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Misunderstood Witches

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Samhain is a  festive time. It can also be a stressful time. You want to break out the cauldrons, besoms and maybe a skull or two. But there is always that one person who will never understand why you do what you do. Don’t fret over it. Here are some coping skills.

One Keep your cool. If you want to be taken seriously for your Craft, then try staying calm. I know the urge to burn tons of sage in your room to keep out a nosy disapproving aunt is overwhelming but it might not be the solution. (For the most part, I can’t blame you but I digress.) I live with not being understood by not just muggles but EVERYONE around me 24 out of 7. If it helps, distract yourself with a hobby. Go for a walk. A walk can help to clear your head and give you a fresher perspective on things.

Two Try discussing it – and here is the big word, Calmly with those who don’t understand your desire to commune with your chosen god or goddess. Losing your cool or temper only makes you look bad. Prove you are knowledgeable about your craft and they will take you more seriously.

Three If you live at home with parents still, and I am not suggesting you suddenly get your own apartment before having the financial means to do so just to be a witch and defy parents. Real maturity means understanding everyone’s perspective. It is hard I know but believe me, its better. If company is coming over and you know some of them don’t understand or will react in a hostile way to your beliefs, discuss it with parents beforehand. Again try to do this calmly. Then call or text a trusted friend to vent and meet over a coffee or two.

Four If that doesn’t work, then just stay in your room and be alone. If you tried the above suggestions and it still didn’t work out, don’t sweat it. Stay calm and be alone until the company leaves. I live on my own and I still deal with certain things. I know how it feels. I have had family members ostracize me for being a witch and refuse to speak to me. They treated me like I was out of my mind when I asked for an explanation. I know it sucks. Unfortunately, it is the way the world is. Thanks to the Church and media for poisoning the public against witches- the real poisoned apple, anyone? We are perceived a certain way. I am believing lately that can’t be changed but how we react to it can.

Five No one said life was fair. We can’t change anyone around us but we can change ourselves. In other words, we can control our responses to things. Life is bloody unfair. I do realize that. But I have accepted that I am not understood. I have moved on. I am not dwelling on it. I do think of it from time to time. But I wasn’t given an explanation which I think was harsh but that is the way they are. If someday they want a resolution, I might be there to talk to them but I would remember the way I was treated. I didn’t deserve it but I see the situation that led to that. I won’t discuss it here but at the same time, if an explanation is never given, the person is forced to arrive at their own conclusion. So if a resolution between us is never reached, I will still live peacefully with it. That is because I now understand everything, I understand the situation and I know that my response to it is something I can control.

Now…. I hope this helps anyone who is struggling with feeling misunderstood or such. I hope this reaches those people. Present yourself as a mature adult or teen or whatever you are and more understanding might be created. Have a fun Samhain! Be yourself. Your awesome mystical wonderful amazing self.

Here are some cool links:

The first links takes you to a podcast. The podcast is an interview with a wonderful master storyteller and friend of mine, Steve Vernon. He shares some haunted tales of Halifax. The podcast is almost an hour long.

https://www.nighttimepodcast.com/episodes/hauntedhalifax   

Here is some fun spooky reading through the month of October. The Horror Writers Association hosts an annual blog event which I am partaking in. Enjoy. http://horror.org/halloween-haunts-welcome-michele-brittany/

My short story, The Grimm Pumpkin, is published in this awesome eerie anthology One Night in Salem. FunDead Publications has also produced a few other books and they are worth checking out. To learn more, go to my Paranormal & Witchy Fiction blog and then to Published works page, where you can click on the thumbnail image to be directed to the publisher’s website.

NOW AVAILABLE! One Night in Salem

So if the stress is driving you insane, chill out with those above links.

Blessed Mabon near Samhain,

Spiderwitch )O(

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Protectors Of The Earth: Remembering The Radical Legacy Of The Witch

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Samhain

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Thrifty Shopping for Samhain )O(

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Are you spying pumpkins and sunflowers on store shelves yet? The local stores here are now carrying their range of ghoulish and witchy Halloween items. I scored a stunning dress yesterday. Its the perfect time to stock up on items for Samhain. I believe that the best witchy items aren’t found at witchy shops but at thrift shops.

You don’t have to blow the bank to stock up on Samhain provisions. I can’t afford to though I wish I could. Candles, incense and gemstones can be purchased on a budget. While you are shopping, ask yourself if you will use it and if you really need it. Buy something that has more than one purpose. A gown that you will wear once shouldn’t be bought at full price. The Halloween trinket that looks cool now may end up collecting dust on a shelf. Think hard about your…

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Autumn Harvest

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I’m excited about the upcoming publication of my short story, The Grimm Pumpkin, in the anthology One Night in Salem, produced by FunDead Publications. I have signed the contract and finished the edits. If you go over to my Published Works page, the book is listed there. If you hover the mouse over the image of the book, you are taken by hyperlink to the publisher’s website. You can learn more about the book and where to preorder the book. I can’t wait for the book release. I am proud to be involved in this project.

The other good news is that the anthology of childrens’ poetry including my poem is also published. Not by the same publisher, but I feel great about that too. The book is also listed in my bibliography.

The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Mabon. Its hard to believe that much time has passed. I love Mabon which is a magical time. The leaves change and a chill creeps into the air. I look forward to Mahon and will post more on that later.

I’m still studying hard at Sacred Mists. I enjoy it very much. I’m learning lots of different things.

I’m nearing the end of edits on my paranormal novel. It’s been a huge amount of work but I know I’m getting there. I can’t wait to finish it and get on with new writing projects.

I’m sorry for not posting more but I’ve been busy. I promise to post more often, esp., with my fave season just around the corner.

I’ve also finally achieved some clarity about a strange nightmare I had. That makes me feel a lot better. I dreamed of some nasty beast and I heard it may have been a paranormal entity feeding off my energy. I am much relieved to hear that because it gives me peace of mind to finally know what I saw in the dream. 

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch

 

 

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Sacred Mists Announcement

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I have awesome news. I got my Hogwarts letter again. I am now enrolled at Sacred Mists Online Wiccan College studying my First Degree.I am too excited. I am certain I will have a better time studying there than at the Temple of Witchcraft. I want a narrative to follow and to advance my studies. I want to see if there’s more to witchcraft than is what I currently know. I intend to complete the whole course up to the 3rd degree.

Its in the hallowed halls of Sacred Mists that I will find the answers to my questions. I can’t wait to get started. Better dust off my Book of Shadows and cauldron.

I am eager to get started on the edits for my short fiction story in the book One Night in Salem. I am also trying to finish edits on my paranormal novel. I will be busy this fall.

My garden is so beautiful. The nasturtiums are finally blooming in fiery orange colors. My bellflower and tiger lilies are in full bloom. I’m growing a hot pepper. But my popcorn and cucumber are growing slowly. My tomatoes are growing even slower. I am getting concerned because it is now harvest season. Lughnasadh is around the corner!!

I shall consult my book that tells how to pollinate plants indoors if I need to grow tomatoes indoors. I can’t wait to be eating my own popcorn. I still have all of August and September. I bought a new basil plant which I will grow indoors. The bugs ate the whole basiil plant I put in the garden, even with diatomaceous earth sprinkled at its base. So that is staying where I can tend it and keep it away from voracious slugs. 

I can’t wait for autumn. The spiders have woven their webs around my yard and garden. Soon the leaves will turn to autumnal shades. Pumpkins will fill the stores. I love autumn and look forward to all the magic it offers. 

 

Blessings,

Lady Spiderwitch

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City of the Dead- Mount Olivet Cemetery

Paranormal& Witchy Fiction

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I live near the Mount Olivet cemetery with its own claim to fame. It is where the Titanic victims were buried. I often visit there, I stroll near the graves down a path littered with tree roots, dead leaves and rotted apples. Apple trees grow on the other side of the stone wall. Though the trees appear to grow in and out of the cemetery.

A brook runs on the other side of the cemetery. The brook gurgles. I like to think of it as a vessel for spirits to travel to the Underworld. 

Trees line the outer edges of the cemetery. A crow nest rests in one of the trees. The cemetery is somewhat kept up in good condition. Crows perch on tombstones, ruffling their ebony feathers. They must sense and guide more spirits than we sense. Crows have long held the reputation of guiding spirits…

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Magic of Midsummer

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My garden is so beautiful. I bought plants, herbs and flowers- pumpkin, tomatoes, cucumber, hot peppers- and popcorn!! Yes I’m even growing my own popcorn. The stalk grows one cob on a long stalk. That will be cool. My haskap berries, rhubarb and garlic are doing great. I love my garden.

I have a trick I use in my garden. Behind the garden and behind the fence is a big area where some trees and dead leaves have rotted. That has been left alone to compost. But the real gold is the soil under that. It is so rich. I add that to my garden. I take only what I need. The rich soil adds much needed nutrients to my garden.

I’m growing nasturtiums too. I hope to grow morning glories and black hollyhocks. I’m impatiently waiting for them to germinate. Nasturtiums are spicy, beautiful, keep pests away and taste great in salads. To me, they are too pretty to eat. I cant wait for my nasturtiums to blossom where my chives are. That will look pretty. I planted beets, basil, sage, curly leaf parsley and Italian parsley, oregano, dill, elfin thyme and magic carpet thyme. My calendula blossomed. My comfrey is growing back after I divided it by cutting up chunks of root. I put the root pieces in different parts of my garden. I hope the roots grow into comfrey plants. Bees loooove comfrey. I planted six echinacea plants and can’t wait for them to blossom. That keeps the bees happy too.

I moved a hosta to a new home. It grows now near the sprawling woodruff and will receive considerably more sun. Every morning I visit my garden, a hot coffee in my hand. I always find something new marvel. I’m so blessed to have this garden.

Aside from garden worship, I”m sewing a black pullover dress with a floral print. The fabric was called black magic! I used the McCalls pattern 7592. It is so simple to make. The facing is tricky. A good pressing fixes that. I also made a lovely blue summer dress too. The dress is covered with white dragonflies. I am all about bees, dragonflies, butterflies, and birds!  Its no garden without them.

I still have a summer ahead of me of wonders in my garden and many more blessings. Enjoy Litha. The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Lughnasadh.

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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Summer News

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The Once Upon a Fairy Tale festival event is in 2 days. I am ready to wear my fairy wings and fly to the Fair. I can’t wait. I promise to post all about it here. My wings, costume and wand are finished. I even bought purple glitter nail polish.

My garden is growing beautifully. I need to put in more plants to avoid the rampaging weeds and fill up the empty spaces. I have decided it will cost a lot of money to fill in the empty spaces. I cut up some comfrey root and planted the different chunks into other spots in my garden. The local garden center doesn’t sell comfrey so I had to propagate it myself.

Yesterday was the Summer Solstice. I planted beet seeds and enjoyed the sunny day. I hope you all enjoyed your Solstice too. The New Moon is coming. I think the highlight of my summer will be the Fairy event.

So there is lots to look forward to this summer. Summer is my fave season next to autumn.

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

 

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Healing with spirit

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Its hot here in this apartment. Summer is upon us. Tis not long before Midsummer. Where has the time gone? Time slips through our fingers like sand. Yet we cling to it. Well I say that now that it’s summer, carpe diem. Seize the day. I love summer and I live for this season. Midsummer is approaching. The full moon has just passed.

I have been working away on my garden. My rhubarb, garlic and berries are in full swing. I cut up plastic pop bottles and tucked them in around my baby veggie seedlings to protect them from slugs. Slugs are the bane of every gardener. I also made my own comfrey fertilizer. I filled the jar partly with comfrey herbs and water. For three weeks, I steeped the  comfrey in the water, which gradually became discoloured. I shook the jar regularly. Finally this morning, I sieved the herbs through a mesh colander. Oh it smelled unpleasant.  I poured the water – smelly water- onto my veggie seedlings. Comfrey has many wonderful qualities, including being good for a garden fertilizer.

Last week was an emotional week for me. Not only did my pet guinea pig Magic cross into the Summerlands, but I rescued a bird with an injured wing. I saw the bird wait for its mother from the nest. Me being unhealthily curious, I stood guard during the mother’s absence. The young starling bird got too excited for its mother’s food.It fell from the nest. It hit the ground, as its wing was injured. I became concerned, when the poor bird never took flight. She instead fidgeted terribly on the ground. I tried to pick her up – wearing gloves. Well…. the outcry from all the birds including the baby. I called the witch shop. I was concerned because I didn’t want the local neighborhood cats to eat the poor bird. Eventually I called Hope for Wildlife. I told them what happened. I found a large basket to put the bird in. I stood guard until my friend arrived. We put the poor suffering frightened bird in a basket and brought it inside. The mother bird is probably wondering where her young is. At first, they were going to come to my place. Mark and I dropped the bird off at a drop off location for Hope for Wildlife, where they will rehabilitate the bird. They will release it in my area.

I hope all goes well for my feathered friend. I hope the mother bird finds a way to continue to trust me. I want to be there when they release the bird that had the injured wing. Perhaps it was Magic’s spirit telling me to save the bird. I like to believe that.

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

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