Update 10/4/16

I know, I know. I’m the worst at keeping up with this blog. I’ve jus been having so many bad days with my Hashimotos. Plus, I’m just getting over a sinus infection that I’ve had for like a month. I finally went to the doctor for it last week and he gave me an antibiotic for it. For the most part I’m feeling better.

Birthday

My dad’s birthday was on September 17th. All he wanted to do was walk around the flea market and then have dinner at my brother’s house. We only got to walk around the flea market for about an hour and a half because I had to go into work for a couple of appointments. I was able to find some good treasures though:

My favorite is the Venus de Milo statue. It was basically free. I do the owner’s hair and instead of paying me, she gives me store credit. I only do that with her because I love her store and I already shopped there way before I started doing her hair. I already owned The Proposal (my favorite movie btw), my dad borrowed it and misplaced it. He said he gave it back, but I recently just cleaned out my room very thoroughly and did not find it. Oh well it was only like a dollar so I bought it again. the complete 1st season of Fringe was only $6. I found out why when I started watching it. It skips a lot, but not too much that I can’t still enjoy it.

After my appointments, we drove out to my brother’s for din din. We had hamburgers and I got to spend some time with my cute nephew.

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Mabon

I didn’t really do much for Mabon. I was still feeling gross from my sinus infection. I did set up a little outside altar and gave thanks.

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Dog Sitting

I did some dog sitting for my neighbor. Her dogs are weird, but cute. They’re also super cuddly.

Skateboarding

My brother took my 3 year old nephew to the skate park. He had bought him a skateboard for his birthday last year.

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Another Birthday

It was also my Gangy’s birthday last month. Alright, she’s not really my Gangy. She’s actually a neighbor that I take care of while her daughter is out of town. Her daughter does dog shows and is gone for several days at a time. While she’s gone, I’ll go over and cook breakfast and dinner for her mother (my “Gangy”). She can do everything else by herself, she’s just partially blind and can’t see the numbers on the stove/microwave. I call her my Gangy because she’s a lot nicer than my real one. Anyway, her daughter invited me to go out to lunch with them for her birthday. We went to Pisces Rising in Mount Dora. It was over priced for small portions of sub-par food. Good thing I wasn’t paying! It sure was a beautiful day though.

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Well that’s how my September went. I’m excited that October is here. I can’t wait until Samhain/Halloween.

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Witch Craft Wednesday: Four Elements Seashell Altar Decorations

I’ve collected a lot of seashells from trips to the beach over the past few months. The other day I put some of them to use. I decided to make decorations for my altar representing the four elements. I work with the elements a lot during spells and rituals and wanted to make some physical markers. These little ones I actually made for a a travel altar for a sea witch:

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For my own altar, I made more detailed ones:

For air I painted a feather.

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For fire, I think that one is obvious.

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For water I tried to make it look like a wave crashing. I hope that’s what it looks like.

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For earth I picked daisies because they were easiest to paint on top of the ridges.

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I’ve also decided to go back and make one for Spirit. I always forget Spirit, wanted to start working with it more since it’s a part of me.

For the paint I used acrylics. If you make your own, just be wary of the ridges on the top of the shells. They are a bit tricky to paint on. If you make your own I’d love to see them!

 

New Moon and Beltane Altar

Since last night was the new moon, I decided to finally set up my Beltane altar. I like to keep my altar simple, even for Sabbats, otherwise it just feels cluttered. I didn’t add a lot of decorations, I went mostly for symbolism because I like to keep the same altar even after a Sabbat.

Beltaine: Beltaine (“Bright Fire”) is one of the Solar Festivals and honors the Celtic God known as Belinus. In ancient times, tribal herds were ritually driven between bonfires during this festival, so as to purify and protect them in the upcoming year, prior to their being taken to the pasture lands for the Summer.

Here is how I set it up:

Altar

Cauldron
My new ‘cauldron’ and my prayer/meditation beads I made.

Prayer Beads
Prayer/meditation beads: There are 13 white beads for the 13 moons; green, yellow, purple, blue, & red beads for the 5 elements (earth, air, spirit, water, & fire). On the hanging down part; 7 beads for the 7 chakras and a hamsa hand bead.

Hamsa Hand

 

Fire and Salt
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n the center I put a Himalayn Pink Salt in a fancy dish surrounded by all the gemstones I have that are associated with the element fire. I also put my clear quartz crown around them.

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The colors look like fire and salt represents purification and protection.

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Clear quartz, zebra jasper, bloodstone, red jasper, carnelian, & citrine.

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Two more zebra jaspers, tiger’s eye, and botswana agate.

Triskele
My usual element candles and my triskele that I always keep on my altar.

 

Valknut
My wire Valknut that’s also a permanent fixture.

Maypole

My Maypole. The ribbon colors aren’t really ‘Beltane colors’, but they’re all I had so whatevs. Each ribbon is a wish.

Fairy
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 fairy that I just found in my stuff one day. Not sure where it came from.

White Candle
White candle that’s a permanent fixture and represents spirit. Pentacle pendant I made a while ago and my tree of life pendant I also made.

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Unakite is good for overcoming obstacles in personal growth.

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My New Beginnings bottle, buffalo nickel, and pewter panther. The panther is my Spirit Guide.

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The little ‘trinkets’ below my tree of life pendant from left to right; Unakite eagle pendant, buffalo nickel for luck, my New Beginnings bottle, another buffalo nickel, and a pewter panther. The three cards are my New Moon goals/desires/things I’m working on.

New Moon cards:

The new moon is the perfect time to write down your goals and desires to work on until the next full moon or until you accomplish them. I decided to draw mine out since these are things I will be constantly working on and hoping for. I painted the front of playing cards white and then drew my intentions on them. I’m going to paint them thought the week.

Elephant
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his one is for luck and career success. In Hindu culture, elephants represent luck. Above the elephant’s head is a prosperity sigil, with 3 Elder Futhark Runes. From left to right; Wunjo– Joy & accomplishments in love or career, Sowelo– Wholeness, success, good health, Thurisaz-Good luck, protection, unexpected opportunity. I made this one because I am about to start my new job- booth renting a hair styling studio. It’s been about 7 months since I’ve done hair so I’m basically starting from scratch. I’ve just been worried that I’m putting in more money than I’ll make or that it will take a long time to build a clientele and I won’t be able to pay my bills.

Phoenix (1)

The phoenix is reborn from its ashes. It represents rebirth and renewal. I also drew the phases of the moon; the moon also represent renewal. On the left and right are lunar symbols and an Inguz rune for successful completion with new starts. I drew this one because I want to start over. I’ve been going throw some things and trying to rid my life of a few negative habits I picked up [they’re too personal to post].

Lotus
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his one is for spiritual growth. The lotus flower with an unalome. The unalome symbol is a representation of reaching enlightenment. The path starts in the center of the spiral, and as you continue down this path you are wandering, becoming more conscious of your surroundings. When you reach the top of the symbol (the straight line), you have reached enlightenment. A triskele, valknut, chakra symbols for the chakras I want to work on repairing, a spiral (representing winding inward journey) and the symbols of the four elements.

These are long term goals I will be working on and constant desires.

What are some goals you’re working on?