This Weekend Salem’s Moon will be at the Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market…


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(Above Center–  Jessica Cinquanta and our booth at The 2014 Blueberry Festival.)

Look for the Salem’s Moon Booth at…

The Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market

Saturday, August 30th & Sunday, August 31st * 8 AM ~ 4 PM * Stormville, NY

FREE ADMISSION * FREE PARKING* NO PETS * RAIN or SHINE

We will be selling all your favorite Salem’s Moon products…including our Handcrafted Magickal Oils, Incense, Spell Kits, Bath Salts, Floral Crowns, Adult & Children’s Wands.

New this month ~

Wȳscan Candel Kits – $15.95

These kits include 1- 7-Day Pull-out Candle, stencil, glitters and essential oil. Everything you need to create the spell candle of your choice.

Abundance  Earth Mother  Love  Passion  Peace & Protection 

 Prosperity  Quiet Strength  Solar Blast  Success  Wisdom

New Terracotta Oil Diffusers – $6.95

These Terracotta Oil Diffusers can be worn or displayed to add scent to any environment. Comes with 1 diffuser, 29” leather cord, Q-tips and instructions.

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In addition to our own unique products, we will also have a selection of Jewelry, Gemstones, Books, Tarot Cards, Cauldrons, Candles, Offering Bowls… and more!

Want to be sure we bring your favorite product?

~ Order by Phone ~ Pick it up at the Fair!

Give us a call at 914-522-6830.

love attraction incense passionate lovers spell kit One wand fairy magic oil Dream Time yes child wand

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imageimageStormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market
428 Route 216
Stormville, NY 12582

Please use the above address for driving directions from www.mapquest.com only.

Commercial vehicles must exit off I-84. (No commercial vehicles on Taconic State Parkway.)

· From the East – Exit 17 Ludingtonville Road

· From the West – Exit 15 Lime Kiln Road

· Passenger Vehicles – Exit 16N Taconic State Parkway

A Spell is a Wish Your Heart Makes…


__12_-_ITALY_-_birthday_cake_with_candles_3 As a child my mother would put candles on my birthday cake, light them and tell me to make a wish. It was taboo to tell anyone what you wished for or the wish would not be granted. What powerful magic that was; surrounded by family and friends and making a wish. And we believed, all of us, that it would come true – if it was possible – so mote it be.

I grew up Catholic and so it was not unusual to me to go into a church, light a candle and say a prayer. Depending on the request I would light candles to Mother Mary, Jesus, St. Anthony etc. Before I lit the candle I would think about my request and then I would implore the chosen saint to hear my prayer and to grant it if possible – so mote it be.

I often get asked do I really believe spells work? My answer is yes. Yes, to the birthday candles on the cake. Yes, to the candles I light in church. Yes, to the candles I light asking for peace, protection, love, prosperity, good health and more within my wiccan salt circle. And always…if it is possible – so mote it be.

lighted-candles-on-the-river-photography-hd-wallpaper-1920x1080-9899 When doing “candle magic” it is important to remember that it is the belief with which you ask, the acceptance that all be as it is meant to be and the reverence with which the request is made to whatever higher power whose aid you are invoking that are important.

Could you make a wish without a candle? Of course you could. But, really what candle magic does is focus your attention and hopefully the attention of the divinity on your request. The world is a busy, chaotic place. It is often difficult to take time to make a proper wish, request, prayer, spell. Working candle magic takes time and concentration and that is the beauty of it, for while you are working on your intention the outside world gets a bit quieter and the inner world of spirit can speak and be heard.

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Often a sigil is carved into the candle top or side. A sigil is a symbol used in f554bf5b25367d2b4fa74afb5a942382magic. In modern usage it refers to a symbolic representation of the magician’s desired outcome. A sigil can be a mandala, a veve and even words carved into the candle. (It can even be a doodle that comes to you while you are sitting and thinking of your wish.)Carving the sigil into the candle helps to focus your concentration on your intended outcome. After the sigil is carved the candle is then anointed with the essential oil appropriate to the request. An example would be to use Money Drawing Oil for a Prosperity candle. Sometimes the candle is then hand glittered to bring out the design. All of this takes time, energy and concentration – components essential in good spell casting or wish making.

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A sigil can also be painted onto the candle. You can do this free hand or by using a stencil you have created prior to beginning your work. The same power of concentration will apply when painting your sigil.

hand-colored-candles-christmas-craft-step2-photo-150-FF0106GIFTSA04 Before you begin to paint the candle be sure to dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a lint-free cloth and wipe down the candle thoroughly to remove some of the oils and sheen from the surface. This process makes it easier for paint to adhere to the wax. 

Combine equal portions of *candle-painting medium and *acrylic paint in a small disposable container or on a paper plate, stirring with a paintbrush. *(available at craft and hobby stores)

Paint your desired design on the candle using an artist’s brush and the acrylic paint mixture. Allow the paint to dry completely before handling or before painting a second color that touches the first.

Making the Wish – Casting the Spell

Once your candle is ready concentrate on your wish and light the candle. If you have a spell written you can read it aloud or you may just want to speak directly to the deity. Be sure to be respectful. Be sure to say please and thank you and don’t forget – so mote it be.

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540037_358175120887412_750351423_nNext stop Stormville, NY…

Salem’s Moon will be at the Stormville Antique Show & Flea Market in Stormville, NY on August 30th & 31st. We hope to see you there. We will be showcasing our brand new Wȳscan Candel Kits. (Wȳscan  means Wish in old English.) They come complete with a 7-Day Pull-Out Candle, Stencil, Anointing Oil, Glitters and instructions. Pictures coming soon…

Salem’s Moon at the Blueberry Festival…


 

IMG_1189 Well, here we are at The Blueberry Festival in Ellenville, NY. It’s a beautiful sunny day here in downtown Ellenville and we are so excited to be here! How wonderful to be back where it all began and to see so many old friends. For those of you who follow our blog, but may not know, Ellenville is where it all began for Salem’s Moon back in 2012 when we opened our brick & mortar store on Route 209 just down from McDonald’s. It’s nice to be back.

IMG_9765 We are happy to have the chance to bring you our custom blended Magickal Oils, Incenses, Bath salts, Shea butters, Handmade Floral Crowns, Boxes, Adult and Children’s Wands  and our One of a Kind Spell Kits.

 

 

At our booth you will also find jewelry, candles, books, tarot cards, offering bowls, incense burners and oil diffusers, candle snuffers, cauldrons and more.

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And especially for the Blueberry Festival we have added
Blueberry Essential Oil – Blueberry Bath Salts – Blueberry Shea Butter

Ann & CanalOur booth is near the corner of Canal Street and Ann Street just across the street from from Nu-Design Furniture at 182 Canal St.  The Festival is open from 9AM to 4PM today. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Blueberry Magic…


imageBlueberries are edible members of the heath family. They prefer acidic soil and plenty of sunlight and do best on high ground. In America there are two predominant forms of the blueberry bush – the low bush blueberry and the high bush blueberry. Blueberries also come in a variety of sizes from the small “wild” blueberry (or huckleberry) to the larger “cultivated” blueberry we find at the grocer.

As if size was not enough of a disguise, the Blueberry also goes by a variety of names – Blueberry,  Box Huckleberry_2Blueberry, Low Bush Blueberry, Dwarf Bilberry,  Bilberry, Black Whortles, Bleaberry, Bollebar, Bulberry, Huckleberry, Hurtleberry, Hurts, Trackleberry, Whinberry and Whortleberry.  English immigrants related the New World blueberry to their whortleberries: the Danes, to bilberries; the Swedes to their blåbär. People from northern Germany recognized their bickberren; those from southern Germany, blauberren. Later arrivals from Europe, such as the Russians, also had a frame of reference for these berries whose blue reflected the promising blue skies of the New World.

Native Americans held the wild blueberry in very high esteem, due to the fact that the blossom end of each blueberry forms a five points star. It was believed the “Great Spirit” sent these star berries to relieve the hunger of children during a famine.

Blueberry-Tea They also used blueberries for medicinal purposes and made a strong aromatic tea from the root. It was used as a relaxant during childbirth. Early medical books show this same tea was used by wives of settlers during labor. Blueberry juice was used for “old coughs” and tea made from Wild Blueberry leaves was believed to be a good tonic to help purify the blood.

Recently studies have found that blueberry consumption may lower cholesterol. Other studies have shown that wild blueberry juice may benefit the brain, improve memory and learning in older adults, while possibly reducing blood sugar and symptoms of depression.

Blueberries have many applications for your magical work! You may use the fruit whole, crushed, dried or powdered. Because blueberries are a protection herb/fruit they can be added to any protection spell ingredient list or into protection oil and incense as well!  

To keep evil and undesirables away from your property or from entering the home, place blueberries under your doormat.

BabyFeetStompingGrapes Protecting Children: Mash the berries into a pulp and stain your baby’s hands and feet; you can do only the feet if you are worried about public views.  You can even make this into a fun thing for your kids by having them mash the berries with their feet!

Strengthening your Aura & Protecting your Physical Body: Eat the berries on the day or night of a full moon.

Protecting your home: Crush the dried blueberries into a powder and place it under the doormat of your home.

Protecting yourself from Psychic/Emotional Attack: Make a delicious blueberry pie and eat it!  No better spell than this, I’d say!  This gets the blueberries energy into your aura/energy field and boosts its psychic protection. Blueberries embody the esoteric principles of calm acceptance, peace, and a protected environment. For centuries, witches have eaten blueberry tarts when under psychic attack to protect themselves.

Protection Spells: Add the dried berries to protection sachets, lotions, bath salts, incense and oils. Make amulets out of the whole dried berries by gluing them to an already made amulet or stringing them into a necklace, or make protection powder out of the crushed, dried berries.

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Look for the Salem’s Moon Booth at…

THE BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

(Canal Street & Liberty Square, Ellenville, NY)

Saturday, August 9th from  9AM to 4PM

(Rain or Shine )

Blueberry Festival Specials!

Blueberry Essential Oil – Blueberry Bath Salts – Blueberry Shea Butter

Salem’s Moon will be at the The Blueberry Festival in Ellenville…


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(Above Center–  Jessica Cinquanta and our booth at The 2014 Wurtsboro Street Fair – Side photos from the Center for Symbolic Studies – 2014 Beltane Festival)

Look for the Salem’s Moon Booth at…

THE BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

(The Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry & Huckleberry Festival)

Saturday * August 9th * 9 a.m. ~ 4 p.m. * Ellenville, N.Y.

* Rain or Shine *

We will be selling all your favorite Salem’s Moon products…
Our Handcrafted Magickal Oils, Incense, Spell Kits, Bath Salts, Floral Crowns and Adult and Children Wands and our Brand New Shea Butters.

Blueberry Festival Specials!

Blueberry Essential Oil – Blueberry Bath Salts – Blueberry Shea Butter

In addition to our own unique products, we will also have a selection of Jewelry, Gemstones, Books, Tarot Cards, Cauldrons, Candles, Offering Bowls… and more!
Want to be sure we bring your favorite product?
~ Order by Phone ~ Pick it up at the Fair!
Give us a call at 914-522-6830.

 love attraction incense  passionate lovers spell kit  wreath  wand fairy magic oil

 Blueberry Jar Dream Time yes child wand

Lughnasadh aka Lammas…


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In Irish mythology, the Lughnasadh (Loo-nah-sah) or Lammas festival is said to have been begun by the god Lugh  as a funeral feast and sporting competition in commemoration of his foster-mother, Tailtiu, who died of exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture. The Celts would throw seven sacred woods into a fire in honor of the Gods and Goddesses.

The first location of the Áenach Tailteann gathering was at Tailtin, between Navan and Kells. Historically, the Áenach Tailteann was a time for contests of strength and skill and a favored time for contracting marriages and winter lodgings. A peace was declared at the festival, and religious celebrations were held. The festival survived as the Taillten Fair, and was revived for a period in the 20th century as the Telltown Games.

The ancient Celtic festival on 1 August involved the solemn cutting of the first of the corn of which an offering would be made to the deity by bringing it up to a high place and burying it; a meal of the new food and of bilberries of which everyone must partake; a sacrifice of a sacred bull, a feast of its flesh, with some ceremony involving its hide, and its replacement by a young bull; a ritual dance-play perhaps telling of a struggle for a goddess and a ritual fight; an installation of a head on top of the hill and a triumphing over it by an actor impersonating Lugh; another play representing the confinement by Lugh of the monster blight or famine; a three-day celebration presided over by the brilliant young god or his human representative. Finally, a ceremony indicating that the interregnum was over, and the chief god was in his right place again.

Lughnasadh celebrations were commonly held on hilltops. Traditionally, people would climb hills on Lughnasadh to gather bilberries, which were eaten on the spot or saved to make pies and wine. As with the other Gaelic seasonal festivals (Imbolc, Beltane and Samhain), the celebrations involved a great feast. In the Scottish Highlands, people made first-harvest-sa special cake called the lunastain, which was also called luinean when given to a man and luineag when given to a woman. This may have originated as an offering to the gods.

Another custom that Lughnasadh shared with the other Gaelic festivals was the lighting of bonfires and visiting of holy wells. The ashes from Lughnasadh bonfires would be used to bless fields, cattle and people.Visitors to holy wells would pray for health while walking sunwise around the well. They would then leave offerings; typically coins or clooties, (pieces or strips of cloth).

In Gaelic Ireland, Lughnasadh was also a favored time for handfastings — trial marriages that would generally last a year and a day, with the option of ending the contract before the new year, or formalizing it as a lasting marriage.

In Ireland, some people continue to celebrate the holiday with bonfires and dancing. The Catholic Church in Ireland has established the ritual of blessing fields on this day. In the Irish diaspora, survivals of the Lúnasa festivities are often seen by some families still choosing August as the traditional time for family reunions and parties, though due to modern work schedules these events have sometimes been moved to adjacent secular holidays, such as the Fourth of July in the United States.

Lughnasadh heralds the first harvest, not yet summers end (Samhain) but ever closer to autumn. It celebrates the first of the crops being harvested and is often related to bread/corn and berries.

Ways to Celebrate…

Bake some bread – Certain smells will bring up happy memories of the year before just like Christmas music does and the smell of a warm loaf is sure to keep the family happy, especially if the children can help you make it. It represents the first loaf of harvest and some use it in ritual whereas some have it as part of their meal. Some Pagans symbolically throw pieces of bread into a fire during the Lammas ritual.

Plan your meals – Make food that will only be eaten on that time of year like pudding would at wintertime. This will bring back sentimental memories of the family time you spent together. Try to make something different that will be associated with that period. A magnificent feast is very important so make sure you plan it well! Pumpkin soup, harvest broth and casserole made with seasonal vegetables such as spring onions and potatoes will be great. Blackberry pie and cream made with fat ripe brambles will be delicious for a dessert. There are plenty of harvest recipes on the net so explore them and discuss them and plan out your menu.

imageTake time for meditation and ritual – Encourage your family members to meditate to give thanks for the abundance and generosity of nature. If you sit in a circle you can share your spiritual energies with one another. Do this in the garden or somewhere natural and quiet and hope the weather stays fair and bright. Some will use the loaf they have baked to eat after their ritual. It’s because of nature that they can enjoy this food. You could always have the meal on the late afternoon and go for a picnic for lunch in the warm countryside with all the family.

two corn husk dolls One traditional Lughnasadh custom was the construction of the kern-baby, corn dolly, or corn maiden. This figure, braided into a woman’s form from the last harvested sheaf of grain, represented the Harvest Spirit. (In America, the tradition is continued in the making of corn husk dolls.) The doll would be saved until Spring, when it was ploughed into the field to consecrate the new planting and insure a good harvest. In other traditions, the corn dolly was fed and watered throughout the Winter, then burned in the fires at Beltane to insure a continuation of good growth.

The celebration of Lammas is a pause to relax and open yourself to the change of the Season so that you may be one with its energies and accomplish what is intended. Visits to fields, orchards, lakes and wells are also traditional. It is considered taboo not to share your food with others. Spellwork for prosperity, abundance and good fortune are especially appropriate now, as well as spells for connectedness, career, health and financial gain.

Another custom drawn from Lughnasadh relates to fire. Lughnasadh was, to the Celts, one of four Great Fire Festivals, held on the cross-quarter days. During Lughnasadh, the custom of lighting bonfires was intended to add strength to the powers of the waning sun. Afterward, the fire brands were kept in the home through the Winter as protection against storms, lightning and fires caused by lightning….

Go to a local festival – Harvest is a popular time of year for anyone whatever their religion so it’s no wonder why many villages and towns have their own celebrations. Try to attend one of these even if they’re a bit out of your way. It will get the family into it more to see other people having fun in ways that can only be done in community games.

Our Bath Salts are Now Available Online…


Dream Time yes Salem’s Moon is happy to announce that you can now order our Bath Salts online.

All of our Bath Salts are custom blended using the finest quality Sea Salt and Essential Oils.

Order by phone (914) 522-6830 …….or

Click on any of the product photos on our Bath Salts page to be taken directly to that item on our SQUARE STORE site.