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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Samhain 2017

The wheel has turned and here we are in November. I hope you all have had a witchy week. And for those of you still celebrating, I hope you have a fabulous time.

Our trick or treating was fun. The little dude had a great time running around the park with a buddy and then was super excited to get to walk on the sidewalk and go up stairs. He caught on pretty quick to the whole thing. He was also super excited every time we had a trick or treater and then very upset when they left. Poor guy, it was a roller coaster night.

The night before I had whipped up a couple of protection spells for friends. I delivered them on Halloween. Then once the little one was asleep and our lights were out I went down to my temple space to do my Samhain reading. It is interesting to note all the talk of decisions to be made. I think it will be an intriguing year.

Sprigs of rosemary on an altar

After that,  I bundled up and went out to redo the house wards.  I also did some work on another protection spell, but it was so cold I will be going out to do it in stages all week. You can catch the boomerang video on my instagram or Facebook feed.

Tonight we will have our fancy dinner and put a plate out for the ancestors. I set up our altar to honour them on Monday, I will leave it up for a week and then the photographs will go back to their homes. I was able to get some photographs from my mother-in-law to add to it this year. It feels good to have a representation of both sides of the family. Sometimes I am sad that I am so far away from the graves of my family, but I do what I can from where I am.

Crystal ball

Blessings to you and yours! I hope that however you celebrate, you feel fulfilled.

Samhain prep

Samhain is just around the corner. I feel a bit unprepared. October is always a month where I go inwards, but this month it feels like there has been more reflection than usual. My boss has asked if I am ok and I explained I am really deep this month. Part of that is probably the lack of sleep, but I think with so much going on in the world my brain needed a vacation to process.

I have managed to get a few things in order, I’ve made eye appointments, dentist appointments and even booked a self-care day off. My creativity has been ramping up, but I haven’t had the energy to actually put those ideas into motion. This month has been about planning and plotting.

I did get a few items crafted for the store on the weekend and I got some more Halloween costume bits finished.

I will have ornaments posted in the store starting in November. I hope people enjoy them. felt owl ornaments I also have a Halloween sale on the Little Familiars in the shop. Starting today through Sunday they will be 15% off.  If you have had your eye on one, now is the time to grab it!

I hope to get the house cleaned up and organized this week, we plan to move our desk into another room and then maybe we will have a writing space again.

With a little one Halloween will be busy. There are a few things I will still take care of on the 31st, but we will do our ancestor meal and any family Samhain celebrations on November 1st. This will give me two days to do family and spiritual things. I think this blend will also make sure I can enjoy it all and not feel rushed.

Once the little one is in bed on the 31st, I will redo our house wards. I actually go out and walk our property and smudge and cleanse it. Then I will go to each area and redo the ward for it. I will also leave an offering out for the spirits of the land in thanks for their protection.

I always have an ancestor altar set up and then on November 1st we will have a meal and set a place for the ancestors. I still have to figure out what we will do for our meal, but I have a feeling it will be a stuffed squash.  Samhain is also when I will banish the things I want to remove from my life and do work to bring in new energy and ideas for the coming year.

And on the 31st I will bring in my oracle cards to work. Everyone likes to pull a card and talk about it all day. At home I will do my own tarot and oracle readings to see what is coming this winter. altar with oracle cards

What is your plan for Samhain? Do you celebrate on October 31st or November 1st? Do you have family traditions you follow? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!

 

Goddess Provisions Box – Review

Its been a rough couple of months for me. Work has been insane, we’ve been dealing with some family stuff, I’ve had little down time and I am worn out.

So I saved up some of my money over the course of a few months, and treated myself to the Goddess Provisions Box.  It is very rare I actually purchase something for myself, so I went back and forth over whether or not I should buy it. I’d read some reviews online, checked out what was in past boxes and I felt it was worth the price. Here is my honest review.

I was a little nervous, you never know what you will get, but I decided October would be a good month. Goddess Provisions does sneak peeks on Instagram and I’ve been trying to scroll past them so I could be surprised. One day in my scrolling I saw a bracelet that I fell in love with. I stopped, checked the account and then realized it was coming in my box! Yes!

The box arrived on Thursday. It was a small box, but it is packaged well. The theme was “Under the Moonlight”

Goddess Provisions Box

Inside was the following: A crystal, the bracelet, solid perfume, sleep drops, a patch that says “Lucid Dreamer”, a package of bath salts for aiding sleep, and some chocolate.

Now, I am someone who has no sleep issues. My tired comes from being a mom. I can put my head on my pillow and be out in 2 minutes easily, it is rare I have sleep problems. My husband though, he is an insomniac. So the sleep aids will be going to him. I’ll let you know if they help!

Items in box

The patch is nice, I’m just not sure what I will do with it yet. The stone is a good size, it is a piece of Rhondonite. It is said to help with healing past traumas and is good for the heart chakra.

I am not a big scent wearer, so I am not sure about perfume, but I will give it a go. It is solid perfume, I may find that easier to control the amount going on me. It smells nice, so maybe I will learn to wear it when I need a boost.

And the bracelet, well I love it! I may wear it every day. I was surprised at how tiny it is, but that made me happy because I have mini wrists. It is bendy – so you can resize it.

I am sure the chocolate will be delicious, but I am going to wait on eating it until closer to my period. Maybe. We’ll see. Ha!

chocolate and perfume in box

I feel like I got my money’s worth out of it. In the future if I feel I can splurge on myself, I will order another one. I’m glad I can share some of the items with my husband.

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Full moon dreams

As a new mom there isn’t a lot of sleep in my world. I suppose I am luckier than others, my son will sleep for large chunks, but it took us a year to get there. As someone who is an active dreamer, it has been very strange to have no dreams for a year.

The past few months they have been coming back. First, they came back with the stress dreams and nightmares that I think all new moms have. Now I am starting to have my normal strange dreams, the magic dreams and the silly dreams. Full moon through the leaves

Last night was magic. In my dream….. 

I walked out of a forest path to find myself on a sandy beach in a cove. The moon was shining high in the sky and it was all quiet. In the shallows I could see symbols stamped into the sand. I stood there and stretched my arms high above my head and soaked in the moonlight.

A noise brought my eyes to the shore across the cove where a baby bear came wandering out. Shortly after that, mama bear came out to stand on the beach. I stood there watching them and then reached for my phone to snap a photograph. As I zoomed in on the baby bear, a young wolf cub came out of the forest and began to play with the bear cub. At that point my dream brain thought “Hmm, maybe I should leave so that the mama animals don’t get angry with me.” That woke me enough that the dream shifted and I lost the sense of magic and instead had the sense of anxiety of getting away from the wild animals.

Both bear and wolf have meaning to me so I will meditate on the messages from them. I also remember the symbols I saw and will add that into the mix to see what the Goddess was sending me. I am dealing with a lot of change in my life, I know my stress and anxiety have been starting to climb, so it was really refreshing to have such a calm and meaningful dream.

I had tried to do a little spiritual work before bed, but I was so worn thin. The Goddess whispered in my ear “Go rest now” and I am glad I listened. The dream stayed with me and I can still feel the sense of relaxation. Have you ever had a dream that stuck with you like that? That was so calm and so perfectly normal, yet magickal?

I hope everyone had a magickal full moon and that you got what you needed from it.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

June recap

My online 101 class starts soon. I was amazed at the response I had. I expected maybe 3 people, but I have 12! Awesome. I still have to load all the content and get it ready to send links out, but I will hopefully get that all done this week.

The little moon circles I was running took a break, but we’re going to start back up at the end of the month. It will be nice to connect in person again. I’ve been doing a bit or rearranging in the basement so I will hopefully make my temple space a bit more cozy.

June was so busy I didn’t get a chance to work on many craft projects. My Little Familiars did pretty well as soon as I launched them, I had several custom orders come through. I hope to get the foxes done this month and up in the store, along with some other kittens. I also have a few other plans in my brain, we’ll see how those work out. Right now it really comes down to having the time to sit and do things. The little man is teething again, and those back teeth are fighting him as they come in. Poor guy. So he needs many mommy snuggles.

I was lucky enough to take the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People training through my work. It was interesting to look at all the habits and see which I already did, which I needed to work on and which I needed to start. I am excited to put it all into practice. The most challenging part was creating my mission statement and looking at goals. I am terrible about goals and planning. I’ll have an idea and just go with it without sitting down to look at the full picture. Crafting my mission statement made me realize somethings were actually important to me that I hadn’t thought about. I’ve printed it and pinned it up in my cube to remind myself of all of this.

Litha was a non event really. I put an offering out, I did a full tarot reading for myself and that was it. I really do need to sit down and rework my Sabbat goals, they’ve gotten hazy with the little man involved.  I had some ideas written out, but then the computer died and I lost all that stuff. Time to redo and put them in my BOS.

I hope June was a good month for you all, are you ready to enjoy the summer?