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.

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.

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.

Ostara Ritual

This past Friday (March 20th) was Ostara. It was my 3rd Sabbat I celebrated, but my first one I celebrated with others. There is a local metaphysical shop at the Flea Market that put on an Ostara Ritual. I was kind of nervous to go at first [because I have social anxiety], but I ended up having a really good time. I was kind of quiet at first like I usually am around new people. There was just this energy there though that made me feel right at home and I instantly opened up. I got there at 5;30 and there were only about 10 people there. It was closer to 6 that the majority started showing up and we started to feast. When we started eating, Mama Mojo [she owns the shop] had us go around the circle and introduce ourselves. Normally I hate these kinds of things because I hate talking in front of large groups, but that energy I mentioned early made me comfortable and I felt like I was among old friends.

We talked for a while while we ate and more people showed up. After we ate we got a couple of visitors. This man and woman that breed goats and sheep brought their newest baby sheep and baby goat.

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he sheep’s name was Lucky because he was born on Friday the 13th.

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he goat was born on St. Patty’s Day. Her name was Collette.
[These pictures were taken from the FB page of The Magickal Muse.
I didn’t take my camera because I didn’t know I they allowed pictures to be taken at their gatherings.
Apparently they do.]

After animal time we had music time. People brought drums and other instruments I don’t know the name of. They were these bowls that you rub a special stick around it’s brim. It would then start humming and vibrating in your hand. It was pretty cool. Everyone who had an instrument shared so I got to play a drum for a while. I want to save up and buy my own drum before the next one.

Once it got dark, probably around 7pm or 8pm [I didn’t really keep track of time because I was having such a good time] we started the ritual.

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I did happen to take this picture with my phone when I first got there. This is the ritual table and the fire pit that we lit before the ritual.

The ritual was really great. I don’t know if I can really talk about what we did, but I will tell a little.┬áSince Ostara is about new beginnings and balance we each said something negative that we wanted to give up and a positive thing we wanted to replace it with.

My negative thing I wanted to give up was clutter, not just physical, but emotional and mental. I feel like I have way too many things and they are therefore making the rest of my life feel cluttered and messy. I want to become a minimalist and get my life organized [positive to replace negative]. That is one of my New Year’s goals anyway. I’m still having a hard time following through with it. Now I’m just going to work a little harder at it. Another reason I want to become a minimalist is because I want to eventually live in a van and travel around the US [I’ll talk more about this goal later]. It’s been a goal of mine for a while. I just want to see the world starting with the States. My stuff is weighing me down.

After the ritual we had hugging time and then dispersed. I ended up making a few new friends and having a really good time. I hope they do these rituals for all the Sabbats because I really want to go to more. The energy was just so amazing, not only because of the amount of people, but because of the eclipse and it being a new moon. By the way, I still need to go back and watch it online. SInce I live in America, we didn’t get to actually see it and the live online viewing was at like 3:45 am. I was definitely sleeping.

Here is a picture of the beautiful sunset later that day though:

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[It was taken on my phone so forgive the quality.]

What did you do for Ostara?