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Frequently asked questions

Bewitching

Do you do commissions?


Yes, absolutely! I love doing commissions as it gets my creative brain working. If you want to ask me to make a special piece that's just for you (or a special person in your life) drop me an email.




Can you change the necklace my chosen pendant is on?


Yes! Absolutely. The pendants can be strung on a more feminine ribbon necklace, or a more gender neutral leather (or imitation leather) thong. Just drop me an email and let me know what you want.




I want to buy a bracelet but I don't want an elastic one.


No problem. Drop me an email, with your wrist measurement, and I will string the bracelet onto wire for you and add a clasp.




Help! My necklace has broken! What should I do?


If your item breaks, as it might in time (it is normal for this kind of work) it has probably completed its purpose, as it symbolises a needed change in you, and your life. That is great! Congratulations!

You now have two choices.

You could now commission a new necklace, in which case browse the Bewitching Shop for inspiration for a special commission.


Or, if that doesn't work for you, and you really can't bear to be without it, then get in touch, and I can repair your necklace for you, as long as you have all the parts (or as many as possible).

Remake and repair charges are from £10 plus your preferred postage. If a lot of beads are missing, there may be an extra charge for materials. Repairing the item gives it a complete refresh, and they come back cleansed, renewed, and fit as a fiddle!




How do I look after my Bewitching item?


Your Bewitching necklace or pendulum has been made very carefully using the strongest materials possible, however, it is a delicate item, and some simple care techniques will help it to last as long as possible.

I know it is tempting to never take it off, however, the necklace will not like being worn in the shower. You can still keep it near you, but keep it out of water.


It's best not to wear it in bed, as you may catch it in your sleep!


Be careful when taking it off and putting it on.


Also, be careful about catching it on things such as scarves or other items.


Be gentle on your pendulum. If the chain gets twisted, try and untwist it carefully without pulling it hard.




What are Runes?


I make hand-gathered Elder Futhark Runes, using either flint or white stones gathered in places in nature that are special to me. The word ‘rune’ translates as ‘mystery’ or ‘whisper’. Runes are an ancient form of Oracle used by those in Northern European traditions wishing to seek advice or insight. In Norse mythology, they were gifted to Odin after he hung from a branch of the Yggdrasil for nine days and nights. Some are gathered from the green areas around London, some on the Cornish coast, and some on the Sussex coast close to where magical folk like Aleister Crowley and Alex Sanders made their homes. These are then hand-painted and varnished for longevity.

They will come in a cotton drawstring bag.




What are prayer beads?


Similar to the concept of the Japa Mala, Greek Komboloi or Rosaries, my prayer beads are longer than a usual necklace, and are designed for use in prayer or meditation, as well as being worn decoratively. The beads are each hand-knotted on cotton thread, using sacred numbers asscociated with the theme of the necklace. For example, if it is a necklace dedicated to the planetary powers of Venus, the beads will be knotted in sevens. Or if it is a necklace deictaed to the goddess Sekhmet, they will be knotted in threes. Each one is then finished with a handmade tassel and an appropriate charm.




How do I use a pendulum?


If you have a penchant for pendulums, then this is for you! I craft pendulums using semi-precious beads. You can have pointy ones or rounded ones for scrying or for decorative hanging. (All with the added extra intent)

They are also a useful tool for practitioners of complementary therapies such as Hypnosis, NLP, and Kinesiology as they allow you to connect to energy fields in the body (or the land) and your unconscious mind.

The key thing to remember when using one is to keep your arm still by resting it on a flat or fixed surface. Keep your hand steady, and ask the pendulum to show you the responses for 'yes', 'no' and 'maybe'. It will then swing in a different direction for each. It's not necessarily an external force moving the pendulum, its tiny electric currents in your body, and you are probably not connecting to an external force, but your own unconscious mind.




What do I do if there is a problem with an order I have recieved?


If your order is incorrect, damaged or does meet your expectations please contact us so we can help rectify any issues. Customers may return items within 30 days for any reason for a full refund of the cost of the item.





Witchcraft

Do witches worship the devil?


No. We don't. There is no devil in the Craft. (This is an Abrahamic figure). Witches like me are Pagan. This means we connect to the Divine in nature. We don't worship the devil, and we don't make blood sacrifices either. If you are curious about what paganism is, then there are some fabulous resources online, as well as my blog, which you can access from the main menu.




Can I join your coven?


This is actually a very complicated question. I would advise you to read the entries in my blog entries on finding a group, attend some classes, and get to know some of the people in the Pagan community before you ask to join anyone's coven. Its a big committment, and is a relationship like any other. It's best not to jump in without being sure it's for you! Wicca is a vocation. I would urge you to do a lot of exploring and some deep soul searching before you ask for coven training (which is a six year committment as a minimum).





Working With Me

How do you make soap?


I make traditional soaps using only base oils like olive oil, and coconut oil. These are then blended with herbal colourants, and essential oils with a particular magical theme in mind. My love of traditional soap making started as I struggled to find products I could use on my overly sensitive skin. Over the years I have developed a recipe that is vegan, all natural and does not use any palm oil. The recipes are fully certified, and handmade with love and care in small batches.

My recipes have been developed in line with my training in Pre-Modern Planetary Magic. Each soap takes a particular planetary power as its theme, and is coloured and scented with the appropriate herbs and oils. They can then be used as preparation for your own planetary ritual, or to bring a little bit of magic into your everyday routine. Want to bring encourage a little love in your life? Then try the Venus Soap. Need to assert your boundaries and remember you can be assertive? Try the Mars Soap. For more information, head over to the shop.




Can you teach me to make soap?


No, I am afraid not. We would need access to a commercial kitchen to do that, as well as a lot of insurance cover! I can however recommend some really good books on traditional soap making, such as those by Melinda Coss, and Linda Hamblen, who I read when I was teaching myself how to make soap. The main thing is to be safe when you are doing it, as in its raw form its very caustic. Don't be making soap around small children or animals!




Will you come and teach a workshop at my workplace?


If you have enough people who want to attend, and a topic you want to learn, as well as the space to do it, then absolutely. Drop me an email letting me know what you are interested in learning, and if i can do it, I will let you know what's involved and how much it would cost.




Do you do consultancy work?


Yes, this is something I can do. Drop me an email letting me know what you are looking for, and I will let you know if it is possible, and what the costs are.




Can I interview you?


I do give interviews, depending upon our time availability. Journalists, producers, researchers and students should email me on bex@rebeccabeattie.co.uk, with a short explanation of the project and a contact number; put 'interview' in the subject heading'. I will reply within 24 hours.





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