Merry meet all,
The weather outside is frightful. Ostara is a few days away. I am trying to believe that spring is coming. Yet my snowdrops are buried under wet freezing rain/ slush. Snowdrops are sacred to the Goddess Brighid. I dedicated my snowdrops to her for that reason. Every early spring they grow. More flowers are on the way.
The sky darkens early here still. I may be the only one here but I love the dark half of the year. My dark side reveals itself a lot. I downloaded a cool photo of a skull resting on the open pages of a book. It is such a cool picture. I am currently reading Spirit Conjuring for Witches by Frater Barrabas. I have a ways to go yet. I will post a review when I have finished reading it. I will miss the dark time but I also embrace spring. I can only take so much of wearing a heavy winter coat and boots after all.
I do miss my garden. I have started echinacea, dill, thyme and lavender from seed. I hope to plant them in my garden once all chance of frost has passed. I also have rosemary and calendula cuttings which I hope will develop roots and be ready to plant in soil. I would love for once to successfully grow rosemary. I learned that rosemary doesn’t like to be moved. Dill has deep roots. Calendula will bloom if you overwinter it indoors if there is enough sun. The more I work with herbs, the more I learn from them. I intend to order mugwort, moonwort and mandrake seeds if I can. I am determined to grow a pumpkin patch this year too. I will grow beefsteak tomatoes too and peas, beans, carrots, herbs too, I planted my garlic last fall. I can’t wait. I hope to get hyssop and feverfew to grow from seed too. I have the room in my garden for all this!
I am ready for spring. I look forward to reviving my garden and not being weighed down by a woollen winter coat.
Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(
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Merry meet all,
The month of September ushers in Mabon. The leaves crackle, the sky is bluer, and pumpkins appear on peoples’ doorsteps. I saw one, I know. My garden is winding down for fall. It makes me sad and thrills me at the same time.
Mabon occurs on September 21st. It is a time of balance. The two opposites are in balance. It heralds autumn equinox. It’s the second harvest Sabbat. The next and final one is Samhain. I love Mabon. To me, its a magical time. Since I live near a nature trail full of trees, the sight of the trees regaled in autumn colours is breathtaking. I will miss my garden this fall and winter but I live for October.
The photo above shows the chinese lanterns I harvested from my garden. Now is the time to harvest, clean up the garden, and prepare it for winter. I plan to do that this weekend. I let the leaves blanket the soil and plants all winter. I heard leaving apples on the garden all winter nourishes the soil too. I want to try that. The plants die back and are added to the soil, enriching it. Last fall, after I planted my bulbs and garlic, I spilled the peas and beans soil- once they were harvested, over the soil where the spring bulbs and garlic were planted. I composted my pumpkin there. I never saw the pumpkin in the spring but I know it helped enrich the soil.
At Samhain, you can decorate your garden. Add mums, pumpkins, and rake the autumn leaves. Pile the leaves up and fall onto them! Collect a few pumpkins together and take photos. Add chinese lanterns, acorns, pinecones, squashes and take an ‘autumn harvest’ photo. I never got squashes from my plants sadly. They will be in stores for sure. Enjoy pumpkin soup in hollowed out pumpkins. Mmmm. Add your cauldron to the harvest photo with smoky incense billowing from it to complete the scene!
Last year, I left acorns as offerings to my garden. Well one sprouted and I transplanted it to the back of the garden. I just scattered rose seeds in the soil and my mandrake seeds. I hope something grows from that. I will know in spring or maybe before the frost this year. I planted something from my Mom. It might be a stinging nettle but it’s hard to say. I will know soon. Being a gardener means trying things and seeing if they work. I planted honesty seeds and didn’t get much from that. Maybe the soil is the problem.
There are lots of ways to enjoy this festive season. Comment and post your suggestions here. I look forward to reading them.
Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(
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Merry Meet All,
I apologize for the recent lack of posts. I have been down with an illness and now have my health under control. So today I took time off from my usual obsessive writing/ editing and spent an afternoon on some creative tasks. The first thing I did was make my own deck of Zener cards. I bought bristle board, which is cheaper than card stock. I used a tarot deck card as a template. I used the High Priestess card from the Rider Waite Tarot deck for the template. I cut around the card carefully. I fashioned twenty five identical cards and then counted out twenty five cards. I separated the cards into five piles. I googled the symbols for the cards and using a black permanent marker, marked the symbols on the cards. I left the deck of cards on my altar to empower them with energy.
Next, the purple candle. I made a purple candle earlier in the fall. However, I did not make the candle correctly. So I melted down the wax in a double boiler. I let the wax simmer and added some other old wax for fragrance. I removed the old wick and set it aside. I poured the hot purple wax into the glass mold / jar carefully. Then I set the candle on the counter and secured the wick. I hope this time the wick is centred and it burns properly this time. The candle is cooling on my kitchen counter now.
Last night, I made a pendulum from embroidery thread and a clear quartz crystal. The crystal had a piece on the top that had a hook so I secured the embroidery thread. For the string, I used blue and white embroidery thread to complement the crystal. The crystal comes down to a point, which will make it an excellent pendulum. I tied a dragon ornament to the other end of the string. The pendulum is beautiful now.
Every Imbolc, I become very creative. I am not surprised by this burst of creative energy because Brigid is one of my matron deities. Do you get a burst of creative energy at Imbolc? I would love to hear from you.
Tonight is the Full Moon. Worship the Moon in all her glory and power. Blessed Be