A Christmas Gift Guide For Moon-Worshippers

I've always been in love with the moon. She's a paradox, up there on her own; changeable and yet permanent, coldly mysterious and still our very idea of softness. A mirror that transforms our sorrow, and stays with us when we cannot rest. I'm never able to rely on a good night's sleep, but I can rely on her. The moon is a huge part of my practise as a witch, and keeping track of where she is and what she's up to is always an element of my daily life. I've put together a gift guide for those who love her like I do...or who just want a good night's sleep.

I recently started writing new moon intentions as a meditation practise, and this journal takes that idea a little bit further. It follows the movements of the sun and moon through the year (any year; you add in your own dates to this journal, so the information is always relevant) and through each astrological season. Each season, such as Aries or Scorpio, has affirmations and questions to ask yourself at this time, and plenty of room for taking notes or writing out your intentions. For me, no new or full moon ritual would be complete without Tarot, and finding new books to learn from always helps me expand my understanding of the cards. No two people interpret the Tarot in exactly the same way, so I appreciate different takes on it. This guide focuses on lessons to be learnt and questions to ask yourself, rather than predictions, and has colourful, modern illustrations of diverse characters instead of just white, female figures like a lot of older Tarot decks/books.

The sparkly crescent hair clip is from Oliver Bonas; they recently opened a store in Cardiff, which means I'm in there practically every day now. The staff ask after my mum. I want to buy all the things but I don't really have the room in my flat, so I'm sticking to jewellery, clothes, and books for now. This is a gorgeous stocking-filler for the witch in your life.

Tropic were kind enough to send me a couple of their new releases for Christmas, the So Sleepy Mist and the delicious vanilla Body Velvet. They're both beautifully scented products; the pillow mist is a rich and earthy mix of lavender, eucalyptus, and frankincense; one spray is more than enough to wrap you up in olfactory bliss. I've been using this every night and I adore it. It reminds me of being a little child again, when my mum would drop lavender oil on my pillow before I went to bed. When I want to double-up on the lavender effects and really knock myself out, I have a herbal bath with an oil like this one by Kneipp (which is currently 50% off). Face masks also help to relax me when I'm losing sleep through stress or anxiety. I'm the kind of person who slaps on a face mask hoping it'll fix all my problems, clean my apartment, purify my soul, and give me an extra ten years of life. Most of the time I'm disappointed on that front, but I still love masks and use them several times a week. The Oh K! sleep mask mask makes a really cute little gift for anyone who likes their beauty sleep.

I've had the Sailor Moon Pop forever, but I couldn't not include her here. You can get her on Amazon or at Forbidden Planet. Lastly, I spotted this incandescent crescent moon pillow in H&M Home - it was the last one in my store, but they still sell similar ones. It goes perfectly with my cloud from IKEA, and makes my bed feel so pretty. All I need now is a star. Sweet dreams.

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Miss Patisserie Haul And Press Evening

I don't often do hauls, for a few reasons. Sometimes I feel a bit showy-offy, and that's not really my style. I do however, LOVE to read them. I like pretty things. If I'm really passionate about a brand though, I will make an exception and overwhelm y'all with a good old-fashioned hauling, like I'm about to do. Sometimes it's just gotta be done.

Miss Patisserie have had an amazing year. They've recently started being stocked in Boots, so you don't have to live near Cardiff to try out their stuff. I'm really excited and proud to see them doing so well; I remember going to their first blogger events in their Castle Arcade store, and falling in love with this super-friendly, Instagrammable home-grown company. The founders and staff are all genuinely lovely people who really care about providing luxurious products that work without compromising on ethics. Everything they make is vegan, cruelty-free, with no parabens or GMO ingredients. Basically, they're just an exceedingly awesome company that I love buying from and working with over and over again. I hope they reach even greater heights in 2018.

Some of this stuff I bought myself, and some was gifted to me at their most recent press evening, one of the most fun work events I've been to in recent memory. The prosecco was flowing and it ended up like a festive night-out with my girlfriends, everyone taking selfies and enjoying vegan rose-shaped cupcakes by Blanche Bakery. As usual they were beyond generous to us guest,s and I left with a big bag of goodies to try, all of which were gorgeous in their own way.

The fresh coffee scrub has become one of my all-time favourite products. I was thrilled to see they'd given me a new one as the one I have is running out and I've grown quite dependent on it. Long-lasting and effective, it's usually the first body scrub I recommend to anyone. It leaves your skin feeling supple and baby-soft rather than raw or dry; I use it multiple times a week to keep my skin in tip-top condition. The only downside is this scrub does leave a bit of a mess after you've used it and you'll have to give the place a quick once-over with your shower head, but I think it's worth it. If you need something to really give you a boost on winter mornings, this is a great choice.

I did get another familiar product, the watermelon body souffle. This moisturiser has a kind of "whipped" texture and improves the tone of my skin with regular use, as well as smoothing dry patches and providing a bit of softness. I think it's a really hard-working body cream and have used it with nice results on razor burn, keratosis, and scars. It also comes in a huge range of scents if watermelon isn't your thing. Watermelon is VERY MUCH my thing, so while I was there I also picked up a watermelon bath slice that caught my eye. These retail at £2 and I think they're only available instore, but they can be broken in half to last two baths, which is an absolute bargain. I don't know about you, but I'm getting a bit tired of paying through the arse for bath bombs these days. Two quid seems mind-bogglingly cheap.

I got a few more bath melts and bombs to test out, which hopefully will tide me over until Christmas. I need lots of decadent baths during the winter to function as a person. The cupcake-shaped melts are a combo product, which is always nifty; half of it dissolves in the water and the rest can be used as an exfoliant in the tub. I like the rose and lavender ones best, but as with almost all Miss P products there's a big selection of fragrances to pick from. If you've never tried anything by this brand then do correct that asap; they are one of my ones-to-watch for the year ahead.

An Uncommon Wishlist

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I love this time of year. The season of the witch, or the dark half of the year, as it is known. So many of my friends and family have their birthdays during these cold months, which means that hardly a fortnight goes by without celebrations and gift-giving of some sort. We sometimes end up exchanging small presents on Halloween, Samhain, The Winter Solstice, Christmas, New Years...and then my birthday roles around in January. Sometimes we create and cook up these gifts ourselves, but I also love to find new, quirky businesses to support when I'm buying for my clan, or asking for myself. What I've picked out above is just a tiny selection of all the nifty magical things I spotted at UncommonGoods. I'm especially impressed with their range of handmade jewellery, everything is so beautiful! I'm always far too pleased when I get jewellery from a lover but there's lots more gifts for your girlfriend here, if she's a slightly unconventional type like me, who wants all the things.

I find buying for friends a bit easier than buying for romantic partners, but sometimes I still draw a blank even though I pride myself on pulling cute and original ideas out of the bag when I need to. My aim is usually to get them something they didn't know they needed, that will be a complete surprise. I really like the literary-themed soy candles above, and the chakra-balancing bath salts (they even sell spell candles with hidden crystals inside!) both cool gifts for the Ravenclaws among your peer group. For more ideas for your pals, check out this page.

No matter who I'm buying for, filling up stockings at Yule is always the most fun, because it's where I get to really take risks and get random with my presents for people. In my family we're never able to guess anything that's in our stocking; they're like little bundles of tokens reflecting our personalities and our interests. We like to pack them full of laughs to get us going early on Christmas morning. Even though it's only November and I don't tend to start buying gifts until Advent on December 1st, just thinking about all the celebrations ahead and what gifts I'm going to give has its own kind of tender excitement. We're almost there.

How I Celebrate Samhain

When I was little, I used to throw very extra Samhain parties, with the whole house decorated like a haunted mansion and big buckets of sweets everywhere. We'd play games and perform pranks on guests, dress up however we wanted, and dance. I still love to attend those kinds of parties, but my own celebrations at home have become much more low-key. These days it's mostly a time for introspection, witchcraft, baking and mental preparation for the long winter ahead.

Samhain (pronounced "sow-en") is the Celtic New Year, on which many nature-based religions honour their dead and celebrate rebirth, whether that be in the form of reincarnation or simply returning to the earth from which we came. It is the last of the harvest festivals, heralding the start of winter and the "dark half" of the year. It's also supposed to be the best day of the year to do divination; perfect for Tarot reading or envisioning the new future you want. The veil between worlds is said to be especially thin, so the idea is that it's easier for spirits, guides, ghosts or deities to contact us, should we wish to speak to them. This is why lots of people try using a Ouija board on Samhain night, which I wouldn't recommend, to be honest. Most Wiccans and Pagans will put out pictures of their deceased loved ones, or a plate of food and drink for them. Pumpkins, leaves, dried herbs, conkers, and skulls are all used as altar decorations. However we celebrate, festivities always revolve around endings, closures, our ancestors, letting go of the past, looking back on what we've accomplished, looking inside ourselves to face our shadow, and killing off old habits or relationships that no longer serve us and will not last the winter. I like to carve elaborate pictures and characters into my pumpkins as well as scary faces, and cook comfort food. We rarely get trick-or-treaters at my top-floor apartment, but we still get in heaps of sweets and chocolate for ourselves and whoever should come knocking. One must never turn away a visitor on Samhain night!

Some Wiccans don't like the way people associate Samhain with fear and horror; they believe that this demonization of life's natural darkness only shows our immaturity as a society. To me, the release of fear and a celebration of our shadow selves is a cathartic and a necessary process for the soul - not in a Purge kinda way, mind - and hedonism has its place in the cycle of life. Fear is to be embraced if we are to overcome it. Especially on Samhain. So, I tell ghost stories and I honour my dead. I watch horror movies, and I work magic. It's a time to embrace the skeleton woman, to dance with the devil, to dive deep so that we may find treasure. By doing this we learn to revel in the darkness as well as the light. Samhain is reaping time, when things must die if we want to continue our journey, our life cycle, and our growth. We can perhaps go a little further into our own minds on this night, to meet the demons there, and find them friendlier than we thought. 

Basic Witches

When I was really young, a teenager who didn't quite know the length of her limbs yet, I liked to read Silver Ravenwolf books. They've aged a fair bit by now, and they show it here and there in problematic language with a 90's American mentality, but those books taught me a lot. They taught me that magic isn't about controlling the outside world, or bending it to your desire. In fact, they stressed the importance of respecting free will, and of never dishing out that which you aren't happy to receive in return. It gladdens my little rebellious, moon-worshiping heart when I see books like this emerge for a new generation, who might be drawn to the idea of witchcraft, but not know where to start. I was lucky, I had wise women I could go to for advice, but not everybody is so fortunate. 

Basic Witches, by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman, is an utterly beautiful-looking book. The illustrations, courtesy of Camille Chew, are pretty magical on their own. If you're looking for instruction on rituals, the witch's calendar, goddesses and gods et cetera, then it probably won't be very helpful, and it doesn't claim to be. More than anything, I feel it's a kind of feminist manual for discovering, or rediscovering, your own personal power and balance. It guides you through caring for your body, creating your life, and nurturing your friendships in a deliberate way full of witchy intention. It's packed full of many cool, simple spells that are easily adapted to suit your needs, if that kinda thing is up your street. You don't need any prior knowledge of witchcraft to have a go at them. Throughout the book you'll also pick up some of the associations witches connect to colours, crystals, days of the week and such, so that you can begin to create your own spells (in my opinion, spells you create from your own knowledge are the most effective and fulfilling) but these aren't the main point or substance of the book. It deals with some weighty and very current issues; body positivity, contraception and abortion, imposter syndrome, consent, libido, abusive relationships, self-care, social media, and mental health are all up for discussion. These conversations are woven through with more light-hearted magic, such as emoji runes, pop culture witches, cutting your own hair, whipping up your own makeup, and choosing a pet familiar. There is levity in the substance, and vice versa. You never feel talked-down-to or silly, and I would have loved the chapters on Glamours (beauty magic) and Enchantment (love and sex magic) to be a bit longer, as I found them so enjoyable.

The finished product is a book about witchcraft that feels very accessible, grounded, and modern. It's a sisterly work filled with witty and progressive advice for anyone, regardless of gender or religious background, who relates to the archetype of the witch: one who is persecuted for taking matters into their own hands, or for possessing too much knowledge. I would especially recommend it to people who might not consider themselves "magical", or "spiritual". I read a lot of books about the craft, about the ins and outs of herbalism, astrology, sex magic and goddess worship, but I also love to dive into books like this just as much; ones that are less about ceremony and more about the badass spirit behind all witchery. You don't have to believe in anything to read this book, except perhaps the power and potential within women, and the marginalized of this world. The magic being cooked up here is all in your mind, and there can be little debate about the power of the mind. Whether you're an atheist or just starting out on your journey into nature-based religions, there's much fun to be had in Basic Witches, and also much empowerment. Let's raise hell.

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Witchy Wallpapers For Your iPhone

Pentagram and roses, via Pinterest // Magic rose, by Natacha Birds // I'll put a spell on you, via Pinterest // Witch, please, via Pinterest  // Moon and sky, via Pinterest // We are the weirdos, mister via Pinterest // Magic powers, by Natacha Birds // Hand and moon, by The Moon Bacon // Spell jar, via Pinterest

I have a fairly old iPhone 5S that has served me well for about three years now. I like buying phones outright, and never get contracts. I don't really feel an urge to have the latest model of anything, and much prefer just waiting until I can afford to pay cash on the barrel for whatever I'm after. Until the day my 5S finally kicks the bucket though, I'll be dressing it up with cute wallpapers to make it feel all pretty and new. Here's a selection of my favourite witchy and autumnal ones, to tide you over if you're waiting to get a new device, or the one you have needs some magic. 

If you want to make your phone extra witchy, another cool thing you can do is take a picture of your Tarot card or spread, and set that as your wallpaper to remind you throughout the day. Sometimes I set a screenshot of my horoscope as my background too. Right now I'm using the beautiful bottom middle illustration by The Moon Bacon. So simple and otherworldly.

Planning My Wardrobe For Autumn

Autumn brings out the minimalist witch in me. I always have a huge clear-out around this time each year, and I feel the need to go back to basics. During September, October, and November, I want to buy black t-shirts, statement jewellery, oversized coats, plaid skirts. My personal style is very similar to the look and feel of my blog; mostly black and white, with accents of bold colour and metallics, and an otherworldly vibe. I like great shapes and tailoring. I try to buy at least 80% of my clothes second-hand, and the rest must be high-quality enough that I know I'll get many years of wear out of them. I'm always up for going thrifting, but never more so than in the autumn, when rummaging through old bracelets and band t-shirts feels like a picturesque experience from You've Got Mail.


In Cardiff, Sobey's is my number one vintage spot; the rose-gold triangle ring you can see below is from there! It's a little big for me so I wear it on my thumb most of the time. They sell gorgeous button-down shirts and old Converse in every colour of the rainbow. For new clothes, one of my first stops is always Urban Outfitters. I love their homeware, lingerie, and books as well as the pretty dresses and jumpers. For the colder months, I might invest in a new coat through Lyst.co.uk (In an ideal world, I'd get this one by Whistles) and keep an eye on their site from the comfort of my bed on those days when I know exactly what I want but I'm not sure if it actually exists. In reality, my budget will probably stretch to one of these Twin Peaks-style babies from Missguided (all the Madchen Amick vibes). For minimal and delicate spooky details, have a look at Eclectic Eccentricity; they sent me the crescent moon and cluster necklaces pictured above. All their stuff is gorgeously magical and exquisite, and I'm newly obsessed.


Part of the reasoning behind having a clear out and rebooting your wardrobe is that you rediscover things you already own. If I get rid of enough tat, eventually I find a few gems underneath the rubble. One item I had almost completely forgotten about is this simple black bag from SkinnyDip. I picked it up in the sale during some sleepless-night internet shopping. I've also remembered a passion for acrylic nails, especially in black. The ones above are from Elegant Touch but I hear there's a place in Cardiff market that will do you a set of gels for £9, so I may have to go and give them a try.

Witchcraft For Self-Care

In recent seasons I have moved away from body "goals", and beauty "routines". I've started to embrace sensual rituals that make me feel good and more at home in my body; more magical practices that leave room to create, and become more in tune with my true self. Human bodies, especially women's, are constantly flowing and evolving, shedding, growing, and changing. Patterns and repetition are crucial for keeping yourself healthy (getting enough sleep, remembering to brush your teeth, taking your medicine or supplements etc) but a routine can't tell you what your heart craves on a deeper level. Eventually you'll have to go digging. Instead of scolding myself into following a regimen of self-care, I'm trying to listen to myself. As I become accustomed to interpreting the signs, and responding with love, magic is mostly how I nurture this kind of intuitive self-care.

witchcraft-for-self-careAttempting to keep my heart open is one of the most difficult things I do to care for myself. I often instinctively close, shut down, get on with things, go numb, whatever you want to call it, and then when a situation arises where I need to be loving and show my vulnerability again, it can catch me off guard if I haven't been making a conscious effort to work through any unhealed wounds. Warmth is a simple physical way to begin shifting this. All too often we stiffen our bodies from the cold, creating nervous tension, and then stiffen even more from the nervousness, a vicious cycle that is most easily interrupted on a physical level. I like to lay in a hot bath filled with Heart Chakra Love Bath and hang one leg over the side, breathing deeply or singing (LUSH's soundtrack for The Comforter treatment is one of my favourite magical CDs). Making a colourful masterpiece through water and flowers has often helped me, albeit clumsily, through. Feeling the elements in my hands and enveloping my skin as I sink into a potion of my own design brings me back into my body slowly, and with kindness. In times when I feel I cannot create, I can usually at least create a bath, which then shifts my physiological state into something better. If a bath isn't an option I wrap myself in a dressing gown and warm my feet and hands. Dragon Herbs tea helps calm my nerves and ground me into my body, but any loose-leaf tea can be a soothing process. Find one you like or get witchy and mix your own. Making tea with a loved one often opens up the space to talk about whatever we're going through.


I am terrible at meditating, but creating a small empowerment spell from natural ingredients or a spell candle (I used this Aquarius candle from House of Intuition) helps me focus and recharge. I like to write down some notes on what I would like to manifest, then read them and see what words or phrases pop out, and use those to build a spell. Try keeping a diary for this purpose, so that you have a place to pour out your heart and make powerful, authentic magic. If your spell produces a talisman or charm, so much the better. A talisman can be anything from a small rock you used in your magic to a whole bag of ingredients, or a piece of jewellery. I carry a piece of dalmation jasper during anxious times, then hold it in my hands and focus on its smoothness and its shape when I need to. I take rose quartz with me whenever I want to have an open heart; it reminds me of my intention and helps me balance my emotions a bit faster. House of Intuition spell candles all contain stones or shells that will be supercharged once revealed.

In my sleeping space, I use an aromatherapy lamp like these ones that changes hue and pumps out mist made from whatever essential oil you put in it. Being able to choose the colour it emits also helps control my mood, as I'm sensitive in that way. At night I tend to stick to lavender oil, and I also burn lavender incense for its calming properties. During the day I find the scent of pine helps brings the outdoors in, and make my room feel less stuffy. If I'm clearing my space, lately I've been using some distilled Violet Water to wash down any surfaces, and even my floor. Violet helps to cleanse and release negative energy, so I use it to clean my altar and crystals too, and I add it to baths if I need to literally and figuratively wash the day away.

Finally, all witchcraft is in essence, an act of radical self-care. Witchcraft centres its practitioner, whilst also looking out onto the world with love and responsibility. It frames each and every one of us as our own goddess, or god, with the emphasis on personal power, free will, and positive manifestation. As it brings you closer to yourself and your own nature, knowing what you need to feel whole gets a bit easier.

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