This month’s theme was all about Adulting. You read blogs about just a few of the Blessed Herbal Candles we have available and my experiences with them, and there are many more! We celebrate Coventry Creations turning 25 years old! The Blessed Herbal Candles were the first candle line produced and we have expanded into producing many other candle lines.
By Krystal A. Hubbard
The stress of the holidays are over. People have stopped wishing you a ‘Happy New Year’ and the nuance of the cheerful holiday spirit is long gone. Hearing Christmas music is now cringe-worthy and your get-up-and-go keeps hitting the snooze button.
By Krystal A. Hubbard
Do you have goals ready to conquer this year? Are you ready for what this year will offer you? We have learned what a “magical toolbox” is, how to organize it, and some ideas of what goes into it.
January’s Spell Caster Card, included in every purchase this month, is all about the overwhelming information that we are all under siege with. Not only are we over informed, everyone around us is too and that can cause a lot of unclear voices rolling through your brain, muddying up the truth.
By Krystal A. Hubbard
Understanding what is illusion and what is reality can be a jagged pill to swallow. Have you noticed that illusions are shattered when truth is introduced? When a monkey wrench stops my plans and I don’t know which way to go, I reach into my magical toolbox and pull out a Truth and Justice candle.
By Krystal A. Hubbard
Here we are at the beginning of a new year. For some, 2016 was a year full of major challenges, for some there were major success, for others a combination of both. For me there were many successes and a few challenges.
By Krystal A. Hubbard
What is your “magical toolbox”? Your magical toolbox contains anything and everything that allows you to reach goals and navigate life’s challenges and successes--daily. It is filled with both tangible and intangible items. So, what does that mean? It means you have all the tools you need at your fingertips to pull out whatever item necessary to use for planning and reaching your goals.
Goals, resolutions, wishes, intentions, no matter what you call them, we all have an idea of what we want 2017 to look like for us. Good thing Coventry has a candle for that!!! No matter what your intent is we have the magic for your toolbox this year - you may want to stock up.
Mercury retrograde is often a useful tool. What you say? That’s right. A useful tool. Mercury exposes issues that need to be resolved and reveals exactly what is not working. Mercury is always communicating, even if we don’t like what it has to say.
I hate it when my day, week, month starts to spiral down into the abyss of crap.
When it feels like everything you touch turns to
The Mercury Retrograde Spell Box is the perfect tool to get in front of the mayhem that this astrological aspect can cause. Pre-shadow begins December 1 and intensifies as it approaches December 19. This is normally when those annoying little miscommunications begin, with their effects felt through the rest of the retrograde which runs through January 8.
Don’t get stuck in a quagmire of dirty energy, take a broom to all the corners and get that stagnant muck out of your house with this month’s Home Clear and Bless Spell Box. Get rid of the old and make room for the new! This spell box comes complete with Wicked Good Smudge Spray, a Power Votive Coventry Glass candle holder, a Happy Home Blessed Herbal Votive candle, and a spell crafted by our resident enchantress, Jacki Smith.
It’s been almost 48 hours since I heard that Donald Trump is our president elect and since my friends were sobbing in fear, anger and frustration over this difficult election. It has been almost 48 hours that I have spent contemplating what this means to me as a woman, mother, wife, boss and witch. If you don’t know this about me, I am in an interracial marriage, have a mixed race daughter, and I have many family and friends who are LGBT. These fears are mine as well as yours. I don’t even think I have fully embraced all of my emotions around this. It’s been almost 48 hours and I am watching a wide range of emotional responses in the people around me from shock, shutdown, rage, protecting, and destruction.
I woke up, 24 hours into this new reality, and knew the position I hold in my community is more important than ever. As an owner of Coventry Creations, writer, teacher, healer and activist; my job has always been to create a safe space for others like me. This is a spiritual and physical space where my extended community can explore their spirituality, talk about their unique concerns, share their fears, find guidance and sometimes just look for companionship.
My job, Coventry’s job, Candle Wick Shop’s job is still the same and now more important than ever. Your job as a store owner, teacher, reader, healer, guide, celebrant, community member is more important than ever. I call you my witches because in your own way, you are my healers and magic makers. By any religion or spiritual path, I lovingly embrace your witchy side and call to you all to spark up your magic, stay strong, support your community and listen. Listen to the fears and let them fall away in healing love. Listen to the whisperings of discontent and cleanse it of evil. Listen to the hearts of the people around you and know that in the end we are all on the side of humanity.
Let me, or any of us at Coventry know how we can help and support you. If you are a business or a direct customer, we are here for you. We love you.
Jacki Smith & All the staff at Coventry.
Can you believe in 2017, Coventry will have been making magic and spreading it around the world for 25 years? At our estimate, by the end of 2017, we will have made nearly two million candles. That’s a lot of magic and a lot of wishes fulfilled.
To celebrate our Quarter Century, Patty and I want to come to you! We want to visit our retailers, meet and greet your customers, teach some classes, do some readings and celebrate 25 years of continual Coventry magic. If you are interested in getting in on the 25 Years of Magic tour schedule fill out the information below and myself or a Coventry Magic maker will contact you to sort out the details.
Keep it magic!
Enchantress, Coventry Creations
And that jumble of grandparents, great grandparents, and all of the rest of them. Standing right behind you. Whether you call it All Saint’s Day, Halloween, the Day of the Dead it is a time when those closest to us come through the veil, not to frighten but to bring blessings, share love, and allow you to connect with them on a deeper level.
Modern Witch tradition makes Halloween spooky, but the longer standing history is that this is a day of celebration with the loved ones who have helped shape you into the person you are today. Even if there is hurt and pain associated with them, this is the time for amends to be made and family wounds to be healed. From the harshest beginnings we are given the opportunity to thrive and evolve. It is from the darkest moments that the greatest potential for light is created.
Ancestors are in our blood
Cultures all around the world revere ancestors as a large part of their spiritual practice. In West African traditions, ancestor altars are created by the largest tree on your property or in the kitchen of your home. In China, they create a high altar in the main room to watch over the family. In Rome, they would have Spirit Houses by their front door for their ancestors to protect the family and home from evil entering. Reclaiming or creating your own ancestor reverence helps ground you in your cultural roots and give you a strong base to grow from. Why do you think we are in the midst of a ghost hunting craze? We are disconnected from our foundation and need to find some way to reconnect with the spirit realm.
No matter what the story of your ancestors, they are in your blood and their actions got you here today. When they pass in full from this world to the next they leave behind the issues, fears, and hurts that limited their ability to love while they were human. Even the nastiest ancestor, once they pass on, is working on making amends for their negative actions. Bringing blessings to you and your life are a way they can do that. Put them to work!
Why it works
I have an ancestor altar in my office at Coventry. I put it there rather than my home because I was in the midst of moving and was not sure how long I would be at the new place. I needed a place where I could secure my roots; so in the office it went. My people love it here. Once I moved them all to my office and talk to them regularly, I discovered that many of them were entrepreneurs and risk takers in their lives. From the Grandfather that my Dad never knew who started a machine shop that employed his whole family, to my Grandmother who ran a daycare out of her home after her husband died to keep all of her kids in decent schools. They lend us the energy to weather any storm, resolve issues and general blessings.
My ancestors protected my old house until it was time to go, and then they pushed us out. When there is a lot of negative influence in my life, my ancestors make themselves known and let me know to feed them energy so they could work in my life. Glasses of water move from the counter to the floor and once a roast that flipped out of the roasting pan and slid across three door jambs to land in front of their altar. Sometimes it’s pictures that move on their own or the door that opens on its own to show us where the item we were looking for was stored; in any case they talk to us.
Start your own tradition
You don’t have to subscribe to any one tradition, you can start your own, but there are a few key universal ingredients for an ancestral altar.
A place to start – You need a place that is only theirs. This is where you build your altar and set your offerings to them. It is a special, reverent place; not the junk collecting place. This is not where you go through your mail or put your dirty shoes on. Give them a place of honor in your life.
Pictures or items from your people - Let your ancestors know who you are talking to by adding their photo to your altar. Make sure only people who have passed on are in the photos. You can also add their name and birthdate or if that is not available put on a piece of paper “My beloved Ancestors; known and unknown.” No worries if you are adopted, you got to choose your family and they choose you – it’s even more powerful!
Water – A universal symbol of the communicating with the spirit world
Candle –This is a universal symbol of spirit, use it. White is most often used, but if your grandma loved blue, honor her with a blue candle.
Flowers – This is another universal symbol of bringing the spirit world into the living. A fresh bunch of flowers is an excellent offering for your ancestors to give them some physical energy to use in this world.
Treats – Your ancestors all had their favorite treats from cigarettes to candy (or maybe candy cigarettes) and leaving them an offering is a sign of love and respect. Offerings give them energy to use to bring blessings into your life.
Food – Give them a little of Sunday dinner. Giving them food, especially food they liked while living, is a boost to the energy they use to help you in your life. You see, they need tangible physical energy to create tangible physical change in your life.
There are many traditional prayers to use, but I start with a simple invitation for them to join me and a little conversation. I talk about what I learned about them, how they have helped me in my life and what struggles I am experiencing now. I ask for their guidance and then spend quiet time in front of the altar in thanks for all that they have done. The biggest ritual I do for my ancestors is collecting things over time that they enjoy. For instance, I have a door lock that is in pieces for my Uncle Maury. He was a locksmith and loved to re-key locks. I learned my Grandmother Teeny loved angel food cake. Whenever I find an individual size at the store, I know she wants to talk to me. My Uncle Pete loved to play Euchre so I made him a “Go it alone” hand and have that with his funeral program.
Temporary or permanent it’s a good practice to start your magic with your ancestors; they have your back!
Well, really we want our candle magic to help light the way forward, not start the next forest fire! Candles have been used in magic since time immemorial; the simplicity of candle work is very appealing and vastly powerful.
No two candles, whether machine or handmade, will ever react the same way when lit for magical purposes. Each candle will be a unique experience. When dedicated and lit, each candle displays its unique personality that is shaped from your desires and is interpreted by the tiny fire elemental housed within the flame. Communication from each candle will vary slightly, depending on the task it is assigned and how well you have aligned your intention with it. It will also depend on whether you are paying attention to it.
Try this exercise the next time you do a candle spell:
As your candle burns, free your mind and concentrate on the candle. Watch how the smoke rises, the flame dances, and listen to the sound it makes. The smoke may rise to the east, or waft to the south, the flame may flare up or dwindle, and the sounds may be of a popping nature or you may be startled by the wax dripping down the side and pooling in the holder. Ask yourself how these actions relate to the magic you are casting. The answers you perceive are often startling and revealing about the true nature of your desires.
Take the time to pay attention to the flame during your next magical working and be open to the messages coming through!