Equinox recap

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! As I noted before I knew we were going to have a quiet one. WI is having a heat wave so I only left the house if it was necessary.

Once I got home from work on Friday I did a bit of decorating and then once the baby was in bed I went down to my temple space and celebrated. I kept it simple, I wrote out things I was grateful for, put out offerings, and did a bit of tarot work.

Blessings of the Equinox. I hope you all had a beautiful and magickal day. 🍁🔮🍂

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Saturday morning the little dude and I were off to a play date and then home again before it got super hot and humid out. I felt bad that we couldn’t be outside, but we had a lot of fun playing. In the afternoon I started making the soup that would be our Equinox meal. I could have done it for Friday, but I was so tired from the heat and work that I decided to wait. The soup was actually much easier to make then I thought it would be and was delicious.

I managed to make another stuffie for the shop and finished up 2 I had been working on. You will see them all soon! Check out my instagram feed for sneak peeks.

We snuck outside in the morning on Sunday before it got too hot and played in the yard. Our giant sunflowers are making seeds! We can’t wait to harvest them all. We had so much fun growing them this year. Next year we may do more. Hopefully once the weather cools down we’ll get out to the garden to do some work. It is in need of some weeding and I have to start to prep for the winter.

What sort of fun did you have this weekend?

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Mabon Prep

September arrived with some cool winds and grey skies. This has kicked me into fall gear and I am looking at the calendar. Mabon is one of those holidays that sometimes gets missed or glossed over as we rush towards Samhain. This year I am going to try and make sure I can carve out some time to enjoy the holiday.

Yellow leaves on a tree

My husband is having a surgery around then so I know our weekend will have to be low key and about comfort.  Mabon is very much a thanksgiving, comfy, family vibe to me, so that works.  In past years we have enjoyed a delicious crock pot sweet potato and apple soup, so that has become my Mabon dinner. I’ve found some new recipes to try and I am thinking a fancy grilled cheese will pair nicely with the soup. Grilled cheese is an ultimate feel good food.

For dessert I will do a spiced apple cookie. I don’t want to bring out the pumpkins yet, those are for Samhain, but an apple and cinnamon cookie would be delicious.

I’ve created a Mabon board on Pinterest with some recipes and some activities for the family. If you are looking for some inspiration, click to see what I have pinned.

Every fall we try to get out to pick apples, but we will probably wait until October for that. I will try to do some cute fall crafts with my little dude, and then once he is settled in for the night I will head down to my temple space to do my ritual.

 

Do you celebrate with your family? What sorts of things do you do to honour the changing season?

 

 

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

 

 

Grateful for little things…

Halloween was full of trick or treating and watching the kids trade candy and barter for their fave kinds. The wee one loved her costume and had a lot of fun with her friends. I managed to walk all over and didn’t get tired out. The wee one was kind enough to keep me supplied with candy as we went. Yum. She is still excited about the baby and has been really great about things like “No, we can’t get that food because the smell makes your step-mom sick right now”

When we dropped her off last time she gave me a big hug and told me she was going to miss me. Cue all the feels. All of them. I managed to not have the sappy cry and told her I would miss her too.

The Friday before Halloween, I hung out with my coven. We had a lovely outdoors ritual on a farm. We sat around a bonfire, listened to a folk story and had a beautifully witchy time. I am pretty happy to have such fabulous people in my life. The night was crisp and it has been a long time since I had an outdoors night ritual. It made me miss camping. I love watching the fire and listening to the night.

I’ve had some dr’s appointments and ultra sounds and the little poppy-seed is growing. I’ve got more energy, and I am getting the hang of going to bed early when I think I need it. I do get a little bit overwhelmed at the thought of all the stuff we are going to accumulate, but car seats and cribs and all that are necessary.

Now I am back to my crafting grind of finishing up all the Christmas and Yule gifts. I’m really glad I started early as it is keeping me from feeling super crazy. There is still some crazy, but I will work through it.

I hope you all had a fantastic Witchy New Year! I am feeling so full of gratitude for all these small things and for big things and I am really looking forward to the coming year.

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!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Blessed Samhain to those in the Northern part of the world, and Blessed Beltane to those in the South!

I dressed up at work and brought in my meditation cards. The office staff was happy to pick a card and then we shared ghost stories and things all day. It was a nice and mellow day.

I wish you all a lovely night of magic. I’ve lit the candles in the ancestor shrine and we gave them a plate at dinner. You can find pics on my instagram account!

Enjoy the weekend! Be safe and have fun!