A bud of mine seemed to get into Ellegua, and I figured I’d make an Ellegua candle for her. Nevermind the fact that I had no idea how an Ellegua candle looked. Knowing that he was associated with red and black, I erred on the side of safety and double poured in the aforementioned colors. My first pour wasn’t instinctual — rather it was easier and faster to pour a primary color than melt three primary colors in proper ratio to achieve black. Topping off the present, I added a jar of rose and lavender potpourri bought from the herb fair. Let’s say the jar of dried herbs was met with a lot less enthusiasm than the interest sparked by the candle.
An idea popped into my mind, nevertheless. Why didn’t witches hold swaps? Can you imagine standing in a community center — or a pal’s living room — and bargaining, “okay, you can have this pendulum made from recycled jewelry if you surrender that hand crafted candle.” or “Oh, do you really like my amethyst pendant? Well, I had these crystals just laying around, and I decided to take them to a rock shop and have them glued on bails. Of course, you can my amethyst pendant — providing you bake a Yule cheesecake decorated with a triquestra for me. Please pack it in a wooden box decorated with holly leaves.” Because witches tend to be generous and talented, I expect some excellent trades would be held. Me? I’d go for a journal decorated with dried herbs, calligraphy, and moon phases in zodiac signs.