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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Art in St. Pete

This past Saturday my mom invited me to go to St. Pete with her. Her friend was having an art show and my mom wanted to support her. We didn’t end up leaving until 2pm and it’s about a 2 bout drive for us so we decided to just spend the night down there. We only spent about an hour at the art show because it was hot and the gallery didn’t have A/C. The gallery was in the art district of downtown St. Pete so when we left we drove around looking at all the murals.

This Tesla mural was by far my favorite. One of the other artists at the show actually painted it. I forgot her name.

Here are some more murals we found around town. The octupi are my other favorites because they are my favorite animal.:

After we drove looking at murals, we decided to get something to eat . My mom’s friend suggested The Pizza Box because they had gluten free pizza.

It still had cheese on it so I still go a little sick afterwards, but totally worth it.

While we were waiting for a spot to open up at The Pizza Box, we HD walked around town A little. We came across this wall that said “Before I Die…”

There was a basket of chalk so we added what we wanted to do before we died. I put travel the world.

My mom put live in a van down by the river.

After dinner we stopped by Publix to get some treats. The Publix had was two stories. The first floor was parking and you had to ride an elevator to get to the store on the second floor. I thought it was pretty cool. Once we got to the motel, we just chilled. I watched Doctor Who while she watched whatever she watched. It was nice to have internet since we still don’t have it at home. 

The next day, check out wasn’t until noon so we slept in. That was nice since o usually can’t sleep in any bed that isn’t mine. The blanket was itchy and the A/C kept making weird noises. When we left we stopped At the beach. St. Pete is on the Gulf coast which I enjoy a lot more. 

We only spent about two hours there, then we headed home. Here are some more pictures from around town including a Thunderbird hotel for my fellow Potterheads:

Here some pictures on the drive home including an Air stream monument And Dino World:

Here is a giant Pokeball at a Target on the way there:

Hair supply store in the ghetto part of town:

And some cloud pictures. Can’t forget those:


We had a fun time and it was a nice little weekend trip. We definitely can’t wait to go back!

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!

 

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.

New Moon Sun Tea

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I’ve always wanted to make sun tea and I thought I’d add a little magic to it. The new moon is tonight so the intentions for this tea is “New beginnings”. Here’s what I did:

First I added in the ingredients.
Lavender for healing, purification, and sleep. One of my new beginnings is to get more sleep.

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Lemon slice for cleansing, purification, spirituality, and removing blockages.

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Fresh peppermint from the garden. Peppermint is good for healing and purification.

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I put the herbs and lemon slice into a mason jar and poured in filtered water. If you don’t have a mason jar, any glass jar, bottle, or pitcher will do. Just make sure the container is glass (plastic has poisons that soak into the water when left in the sun) and has a lid. If it doesn’t have a lid, cover the top with a piece of fabric and secure it with string or a rubber band. Here’s mine:

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When I finished putting the jar together, I added a sigil I made last night. The sigil I made was “new beginnings”. Simple, but effective. I also made a sigil card to go with it. The sigil card is lime my full moon goal cards. On the back I wrote out my new beginnings. I have three.

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After the sigil was added, I set the jar outside where it would get lots of sun. I set it in the pot of my sunflower, Sunny. Now I just let it brew and charge in the sun and I’ll enjoy it tonight during the new moon.

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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:

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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.

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.

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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?

Lent 2015

Mormons don’t participate in Lent as a religion, but I feel that as part of my spiritual journey I will take part in it this year. I have been researching it to make sure that I do it correctly and respectively.

Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

During Lent, people give up certain luxuries as a form of penitence and replace them with more spiritual disciplines that draw them closer to God (prayer, scripture, etc.).

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (or Clean Monday for some Catholics) and ends on Easter Sunday. There are 6 Sundays of fasting and also a few feast days. Here is a timeline I found of the days of Lent:

  • First Sunday of Lent (Sunday, February 22, 2015)
  • Second Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 1, 2015)
  • Feast of Saint Patrick (Tuesday, March 17, 2015)
  • Feast of Saint Joseph (Thursday, March 19, 2015)
  • Third Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 8, 2015)
  • Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday) (Sunday, March 22, 2015)
  • Easter (Sunday, April 5, 2015)

 

Things I am GIVING UP for Lent:

I was going to give up the internet completely, but I’m working on getting my Etsy shop up and running so that’s not going to work. I had then decided to just cut out certain websites, but all the websites I go on are ones I need to advertise my shop on. In the end I just decided to give up these 3 things. I think that abstaining from these during Lent will definitely make an impact and help me reach my spiritual goals.:

  1. Netflix & Hulu-Completely (this one will be hard because this is mostly all I do at work).
  2. Sugar-I had planned on giving this up anyway, why not do it for Lent?
  3. Frivolous spending-I’m going to stick to a strict budget of only buying the necessities.

Things I will be ADDING for Lent:

  1. Scripture reading: At least 1 chapter a day.
  2. Prayer: Twice daily (Right now it’s only been once).
  3. Meditation: Once a day.
  4. Journal: Once a day.
  5. Reading: One good/positive book a week (as an avid reader this is a doable goal. Especially if I’m cutting internet).
  6. Water: Eight glasses a day.

Also, Lent begins on a New Moon which I think is perfect for new beginnings.

What are you giving up for Lent?