My Beloved Watson is attending Passover services so I have to actually write my own blog today <shudder>
As a giddy rootwoman, I love working with all kinds of plants but my first magickal love has always been flowers. There’s just something special about their appearance, scent, and energy that helps reconnect and ground me when I can’t seem to focus or find myself experiencing a massive anxiety attack. I am all about flower power!!!
I love exploring all of the wonderful methods of keeping plant spirits close to me throughout the year which is how I came upon my gleeful obsession with flower essences, flower pressing, and finding cookbooks that feature entrees bursting with flower magick! The winter months when most plant life is lying dormant and getting some much deserved rest is the time when I seem to need the companionship offered by my floral allies the most. Making flower and stone infused salt during the growing season is a surefire way for me to always have a way to infuse floral magick into whatever spells I’m casting no matter what season it is!
Here is my version of flower and stone infused salt 🙂
You will need:
-Sea Salt (not dead sea salt which retains moisture and will harden into clumps that are very difficult to break up)
-Several handfuls of your favorite fresh flowers. You can use only one kind or a combination thereof! (note: make sure that they’re not wet)
-A clean large ceramic or glass container that includes a lid
-Whatever stone/crystal that aligns with the magickal intention that you want to imbue into the salt
-Clear mind and focused magickal intentions (if you have anxiety and/or ptsd issues like me and aren’t hearing impaired, playing relaxing music in the background that helps keep you in a focused state can be very helpful )
FIRST LAYER OF SALT:
Cover the entire bottom of your container with sea salt. You are creating your initial layer of magickal intention and protection which is why I consider it very important that no part of the bottom of the surface is left uncovered by the salt 🙂
(the above photo is actually the third layer but I wanted to give you an idea of how the bottom should be completely covered)
SECOND LAYER (FIRST LAYER OF FLOWERS)
Lay a single layer of your flowers over the top of the salt. Cram as many flowers as your heart desires being very mindful to not overlap them.
SECOND LAYER OF SALT
Add another layer of sea salt on top of your flowers making sure to completely cover them with at least 1/2-1 inch of salt.
REPEAT UNTIL YOU REACH THE UPPERMOST SALT LAYER
TOP SALT LAYER
With the last of your flower companions create a magickal pattern formation and lay your gemstone/crystal in the dead center. Cover and store in a dark cool place. Let it charge for a least one month.
(you see those photogenic water droplets on the petals? Those droplets meant that I had to break up a lot of clumps one month later…lol!)
STRAINING AND STORAGE
You will know that your flower and stone infused salt is ready when the flowers that are completely dry and brittle.
Sometimes parts of the salt will have dried in clumps but it should be relatively easy to break the salt back up into the desired consistency again.
I like leaving the dried flowers in the salt but you can strain them out and save them for other uses later.
When you’re done admiring the beautiful magick you’ve created place your infused salt in a moisure proof container until you’re ready to use!
Some Things to Consider:
-I found that if I planned to use an odd number of layers it would guarantee that the top layer would be the salt layer. For example, if I used 3 or 5 layers than I was guaranteed to have a top salt layer without it being complicated 🙂
-Make sure that the stone/crystal that you will is compatible with salt. I had to learn the hard way that there are some crystals (turquiose, malachite, moonstones, and opal to name a few) that actually have a very adverse reaction when paired with salt.
-If you will be including the salt in spells and potions that will come in contact with skin and/or will be ingested, choose flowers that are safe for those corresponding uses.
-On the first night of it’s creation, consider giving your salt creation a sun or moonbath. If indoors and in a place away from pets, simply take the lid off and let your salt soak in all the magick. If outdoors, remove the lid but cover it with a sheer mesh cloth to keep the night creatures from adding their magickal 2 cents to your creation (unless that’s what you want of course!) Keep in mind that there are some stones/crystals that are sunlight sensitive so do a little research 🙂
Moonlight however is always welcome!
-Incorporating moon phases into when you make your salt is a wonderful way to add a complex lunar layer to your spell!
-You don’t have only use flowers! You also can incorporate your favorite roots, just be cognizant of how the salt will be used. For example, if you will be incorporating mandrake (Mandragora officinarum ) into your infused salt formula, then it isn’t safe to use in food and medicine based spellwork. Roots pack quite a magickal punch (and are pretty expensive if you have to buy them) so you don’t need to use much 🙂
What if a month later the flowers still aren’t dry?
This has happened to me when I got punch drunk with the flower layering..lol! Simply remove the crystal from the top layer and stir the salt and flowers up thoroughly making sure that . I know that it will completely mess up the beautiful layers that you’ve created but we want to ensure that all of the flowers are completely dry before using. Be sure to break up the clumps and add more salt if you feel the mixture is too moist.
What if there’s mold?
I would err on the side on caution and throw the batch away. Make sure to take copious notes on what went wrong. Was it stored someplace that was humid? Did the lid get knocked off and water find a way in? Mistakes are a part of the learning process so be gentle on yourself!
It doesn’t have enough or any of the flower scent I was hoping for!
This can sometimes happen depending on the type of flower being used but rest assured the flower’s magick is in there! You can always add a little essential or fragrance oil if you’d like.
Can I use flowers from the store or the side of the road?
Unless it’s specifically labelled as organic, I would not use store bought flowers due to the high amount of pesticides and artificial colorants that are used. I would recommend against using flowers found alongside busy roads due to the high level of toxins (both chemical and emotional) they can absorb from the high flow of traffic they are exposed to.
However, I do consider isolated country roads with little to no sign of vehicular travel to be a quaint exception 🙂
What about graveyard/cemetary flowers?
While they are indeed a very powerful addition, only use flowers that are found growing naturally NOT ones that have been planted at the gravestones by bereaved family members. Be very certain you are absolutely positive about the identification of the flowers you’re harvesting. Don’t forget to leave payment to spirits for the flowers and to clean up a least a little of the trash that tends to accumulate in cemeteries and graveyards. A little gratitude and courtesy towards the dead goes a long way 🙂
HAVE FUN AND HAPPY HOODOO-ING!
So what you amazing soapers know, and what us as people that love our soapers need to get used to, are what I call the three phases of vending.
This is phase one:
When your entire residence explodes in color, flavor , and aroma.
Every room is packed to the gills with making sure that the right stock is at hand for the event to come.
For you soaper lovers out there- understand that there are going to be things that are normal during this time of preparation:
Your soaper will be mumbling to themselves- a lot.
Just remember it makes sense to them, even if it does not to you.
Your soaper will talk in their sleep- usually saying things like: SLSA, FDA guidelines, and on sale
If they start doing hand gestures in their sleep, that is also normal.
Cuddle them extra close.
They may walk around in circles multiple times.
Just watch them carefully, and make sure that they eat and drink.
They may fall asleep in various places- the computer, the couch, standing still in the kitchen.
This is perfectly normal, as the hours that your beloved soaper will be putting in before an event.
So just recognize that the time, effort and emotional fortitude that it takes to prepare for vending is intense.
Soapers are deeply emotionally attached to what they do, and the day to day of running a website is completely different then the intensity of standing up before a crowd and saying “this is me”.
So love your soaper, put them in bubble wrap, and suppport them through what they are about to do .
Next week: VENDING PHASE TWO
Sherlock is vending Friday and Saturday next week. All week she has been prepping for her space. There are bags of weird things coming into the house. Lots of colors, glitter, things that smell good, large heavy bags, and boxes of supplies.
It was definitely a learning curve on how to prepare for an event.
This week, Sherlock found a site about all things vending, she was enthralled!
This women’s advise about protocol, how to vend, and how to prep your space was invaluable.
Find her here: http://www.thecraftbooth.com/
So Sherlock is still refining her look, her tables, how things need to be set out, labeled, and organized.
She has a castle for her oils, and they organize them beautifully, but it can be overwhelming having so many oils to go through.
So she picked up another castle and has spent the last week decorating and painting it. It has been a rest from pumping up her product line for the vending event.
And I thought you would like to see the pictures of a work in progress.
These are pictures of her using stencils to burn pics into the wood. She painted sigil’s throughout, and then painted the entire castle blue and gold.
These aren’t the finished product. She has some burnings that are optical allusions. Really in depth stuff.
But as we are prepping for next week I am already in her way.
So more pictures after she goes to sleep!!!!
Sherlock has a lot of talent in many areas. Gardening, dancing, public speaking, root work.
One of the things that I find fascinating is that she is always in the process of creating something new.
Everything that she creates is a part of her. It is all unique, meticulously done, and infused with her intention and energy.
So one day I left in the morning and took pictures of these:
(please excuse the blurriness)
Looks like dirt, smells like fruit and wood.
Smells like apple cider
And when I returned home, they were these:
Blood Queen bath Bombs, hand painted
BASTET Midnight Cider Bath bomb, also hand painted.
And the babies:
How cool is that?
Sherlock picks themes and colors that speak to her spiritually. The women of size on her side, the power of taking “space”. The black cats that create a surreal experience of black water that surrounds you in peace. These aren’t just soaps, they are messages. You have the right to take space. You have the right to experience color with all of your joy. Take it.
This is for everyone who lives with a soaper, is married to a soaper, or is dating a soaper-
Soaper supporters BEWARE.
I come home from my work day of much less interesting things, an I SEE it. The big bowl of whipped pink heaven, with the spoon in it, daring me to consume its contents.
As I reach for the spoon, I see its sister!
Another bowl, calling my name it says in the lilting voice “me first Watson, I left the spoon right here for you!”
My mouth waters, my hand shakes. What has she created in my absence? Will I dream about this desert as I have dreamed about so many others? What layers of fruit and flavor await my palate?
Suddenly, the alarm goes off in the back of my head. I ignore it.
It persists. I ignore it again and lift the spoon to my mouth.
As my eyes are about to roll back into my head I see it.
I stop. The spoon to my lips.
There is was:
The proof that if I had indeed eaten the bowl of whipped wonder in front of me.
Well, we would have run out of toilet paper.
Foiled again .
You win Sherlock.
Without a doubt between the two of us My Love is the “Sherlock”. I delight in sitting back and listening to her “soaper mind” as she takes apart an item, or builds on in her head. Like Sherlock, she can look into the item so deeply that she can rattle off the ingredients without blinking an eye. While I get to sit back and simply appreciate my commonness by comparison. So I have decided that I will be the John Watson to her Sherlock. I will get to write about all of her adventures as she is off and running with her new project or re stocking the supplies on her site. Making stuff that looks, smells, and feels like I can eat it, when I really can’t, and as she challenges herself to do something new.
To start, I am taking a page for the Sherlock show done by BBC with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. If you watch the show, there is one where John looks in the fridge for breakfast and there was a head in the fridge. Anyone who is married to a soaper knows exactly what that feels like.
This is a normal people fridge:
This is a soaper fridge:
So this is John Watson saying “stay tuned soaper fans! The soaper game is a foot!”
Hi All! Well it looks like I’ve put off writing my first post long enough and it’s time that I get to finally writing something. At first, I was going to write a pithy introduction where I gave a brief history about myself and my inter-connected journey into witchcraft and fat activism but that didn’t seem to fit how I was feeling at the time. I then realized that the subject that is near and dear to my heart right now is the transformative power of mistakes.
As I’m typing this, there are 3 pounds of hand made bubble wands and bubble bath drops lovingly nestled in my garbage can because of an formula experimentation session gone wrong. Angrily scribbled in my Formula Book of Shadows are the words, “DO NOT USE COCONUT OIL IN BUBBLE DOUGH FORMULAS…IT’S EVEEEEEEEEEL!!!!!!!!!!!”. I’m exaggerating of course. I only used 4 exclamation marks and I spelled evil correctly. I made a very expensive (slsa is not cheap!) mistake and it taught me a couple of very important lessons’ such as: only experiment using small batches, don’t experiment using ingredients’ that I’m almost out of, be patient with myself, and using all caps in Books of Shadows makes me feel all important and wizardy.
YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!!!!
(sorry, I had to get that out of my system)
Making mistakes and honestly chronicling them is a very important tool in every magickal practitioner’s arsenal no matter what their area of expertise. I also feel that as we pass on our knowledge and share our experiences’ with each other, being candid about the mistakes’ that we make along the way helps foster a more compassionate and well rounded communities. Whenever I start to feel like a cocky rootworkin’ know-it-all, nothing bops’ me off my high broomstick faster than me reminding myself that I can’t make it through a 3 month period without making some massive magickal faux-pas or other.
Being a part of very diverse array of artisanal communities such as soapers, lotion crafters’, rootworkers’, and healers’ has given me a profound appreciation of how much more I am able to truly savor my learning process when I allow myself room to breathe and learn (not panic) from my mistakes and the mistakes of others’.
My first batch of bear claw bath melts’ didn’t even dissolve in the bathtub right. They just floated on top of the water and made an occasional angry “bloop!” noise at me!
Like everyone else, it’s very easy for me to get caught up in the ogling all of the gorgeous photographs’ that my fellow witches have on their own social media and e-commerce outlets, and I sometimes come away feeling very insecure about where I am and what my handmade goodies look like to the outside world. At times like these, it can be very hard for me to remember that everyone’s path is fraught with mistakes that eventually lead to triumphs just like mine. Without mistakes, missteps, and the classic “wtf was I thinking when I did that?” colossal level blunders, we wouldn’t savor our hard won accomplishments’ nearly half as much.
You’re not amazing in spite of your mistakes, you’re amazing because of them!
It took me two years’ to get what I wanted out of whipped body butter formulas’ and I’m still learning and making mistakes!