Category: Magickal Crafts

How to Make Bird Seed Cakes and Suet for Candlemas, Valentine’s Day or Spring Equinox #SilverRavenWolf


Taco Cat casts a love spell with bird seed cakes and a red candle. As the birds eat the seeds, love will come into his life.
Taco Cat casts a love spell with bird seed cakes and a red candle. As the birds eat the seeds, love will come into his life.

How to Make Bird Seed Cakes and Suet – Candlemas, Valentine’s Day, or Spring Equinox Celebrations #silverravenwolf

Silver RavenWolf
copyright 2017

January, February, and March in the northern climes can be difficult months for wildlife, depending upon weather conditions and available food source.  The arctic air and leaden skies – day after day, sometimes week after week– tend to drive many of us into that winter blues funk.  Working on projects to take care of Mother Nature’s children during the coldest months of the year is amazingly fulfilling for both animal and human.  Let’s face it – sometimes people have so super hurt us that although we want to be charitable?  It ain’t easy.  There are moments when we don’t really want to socialize with another drama filled, angst driven person.  The shivering temperatures and dull landscape of winter seem to push fears, depression, and dissatisfaction into the bone of our brains.

Although tempting, crawling under the covers until winter is over is not an option.

Why not spend a few hours, or several hours over the course of a weekend, to make something edible for wild birds?  Focusing on animals and their needs can bring that feeling of worth that is necessary for balanced happiness, shift our emotional state to the beauty of the earth and Her gifts, and build unconditional love energy around us.  As you create your birdseed delights, daily cares and worries slip away.  Gifting the birds your treats at dawn can bring a whole new meaning to the intermingling of human and nature – you just have to allow the happiness to encompass you!  Making food for birds is a wonderful activity to do with your coven brothers and sisters, or perhaps you are looking for an activity to occupy the children.  While making the bird cakes or wreath, you can talk about the Gods and Goddesses of the Air, and those that have a particular affinity for birds.

Goddesses associated with birds include  Rhiannon (Celtic), Isis (Egyptian), Nekhbet Vulture Goddess (Egyptian – hers was the largest cult within the City of the Dead), Hecate (Greek – Shapeshift into an Owl– this also included Blodeuwedd and Arianrhod who could also turn themselves into Owls), the Morrighan (Celtic – Crow/Raven), etc.  You may wish to spend some time doing a search on the internet for bird mythology as it relates to both male and female divine.  Many shamans in a number of cultures thought that birds gifted them with second sight.  Birds are often associated with creation myths, the element of Air, and the ability to speak with spirits.

This article contains three formulas for preparing wild bird food.  I have combined the recipes with some of our upcoming holidays – A Wreath for Candlemas, Heart Shaped Cakes for Valentine’s Day, and Golden Suet Patties for Spring Equinox.

Candlemas Bird Seed Wreath made with a bundt pan -- you can use either side of the wreath as your decoration.
Candlemas Bird Seed Wreath made with a bundt pan — you can use either side of the wreath as your decoration.

Candlemas Wreath

This is the easiest of the three formulas.  It takes only a few minutes to prepare; however, it should be made at least 24 hours before the holiday.  You can use a bundt pan as in the illustration here, or you can use individual silicon molds that come in a variety of artful shapes.

In this example, the bird seed wreath was used in a birthing ritual for a pregnant woman -- asking for her protection. The wreath can also be used for new growth of a business, hobby, or project.
In this example, the bird seed wreath was used in a birthing ritual for a pregnant woman — asking for her protection. The wreath can also be used for new growth of a business, hobby, or project.

Supplies/Ingredients

3 cups of bird seed – your choice
1 cup of boiling water
2 packages of Knox Gelatin
1 teaspoon of finely ground egg shell (used as grit for birds)
Pam Cooking Spray
Bundt Pan or Silicon Mold
Wax Paper
Tip:  Know beforehand the dish or platter that will be the decorative part of the wreath offering for the ritual.  This way, when ready, you can immediately transfer the wreath onto the surface without breaking.  The less you handle the wreath, the better.

Simple ingredients for Bird Seed Wreath.
Simple ingredients for Bird Seed Wreath.

Mix the birdseed and egg shell together.  Spray Bundt pan with Pam cooking spray to prevent finished wreath from sticking to the sides of the pan.  Fill pan with bird seed mixture.  Shake from side to side to level the birdseed.  Boil 1 cup of water.  Slowly stir in gelatin (2 packets) until dissolved.  Pour liquid over birdseed.  Place mold in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Check to see if it is thickening well.  Use a chime candle to make four holes if you wish to use the wreath as your Candlemas centerpiece.  Leave wreath in the refrigerator for 2 hours.  Move to the freezer for 2 hours.  Remove from freezer, and let the mold rest for approximately 10 minutes.  Turn the mold upside down on a piece of wax paper that is already sitting on your chosen decorative plate.  Tap gently until wreath slips onto the paper.  It is very delicate at this point.  Allow to dry for 48 hours before decorating.  You will be able to remove the wax paper right before the ritual.

wreath2

Note:  If you do not wish to use gelatin, raw flax seed can be boiled down to make a gelatin type substance.  However, the birdseed ring will be extremely delicate, and I recommend using a food dehydrator to remove all excess moisture.

Hand rolled Beeswax candles.
Hand rolled Beeswax candles.

The Magick:  The picture shown above has hand rolled beeswax candles dressed with motivation magickal powder, universal fluid condenser and success oil.  Ribbons were tied to the candles.  Care was taken as the candles were burning to ensure that none of the wax dripped onto the birdseed ring.  The ring itself was empowered for joy, happiness, love, and well-being of the coven as well as nature’s family.  After the ceremony, the birdseed ring was taken to the woods and given to the wild birds.

Good Fortune/ Love Spell Birdseed Cakes

Heart-shaped bird seed cakes.
Heart-shaped bird seed cakes.

Of the three formulas in this article, this one was the favorite of the wild birds in our area.  It is the most generous in ingredients.   I used a silicon heart-shaped mold and a whisper magick chant:

For Love:  “As surely as the birds and animals consume this cake, so love and joy will be my fate.”

For Money:  As surely as the birds and animals consume this cake, so good fortune and prosperity will be my fate!”

I whispered this chant as I prepared the cakes, and then again before I took the cakes outside to give to nature.  For good fortune – make the cakes on a Thursday (Jupiter Day) or a Sun Day in the planetary hour of Venus, the Sun, or Jupiter (depending upon the nature of the good fortune you desire) when the moon is waxing.  For Love, I would choose Friday (Venus Day) in the Planetary Hour of Venus when the moon is waxing.

Supplies/Ingredients

3 cups of birdseed of your choice
3 tablespoons of Karo Syrup or Molasses
3 tablespoons of chunky peanut butter
1 handful of raisins
¾ cup of stone ground corn meal
½ cup of boiling water
1 packet of unflavored Knox Gelatin
mold to make the cakes
Pam cooking spray
Straws cut into 3-inch lengths – Use these to make the holes so that you can decorate and hang your hearts or cakes easier
Wax Paper

The Magick:  Pour the corn meal onto a flat surface covered with the wax paper.  Draw sigils, initials, or words in the corn meal that represent your desire.  Seal this image by drawing an equal-armed cross in the air over the corn meal.  Put the cornmeal back with your other supplies until you are ready to make the cakes.  As you make the cakes, intone your favorite chant or the whisper chants given above.

Making the Cakes:  In a large bowl mix the birdseed, Karo Syrup, Peanut Butter, Raisins and corn meal.  Mix well – use your hands if you have to so that the peanut butter and syrup is spread throughout the birdseed.  Spray the molds with the Pam cooking spray.  Boil the water and slowly stir gelatin into the water.  When gelatin powder is completely dissolved, pour the warm liquid over the birdseed mixture.  Mix thoroughly.  Quickly spoon warm mixture into molds.  Pack as tightly as you can.  I use a flat wooden spatula to really press the seed into the mold.  Place one straw in the center of each cake.  Push it all the way to the bottom.  Placing the straw in the center keeps the string or ribbon from tearing through the cake.  Refrigerate for 2 hours.

In this example we used pumpkin shaped (good fortune) and heart shaped (love) silicon molds.
In this example, we used pumpkin shaped (good fortune) and heart shaped (love) silicon molds.

At this point, the cakes can be used in magick (such as further spell work or ritual) and then given to the birds.  However, if you want your cakes to be more stable and not so squishy – let them set out and air dry for 48 hours OR place them in a food dehydrator for 7 hours at 115 degrees – my cakes were 1.5 inches thick – if your cakes are thinner, it will be less time in the food dehydrator.

Add ribbon or twine if you wish to hang the decorations – or you can simply crumble them after the magick is completed and put them in a flat pan birdfeeder.

lovecandles

Golden Suet for Good Fortune and Luck

Taco Cat helping to spread the suet blend into the glass pan.
Taco Cat helping to spread the suet blend into the glass pan.

This is a fast and easy 5-minute recipe; but, I warn you – it is rather messy!  Although I tried using cookie cutters with the finished product – I didn’t have much luck.  Perhaps you will do better!  I ended up using the standard 4 x 4-inch patties for the suet basket (shown with Taco Cat).  The color of this mixture is Golden, and it is filled with healthy ingredients for our feathered friends who flock to it as soon as we put it out.

The Magick:  As with the previous recipe, the corn meal is enchanted before it is added to the other ingredients.  Pour the corn meal onto a flat surface covered with the wax paper.  Draw sigils, initials, or words in the corn meal that represent your desire.  Seal this image by drawing an equal-armed cross in the air over the corn meal.  Put the cornmeal back with your other supplies until you are ready to make the suet.  As you make the suet, intone your favorite chant or the whisper chants given above.

Supplies and Ingredients

2 cups of solid Crisco
2 cups of chunky peanut butter
5 cups of stone ground cornmeal
½ cup of oatmeal uncooked
2 tablespoons of Karo Syrup or Molasses
3 cups of birdseed
½ cup of raisins
½ cup of dried blueberries
9×14 glass cake pan (or another pan of your choice)
Pam Cooking Spray

Drop Crisco and peanut butter in microwave-safe bowl.  Spray glass pan with Pam cooking spray.  Melt Crisco and peanut butter in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes (depending on your microwave).  The mixture should be lightly creamy as you stir – not runny.  Stir well until Crisco and peanut butter is thoroughly blended.  Add all other ingredients and continue to stir.  Place mixture in the glass cake pan.  Put in the freezer for approximately 4 hours.  Remove from glass pan.

Magick Boost:  As you stir all the ingredients together, envision health and good fortune for your family as well as for the creatures of the woods/outdoors.  Choose a favorite Goddess chant, or simply whisper your intent.  Offer your Good Fortune suet to the birds at dawn on Spring Equinox – perhaps by reciting:

Eastwards I stand for favors I pray
From Goddess Divine and Lord of the Day
Earth lends Her power and Breath sends the spell
Day’s end will reveal that all will be well!

Put the suet patties in the suet cage, fill suet logs or spread on the bark of trees.

Taco Cat honors the gifts of the Gods and Goddesses of the Air.
Taco Cat honors the gifts of the Gods and Goddesses of the Air.  He is sitting on the Suet Basket, eager to commune with his feathered friends.  And, just so you know — Taco Cat prefers Pizza rather than creatures of the sky.

I hope that you have enjoyed this selection of crafty magick!  Until we meet again!

Silver

PS:  Look next month for enchanted organic dog biscuits!  You can use them as offerings to Hecate’s Hounds!

Advertisements

Silver RavenWolf – How to Make Witch Balls Conjuring Balls out of Soy Wax and Herbs


Witch Balls or Conjuring Balls have a variety of magickal purposes from cleansing the aura and ridding an area of negativity, to ensuring a bad boss finally gets his due.
Witch Balls or Conjuring Balls have a variety of magickal purposes from cleansing the aura and ridding an area of negativity, to ensuring a bad boss finally gets his due.

 

How to Make Witch Balls (Conjuring Balls) Out of Soy Wax and Selected Dried Herbals
by Silver RavenWolf
copyright 2014

Witch Balls (Conjuring Balls) can be made out of a variety of materials including soy wax, paraffin wax, mud, clay or a mixture of flour, salt, egg and water.  Normally sized at 1/2 inch to 1 inch, these bits of magick can be used for a variety of needs in several different ways.  From making the aura cleansing formula shown in the above photo, to love draw, protection, banishing, or money matters, Witch Balls are easy to make and simple to dispense in a magickal operation.  Practitioners have used them in conjuring bags, placed them around the home (or near an enemy’s abode),  thrown them into ceremonial bonfires to help boost the magick, or crumpled them at their place of business to rid the area of negativity. Witch Balls can be used to “draw” or to “banish” — the choice belongs to the maker and his or her intent.  They can contain only herbals, or herbals mixed with small charms, hair, fingernail clippings, bits of money, grave dirt, or ashes of photos that are stirred into the wax while the brew is still warm — what goes in them is only limited by your imagination.  The formula in this article is for Aura or Spiritual Cleansing of Body, Mind, Soul AND environment.  As an important note — wax Witch Balls are never eaten.

Aura Cleansing Witch Ball Supply List

2 cups of soy wax flakes — you will use one cup at a time, so keep them separate. The first cup is to form the balls.  The second is the overdip cup — this is for dipping the cooled balls into the hot wax quickly to create an outer shell around the Witch Ball.  You can dispense with this second cup; however, know that your finished product will be extremely fragile without overdipping.
A teaspoon
Melting container for the wax per manufacturer’s instructions.
Tin foil
Essential Oils and/or Fragrance — I used Clove Essential, Lavender Essential, Lemon Grass Essential, and Lemon Verbena Fragrance
A Selection of Dried Cleansing Herbals — I used approximately 2 cups (3 handfuls) of herbs from my garden — these included:  White Sage, Lemon Verbena, Anise Hyssop, Spiced Oregano, Rosemary, African Basil, , and Lavender.
Candle Dye (if you like) — Soy naturally turns a lovely white.

Step One:  Gather your supplies — cleanse and bless them in the way you are most comfortable.
Step Two:  Melt the wax per manufacturer’s instructions.

witchball1
This formula makes approximately ten or eleven Witch Balls.

 Step Three:  Magickally inform the wax and essentials to work together.  Add essentials and fragrance to the wax per manufacturer’s instructions.  As you won’t be burning the Witch Balls like a candle, concern over the right amount of fragrance or essentials isn’t an issue.  If you don’t want your Witch Balls to be discovered, then only add a drop or two (or none at all).  If, as in this case, you will be using the blend for healing and cleansing, a higher aromatic effect might be desired.  Stir the wax at least two minutes to ensure dispersal of the essentials.  Use your favorite general chant, or one that supports the overall intent of the Witch Ball.

witchball3

 

Step Four:  Magickally inform the herbals and wax to work together — then add handfuls of the herbal into the wax.  If you add too much herb the mixture will break apart too easily when dry — too little, and you won’t be able to form a ball because the mixture will be too soupy.  Take your time and “feel” your way with the formula.  As you stir the herbs into the wax, use your favorite chant that matches the intent of the finished Witch Ball.

witchball4

Step Five:  Allow the mixture to cool approximately thirty to thirty-five minutes, until the wax is just about to glaze over.  You will see small crystal bits on the inside of the glass near the wax line — this lets you know that the wax is quickly cooling.  Different waxes, however, cool at different rates — too, it depends on how hot you made the wax to reach the melt point.  Do a little experimentation — don’t worry, you’ll get it right.  Use a teaspoon to give you a firm base to form the ball.  Gently transfer each ball (they will be very fragile) to the tinfoil, where they will cool.

witchball5

 

 

witchball6Step Six:  Allow the Witch Balls to cool for approximately thirty minutes.

witchball7Use the waiting time to clean any mess, or add additional energy to the cooling balls.  You may wish to play soft music, sing, chant, or simply sit quietly and enjoy the stillness.

witchball8

witchball9Step Seven:  When the balls are completely cool to the touch, you are ready to overdip them.  Again, heat the wax to the manufacturer’s specified instructions.  Add essential oils and fragrance as you did before.  If you don’t add any to this batch of wax, the overdipping can obscure the original essentials and fragrance — if that is what you want — that is fine.  Quickly dip each ball into the hot wax, lift it, shake it to speed dripping process, then place back on the foil.  Use can use tongs or the forcepts as pictured here.  Go through all the balls one time — dipping, shaking, transferring to the foil.  Repeat this process as many times as you like.  The more times you dip the herbal ball, the thicker the shell.  The thicker the shell — the easier to transport when completely dry.  Your choice.  The Witch Balls pictured here were dipped a total of nine times.

witchball11

witchball122

 

Step Eight:  Allow the herbal balls to cool completely before moving them to a ritual area, where you will continue the empowerment process and magickally seal the balls.  Once this process is finished you can either use the Witch Balls right away, or store them to use as needed.  If you choose to store them, allow the Witch Balls to cure in the open air for 24 hours before placing them in a plastic bag or glass jar.

witchball14
Breathe deeply and run energy into the Witch Balls while chanting your intent.

 

 

 

Stored Witch Balls can be used on an "as needed" basis -- simply "awaken" them and add them to your spellwork or ritual magick.
Stored Witch Balls can be used on an “as needed” basis — simply “awaken” them and add them to your spellwork or ritual magick.

Sigils can also be drawn on the storage container or bag to keep your work sealed until you need to use it.  Some practitioners cover the bag or container with a black (or white) cloth, depending upon their magickal training or cultural heritage.  You choose what works best for you.

Be sure to post if this formula works for you!

Silver makes a variety of candles available in her Etsy Store.
Silver makes a variety of candles available in her Etsy Store.