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 Crafts: Beach in a Bowl

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This craft is perfect for sea witches that  are land locked or far from the ocean. Or for any witch that wants the “beach” on their altar. Mine kind of looks like an altar for Aphrodite, so you could do that too. You can tweak it how you want, this is just to show you one way of doing it. Let’s get started!

Supplies:
-Sand (beach or white)
-Water
-Salt (sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, or table.)
-Mortar and pestle (for crushing sea salt or HPS)
-Glass bowl
-Empty glass votive or shot glass
-Large plastic bowl (to catch any stray sand. Gets kind of messy).
-Funnel
-Tiny shells (real or fake), gemstones, or other little trinkets you want to use.

*A note about the sand: If you use sand you’ve collected from the beach, first lay it out on a large pan to dry out. Make sure it is thoroughly dry before using it or it will stink and get moldy. Also, be sure to clean out your shells if you use real ones.

1. First, put your glass votive or shot glass into your glass bowl. Then put both into tour plastic bowl.

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2. Grab your funnel and your sand. You may want to put the sand in a cup or jar to make it easier to pour into the funnel.   Place the funnel inside the bowl, but outside of the votive. You’re going to pour the sand all the way around the votive. Gently pour the sand in. Full it to just a little bit below the lip of the votive. That way the sand won’t flow over. Once you get all the sand in, gently shift it so that the sand lays out flat.

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3. If you’re using sea salt or HPS, now is when you’d crush it in the mortar and pestle. I used sea salt to give it more of an ocean feel. But if all you have is table salt, that’s fine too.

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4. Once you’re done crushing the salt, pour it into the votive.

5. Next, gently pour in the water. Again, just full it up to a little below the lip so it doesn’t spill out over the edge.

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6. Lastly, add your shells, stones, or trinkets. I added shells, an amethyst, and a goddess figure. It turned out looking like an altar for Aphrodite. Which I love, because I’ve been really drawn to her lately.

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You can altar yours to fit your tastes. You can also make it as big or small as your want. I wanted mine to fit on my altar.

Post any questions you may have below in the comments. I’d be happy to answer them. I’d also love to see variations.

A Year and a Day

I’ve been studying Paganism for about a year now. I’ve only been loosely studying it though; Mostly just setting up an altar and celebrating the Sabbats. I’ve decided I wanted to get more focused on my studies. I also wanted to study more paths, I identify as Eclectic Pagan right now. I’ll probably still stay a Solitary Eclectic, but I find to see what else is out there first. That’s why I’ve decided to do a “Year and a Day” study. Usually you would only do a year and a day study before you get initiated into a coven, but I wanted to do one for myself to kind of stay on track and stick to a plan.

I was going to make a plan by the week, but as I was writing one up, I realized that some subjects will take longer than a week to cover and others not so much. I decided to just make a list of all the subjects I wanted to study and take as long as I need to and try to fit it into the year and a day. I know I can’t learn everything in that time, but I want to make learning a higher priority.

I picked today because it is the true Samhain or so I’ve read online. Some people say it is, so say it’s not. I’ll figure it out later, but I still just wanted to start today because I’m so anxious to start. I even went to the library and got some books. As I go along I want to get started on my Book of Shadows. I already have a little one going, but it’s too small for my liking. I want to be able to add pictures to my pages, but their to too small for that and it usually takes like 5 of the for one thing. For my current one I have also been just writing the first thing I find. I want to do more research on each subject for before I add to my B.O.S. I will keep a digital copy and not add it until I feel like I have a sufficient amount of info.

Well below is a list of the subjects I want to cover. I will also be putting together a reading list of the books I want to read.

Basics
Tools
Casting a Circle
Magic
Spells (later on when I’ve studied magic more.)

Different Paths(not all Pagan)
Wicca
Druidry
Hellenic
Romanian
Asatru
Kemetic
Buddhism
Hinduism
Shamanism

Divination
Tarot
Ogham
Pendulum
Runes
Scrying
Astrology

Sabbats
Yule
Imbolc
Beltane
Ostara
Litha
Lammas
Mabon
Samhain

Esbats
Phases
Moon Names
Drawing down the Moon

Healing
Gemtsones
Herbs
Plants
Oils
Chakras
Reiki

Other
Celtic Tree Months
Four Elements
Animal Totems
Symbols & Meanings
Auras
gods and goddesses (even though I still worship the Christian God, I still want to learn about other ones. Mostly the ones associated with the Sabbats or really well known ones.)

That’s all I could think of for now. If you have any other suggestions let me know. I will also be adding a reading list later this week.

Witchy Wednesday [9/2/15]

Witch’s Bottle

I have been wanting to make a Witch’s Bottle for some time now. I finally made one this week. I saw a picture on Pintrest that someone made one out of an old light bulb and I wanted to try and do that. It’s a lot more tedious than I though. I tried take the bottom of the light bulb off to get the wires out but they make it seem a lot easier than it really is. After a few minutes of trying and failing, I moved on and found a different bottle to use.

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I remembered I had bought a cute little bottle at a thrift store a while back that didn’t have a stopper. It was perfect.

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Usually witch’s bottles have one specific focus, but mine had a few. I didn’t feel like making a bunch of different ones for the things I wanted to attract. These were part of my full moon intentions (even though I made this bottle on Monday, it still has some left over moon power. More waning gibbous I guess.) Here are the items I decided to put in my bottle and their meaning. These items have many meanings, but these are what they represent for me.

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Baby’s Breath: Happiness

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Cedar Bark Shavings: Purification

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Himalayan Pink Salt: Self love

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A black feather I found: Protection and to repel negative energy

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A Dried Rose (only used one petal, crushed): Love

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Sea Shells: Protection, Love

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Lavender: Sleep, Clarity of thought

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Some gemstones. I only use the bottom three because they are they only ones that would fit into the bottle.

First two (that I didn’t use) are Clear Quartz and I believe Sodalite.

Bottom Three (that I did use):

Brown Zebra Jasper: Writer’s stone, good for writer’s block, motivation, and meeting goals.

Blue Quartz: Assuages fear, clams the mind, inspires hope, promotes understanding your spiritual nature, peace & tranquility, amplifies power.

Adventurine: Opportunity, luck, prosperity.

Now I’m not 100% sure that those are the identifications of the bottom four stones because they were given to me a long time ago. That’s just what I believe they are based on internet research. If you know for a fact they are something different, please let me know.

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Salt: Healing, protection, purification

Crushed egg shells (Cascarilla): Prosperity

After I gathered everything that I wanted to use, I began putting it all into the bottle. I used a  funnel to pour in the salt, Cascarilla, cedar shavings, lavender, HPS, and crushed rose petals first. I then added the gemstones, then the feather, and baby’s breath. As I added everything in, I focused on the intention that each piece represented.

When everything was in, I found a perfect black stone that I had to add as a stopper. I’m not sure what kind of stone it is, but it worked perfectly. I then light a beeswax candle and sealed in the stone. Here is the finished bottle:

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New Moon and the Not So Great Ritual

New Moon=New Beginnings

The new moon was this past Friday.  When I remember, I like to do a little something for the new moon. I worked late on Friday so I didn’t really work on my manifestations until Saturday. There was a new moon ritual in Orlando on Saturday night. I planned on going to it. It was the same place that held the Lughnasadh Ritual I attended. The rituals are always pot lock and last time I went I didn’t have time to make anything and just took Publix potato salad. This time I wanted to actually make something. I decided to make corn muffins because I thought they were gluten free (I checked, and they in fact are not, but I didn’t realize that until after I bought the mix). I also wanted to make the muffins snazzy. I came up with Lavender Honey Muffins. There are recipes out there for them, but I decided to just make my own.

First I had to go to the flea market to buy some local honey. I don’t like using that stuff from the grocery store.

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After wandering around the flea market for awhile, I finally found the honey guy. They are a family business. His dad started out and we passed away, the son and his wife took over.

After I got the honey, I stopped by my favorite witchy shop, The Muse, and bought some new stones.

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From front to back; Onyx, Goldstone, & Garnet.

Onyx: root chakra, assists with challenges in life, protection, & grounding.

Goldstone: calmness, emotional stability, energy generator, & deflects negative energy.

Garnet: regeneration, vitality, order, energizing.

Thought these would help with my new moon manifestation.

When I got home I started on a practice batch of lavender honey corn muffins.

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I used Jiffy mix because I had never made cornbread from scratch, plus ain’t nobody got time for that. The directions are on the back of the box. Pretty simple, just added an egg and 1/3 cup of almond milk. I also added 1/2 a tsp of crushed lavender and 2 tsp of honey. I used my mortar and pestle to crush the lavender, but you could also use the back of a spoon.

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Before I put the muffins in the oven, I thought I’d add some extra flare. Yeah bad idea. Turns out there is such a thing as too much lavender.
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They looked fancy though. Even the lavender inside was too much. Here’s the recipe I used for the ritual muffins:

2 boxes of mix
2 eggs
2/3 cup of almond milk (I’m lactose intolerant so you can use regular milk too)
1/2 tsp of lavender
4 tsp of honey

Baked the for ten minutes and they were golden. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture muffins because I was running late, but they tasted better than practice muffins.

I had an hour drive to get to the ritual. I kind of didn’t want to go because I hadn’t been feeling good and it was raining. I decided to go ahead and go because I wanted to be social and I figured maybe it wasn’t raining in Orlando.

It was. It was pouring on my drive over. I almost turned around, but I had already gotten closer to the ritual than home. When I got there, they wanted to have the ritual inside because it was still lightening. So there were a lot of people crammed into a small living room. There was incense burning and I quickly got a headache. I was trying to stay positive, but I was already in a bad mood. Then I got stuck sitting next to this kid that wouldn’t be quiet. When the ritual started, the lady putting it on stood in the same spot, which was right in front of my view of the altar so I couldn’t see anything she was doing. Plus it was hot and stuffy because they turned the fans off so they could light candles. After the ritual, it was the feast. It looked good, but I couldn’t eat most of it because of my gluten allergy. So I basically just had salad. After that, I was regrettably in a bad mood. I decide just to leave early.

When I got home, I hung out with my sister and watched YouTube videos. That put me in a better mood. After that I worked on my new moon manifestations.

I’m a visual person so I like to draw little manifestation cards:
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In the center is a sigil I made to take care of my body/health. I used the phrase: “I will make my body healthy”. On the left is the Ken rune which is the rune of the fierce warrior (among other things). I chose this one because part of getting my body healthy is getting my thyroid healthy. I’m already working on that by cutting gluten and taking my medications. I also want to cut sugar and processed foods all together. The symbol on the right is the Ogham – Druir which is the sign of the oak; pare and stability. The blue butterfly is the symbol for Graves disease. When I finished the card, I put it on the mini easel that I had put on my altar for Lughnasadh. I’ll have to post my Lughnasadh altar later. After I set my card on my altar I went to bed after a long day.

P.s. Sorry for all the blurry pictures, I took them on my phone.

What did you do for the new moon? What are some of goals you want to work on this month?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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].

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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?

Ostara Altar

I forgot to post a few things in my ‘Ostara Ritual’ post. I wanted to show my Ostara Altar because it shows my new altar setting. My old altar set up was on top of my dresser. My dresser is tall thought and I had to stand at my altar. Now it’s on a short table where I can drag my meditation cushion over and sit in front of it. Since I don’t practice magic, my altar will be used for prayer and scripture reading as well as holding my crystal grids and other spiritual things. I also hung a shelf above my altar as kind of an extension. It holds my clock, mortar and pestles, sage stick and dish, and a few other things.

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Here’s the view from my cushion.

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My shelf which includes and dream catcher I made a while back and blue hanging candle holders. This silver thing in front of the picture of Jesus is actually a tiny bucket I found at Hobby Lobby. It was so cute that I had to get it. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at first, but it was only $0.79 so why not? One day I decided to hang in on a necklace chain and use it for a cone incense burner. I love it!

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I hung it in front of the open window for the picture so you could see the smoke.

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My altar lit up. I’ve never been into Easter that much, so I just keep my altar simple as far as Ostara ‘decorations’ went.

Here’s a close up:
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There’s my Jesus candle to represent the Christian part of Easter (I kind of celebrated Easter as well as Ostara). In the middle by the candle is my balance plaque thingy. It’s something I’ve had for a long time and thought it would be perfect since Ostara is about balancing light and dark. In the middle foreground is my ‘New Beginnings’ bottle I made from this post. Then on the right side of ‘balance’ is my lone Ostara decorations of a beaded egg I found in a box of stuff my mom gave me.

That’s it for my new altar. A few other things I forgot to mention in my last post was my new egg sprout:

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At the ritual we got plastic eggs that were filled with a mix of seeds to represent growth/new beginnings. I planted mine in an and won’t know what it is until it starts growing. They just kind of randomly mixed the seeds together.

And my Ostara crown I made that I forgot to where to the ritual:

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Amethyst Ostara Crown

I made is using vines, hemp, palm frond for the braid, and and amethyst with copper wire. I posted these pictures on Tumblr and they got over 3,000 notes, meaning they were really popular. I will either make more to sell in my Etsy shop Solnix or make a tutorial. Or both. We’ll see.

Well that’s everything I wanted to add to my Ostara themed posts.