I'm on the road!

I'll be away from the computer for a couple weeks, so comment approval and replies will be delayed a spell (ba dum tss). But don't worry! There's fresh cookies on the counter and milk in the fridge. Make yourself comfortable, and I'll see you when I return! =D Happy Casting! ♥

The Witch's Guide to Mabon


Do you have a mug of apple cider? If you don't, I need you to immediately get up and find yourself a cup of apple-y goodness or a pumpkin-spiced treat before you begin this post. Go ahead...I'll wait.

*Sips cider*

Mabon is here, which means it's time for nutmeg, autumn leaves, and some serious sweater weather! And isn't that the best part of autumn—coziness, fall beauty, and scrumptious baked goods?!

Mabon is the first official day of fall, even if Samhain decorations have been in stores for a solid 6 weeks by now.

Seriously, retail industry, we're not going to forget the major holidays. Can you chill out a little bit? Live in the moment, man. Find your zen, dude. 

Anyone else smell patchouli?

Anyway, the autumn equinox (or what we Pagans call Mabon) is when sunlight and nighttime are equal. After today, the darkness will overcome the light by roughly a minute per day as The Wheel churns towards winter. As nature (Goddess) begins to slow down and harvests become less plentiful, the God begins his transition towards physical death, which we acknowledge on Samhain. Mabon is also referred to as the Witches' Thanksgiving, a time when we embrace gratitude for all the bounties in our lives (edible and otherwise!). 

Mabon occurs between September 20-23. Like the vernal equinox, Mabon is about finding balance in your life, which often manifests as a need to balance work and home life in our modern go, go, go era. But take a few moments on this cool autumn morning to reflect on your own personal circumstances. Is there an area that's been overlooked? Now is the time to give that aspect of your life a little love. Not sure where to begin? Why not ask your Guides for some direction by using this Autumn Moon Tarot Spread?



If you're looking to incorporate the colors of Mabon into your home or altar, the supplies are just outside your door! Rich crimson, golden yellow, vibrant orange, and grounding brown are the hues of the season! Fallen leaves, acorns, apples, gourds, maize/corn, and even pine cones are all appropriate equinox decorations. Need some inspiration? Check out this natural Mabon altar!



Interested in celebrating this Mabon with a festive nosh? Whip up the flavors of autumn with earthy pumpkin, roasted nuts, corn, late summer berries, squash, cinnamon, and nutmeg to commemorate this quarter sabbat. Better yet, why not weave some magick into your autumnal meal? Check out these edible spells for some tasty castings!






If dirtying a pile of dishes isn't your thing, don't fret! I've got TEN ways for you to celebrate this hoodie-weather sabbat without spending a dime! 





Whether you cast and conjure your Mabon away or simply stroll through your neighborhood and enjoy the crisp autumn air, I hope you have a magickally-filled, apple-scented, fallen-leaves kind of Mabon!

Blessed Mabon, everyone! 🍂🍎


What's your favorite way to celebrate Mabon? What are you most thankful for?

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Elemental Magick (Use What the Good Goddess Gave you!)


So we bought the cat an RV...

That's how I like to start this story, mostly because it's true. Our furry feline child was our biggest concern when on the prowl for a used RV. I mean, I have books stuffed in the microwave (fact) and my husband sleeps in the shower (not fact), but by god the cat has floor space!

...I promise this will be short, and I swear I have a point! 

After far too many reluctant years in the desert (due to my husband's career, wherein we had no say in where we lived), we are finally free to return to green grass and wise trees and ocean tides and rain and butterflies and f-ing unicorns, because we are leaving the Southwest!

Gone, witches! G.O.N.E.

Sometimes the stars beautifully align and there's a small window of precious opportunity just screaming to be noticed. This is one of those times. I always envision perfectly-timed circumstances to look something like that mechanism from 13 Ghosts. You have a short fraction of a second to jump through the hoops while they lay flat, otherwise you'll be torn to shreds by the gears.

Kind of an odd way to look at life, hm?

Warped mind aside, we had this perfect alignment of opportunities that allow us to travel the country for a year. It was fortuitous and we are deeply grateful. But we also worked REALLY hard to get ourselves in the financial position to do so. As I was once told, "The important things in life rarely come easily." That's okay; hard work builds character and gratitude.

So we are off to chase the rain, my friends! And I'll be sharing our nature-steeped adventures on Facebook (and here, of course) as we hike throughout this beautiful country, reconnecting with nature, discovering incredible places (like Hoh Forest!), and drinking an irresponsible amount of coffee. So make sure to follow me! And, of course, check back on this blog because it will continue to be updated with loads of spell-tastic material while we're on the road!

Did this broad really just say "spell-tastic"? 

*Mumbles to self* I knew it was wrong as I was typing it.

...I hang my head in shame.

Side note, did you know Teddy Roosevelt lost his mother and wife on the SAME day? To heal this terrible heartache he immersed himself in nature, which (along with the strong influence from naturalist John Muir) is how we came to have our wonderful National Parks Service today! Nature is unquestionably a place of healing, and my husband and I are very grateful to be able to do a little spiritual sprucing amongst Mother Nature's fertile splendor.  

To celebrate our return to the trees, I created a quick reference guide entitled Elemental Magick. While this printable PDF is by no means exhaustive (because that would be an entire book!), it is an easy reference to help you cast and conjure entirely from natural (thus free!) spell supplies. Use it like an encyclopedia and craft your spells based on the desired qualities found within each natural entity.  

This free PDF download was inspired by conversations with a lovely reader named Gea, a single mother doing her very best to raise a mini witch with all the love and respect she holds for nature. As the Penniless Pagan motto goes, worshipping nature shouldn't cost you a dime! Embracing your spirituality and casting a totally kick-ass spell is entirely possible without the use of expensive crystals and cauldrons (though those are a fun indulgence!). This guide will help you get started on your path to completely free witchcraft! And please don't forget the two most important tools you will ever use for magick are your hands (to direct and concentrate energy) and your mind (to visualize your manifestation). See, you are your own little spell kit. ♥

Print a copy of Elemental Magick to paste into your Book of Shadows. Or keep a copy on your phone for when inspiration strikes. Just make sure to notate your own personal associations with each ingredient as they reveal themselves to you!

Transcribed from my own personal Book of Shadows, I sincerely hope you enjoy Elemental Magick. It's my gift to you, a token of appreciation for your readership. Have I mentioned lately that you guys are awesome?! =D

...And so are trees. Which is where I'll be if you need me. But don't worry! I have plenty of blog posts yet to come, so make sure to check back for new spells and rituals every month! 

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some rain to catch up on. ;)

Looking for more low-cost ways to cast and conjure? Check out By the Light of the Moon and Samhain Traditions. Each purchase helps keep the blog alive and supplied, so thank you! ♥


What's your favorite cost-free spell supply? Do you prefer completely natural spells or spells that include fun items like crystals and candles?

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Dream See Pillow Spray Spell


Have you ever experienced a deja vu from something that transpired in a dream? But the moment you realize you've seen this movie before, you find yourself unable to remember the outcome of said dream, thus rendering your slumbering premonitions useless? For instance, maybe you recall having a dream where your spouse enters the room, says something strange like, "I didn't realize tugboats could smell like cheese," and then breaks into a full-on, Lord-of-the-Dance-level Irish jig while wearing lederhosen.

I know, it's a totally ridiculous example. Because, I mean, who does an Irish jig while wearing lederhosen? *shakes head*

You wake up from the dream, find the scenario odd, but life continues as usual. Weeks, maybe even months later in strolls the spouse with this bizarre (and, let's face it, kind of gross) proclamation, and instantly you're thrown back to your weird dream. What did it mean? What does dairy-scented watercraft represent? Moreover, what happens next?!

Whenever I experience a snippet of something I've seen in a dream but can't recall what follows, I'm half convinced an ax murderer is about to break through the wall like Kool-Aid Man and hack my family to bits.

... I think I read too much Dean Koontz. =/

Certainly there's got to be a better way to recall the messages received in dream states before a Koontz-level maniac shows up in your reality. Well, there is!  Let me show you how.

Whether you're looking to intensify your recollection of prophetic dreams or to simply remember your nightly musings for journaling (which is a fantastic way to work through repressed, often negative emotions that need to be acknowledged and understood before they can be healed), this Dream See Pillow Spray Spell will, well, do exactly as it says—help you better see your dreams! 

Interested in how this lightly-scented oil infuses your dreams? Here's how!

Clary sage essential oil — enhances psychic abilities and spirituality, opens third eye chakra

Cedarwood essential oil — Protection for your spiritual journey (particularly important if you're seeking to purge the emotional toll of past traumas), grounding

Rose absolute* — Encourages prophetic dreams

Amethyst — Aids in recollection of dreams. (Only use a crystal if your bottle is made of plastic. Otherwise, it could crack the glass upon shaking!)

*An absolute is pure essential oil cut with a carrier oil. This is generally done for cost effectiveness, as pure rose oil is very expensive. If your oil doesn't specify "absolute" and was affordable, it's likely the company used artificial fragrance. You may also use rose water in lieu of the oil. Simply replace the entire amount of bottled water with rose water. Smells heavenly! 


What You'll Need:

Scant 4 oz purified water, preferably distilled
4 drops clary sage essential oil
1 drop cedarwood essential oil
13 drops rose absolute 
Light-block spray bottle**
Small amethyst crystal, if desired

**This helps protect your oils and increases shelf life.


How to Conjure:

— Combine all ingredients in the bottle and give it a good shake. (Only use the crystal if your bottle is plastic to avoid breakage. Otherwise, skip the crystal. You can also leave the crystal in the water overnight to charge the water, if inclined. Remove in the morning, add the remaining ingredients, and finish casting your spell.)

— After taking a few deep breaths to center yourself, hold the Dream Spray in your palms and envision psychic energy spiraling from your mind and down your arms in a wave of purple light, infusing the bottle with amethyst rays until the liquid emits a beautiful purple glow.

— Once your Dream Spray is infused with shimmering psychic energy, say the following:


As the sun takes its rest and my body sleeps,
My soul is enlivened with prophetic dreams.

— Mist your pillow with one or two sprays before bed to peek into the future as you slumber! Remember to shake your Dream Spray before each use. 



There you have it, my friends! An earthy, slightly sweet aroma to lull you to sleep. Just try to ease up on the horror novels before bed. ;)



Have you experienced a deja vu that originally occurred in a dream? Do you keep a dream journal?


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NOTE: As with any recommendation found on this blog, consult your doctor or naturopath before use.
Some of the above links are affiliate links, which means I make a small percentage AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. Affiliate links help keep PennilessPagan.com alive and supplied, so thank you!!♥

Matchstick Spell


Simplicity is the name of the game this year, especially in my house. Not only is my husband coming to the end of his career contract, which means changes in job, we will also be moving across the country, changing our lifestyle (farming!), and in the transition taking about a year-long road trip to explore the country.

Holy. Changes. Batman.

These changes are all VERY welcomed and SUPER exciting! I mean, if you've ever read the site, like EVER, you know I've been counting the minutes until I get to leave the desert. And after years of scrimping and saving, we are so VERY fortunate to travel the country. Trust me, you will not hear one bitch from this ecstatic witch!

But the reality of all those changes is that I don't have a lot of time left over for showering eating reading casting. Fortunately, I happen to know of a site that specializes in quick and easy spells! 

;)

And since you're living in modern era, what with all this technology that's supposed to make life easier yet somehow we find ourselves busier than ever, I'm guessing you could use a time-saving spell now and again as well! While I'm generally not a proponent of glorifying busy, the reality is sometimes chaos pulls you in like a riptide—strong, full of havoc, and you find yourself with hardly enough time to change your undies, let alone set up an altar.

...Fortunately, I've never been sucked into an actual riptide, but I'd imagine I'd be in major need of an undie change if the ocean was trying to kill me. Let's be honest.

This Matchstick Spell is the epitome of simplicity. Combined with a few moments of visualization, you will literally ignite your intention as you manifest the spell in your mind! (Because thoughts are energy, and energy is power!) Who doesn't like a little pyro in their Pagan?! =D

What You'll Need:
A matchstick
A pen


How to Conjure:
-Write your desire in one word on the match. Being so small, it may get tricky. Don't get frustrated. Write as neatly as you can and call it good! =P

-Before lighting the match, take a moment to envision your spell coming to fruition. For example, if you're seeking a new home, imagine walking into your new house. What does the entryway look like? What color are the walls? What does the living room smell like? Where will you put the couch? Really visualize your goal.

-Once your desire is crisp and colorful in your mind, say the following:


With the strike of a match, this spell is aflame,
Quickly manifesting, my desires attained.

- Light the match and allow it to burn as completely as possible without burning your fingertips! With one deep breath and the unfailing belief your spell will manifest, blow out the match before it reaches your fingers.

-Dunk the match in water to ensure it's entirely extinguished. 

-If you have house plants, push the remaining bit of match deep into the soil. Otherwise, take the small bit outside and bury. You shouldn't need a shovel, just kind of shove it into the dirt with your finger. You know, nature's tool! ;) Alternatively, you may also toss the remaining bit into a fire.


Your spell is now quickly on its way to manifesting! In and out in under five minutes. Imagine that! You just earned yourself a shower, you busy Pagan you!

Enjoy this spell? Check out By the Light of the Moon: 13 Simple & Affordable Pagan Spells & Rituals for a Year of Full Moon Celebrations! Every purchase helps support the blog, so thank you! =)

Do you have a go-to spell when you find yourself short on time?

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