for the witch on the go, a quick but punchy balance&protect spray

I don’t know what it is lately, but I’ve been more and more all about the ‘brew and dash’ magic working. I’ve also been working this long enough to understand that quick doesn’t necessarily mean weak or ineffective.

The reality is we all have lives to live, and while a deep three hour long ritual with all the literal bells and whistle sounds amazing (and should absolutely be indulged in as much as you can), it isn’t always feasible. It isn’t always necessary, either.

Sometimes, I want an easy to whip up room clearing blend with stuff I already have on hand, and I want it ready to go ASAP. And other times I just wanna mix up a protective spray, let it sit in the moonlight while I go to sleep, and be able to use it the next day.

I’ve been meaning to spiritually reinforce my corners, windows, and doors (literal and figurative). I’m doing a lot of spiritual work this season and want to be sure that my space remains clear of psychic clutter. This isn’t necessarily an all out repelling blend, more for use in balancing, lifting, and keeping my psychic perimeter clear.

It’s easy to make. Set intentions, and repeat as you work. Grab a spray bottle or other container of your choice. Mix the ingredients below and add a crystal for extra punch. Let sit in window to receive moon and sun for over a day. Spray your corners, doors, windows, and in between spaces or around you in when you want to reinforce a ritual circle.

Properties of the ingredients:

Florida Water – Create your own, or grab some from the botanica. Florida Water is a sweet cologne that cleanses and attracts positive energy.
Chili Seeds – Shake some into your container from your favorite dried chili. Chili brings the heat, punching through spiritual blockage and stagnancy with fervor. It’s known for its usefulness in casting hexes and curses but in this blend I turn that offense into defense and call on its countering protective properties. I could go on and on about Chili- and I did, here!

Sage Essential Oil– An obvious choice. Naturally anti-you name it (antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial, etc). It provide balance and additional protective energy to the blend.
Tea Tree Essential Oil – This is one of those oils most folks advice you to have in your collection if you are just starting out. Tea Tree is a versatile essential oil, and in this blend is used for it’s protection against stagnant and cloying energies.
Ginger Essential Oil – I don’t recommend taking a deep inhale of this oil. It is pungent and feels to me like someone punched out every one of my nose hairs. I like to think it brings those properties to this blend. It’s the power cell of this blend; it keeps the energy bold and dynamic.
Citronella Essential Oil – Part of the reason it is included in this blend is that the strong citrus scent lifts the other essential oils’ scent. It also performs that lift on a psychic level while also acting as a natural repellent (for both your literal and spiritual bugs).

simple and intention filled recipe and ritual for the new moon

Here is a simple but powerful new moon essential oil blend.

Sage for wisdom and purity,
Rosemary for clarity and discernment,
Tea Tree for upliftment and cleansing.

Diffuse into your space and add candle magic for extra wonder. It’s no accident that this is also a great crown chakra and third eye essential oil blend. You can also make enough of an oil blend to apply throughout the week to keep you focused. Notice how clear your space and spirit feels after- inhale deeply and release all that weighs you down.

One of the best parts about this blend is that it makes a great practical base for every new moon- you could add to it as necessary (for example some ylang ylang or jasmine for moons that call for extra sweetness).

I am planning to meet the new moon in sagittarius with hope and anticipation for new paths to take; this will definitely help.

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post debate magic because we need all the help. all of it. #politicalwitchesunite

Did you catch the debate tonight? Yeah. I know. Here’s some quick help with that all around gross feeling.

first, breaking baths & rituals. some of your herbal allies are sage, hyssop, cleaver, mugwort, & rosemary. smoke, wash, sprinkle, do whatever you need to clear yourself before you sleep. you absolutely do not need to take it with you.

afterward bring the sweetness back in. sip, breathe in or apply something sweet and calming like lavender, jasmine, calendula, or rose before bed tonight.

and listen to any instinct that tells you to ring sea salt around your bed.

Itchy Throat Easing Tea

Beloved readers, you and I are going to get through this cold together. Thank you for hanging in there with me.

I’m starting to suspect something a little stronger than a common cold- a sinus infection perhaps with the way my eyes, cheekbones, and teeth ache. I also woke up with an itchy throat which is usually a heads up that a cough is coming at me soon.

I hate coughs. More than the incessant runny nose, I absolutely hate coughs. I had respiratory issues as a child so non-stop coughing is far too familiar and I do my best to avoid it when possible. The painful sore throat and aching ribs are my cold & flu nightmare. So of course, I reached for my herb cabinet and so far so good, this little infusion recipe is keeping the cough at bay. Continue reading

My Monday After-Work Promise

What’s your Monday After-Work promise to yourself?

We all know the old Monday morning song, feeling like three two-ton bags of ‘here we go again’. Or perhaps, you’re one of those folks who meet your Mondays with not just a smile but a wide grin, rearing to take on your week. Or maybe, your Mondays aren’t even Mondays and your week begins on Tuesday or even Saturday.

Whatever it may be, I’ve learned that there needs to be a transition. Something to bridge your mind, body, and spirit from being at rest to diving into activity. A moment in time you gift to yourself after the first day back at the grind. Continue reading

love spell for our grieving queer hearts

To be black and queer is to know violence everyday but it never gets old. The devastation feels new every time. Rest in power to all slain.

I send love to my queer and trans family today.
I send love to all the queer and trans latinx folx who held community last night.
I send love to all the victims of the Orlando shooting and their families.
I send love to all the queer and trans Muslims experiencing violence and erasure as this tragedy continues to unfold.
I send love.

May you take care of yourself however you need to.

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I cast Lemon Balm for broken hearts,
I cast Motherwort to hold us,
I cast Sage for those risen to ancestor,
I cast Rosemary as we remember,
I cast Rose for love, always.

Ashe.

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Hi, I’m Asali! I’m a Black queer femme earthworker passionate about tarot, tea, and healing work. Schedule a card reading with me for a deeply clarifying intuitive tarot session. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, drop me a line!

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade Cup Spells!

Lemons are often used for their cutting and clear qualities. In woo and outside of woo, they are mama nature’s answer to clean and fresh. Part of the fun of making lemonade is the wonderful scent that permeates the room as you work, seeming to lift the energy of your space the longer you squeeze. I like to breathe deeply in these moments, allowing myself to clear as well. It becomes easy to understand why they are ancient moon magic used to cleanse, protect, and invigorate.

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As I worked through the lemons, my eyes were continuously drawn to the drained lemon halves. Even after I finished, I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away. There was more work to be done.

So! Do as Muva Yonce said and go make lemonade, then follow along as called to with these simple kitchen spells.

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