I just posted a new video about my Witchy Herb Collection! Enjoy!
I just posted a new video about my Witchy Herb Collection! Enjoy!
My Pagan path is Druidcraft. When the two worlds of Witchcraft and Druidry are brought together, we find at the place of their meeting the figure of the Witch-Druid (or Druid-Witch, Ovate-Witch) who presides over a knowledge of the mysteries of Life and Death, whose cauldron offers the wisdom that is known in Druidry as Bright Knowledge. Druidry and Witchcraft represent the two main streams of indigenous ‘earth spirituality’ of western European culture. But though their roots are buried deep in the foundations of that culture, the ways in which they are practiced today were formulated only recently, and there are many connections between the two approaches.
In his book “DruidCraft”, Philip Carr-Gomm uses the symbol of the Vesica Piscis to represents his concept of Druidcraft because the two circles represents the union of two principles, Druidry and Wicca, combined together to form something unique and different. Vesica Piscis is a mathematical shape formed by the intersection of two disks with the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the center of each disk lies on the perimeter of the other.
I wanted to create a symbol for Druidcraft. I tried to build something out of the Vesica Piscis, with the Awen symbol from Druidry and the Pentacle from Witchcraft and Wicca. I’m a polytheist Druid, and I practice Witchcraft. However, making them meet the same radius wasn’t elegant as both symbols were loosing themselves into the other one. So, I decided to space them a little, but I interlaced both symbols, to keep them attached. It is not a proper Vesica Piscis, but the symbol works for me. They are two Pagan path linked together by my own practices. For the colors, I went with green for the Awen of Druidry, color of the nature and the prominent color in Celtic Lore. For the Pentacle of Witchcraft, I went with purple, as I always associated magick with purple.
Anyway, here’s the result!
I just received my order from the printing company of 2 mouse pads that I designed, based on the Hasbro’s Ouija Board (previously owned by Parker Brothers). I wanted one that is big enough for my needs, with a picture that I find appealing. To date, there is no officially licensed Ouija Board mouse pad available on the market, and all the ones I saw, made by people like me, have the Ouija Board image stretched to fit the dimensions of the mouse pad. So I scanned my own Ouija Board, and used Photoshop to move the drawings, resize the letters, add some contrast, and now I have a cool looking mouse pad! I’m using one right now, abut keeping the other one untouched, just for my collection!
Now, I’m currently studying the I Ching, the Book of Changes. I’m working with three methods: The Yarrow Sticks, the Chinese Coins, and the Dowels. My next post will certainly be about that!
Hi everyone! It’s been a while since last time I posted here. Every year is the same: my witchy side wakes up at Ostara and goes quiet after Samhain. For me, Winter is a time to rest and spend time on my own. During Winter, I still practice witchcraft, I do Tarot spreads, I read books about Witchcraft and Druidry, and I study a lot, but I’m less social!
Here is the video of my Travel Altar, or Portable Altar. In this video, you’ll first see the concept art that I did while building my travel altar. The result has changed a little, but most of it remains the same. At the very end of the video, I’m showing a page of my personal Grimoire on Travel Altar (This is not my Book of Shadows). FYI: My Grimoire is two large Microsoft Word documents. The first document is 885 pages long at the moment, and deals with Theoretical Studies and Practical Magick on Witchcraft and Druidry. The second document is 523 pages (and very incomplete) about Divination and Spirituality. My Book of Shadows is a personal handwritten journal/diary with my experiences and ideas.
My Travel Altar has these items:
I could have added a pendulum, or a mini set of runes, but those can be added for the occasion. Also, I sometimes add a small quantity of herbs or any other items needed for a particular spell, if I need to do one. If I only need to do a Sabbat or an Esbat ritual, the box is complete as it is! Hope you enjoy the video and blessed be!
I decided to make some custom Tarot boxes. I often do custom DVD/Blu-ray covers for my movie collection, and I decided to do the same for some of my Tarot decks. I plan to do custom boxes for decks that come in kits. These kits comes with a book and most of the time, the cards doesn’t have a separate box to store the deck. For years I stored them in bags but sometimes I find it hard to remember which deck is stored in which bag. It gets harder when you have so many of them! I’m also struggling when I want to pile them up because the bags won’t stay stable, and some decks may bend with time when stored in bags. My custom boxes are rather simple, and I don’t add any UPC code or anything fancy, but it’s perfect to be printed, glued on a cardboard, and voilà! You can do the same if you have an art app like Photoshop. Since I’m spending some time making them, why not share it with you?
To download my custom Tarot boxes, you can go here: https://www.deviantart.com/morsoth/gallery/67236056/Tarot-Deck-Boxes
And here’s the tutorial! First, print the template. The best would be to print it directly on cardboard, but I decided to save money and went for the cheapest approach. I printed those on regular paper with a color laser printer. Since the image doesn’t fit a regular paper size (it doesn’t fit on Legal size either), I divided the image in two parts on two regular sized pages.
Now, roughly cut the cutout on paper (don’t be too precise yet).
And then glue them on a piece of cardboard. I’m using a large white cardboard from a dollar store and glue stick.
Now is the time to cut with precision. The best is to use a a X-Acto with a rule. Cut all the sides and the parts with a dotted line. You’ll see that I shortened two black sides, the ones to be glued under the back of the box. I also cut an indent to the corners so it will be easy to glue.
Now, flip over the cardboard, and slightly — slightly — cut along the parts to be bend. This light cut will make it easier to bend in a strait way.
Then, bend all the parts.
Add glue to the 4 parts to be glued on the back of the box.
Quick tip: Use the rule or any long object to tap the bottom of the box, it will help the parts to be glued together. Also, let the box dry by adding a small object on it, not too heavy but heavy enough to help the glue keeping both parts together.
One last step is to cut two small parts of the lid. It will helps keeping it shut.
And that’s it! You can now add your Tarot deck in your new box and enjoy!
My new Portable Altar is still in the process, as I still have to finish making some items and waiting for some to arrive from mail, but here’s the design:
Depending of the rite I intent to do while traveling, I’ll surely add more items on the go, as specific colored candles, offerings to the Deities and the Nature Spirits (the Ancestors are, most of the time, offered Scotch or Irish Whisky). The basic is all there! I can’t wait to receive the wooden chalice! Anyway, when I’ll have everything, I’ll post it here.
I am currently updating and upgrading my Travel Altar (a new post will be posted here when it’s finished) and I finally decided to make a mini Ouija Board. It,s an idea that I have since the very first iteration of my Travel Altar, but I never had the time to actually do it. Now, it’s finished! It’s cute and — best of all — it works!
To download my templates, visit my art page here: https://www.deviantart.com/morsoth/art/Mini-Ouija-Printing-Kit-17-x-12-cm-792834066
DISCLAIMER: This Ouija Board is unique. I only made one copy of it and it’s not for sale. I’m well aware of the Copyrights, and I already own 3 versions of the Ouija Board published by Hasbro/Parker Brothers. This handmade reproduction is only for my own enjoyment. Thanks for your understanding.
Firstly, I bought a wooden plaque that already resemble to the proportions of the Ouija talking board. I also bought a small wooden cutout, this one shaped as a star. This will be the base for my planchette. Then, I printed the “Ouija” board pattern on paper, set with the exact same size as the wooden plaque. I did the same for the planchette (I used a vintage design for this one). It had to be sized to fit inside the wooden star. Using the printout of the planchette, I cut the wooden star to form the planchette shape with an X-Acto knife.
Now, I had to patiently cut a hole in the plachette. I used the X-Acto blade and lots of patience!
When the hole is roughly done, I used a file to perfect the shape of the “eye”, while using a template as guide.
After the hole was complete, a sanded the planchette.
I decided to the last minute to add a “screen” to the planchette. Knowing I am to use a self-adhesive film for the final step, I added a transparent piece of vinyl (cut from a Clear Sheet Protector). This one is not glued (yet).
Then, I sealed the “screen” with the cutout design. Being surrounded by the glued cutout, the “screen” won’t move.
Then a glued the Ouija Board cutout on the rectangular wooden plaque. When dried, I cut the extra paper on the side, and rounded the corners. The last step was to protect the printed designs with a self-adhesive film. It’s particularly complex, but you need to focus and be sure to not have any air bubbles when applying it.
And that’s it! It’s small, but it works. If people are making working talking boards with simply a quick drawing on a piece of paper and an upside-down drinking glass (or a shot glass) for a planchette, I knew my mini version was to be workable too! This version is too small to be used by more than one people tough. I will only use it when I’m alone. Anyway — as a side note — I never use a Ouija board with others. I’m using this tool to connect with my ancestors and I couldn’t do this with others in the room. The way I use this particular mini version is by placing the tip of two fingers (I’m using my index and my middle finder of my projective/strong hand) on the “OUIJA” surface of the planchette pointing up. I’m very glad with the results! This talking board will be stored in my Travel Altar. It’s always good to have this tool on hand! Good luck making yours! 🙂
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