Spiritual housekeeping

My altar is a mess these days. I have been working at it often, and I admit, I’m terrible about cleaning up mid project. Last night I was looking at it and decided this weekend I would take care of it.

Samhain is always a busy time of year. I did an office cleansing, 2 house protection spells and then my own divination and spell work.  And in the spirit of being organized I actually wrote out one of the spells I did to put in my BOS. That is something else I am a bit terrible at, getting my notes collected and put into order in my book. Usually I just staple them together and put them in a binder, but I am making an effort to actually transcribe things nicely. Otherwise, years later I find random slips of paper with half a spell and I can’t remember what it was for.

I re-read my tarot reading from my birthday. I find it useful to go back and see what the cards were telling me and doing a check in with what is going on in the present. There was a note about going back to basics and starting at the beginning. So I wandered over to my bookshelf and let my fingers run over the spines of my books. One I had picked up in a thrift store and never read popped out.

So I plan to work on tarot with this book Around the Tarot in 78 Days.  I’ll be sure to review it when I am done and let you know how the exercises are.  Has anyone else read this one? What did you think of it?


book cover for Around the Tarot in 78 days

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Blessed Lughnasadh

Blessings of the harvest! The Wheel turns onwards. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that we are already in August. It seems like summer just started and here I am prepping for the fall.

sunflower

Our mini sunflowers came in and are now decaying. We are waiting to see if we get any seeds to harvest. Our giant ones are still growing, currently they are about 5 feet tall and the flowers are starting to be created. We are very excited.

Sadly, the huge storm system killed our pepper plants. The pots were overflowing one night and we think the plants did not enjoy that much water.  My husband was able to harvest a large bowl of jalapenos, but I don’t think the last few on it will make it. We’ll see.

Pepper plant in a pot

We were busy last night so I didn’t take any time in my temple space. We did play in the yard and garden a bit, so at least we took a moment to appreciate nature. I was talking with a friend about how hard it is to find the balance to do your spiritual practices with a little person. We have to learn to make magick in different ways. So we had cuddles, giggles and a baby running around the yard. That is a special magick that I will cherish while I have it. Too soon the baby will be too cool for hanging with mom. We get so wrapped up in the idea that holidays are about rituals and tarot and specific things. Sometimes celebrating means hugs and watching dragonflies flit about your yard.

I’ve been journaling every day through Sora’s 21 day challenge and am going to continue with it. I used to journal all the time, but fell out of the practice. I have found it a nice addition to my morning routine.

I completed another custom and have been selling a few tarot readings. If you are interested in either head on over to the shop to check out the listings. The shop will be closing for a week or two in August as I will be away.

I hope that your celebration was fun filled, whatever you were able to do. Bright Blessings as we head towards Fall!

Sunflower decaying in a pot

 

 

Samhain

On the 31st I brought my meditation oracle to work. Every year I bring something and let my coworkers pick a card. This year everyone was very impressed because they all got some sort of message that meant something to them. My message was a bit of a cosmic 2×4, but I have come to expect that of my messages.

We didn’t get very many trick or treaters, but the few we had were cute. The little dude was very interested in what was going on. On the weekend before Halloween we had the wee one as well and we all went over to a friends house for Halloween fun. The kids dressed up, played Halloween games like “Mummy Wrap” and carved pumpkins. They all had a good time.

Back home on the 31st, after the little dude was asleep, I went out and walked our yard and worked on the wards. It was a wonderfully witchy night, the wind was blowing and the stars were out. It had a crispness in the air that made it feel like it would be cold soon. I walked around my yard, working my magick and letting my cloak fly about in the wind. It was lovely.

My coven wasn’t able to get together until Nov 5th, so that is when we celebrated. We didn’t do any of the traditional Samhain things this year, we had other magick to work. When we were done it felt good. I almost cried, the reaction that let me know the magick was working. There was a feeling of solidness, that what we had done was the right path. I look forward to the steady growth as we move forward.

I also wasn’t ready to deal with the grief I had. Earlier in October a friend took their own life. I’m still working through that and will say goodbye when it feels right.

Happy Beltaine/Beltane/Mayday/Samhain

Whatever you celebrate today I hope it is a lovely day. We have sunshine and warm weather. I didn’t do much last night. I was sleepy and after a visit to the dr there wasn’t much time left in the evening. So I put out some oats and almond milk for the fey folk, poured fresh water for Bast and filled a glass with vodka for Freyja.

I lit my candles for a few mins and pulled a card. Most of my readings lately have been about me completing projects, or being near to completing a project and a reminder that I can handle any changes, that I can make my reality and that I have the power to do as I wish. These are good reminders.

I’ve been busy lately. The hubby and I both took a music class through March and April, I’ve been getting out to discussions and coffee meet-ups and we’ve been at the gym or out taking walks. I’m happy the nice weather is here. My music reading skills are rusty, but coming back after my ukulele class. I hope to keep practicing this summer to get stronger.

I have all sorts of plans for the summer and fall. I’ve been reading a book on organization and it is getting me inspired. I have multiple craft projects on the go. I want to get out and enjoy the weather. And of course take time to sit in my garden and enjoy it.

I haven’t decided yet if I will run a Wicca 101 this summer or not. I will probably leave that until June to decide. I want to look over and revamp the materials I have for the class and there are a few other things I need to dig out and look at as well.

We did a bit of magick at Ostara with the local community. I hope that the ideas we planted will take root and everyone will start to come together. It is always fun to meet a new person and see how their faith differs from mine and how it is the same. It is a wonderful chance for us to learn from each other. I’m pretty happy with the community events that have been happening and I hope to do what I can to help keep that energy up.

Today though I will focus on myself and my love. I pulled some energy down this morning and surrounded myself with a golden bubble of energy. I said good morning to Ra in the sky. I stopped to enjoy the flowers in the garden. After work I will take time for the hubby and I to relax and have some quality time. And tonight I will light my candles, meditate and work a little magick.

I hope you all find some time for self-love today! I have a May challenge for us all, but I am going to wait till later to post it. Be gentle on yourself and take a moment to smile.

Blessed Beltaine!