Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Candle Magic: Tricks to Make Tea Lights Float in Water


Floating candles are absolutely lovely as decorations for summer parties, but they are generally more expensive than tea lights and less easy to find in the shops. But there is a way to turn ordinary tea lights into floating candles.

You can buy little glass tea light holders that are designed to float in water and keep the candles upright and dry. All you do is pop the tea light into the glass floater then carefully place it into a bowl of water. What’s more, once they are lit the tea lights stay alight for longer than usual because the water cools them down slightly.

I was given a bowl with four floating glass tea light holders a little while ago and I decided to use it when I had friends around to celebrate my birthday. At the top of this post you can see a photo I took with the candles in it, burning prettily.

Actually, what I originally wanted to use were a set of four lovely tea lights in the shape of flowers, but they were too heavy and sank into the water immediately. So, for my party, I used plain tea lights, which were fine.

A couple of days later I decided to experiment. I dissolved a couple of tablespoons of salt into the water in the big glass bowl. Once I had done that, the water supported the glass floaters with the heavier and more decorative tea light candles just fine – as you can see in the photo to the right.

It isn't magic really, of course, it is just science that I vaguely remembered from my school days. Adding salt to water makes it denser – or thicker – which means it is easier to float things in it.  In science terms, it is the relative density between liquids and solid items that determines whether they float or not, rather than just the weight - but all you need to remember is that adding salt to water means it will support floating things better.

The picture bottom left is one of a set of floating glass inserts for tea lightsthat I spotted on Amazon. It looks pretty much like the ones I've got.

Links and previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2016/05/craft-using-wax-sand-for-candle-making.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2016/02/review-pagan-portals-candle-magic.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2016/05/thanks-to-my-friends-for-wonderful.html
Glaskönig Floating Glass Inserts for Tea Lights Diameter 7 cm (Pack of 3)


Monday, 23 May 2016

TV: Secrets of the Nazi Occult on Channel 5

A new television documentary called Secrets of the Nazi Occult, looking at Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler's involvement in secret societies, is on Channel 5 tonight, May 23, at 9pm. Here is a link to the Channel 5 page about it: http://www.channel5.com/show/secrets-of-the-nazi-occult

The Grimsby Telegraph has a feature about it: http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Secrets-Nazi-Occult-including-Adolf-Hitler/story-29307013-detail/story.html

I've Been Nominated for a Blogging Award

Voting has opened for the Bloggers Bash Awards 2016 - and A Bad Witch's Blog has been nominated in the Hidden Gem category.

This is the second year the awards have run. Organiser Sacha Black intends to make them an annual event in which people can vote for their favourite blogs. Categories are Funniest Blogger, Best Book Review Blog, Best Dressed Blog, Best Newcomer, Most Inspirational Blog, Hidden Gem, Services to Bloggers, Most Informative Blog, Best Pal and Best Overall Blog.

To vote, all you need to do is to go to Sacha Black's page here: https://sachablack.co.uk/2016/05/19/vote-now-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-now-open/ then click on your choice in each category. If you choose to vote for me, my name is Lucya and, as I mentioned earlier, I am listed in the Hidden Gem category.

Voting closes on June 9th at 12pm. The winners will be announced on June 11th at the Bash, which is an event to celebrate blogging. It takes place at The Driver, 2-4 Wharfdale Rd, London, N1 9RY from 1pm on June 9. If you can’t make it, then a winners post will go live on Sacha's blog at 5:15pm on June 11th. You can find out more about the Bloggers Bash event here: https://sachablack.co.uk/annual-bloggers-bash/

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Thanks to My Friends for a Wonderful Birthday!


I celebrated my birthday over the weekend and these lovely candles and holders were just some of the presents I was given.

On Friday evening some friends came round to have drinks and cakes as well as helping me play one of my favourite games - The Witches Boardgame.

On Saturday I did real witchy things with some other pagan friends who had invited me to guest at their beautiful full moon ritual.

On Sunday my hubby took me out and treated me to dinner.

Thanks so much to all my friends, including everyone who left happy birthday messages for me on Facebook. All the presents I was given were lovely, including the candles.

I didn't have time to reply to everyone in person and so I hope this will suffice. Thanks very much and I hope all of your birthdays are wonderful too!


Friday, 20 May 2016

Pagan Eye: Elderflowers in Bloom in my Garden


The elderflowers are just coming into bloom in my garden and here is a photo of the first sprig I noticed. Each elderflower has five petals, five yellow stamens and five sepals, which form a star shape - and they are beautiful, if tiny.

Everything about the elder tree has a magical association and the flowers can be used in spells for joy, recovery from illness or depression, general good health, protection and also faerie magic.

Elderflowers can be used to make tea, cordial, wine and also skin tonic. Here is a recipe for elderflower water from Rachel Patterson's book A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Plants and Herbs:
Elderflower Water
You can use this as a skin tonic, but it also works very well as a sacred or blessed water to sprinkle around your property for protection, during purification rituals, to cleanse tools or to use for anointing when working with your intuition or the faerie world.

Ingredients
2 pints (5 cups) elderflowers (fresh, just snip the stalks short)
½ pint (1 cup) boiling water

Use open blossoms and pop them into a large bowl or jug then pour over the boiling water. Leave to infuse for about 3 hours then strain and pour into bottles. Keep in the fridge and it will last about 2 weeks or so.
Elderflowers normally start to bloom in my London garden in May and are over by mid-June but, according to folklore, if you do see any flowers remaining on an elder tree at midsummer they are particularly potent for magical purposes. Sit under them on Midsummer Eve and you might just get a glimpse of faerie folk, who the elder tree is strongly associated with.

My Pagan Eye posts show photos that I find interesting - seasonal images, pagan sites, events, or just pretty pictures. If you want to send me a photo for a Pagan Eye post, please email it to badwitch1234@gmail.com Let me know what the photo shows and whether you want your name mentioned or not. For copyright reasons, the photo must be one you have taken yourself.

Links and previous related posts
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/09/review-kitchen-witchs-magical-herbs-and.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/05/plant-magic-solomons-seal-for.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2014/05/pagan-eye-pink-rose-from-my-garden.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2015/07/pagan-eye-echinacea-flowers-in-bloom.html
http://www.thehedgewitchcooks.co.uk/herbs/elderflower/