Thanks! Have a blessed Ostara, krissie !
Content/trigger warning: This post contains content about death. If this will make you uncomfortable, please feel free to skip over this post. I will blur any portions that discuss this topic.
I apologize for the length of this post. Feel free to skip to the bottom for a TLDR summary
For my Weekly Witchy Challenge this week, I was glad that it was a Catch-Up Week because I’m just now starting to get more involved in this community. I chose two topics I’m most interested in at the moment: kitchen witchery and communicating with, and honoring, those on The Other Side.
My main goal for choosing these two topics was to combine them to help me continue through my process of mourning the loss of my paternal grandma who was murdered by her doctor several years ago.
I must admit, this challenge was a bit more difficult for me than I anticipated it to be. I ended up having to modify my plans slightly to be able to make it work for my current circumstances, so I’ll have to circle back when the weather gets nicer and my circumstances change a bit.
I wanted to bake a batch of my late paternal grandma’s “Sno Balls,” but my dad recently had to make a dramatic change to his diet, and I didn’t bake the Sno Balls as planned; I wanted to be supportive of his recent dietary restrictions. Instead, I printed out a copy of her recipe and used it as a focal point for several meditation sessions.
Unfortunately, since I didn’t bake the Sno Balls, and am not comfortable sharing my grandma’s recipe, this post won’t have any photos to break up the massive wall of text.
During these meditation sessions, I meditated on her loving intention behind writing down the recipe, the memories I have of eating the Sno Balls made by her, and the time I got to spend with her before she passed. I was trying to open myself up to a visit from her. In a way, I felt her love enveloping me.
I didn’t get the one-on-one communication-type-of-visit I was really hoping for, but I did feel as if she was channeling her love for her family through the recipe, almost as if it were a type of sigil. I don’t feel comfortable sharing her recipe because that kind of stuff is very special, if not sacred, to me, but here is a recipe that is very similar to her Sno Balls.
When I was researching the correspondences of the main ingredients in my grandma’s Sno Balls, my connection with the recipe deepened profoundly.
Without going into too much personal family history detail, my paternal grandma grew up extremely poor. And when I say poor, I mean she had around $150 per month (if I remember correctly) to survive on poor. So poor that when she was a kid, she couldn’t afford to buy a single piece of chewing gum, so during the summer, she would pick tar off the road and chew it.
That being said, when she got older and gained financial stability, pecans were one of her favorite foods. She would cram as many pecans as she possibly could into her Sno Balls while allowing them to still hold together once baked.
According to Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen ( CEWK ) by Scott Cunningham, pecans are associated with money and employment. I find it fascinating that my grandma who grew up in extreme poverty was so drawn to a nut that is associated with that which she didn’t have until her early adulthood.
Today, most Americans would classify these Sno Balls as cookies. However, they are not flattened like the cookies mentioned in CEWK (p. 68), and they are very similar to the Crescent Cakes on page 161 of Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham. Crescent Cakes and similar baked goods are often used in the “Cakes and Ale” portion of ritual work. Therefore, I’m classifying my grandma’s Sno Balls as cakes for the purposes of this post.
In CEWK , Cunningham states that “All cakes … are ruled by Venus and the element of water, and so are imbued with loving energies” (p. 62). These Sno Balls were staples of any of my family get togethers, regardless of the season. They were always lovingly offered to us by my grandma.
In addition to the general association of cakes with love, sugar itself is also associated with love ( CEWK , p. 158). These cakes were lovingly rolled in powdered sugar, as if the powdered sugar was an extra layer of love. In addition, the sugar and butter used to make these little balls of love were heavily rationed during the World War II era, greatly increasing the strength of the intention of love when these were prepared “back in the day.”
I could continue rambling about this topic forever, but I should stop here.
TLDR: I broke down my grandma’s recipe into its component parts and meditated on the meaning of the ingredients as they relate to the recipe and my family history. I attempted to open myself up to the stereotypical communication contact with my late grandma while meditating on one of her recipes. I didn’t get that stereotypical contact, but I did get a sense of her love, as well as a deeper appreciation of the many meanings and emotions behind her recipe. I began researching the magickal properties of common ingredients; in this case, sugar, butter, and pecans. Through my interest in kitchen witchery, I deepened my bond with my late grandma.
I also set out to learn more about when The Veil Between Worlds thinned, but most of the information I could find other than a discussion on here about the Veil also thinning around Ostara focused solely on the thinning around Samhain.
I am happy to have this chance of getting to post in one of the challenges that I missed. I am greatful for any great opportunity that I may have in doing something great. There are many things to be thankful for and being here is one of them
For my witchy CHALLENGE Catch up I have decided to do the giving gratitude challenge https://forum.spells8.com/t/weekly-witchy-challenge-giving-gratitude/4051giving.
(Link to the challenge)
I am a lover of poetry and have a collection of my very one, however I have decided to share a poem I have created with you just for this challenge below
GRATEFUL, THANKFUL, BLESSED BE
I am grateful for the God and Goddess
The ones that we hold so dear,
Who loves us, guide us and makes us whole
So grateful for this gift of gold.
I am thankful for this gift of life
For the four elements that makes life strive,
They calls us, enhances us, it draws me and you
So thankful, for I am one of the chosen few.
Blessed beyond all measures, I know who I am
A soul of light, full of love, a child of the Devine.
I’m grounded, rounded, created a powerful being.
With a free spirit and harm to none,so mote it be.
I am Grateful, Thankful, Blessed…
Created by ; NA aka NickWick
Live L❤ve & L🕯ght the way
This is a beautiful poem Thank you for sharing this with us!
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement . Happy you like it…
I am now posting a second CHALLENGE that I was interested in, I was here with the group then yet it was something I always wanted to do.
The CHALLENGE of Spells and Strings
My string knots was intentend to have all my goals and wishes manifest since it was my first time doing a knot spell I had decided to use the guide of the knot magic steps that I found below:
Photo from: Pinterest.com
I lit a candle meditated on out all my intentions and goals that i wanted to accomplish , I went ahead and ride simple knots into my twine, while I said the follow words at the end.
May all goals and wished manifest
For the better of my highest good,
With harm to none, so mote it be.
Picture of my knot spell string
Not a master of the knots as yet but it is the intention behind the knot that matters.
Love & Light💫
I saw the “By knot of one, the spells’ begun…” spell somewhere else and have been wanting to try it out! I may have to now!
I think now indeed is the right time
I just wanted to share an update with my adventures in this week’s challenge that I’ve set for myself to combine the “Kitchen Witchery” and “The Veil Between Worlds” challenges. I had a massive breakthrough today.
I was taking a shower and imagining the soap washing away all of my negative energies and the water carrying the negativity down the drain. The words “cross the veil” suddenly popped in my head seemingly from nowhere, so I finished rinsing off and sat down and began meditatating. (I know… I’m a total water hog – I’ve been trying to get better about it If it makes anyone feel better, we get our water from a private well on our property, so I’m at least not wasting city water )
In my meditation, I just kept myself open to whatever happened. Much to my surprise, I got a visit from Genevieve, whose name popped in my head a few months ago as someone who was related to me somehow. I was able to “cross the veil” so to speak, and asked Genevieve what she wanted my relationship with her to be. I didn’t get much of an answer to that question, but when I asked if she was the one who guides me in my cooking, she said yes! So now I know who’s leading me when I’m cooking
I felt another presence, and asked what their name was. They said George Washington [insert my family surname here]. I know George Washington [surname redacted] to be my several-times-great paternal grandfather. I asked him what, if any, messages he had for me, and he told me that he and the rest of my ancestors are happy with the person I’ve grown into, and that I’m a great person to carry down the family tradition of being a male with a W-name. (George Washington [surname] went by “Wash” and “Walsh” according to my family has said about our history. Wash/Walsh was also the first (to our knowledge) male in the family to go by a name that started with W.)
Needless to say, it was a very moving experience to find out that Genevieve is the one guiding my cooking and that my ancestors are proud of me
@AliceInWonderdab , they’re beautiful! I’m the same! I’m all about thrifty and making my own tools as much as possible. Definitely cheaper but with your own created intentions…
Lovely poem @NickWick! That’s so great! And what a pretty knot spell! You’re going so well!
Wow. Wonderful work @wade! I’ve never had something like that happen to me, you’re lucky!
I’m here! I missed the Of the Element of Water challenge so here’s my answer to it. A tea blessing.
I know that others have written tea blessings but I wanted one of my own for day to day. Here it is:
Goddess of the root and leaves,
Hear me now and listen to me, please!
The water gets stirred and the sugar dissolves,
Let the tea be infused with Your love and resolve.
Bless me with Your patience and don’t stray,
Stay by my side throughout the day!
WE HAVE THE SAME SET! Only I got them all in yellow! We’re twins
The cat tarot looks so adorable
Knotty & Thrifty
Greetings all, I have yet learned how to link a new post and connect to this one so I will have to post it here.
I like doing knot work, I use it often when I am making bracelets, charms, and other witchamacallit things in my practice. I do a witches ladder when casting during a ritual to seal the spell. But I also like saving money and I have found many things around my house that I have had for years and they have found a place in what I do. Today I have made an elemental knot bracelet and the items were either found at the dollar store or a sale bin.
Have an amazing day and Blessed be.
@NickWick , what a great spell! I’ve never tried knot spells. I should try it. Always feel it’s over my head lol…
That’s beautiful work! Really well done!
One more for Lotions & Potions - I’m a big fan of oils and sprays but I always wanted to try making a balm so I ordered bees wax and lavender buds a month or so ago but had not attempted to do anything with them until today. So I am using the items already listed along with lavender, vanilla, and camphor essential oils. I’m using hemp oil as a base oil.
Attempt number one did not go as planned as I believe I had too much bees wax and not enough base oil, but since the mixture is already blended I melted everything down again, added a little more base and half the bees wax mix (will save the rest for another time). I used lavender because it is a stress reliever, vanilla because it is good against toxins, and camphor because it helps to relieve pain and itching and is also good to help clear congestion. Once it sets properly I will let you know how it works.
It has been a productive weekend and I am glad I was able to catch up on some of the past challenges.
Very beautiful poem thank you!
A zodiac candle holder sounds amazing, @Siofra! The zodiacs are tied to all of the elements, so an arrangement of all of the signs together can definitely represent elemental balance Can’t wait to see it!
A rosemary diffusion is a beautiful way to invoke the benefits of the Air Element- well done, @Kasandra! Your cat deck is adorable, and I think it is so exciting you are working on your novels! Beautifully done on your readings- and I’m cheering you on as you write!
I’m so glad you were able to reconnect with your grandma through her Sno Balls (they sound delicious! ) @wade! You are very thoughtful for adapting the recipe so your father could enjoy they too- I am sure he appreciated it Recipes are living memoirs of the people who wrote them- it is wonderful your grandmother’s love carried through to you from across the veil. Beautifully done!
Stunning gratitude poem, @NickWick! Reading your poems is a delight- I can feel your warm heart and appreciation carrying through your words Your knot magick is equally gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing- may all of your goals and wishes be looped in and tied in bountiful blessings!
There are never enough tea blessings- and this is a stunning one to add to our collection, @Amethyst! Reading your poems always makes me smile. May every cup you hold in your hands be blessed (and tasty!) Thanks for sharing, Kasie!
For my friend @Saulamay and any others who would like to learn/want a reminder on how to link posts (aka turn the text blue and become clickable):
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Beautiful entries, @Saulamay! I love the colors you incorporated in the bracelet- you are naturally talented at creating things (while staying thrifty! ). Your balm took some experimenting, but it sounds like it is well worth the effort! I imagine it smells amazing- lavender and vanilla are a delightful combo Really great job!