Reading your response made me feel like i was reading my own! Sometimes the dreams are so real! I am a very active dreamer. I literally physically act out some of my dreams, both physically and verbally. I have been to sleep doctors and they claimed"sleep apnea" which in other words means she cant explain my issues. I dont fit in any category for sleep apnea tbh. My craft has really assisted in so many ways to ease both my anxiety,PTSD and night terrors. I try to stay away from.any chemical or perscriptions due to my past and try and stay on the natrual road.
Challenge entry- Sleep and dream magick @TheMuslimWitch
For my entry i want to share what i have been doing to keep a restful and pleasant sleep as well as enhance dreams.
So i had been sent a lovely tea mix that contains lavender, chamomile and a few other herbs (which i cannot remember right now and have lost the description of herbs in it that came with the pouch), and seep in in my crystal quartz strainer i got from online. I also use a dream sachet which i leave in my pillow i made which has rosemary, lavender, chamomile, and mugwort which is suppose to enhance dreams and also help with peaceful sleep.
Weekly challenge entry
I have suffered from anxiety and night terrors for the last 6 years. I also developed sleepwalking in adulthood. I suffered from drug addiction for 15 years. I found my path about 6 years ago and got my live together. I give A lot of credit to the universe and the Gods. i feel as though without my craft i wouldnt have been able to develop healthy habits or have the strength i needed.
My nightly ritual is to meditate and give thanks to the universe, my spirit guides, and the Gods and Goddesses. I also sleep with a sachet of lavender and a dream catcher. On rougher nights, i sleep with my selentine.
Spell for a Restful Night’s Sleep
You will need:
A black candle
A statue of Bast (optional)
Essential oil or incense for Bast (optional)
An offering for Bast (optional)
Thirty minutes before bedtime, light a black candle on your altar.
If possible and if you have a cat, set the black tourmaline you will use beforehand next to them while they’re sleeping to absorb the restful energy of a cat.
Diffuse essential oils such as frankincense, cinnamon, lavender or chamomile, or peppermint. (Strongly recommend against diffusing essential oils if you have a cat nearby).
Leave an offering for Bast next to a statue of the goddess on your altar (catnip, cat treats, etc.) Bast was said to protect the sun god Ra from his enemies at night. We will ask Bast for similar protection for a restful night’s sleep.
Set the black tourmaline beneath your pillow or your nightstand and say:
Loving Bast, eyes aglow,
Banish all foes while I sleep,
With this stone, dark as night,
Until the dawn’s first light
- Blow out the candle before you go to bed.
I didn’t get to diffuse essential oils since my kitties came in my room to sleep with me. They fell asleep on the Black Tourmaline and I can say that the spell successfully worked.
Awww, that’s adorable!
And a really beautiful chant
I was seriously at a loss for what to do for this challenge. Sleep isn’t something I struggle with, so it’s not something I usually have a magical solution for. Now, being tired all the time? That’s a different story, but I can talk about that later
So, I did what any book-having person would do and I went to my books! I have some older books that I’ve never fully read. I skimmed through them to see what I could find for sleep, insomnia, and dreams. So, here they are!
The first quote here is a bunch of ancient teachings, according to the author, for people suffering from insomnia. This book was published in the mid-90s and actually has quite a lot of useful information for as small as it is. Of course, I do have to caution that you don’t take anything internally unless you either know what you’re doing or you’ve asked a professional.
The second quote is from an even older book, and it is a spell for calming the mind. I figured this one could be included because it’s a good precursor to good sleep. If you’re calm, chances are you’ll fall asleep better and faster!
Ancient Healing Secrets by Dian Dincin Buchman, Ph.D.
Published in 1996
Despite impressive laboratory research, we humans continue to be beset by the same sleep problems as those who lived in antiquity. Fortunately, our ancestor’s answers are surprisingly effective.
Sleepless people in China were told to repeatedly yawn deeply just before going to bed. When in bed, they were advised to place the tip of the tongue behind the lower teeth and to concentrate on holding the tongue there until they fell asleep. It prevented them from thinking about their problems so they could relax and sleep.
When Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, his soldiers learned some basic Egyptian medicine, including the belief that eating garlic promoted sleep. The Greeks brought these Egyptian ideas back to their native country. DIRECTIONS: Just before going to bed, mash one or two cloves of garlic, then add a few drops of olive oil. Slather this on some hearty bread and eat. To eliminate the strong odor of raw garlic, chew fennel seeds or parsley. Red onion was also used in this way throughout Europe.
The ancient Brits, as well as other Europeans, knew that most parts of the aromatic hops plant could produce a tea that deeply encouraged sleep. DIRECTIONS: In past centuries, the hops were simply sewed into a sleep-coaxing pillow. Such pillows are available today in shops that specialize in herbs. Occasionally, restore the strength of the pillow by putting it in the sun.
Early American pioneers discovered that the beautiful red clover flower was a treasure of an herb. The tea tasted good, calmed the body, and was a useful speel remedy. DIRECTIONS: To make red clover tea, add boiling water to two tablespoons of fresh or dried flowers, steep, and strain out the flowers. Add a drop of honey. Honey, the ambrosia from the bees, was also used throughout the ancient world as a prime sleep aid. Because it helps the body retain liquid, it fosters sleep by helping to overcome the need to get up to urinate.
Cold water can be applied in different ways to contribute to adequate sleep. The following are two favorite German remedies. DIRECTIONS: Briefly run cold water over the ankles just before going to bed. Or take a brief, cold sitz bath. Run a few inches of cold water in the bath, then sit in it immersing only the lower extremities. Eventually you can increase the time span from a mere moment to a few minutes. These remedies enhance sleep and strengthen and harden the body against illness. Older folks with circulation or heart trouble should not sit in shallow, cold baths.
The ancient Chinese believed that the body’s sleep control center is just under the nail of the big toe, on the corner of the side closest to the other toes. DIRECTIONS: Just before sleep, press this point. The Japanese found it helpful to massage the soles of the feet, as well, several hours before bedtime.
True Magick: A Beginner’s Guide by Amber K
Published in 1990
A Spell to Become Calm and Centered
A very smooth, rounded stone, smaller than your fist; and some soothing taped music.
Sit while holding the stone and listening to the music in a quiet room at home, or in the outdoors if the weather is nice. Breathe deeply and rhythmically. Begin in healing through your mouth, then exhaling through your nostrils with a long, steady humming note. With each exhalation, make the note smoother and draw it out longer. Breathe your tension and anxiety into the stone. When you feel calm and centered, put the stone on the ground, open the circle and walk away. The stone will dissipate the tension into the Earth, to be transmuted; if you wish, you can retrieve the stone in a day or two for later use.
My intention was to make a sleep spray & pillow pouch for myself. However, life happened suddenly recently & I went a different route, this first part has worked for me (& my husband) the past 3 nights when going to bed
I have set up my larger diffuser that is meant to run for up to 8 hours at a time. Due to early allergy season (seems like Mother Nature has a sense of humor since the start of 2023 with the weather patterns & such here) I have a blend that not only helps with breathing & has antibacterial properties, it also has some a touch of a calming to it also… in it I use the following essential oils:
- Lavender - aiding poor sleep/insomnia, calming & reduction of anxiety (which can contribute to insomnia or poor sleep), promoting peace
- Eucalyptus - relieve mental exhaustion & help with worries, clear allergy symptoms & help with the circulatory & immune system
- Tea Tree - rest, relaxation & improved sleep, anti-bacterial & anti-inflammatory benefits to assist with respiratory symptoms & clearing airways, help to take clear & deep breaths by calming the nervous system.
- Peppermint - calming the senses, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, stress relief, headache relief, allergy symptom relief
Along with the diffuser blend we are lucky enough to have an adjustable bed, so we have the head of the bed raised slightly as we both have allergies.
- We do have a pupper that also sleeps in our room at times, so there is always at least 3 types of ventilation including our bedroom door open throughout the night so he has the ability to leave the room if he needs to regardless of the ventilation measures we have in the room for him. On the nights he does not sleep in our room, we keep the door closed so he can’t come in if we haven’t ventilated the room properly. For some blends & specific essential oils themselves, always use proper ventilation when used with pets in the home.
For myself personally, I have also gotten into the practice of when I am in bed & ready to go to sleep for the night, I initially take 3 deep cleansing breaths. I then ask Brigid to assist me with restful sleep & healing, clarity, or insight throughout the night for the next day & how to move forward with my day. If I have a specific question, I will focus on the question to Her & ask for guidance with it.
Each night I start with the 3 cleansing breaths with gratitude for Brigid & if I don’t have any specific healing, clarity, or insight requests… I continue my breathing & I have some type of water :water: sounds playing on the TV or a small speaker on my nightstand & it’s kind of an ambient sound & cleansing breaths meditation that I drift off to sleep during in a much shorter amount of time.
So far during the past week, it has worked really well for me ; I have been able to fall asleep much easier in a shorter amount of time & then stay asleep through the night or long enough where I am not up & down & losing hours worth of sleep.
Ugh, I’m so far behind… this is the first time since last Tuesday that I’ve had time to check in on the forums! It’s been quite the week. Doing taxes took 4 days, my half-marathon ate up another, add in a squabble that spanned that whole time and I’m toast
Guess I’ll see what I can come up with tomorrow! Nothing like waiting till the last minute
Just keep telling myself… this too shall pass.
It’s time for a friendly reminder:
If you would like to participate and haven’t done so already, please post about your challenge experience(s) by the deadline:
→ Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time)
Whether it’s a favorite area of magick, something you haven’t spent much time exploring yet, or a theme that is completely new- thank you so much to everyone who has snuggled in for some sleep and dream magick so far!
If you haven’t already shared an entry but would like to join in, this is your friendly reminder that you still have a bit of time left to do so!
My Challenge Entry…
Alright so I am as usual, on time… but hey! I actually managed to do something at least. Haha! For this lovely Sleep and Dream Magick challenge, I decided that I will simply go with some rosemary dream protection as I did not have all the other herbs/flowers required to make those magickal dream pouches! So, I started this challenge yesterday by getting an ebook called - Lucid Dreaming - Plain and Simple and started reading it immediately! It is an amaziiiing book truly!! It not only teaches you how to practice lucid dreaming but also tells how several mental, emotional and physical healings that can be achieved by mastering lucid dreaming! I would like to quote a few lines from this book here,
Annie had painful plantar warts on each foot. Every step she took hurt. Nothing seemed to make the plantar warts go away. One day, the teacher of her lucid dreaming group told her of his own successes with healing the physical body while lucid dreaming. He suggested she give it a try in her next lucid dream.
Annie recalls her healing lucid dream: “Something about the light seems strange. I think of my feet because they are hurting me as I walk. So I sit down on a cube, like a wooden cube. Then I remember that I can heal my feet [in a lucid dream]. At that moment, all of the surrounding room drops away to a black void where I sit. I recall using a ball of white light as I had been visualizing [before going to sleep].
Sure enough, the white light appears around my hands. I put my hands on my feet—first, the right one. The light enters the foot and glows golden from within. I hold it there for several seconds and then move to the left foot. Same process. I put both feet down and realize I had done what I had incubated. It seems amazing and terrifying. That feeling is so intense I woke up.
Before this night, Annie could not walk without feeling pain from six plantar warts. In the morning, after the lucid dream, she examined her feet. All the warts had turned black during the night. Within ten days, they all fell off and did not return. She could now walk healed and free of pain.
This was a small portion from the book explaining how physical healing can also be achieved by taking control of one’s dreams and then creatively healing yourself with your mind’s intent and power within the dream only! You will see the results after waking up! Last two nights I went to sleep after sipping some rosemary tea and placing some under my pillow on the first night. So far as I recall I did not dream lucidly but I did have a sudden control over my afraid subconscious mind, that is because of all the traumas I have been through till now, I guess. Honestly whenever I used to dream lucidly I remember running from something dark, fearing the death of me or my loved ones mostly! Every lovely scene turned out to be dangerous. I sometimes also felt like I am lost. I all the time knew it was a dream (I was being lucid) and yet, I felt powerless, like, extreme fear. And since last two nights I am encountering ghosts and bad energies in my dreams but I am less afraid now while dreaming, I even went ahead and stopped a spirit to kill someone, with a smile on my face. And then I wake up, realizing that slowly, very slowly I am healing! This one thought has made me soooo inspired and inclined towards lucid dreaming, like never before! All thanks to this wonderful book! I am going to learn this magickal art completely, that’s my resolve now. Not only for myself but also to be able to heal and help others! Here is a picture of my rosemary tea and some that I put under my pillow…
I feel veryyy blessed and lucky to have you all for sharing my thoughts and feelings with! Have a happy and veryyy lovely day today my dearest friends!!
As a hardcore insomniac I did not know where to actually start from to be honest xD
Dreams are not my specialty and all of my life I only remeber just 3 of them, and that because they were so vivid. Maybe I do not see dreams, I don;t know
So, what I did was to searc information about deities and ancient stories related to the dream world.
I was so excited when I saw this for this week. Sleep is a huge issue at my house. I’ve got a 4 year old with Night Terrors and now Nightmares, a husband with PTSD with multiple episodes every night, a teenager who finally admitted that being terrified by the thought of sleep didn’t go away when he was little and we won’t even go there with me
I have always been fascinated by sleep. Especially how good solid sleep feels like you were asleep for hours even it was just dozing off for 15 minutes but poor quality sleep feels you just closed your eyes even if you slept for hours.
I wanted to do so much with this challenge but I just couldn’t.
I settled for checking a few sleep bags off of my To-do list
I made a nightmare ward for my husband, finished creating a bag for my 4 year old. It started with a nightmare free night and discovering that he had swiped my Restorative Sleep Bag so using sort of a version of that as a base, I created his very own sleepy bag and we are nightmare free 4 nights now
I decided to try out a dream tea to produce psychic dreams.
- 2 parts rose petals
- 1 part mugwort
- 1 part peppermint
- 1 part jasmine flowers
- 1/2 part cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together and store in a mason jar. Add one teaspoon to a cup and pour boiling water over the herbs. Let steep, covered, 3-5 minutes. Add honey, lemon, milk, or other ingredients to your taste. Drink before going to bed.
Please do not use this recipe (or mugwort in general) if you are pregnant as it can cause abortion by stimulating the uterus to shed its lining.
I tried this a couple times during the week. While I am aware that I did have more dreams than normal, I was not able to remember them - which is common for me. I will continue to experiment with the tea and see what happens.
As with any herbs, mugwort should be used cautiously. High doses can be toxic. From what I have read, it is not recommended to consume more than a couple times a week. I plan to experiment 2-3 times a week for 2 weeks, then take two weeks off.
Weekly Witchy Challenge Entry for Amethyst.
I am making myself a dream pillow with mugwort, chamomile, lavender, and rosemary. I hope to remember my dreams. I’m adding amethyst and clear quartz and maybe a moonstone for dreaming. I’ve been having weird dreams but by the time I get out of bed and find my dream journal, I’ve forgotten them.
I attempted the Baby Sleep Salve. I tested it on the underside of his arm last night to make sure he wasn’t going to to have a reaction to it. He got hubby’s sensitive skin so gotta watch what we use. No reaction so I’ll be trying it out tonight. It doesn’t look like the pictures. Mine has WAY more herb than the pic but I followed the recipe exact so idk. If anyone has any tips I’m all ears.
I made a sweet dreams sachet using lavender, chamomile, basil and rose petals. I have allot of rose bushes that’s why I incorporate roses in just about all my spells. I also wanted to show you all some of the offerings I left for Fortuna in March I made solar water in my cauldron then topped it off with rose quarts and a rose for self love. Mote it be
Challenge Entry - Sleep & Dream Magick
I decided to make a spring full moon inspired Dream tea to honor and commune with Artemis (and whoever else might wish to commune)
“Tickled Pink Dreams”
- 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender
- 1 teaspoon mugwort
- 1 teaspoon valerian root
- 1 teaspoon rose petals
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- Add the chamomile flowers, dried lavender, mugwort, valerian root, rose petals, and cinnamon stick to a small pot.
- Pour 1 cup of water over the herbs and spices.
- Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced by about half.
- Remove the pot from the heat and strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
- If desired, stir in 1 tablespoon of honey to sweeten the potion.
- Pour the liquid into a cup or mug and drink it about 30 minutes before bedtime.
I am sitting here sipping my tea before bed and while I will say the valerian root smell was strong when I mixed the dry herbs, I don’t taste it at all in the tea thanks to the cinnamon stick. We shall see what the night brings
Challenge Entry 2: Sleep & Dream Magick
Artemis Sleep Satchet
1/2 cup dried mugwort 1/4 cup dried lavender 1/4 cup dried rose petals 1/4 cup dried chamomile 1 small piece of clear quartz crystal 1 small muslin or cotton bag (about 4x6 inches)
In a mixing bowl, combine the dried mugwort, lavender, rose petals, and chamomile. Hold the clear quartz crystal in your hand and focus your intention on connecting with Artemis and her protective energies. Visualize yourself surrounded by a circle of light and ask for her guidance and wisdom. Add the crystal to the mixing bowl and stir the ingredients together. Spoon the mixture into a small muslin or cotton bag. Tie the bag tightly with a string or ribbon. Place the sachet under your pillow or next to your bed.
The combination of mugwort, lavender, rose petals, and chamomile will help you relax and promote restful sleep, while the clear quartz crystal will enhance your connection with Artemis and her protective energies. To refresh the scent of the sachet, simply add a few drops of lavender essential oil or replace the herbs as needed.
I am missing the bag, which is just silly as I know I just saw it… but I will post the photos later once I find everything again…
I have to tell you your challenge entry hit me in the feels My bestest kitty Donut used to sleep near or on me every night and I miss him the most at night.
I love this whole spell and with your permission, I’d love to copy it into my book and try it out this week. I think it would be nice to spend some time with him again at night, even if it is just in the dream world.
Well my dreaming experiment didn’t happen as I have been having too much insomnia. Ugh.
When I was in school I used to look at a math problem I was struggling with before going to be and would wake up with the answer. Super cool.
So my challenge entry is for sleep. I moved all of my tarot and journal books from my bed and have put them in a little reading area.
I cleansed the bed energetically to rid excess and to promote sleep.
My son, when he was three, had surgery. I bought him two stuffed bunnies - big bun bun and little bun bun.
A few years later, he gave me big bun bun when I was going on a trip so I wouldn’t be lonely. So, I have put lavender EO on big bun bun and put him beside my pillow.
I made a list of things I can do as part of a bed time routine, recognizing that some nights I will have more time than others. I haven’t had much of a bed time routine. Just plop into bed and try to distract myself until I fall asleep. So now, it will be
-put on EO diffuser with relaxing scents -lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint,
-light a candle,
-take a few deep breaths, minimum or a longer meditation,
-journal-long or short, tarot or no, read a book.
Part of my problem is that I work long hours and sometimes I just want to watch a bit of tv before bed. Which isn’t always conducive to a good nights sleep. Once in awhile- fine.
Journaling can be tricky as well as there are sometimes I get so tired thinking about journaling I just don’t.
Hopefully, the new sleep routine will help get me in a habit of sleeping all the way through the night…what a concept! Lol