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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


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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

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The Morrigan

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Last night, I crafted up a storm! I crafted a clay statue of the goddess Morrigan and a clay tea light holder. The Morrigan Tonight I created the Morrigan statue out of polymer clay. The clay is red and black. My hands were RED (how fitting), by the time I was done. Her body is red, and the wings are black, and the stand below feet is black. I worked herbs into the clay- rue, rosemary, juniper berries, and mugwort. These herbs correspond to the Goddess Morrigan. Her hair is black. I also made a black and red tea light holder. I made an incense of the herbs too. The night is dark and stormy. Maybe I could have made her taller but I think she is just beautiful. Unfortunately, she doesn’t stand on her own. I sketched in a rune symbol on the front of her torso- Eihwaz, or yew, which is also connected to her. I love the Morrigan statue and I am sure she will bless me with her power. I burned myrrh incense which corresponds to her, listened to music and relaxed. I rediscovered playing with clay, which to me being stressed, felt good. I still have clay remaining and will use it to make her a spear later. 

The moon’s waxing and growing to a Full Moon. On the Full Moon, I will dedicate the statue and perform a dedication ritual. I think the statue could have been bigger and fancier as the statues sold in metaphysical shops but you do what you can. 

I may invest in a fancy statue anyway in the future but for now, it will do. The Morrigan will understand, I am sure. 

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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New Moon harvest

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Today I bound my garlic cloves from the garden with an elastic and hung them to dry. I chopped off the onion stems and stored the onion heads in a dry clean basket. I will leave the garlic and onions to cure for a number of weeks. Then I hope they store well for the winter. The bluejays steal eggshells I leave in the garden. I wonder why. I believe I shall harvest more rhubarb too. I do enjoy some raspberries from my garden too, though not as many as I’d like. 

The sky’s overcast here today. The sun’s trying to shine through the clouds. The oak seedling in my garden’s doing well. The garden sage is doing well. I can’t wait for another big harvest from my garden. I love to garden and I am sure it shows, but it gives me a sense of accomplishment and brings me peace. I love my garden. It’s been a lot of work and I am seeing the results of my labour, which is part of what Lammas is about. 

The New Moon shines tomorrow night. The New Moon phase is a good time for new beginnings and starting new projects. Cleanse your crystals and burn a candle to meditate or reflect on what you would like to do. I am seeing August as a good time to get my writing and sewing done and up to date. September always signals a change for me. 

Many New Moon Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch 

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Litha Rites

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Litha is almost here!!! Well, today it’s raining. But I sure hope for sunshine on June 21st!! Here is more info to help you prepare for an awesome Summer Solstice. 

This celebration focuses on the sun. Use solar colours when decorating your altar. Reds, oranges, golds and yellows are associated with the sun. Try setting your altar outdoors to truly get the most out of the ritual or at least near a sunny window. 

Litha is also a time of balance. The light and dark are in battle with each other. Perhaps a Brighid’s cross or a yin yang symbol would do. Decorate your altar with pinwheels, sun wheels, oak leaves and acorns, and sunflowers. 

To decorate your home for the Solstice, bring in washed flowers, herbs and vegetables from the garden. Leave the food in baskets and arrange the flowers in vases. Burn yellow and gold candles. Arrange flower candles at the base of the candlesticks. Braid herbs into a herb wreath and hang it on your door. Collect seeds and store them in a pretty cloth pouch or a seed envelope. 

Celebrate Litha either as a solitary or with your coven. Go outside! I plan to take a cauldron outside and burn incense on charcoal  in the cauldron. It will smell beautiful. I also plan to spend the day or part of the day tending to my garden. I will burn incense as I tend to my garden. The scent will help carry me away. Midsummer is a magickal time. 

Hold a bonfire, welcome fairies into your garden, share a special meal outdoors with friends and family. The choice is up to you how you enjoy the day. Go for a nature walk and go wildcrafting or clean up trash as you see it. Be sure to wear gloves. 

Have a fun Litha!

Blessings,

Lady Spiderwitch  )O(

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Seeds of Hope

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Merry meet all,

I am just in from seed planting. Yesterday I bought some organic topsoil. I wheeled the soil home and put it all on my new garden patch. Today my garden looks beautiful even in the rain. The rocks get that sheen and the green vibrant plants stand out among the earthy rocks and soil. 

I cleared away more weeds and removed rocks from the soil. A Witch’s work is never done! I just planted hollyhocks and lilies in the garden. I hope they germinate. When they do, I will thin the seedlings more and enjoy watching the hollyhocks grow! I can harvest more seeds from the stalks come fall. The witch hazel is also coming along nicely. The flowers I planted at the base are doing well too. 

The photo above is one I took of the beauteous tulip growing in my own garden. It’s a double-petaled deep mahogany red tulip and the hybrid is called Uncle Tom, (mundane name, if you ask me.)  The scent is amazing!! I also watered the seeds and my garden with my organic Neptune’s Harvest organic fish emulsion fertilizer. 

I shall continue to post more here soon!! The Full Moon shines on June 2nd. The moon is waxing. This is a good time to get out and do some gardening!! You can plant seeds that grow above ground now, because the moon is growing full!!

Blessings,

Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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500 Autumn Leaves

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If October was a drink, I would be intoxicated. If October was a poem, I would be cross-eyed from rereading it over and over. If October was a slice of pie, I would be falling over in my chair. October is all these things and more. It’s when owls and bats patrol the nights, autumn leaves are painted warm golds and fiery reds then the leaves trickle to the resting cold earth. Pumpkins appear and children cheer. Ah I love October. 

In fact, I think I will make a new vow to myself and I urge you to do the same. Let’s act like it is October every day of the year, not just a once a year thing. I love it and i can’t wax poetic enough about October. Nope. Ahhh

I have had a good month so far despite being impoverished. I won a Halloween costume contest, wrote a short micro fiction story titled ‘Till Death do us part which was published in the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia Facebook page, got a copy of the book I am published in titled Naming the Goddess by Moon Books today from Chapters, made candles with friends, made candles on my own, got a beautiful cookbook titled Celtic Folklore Cookbook and the recipes in that book are wickedly delightful, fed chickadees, saved garden seeds, and collected more witch figurines and bought some pumpkins. I barely have a penny to my name but this has been a good month. 

I just received the latest issue of Essential Herbal magazine today. I rescued the envelope from the torrential rain and eagerly read the issue while crunching on pumpkin-shaped freshly baked scones and sipping tea. I couldn’t put the issue down and have already read 95% of it. I intend to make Fire Cider and other wonderful herbal concoctions. I want to buy a juicer and make apple cider. I baked Barm Brack bread and all I can say is mmmm. It is good! I made mulled cider too. Yeah and I have two mason jars of pumpkin puree in the freezer! Not bad for a starving artist! 

I am also happy to say that a year ago Horror Novel Reviews did an unusual honor of publishing my short micro fiction story, “The Grimm Pumpkin: in their ebook, Horror Novel Reviews: One Hellacious Halloween!! The book is now in print and I am eager to get my kitten mitts on a copy!! I think I’m getting spoiled. ha ha I am including links to these wonderful publications below. 

Essential Herbal magazine is also releasing until November 10, the Second Five Years of the magazine in a great big ebook. This is a tome packed with herbal recipes, lore, advice, wisdom, hopes and dreams, and gardening information. So quick, snatch up a copy. It is a compendium of 30 magazines from 2008-2012 and it is all indexed and arranged. Since I have been a contributor, I get a copy of this. I can’t wait and plan to get a thick binder, get it printed off, then arranged in the binder. All that knowledge at my fingertips. Oh pinch me, I”m dreaming. 

Here is the link for the herb magazine: www.essentialherbal.com 

I also want to happily say that this is my 500th blog post on this blog!! I did it with all of your support and I thank you for your enthusiasm for this blog and my new blog, Paranormal & Pagan Fiction, which is my passion. It is that time of year. It feels good to achieve goals, such as  writing 500 blog posts and reaching 50 blog posts on my other blog and achieving 700 followers on Twitter!! These were my goals and I did it. So a huge thank you to everyone!! Also, Circle magazine has published my reprinted article about Persephone; Death and the Maiden in their latest issue. 

Now… October doesn’t come without its share of dangers. Be careful and calm in everything you do. Guard your feline friends, especially black cats, during this season, and check your kids’ candy for razor blades. People will do some sick things. Watch out for slippery leaves. Don’t slip and fall. Protect your health!! Then, you can have fun. 

Merry Mabon- Samhain!

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Here are the links to what I am published in in case you want to grab a copy!!!

http://www.moon-books.net/books/naming-goddess

http://horrornovelreviews.com/2014/10/21/order-our-collection-one-hellacious-halloween-in-paperback-right-now/

https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/circle-magazine/circle-magazine

http://www.essentialherbal.com

And, lastly, but not least, Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine published my poem titled : Cave of the Goddess, in their autumn issue of 2014. Here is the link: 

http://eternalhauntedsummer.com/issues/autumn-equinox-2014/

The Poem:

Cave of the Goddess

The snake charmer coaxes
a cobra from a woven basket.

The cobra hisses, sways
to the earthy music.

I yearn to be cocooned
in onion skins from the sun.

Mysteries of the desert
pulse in my head.

A red sun rises withered as my tongue.
A river rushes under the sand.

The snake charmer enters the cave,
and sways to the flute’s lyrical music.

I am the cobra who
suffered the scorching sun.

Reborn from the shed husk, I
slither far from charming flutes and baskets.

Blessed Be. 

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How to honor the Harvest Moon Goddess

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Merry Meet all,

Today the chill in the air blows in fall. Tonight the Full Harvest moon shines the brightest tonight. This is the time to focus on what you harvested from your herb garden and what you have accomplished in life. 

Decorate the altar with symbols of Fall. Use gourds, squashes, pumpkins, red, orange and brown candles, and/ or stalks or grains. A bottle of wine is nice. Use corresponding quarter candles.  Hold a meditation bath and meditate to prepare yourself for the ritual. You can perform this ritual as a solitary or with a coven, if you wish. Be sure to cleanse and prepare your sacred space for the ritual. 

The Full Moon in September is about abundance. This may also be the last or next to last Full Moon rite you get to perform outdoors before it is too cold. You can begin in the north or east. It depends on which you prefer. Assign a coven member a quarter. 

The person facing north lights the quarter, holds aloft the green candle, and says:

We call upon the powers of Earth, and welcome you to this circle. May the fertile soil of the land bring you prosperity, abundance, and a bountiful harvest. Blessed Be. 

Place the green candle on the altar. Green represents the Earth element. 

The person facing east should light the yellow candle and say:

We invite the powers of Air, and welcome you to this circle. May the luminous glow of the Moon illuminate our ritual tonight. Blessed Be

Place the yellow candle on the altar. 

The person in the south quarter lights his/ her red candle and says:

We call upon the powers of Fire, and welcome you to this circle. May the warmth of Fire energize our way through the cold winter. Blessed Be

Place the candle on the altar. 

The person facing west lights the blue candle and says:

We call upon the calming powers of Water, and welcome you to this circle. May the rain wash away our fears and troubles for the coming winter. Blessed Be

Place the blue candle on the altar. 

Everyone can join in a circle, join hands and say:

We gather to honor the harvest moon tonight. May this harvest deliver our dreams and hopes and an abundant harvest. Blessed Be. 

Everyone can share with each other what they hoped to achieve by now. They can also say what they wish for in the winter months. Take a moment to consider the bounty of the season. 

Drawing down the Moon

Everyone faces the moon. Stand with your arms crossed over your chest, and feet together. Face the moon. Say:

Goddess of the Moon, known by many names. You shine in the dark as a guiding light. Allow us to feel your presence within our hearts. 

Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Raise your arms up to welcome the Goddess into you. You may feel a surge of energy. 

Say: 

I honor the Goddess within me. I accept and honor her wisdom and blessings on this Full Moon eve. Blessed Be. 

Feel the energy charging in you from head to toe. Bask in the feeling. End the ritual. Ground yourself and enjoy cakes and ale. 

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Goddess Statue from India Discovered

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1200-yr-old sculpture found
Deepender Deswal, TNN, Nov 24, 2010, 06.52am IST
ROHTAK: A rare 1200-year-old sandstone sculpture of a Hindu goddess has been discovered from an archeological site near Kaleshwar temple in Kurukhsetra. According to historians, the sculpture signifies the prevalence of worship of female gods during the Pratihar and pre-Pratihar era.

The 30 kg sandstone sculpture of goddess Shakti could be from the Shakti peetha of Savitri or the Bhadrakali of Thanesar in Kurukshetra.

Thanesar is known for Shaktism, a term which is based on worship of the divine in the form of the supreme mother of the universe.

Rajesh Purohit, deputy director and curator of the Shrikrishna Museum spotted the sculpture near the banks of Saraswati pond in Kaleshwar temple in Thanesar recently. Purohit who is also an archaeologist, said: This kind of an image has never been noticed here before in the history. This is one of the finest early-Pratihar era images found in Haryana.

Purohit said that the sculpture was excavated from Harsha-ka-tila an archeological site of historical significance. Thanesar region was the capital of king Harshavardhan in the pre-Pratihar times.

The sculpture, which is worth million of rupees, is preserved in the Shrikrishna museum. Historians and scholars from across the country are coming to the stadium to study the art work.

Firstly, it indicates that artistry was at a developed stage in that era, more importantly, it throws light at feminine dominance in those times. This region, comprising entire Haryana and parts of Punjab, was the centre of culture and learning. People were known for their high living standards and a taste for art and culture, commented Rajesh Dalal, a scholar of ancient history in the Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak.

Read more: 1200-yr-old sculpture found – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/gurgaon/1200-yr-old-sculpture-found/articleshow/6978285.

This is fascinating and lends proof that there was indeed goddess worship in that time. This put women in a position of high respect in society and in the family. I believe that the first occupation for women was not prostitution, but priestess-hood. The fact that goddesses were worshipped means that women enjoyed many privileges that may otherwise have not been available if it was different. It may also have had to do with the social class. Women were the focus in the temples. Rituals were performed and offerings were left for the Goddess(es). They were prayed to for safety, prosperity, good weather for their crops and food.

It’s great that the statue was discovered. Now we can learn more of our history and understand our past. It sheds light on the history of Goddess worship and which goddesses were worshipped.

More power to the Goddess!
Blessings,
Lady Spiderwitch )0(

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