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Our Handfasting Pictures!

So here's the link to *some* of the pictures taken at our handfasting.  Altogether there were probably over 1000 pics taken!!  I'm sure you all will recognize some of the fabulous people; Oakthorne, Lady Morgen, Jen (Pixie), Aislynn, and Braeden!! 


It was honestly the best day ever, and the most beautiful ceremony I have ever seen, thanks our many amazing friends/family.


Enjoy the pics!!



Added by Strata on May 17, 2011 at 18:44 — 19 Comments

A Prosperity Working

The following is an prosperity working that I preformed for a friend.  I am posting it here with that friend's permission.  However, the name will be omitted to protect their privacy.


Materials Needed:


Prosperity Master Candle (See THIS post for information on creating yours)

Green Taper…


Added by Strata on April 12, 2011 at 12:17 — 8 Comments

My First Witches Bottle

First, I want to start by saying that this spell was inspired by a spell Grayson posted in the hoodoo group, which can be found HERE.



Here is my version. My first Witches Bottle. :)  I found this bottle at a local Goodwill store and…


Added by Strata on April 10, 2011 at 21:24 — 6 Comments

Making *My* Conjure Graveyard!

Before any of this post will make any sense, one has to be familiar with what a "Conjure Graveyard" is.  A conjure graveyard is simply a way to dispose of *left-over* material from your hoodoo workings.  Those that do not have a specified means for doing so. For more information on this, please see THIS post by our very own Fan-tab-ulous Oakthorne. 


All that is…


Added by Strata on April 6, 2011 at 22:30 — 9 Comments

Setting My Protection and Healing Lights

*** If you are not familiar with hoodoo Master Purpose Candles please see THIS post first.  Thanks.


Tonight, due largely to the fact that I NEED them, I decided to finally set my Master Purpose Candles for Protection and Healing.  I began by chosing colors for both candles.  For protection I chose red.  I went back and forth about this because I've read may…


Added by Strata on April 5, 2011 at 23:30 — 14 Comments

My High John the Conqueror Oil

***If you are unfamiliar with High John Oil, please see THIS article before proceeding.


When making my High John Oil, first, I gathered my ingredients onto my altar.  Then I took "John," my High John root, out of his home on the altar. I, then, placed him by my materials so that he could "watch."  I took a moment to explain to John what I was going to do, and how this oil would be used to feed him…


Added by Strata on April 1, 2011 at 22:46 — 16 Comments

Rose of Jericho/Saint Expedite Petition Ritual

Due to the personal nature of the petition being made, some details will be omitted from this account.  However, I believe that the important information is being passed along. :) 


This blog will illustrate a personal petition ritual I preformed, involving a Rose of Jericho (Resurection Plant) and a Saint Expedite candle.


If you are not familiar with the Rose of Jericho, they are…


Added by Strata on March 23, 2011 at 22:30 — 16 Comments

Making my Saint Expedite Candle



There is a humourous story about Saint Expedite's arrival in New Orleans.  According to folklore, when the Chapel of…


Added by Strata on March 23, 2011 at 20:30 — 5 Comments

Buying Graveyard Dirt

In the following, I will share my experience buying graveyard dirt from a very close relative, my Nan.  Due to the personal nature of this experience and my intentions, I will leave some details out.  I am sure everyone will understand.


Today, after class, I visited Keeton Cemetery, where most of my maternal family has been buried since the late 1800s.  I haven't visited in four years, since my Nan's funeral.  The cemetery is set in a clearing ontop of a tall hill.  My Nan's…


Added by Strata on March 22, 2011 at 19:27 — 6 Comments

Note to my son regarding his sexuality...

***I copied this from my FB where I originally posted it there in response to LGBT teen suicides and hatespeak towards the LGBT community.  After reading Jennifer's forum post "Troubling Times,"  I felt it was appropriate to move here.  These are my  own sentiments towards my son, who is currently four.



Mommy loves you.  I love you…


Added by Strata on January 13, 2011 at 17:09 — 27 Comments

So you want a fresh start....

Over the last few months, I have heard a lot of people both online and off making statements like, "I just want to move on. Can't you just forget about it?" OR "I want a fresh start.  Why are you judging me on things from that past?"  And honestly, I am confused by the logic behind such statements. 


First, let me say that I am not a big believer in the idea that people really change, period.  Not major changes anyways, not often.  Usually when such changes take place they are…


Added by Strata on December 27, 2010 at 16:30 — 18 Comments

What myths are....

Paganism is impregnated with myth, from greek to norse to egyptian. Almost every pagan you meet is at least familiar with one or two. However, I've noticed that a lot do not seem to know what to do with them. What is the point of mythology? Too often I see people taking mythology literally. Someone who believed that "orbs" were the souls of people who did not have the money to pay Charon for passage comes to mind.

One of my favorite quotes:

"Myths are…


Added by Strata on November 28, 2010 at 21:30 — 5 Comments

God with a BIG G and Residual Guilt....

I decided to write this blog after having a very good conversation today with a person very new to paganism. We started talking about the circumstances that lead us to our paths. Having both come from fundamentalist Christian backgrounds we began to also talk about our lives before paganism. We talked about how we had grown up thinking we just *were Christian.* We didn't even stop, for a long time, to think about the fact that we had a choice. From the time we were born, we had just *been…


Added by Strata on November 20, 2010 at 9:30 — 21 Comments

Witches vote with their do druids

I'm going to share a story here that few people know. Only four on site, including myself, know all the details; two because they were involved and one, Shawn, because he kept me sane through the process. I haven't told many this story because it is highly personal. The circumstances were extremely emotional for me but overall it was an invaluable learning experience. I've decided to write about it now for two reasons. First, I hope that some can learn from my experience and avoid a similar…


Added by Strata on November 15, 2010 at 13:00 — 18 Comments

Paganism is about being open-minded....

Right? In my opinion, no. Well not to the extent that most seem to want to take that. Paganism does not come with the requirement that you throw your brain out the window, and I'm not sure where people get the idea that it does.

First, to claim that paganism as a whole is about tolerance and acceptance is a HUGE assumption, as paganism applies to an innumerable variety of paths. Paganism is an umbrella term most commonly described as any path that is non-Abrahamic, i.e.…


Added by Strata on November 15, 2010 at 10:00 — 7 Comments

"Black" and "White" Magic

So...... I have seen a lot of comments and questions in discussion, chat, and blogs on several sites pertaining to "black" and "white" magic. I have seen newbies ask whether they should avoid books because they contain "black magic" and seen members refer to themselves and "white witches."

Black magic does not exist, neither does white. Nor does green, or blue, or any other color you can imagine. Magic is magic. It's really that simple. I understand that some people utilize these… Continue

Added by Strata on November 6, 2010 at 17:37 — 14 Comments

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