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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jun 24 (2 days ago)
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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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,
September heralds the change in the air. I feel the chill already. Pumpkins now sit in the baskets in the produce aisle. Crisp leaves trail to the ground. My garden is busy preparing itself for fall. Some seed heads are losing their flower petals, leaving the rich brown velvety seed heads behind. I love to feel the texture of them. There is no mistake about it. Fall is the most sensual season of the year.
Next week, the Wheel of the Year spins again. Mabon starts on September 22nd. Mabon precedes Samhain. The Harvest Moon shines on the 19th. I will be posting tips here on how you can make the most of this magickal harvest time. If you had a garden, September- October is the time to harvest what you have sown all summer. Your herbs and vegetables will be ripe to bursting. Throw a potluck and share what you have harvested. Sharing food is a custom that goes back to our ancestors.
Try to include as much organic food as you can for your Mabon feast. Despite what you think, it is cheaper to eat organic. It is better on your body. Go to an organic Farmers Market for ciders, meat, and vegetables. I myself plan to get some rustic bread, goat cheese (mm), and fresh cider. That takes some beating. Our ancestors ate organic food. Think about it. Now there are chemicals in the food. When you eat the food, you eat the chemicals. You take that energy into you. Is that what you want? I doubt it.
Peru has banned GMO food and Monsanto. Way to go, Peru. I hope they are an example to other countries to follow in their suit.
For those of you who live inHalifax, another September highlight is Word on the Street. Word on the Street is an annual Book Fair and Festival. I never miss it and I always have a good time. I look forward to this year’s festival.
May the Goddess bless you this Mabon
Organic Cooking for Samhain
Tonight I rolled up my sleeves, lit a candle, made tea and got to work carving up pumpkin. It’s early yet in October, the most magickal month of the year. I chopped up pumpkin for cooking. I bought a large pumpkin and can’t wait to be brewing pumpkin soup in my stainless steel cauldron pot and enjoying hot buttery pumpkin loaf. I set aside the pumpkin seeds and put the large chopped pieces of pumpkin in freezer bags for the next night. Spicy pumpkin seeds were soon ready to be enjoyed. Mm.
I also have squash, a turnip, potatoes and onions. I will cook up a magickal brew of soups and stews. A pumpkin does not have to be just for carving. Our ancestors knew this and used tuberous roots for plenty of healthy more organic recipes. Back then, they didn’t have chemicals and probably regularly composted their food. There were likely higher levels of nutrients stored in their foods then. Wow.
I urge all of you to pressure your local supermarkets to support more organic and local foods. This helps farmers to make better choices for farming. I always try to buy free range meat, poultry and eggs. It is better for the animals and I like to support free range foods. I hate the idea of the farms that profit from the torture that is inflicted on the poor cows and chickens. Those farms should be shut down and abolished. We all have the power to make better choices for ourselves and our families.
I came across an online article about ‘greening a pumpkin’. The title of the article surprised me. It had some good points. When we are done with pumpkins, they still have to be taken care of-from a green perspective. A pumpkin, once decorated and done with, can be composted in your backyard. A pumpkin removes serious toxins from the soil. In North America, our soil is heavily laden with chemicals that are poisonous and cause health problems. Pumpkins also contain Vitamin A. The seeds can be baked in the oven or given to the birds. Bread can be left for the birds, leaving them a tasty treat. Recycling centers may also accept pumpkins or if nothing else, put it in the nearest compost bin, where it can still decompose naturally. (I put my pumpkin in my garden last Samhain.) Try and stop me. So think twice before tossing that pumpkin!!
I wish you all a wonderful Fall Season and Merry Samhain.