(Please welcome my guest blogger, Loren Morris, to our Wild Heart Tribe. Enjoy her blog entry below, I am certain she will get your magickal and creative imagination flowing!)
When you first walk into my home, it looks normal in its primitive décor. But when you dig deeper, you’ll see things that other people don’t have;
there are bird feathers, wasps nests, praying mantis nests…….wait, is that a jar of dead spiders? Why are there dead bees in that one? Is that a raven claw? and you begin to realize that perhaps I’m a naturalist……or………could it be something else?
During the seasons I look for mushrooms that I can dry, dead bees lying in my garden, empty nests, sweet gum balls, wasp nests, buckeyes (horse chestnuts), moss, skulls, antlers, cobwebs, and beetles.
My cats regularly provide me with fallen whiskers, discarded claws, and spiders that passed too close, lying as crumpled masses. I pick all these things up and they go in jars. I grow herbs…..but I don’t just grow only the common herbs, I like to grow other things that you normally wouldn’t find in someone’s garden……mandrake, job’s tears, and false unicorn root.
I don’t just use these things in my creations, I use them in my home, and in my spellwork. The world is full of so much power and energy that I enjoy finding new ways to use them in my decorative spellwork.
My home is also decorated in the “primitive” décor style which is a folk art style that has muted colors and a worn look. A product that I enjoy making for my home and sell in my shop is primitive bowl fillers. I make several varieties of these and they can be combined with numerous items to create bowls of magical power. They indistinctly sit in your home charged with magic, while looking quite nice. For instance, I made a set of rune bowl
fillers, a set of six different runes; Othala, Algiz, Ansuz, Tiwaz, Fehu, and Sowilo. You can charge and call the ones that you are going to use in your bowl and combine them with moss for abundance, money, and luck; sweet gum balls (witches balls) as protection; horse chestnuts for money and prosperity, rose hips for peaceful harmony, pine cones for protection and abundance, cinnamon for good luck, money, prosperity, peace, etc….
The blown egg rune bowl fillers that I make capture the negativity in your home while the rune on the outside works its magic. They are rolled in an intoxicating blend of cinnamon, cloves, and essential oils.
A nice, working bowl, when you are finished, would look like these:
You can also add essential oils that correlate for your particular need that the bowl is working for. The moss holds the essential oil and smells wonderful!
I enjoy adding moss to the runes that I make. It gives them a natural look. I foraged the mossy bark used in them while out on a hike one day. I meticulously craft them for durability and beauty. The moss is trapped inside the resin allowing all the little details in each little rune world to show.
As I stated before I enjoy growing herbs. I dry them to use in my magical creations along with items that I find while foraging.
Some of the creations made include poppets, wreaths, headpieces, and resin skulls.
My current artwork that is for sale; one inspired by the movie “The VVitch”; a sculpture of Black Phillip on a wood burned and hand painted birch slice base.
The other inspired by spring; the Spring Hare is out running through the forest. 24x17 Clay relief on barn wood.
I would like to thank Susanne for inviting me as a guest blogger and I hope that you enjoyed my visit. If you liked any of my items they and many others are available at my shop on Etsy.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrimWitchery If you would like to watch me develop and offer new products you can do so at https://www.facebook.com/primitivewitchery/