Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Magical Monday - Tuesday Edition

Magical Monday





3 Card Spread -  Mind, Body, Spirit 

Mind: Four of Vessels: Boredom - The universe responds favourably to a decisive, forward momentum, while boredom leaves a person in a state of inaction. There are many reasons for feeling disenchanted or trapped in life. The causes of the malaise and the feeling of being weathered by routine or beaten down by conflict are common, but in the end it is from ourselves that the first sparks of momentum must emanate. But if you ask a question of the universe, the universe will answer. Nature abhors a vacuum and it will throw so many opportunities into your path that your head will spin. All you have to do is recognize and acknowledge the proffered doorways, and step through them. Challenge should not be feared; opportunity should be grasped and utilized to its natural limit. 

Body : Five of Vessels: Ecstasy - Many avenues are open to the Wanderer to commune intimately and ecstatically with great beauty or to be intoxicated by an intensely personal connection with the divine. Music, meditation, art, love, dancing or a profound sexual experience can inspire and induce the sacred trance of enlightening ecstasy.  

Spirit: Two of Stones: Challenge - Some competition and honest differences of opinion can be productive and even beneficial. Remain clear and focused on your objectives and stay firm in your ethical efforts to proceed with a plan or project. 



 Totem for the Week:
from Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson 
Illustrated by Angela C. Werneke


34 Grouse: If you have Grouse medicine in your cards, undertake a meditation on the various qualities of movement within your world.
Many spiritual disciplines ask that you cease all external movement in order to recognize inner life. Grouse medicine, however, is an invitation to dance. Grouse celebrates the Divine Source through its sacred spiral dance , and offers this dance to you as a gift. You can spend a lifetime learning Grouse's lesson on how to harmonize your dance with Mother Earth's cycles, and how to offer the dance as a creation of selfless beauty. 

Thoughts: 

I am still in partial recovery from Earth Warrior's Festival this weekend, which is why this post is happening on Tuesday instead of Monday, lol. I took amazing classes from amazing teachers from across the USA. I bought 3 books directly from teachers and got them signed. There were several amazing group rituals. Overall it was a wonderful weekend. I feel like I emerged with many new friends. 

I bought the following books. 





I can't wait to get into them!! Here are some pictures from the concerts and fire dancing. 











Blessings!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Magical Monday - The week of the Lynx & Earth Warrior's Week!

Magical Monday



Rune(s) of the Week:

Ansuz: The As: Odin - This rune signifies a revealing message or insight, communication. Signals, inspiration, enthusiasm, speech, true vision, power of words and naming and receiving blessings, the taking of advice. Good health, harmony, truth, wisdom. 
Everything you encounter has a message for you; learn from your environment. You are being called to acknowledge a powerful lesson, be prepared to let go of your preconceptions. 




Tarot Card(s) of the week:

I actually drew the totem animal of the week card first, and drew The Lynx. I then picked up the Wildwood Tarot to start shuffling for the three card draw, and a card popped out of the deck. When I turned it over, there was the Lynx again. Hmm...apparently Lynx has an important message for me this week. Here is the Wildwood meaning for Lynx - Page of Stones: Pay attention to the physical realm, and be aware of the effects generated by everything you do. A strain of wildness and a lack of thought can sometimes hamper your forward passage, but careful consideration redresses the balance. 





3 Card Sprd - Head, Heart Spirit 

Head: Seven of Vessels: Mourning - Mourning begins the process of recovery after failure or bereavement. This process may even be unconscious, for we often do not realize that things were significant to us until they are gone. Mourning serves to ritualize the process of being at peace with loss and honor the passing of what is important and significant in a personal relationship. It allows the tidal flow of emotions to rise and fall naturally through the psyche, an bring a sense of closure or completion and peace. Whatever the loss, whoever the wake is being held for, let them go with love, and honor their passing. 

Heart: Six of Arrows: Transition - The primal impulse here is to move beyond old boundaries and personal thought processes and deploy new methods of reasoning to resolve important issues. Some obstacles may challenge older methods, and new, more dynamic responses are required to adapt to a new set of paradigms. This can be an exciting process. The journey may be scary, since letting go of old and previously effective processes can be unsettling, but the unseen tides that drive the need to evolve are already pulling you to new experiences and places. Trusting in your own instincts and skills to absorb change is essential to overcome new situations. Take advantage of your subconscious forward momentum and ride the new wave with an open heart and a positive mental attitude. 

Spirit: Knight of Stones: Horse - Healthy activity and self-sufficiency colour your path. Physical strength supports your decisions and pleasure is important. Daring, pride, and a love of the Earth lead you to attempt ever more amazing feats. Let the horse carry you. 



 Totem for the Week:
from Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson 
Illustrated by Angela C. Werneke


18 Lynx: If you have pulled the Lynx card, you can be sure that "secrets" are afloat. If this is your personal medicine, you should listen to your higher self. Be still and pay attention to the revelations you receive either in the form of mental pictures or through a high singing voice in your inner ear. Perhaps you will receive information in the form of omens. You can be sure that mother Earth is signalling to you in some manner. 
If Lynx is at your door, listen. Brother or Sister Lynx can teach you of your personal power and of things you have forgotten about yourself. Lynx can lead you to lost treasures, and connect you to forgotten brotherhoods or sisterhoods.

Thoughts: 

Last week my reward board challenge for PSWOTY did not go as well as i might have liked, but rather than beat myself up about it I am just going to recommit myself this week. Not giving up when things get away from me is definitely something I need to work on. Getting right back on the horse. 

The Tea with Tarot hosted by Cris and Charlie, was lovely, insightful and truly fun. If you are interested you can watch it by clicking here. The giveaway they mention was for some of the incense they were both using, Psychic Eye from White Witch Parlor, and some tea 'Polyjuice' Blend from Adagio. And, spoiler alert, I won it!! I am so excited. It was just the cherry on top of a lovely night. 

On Thursday we, Seth and I, are headed to Clarksville, Ohio to attend my second Earth Warrior's Festival. This is the 9th year for the festival which is the brainchild of my friend, Heather. It is a 4 day long pagan event for adults 21+. There are so many amazing presenters coming to lead classes and rituals. If you are interested you can check out the festival website here. I am eagerly looking forward to the classes, the rituals, the music and dancing, the drumming, and just camping and having a good time. Only 2 days to go until we leave. :) 


Blessings!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Foto Fridays -

This was a fairly normal week. We didn't do any fun events, or go anywhere exciting, but it was very much a week in my life.

Friday, September 9, 2016 : Had my first Starbucks in a couple of months, and a salad from BJ's Brewhouse for lunch. Later went out to dinner to celebrate my Father-in-law's birthday, then spent some time at my brother and sister-in-law's house.




Saturday, September 10, 2016: Out for a bit in the morning to meet my mother's kitten, Dori. Then College Football for longer than we anticipated due to a rain delay. 


Sunday, September 11, 2017: Had pumpkin pancakes with spiced apples for breakfast at Tommy's Diner. Then took a long walk on the scioto mile. 



Monday, September 13, 2016: REWARD DAY!! Got another Lush Bath Bomb, this time Guardian of the Forest. So pretty. 




Tuesday, September 13, 2016:  Just to share, this is a picture of the little birdhouse in my (Kia) Soul


Wednesday, September 14, 2016: My husband and my cat, Sam, snuggling on the floor. 



Thursday, September 15, 2016: I ran out at lunch to Target, and Halloween is coming out. I only bought a couple of things, one of which is this amazing flask. 


Tomorrow my mother, sister and I get our nails done. Saturday or Sunday we are headed to either the Backwoods Festival or the Country Living Fair. Saturday night I am going to a party at a friend's. And then next week we are headed to Earth Warriors Festival!! 




Monday, September 12, 2016

Magical Monday - Learning to Embrace Change

Magical Monday



Rune(s) of the Week:

Ehwaz: Horse: Do not take friendship for granted. Consider your loyalty towards those close to you, who may need your support now. Acknowledge the help of others and you will benefit from your alliance. 





Tarot Card(s) of the week:

3 Card Spread - Head, Heart Spirit 

Head: Ace of Bows: Spark of Life: By shaping, directing and persevering with the tool that both hunts and nurtures fire, we kindle the spark that starts the process of creation and empowerment. This takes skill, effort, commitment and persistence, but the universe always responds with enlightenment, challenge and opportunity. Be prepared to learn new skills, adapt to a changing environment and focus and tune your instincts to the task at hand. 

Heart: Seven of Bows: Clearance: All things must change and evolve, and however well prepared or carefully constructed your tools and skills, new challenges and obstacles may require rethinking and relearning. Change is a natural part of the process of renewal and although it can bed painful (pain brings change and change brings pain), it must be seen as a positive turn of the Wheel and necessary for new life to begin. By allowing the passing of the old and the clearing of the ground to take place with an element of welcoming and accepting change, the feelings of relief and poignancy may aid the healing process, giving comfort. 

Spirit: Four of Arrows: Rest: In this stressful and demanding world, we sometimes forget that rest is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle and sleep is a vital part of recuperation and the healing process. This primal mechanism is not just for the well-being of the body but the mind and imagination as well. Sometimes, inspiration and insight can also come through restful meditation and lucid dreaming.

**New** Totem for the Week:
from Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson 
Illustrated by Angela C. Werneke


The Whale: Record Keeper: If you pulled the Whale card, you are being asked to tap into these records and to allow yourself to be sung to by those who have the original language. We are the only creatures who do not have a unique cry or call. Find yours. Allow your voice to use this song to release tension or emotion. Whale signals a time of finding your origins, of seeing your overall destiny as coded in your DNA, and of finding the sounds that will release those records. You may never be the same again. After all, you are the melody of the Universe, and the Harmony is the song of the other creatures. In using your voice to open your memory, you are expressing your uniqueness and your personal sound. As you open to this uniqueness, the animals that are your nine totems may then send their sounds or calls to you or through you. This will open your personal records so that you may further explore your soul's history and commune with Whale, who carries the history of us all.

Thoughts: 

It was another sucessful week in the psycho spiritual wheel of the year. Tonight is a reward night, so I have a bath bomb waiting for me. If you would like to join our merry band it is not too late, simply click this link to Kickass Witch and click on the psycho spiritual wheel of the year. 

I am going to be joining my friend Cris and Charlie, of Charliesaysgo on Youtube, for a Tea and Tarot on the full moon Friday. I am posting a video trailer below. If you want to join this there is an event page on Facebook. Here is the Link. This should be an amazing event, so you should definitely join. 


Beyond this, I am going to be getting things together for Earth Warriors Festival which begins next Thursday. I am so excited for this, I have been waiting all year. 

Blessings!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Foto Fridays - The resurgence!

I was missing sharing my sometimes strange/ sometimes boring life with everyone, so I am reviving Foto Fridays.  Yep, I spell photo wrong to force the alliteration, deal with it. This will be a photo/foto look at my week. I hope you enjoy.

Friday, September 2, 2016: Went with my husband, mother and sister to the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival. We ate 12 ears of corn (3 each) in roughly 10 minutes. I got the most delicious pumpkin donuts I have ever tasted. I also got a splinter in my thigh sliding across a bench, ouch. We also watched cloggers.





Saturday, September 3, 2016: Channeling American Horror Story - Coven while attending a birthday party for my niece Moira (8) and my nephew Gideon (2). I assure you my shirt says WITCH.


Sunday, September 4, 2016: First trip to the Renaissance Festival. Got a new bodice compliments of my mother after mine popped its boning in the parking lot. Bought some amazing tea, hairsticks, the most adorable gargoyle type guy, and some pipe tobacco that I am going to use like incense with a charcoal disc. Seth got a beautiful staff with the symbol for Aries on it, which match his horned helmet. 



Monday, September 5, 2016: Labor Day: Worked in the yard. Found that my love lies bleeding was blooming. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016: Earned my first reward in the Psycho Spiritual Wheel of the Year - Autumn Equinox challenge I am participating in with JoAnna DeVoe. I got myself the Yoga bath bomb from Lush. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016:  This was a super boring day for me, and I took literally no pictures of anything, so...here is a picture of my reward board for the PSWOTY challenge. 


Thursday, September 8, 2016: Bingo Night!! A friend of mine introduced me to Naughty/ Dildo Bingo earlier this year and I am completely hooked. I grabbed one of my good friends, Faith, and we went to play last night. I won on the X - x-tasy game. I wore my brand new target dollar bin bat headband. C'mon Halloween!! 



That is my week in review. See you next week!! 








Monday, September 5, 2016

Magical Monday - Autumn Begins!

Magical Monday



Rune(s) of the Week:

Jera: Your creativity has paid off and all your plans are coming into fruition now. Your life is a hive of activity as you rush to reap the rewards of your labour. You are energized and vibrant, fully able to enjoy your success without complacency. Remember that within your harvest lies the dormant seed of the cycle to come. 





Tarot Card(s) of the week:

3 Card Spread - Head, Heart Spirit 

Head: Six of Bows - Adundance: The wheel turns  and the time to enjoy the fruits and rewards of the summer season has arrived. Patience acknowledges the plentiful bounty which delivers the gifts and rewards for your efforts. Now is the time to allow this generous feeling of well-being to flow freely through and around you, and to enjoy the pleasures and sustenance the healing and revitalizing gifts can offer.  Give thanks and accept the blessings of the changes that occur in life at this time. 

Heart: 2 The Seer: The time has come to focus your power and let it flow through you. Many dreams or desires related to the creative emotional process are ready to be applied in your day-to-day life and you must now give vent to those hidden or suppressed longings. This may also relate to healing, sexual relationships or partnerships. Now the manifestation of inner spiritual or esoteric insights into your practical and physical daily life will bring profound rewards and results. It is a sign of maturity. The seer also relates to creative impulses such as art, mechanical skills and crafts, and the joy of bringing pleasure and knowledge to others. 

Spirit: 9 The Hooded Man: The time of the Hooded Man is here. Whether he appears in the guise of an inner guide and mentor or simply as a state of mind, you will understand that now is a time to withdraw and rest. After a long journey through the Wild wood, many emotions and experiences need to be absorbed, This is the beginning of understanding - not just of yourself, but of the universe. The hermit-like Hooded Man appears differently for everyone. Whether through meditation or solitude in the mountains, through prayer or holidaying in a secluded place, his light will illuminate the way to the heart of the endless cycle of being. 

Thoughts: 

I have had an amazingly successful week in the psycho spiritual wheel of the year, and I am excited to keep it up. 
We are only a couple of weeks away from Earth Warrior's Festival. I am starting to get really excited to get in there to learn and make new friends. This year I know more people too, so it should be even better than last time. 
I am also working on some new altar set ups, and ways of working. 


Blessings!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Magical Monday - Getting ready for fall!!

Magical Monday


Rune(s) of the Week:

Nauthiz: Need: Sometimes the biggest blessing is not getting what you think you want. Try to keep  a sense of perspective. The spirit can see the bigger picture that is unfolding before you and will deliver exactly what you need at the right time. 

Wunjo: Joy: Appreciate the love and laughter in your life and make time to value the ordinary things that make you happy. Live fully in the present and celebrate being alive! 





Tarot Card(s) of the week:

3 Card Spread - Head, Heart Spirit 

Head: Nine of Stones - Tradition: Whenever we reach back into antiquity with sincere reverence and respect, seeking insight and wisdom, we commune directly with both the esoteric and practical memory of the human species. The myths, rituals and traditions of past tribes remain imprinted on the human psyche. Whether you believe this to be the effect of morphic resonance or the spiritual echo of past lives dedicated to the reverence of the otherworld, the mystical traditions have a real purpose and meaning that you can draw upon, even in our frantic modern world. Through the study of ancient mystical traditions, we see how closely linked we are with the past, and how little we have changed as a species. We are still driven by the primal neds and fears that faced the first humans. We still look at the night sky with wonder and awe. We still look at the ocean and feel the pull of the unknown. Ro reach back and invite past traditions to enlighten and enrich your life is to draw on ancient strengths that are freely available to those seeking wisdom, sustenance and consolation. 

Heart: Ace of Stones - The foundation of life: The concept of the material world as a solid, unchanging thing has evolved with our understanding of the cosmos. Human beings seems unique in their ability to interact with the material world and yet have a foot in the otherworld of the mind, imagination and creative will. To be connected to the Earth and the power that resides there allows us to draw from this primal source and direct the power of our minds to create changes in our world. The concept that the realms of matter and the realms of the mind are totally separate and detached is now outmoded and verifiably untrue. The primal rock is decorated with ancient cup-and-ring markings to express the emergence of creation and the cycles of energies within the universal consciousness and the still and stable point from which to plan and empower your life, fulfilling your material dreams. 

Spirit: Five of Vessels - Ecstasy: Many avenues are open to the Wanderer to commune intimately and ecstatically with great beauty or to be intoxicated by an intensely personal connection with the divine. Music, meditation, art, love, dancing or a profound sexual experience can inspire and induce the sacred trance of enlightening ecstacy. This powerful and euphoric awareness is utterly natural and a well-established aspect of Shamanic traditions. States of ecstatic trance can sometimes be triggered by extreme physical exertion or the quiescence of the superficial consciousness, so as to gain access to a deeper and more profound comprehension. of everything. Sadly, the concept of spiritual ecstasy has been damaged by the common use of drugs that imitate (for a short time) the endorphin rush of an authentic and natural ecstasy. The ecstatic trance has been described as a delightful possession or a mysterious union with a timeless exuberance. The fusing of the spiritual being with a profound and loving universal mind elevates the soul to the spaces, where poetry breathes through you and exultation and stillness effortlessly coexist.

Thoughts: 

This week was interesting for me. As stressful as work was; my home life and personal life was relaxing and beautiful. I am going to create a post for Wednesday of this week to talk about what I did this weekend, and what I am looking forward to that is coming up. I am going through a time of re-dedication to the craft. I am going to begin some Shadow working going into the fall, and I am participating in the Autumn Equinox session of the Psycho Spiritual Wheel of the Year with Jo DeVoe. I am very excited, and encourage others to jump in as well. It looks like it is going to be an amazing group and an amazing experience. 



Blessings!