Thursday, July 21, 2022

How to Make a Hexenspiegel for Protection, What Is Mirror Magic

What is mirror magic? Well, I’m the witch who literally wrote the book on that! The Witch's Mirror by Mickie Mueller





There are so many different kinds of mirror magic; divination, reversal spells, duplication, mirror traps, but one of my favorites is creating a mirror magick shield, it’s not hard to do and you can enchant one to protect your energy in these challenging times! You can charge any small mirror as a Hexenspiegel, transforming it into an amulet that can be used for personal or home protection.

 Hexenspiegel!   Sounds kinda baddass, and it is, but it literally means “witch’s mirror” in German.  It’s a specific kind of witch’s mirror. It’s usually a mirrored pendant, pin, or other kind of jewelry that is worn or carried with you, or it can displayed in the home to shield the user from the evil eye and all forms of negative energy.  It’s generally a preventative that you can put in place to prevent intrusive or harmful magic, the evil eye, or hateful intentions.The hexenspiegel not only repels harm, but sends any negative energy sent to you right back to the attacker so this is a little tiny mirror with some pretty serious magic.

Think of it like this, if a person offers you a gift and you decline, the ownership of that gift remains with the person who intended to give it to you. The same is true with in the case of harmful energy, which occasionally comes in the form of an actual purposeful curse but more often than not is just unintentionally sent from people who are just not in a good place themselves and radiate generally crappy energy in your direction.

 The hexenspiegel does set off warning bells to energetic attackers, ok, not literal bells, basically they’ll get a feeling that they are better off to just leave you alone to begin with or be on their best behavior around you. This is something that they’ll only notice on a subconsiouls level., but If they don’t heed the warning, and then they go ahead and send their malicious intentions your way the hexenspiegel simply says, “thanks, but no thanks” letting any sender of ill intentions remain the owner, they keep their own nasty gift. It doesn’t multiply the energy or add to it, but it keeps it from getting through to you so that it remains with the sender. The hexenspiegel is an automatic kind of magic, create it, place it and forget it, it keeps on doing its job without any further attention from you.

 There are a few online sellers that sell pre-enchanted hexenspiegels, but they’re not always easy to find. I sometimes make a batch for my Etsy shop and I’ve included a step by step of how I make my version of a hexenspiegle necklaces at the end of the video below.

 Even if you can’t find any pre-enchanted ones, don’t worry because any small mirror can be enchanted and turned into a hexenspiegel,  If you want a hexenspiegel, you can find both actual antiques and reproductions of fancy decorative mirror pins and pendants in many styles and at pretty much any price point. Try checking your local second-hand store, I know lots of people worry about second hand mirrors, but we’re witches and we have skills to solve such problems should they arise.

Clear Mirror Energy

Brew up a tea out of clearing and cleansing herbs, chamomile, peppermint, rosemary, sage, fennel, lavender, bay, strain well and add it to some white vinegar, about ½ and 1/2 , now you have a mirror purifier that you can use along with your intention to reset any mirrors energy and clear out anything left over from the previous owner. You can also cleanse a mirror with purifying smoke of your choice like frankincense, sandalwood, bay, or sage, or if it’s small enough bury it in salt for a few days.

If you can’t find mirror jewelry locally, just try a quick search online, there are many out there. Some mirror pendants are even inside a locket or a sliding cover. Yes, the magick still works even if covered.. Another great mirror to make into a hexenspiegel is a small compact mirror you can keep in your purse, with a little luck; you might even find one with a magical symbol on it. There are also small mirrors meant for to be keep in wallets, some of those are acrylic mirrors, and yes, they will still work.

Some people like to enchant a hexenspiegel for their home, protecting not only themselves, but their family, property, and even home business from harm. It can be a fancy sun catcher that’s on display or a simple small mirror craft tile that’s hidden in the corner of a window facing out, be creative, you’ll never know what you might find. You can also find small mirror jewelry components at your local craft store so you could make a necklace, earrings, suncatcher, or even a charm bracelet in your own style and even include stones for magical protection to boost your hexenspiegel such as moonstone, tiger eye, black tourmaline, or labradorite. You could even add special charms such as an animal energy you like to work with or a personal sigil, or symbol of your patron deity to make it even more personal.

You can turn any small mirror into a hexenspiegel. I have two versions of the hexenspiegle spell, one is in my book The Witch’s Mirror, a simpler version is in the download of The Witch’s MirrorBook of Shadows pages that I have in my Etsy shop which has a lot of additional mirror spells that I came up with after I wrote my book. I’ll leave the links for both below. 

The one I’m showing you today is a bit of a combination of both of those spells. You see, you don’t have to do things exactly as they are written in a book, or exactly the same way you did it last time. As long as you have good valid reasons for your methods and they make sense to you personally it will work.

HEXENSPIEGEL SPELL

First purify your new mirror in any manner you wish. Next make a hexenspiegel mirror wash. Mirror washes simultaneously physically cleanse and magically program your mirror.  Here’s my formula for a hexenspiegel wash, these are protective herbs that would have been found in and around the cottage of the witches of Germany and Austria that could easily be crafted into a method for empowering an amulet of this kind. Brew an infusion using hot water and any of the following: rosemary, marjoram, holly leaves or berries, rowan, mullien, nettle, agrimony. Once the brew cools, strain it through a coffee filter or cloth and mix equal parts of the brew with white vinegar. Wipe the wash over the surface of the mirror and wipe it dry. Next light a white candle and hold the hexenspiegel in your left hand, trace a pentagram in the air over it and push it in with your right hand. Now whisper into your cupped hands three times

“Hexenspiegle now I name you,

My protector now I claim you,

Serve this witch as my noble guard,

From all attacks, their access barred.

Decline and keep curses at bay,

All nasty arrows shine away.”

Leave it next to the candle until the candle burns down completely. You can bury any remaining wax on your property or simply state that the spell is complete and throw it away.

If you want to see this spell in action, check out this video, There's lots more info on hexenspiegels in this video too and I'll even show you how to hand craft your own!


Saturday, June 25, 2022

Pride Month Magical Book Giveaway

It’s been a hard week for human rights, now let’s wrap up Pride Month with something happy. I have these two awesome brand new magical books that I want to share with you! You can enter to win your choice of one of these books! There will be two winners!







Be sure to check out the sneak peek of these two books over on my Instagram account!  https://www.instagram.com/mickiemueller/

Open to those over 18 in U.S. only.

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Now let’s keep being each other’s allies and support each other’s rights because we’re all better together!!!

Monday, May 30, 2022

The Art of The Eclectic Witch's Book of Shadows by Deborah Blake




Today I’m celebrating The Eclectic Witch’s Book of Shadows, Witchy Wisdom at your Fingertips by Deborah Blake that I illustrated! I found out that our book is a finalist for 2022 COVR Visionary Awards Best Book Illustration on June 11 so I made a video to take you behind the scenes of these illustrations step- by step to show you how I created the illustrations for this book. After that, we’ll bring the witchy snake candle holder that I drew as part of the illustrations in this book to life!


The COVR awards (Coalition of Visionary Resources)  Each year COVR gives Visionary Awards to entries selected from among the best new products, electronic media, jewelry, music and books in the Mind/Body/Spirit marketplace. COVR is the only awards of their kind in the metaphysical industry. So when I heard that Debora Blake’s book The Eclectic Witch’s Book of Shadows was up for an award that will be announced on June 11, 2022 at INATS I was pretty excited! Then I discovered that it was in the category of “Best Illustrations” What?!?

 I’m not going to be able to attend the awards ceremony, so I decided to celebrate over on YouTube! No idea if our book will win of course, and there are many other books that are finalists but it’s absolutely an honor to be among such good company


Back when I was working on this project I shot some footage of one of my illustrations while I was working on it, I'm really excited to share it with you in this video. You'll see that I used lots of my personal magickal items as references for the art. I thought it would be fun if you could own something to, and since I wanted to make a snake candle holder like the one I illustrated I thought I would show you how I made it so that you can make one too! Even if you’re not an accomplished sculptor, this is just so easy and I’ll share my tips to make it absolutely magickal!

Saturday, April 9, 2022

House Cleansing Ritual and Witch's Floor Wash

Dan and I had the house to ourselves this week so we did spring cleaning and I decided to do a spiritual cleanse too. There are lots of ways to do this, I thought I would bring you along to show you how I did it in a video. I’ll also share how I made a house cleansing and protection floor wash!

My kid and boyfriend went on a trip this week so I took the opportunity to get things in order here at home. I really love how it feels when everything is relatively neat…and while I’m not the kind of person who needs everything perfect, you can really tell when a home is spiritually cleansed. Yeah, I’ll always have some clutter around, but there’s nothing like that feeling when everything is re-organized a bit, dusted, vacuumed and spiritually cleansed and blessed!

That’s a ritual that I don’t preform all the time, sometimes I’ll do a quick smoke cleanse or ring bells around the house, or just play some house cleansing music just for magickal maintenance but a few times a year I like to do a big deep clean of everything and follow it up with a full cleansing ritual.

You can usually tell when your room or home needs it. I sometimes notice that when the energy of the house is off people get cranky and out of sorts more easily. Sometimes little things like several lightbulbs going one after the other, lots of things breaking, clogging, or a long streak of nightmares can be a sign that you might need to do a house cleansing ritual.  It’s nothing to freak out about, sometimes unwanted energy collects and gets stagnant, just like dust or cat fur, nothing to worry about and an easy fix. You might also feel more tired than usual when you’re home even to the point of feeling stuck. When it’s hard to pry yourself out the door to run errands and then you find yourself coming up with any excuse not to go back home, it’s probably time to cleanse.  

A house cleansing ritual doesn’t have to be too formal and you don’t have to do it exactly the same way every time, I certainly don’t. I like to change it up, do things in a different order, add extra steps, or leave some out as the mood strikes me or depending on what supplies I have on hand. It’s your house and your space, so you don’t have to do anything other than how you feel inspired to do it. The way I did last time isn’t exactly the same as how I’m doing it in this video and it probably won’t be the same next time I do it either. I’ll show you how I’m doing it this time and that’ll include some tried and true methods for doing a house cleansing ritual and you can adjust them to fit your space, lifestyle, and supplies.

And yes, because I’m a practical witch we’re going to do it all with supplies that I already have around the house! The first thing I did was a short meditation for grounding and centering to get my head in the right space, being grateful and positive is the energy you’ll want to radiate while doing a house cleansing ritual. Some people even like to do a ritual bath before they start, it’s really whatever practice speaks to your soul. So let’s get started on getting the vibe right in my house!

While I do go through the house sweeping as part of my house cleansing ritual, the gritty work of mundane sweeping usually falls to Dan who frankly, does a really good job of getting every square inch clean, much better than I usually do. When caring for a household we all should play to our strengths! In some traditions spiritual sweeping should be done from one direction to another. Some go east to west but that can be complicated depending on where your doors are situated. Some people sweep

There are other methods that I didn’t show here, for instance, I don’t have carpet, but if you do, you might want to make up some carpet powder. I used to mix salt, baking soda, and finely ground rosemary for a basic powder, but you can add herbs for any magickal purpose. Sprinkle onto your carpet and allow the powder a few minutes to absorb unwanted energy and vacuum it up with intention. You might want to follow up your cleansing ritual by warding your home to seal in all that good energy you worked so hard on and seal out any astral nasties that might be passing by your home.  

Blessings!

Mickie




Saturday, March 26, 2022

Resources to Support Ukraine

My Wonder Wonder: Digital download 


 It's been really hard to witness what's been happening in Ukraine, but of course the hardest thing would be living it. I've always hated war, in fact, I've always thought it's an example of the worst of humankind. 

Art by Volkosana: digital poster: https://www.etsy.com/listing/648969212/to-love-people-poster-or-card-printable

Many of us are praying for peace, lighting candles, working spells, and those are all needed, but I'm a practical witch who believes that spell work should be followed up with real world action. We can feel overwhelmed as we're all people who have come through collective trauma of 2 years in a worldwide pandemic, unpacking racial, LGBTQ+, and social injustice, the surges of open bigotry and hate, and now this horrible war can really feel like just too much. Yet as hard as things have been, those of us are not actually in a war torn country still have our homes, our families, and we aren't being invaded by tanks and armed military forces...but we can still feel hopeless and powerless in the face of world events. 

Feldi Ukrainian Art: digital print downloads, children's art: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FeldiUkrainianArt


What Can We Do?

While we’re praying for Ukraine and peace I wanted to offer some resources to support Ukraine that can really make a difference for people in need. I stumbled upon ways to help by supporting actual people of Ukraine. My daughter Brittany told me about a Ukrainian artist (https://www.instagram.com/stitchy_princess_black on Instagram) she knows from a cross stitch group who makes beautiful cross stitch patterns (I grabbed some myself) it’s an instant download so no waiting for shipping. In fact it's come to the point that many sellers can't ship from Ukraine right now, so downloads are a great way to buy. My daughters friend was so happy with the sales she made that she reported that she was able to buy supplies for her family, but also for neighbors who were in need! 

After picking up her patterns I went down the Etsy rabbit hole and started finding other Ukrainian artisans. Many of them had instant downloads for patterns that I'm saving for future projects. I also found that some sellers who didn't have any kind of products they could offer as downloads had listings for simple postcards you can grab, the idea is that it's a way to donate directly to families, many of whom are struggling because they can't run their shops in the middle of a full out invasion. My Etsy shop supports my family, I can't even imagine what I would do in their shoes, so I made it a point to buy as many of those downloads as I could. I also found out that Etsy is not charging their Ukrainian sellers fees which made 
me very happy!!


 


I just love her awesome witchy designs. I wanted to give her a shout-out here and give you the opportunity to grab a pattern or two that we can stitch with our magickal intention to protect the people of Ukraine. When you support small businesses you’re helping an actual person and their family. I hope you love her work as much as I do!

After picking up her patterns I went down the Etsy rabbit hole and started finding other Ukrainian artisans. Many of them had instant downloads for patterns that I'm saving for future projects. I also found that some sellers who didn't have any kind of products they could offer as downloads had listings for simple postcards you can grab, the idea is that it's a way to donate directly to families, many of whom are struggling because they can't run their shops in the middle of a full out invasion. My Etsy shop supports my family, I can't even imagine what I would do in their shoes, so I made it a point to buy as many of those downloads as I could. I also found out that Etsy is not charging their Ukrainian sellers fees which made me very happy!!


Studio Happy Toys: Anatomical Heart Crochet Pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1171929338/digital-download-ukraine-crochet-pattern



Boutique VP: Halloween Earrings Brick Stitch Beading Pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1073395796/halloween-earrings-pattern-for-brick


Below you'll find links to some Ukrainian Etsy sellers who offer downloads and some other resources as well. Keep those spells and prayers going, by all means, plant sunflowers as a reminder if you can, and if you can, here's some other ways to brighten up a troubled world just a little bit at a time.

My Wonder Wonder: Digital download watercolor art: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyWonderWonder


I had more of these but a few of the shops are down now, if you feel inspired to make purchases from them, please don't hesitate, your few buck might make the difference for them.

Links

Stitchy Princess: Baba Yaga Cross Stitch: https://www.etsy.com/listing/794913952/witch-cross-stitch-pattern-pdf-baba-yaga

Studio Happy Toys: Anatomical Heart Crochet Pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1171929338/digital-download-ukraine-crochet-pattern

Studio Happy Toys: Digital Postcard https://www.etsy.com/listing/1171958762/digital-file-ukraine-shops-flag-png-pray

Boutique VP: Halloween Earrings Brick Stitch Beading Pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1073395796/halloween-earrings-pattern-for-brick

Boutique VP: Digital Postcard https://www.etsy.com/listing/1187059981/ukraine-post-card-pdf

Family Mill Shop: Digital Postcard: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1173105406/digital-file-ukraine-business-ukraine

My Wonder Wonder: Digital download watercolor art: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyWonderWonder

I also suggest that you follow my fellow Llewellyn author Madame Pamita on Instagram as she has Ukrainian ancestry and shares lots of information about ways to help: https://www.instagram.com/madamepamita

Global Giving Ukrainian Fundraiser: https://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/41535/

Green Borsch Store: digital print downloads: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1205046073/ukraine-instant-download-digital-file

Volkosana: digital poster: https://www.etsy.com/listing/648969212/to-love-people-poster-or-card-printable



Sunday, January 23, 2022

Witch Ball Unboxing Hand Blown Glass Magick!

Today I’m sharing an unboxing video of a package that was gifted to me by Hanna and Lily from 2 Sisters Artisan Glass on Etsy! These two sisters run their hot shop in Arizona where they hand blow beautiful glass works of art, many of the pieces they create are the delightful magical charms known as witch balls! I was so excited to open this but I wanted to share the experience with you. 


When I was editing my witch ball video I decided that I wanted to show some of the different styles of witch balls. That’s when I discovered Hanna and Lily on Etsy and saw their beautiful hand blown treasures. If you’ve been watching my videos for awhile you’ve probably noticed other photos that I found on Etsy or other shops. I figure if I’m going to share photos it might as well also help showcase some of my fellow small businesses owners, so I like finding Etsy sellers and asking permission to show photos of their items.

I knew there was a witch ball in this box, but I din’t know which style it was because they have a great variety of colors and form. it was fun to be surprised!

Glass blowers have been making witch balls regularly for hundreds of years in the same way that they do it at 2 Sisters Artisan Glass. There are several styles of witch balls but the hand blown variety contain strands of glass inside meant to trap and entangle aggressive spirits or spells like a web. They are great protection from baneful spirits and to bring good luck and prosperity. I still can’t believe it, it’s so beautiful! I’m just over the moon at how beautiful this witch ball is, I’ll treasure it forever!



A huge thank you to Hannah and Lily over at 2 Sisters Artisan Glass for making this video possible with your generosity and skilled craftsmanship!

You can find 2 Sisters Artisan Glass on Etsy, here's the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/2SistersArtisanGlass