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Once Upon a Fairy Tale )O(

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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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Spring Sprouts

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My project for herby sprouts is working!! I am amazed at how a whole huge plant can start from a tiny seed. I now have a garden on my windowsill. I’m growing snapdragons, lavender, thyme, basil, moonflower and morning glories, tomatoes, pumpkins, elecampagne from seed. My calendula overwintered and is now flowering! I also just bought black rose seeds.

I accidentally snipped a calendula flower and stem. I put the stem in a glass of water and waited and waited. Several weeks later the stem grew roots which I planted back into the same pot with the other calendula. I have three sprigs of rosemary in a glass of water to grow roots.

Patience is important when growing from seed. Try not to over water the plants. That killed my dill sprout. Just add a tiny drop of water every other day or if the seedling looks limp. Keep the starter pots by a sunny window. I have a plastic bag around the starter pots which helps to trap the water. Use good seedling potting soil. It is geared towards starting plants from seed. Let the seedlings grow on their own.

My moonflower just germinated!! It is weeks away till I can plant them but it is fun to watch them grow and help them along. I use a small clear plastic mister bottle which I have watered the seedlings with. You can also water from beneath. That prevents the seedling from root rot and dying. If you do water on the surface of the soil, add a tiny amount of water.

Small to tiny seeds lie on the surface of the soil. Water the soil prior to planting the seeds so they don’t drown. Bigger seeds are planted deeper in the soil. The sprouts still push through soil. So now we have sun, soil, water and time… what else? Love. Be gentle to your plants. Let them grow and just trust that they will grow. Before you know it, you will have a full fledged garden of seedlings waiting to bloom once the frost has passed.

Don’t disturb or transplant young seedlings. Let them grow where they are. You can if you want magically empower the seeds to fulfill your magical intention. The roots take time to be fully developed. Transplanting them too early can put the seedling in shock and damage it. They are content in the home that they germinated in. When it is time to harden the seedlings and plant them outside, then you can uproot them. Again, patience is key.

My morning glory seedlings )O(

Starting your plants from seed indoors has a few advantages. They are protected from the frost, can grace your window with their beauty and you can be sure that you will have a beautiful plant growing. If you start from seed, you control the growing conditions. You can grow several of the same plant without paying a fortune. Your plants will be ready to go once the frost has passed, saving you the effort of buying the same plants from the garden center.  

I’m starting the nasturtiums from seed outside. They are easy to grow and grow well there. Snapdragons seed heads look like skulls, which is one of the reasons why I bought the seeds. I also like the sound of the plant’s name. I’m running out of room for more seedlings. This has been a magical and fun project. 

My snowdrops have bloomed. My spring bulbs are growing slowly too. I can’t wait. 

Happy planting!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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Flu Season Tips

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I know it’s been a few days since my last blog post. I have been brutally ill from a flu bug that nearly bit the very life out of me. It was the most horrid flu bug I have ever had. I ached all over from head to toe, and thought I would die. I spent 3 days in bed. I won’t go into more gross detail but I also had to go to a dental appointment first thing in the morning, first brutal day of the flu. I almost fell on the floor while I was there. I am here to give you some much needed survival tips on how to combat the flu and emerge a victor.

First things first…

Time. If you suspect you have the flu and feel the commonly known symptoms of the flu, cancel major appointments and important business meetings and travel plans. You can’t go anywhere if you are too sick to move and you risk infecting others with the same illness.

Provisions. Stock up on plenty of fresh ripe lemons, organic honey, toilet paper and Kleenex boxes, food that is sources of protein and vitamins such as colorful ripe vegetables, meat and shellfish, and beans and grains. These foods are rich sources of Vitamins A, D and B. These foods also contribute to boosting your immune systems. That is necessary to healing from the illness. Ginger and ginseng are also good for you.

Rest. I spent 3 shameless days in bed feeling like the world was going to end. I really did believe it. I was dizzy when I stood, my eyes burned, my back felt broken, I couldn’t help but sleep, and I sniffed and coughed uncontrollably. If that is not enough, I could only remain awake for 15 minutes at a time between long sleep intervals. So it is a good idea to cancel those meetings and travel plans and just stay home. No one else wants your cold. It is a hard cold fact of life.

Treatments. Get plenty of rest, don’t think you will be staying home watching videos or finishing your adult coloring book. If you have the flu as horribly as I did, this is the perfect time to take advantage of the sleep you need. Take the proper recommended doses of Tylenol or Ibuprofen at the right times. Stay hydrated. Take plenty of steamy showers to loosen up the mucus in your sinuses. Blow your nose often and keep the wastebasket near your bed. Extra tip: Line your wastebaskets/ cans with a plastic bag so it is easy to remove when full. Grocery bags are perfect for that. Keep a tray or a table near the bed but that is not in your way but makes it easy for you to access something if you need it in a hurry. Unplug the phone and internet, and close the curtains. I could barely stand so I welcomed the solitude. Fill the kettle early on in the day.

Health Boosters. I steered clear of Red Rose tea and only drank a bit of coffee. I drank a LOT of organic honey and lemon tea. Not Neo Citran- which is pure artificial sweetener, the real stuff. It was a savior scent from heaven, that concoction of awesome goodness. I cherished every drop. I lost my appetite but I still forced down a few healthy meals: an apple, pasta + brussel sprouts, seafood chowder,  lentil soup, sweet potatoes. These are the foods that give you your much needed health back.

A plan. Do go see your doctor. Your doctor can and will advise you if you have influenza, a viral infection or pneumonia. They can give you medicated pain and fever relief. If they do an x-ray, those will tell the doctors more about your condition. Try to take a cab or arrange a ride to and from the hospital. Try to avoid using the metro transit, if at all possible. People might be sick on the bus or you might infect them. 

Spoiling. This is the perfect time to spoil yourself. Go ahead and if you can handle it, have that spa day or staycation. I took hot showers. I also enjoyed a 20-minute soak in the tub. I added sage leaves I crumbled in my fingers, salt, Epsom salts, and clove essential oil. I exfoliated and scrubbed my finger and toenails. I made a natural mask for my skin of olive oil and honey, which I put on my face for a few moments than washed off after. I felt great. Go get lots of herbal teas for colds and keep them handy. Avoid alcohol and excessive amounts of caffeine. Read a nice health magazine. Recover in a clean apartment and bedroom. Change your bed linens once you are back on your feet. 

This is how I did it. I am finally on the road to recovery. For a while there, I wasn’t sure if I was going to live. But I must have some stoical endurance in me to have survived. With some luck, you will too. I hope you enjoyed reading my post and now have lots of ideas to guard your health. 

More tips: Do keep your room clean. Put some flowers in a vase. Dim the lights. Listen to soft low volume music. If you can handle it and won’t choke, sleep with a lozenge under your tongue as you sleep. Don’t choke. If you think you would choke, don’t do it. I managed to remain alert enough to not swallow the lozenge. Keep lozenges or a glass of water nearby instead as you sleep. Don’t have flashy lights or throbbing techno music booming in the background. Put off collecting the mail or throwing out the garbage. Just stay home. Your aching senses will thank you. Think Enigma, world music or Enya. Meditation can help as well as breathing exercises. Have plenty of Kleenex or toilet paper at hand. 

Good luck!

Blessed be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Brigit, the ancient Goddess )O(

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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(

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Mabon

Samhain scene

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Today marks the beginning of fall and the end of summer. The sun’s shining hard over my garden, which is winding down for the cold season. Yesterday I baked two golden loaves of onion bread. They tasted amazing. I stored them in the freezer. I love to bake my own bread.

Mercury Retrograde goes direct today. You can all breathe a sigh of relief. The signs of autumn are around us. Pumpkins appeared in the stores, leaves turn color and trickle to the earth, and an early chill is in the air. Even if you work a day job, try to get out of the house to enjoy the first day of fall. A squirrel hops over the tree branches outside. He’s storing seeds for the winter season.

Stock up on pumpkins, save garden seeds, and harvest your herbs. Today is a day to celebrate the fall season. The best way to do that is to go outside. Explore a nature trail, clean up the garden, and soak up the sunshine.

Dig out your cardigans. Its the perfect time to examine your wardrobe and donate unwanted or unused clothing or other items to a thrift store. Clean up your fall coats, shawls, ponchos, cloaks and cardigans. Put away summer clothes. I love fall because I finally get to wear ‘fall style’ clothing. I plan to sew myself a few new shawls, skirts and dresses this fall.

Decorate your home with ears of corn, squashes, gourds, pumpkins and pretty jars and vials of garden harvested seeds. Score some cool finds from the local crafts shops for Halloween items to decorate your place.

This will lift you into the spirit of autumn. Merry Mabon

 

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

 

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Vines in a knot

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Are you having trouble with growing root veggies? You are not the only one. However I have some helpful tips for you. The trick to growing anything successfully is Phosphorus!!! It is what feeds plants and most helps them to grow. 

It could be you need to clear roots, rocks and weeds out of your garden area. Try to do that before planting anything and being disappointed. Soil should be crumbly and loose- and full of earthworms. The next step is to amend the soil. Lime sweetens the soil but bear in mind that tomatoes and a few other plants need acidic soil. Phosphorus encourages flower bloom and root growth. Add bone meal and seaweed to the soil. Work it into the soil with a spade or tiller.  Water the soil thoroughly afterwards. Then wait and watch your garden improve. Seaweed is extremely beneficial to soil. 

This fall, I’m adding more spring bulbs and elephant garlic to my garden. I just successfully transplanted comfrey to keep the large weeds at bay. Comfrey stands its ground in the garden. Bees love comfrey. A win win all around. The next task is to figure out how to grow my tomato plants indoors and keep them from my cat. I’ll let you know how that goes. 

 

Till then,

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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Flower Power

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Insects love plants. They want to help pollinate your plants or eat your plants. Insects flock to my garden in droves with a hunger for my plants or a thirst for pollen. I just photographed a nasturtium and discovered an aphid on it. A little green bug scurried for cover. It keeps them away from the other tasty plants. 

I have found a deterrent for slugs in my garden. Can you guess it yet? Ok eggshells. I have saved all my eggshells to scatter around plants on the soil. It works! slugs don’t like slithering over sharp edges or objects. Diluted dish soap will work too. If anyone has any other nontoxic suggestions for insecticides, I would love to hear them. 

That all said, I have fallen irrevocably in love with nasturtiums! I don’t know why I didn’t grow them before. My gosh, I love them. Well they are now a mainstay. I plan to save the seeds and the seeds from many other of my plants. It saves money to start plants from seed and is not hard to do. My biggest challenge of when to start from seed is knowing when to. I started my tomato plants from seed late. 

All summer, I fed my adorable guinea pig named Magic the dandy dandelions from the yard. He didn’t protest when I fed him the fresh vitamin rich leaves. The lawn is mowed. I could go farther up the nature trail to feed him dandelions. Burdock grows profusely on the nature trail and is ideal for prosperity magic. Now that the moon waxes, I may gather some for that purpose. 

I grow raspberries and rhubarb in the garden. I made my own homemade berry jam with the garden grown fruit! Yes I do own a canning kit and booklet and finally had the chance to put it to good use. So now I own 1 1/2 Mason jars of berry jam. Mmmm so good. I plan to brew more ‘potions’ in my kitchen witch kitchen. That’s why harvest time is so awesome! It’s time to get witchy in the kitchen with herbs from your own garden. 

Good luck to you as you brew your own Potions!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch 

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Hekate’s Blessing )O(

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Hekate is a powerful Goddess. She works her dark magic in mysterious ways. She is also a goddess of love and compassion. Since I brought her into my home and life, things have changed in here. If you want something done, ask her. Don’t forget to leave offerings such as cinnamon, skeleton keys. The cinnamon can be stored in a vial or you can bind cinnamon sticks and offer that to her. 

I was frustrated with my pumpkin vine. I got the idea to ask for Hekate’s blessings. I took my Hekate statue out to my garden. I touched the statue to the plant, which prior to this, wasn’t flowering at all. I kept the statue on the plant for a few minutes. I felt the energy. She must have blessed the plant because the next thing I know, the pumpkin plant is flowering. It is also bee pollinated. A pumpkin or two are on the way. 

Tonight is the Full Moon.  The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Lammas. Lammas is the first of the three fall harvest Sabbats.The bucks get their antlers.Now it is time to focus on the garden harvest. I want to take my Hecate statue out to each plant in my garden,which is a lot, and ask her to bless every plant in the garden. It will be a lot of work but if she works miracles, and would increase the growth, beauty and productivity then fine with me. 

Concentrate on abundance tonight as you perform your esbat. Focus on what you have around you. Ask for the Goddess’ blessing on your goals. 

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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Tips on how to grow herb seedlings )O(

 

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Here are a few tips about growing plants from seed that I learned. They may help you grow better plants. 

Growing seeds in the ground or in peat pots- there are two ways to start herbs or flowers. For root veggies, you have to start them in prepared moist composted soil. The soil should be full of nutrients, not be dry as a bone and contain compost. There is a spot in my backyard under dead trees and dead leaves that is composted soil. I occasionally scoop up soil from that spot and deposit it where I am growing veggies or flowers. It adds nutrients to the plants. If all the soil was totally sterile, nothing would grow. Good soil is full of insects (get used to that- they’re there to help), contain grass,  dead leaves or other plants or nitrogen. I worked limestone into my soil. Limestone sweetens and regulates soil. I suggest working limestone in early spring or in the fall. 

I put hollyhock seeds in the soil. Nothing. So now I am starting them in peat pots. Now they are germinating. (typical). But if you start them in peat pots, you can keep them in the pots without disturbing the roots. This is one example when it is almost better to start with peat pots to ensure the seeds germinate. I really wanted to grow black hollyhock seeds and now I can. Soon when the true leaves appear, I can plant them outside and let them blossom!! I put lettuce seeds outside. Sometimes the seeds rot or get buried too deep into the soil because of the rain. They never germinated. So I put the seeds in peat pots. Now they are germinating. …. 

Also, if you can, place the peat pots on a tray. I find it very helpful to water plants from below. This makes the plant develop stronger roots. The plant has to pull up the water to replenish the roots. If you water from above regularly, damping off can occur. The plant rots. Water the plant about an inch a week from below. Be patient and gentle. Turn the pots to let the roots get exercise. 

The hollyhocks’ roots will get established in the soil over the winter. Letting a plant stay in its spot over the winter lets the roots get to know it’s ‘home’, so to speak, save for annuals. This is also helpful for plants. 

Make sure your seedlings receive ample sunlight. With all of this care, you may have beautiful healthy strong seedlings to plant in your outdoor garden. Plants are happier outdoors where they get sunlight wind, help from good bugs and sunlight. 

Good luck! Happy planting

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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Plant Homes

Seedling Magick

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I love my garden. My garden is on the brink of being in full floral glory. The plants are growing but the buds haven’t blossomed. I can’t wait for seeing many flowers in bloom. The mauve canterbury bells. purple coneflower, tiger lilies, heliopsis, and astible are about to bloom. 

I suffer from the crazy idea that I have to cover every inch of my garden with green. I just transferred a thick clump of woodruff to another spot of the garden because it was choking out the dead nettle. I also evicted the insanely invasive violets to a neighbour’s lawn patch. I also planted woodruff there. The violets and the woodruff will grace that patch with tiny white woodruff flowers and the violet flowers. I don’t care if they grow and become invasive there. They were choking out everything in my garden. No rest for the green Witch. 

I have just planted buttercrunch lettuce seeds. Mmmm I can’t wait to harvest that. The nasturtiums have germinated. The nasturtiums will guard and defend the other plants as they grow, attracting the aphids to the nasturtiums. 

So my garden is a labor of love. But I don’t mind strolling first thing in the morning with my hot coffee in hand. My garden is a place of serenity and peace. I can say there is more serenity in my garden than in my life. I don’t think I am the only one who feels that way. 

WHen you are transplanting, be sure to get the roots as well when you remove a plant from its spot. Dig well in its new home before setting the plant and roots. Water the plant well after transplanting it. Soon the plant will adjust to its new home and grace that spot with its beauty. 

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O( 

 

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