Category Archives: Uncategorized

Merry Beltane )O(


Merry meet all,

Beltane is here!! The spring season is upon us.

I raked all the leaves away from my garden. When I rake the leaves, I am careful not to disturb the young buds underneath. I added fresh soil, six bags of soil, to the garden and worked it in with a trowel. I can now watch my plants grow! Penny sits in her tall scratching post guarding the home at the back door while I putter through the garden. The starlings get Penny’s attention. When I cleaned my yard, I saw a black beetle, earthworms and saw bugs. I also found a blue baby bird shell egg. A bird hatched from that egg.!!!  A sure sign of spring.

Indoors, my garden on my windowsill is growing well. I can’t wait till the frost has passed to transplant them outdoors where they can flourish. The plants are getting big which is good.

BELTANE

Beltane is about spring so use spring colors. That can range from a bird’s egg blue or spring sky to lovely light greens to fuschia. Use these colors in your candles, cloths and rituals.

Add fertility symbols to your altar. Consider using seeds, acorns, antlers or a small Maypole as a centerpiece. Honor the Goddess too by adding a cup, chalice or a cauldron to the altar.

Flowers are blooming everywhere. Daffodils, forsythia, hyacinth and tulips represent spring. Make a floral crown or a floral centerpiece!! Flowers are power

Those items should help you create a lovely altar setup for your Beltane rituals.

Here is a recipe for Beltane incense. Keep it floral and fresh!

Mix mugwort, daffodil, hyacinth, lavender, patchouli and and cinnamon in a bowl. Chant to fill the ingredients with your intent and store in a labeled jar. It will keep for three months.

DEITIES

The main fertility deities of Beltane are popular during this Sabbat. They can be honored by meditating on them, prayer and offerings. The faeries are present now too, since spring has returned. Faeries like shiny objects, milk and honey.

Artemis, Cerunnos, Bacchus, Dionysius, Flora, Hera, Pan and Xochiquetzal (Aztec). They all have different backgrounds and cultures and come from different mythologies but they are all fertility deities.

Merry Beltane

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Garden Work

plantz

Merry meet all,

Spring is here!! I am a gardener and that is exciting for me. Tomorrow I have a few chores to do in the garden, including rake away the leaves, add fresh soil, water and fertilize the soil, and clean up debris. I have to clean the bird feeder and add fresh seed.

The starlings nested in the vent above my garden again this year. They’ll compete for the seed with the chickadees, woodpeckers, gold finches, sparrows and blue jays. The bluejays steal the egg shells I sprinkle on the soil.

The insects will love it that I have cared for the garden. They either eat the plants or help them grow. Its exciting to manage a garden. I have to keep the deer away, while feeding the birds, squirrels, cats and bugs.

doe3

My indoor plants are just blossoming. My morning glories are several inches high. The lavender and thyme are growing well. I started pumpkin from seed, tomatoes, elecampagne, dill and basil. I can’t wait to get to plant them out. I’m growing some for a friend too. I’m ordering mandrake, mugwort, moonwort and monkshood seeds from Horizon Herbs. Last year, I had no mugwort.

I planted a cherry seed and some oak seeds. I want to clean up the dead wood behind the fence. Good luck with your gardening.

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Ostara Correspondences

witchery

Date: Celebrated on or about March 21st on the date of the Veranl Equinox (a time when the sun passes the celestial equator and day and night are equal in both hemispheres). Also the day the sun enters the sign of Aries.

Activities and Rituals: planting, welcoming spring, coloring eggs, making/wearing new clothing, fertility rites, rituals of balance, herb work – magical, medicinal, cosmetic, culinary and artistic, spells for prosperity/fertility, new beginnings, potential, action

Stones/Gems: Jasper, amethyst, aquamarine, bloodstone and red jasper.

Incense: African violet, jasmine, rose, sage and strawberry

Herbs/Flowers: Honeysuckle, Iris, Peony, Violet, Woodruff, Gorse, Olive, Iris, Narcissus, Daffodils, Jonquils, Primrose, Forsythia, Crocus, all spring flowers, pine tree

Colors: Green, Yellow

Symbols & Decorations: four leaf clover, baskets, eggs, lambs, flowers, chicks, bunnies, budding twigs, flowers, pussy willows, sprouting bulbs, colored ribbons

Foods: jelly eggs (jelly beans), chocolates, lamb, eggs, seeds, leafy green vegetables, spiced or flower cupcakes…

View original post 137 more words

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

5 MAGICAL HERBS IN SLAVIC MYTHOLOGY

Yew B. Archer

In every mythology of ancient times, nature has been the main source of magic. Whether it was used for magic rituals, healing purposes or even casting curses, the fact was still there. Our ancestors believed they held a form of energy. So really it’s no surprise today that your granny says to drink tea made from a marshmallow’s root for a bad cough. That being said, here are 5 magical herbs in Slavic mythology which serve us to this day.

1.HAWTHORN

8fb7d131e7003998a8779f24fabf5931

This magnificent herb which is native to Northern Hemisphere of Europe, Asia and North America has been a source of magical procedures in the treatment of various diseases for centuries by the Slavic people.

The cult of the hawthorn tree has been preserved until today, and has survived the belief that a man who is sick should take a cake made of corn or wheat flour (in many cases…

View original post 1,097 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Ides of March

CIMG2938

Merry meet all,

Snow huddles over the grass. The air is still cool but March is the in between month. Winter lingers but spring fights back. The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Ostara. Ostara is the second spring Sabbat.

To celebrate the early return of spring, I rummaged through my seed packets stored above my fridge. I kept the seed packs in paper envelopes in a plastic ziploc bag. I put dill seeds, echinacea seeds, lavender and thyme seeds in the paper towels. I prefer growing from seed since you can actually grow more of the same plant that way. I look forward to planting them in the spring.

The spring equinox occurs on March 20th. Ostara, or Eostre, inherits its name from the Teutonic goddess of spring and dawn. The origin of the word ‘east’ comes from many Germanic words for dawn that have in common the root for the word “aurora” which means ‘to shine’. Ostara basically means the vernal equinox.

Ostara means the balance of the earth’s gravity between the extremes of light and day- think yin and yang, the dark of Winter Solstice and the light of spring. Beltaine celebrates the sexual union of the God and Goddess and fertility.

Now is a good time to start the seedlings. I plan to start my tomatoes from seed and pumpkins too. I want to start mugwort and mandrake from seed. I just hope to find an organic seed supplier.

http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usma&c=holidays&id=1991

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

I dream of spring )O(

Crow3

Merry meet all,

The next turn in the Wheel of the Year is Ostara. It sure doesn’t appear to be spring now. We just suffered a massive snowstorm with a record topping amount of 75-90 centimeters of snow and 100km/ hour winds. More snow is reported to be on the way. The whole city was shut down. We Haligonians have just come out of hiding. This quarantine is starting to drive me a little crazy.

February also marks my kitty’s birthday adoption month. I love her so much. I remember the day she entered my home, my heart and my life. I can’t live without her.

Its almost time to plan our herb and flower gardens for spring. I miss my garden so much. It is buried beneath several feet of obnoxious snow. Its a bit early but this is around the time when seed catalogues arrive in the snail mail. I pore over them and muse on what to grow this year, what I will do different this year. I want a raised bed! That will help me grow vegetables better. Raised beds are beneficial and awesome ways to grow veggies. Nothing is stopping me. I want to complete my rock wall at the back of the first garden, help my  scarlet runner beans grow, order mandrake and moonwort seeds, plant tons more lemon balm and shasta daisies and mint. I can’t wait for spring.

Plan what you will grow this summer. Plan what seeds of new dreams, ambitions, dreams and goals you want to sow this year in your life. Mingle the two in magical ways. Brush up now on your herbal lore and balm and bane plants. Wait for the shiny new seed catalogs and take stock of your gardening supplies. The snow still fills our yards but before you know it, the snowdrops and crocuses will shove their saucy heads above snow to defy winter.

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Legged Beasties and things that go bump in the Night.

Round the Cauldron

Merry meet all,

Today I sewed a few tarot bags for the local witch shop Neighborhood Witch General store. I found cool fabric at two local fabric stores, Fabricville- my top choice and the other one, Atlantic Fabrics. I live near Fabricville. The other reason why I like that store is the membership discount card. I get a discount on everything I buy.

The first fabric I selected is black with a white outline of stag heads. I am not posting pics yet but when I have completed them, I shall post pics then. I promise! It looks so cool. The other fabric was a little odd. It is a beige color with a print of my fave Halloween quotes such as- “Watch for Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Legged Beasties and things that go bump in the Night.” Or Something Wicked this way comes or the famous quote from The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe- “Deep into the darkness Peering, / long I stood there, wondering, Fearing , doubting, dreaming, Dreams no mortal ever dared to.” Well, every mortal but me and like 73 more Poe fans like me. The fabric has ravens, owls, black tree branches, witches on broomsticks, skulls, cats and odd bottles, red candy apples, broomsticks decorated on it. Could I ask for more?

I need to locate and use cord for the casing of the tarot bags. Then I shall take them to the store to hopefully sell them. I look forward to it.

It’s not the only event to look forward to. This Friday night we moon worshipers will be treated to an eclipse, comet and full moon. Get  your silver candies and white robes ready! A celestial treat awaits us in the cosmos. Be sure not to miss it.

It’s almost time to plan our gardens for spring. I want to add a raised bed to my garden this year. I will use Besser stones and add soil, compost and water and watch my veggies blossom!  A raised bed has many advantages. I shall keep you posted!

Enjoy the full moon

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Imbolg Customs

 

Merry meet all,

Imbolg has many traditions and customs. One of the most popular customs is the Corn Dolly. The doll can be kept on a Bride’s bed to bless the home with fertility and fortune. If you created a corn doll at Lammas, then you can use the doll more often. Dress the doll in the corresponding colors of Imbolc, red, white and even green. This act shifts the corn doll from Crone to the Spring Maiden. You can also create a corn doll in oats, rye or wheat.

To make a corn doll, bind together an ear of maize or a sheaf of oats. Choose straw or sheafs in good condition. Soak them in lukewarm water. Let dry. When it is ready, drape the doll in white clothing, lace handkerchiefs or white cloth and lace. You can add ribbons or  beads. Concentrate on your intention as you make the doll.

When Imbolg is over, use the doll to bless your garden and grains. Find her a place of honor to rest for the coming year. Or ask her for her blessings in your kitchen. I would consider putting a loop on her head and hanging her in your kitchen at a window. Then she can bless your kitchen all year.

BRIGIT’S BED

Make a Brigit’s bed near a hearth fire. First clean your home thoroughly and smudge with lavender and sage. Decorate the home with white candles, ribbons and flowers. Make a small bed for her to lie down on. The bed can be a wooden box with a small piece of cotton on it. Put a corn doll man next to her or a broom.

Say or chant a blessing on your Bride doll. Place white and  candles near the doll and bed. Leave offerings and a chant a prayer to ask for her favor.

Have a merry Imbolc

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch  )O(

 

 

 

 

 

The

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

The History of Imbolg

Ewewithbabylamb

Merry meet all,

Imbolc springs to life soon in February. Imbolc is the next turn in the Wheel of the Year. Imbolc is the first of the three spring Sabbats, the other two being Ostara and Beltane. It is one of the great Celtic fire festivals.

Brighid is often honored during this time. She is a goddess of fire and fertility. Imbolc is a time of magical energy related to new beginnings, the goddess and fire. Life stirs within the soil. The sun brightens and the days slowly grow warmer. In the Irish Gaelic,  Imbolc is called oimelc, meaning ewe’s milk. At this time, the cows and ewes are nursing their calves, a common precursor to spring. Imbolg also means “in the belly”. Imbolc is also known as Candlemas,  the Feast Day of Saint Brighid, Le Fhelle Brid, Imbolc has a Celtic connection. Brighid is a triple aspect Goddess. She is a keeper of the sacred flame and a guardian of the hearth.

To our ancestors back to the Paleolithic times, the winter season was a true horror. Imagine dealing with glaciers, frigid winds and cold, and scarce food. The wind howls and you hear the ghostly voices of your ancestors. The wind cuts like wolf fangs, its so cold. The clan chews on the last of the mammoth meat, starvation is close. Any sign of spring then was a sign of survival, a cry to the soul. The Crone was valued then in the clans, but she finds it hard to keep up as they hunt for elusive oxen. The Crone was the wise woman, the one the clans turned to for hope, wisdom of how to survive and store food. She knew the early signs of the coming spring.

The Maiden doesn’t transition and emerge till the cold fierce time of the Crone is passed. Winter even in our time is still upon us. If you listen closely to the wind, it might whisper messages to you. Be sure to heed them. The Crone’s cloak of darkness and snow still hovers over the earth. Spring is a few weeks away. Soon the ice shall thaw to leave room for crocus and tulip bulbs. A common symbol of spring is the Bear who awakens from hibernation. When animals emerged from hibernation, it was a favored sign of spring. The idea of the goddess in bear shape was a reality through the Paleolithic times in Europe.

Bears are protective of their cubs which made the bear a popular mother figure. Sheeps and ewes correspond to spring.

I shall post more about Imbolc in the future. For now, stay warm and keep posted.

 

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

3 Comments

Filed under Brigid, Brigid Bed, Brigid doll, broomsticks, Cast-iron, Cat Magick, Colourful flames in cauldron, coneflower, crafts, Crafts for Imbolc, Creative crafts for Imbolc, crocuses, crone goddess, Crone Season, dark time of year, deities, deities of Imbolc, early frosts of spring, earth, ewe's milk. fertility, festivity, fire, fire festival, flowers and herbs, fresh buds, frost, full moon, power of spring, Prayers for Imbolc, spring, spring equinox, spring poems, Spring's arrival, Spring's Rebellion, tulips, Uncategorized

My Fleece Jacket )O(

cimg3092

Merry meet all,

I have sewn myself a fleece hoodie from the Mccalls pattern 6614. It seemed simple enough to sew. Oh sure. Oh yeah real easy.

 I bought a fabulous mauve/ violet/ blue/ purple color of fleece fabric on discount. I bought a heavy purple knit fabric for the contrast material- hem and cuffs. I also bought a deep purple felt fabric for the hem and cuffs decorated with spiders in black.

The pattern called for a separating zipper, two pockets and a lined hood. I had remnant fabric for the lining of the hood. Thank the Goddess I owned other jackets of a similar pattern which I studied to understand how the whole jacket came together.

I cut out the pattern pieces, read the instructions a few times over for comprehension, and matched pattern piece to fabric piece. Here is where scotch tape and in good condition sewing pins come in handy. (Throw out any pins that are bent. They will never serve your garment.)

Every sewing pattern is unique. Every garment on earth is unique. No two are the same. This is a fact. But it is also true that the standards of a sewing pattern are the same in every pattern. It is the effort that you exert that determines the outcome of your garment. I have read many many sewing patterns. I have discovered time and time again its one thing to read them and another to comprehend the instructions. I thought it would be easy. Nope.

I began by making pockets and adding them to the front pattern piece once I understood how they are  made. Then I stitched the back pattern piece to the front piece. I made the two sleeves and stitched them to the jacket. Here is where it got tricky…

The pattern called for cuffs to be added to the sleeves. I cut out the pattern pieces and tried to sew them the way the instructions said to. It may as well have been written in ancient Latin. Right. I cut out the pattern pieces in the purple knit fabric to make them fit and gathered the cuffs. Nope. I cut them out of the same pattern and made the cuffs my way. I pinned them onto the sleeves which I hemmed earlier. I pinned the cuffs on right sides together then on the right side of the fabric up, I turned them out. Then I added the hem and stitched on the purple/ black spider fabric to the hem. The felt fabric is even glittery which adds a cool touch.

I exchanged the deep pink separating zipper (26 inch) for a black 24 inch zipper. I sewed the zipper on the jacket following the instructions. Right. The pattern instructions said to sew the zipper on face down. Well when I was done, it was still face down. I seam ripped the zipper and ironed the fabric. I stitched it on again with the zipper tabs exposed and the zipper on upside down. I seam ripped it again. By this time, what with my patience at an all time LOW and my painful excema making my work painful, I suffered.

Jacket in progress:

cimg3089

I stitched the zipper on again. I then sewed on the facing. I made the hood and stitched it to the jacket. Great. I thought i was done. The hem of the jacket was uneven. The top part of the pockets was uneven. Oh heck.

Enter my wise all-knowing Mother. She made the top part of the pockets even. She also made me seam rip the zipper a FOURTH time. So I did. I didn’t own a zipper foot so unsurprisingly the zipper was easy to remove- again. She sewed in the zipper the way she always does- perfectly. She basted the front openings of the jacket on the wrong side. With great skill and patience, she pinned on the zipper on the wrong and right side. The pins were placed vertically. To this day, I have no idea how she does it. She removes the pins as she sews. She had centered the zipper on the wrong side of the fabric on the basted seam truly on the seam. Then once she stitched in the zipper, the zipper tabs weren’t exposed. The zipper was sewed in professionally.  I plan to buy a zipper foot in the future. It allows for more precision. The hem of the jacket is now neat and even. I don’t know how she does it.

She insisted on redoing the facing on one side. She removed the earlier stitching I had done. But the facing came undone after she hand stitched it. I have to sew it again by machine. I didn’t have the instructions with me so she thought she was right. I had to sew in a stay stitch on the facing and hem one edge. I was right. She’s a bit hard headed sometimes. But now except for the facing and fixing the hood, I am done. I have to add a strip of lace to the hood lining. The lace will conceal the exposed seam.

I am happy with the jacket. I don’t know as of yet if I will use it again. But it is a great pattern. Patterns can be modified if need be to suit the seamstress. Just make sure you note the modification on the pattern, the instructions paper, or in a notebook for future reference. Store the pattern pieces once done with them in the pouch of the pattern package or in a large Ziploc bag with the pattern package. Label everything. Store it all in a space that is easy to find. I keep all my patterns in a clear plastic big organizer. You can iron the pattern pieces then store them. It makes putting them back in much easier. 

I learned a lot from this project. I am proud now to wear the fleece jacket. Everyone needs one. Moms do too.

https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6614

Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized