In no particular order:
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
In no particular order:
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
It's been lovely to read about everyone elses Soltices, sounds like you all had good ones too.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
1. my wonderful family; husband, children, parents, grandparents, aunts and cousins (not forgetting our cat and rat)
2. always being provided for; it may often be tighter than tight, particularly at the moment, but we always get by and have what we need.
3. my friends both online and offline; I'm quite a shy person in 'real life' (I've had a lot of bad experiences in the past) but the people who are my friends I hold very dear to my heart and will keep them there forever.
4. good health; and I don't just mean mine :)
5. you guys; who have been there for the last few months as I've made a go of this whole blogging thing, who have commented and messaged me (on twitter and/or facebook) with such lovely things to say about my blog and who have been writing such wonderful blogs themselves, that I have enjoyed reading immensely. Thankyou )O(
This brings me quite nicely to this weeks wisdom, something which I think we are all guilty of from time to time, I know I certainly am:
It is all too easy to stress and worry about the things we don't have, so remember to give thanks for and appreciate the things we do have - it's probably more than you realise.
Friday, 19 June 2009
I absolutely love Lavender, it is probably my favourite herb because it is so versatile and can be used for so much, not only spells but cooking, cosmetics, medicines and cleaning too. I am lucky enough to live in a house that has a well established beautiful mass of it in the garden and it produces a wonderful crop every year.
I pick and bunch the lavender up (today's lot made 8 large bunches) and hang it in my airing cupboard to dry along with all the rose petals I can spread out in there. It makes the cupboard smell gorgeous, unfortunately though there is no room for my towels which sort of get shoved to one side for a couple of months while all my herbs dry.
I'll try to remember later on to do a post with some of my favourite uses for dried lavender, because I really do use these beautiful, fragrant flowers for just about everything :)
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Not sure why but I'm just knackered at the moment, I actually fell asleep for 45 mins after I got the baby into bed today, I think things have finally caught up with me as it's been non-stop and very stressfull.
I went for a open day thingy at the primary school that Beth has been accepted to for September. It was so great to see her getting on with the children and teachers, I just can't believe how quickly the time has gone by. I know all us mums say it all the time, but it kinda hit me the other day that my baby girl, isn't a baby any longer. She isn't even a toddler any longer (and I'm not sure when that happened), she's growing up, and doing it so fast and becoming such a beautiful, kind hearted person, I'm so proud of her :)
Finally I'm happy to announce that I won £10 on the lottery tonight, nothing major I know, but after so many days of bad luck and just general crap, today at least I seem to be heading in a upwards direction.
Blessings all xx
Sunday, 14 June 2009
In a clean glass jar put a generous squirt of washing up liquid and mix with some sweet vinegar such as apple cider vinegar. Using an elastic band or some string attach a piece of netting or some cling film with a few holes punched in it with a pencil for the flies to get in.
The idea is that they think the sweet vinegar is something yummy to eat, fly into the jar and get trapped in the jar because of the washing up liquid in the fluid.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
~got the button from here~
Monday, 8 June 2009
So please spare a thought for our oceans today, a part of the earth that is so important but so often overlooked. Living by the sea I often see how it is abused by people and the most frightening thing is that what I see is the very tip of the iceberg. If you are looking for a meditation or global issue spell to weave, why not send out some positive healing for our seas today, blessings x
Sunday, 7 June 2009
All in all a very productive and happy day and just because I seem to have got into the habit of taking pictures of the roses in our garden and posting them for all to see, here's some more, taken today:
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Then upstairs I have another altar, my faery altar. A space where I light a candle or two and meditate, consult my oracles and contact my guides.
Most powerfully I have my astral sacred space, which is really like an extension of myself, a place where I feel completely secure and at home, where I can request guidance, commune with the universe and deities or just go to recharge my spiritual AA's ;)
And finally is what I would deem to be the most important..... While it is all well and good and nice to have a beautiful altar physically in the room with you it is not what makes the space sacred, which brings me nicely to the sacred space that we all have. It's our transport in life and you may have often heard it regarded as "your temple", yep that's right, your body.
To anyone else my kitchen is well...just a kitchen, but to me, when I am in it it is an expression of my life as a witch, where I create and craft, work spells and a little homespun magick where many others would set out a ritual at a designated altar. Plus, experience has taught me that all you really need to create sacred space is within you; a simple circle casting with the mind or a journey inwards to your inner temple (which can be anything you want it to be, there are no limitations as there are in the physical) and your good to go. So throw away the view of the materials, rituals and recommendations in the books that are all too often seen as "necessary" for the craft, and embrace the only thing you really need.....YOURSELF, that way your sacred space can go anywhere and everywhere with you with no baggage of it's own.
I've always been able to communicate freely with my guides and higher self, I've always heard their voices, felt that familiar tug in my heart and had a pretty spot on intuition, but now I've started to have visions!? Nearly every day this week I've seen something which has happened later on that day. This has only ever happened to me once before and that was a precognitive dream that I had. These visions, however, have been just popping up during the day. Never about anything major, in fact at first I tried to dismiss them as wishful thinking, even though I know better than to do that but after the first one came true I noticed they all were :)
Also as a related event my creativity has skyrocketed this week, today in particular (probably down to the full moon) I have just had a mass of ideas, so much so I have had to carry around a pen and paper with me.
Best of all I feel really linked to the universal life force, it's strange isn't it, how some days you just can't escape that feeling of interconnectedness and knowing that no matter what happens it will all be alright in the end....
Friday, 5 June 2009
It is larger than my mini iron cauldron that I have downstairs in the kitchen and just the right size for scrying and mixing a decent amount of a brew or potion together. It is now sitting proudly upstairs on my faery altar as though it has always been there. I love browsing the charity shops. I have picked up so many different unique craft items from them over the years.
Monday, 1 June 2009
I have a special large dark wooden bowl that I use for decorating our dining table with some seasonal decorations whether it be pot pourri, baubles, trinkets, candles, fruit and veg or whatever I am inspired to put in there at the time. Doing this really gets me reflecting on the seasons, weather and natural world both while I'm doing it and during my day to day life, reminding me, even on the stressful not so nice days, that there is a whole world bursting with colour, warmth, scent and life just outside my doors.
There is a fabulous rose garden round the corner from us in a public memorial park that I will try to get to and take some pics, they have roses there in just about every colour, it is really beautiful. The above pics are from our garden.
My salad veg seeds are growing well too, the young lettuce leaves are ready to start picking and have been added to sandwiches and salads galore at the moment, while the cucmber and tomato plants are steadily growing strong.
Happy summer to everyone, hope you are all blessed with good weather and cheer :)