every year.  It is a time of renewal and rebirth – and a time for preparing for the upcoming agricultural season.

Even you’re not a farmer, you can tune into the rhythms of the Earth’s cycles by planting just a few seeds in a simple pot on your porch or on your kitchen counter and tending to them while they grow.  It is truly magical to witness a tiny seed emerge from the dirt, rise to reach toward the sky, and produce flowers, fruit, or vegetables to harvest in the later months of the year.  By the time Mabon and Samhain roll around, seeds from the plant you grew can be stored for use the during the following growing season, starting the turn of the wheel all over again.  So, pick up a packet of non-GMO seeds, and get ready to watch the Earth to burst into life this Spring!

Place your seeds on your altar.  If you have several seed packets, you may wish to use a decorative basket to hold them all.

Light an Ostara ritual candle.  Alternatively, a green candle (for fertility) will do just fine.

Draw a pentagram on each seed packet, which represents the Elements.  Your seeds will need the support of each of the Elements to grow.

Call upon your deity of choice for fertility/creation, if you have one.  I personally call upon Cernunnos for this ritual, but work with a deity you have a relationship with.  If you don’t work with any particular deities, feel free to modify the wording of your blessing to generally call upon the Earth or the Universe or whatever feels right to you.

Bless the seeds by stating:

Lord Cernunnos,
The Mighty Horned One,
Protector of the Forest,
Master of the Hunt –
I ask for your blessing upon these seeds.
May they be awakened by your virility
And stir with life, ready for planting at Beltane.
By your power over the land and all things wild
May they rise to meet the Sun,
Yield an abundant harvest,
And peacefully rest when
Light and Dark are equal again.
As I will it, so mote it be, and so it is.

Give thanks to Cernunnos and make an appropriate offering, such as drumming, wine, or naturally fallen pine cones or leaves.

Leave your seeds on your altar until it is time to plant them at Beltane.

Ostara Blessings,

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Earth Element Detox Challenge #2

Last week, I invited you to take the Earth Element Detox Challenge by cleaning up your makeup bag.  This week, we turn our attention to dental care products, most of which contain fluoride.  What’s wrong with fluoride, you ask?  A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research – Clinical & Translational Research indicates an upswing in dental fluorosis in the United States.  This makes sense, because we are getting repeatedly exposed to fluoride in the water we cook and clean in, in medications, and in certain foods, on top of what we already get in dental products and treatments.  The cumulative effect is actually an erosion of the teeth, not a strengthening of them.  We simply do not need fluoride at our current intake levels.

Moreover, fluoride added to tap water is a waste product from fertilizer manufacturing.  Do you really want to be putting that in your mouth or on your skin?

Let’s work on cleaning up some of the unnecessary fluoride in your life, starting with your toothpaste and mouth wash.  For Detox Challenge #2, take a look at your current dental hygiene products and see if they contain fluoride.  (Hint: If the label has a warning that you shouldn’t swallow it, it probably has fluoride.)  Ditch those products in favor fluoride-free versions, like Tom’s Propolis & Myrrh Cinnamint.  This one is my favorite, because myrrh is a common homeopathic remedy for sore gums and bad breath.

As you make these small steps to detox your life, you should start to see big benefits in how you feel.  Stick with it!

To learn more about the benefits of myrrh, check out Adam Barralet’s video, Myrrh – The Oil of Mother.

To learn more about fluoride, I very highly recommend The Hidden Cause of Acne: How Toxic Water Is Affecting Your Health and What You Can Do about It, by Melissa Gallico.  This book revolutionized the way I personally understand the fluoridation problem in America.

And don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel for more insight on how to connect with the Earth Element!  Until next time –


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Why Information About Vaccines Should Not Be Censored

Several years ago, I was given a synthetic antibiotic for a minor sinus infection.  Within a few hours, I began having violent seizures while throwing up and choking on it.  Fortunately, I was not home alone.  I was transported to the hospital where I spent three days in ICU fighting for my life.  The antibiotic I had been prescribed nearly killed me.

Many years later, I contracted bronchitis.  I was sick for three straight months, while my doctor prescribed me antibiotic after antibiotic – none of which worked for me.  At my wit’s end, I researched at-home remedies and learned that garlic is a natural antibiotic and echinacea can help boost immunity.  I began a course of garlic and echinacea and was finally restored to full health within 36 hours.

Since then, I have gradually added more naturopathic treatments to my regimen while reducing synthetic ones, until today where I almost exclusively turn to herbal medicine when I have a health issue.  I am incredibly grateful that this alternative exists for people like me who simply do not fair well with manufactured drugs.  Moreover, I have appreciated the ease with which this information has been available – until now.

A few days ago, it was announced that Facebook will be censoring anti-vaccine content on its platform.  I have seen much rejoicing over the social media giant’s gag order on information that provides alternatives for people who cannot have vaccines or are otherwise concerned about the risks associated with them.  And it worries me.

It appears that anything “anti-vaccine” has been unequivocally categorized as “fake news”; whereas anything pro-vaccine has been unequivocally categorized as “factual” because it’s “scientific”… If only the world were that black and white!

The reality is that there are many myths on both sides of the debate, and in a society that values public debate and free speech, it should be up to end users to evaluate what to believe and how to apply that information within their own lives, for their own bodies.  It should not be up to the government, your child’s school teacher, your priest, or even your doctor – and it should most certainly not be up to Facebook, of all organizations, to herd the masses into a one-size-fits-all healthcare solution.  By only allowing one voice to speak, Facebook is invariably attempting to control how people see the issue, and therefore, control how they think about it and what opinions they ultimately form – which may not be based on real facts at all.

Let’s look at just a few of the mistruths I have personally heard over the last couple of days on Facebook regarding vaccines:

Myth #1 – Failing to get a tetanus shot will cause an outbreak of tetanus.

This comment comes on the heals of a two-year-old story that a child in Oregon contracted tetanus after getting a cut on his family’s farm.

Fact: Tetanus is not contagious.  It is usually contracted when dirt gets into a puncture wound.  Thus, getting a tetanus shot yourself will not in any way contribute to someone else contracting it in an “outbreak” or not.  Source:

Myth #2 – Getting vaccinated prevents the spread of disease.

Fact:  When you are given a vaccination, you are given a pathogen in the hopes that the body will develop antibodies to it.  While you are a carrier of the pathogen, you can contaminate others with it, and are therefore at risk of spreading the disease you were vaccinated against.  Source:

Myth #3 – Vaccines are safe for everyone.

Facts:  Vaccinations, just like any medication, can contain ingredients that trigger allergic reactions in some people.  For example, the CDC recommends that those with egg allergies receive the flu vaccine under supervision by “a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions.” Source

Myth #4 – Mandatory vaccinations are the only way to effectively combat disease.

Protection against illness can be achieved by methods other than vaccination.  Antibodies can build after natural exposure to a pathogen, such that certain illnesses are usually only ever contracted by an individual once.  For this reason, the CDC indicates that a person who has had a previous diagnosis of chickenpox or shingles does not require the varicella vaccine, for example.

Immunity can be passed from mother to child or achieved through homeoprophylaxis, which is used with great success in many countries to control outbreaks of communicable diseases.  Source:


And that is just some of the misinformation I have heard in the last of couple of days promoting vaccines.  One must wonder, if Facebook’s objective is truly to address fake news, why are they are only targeting information about vaccine risks or alternatives?  Why are they not dealing with ALL vaccine “misinformation”, regardless of whether it is for, against, or just neutral?  Moreover, how does this practice contribute to the current state of hysteria people are currently in?  People are so afraid right now that they are going to die from illnesses previously thought of as generally unconcerning that they are demanding censorship and forfeiture of our right to direct our own medical treatment.  This is utterly flabbergasting to me.

In Schenck v. United States, the Honorable Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr. wrote in his opinion: “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.”  Right now, misinformation in support of vaccination is causing a totally unnecessary panic.  By effectually picking a winner in the debate, Facebook is fanning a dangerous fire, that now unanchored by the balancing opposition, threatens to grow out of control.

I don’t care what side of the fence you are on personally.  What I care about is having the right to choose what side to be on, rather than have a social media company – that has zero medical expertise – force the public to go to one or the other. Either allow both sides to speak, or ban all discussion of it entirely.  The former reveals where confusion exists and provides an opportunity for understanding to happen.  The latter allows those misunderstandings to silently remain.  Giving the floor to only one side accomplishes nothing other than proliferation of unchecked misinformation – the opposite of Facebook’s stated goal.

I cannot express how disappointed I am in Facebook right now.  Regardless of what happens, however, I hope that those who need an alternative to artificial immunity are able to find what they need.  Suppressing that information or making it harder to access may very well lead to real life or death situations for some people.

Stay well out there, witches.


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