folklore and fairytale
to guide your magick.
The Enchanted Library
The Enchanted Library series is a part of The Tiny Cauldron's own brand of witchery: Folkloric Witchcraft. Folkloric Witchery is for the witch who focuses on the poetry and prose of their spells and rituals. They take inspiration from old fairytales and folktales, and bits of folklore, in writing incantations. For the Folkloric Witch, the energy and intention of the spell come from the power of the written incantation, with its stories and waxy language, its descriptive beauty and flow. Folkloric Witches are writers. Poets. Lovers of a good book.
In some of these offerings, we've rewritten fairytales to craft a new intention, a new message. In others, we've taken inspiration from the original tale. In all, we've honored the power of narrative and the symbolism those stories held. Sometimes we include items related to the stories' history and region. No matter what's included, The Enchanted Library truly breathes new life into old stories, which fits in beautifully with the mission of The Tiny Cauldron.
From Snow White to Rose Briar, Hansel and Gretel, Thumbelina, and Red Riding Hood, we wish to pass down these tales in a new, more witchy way, and we hope they find a place on your bookshelf and on your altar.
Dark Cottage Witchery
The Dark Cottage Witchery Kit focuses on the rewritten tale of Snow White, a cunning, clever girl who was looking for a way out and found it. The kit provides goodies aimed at shadow work, banishing, honoring resentments and anger, and the darker parts of the self, like power and vanity. It focuses on scrying, invoking the elementals, playing among the poisons, and the binding of that infamous apple with a bit of enchanted velvet.
A retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, 1740
with inspiration from "Briar Rose" (as told by Brother's Grimm in 1812) and The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911)
In this kit, we focus on glamour magick, a bit of witchery that involves altering the image of the self, among other tenets. Here, we perform spells on seeing truth amid distortion, removing obstacles that block good judgment, and asking for the assistance of the fae and the garden in seeing without our rose-colored spectacles.
The Pebbled Pathway
A retelling of Hansel and Gretel in Grimm's Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm, 1812
Hansel and Gretel offer us a look at abandonment and betrayal, as well as captivity with greed at the heart. But in our witchy retelling, the old witch offers the children a new life. This kit is perfect for witches working on the shadows, namely beginnings, transitions, honoring mistakes and taking care of the child within us all.
The Red Cloak
The wolf. The cottage hidden in the woods. The one with the Red Cloak. In this installment, we revisit the power of Red Riding Hood as she donned her velveteen protection and ran into the forest to heal the shadows within. We focus on building intuition and healing the self. After all, some would say that our inner shadows are simply habits cloaked as wolves, hiding from our wisdom so that they may survive.
Based on "Thumbelina" by Hans Christian Andersen, 1835
Thumbelina was dealt a bad hand. Crafted by a witch to fulfill someone else's loneliness, and then trapped with unkind, selfish animals, the bitesize lady was destined to have the tendency to relinquish her own needs to keep others happy. But with the help of the swallow, a staple symbol in folklore, she finds her free spirit. Our kit finds inspiration from Thumbelina, offering spells and goodies to foster your free spirit and allow your higher self to guide you.