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A Garden to honor my ancestors

Seedling Magick

Merry meet all,

Tonight I’m sipping coffee and I occasionally peek out to my blossoming garden. It cheers my heart to see the plants grow. I also take pride in it for a different reason. 

I am carrying on the work of my ancestors. I am part Celtic and part Viking. My maternal grandmother is from Scotland. My maternal grandfather is from Cape Breton-French Acadian. My father was Norwegian. 

They would have worked hard in a garden to provide the food to feed their families. It was a produce or perish way of life then. They would have raised livestock. I don’t raise livestock but I do have two familiars. A garden was necesary. I also know how to fish, saw wood, gather and store wood, and operate a real wood stove. I know how to identify animal tracks, herbs and berries, and cook homegrown food- and ride horses. I often practice slow cooking, as opposed to eating processed food out of a can. Yes I do know to work a coleman stove. 

Allow me to elaborate here. One time in Pleasant Bay, my sis Niki harvested some root veggies from her garden. She cooked a pot of stew and it was cooked on the wood stove. I love the sound of a stainless steel kettle rattling on the wood stove- and a woodpecker pecking at the outdoor house walls. Then I was given the pot of soup and I held the pot of stew on my lap the way to the main house, where we all enjoyed it. I mean, it was delicious. Well it was made from totally locally grown vegetables and cooked on a wood stove. What was there to not like? 

I also can sew and clean. I know you may be thinking these seem like such domestic chores- especially since last fall, I was in the kitchen literally cooking all day. But I filled glass dishes with the plastic red lids with four different soups and I was able to feed myself all winter long. 

I have a fresh stash of lentils and beans. I know what to do with them. Performing this work is satisfying because I feel like I am carrying on a tradition. I have occasionally gone camping, maybe not as often as I should. Spending so much time in Pleasant Bay has helped me appreciate going for a simple walk. Well today was rainy. I also know how to make candles, make crafts like candles, jewelry, and bind books But my main pride and joy is my garden. I fail to understand why no one started a garden in the backyard here before me. Oh well my job. And I love it! I bought a celtic cookbook to also honor my ancestry. 

I am studying the different gods and goddesses in the Celtic pantheon. That is just fascinating to me. I do have a hard time getting my hands on books and information on the Vikings so I could honor that side of my family. I hope to learn more about them. 

I plan to make good use of the raspberries in my garden in jam and maybe eat them with pancakes. I plan to grow tomatoes, kale, lettuce, carrots, beets and radishes, potatoes, chives, garlic, rhubarb, and onions. For someone who lives on a meagre budget as I do, this is a lot of food. This includes the herbs and flowers I shall also harvest in the fall. The Witch Hazel will be cool. I haven’t planned on what to do with that yet. I can also harvest roots, seeds, and flower petals for various magickal uses. 

I let my Samhain pumpkins compost in my garden all year. The orange pumpkin was closer to the house. The white pumpkin composted over the tulip and garlic bulbs. When I raked the leaves this spring, I didn’t find the white pumpkin. I guess that is how well it composted. But the soil, bulbs and bugs would have benefitted from the nutrients from it. I did find the dried crumbling remnants of the orange pumpkin. I know it helped the soil. 

I planted snowdrops because I read they were sacred to Brigid. This is one of many ways I hope to explore and deepen my connection to my ancestors.

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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Fate of the Bees

Merry Meet All,

Today I was out in my garden, as usual. The spiders, slugs, bees, and mosquitoes visited too. After I kicked out the slugs, and braved the bites, I watched from inside as chickadees visited the feeder and bees sipped pollen from bee balm, astilble, and the sea holly. Two bees this time. There used to be more.

I am concerned about the future of the bees. I hope you all have seen the picture about the 37 million bees dying from GMOs on the blog page. I have strengthened my pledge to eat only organic food. I am so worried that if the food is not organic, I will not eat it. I will finish what I have and that is it. I have organic face wash, toothpaste, even linens. I refuse to cooperate in the unnecessary and cruel deaths of more bees. It breaks my heart to know that our poor unsung heroes are dying by the millions. We are nothing without bees.

Here are some links to learn more about the tragic fate of the bees: http://www.thepost.on.ca/2013/06/19/bees-dying-by-the-millions

Here is another link: http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/11647-this-is-what-your-grocery-store-looks-like-without-bees.html

The honey in the stores is fake- it was not created by bees and removes the need for bees. This link tells you more about it: http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/11638-petition-stop-selling-fake-honey.html

http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/11739-gmo-bee-deaths.html

Please read these links to be better informed about how GMO crops and food are killing the bees. Without them, we are nothing. We will not survive. Refuse to buy GMO food. Alternatives to that crap exist. Since consuming more organic food, I feel better. Be careful. Some companies are lying about what is and is not organic.

Tonight, if you celebrate Lammas, or tomorrow, ask yourself if the God and Goddess would be happy knowing that their sacred bees are being murdered. It is murder. It is beemageddon, it is beecide. It is unthinkable and should be unacceptable. Taking a lukewarm, apathetic attitude is not going to save the bees. We need to act bravely and now. A dystopian society is where we are all headed, if we allow it to be so. Monsanto does not care about the bees’ fate. They produce cheap, plastic food that contains no nutrients.

I dread our future. I went to a food bank and when I came home, I had lots of houseflies in the house. I smudged the house with sage, donated the processed food back to the food bank, and they are gone. It was the negative energy they are attracted to. Please act and make conscious decisions on what you purchase from the stores. The bees will thank you.

Blessed Be,
Heddy Johannesen

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Fast Food Bank

Merry Meet All,

I know I’m posting twice today but I have something on my mind. As most of you know, I, like many many others, live on a limited income and I am growing my own organic veggies. I know that organic food is more expensive than fast food. This is the problem. I will tell you about my recent trip to a Food Bank and why I cannot return.

It is not a matter of pride. It is, rather, a matter of choosing one food quality over another. I will explain a bit about my background. My Mom is a master of knowledge of organic food and sustainability. She wrote a Masters thesis and taught sustainability at two Universities at a Masters level. She talked on and on about the importance of organic food. I never understood till now. She had to do a food study as part of her studies in University. I have grown accustomed to eating organic food and now it is difficult for me to eat processed food, as I can taste all the chemicals in nonorganic food.

I went to the Food Bank recently and came home with a ton of food. That was great. On the other hand, none of it was even close to organic. Now many people love organic food. Many people skirt around it and turn to what they are already familiar with- processed food. I have not eaten white bread in years. I had to donate the white bread and I forced myself to eat the rest of the processed food. I get queasy when I remember it.

I have now promised myself to adhere to choosing and consuming organic food no matter what and as well as I can. My diet is not 100 % organic but it averages 95% organic. Organic food contains considerably more nutrients than processed food. Yet most people do not want organic food, for reasons I can’t understand. They may be choosing to stick with what they are familiar with. But more and more people want organic food. I know, I visit the local farmers market which is packed with so many people there is almost standing room only.

At the Food Bank, I watched people leave with food bags heavy with processed food. I know that like me, they live on a limited income. I am sure that organic food is offered to the food banks yet it is refused. I hope that one day only organic food is sold in the grocery markets, only grown in peoples’ gardens, and is offered in food banks. I felt so sorry for those people who chose the processed food. It is a shame that there is such a limit in what people can and can’t eat. There is no nutritional value in white bread.

I submitted a proposal to a magazine to write an article on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. While I read the health and wellness magazine, I read an article about food banks. Yes Food Banks are great and most of the time, are the only choice people have. But the underlying problem is that that food is processed. And this was in a health and wellness magazine. I won’t mention the name of the magazine here. But it seems its focus is a little off.

I am not dissing Food Banks. They are trying to do the best they can. I am simply wishing that more options were available for the people to obtain healthier food. One day that may happen. I will keep hoping and I hope things change for people to be able to afford healthier food.

As long as people keep pushing the governments, local farmers markets and grocery stores to keep supplying organic food, it will continue to be available.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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