Sunday, July 30, 2017

A morning in July

  Here are a few Magical tidbits for the month of  July ,

July is a great month the sun gets higher and hotter . It is the time to celebrate the warmth of Father Sun's rays . It is the time to feel Mother Earth's embrace wrapping around you with Love and Care . It is a time to share in the bounties that only they can give us . Like many of you, this is my busy time of the year . I truly enjoy it but I am an Autumn baby through and through . (but we will talk about that later )  I can look out my window and see the light coming .... the sky is a pale light blue as Father Sun  rises higher and higher . The darkness from Mother Moon's night sky is slowly pushed back further into the darkness. It recedes from the quite of the early morning light . The air is cooler this morning than it has been .I can hear the birds chirping singing their songs in welcoming the coming Sun . This no doubt is one of my favorite times . Waking while the world is still sleeping , some of you just stirring... raising to meet this wonderful new day . I started writing to share with you of magical correspondences for the month of July and I find myself drifting into this magical morning where all else seems to fade way with the night .

I can hear dogs barking far off in the distance they too sing their songs for the coming of the light . I hear insects clicking chirping as the morning sky becomes brighter . As Father Sun rises higher and higher  more life stirs in a celebration of the coming of light. An activity that is often missed . I am drawn back to my computer keyboard by the infamous ticking of that darned ol' clock hanging up on the wall .Ticking and Tocking making me aware of each second that passes ..... but, with my windows open I am slow to relent to that nasty ol' clock and its harsh TICK-TOCK  as I hear life stirring outside . Creativity brewing as rhyme of words start swirling in my head . I must go outside for my can't  abide sitting at this desk . Good Peace to you my friend my time here must come to an end . I have Magic going on around me . It simply astounds me that I am still sitting at this desk ....

                                                     Good Peace

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Oil Infusion

                                          Infused Oils

Now I can only share with you what works for me and as we all know Working the Crafts of the Divine are as unique at time as Snowflakes that fall .  (Some may work for one and not the other )
                                                So these are merely beginner  basics .
In order to become truly educated in the Crafts One must do their homework , 
                                                                    keeps notes and discover what works best for them . 

I suggest learning a bit about carrier oils first and of course the Herbs you wish to work with.
Carrier Oil examples such as:
              Walnut etc . 
Just to name a few .Every ones taste is different . This is way I suggest to you to do research .
* I only use Plant based Oils *
Some oils work well with certain herbs and some do not . This again is where personal preference comes into account as of course the Need because certain herbs help with certain things , such as Lavender works for Relaxation . So do some research and when you are ready and you have your herb/ herbs , and picked your carrier oil/ oils (yes you can blend your carrier oil) and of course a journal / notebook of some sort so you can write down what works ,what you mixed it with and when . This way you will have a Oils section for your Book of Shadows a personal recipe reference of contents and procedure . 
                                                              (An Oils of Shadows if you will )  
When mixing remember it is all personal If your heart is happy with it , it will not fail you . Every one has a different style and different taste and allure to aromas not ever aroma will appeal to everyone .
When you have figured out what you want to create . 
Take your dried herbs or fresh flowers what ever you are using and fill a jar ( any container with a tight fitting lid will do) I suggest to start small. I mean you don't want to fill up a quart jar making an oil infused concoction not knowing the outcome.
                                          So start small maybe use one of those glass baby food jars .
( I make fur baby treats and I have baby food jars some of you may have babies so great small jar with tight fitting lid .)
Fill the container with your herb / flower ( dried are stronger scented ) Fresh flowers tend to be a bit more mild .When your jar is full slowly add your carrier oil to cover Herbs / Flowers cover with lid and gently agitate the contains ( Shake) and place the jar in cool place. ( Some infusions you can set on the windows sill and have the rays from Father Sun shine down upon them, if you have one ) Just check periodically for the aroma you desire . When you have reached the desired aroma simply strain and dis-guard herb/ flower and place infused oil into small jar with tight fitting lid/ cork .
( if you use cork make sure there is space between Oil and Cork other wise it will seep through the cork . )
I do this in some necklaces I make .... Aroma therapy before they came out with the felt inserts for necklaces here are a few infused cooking oils I have done . Same basic principle the only difference in these and essential oil is the amount of herbs/flowers used .
When using citrus such as Lemons, Oranges ,Limes etc.You will use the peel only remove as much of the pith as possible it can be bitter . O kay here are some basics on Oil infusions . So what are you doing still sitting here ......GO Infuse SOME Oil !! (lol)
                                                                    .. Good Peace ...
7/26/2017      Laughing out Loud ...... 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In the begining .......

 In my travels here on the internet I am apart of a few groups just like many of you.  The questions that I come across most frequently are '' How do I begin ?" or " Where do I start ?" , and my answer is .... Well , at the begin of course . If you find yourself asking these questions .Which many of us at some point or another do . I can simply ask what are your interests? One should start there . That is your beginning . I mean  when you narrow down your interests that can alleviate a lot of ones stress.
Let me share with you a story of me and my journey at the beginning . I have always, always been intuitive to the divine even at a very young age . My mother would tell me that the fairies had taken your child and left me for her to raise . She always excepted my idiosyncrasy with my abilities of   communicating with  Spirits or foretelling the future or telling her what people would say to her before she spoke with them. ( She was always asking me questions about things that I should not of known anything about at such an early age ) .
 As time went by and I grew older these talents would just evolve and progress .It was normal to me to be able to do these things and I thought how odd that she and others could not do the same things as myself . She tried to keep me safe but at times she couldn't .( different story all together ) When I was a teenager I met a young girl who told me of the Crafts and she told me of a book ....
              Buckland's Complete book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland 
and upon reading this book all things fell into place . He talked about things that I had done my entire life . I did not feel alone or odd any longer . I found a friend in this man whom I had never met before . So I began reading ( and let me tell you I hated reading ) but I read and I read more . This helped me focus and find my strengths and my weaknesses to begin my evolution into who I am now. I mean I had gifts such as Extrasensory Perception and Necromancy being an Empath but learning how to use these talents in a beneficial way at such an early age was strange and at time scary.  I had always been drawn to herbs perhaps it was because my grandfather taught me a lot . The knowledge I held was way beyond my years . My mother would tell me I was an old soul in a young body . I could tell her of thing that I had no experience with and these things would be factual . Things I did not read about or see on TV . I was way to young to know about such things , but alas I knew these things . I could mix her herbs and make teas for aliments and she would feel better . She loved drinking tea . I know , I know she was a parent and would of probably drank mud if I gave it to her and said it was delicious because that is what a parent does . But ,as I grew into reading and learned more about herbs and plant and trees .I found out that what I knew at an early age instinctually-later in age were all and the same . Some how I knew Turmeric was good for inflammation and Peppermint would ease an upset stomach . That cotton could ease a toothache . Strange that a child knew such things but I did and I am sure there are many of you  that could do the same at an early age as well  . What did I do ? I learned as much as I could and I still learn more everyday . That is what I would suggest you to do . Find what interests you and learn , never stop learning and when you find your niche you will take of like rocket . There will be no holding you back to the knowledge that awaits you .  I know there are many books written by many authors , but you will find your connection to the Divine . Be patient . The Religion of the crafts is unique . It is as unique as you yourself . We are all different working towards the same goal . Peace on Earth . Happiness and Joy in this life .  I am sorry to say there is no quick fix . A doctor does not learn how to heal over night . That is the same for Practitioners of the Crafts.

  Here are some Book titles along with their Authors  you could start with :

   Buckland's Complete book of Witchcraft  by Raymond Buckland 
   The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation by Silver Ravenwolf 
   WICCA A Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick
   A Witch Alone by Marian Green
   The Lost Books of Merlyn by Doulas Monroe
   Druid Magic by Mays Magee Sutton , Ph.D. and Nicholas .R. Mann 
   Living Wicca by Scott Cunningham
   Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler
   Wiccan Beliefs & Practices by Gary Cantrell

 Now mind you this is just a mere ripple in the vastness of books about the Crafts . These are some titles in my personal library . They are as diverse as the writer's who wrote them . Different points of view with totally different styles of writing . There are so many books so many opinions.

                                                                               Good Peace ..... 

Merry meet,

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