What is a Witch’s Bottle?

What is a Witch’s Bottle?

Despite their relatively simple use and purpose, witch’s bottles (or spell bottles) have a long and fascinating history. Essentially a counter-magick device used for protection from evil spirits and malintent, these little powerhouses are believed to have been utilized for centuries and in many different manners. Some were made to be buried with loved ones … Continue reading

Ayslyn’s Prosperity Spell

Ayslyn’s Prosperity Spell

I’ve got something to confess… I did a spell for money. *gasp, shock and surprise* I know, I know. A spell to attract money is something a teenager just beginning to explore witchcraft does because she doesn’t have a concept of working selfless magic. It’s right up there with love spells and make-him-fall-in-love-with-me potions crafted … Continue reading

Daisies

Daisies

Anyone who has checked out in Ayslyn’s Corner recently will quickly discover that I am a baby loss mother. We passed what would have been my daughter’s first birthday recently, and like anyone grieving can tell you, it’s hard. You’re living in this constant duality: the you who functions (albeit differently than before) and the … Continue reading

A Spell to Honor What Has Come Before

A Spell to Honor What Has Come Before

About two weeks ago, city construction workers began setting up shop in my side yard. They unloaded a giant stack of pipes and several backhoes, parked their trucks on the lawn and acted like they owned the place. They practically demanded access to the inside of our house to verify which way our pipes ran … Continue reading

Creating a Priestess Order

Creating a Priestess Order

I haven’t talked about it much on Ayslyn’s Corner, but I’m writing a fantasy trilogy. It’s a story that’s been in my heart since my pre-teens, though it’s changed drastically as I’ve matured, so is somewhat autobiographical in nature. But more fun. ;) Actually, working on this story as a teen is how I discovered … Continue reading

A Little Light Fun

A Little Light Fun

I don’t normally share these things because they’re a dime a dozen. But this one caused such a flurry of fun and laughs in one of my witchy Facebook groups I decided to share it myself. My tarot card name is Priestess of magical Rainbows, which I can totally roll with. Babies that are born … Continue reading

On Magickal Names

On Magickal Names

Anyone who’s poked around Ayslyn’s Corner might have picked up on the fact that Ayslyn isn’t my real name. Like many Wiccans and witches I use a magickal name, though thinking about it I realized that it’s kind of an unwritten “if you want to” thing. Though it’s definitely something I’ve observed a large number … Continue reading

Granddaughters of Witches

#100wordshorts   “We are the granddaughters of witches they failed to burn!” Mariketa’s voice broke a little coming through the microphone, proud and righteously indignant. She threw her fist up to rousing shouts of support, echoing against cheap hotel walls. I was silent, as was my cousin Leanna. We glanced at each other, understanding how … Continue reading

Geeky Witch: How to Cleanse Dice

Geeky Witch: How to Cleanse Dice

Hubby and I have been playing a Pathfinder campaign almost every week for about a year now, working hard to find the witch queen Baba Yaga and stop the unnatural, never-ending winter that’s gripped dozens of worlds (noble cause, right?) About two months ago we started another campaign loosely based on an Egyptian world that’s … Continue reading

Uses for Dandelions

Uses for Dandelions

The summer I turned 12, my dad paid us kids to pick as many dandelions from the yard as we could. He hated the little yellow flowers that always managed to ruin a newly mowed lawn, and one of our school lessons that day had been in economics. He eyed the yard, then valued each … Continue reading