I still mostly make my own Conjure items, but one there’s one seller on Etsy that I absolutely love, Rita’s Spiritual Goods. I got a couple of items from her last week. (Both of the photos are hers, btw.)
This is a Work Space Protection Witch Bottle; she listed one several months back and I loved it, but I was unemployed at the time so I couldn’t very well justify purchasing it. I’ve been watching her listings like a hawk since I started my new job in March, waiting for her to list another, and when she did I snatched it up within seconds. It’s on my desk at work. I can identify a cats’ eye shell (for deflecting the “evil eye” from negative co-workers), safety pins (witch bottles always have pins or needles or shards of glass in them), and what I think is Spanish moss? That’s sometimes a money-drawing element, but more commonly used for jinxing. (It’s also used for stuffing doll-babies, but that’s more for practical reasons.) It might be some other kind of moss or lichen, though. There’s also some stuff that’s a complete mystery, herbs and bits of stone and something that looks like a nut that’s been painted gold. The seahorse is a good luck symbol and also carries meanings of patience and peristence.
I bought this Hand of Fatima charm bottle at the same time, I just really like that symbol (also known as a hamsa). I recently bought a necklace that looks like a rosary except there’s a hamsa on the end instead of a crucifix. In this one I can identify allspice berries and lavender, which I use in every positive work I make myself, an evil eye bead, and a skull bead. The skull is a near-universal symbol with a thousand different meanings, but in Conjure charms meant to bring fortune to the bearer it usually has a “reverse bad luck” meaning.
I like that I can identify some of the contents and know why they’re there, but I also like that I can’t identify everything. Good rootworkers for the most part “follow the recipe”, but we all have idiosyncracies. It’s like cooking: before you can be great you have to be able to re-create the classics, but once you have that down, a little improvisation can make the dish amazing.
This is the necklace I mentioned. The Etsy seller was shutting down her shop, so I got it for 40% off.
This is a Crown of Success charm bottle that I made myself last week. In the center is a High John root that I anointed with Crown of Success oil. It also contains cinnamon stick, allspice berries, vervain, lodestone gravel with gold magnetic sand, and rock salt. I sealed the top with gold sealing wax, sprinkled orange glitter on it, and pressed a crown seal into the top. (I didn’t have to buy the seal, it’s part of a set I already had.)
I’ve also recently become interested in Lenormand cards, a style of card divination similar to Tarot that was used by Marie Anne Lenormand, a Napoleonic-era French cartomancer. I bought a deck on Amazon yesterday; you know I’m a sucker for a pretty deck so had to get Ciro Marchetti’s “Gilded Reverie” deck:
I don’t know a lot about the method yet, but I look forward to learning. As I’ve said before, I don’t believe that cards can “tell the future”, but I think they can be a helpful tool to explore your subconscious. (And Carl Jung believed that too, so I’m in good company.)