Soraya's Witches Web Newsletter
26th May 2019

Contents 26th May 2019
A Word from Momma Witch
Join me for a Spell - Candle Magick
This weeks Recipe - Rosemary Biscuits
Soraya's Rune Reading £10 offer
Lunar Chart for June 19
Your Horoscope by Soraya
The Morning Ritual
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A word from Momma Witch

This week I am delighted to introduce Claire (Taylor Made Holistics) - who will be featuring an essential oil each week so dont be shy about commenting or asking for a suggestuion or a specific blend that Claire will be happy to make up for you.

Taylor Made Holistics

If you’d like more information on how to use essential oils safely at home, book a treatment or have a particular ailment you would like a blend for please drop Claire an email
*Remember essential oils are highly concentrated & recommended dosage should never be exceeded. Always follow the safety information & never take internally. Treat as medicines and keep out of reach of children*.
Lavender Oil - Lavendula Angustifolia - from the Labiatae plant family
Lavender has been used for centuries and was thought to be a favourite bath time cleanser for the Ancient Romans. Since the 18th Century it has been used in perfumes, talc and pot-pourri. Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils in the world of Aromatherapy and it is soothing, calming, relaxing, and balancing.
Lavender blends well with most oils but works particularly well with Cedarwood, Geranium, Pine, Rosemary, Clary Sage and all the citrus oils.
Properties:  Lavender is Antiseptic and antibacterial and a natural insect repellant
Here are just some of the many health benefits of this magical oil.
Mental Health Benefits  
Lavender aids depression, headaches, nervous tension, shock, stress management, and insomnia.
How to use
Mix with a carrier oil such as grapeseed for massage (as a general rule use 1 ml of essential oil to 2 mls carrier oil based on a healthy adult.
Add 5-10 drops to a full bath and agitate well, the oil can be dissolved first in a teaspoon of bubble bath, carrier oil or full fat milk.
Add to a diffuser or oil burner. Alternatively, ad a few drops to a small bowl of water and place on a radiator or pop a few drops on a tissue and pop in your pillowcase to aid restful sleep.
Recipe: Dilute 7 drops Lavender, 3 drops Frankincense & 2 drops Rose for a beautifully, relaxing massage.
Physical Health Benefits
Lavender eases skin conditions such as acne, burns, insect bites and stings, scarring, sunburn, eczema. Lavender relieves muscular aches and pains, PMT, menstrual cramps, and fluid retention.
How to use
Use in massage or a bath as per guidelines above for muscular aches & pains, PMT, menstrual cramps and fluid retention.
Lavender can be used neat on insect bites, and burns - just the one drop will do on the affected area and apply as required.
Sunburn recipe: Dilute 1 drop peppermint, 5 drops Lavender & 2 drops Sandalwood in 20 mls carrier oil (I use coconut oil) and apply to the sunburnt area.
Around the Home
Lavender diluted and used around the home for general cleaning.
How to use
For disinfectant mix a 1/4 of a cup of baking soda with 1 litre hot water. Add 20 drops essential oils - I like use Lavender, Lemon & Eucalyptus, cool and store in a spray bottle.
For floor cleaner mix 1 cup of vinegar, 1/4 of a cup of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil-based liquid soap, 8 litres of hot water and 20 drops essential oils (I use the same oils as I use for the disinfectant). Combine all ingredients, stirring well to dissolve the washing soda. Mop as usual.
To buy your 100% Pure Essential Oils & Magickal Grains from the Witches Web - click here
On another matter, Jon H Barker joined the Witches Web this week. I have followed Jon for some time (not in a stalking way hahaha) but for his fab pictures of the historical and ancient places he has visited with his lovely dog  (always wearing a pentacle) by his side.
Send in your witchy pet pictures, you might win a prize. 

Mel's Weekly Challenge

Since I last wrote for the newsletter a lot of changes have been happening around me. I have written a lot in the past about living in the moment and mindsets, acceptance and lots of other issues. And it’s always good to remind ourselves of these things, but sometimes the Goddess decides that it’s time to practice what I preach and throws a couple of curveballs along the path!
The main curveball being that my job of 35 years came to an end a couple of weeks ago. To be fair, I knew it was going to happen, and I was a part of the decision making process, and I knew exactly how it would be and how I would feel when my termination came through.
I knew how I would respond and react....and guess what – I DIDN’T.
Although I knew my life long job would end, and I had thought I was at absolute peace with it – turns out I wasn’t quite as Zen as I had imagined. There were tears and snotters and a couple of fairly sizeable anxiety attacks.
Then the Goddess gently reminded me that all things work together for a reason, and that this isn’t just an ending – it can be a whole new beginning for me – if I so choose. And that’s the thing isn’t it? Its choice. I can choose how to react, to respond and ultimately I choose what comes next. And I sat down and physically listed all the good and positive things to come out of this. After 35 years in a job – more than half my actual life – I have seen people come and go, and I have seen the work reduce many to shadows of their original selves.
I have been spared that. I realised that this ‘end’ is actually like being re-born. Like a proverbial Phoenix able to rise from the ashes. Yes – it hurt. Yes – it’s terrifying, but making the decision to allow my employer to in effect ‘sack’ me was the riskiest thing I think I have ever done.
And how empowering it is!
Although there is still the fear – that is taken over now by a stronger emotion – and that’s excitement. Anticipation! What comes next is entirely down to me and the choices I make – rather than the choices others have put on me.
So my challenge this week is – not for you to quit your jobs, but to think a little about risks that you can take within your life to begin the process of reinventing yourself – if that’s your goal. I thank the Goddess for the lessons – especially being able to speak from a lesson actually being lived right here right now! Take a risk, take a chance! And to quote the title from a book I recall .... Feel the fear and do it anyway! With love and light and blessings, Mel xx

The Power is in Your Hands

Cord Magick

Cord Magick is effective and satisfying as it takes time to prepare and carry out. As with any kind of magickal working you should do your research first and think carefully about what you want to acheive. You can use cords or ribbons, but ts always best to use natural fibres or fabrics rather than synthetic.
Ps This title on Amazon is marked as unavailable and priced at £603.24 so if you have one now would probably be a good time to sell it. You dont need to buy it for specific verses as I have plenty on file and I am happy to share - just email me and I will suggest things that you can use.

The Traditional Cord Verse

By the knot of one, the spells begun
By the knot of two, it will come true
By the knot of three, so shall it be
By the knot of four, tis strengthened more
By the knot of five, so may it thrive
By the knot of six, this spell is fixed
By the knot of seven, empowered by heaven
By the knot of eight, guide the hand of fate
By the knot of nine, the thing is mine
And it harm none so mote it be

Tying your Cord

While you are tying your knots, you should be focusing on your intention. Pracice a few times before you begin so that you can do it while reciting the verse. The traditional method used to tie your knots with the above verse is a little complicated.
1.    Tie a knot at the top of your cord
2.    Tie a knot at the bottom of your cord
3.    Tie a knot in the middle of your cord
4.    Tie a knot in the middle of the first and third knots
5.    Tie a knot at the other end between the second knot and the third knot
6.    Tie the sixth knot between the first and fourth knot
7.    Then the seventh is tied between the second and fifth knot
8.    Tie the eight between the third and fourth knots
9.    Finally tie the ninth between the third and fifth knots.

Sealing your Cord

When the last knot is tied, you can seal your spell cord by any of the following methods.
1.    Hold your completed cord over the smoke of an incense stick to impregnate the cord with the power of air.
2.    Hold your completed cord by each end and pass it through a candle flame to impregnate the cord with the power of fire.
3.    Submerge your completed cord in a dish of water to impregnate the cord with the power of water.
4.    Sprinkle a few drops of essential oils, or a blend that you have made for the purpose, onto the palms of your hands and then caress your cord from end to end between your hands.  
5.    Submerge your completed cord in a dish of consecrated water to bless and purify your intention. While you are sealing your cord, recite the verse as shown above or any other verse that you choose.
Its best to leave your cord tied for as long as possible then when you decide its time to untie the knots. Each knot can be untied one day and one knot at a time for nine consecutive days whilst reciting the rhyme and focusing on your intention. The knots should be untied in the order that they were tied in.
When the cord is completely untied your wish should be granted however magick takes time to happen and is often cyclical and can manifest in one hour, one day, one week, one month, one quarter or one year. I am a firm believer that which is meant to happen will happen when the time is right.
Next week I will add something on colours numbers and symbols to help you choose the correct associations for your craft work.

This Weeks Recipe - Rosemary Biscuits

3 ounces butter or margarine
1 ounce sugar
4 ounces self raising flour
6 ounces icing sugar
2 teaspoons water (approximately)
Lemon juice from a half lemon freshly squeezed
1 sprig fresh rosemary about 4 inches long
Strip the leaves from the stem of the rosemary and chop them finely then beat the butter and sugar together to a cream. Sieve the flour and mix it gradually into the butter and sugar. Add the chopped rosemary and the lemon juice and blend together until the mixture forms a firm dough. Roll out thinly and cut into rounds using a pastry cutter.
Lay your biscuits on a greased and floured baking tray and sprinkle them with golden or demerara sugar and bake for around 10 minutes at 180 degrees until they are golden. Allow the biscuits to cool on the baking tray. They can be stored in an airtight container. Other herbs savoury or sweet can be used and cardamom is a delicious alternative.


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I wanted to take the dog to obedience class but it wouldn't go.
Your Horoscope
26th May 2019

26-May -1 June

You may feel as though you want something different, but not really know what you want. Take a breather, pause for thought, stop. A change is approaching and it might be just what you need rather than what you are looking for.


Venus and Neptune, strong in your chart until mid June create a very harmonious and beautiful influence, though by that time other influences could interfere, but in the meantime something sweet yet mysterious will intrigue you.


For you Gemini the Moon and Neptune in their current position will stimulate the psychic side of your nature and you will be unusually sensitive and open to these influences. The middle of the week may reveal an unfortunate influence so avoid new things.


On the whole, this period is a positive one for you Cancer and you will find it is good for visiting, making friends and for extending your social circle. Domestic affairs will improve in some and a small windfall is likely.


Current influences continue to create the right conditions for your finances to grow, this in turn relieves anxiety and improves your general mindset however, your health and welfare requires special care during the coming weeks so eat well and rest when you need it.


It’s time for a clear out for you Virgo and if you don’t instigate it the planets will if the Moon and Pluto have their way. Uranus arrives at the end of the month and brings some well deserved rewards.


The Moon squares up to Jupiter in your chart Libra, just for three days, but this is not a pleasant influence either financially or socially. AVOID any inclination towards extravagance or undue generosity and keep yourself to yourself.


Well Scorpio, if you thought you were going to have “Happy Days” then you are in for a bit of a disappointment (Jackie and Delina), the Moon squares up to Venus. Rest assured I will not be visiting this week. You heard it here first so keep a low profile.


“Happy Days” are approaching for you Sagittarius as the Moon and Sun waltz together creating favourable influences that bring happiness and a sense of well-being. You can expect some form of recognition in your environment or perhaps a compliment or two for something well done.


The position of the planets in your chart Capricorn suggests that from a financial standpoint, you will benefit you in some way. “That’s always good news, isn’t it?” Even better affairs of the heart look promising too


It will be hard work, hard work, and more hard work, and worse than that there is a good chance that you won’t even feel as though your efforts are appreciated, but by the end of the week you will begin to feel better about things in general.


Are you listening?, good, hear this, in spite of all your doubts the Moon and Venus will ensure that this week will mark a very successful period. You can expect social success, general advancement and prosperity. Whoo Hoo.
I'm leaving the morning Ritual here for new members and as a reminder that if you remember the Goddess in your life She will remember you.
The Morning Ritual
Stand in front of a window and take a deep purifying in breath and visualise that you are breathing in sparkling light energy. Raise your hands high above your head and then clasp your hands together in the prayer position. Draw your hands down in front of your face, still clasped, down past your heart and then separate your hands and spread them as far apart as you can to each side. Visualise all your chakra points being activated and say the following prayer as you do so.
You who are the source of all power and good
Please show me what I need to know when I need to know it
Help me to listen with understanding and speak with wisdom
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
And the wisdom to change the things  I can change.
Please show me what I need to know so that I may understand.
The world is an abundant place and
I am grateful for those gifts I have already been given
And I am open and ready to receive
those gifts that are waiting to come to me
Visualise a purple cloak of protection being placed on your shoulders and draw your hands across your chest as though you are drawing the cloak over you.
You are now ready to begin your day and you can use this ritual at any time especially if you feel insecure anxious or worried.
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