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,
Today at least for now the sun won and is shining. The bugs or birds ate my plants. I sprinkled turmeric on the leaves. Now it won’t taste so good. My tomatoes are growing and the squash vine is flowering. I might get a squash yet. I hope so.
It looks like it’ll be an awesome autumn season. I have a lot to look forward to even if the Penczak workshop was canceled. Witches and Pagans magazine might publish my poetry (yay!), I get to see Crimson Peak, and then there is Mahon and Samhain to look forward to. I have plenty of herbs for herbal remedies and witchy potions to concoct in my cauldron this autumn. I’m putting $20 aside to attend The Witches Ball. It’s not Salem partying but I will still have fun.
I have sprouted many mint seeds and have planted them in a little black seedling starter pot. It rests on the window. The plants are getting lots of sun. Soon they will grow into beautiful big mint plants and I will transplant them soon before the frost comes. They will get to grow strong roots over the winter and emerge in the spring. My thyme and sage begun from seed has been moved into the garden. My black mandrake seeds are in the fridge in starter pots. I hope those grow successfully. In late September, when the stratification time is over, I will remove the package from the fridge then wait for the seeds to germinate. They germinate with Saturnian slowness. My onions and too small garlic bulbs are curing in the kitchen. The garlic bulbs are bound with string and elastic and hang from a hook. The onions are drying out in a brown woven basket. A gardener’s work is never done.
I hear the wind swelling in the trees. It’s one of my favourite sounds in the world. The wind is the conductor and the leaves are the musicians, creating an orchestra of harmony for us to hear. It’s beautiful. The spring peepers sing their sweet songs. I always think of the sound of the wind in the trees as being cleansing of us and the earth. I like to let the wind blow my aura clean.
August is winding to a close. September, autumn time, is ahead. The end of August marks a transition in the seasons. I will miss my garden but I know this change is necesary. I can’t wait for the harvest. I plan to perform a ritual of sorts for the harvest. Mmmm!
Merry meet all,
Who besides me hates winter? Let’s see a showing of witch hats. Yeah I thought you would all agree. Last night’s full moon was the last of the dark winter full moons for the season. It gets exciting from here. Spring is on its way. So you can all breathe a sigh of relief. I am.
I think winter affects us in more ways than just seasonal affective disorder. I have not felt any inclination to do any magick at all. This is not like me. I do enjoy it. It could be because I live alone and never have any company for an esbat. It could be because it is hard to know if you are growing or not when you live alone. These things all contribute to how and when and if people perform magick. It certainly affects me. I performed a simple meditation last night. That is all I had the energy for.
Yet I managed to manifest a cat. It sounds like I need more confidence in myself and trust in myself. So I propose to try to have more confidence and trust in myself. I do suffer from anxiety and depression, which can take over your life. I usually try to not let this affect me. I have to keep thinking Spring is almost here. The Spring Equinox occurs later this month. Who couldn’t be cheered up that?
So I can assume that this depression I am going through could possibly by seasonal. Let’s hope so. By the way, I hope you all check out the amazing movie The Theory of Everything about Stephan Hawking. I watched that movie yesterday and I really enjoyed it. I was so engrossed in the movie I forgot about everything else. You will cheer for Stephan Hawking. He is inspirational.
You can view the trailer here:
Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch
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Merry Meet All,
Crocuses and snowdrops are in bloom. The maple buds on the trees are bursting with ripeness. Ostara is a time when the light and dark are in balance. It is the ideal time to celebrate the rebirth and renewal that spring affords.
Decorate your altar by focusing on what spring is about. Use the bright colours of spring, such as yellows, purples, blues and pinks. Use a pale green altar cloth or light purple. Add yellow and pink candles to complete the effect.
Ostara is about balance. Try using symbols to reflect that. Use a god and goddess statue, a white candle and a black one, a sun and moon symbol, or a yin/ yang symbol.
Use baskets of eggs, a chalice of milk or honey, rabbits, calves, and potted plants of crocuses, daffodils, lilies, and tulips.
Once you have completed dressing your altar, step outside with a bowl of milk and honey. Stand in your garden-if you have one, and feel the stirring of the energies of the earth. Know the wheel of the year is turning. Pour the libation on the ground. Say a blessing for the earth and return inside. Don’t worry, the faeries will thank you for it. Write the ritual down in your Book of Shadows.
Enjoy the coming blessings of Spring.
Lady Spiderwitch )O(