August to December at Wayfaring Woman

In the last third of 2016 I took a bit of a break from writing and significantly reduced my work here at Wandering Woman Wondering and at Wayfaring Woman (my column on the Agora at Patheos). I’ve included links below to the articles that I did not previously link here. Some of them are updates and revisions to work that I previously presented here on Wandering Woman Wondering, and some are new.


Magical Masking and Dionysos

The Roman God Mercurius – An Introduction and Ritual

Gifts From the Heart – An Autumn Spiced Guided Meditation

Guarding and Protecting Your Magical Workings

Hekate’s Hounds – Warders Between Worlds

I hope you find these to be useful stepping stones along your own path, or at least intriguing in some way 😀


Two Purification and Warding Tips

I recently purified my apartment and renewed my wards. Typically, when I purify and ward I smudge each room and closet with white ceremonial sage (purchased long before I became aware that this plant is endangered) or a blessed incense blend. Then I raise energy through toning, clapping, and/or singing to set the wards. I often project a warding rune toward each of the six directions (S, E, W, N, above, and below), but not always.

This time around as a part of my cleansing and warding process I employed a tincture that I crafted several months ago. The tincture contained the five herbs that I blessed at the time of the Super Moon for apotropaic workings. I added a three tablespoons of the tincture to approximately 27 ounces of distilled water. Using that magical mixture:

1) I sprayed the air vents in my apartment, and

2) I poured the remainder of the blessed liquid down every drain (including the toilets).

I had not really thought about it before but ducts and drains are access points, and they are not necessarily one-way when it comes to unwanted energies. For example, unwanted sounds and smells often waft through the ducts from neighboring apartments. Since completing this quick work, my apartment feels clearer and more balanced, in addition to simply being better protected. I also used the oil blend containing the same herbs to mark the windows and mirrors with a warding rune.

Purification and warding are two of the most basic magical workings. They are quite necessary for spirit workers and others who often move between worlds attracting various unwanted energies and also unwittingly dragging unwanted energies into other realms. To my thinking purification and warding are part and parcel of good magical hygiene practices and when done regularly they can make life easier. I hope you have an opportunity to try this or something similar, and feel free to let me know what your experience is like.