Category Archives: Feline familiar

Once Upon a Fairy Tale )O(

Merry meet all,

I had a ton of fun at the Once Upon a Fairy Tale Faire. I dressed as the Lavender Fairy. I suffered it out in a corset, the costume and wings. I absolutely loved the Faire.I had the most wonderful time.

 

I was sorted by the Sorting Hat (same one as at Hogwarts0. I got Hufflepuff. I then set out on having fun and wreaking mischief, though I had a lot of the former, not the latter… well….

So I set out to see the different vendor’s pretty wares ok some scary. There were great swords too heavy for me to lift, fudge for me to sample (mm), costumes, jewels, elf ears, leather wares, deer and horse skulls, herbal teas, Mad Hatter Tea Parties, and so many other wonderful treasures. They were all made possible because of the crafts people’s dedication. There was a huge castle made of balloons, yup I know, a large, mock fencing tournaments, and lectures about the herb mandrake, having faeries in your home. It was so much fun.

I bumped into Cathy Kempton, my first witchcraft mentor, and a few other people I knew. I was delighted to see her again. This kid walked in and wanted to know where the faires were- so the father asked me. Yup I was a fairy. A lot of people loved my costume and even took pics of me. If they only knew how I suffered in it……

I got a beautiful fairy butterfly necklace, a vial of fairy dust, a fairy offering of a teapot and tiny tea cups, incense, herbal death teas, I sampled teas and fudges, and was even treated to tea and cakes by the Red Queen in the Mad hatter tea party – I got a ticket from soneone when I wasn’t supposed to have a ticket.!!!!!! I curtsied in front of the Red Queen!!!

i did collect biz cards. Good thing I didn’t have a $100 could easily have spent it there on such magical wonderful treasures. I took many pics. Doing it all over again next year. I loved every moment of the magial faire. I would do it all over again. I felt truly pretty and light with the wings and skirt. I fairy blessed everyone- my friends, children and some adults too.

 


There were many fairy homes made of moss and this stuff. I fairy blessed everyone. I had pizza and pop for lunch I Sure suffered in a corset and wings.What a time I had trying to sit in a chair or in my friend’s car or even get through a door way in wings. Oy or even sit on a toilet or even wrap my shawl around my shoulders. We visited Mike at work and we found out he wanted the glow in the dark ouija board. So we went back to the fairy event, bought it for him, and gave it to him at the witch shop. His grandmother forbid Mike to own one so we had to return it.

It was hard going in a costume. I leaned forward during rides in the car with wings on, I perched carefully in a chair at the fairy event, I tipped my wings way forward, put on my shawl and then stood up and got my wings back on my back and adjusted my shawl in the bathroom. Eventually I learned to remove the wings in the car on rides. I had two necklaces. When I got out of the wings, the wings caught on my crown twice and on my outfit. I had to get detangled. Ugh what a time. I would do it all over again.

Blessed Be Lady Spiderwitch


Heddy Johannesen <heddyjohannesen@gmail.com>

Jun 24 (2 days ago)
to hj1

There were many fairy homes made of moss and this stuff. I fairy blessed everyone. I had pizza and pop for lunch I Sure suffered in a corset and wings.

What a time I had trying to sit in a chair or in Marks car or even get through a door way in wings. Oy or even sit on a toilet or even wrap my shawl around my shoulders. We visited Mike at work and we found out he wanted the glow in the dark ouija board. So we went back to the fairy event, bought it for him, and gave it to him at the witch shop.

It was hard going in a costume. I leaned forward during rides in the car with wings on, I perched carefully in a chair at the fairy event, I tipped my wings way forward, put on my shawl and then stood up and got my wings back on my back and adjusted my shawl in the bathroom. Eventually I learned to remove the wings in the car on rides. I had two necklaces. When I got out of the wings, the wings caught on my crown twice and on my outfit. I had to get detangled. Ugh what a time.

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch

Leave a comment

Filed under candle, candles, Cast-iron, Cat Magick, cats, faeries, faery crafts, Faery gardens, faery magick at Midsummer, Feline familiar, fiery, fiery energy, finale, fire, flower, flowers, flowers and herbs, full moon, God and Goddess, Goddess, Goddess Power, Green abundance, greening your pumpkin, herb crafts., herb harvest, herb magick, herbal crafts, Herbal tools, herbs, lavender

Brigit, the ancient Goddess )O(

Sblossoms2

Merry meet all,

The Celtic goddess Brigid is typically honored in the beginning of February. Brigit is an ancient Goddess with mysterious origins. She became hugely popular in Ireland and Britain.

Brigit is one of the Tuatha de Danaan, or people of the Goddess Danu.  Legend tells that Brigit was the daughter of the Dagda, the Lord of Great Knowledge. Other legends tell that she was Dagda’s consort, not his daughter. Brigit is a triple goddess: smithcraft, poetry and healing. She has been compared to Minerva, a Roman goddess and Vesta, a virgin fire goddess.

Brigit is revered for her healing powers. She is a goddess of fire. She is famous for her healing springs and wells. The Druids linked Brigit to the late winter arrival of light and the early promise of spring. Brigit’s connection with the growing season also gives her a role as a fertility goddess. She was a patroness of domestic animals and crops. Brigit is the one who sparks the “fire of the poet’s heart, of the healer’s hands and the fire used by the smith.”

Brigit is knowledgeable about healing herbs. She was a patroness of many healing springs and wells. She is a goddess of smithcraft. Smithcraft was viewed as pure magic, the ability to make to transform stone or ore-bearing rock into tools and weapons. She held sway over poetry and creative arts. Poetry was an oral tradition held by the Celts. Much of their history is lost in the mists of time because the history, family lineage, and mythology  is all orally kept. The bards told of all that in their songs and poems.

Brigit continues to inspire her followers today. Light a candle or many candles in her honor this Imbolc. Ignite the flames and follow a tradition kept by our ancestors. Blessed Imbolc

 

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Leave a comment

Filed under Brigid, Brigid Bed, Brigid doll, candles, celebrations, Cleansing ritual for Imbolc, corn doll, Crafts for Imbolc, Creative crafts for Imbolc, deities of Imbolc, doe visits in morning, esbat, ewe's milk. fertility, February, Feline familiar, fertility, festivity, fiery, fiery energy, fire, fire festival, healing, herb magick, herbal crafts, Herbal tools, herbs, herbs and flowers, house cleansing ceremony, ice candles for Imbolc, Imbolc, Imbolc blessings, Imbolg, lunar magick, Lunar magick crafts, Lunar Moon, rebirth, recipe, recipes, recipes and lore, reverence to God and Goddess, snow moon, snowdrops, spring, spring equinox, spring poems, Spring's arrival, Spring's Rebellion, The Crone of Winter Solstice, time of Crone

Magical Cleaning

CIMG2736

Merry meet all,

The Eastern Quarter corresponds to the Element of Air. The bathroom fan in my apartment here was broken. It made the most awful cacophonous harsh sound when I turned the bathroom light on. Now it is fixed. In Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery: Everyday Magic Spells and Recipes, she lists fans as representing the Element of Air. Now that the fan is fixed, the blockage is removed. It is harmonious and now I love being in my bathroom. It is the first room people see when they come in, so naturally I want it to be nice. 

After the fan was fixed, I set out to clear my altar area. It needed a good spring cleaning. I debated with myself about whether to lift my altar off the dusty floor then made my decision, I am glad I did. I placed the altar on a round table. Behind the altar is a beautiful painting, which is why I had my altar on the floor. But I never used my altar much and I think it had to do with it being on the floor so low. I love it now that it is placed so high on a table. It is easier and I can clean the floor beneath it. It is finally easier for me to access the altar and feel comfortable. But since my altar has accumulated so much energy and has been used in so many rituals, meditations and spells, I will continue using it. 

I also cleaned and smudged every altar tool. My bookcase full of witchy tools was so crammed, dusty and disorganized and now it is so clean. I love the feel in my bedroom now. Everything feels fresh and clean. I smudged the altar, the tools and I mopped my floors. Everything is fresh and clean in time for spring. I even found my hammer. Now that’s some cleaning!!

Have you cleaned your altar areas in time for spring? Now’s the time. 

Good luck spring cleaning and add magick to the cleansing!

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch 

Leave a comment

Filed under altar cloth, altar cloths, altars, Banishing spell, blossoming flowers, Broomsticks and Besoms, candle, candles, Cast-iron, Cat Magick, cats, cauldrons, cleanup, clutter, Colourful flames in cauldron, Divination and kitchen witchery, drainage holes, drying herbs. gathering, faeries, faery crafts, Faery gardens, faery magick at Midsummer, Feline familiar, fiery, fiery energy, guinea pigs., herb, herb crafts., herb harvest, herb magick, herbal crafts, Herbal tools, herbs, herbs and flowers, magic, Magic Cat, magical cavies, magical guinea pigs, magick, Mugwort, power, power of spring, responsibility, rituals, sacred herbs, saving money to enjoy witchcraft, witchcraft on the cheap, witchy

Season of Change

Penny

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:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2980516/

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch 

Leave a comment

Filed under black cats, blessing, blessing. earth, blessings, blossoming flowers, Cat Magick, cats, crocuses, daffodils, dark season, dark time of year, deities of Imbolc, Divination and kitchen witchery, early frosts of spring, early harvest, earth, earth care, ewe's milk. fertility, February, Feline familiar, flower, flowers, flowers and herbs, folklore, Green abundance, growth, guinea pigs., heirloom seeds, herbs, herbs and flowers, Imbolc, Imbolc blessings, Imbolg, importance of organic seeds, Magic Cat, magical cavies, magical guinea pigs, March, Ostara, Ostara Ritual, potted herbs, potting soil, power of spring, Prayers for Imbolc, seed, seed companies, seed trays, seedheads, seedlings, seeds, seeds and seedlings, spring poems, Spring's arrival, Spring's Rebellion, starter pots, starting gardening, time of Crone

Penny, my animal familiar

Penny

Merry meet all,

I have adopted a cat! Her name is Penny. She is a five years old Norwegian Forest Cat. She is beautiful, as you can see from the picture above. She loves to climb on top of the fridge and nap there. She sun worships, sleeps, and knocks things down at night. She didn’t hiss once when she came in here or even hide. She just made herself right at home. 

Penny used to live with an elderly lady who couldn’t take her with  her when she moved into a special home. So a now married couple took her in only the Rottweiler terrorized Penny. Let us all hope this is Penny’s furever home. She likes wet and dry cat food, cuddles, and exploring. She came with a scratching post and a litter box. 

I still love my other animal familiar Magic, my guinea pig. But Penny doesn’t mind Magic. She can smell that he was first here. I am not going to let him run around unsupervised around here, but he does need some exercise. I need to work that out. I just gave Magic a big cuddle on my lap. He counts, too. 

Animals are amazing. Now that’s two animal familiars. Lucky me!

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Leave a comment

Filed under animal treatment, black cats, blessing, Cat Magick, cats, cauldrons, family, Feline familiar

Herbs for Mabon

Spring Frost

Merry meet all,

Herbs for Mabon

The herbs for Mabon are earthier than the herbs for summer. Mabon grounds us where summer had us flying to the stars. The herbs we would use in incenses, potpourris, or burning in our cauldrons are sandalwood, mugwort, mints, oranges, patchouli, sage, frankincense. The picture above is taken in my garden. The flower is purple coneflower. 

Each herb has a special quality to it. Sandalwood is spiritual, mugwort aids us in dreams and psychic abilities, mint refreshes our spirit, orange is citrusy and fresh, and patchouli is earthy and grounding. Sage shields us from negative energy. and frankincense’s warm aroma lifts our spirit.

These herbs and/ or resins can be used in a variety of ways. You can burn the dried leaves in your cauldron. You can infuse them to scent your house. You can mix them in a potpourri of your own making. Your friends might ask you for the recipe!

Now’s the time to make ointments, balms, soaps and candles. The bounty of herbs to help make these potions are at your fingertips. You can find them in your own kitchen, your garden, or fly on your besom to the nearest famers market for herbs.

I plan to. If you can, use beeswax rather than paraffin. Beeswax of course, comes from bees. Bees are endangered. They work hard to make the wax. You would be gaining the energy for your potions from beex. I would far prefer that to paraffin. Beeswax is purer and burns cleaner smoke. Soy wax is also a better choice than paraffin. Paraffin is very available but if you look hard, you may find a wonderful soul who could happily supply you with tons of beeswax. I know a kind lady who sells her witchy candles and beeswax every weekend at a farmers market. She is knowledgeable and I have bought many a beautiful beeswax candle from her. I wish I knew where she got her beautiful candle moulds of owls, lighthouses, cats or pillar candles. She reminds me of a bee queen. She reminds me of a bee buzzing about at her table. The table, let me tell you, is always covered with a plethora of beeswax candles of every shape and colour. She always has a smile. I couldn’t ask for more.

So gather your herbs!! Dust off your cauldrons. OIl your besom and let’s fly. Over the moon on our brooms. Use organic ingredients and be environmentally friendly. Cuddle your familiars!

Blessed Be,

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Bees, broomsticks, Broomsticks and Besoms, busy bees, cauldrons, caution, Feline familiar, herb crafts.

Invocation to Bast

Merry Meet All,

Black cats are a famous symbol of Halloween. But cats are also at risk at this time of year. It is imperative that you protect your frisky felines. Here is a meditation for you to try to invoke the Egyptian Goddess Bast. I performed this meditation at my altar at Samhain. I am going to write it like how I experienced it, but you can rewrite it and alter it to your preferences.

I entered a temple. In the temple, were lots of cats- no surprise, and the Egyptian Goddess Bast. The temple was dark and the hall was dark. I walked down a long hallway, fragrant with incense. On either side of me were beautiful cats watching me as I stroke down the corridor. I reached the end of the hall, which opened into the main room of the temple. The cats kept watching me. At the head of the room, across a huge pool, was a woman and a cat. I assumed it was Bast. I bowed and implored Bast to protect my cat Lady Shadow. I bowed again, left an offering, and exited the temple.

In China, the tiger is considered the king as opposed to lions. The tiger is associated with Tsai Shen Yeh, the Chinese God of wealth. Asian lore portrays the tiger as the guardian of the dead. The tiger is sometimes seen in graves for protection, ensuring peace for those who have passed away. The symbolism of the Chinese Tiger is power, energy, royalty, protection, generosity, illumination, and unpredictability. Tigers are associated with yang energy and are a solar animal which corresponds with the solar symbols of the sun, summer, and fire.

Meditate on the Chinese tiger if you wish to honor one who has passed on. If you want to attract wealth to your life, concentrate on wealth and copper coins.

I hope your cats stay safe this Samhain.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

25 Comments

Filed under Bast, Feline familiar