Middle Earth Magic: Inspired Ideas and Seasonal Spells for Your Enchanted Life

I grew up on a farm in West Virginia and learned much about herbs, trees, animals, gardening, foraging  and so much about nature. I incorporate this wisdom I learned from elders in my family into my spellwork. When I finally left the farm, I majored in Medieval Studies, my attempt to emulate my idol, J.R.R. Tolkien. All these influences led me to my own blended brew which I call "middle earth magic," containing a mix of the modern and the time-tested "old ways." 

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Witch Crafts

Light My Fire: DIY Massage Candles

Making massage candles is very similar to making any other type of potted candle. I recommend using soy wax as it is so gentle on the skin. Soy is also nice and soft, so it melts easily and stays together in a puddle after melting and can be reused for us thrifty crafters. It won’t irritate your skin unless you have a soy allergy; if you have an allergy to soy, you can use beeswax instead, which is widely used. (For example, beeswax is in nearly every single Burt’s Bees product.) The addition of the oils prevents it from hardening again and enables your skin to absorb it. Essential oils or cosmetic-grade fragrance oils are also added to create a soothing atmosphere. All soap-making fragrances, which are also soy candle safe, are perfect choices for scenting your massage candles. Try the basic directions below to make your first candle. For every three ounces of wax, you’ll add one ounce of liquid oil and one-quarter ounce of fragrance. I suggest making two candles in four-ounce metal tins while you master this craft.

You will need these elements:

  • 2 ounces sweet almond oil or vitamin E oil
  • 6 ounces high quality soy wax
  • 1⁄2 ounce essential oil
  • 2 four-ounce metal tins
  • 2 six-inch candle wicks


  1. Melt the soy wax and oil in a double boiler over simmering water.
  2. Add the essential oils and stir gently to avoid bubbling or spilling.
  3. Once the wax has cooled somewhat but is still melted enough to pour,place the wicks in your containers and pour the wax.
  4. Allow several hours for the candles to set and harden.
  5. Trim the wicks to one quarter of an inch above the top of the candle, and they’re ready to use.


Sensual Scents for Massage Candles

Traditionally, these oils are considered to have aphrodisiac properties, and they simply smell wonderful on your skin and in your home. Just burning the candles will be magical!

Amber, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver, Ylang-Ylang

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    Cerridwen Greenleaf has worked with many of the leading lights of the spirituality world including Starhawk, Z Budapest, John Michael Greer, Christopher Penczak, Raymond Buckland, Luisah Teish, and many more. She gives herbal, crystal and candle magic workshops throughout North America. Greenleaf's graduate work in medieval studies has given her deep knowledge she utilizes in her work, making her work unique in the field. A bestselling author, her books include Moon Spell Magic, The Book of Kitchen Witchery, The Magic of Gems and Crystals and the Witch’s Spell Book series.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  


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