New Altar Supplies at Feral Strumpet

The Needle’s Eye, Tarlair

This month I have introduced lovingly selected altar supplies at both Feralstrumpet.co.uk and Etsy— they join my miniature witch balls. Carefully prepared and selected ritual salts, incenses, sprays as well as fossil and mineral specimens will be on offer.

North Sea Ritual Salt

Today is the New Moon, between two powerful full moons this month. I chose this time to visit one of the sacred spaces on the North Sea near me– the Needle’s Eye at Tarlair, not far from the Pictish hill for of Cleaved Head. This natural arch is part of the Pre-Cambrian shore of the North Sea here, formed over 600 million years ago. It is indeed a place of the jotuns.  I visited at high tide to bring in as much sea water as I could carry in order to extract some ritual salt which I’ll offer later this week.  My ritual sea salt comes in a tin with a tiny piece of sea glass & a limpet shell spoon.

 

I have also carefully selected fossils, mineral specimens as well as Witches Stones (Mare stones, Odin Stones or Hag Stones) gleaned on the beaches of North Yorkshire and Scotland.

A pair of Mare Stones found on the wild beaches of North Yorkshire

I have created a Shadow Work incense at the New Moon Eclipse which includes protective Bladderwrack sustainably harvested at the full moon as well as other foraged and ethically sourced resins and herbs.  At the coming blue moon I’ll create an Esbat incense as well which I will offer in April.

I’m also proud to be the only shop in the UK and Europe to offer Nicole Piar‘s beautiful Spirit Cats Deck. I regularly use this deck for daily inspiration or to clarify longer Tarot readings. The whimsical, ethereal art work and lively stories on the reverse are soul-gladdening. A must for any esoteric cat lover, and makes a wonderful gift for a witch with many familiars (we all know one!) or a friend or comrade who could use a boost that is neither patronising nor glib, but truly buoyant.

Coming soon to Feralstrumpet.co.uk– Nicole Piar’s Spirit Cats Deck.

 

A Coven of Witch Balls

A coven of witch balls- a recent custom order based on my miniature witch balls.
A coven of witch balls- a recent custom order based on my miniature witch balls.

I just completed this set of miniature witch balls for a special customer.  Sometimes my shop supporters will have these wonderful requests, ideas that really let me revel in my materials and designs.  This set of 8 witch balls in different colours, all with hand-forged hooks and adjustable chains, was one such request.  They look so happy together, don’t they?

I was inspired to make my version of the traditional witch ball after seeing a one such wonder in the “moorland cottage” room of the Castle Museum in York. The museum has myriad recreations of domesticity throughout the ages. I was particularly moved by the 18th century cottage, full of rough-hewn furniture. Every object had at least one use, if not three or four. But there in the window– something mysterious and glamorous, even! A glass ball, decoupaged with roses. I, like many unseelies before me, was certainly mesmerized by it. This is my take on the witch ball– made with love and mindfulness, based on old Yorkshire custom where glass orbs were blessed by a wise woman and placed in a window or mantle for protection against malevolence.

You can see more of my miniature witch balls in my Etsy shop.