Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Last Day to Enter!

Today at Midnight ends your chance to enter our Giveaway! Better hurry for all of those who like the last minute! On September First The Winner will be drawn from the Old Witches Hat! Keep a lookout for the winner!
Click Here for a chance to win!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Support The Troops

We have always had a policy of helping out the Pagans in service. We are all about giving back to those who put there lives on the line for us. Without them we would not have our freedom to run our shop, have the freedom of religion, The freedom of Expression.

That is why it is so important for us to help get the pagan troops what they need. We have always had the policy of $10.00 an Item is donated to the troops. Recently we had to raise this to $50.00 but there are more perks with this raise. We will be able to get more items for them and able to ship them off.

Our customers have always had the option of buying directly for those in service. If you like to help more here is a list of pagan items that they need (they also need regular mundane things):

  • Pentacles 
  • • Ankhs 
  • • Awen symbols 
  • • Thor's Hammers 
  • • Sun symbols 
  • • Moon symbols 
  • • Goddess and/or God symbols 
  • • Green Man/Woman symbols 
  • • Wheel of the Year symbols
  •   Other items
  • • Pagan Music, Meditation: CDs & DVDs  
  • • Crystals 
  • • Small God and Goddess statues 
  • • Pagan Books (No nudity) 
  • • Incense 
  • • Oils 
  • • Herbs 
  • • Small Wands 
  • • Small travel chalices 
  • • Altar cloths

Mrs B also wrote about a group that is helping with a donation drive at the last Central New Jersey Pagan Pride Day. For more information hop over to her blog and get the juicy details.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Items

Many may have noticed over the last few days new items have been popping up on the site. Don't worry your not seeing things, they are really new items added! You may have also see some items disappearing, this is also us, we are going through making sure that the no longer available items are being taken care of.

What type of items have been showing up?

We also have Payment Plans that we can work out with you, Just e-mail us and we will get you set up on a plan!
Want to do things by regular mail? No problem we have a Downloadable Catalog in PDF formate. The Order Form is correct while our catalog is outdated (working on a new one!) Use the order form with the website.
Many blessings to you all and have a safe weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Bell

 The bell is often used to signal the start and the end of a ritual or Sabbat. It can also be used to summon a specific deity or spirit, and also to awaken coven members from meditation. It symbolizes the feminine aspect of Wicca.
Bells are like the Voice of the Goddess. When you ring one, it brings the Divine's attention to you. And your attention to the Divine!
A bell with a lovely tone will call beautiful, healing energy to you. Bells can also be used to clear energy. At the end of a ritual is a good time for this, but if unwanted energy crops up during a ritual, you can use the bell to disperse it.
The bell is often used to mark the beginning and end of a spell. It is associated with the element of air and is a feminine symbol and so is often used to invoke the Goddess in ritual. It is also rung to ward off evil spells and spirits, to halt storms, or to evoke good energies. Placed in cupboards or hung on the door, it guards the home. 
Some Wiccans use a bell in their rituals, though certainly not all. Sound is vibration and vibrations are important, not only in everyday life but, especially, magick. To help achieve the right vibrations, the right "mood" or "frequency", it helps to ring a bell. It can actually be just as effective-and thereby as important-as the burning of incense, which also affects vibrations. Don't overdo the bell ringing. A very occasional single-, double-, or triple-ring, scattered throughout the ritual, can be far more effective than a constant jangling.
The bell you use should be chosen carefully. Don't just take any bell - each has its own particular timbre. Find one which seems "right" to you, one which soothes and mellows rather than one which is harsh and strident. If possible, remove the handle and replace it with a leather loop. In this way you can carry the bell strung from you belt (if you prefer that is!).
The bell is a feminine symbol and so is often used to invoke the Goddess in ritual. It is also rung to ward off evil spells and spirits, to halt storms, or to evoke good energies. Placed in cupboards or hung on the door, it guards the home.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

August Give Away

*This Giveaway is Now Closed! The Winner will be Announced on Sept. 1s at 12:00 pm Central USA Time. Thank you all who have entered and Good Luck!

Made from natural oak branches with bark still on them. Each rune is specially burnt with the Futhark symbol, with 25 runes in each set including the blank rune. Only natural stain (linseed oil) is used to cure the runes, no varnish or unnatural substances. The branches are tempered by the elements of fire, water, earth, air, and time. Each set of runes is cut from the same branch in order to assure continuity. The magic of the oak is well placed in the cultures of Nordic, Wiccan, Druidic traditions. Each rune is woodburned into the wood NOT stamped.
Each set comes with a Rune Parchment Poster
Made by Willow

How to enter the giveaway:
By becoming a fan, a twitter follower, or follower of the blog, once you do add a comment to this post so your name can be entered into a drawing and let us know which site you added if all three then your name will be entered 3 times.
If you all ready follow or a fan just answer this post.
Make sure you share this contest with your friends.
This contest is open world wide.
The Contest ends on August 31
Good luck and have fun :)
Sincerely The Sacred Oak Owners Willow and LeUrick

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Chalice

The Wiccan Chalice in Casting Magic Spells

The best known ritual involving the Wiccan chalice is to dip the tip of the ritual dagger, or athame, into liquid held in the chalice. The symbolism is evident, and very moving, representing the union of the God and Goddess, infusing the liquid with potent fertility and promise.
Celebrations at each of the Celtic Festivals may be marked by sharing appropriate drinks from the chalice. Fresh milk at Imbolc, red wine at Samhain, cider at Beltane, and beer at Lughnasadh or Lammas.

Myths and Traditional Surrounding the Chalice

Of all the Wiccan tools, the chalice is the symbol most shared with other traditions, notably Christianity. One of the central, and most powerful, rituals of many Christian Churches, the Eucharist or Communion, involves sharing wine and bread among the church community, following the example of the Christ as the last supper.
The Grail of Arthurian Legends is a mysterious and enchanting example of a chalice in myth. The origins of the myth, and the associated genuine historical facts, remain hotly debated. However, many commentators believe that the medieval Christian associations draw heavily on pre-existing Celtic myth and folklore.
Certainly the symbol of the grail as the original cup that Christ shared at the last supper, and which Joseph of Arimathea used to catch the blood of Christ on the cross, are just as evocative as the image of the chalice as the fertile and generous Goddess.

Mysterious and beautiful, a chalice is a Wiccan tool to chosen with care. Once chosen, a chalice should be treasured and respected as an age old symbols, a valuable tool in Wiccan ritual and casting Wiccan spells.

The Chalice

The element of Water is represented through the use of the Chalice, which is a ceremonial drinking vessel. The Chalice is used to take drinks during rituals and at the culmination of ritual work. In some paths it is also used to toast the Gods.
This tool also represents the universal feminine or the womb, especially when combined with the Athamé during the symbolic Great Rite. However, in Asatru the chalice is used as a drinking horn for holding sacred mead.

Joanne E. Brannan

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mad Gypsy Dolls and Art

Recently Willow won a contest over at Mad Gypsy Dolls and Art 
She was highly surprised by the win. 
The following images is what was received and she Highly recommends all to visit them :)

Thank You For the special Book Mark its lovely! The Postcard is beautiful and when you visit our Booth in September you can pick up a Business Card for her shop :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Things

We have been busy adding in New Book Titles all week. Lots of Book Titles from all sorts of categories and Arthur's. Books added daily!

We are currently looking into several New Crystal and Stone Suppliers and have found several that we like. So look for a wide range of stones and crystals in the near future!

Willow is busy with several custom orders and is preparing for Fair season, Time is running out if you need new fair clothing, as orders are being made nearly daily.

In about a week or two (Look for blog post) we will be unavailing our new wooden Book of shadows and wooden Boxes!

Promotional Opportunity! Are you a Hand Made artist? A Writer? Owen your own shop? Well we have a promotional Opportunity for you! We will be at Livingston Trade Days in September, we will be putting together promotional goody bags, perfect way for you to spread the word about your business in one easy option! We will take the following: Business Cards, Pamphlets, flyers, Post cards, Samples anything that has your business name on it and info! To send us your items simply e-mail us (sacredoak2002@yahoo.com) and we will send you our mailing address! We are expecting a great turn out during our last show we passed out over 100 cards and it was very hot out. In september it will be slightly cooler and we are expecting a far better turn out!

Have a wonderful day everyone :)